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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of March 17, 2017

Get your Life.

The musical madness of March continues, and you can expect some notable jump shots and layups this week. Who’s got the sound of a slam dunk success? Enough alliteration, Adam, let’s check out all the action right here:

DRAKE – More Life (iTunes) – release date: 3/18 (Saturday)
What exactly is this? An album? A mixtape? A playlist? Whatever it is, it’s going to debut at #1. Of course, you’ll have to wait an extra day to actually listen to it. The biggest song from it thus far is “Fake Love”, which recently topped the Rhythmic and Urban charts. (A CHR/Top 40 run maxed out in the top 20.) Will it be able to pass Ed Sheeran‘s recent bow to become the biggest of 2017 so far? It certainly has the potential, given all the hype surrounding the release. Stay tuned.

DEPECHE MODE – Spirit (iTunes)
It’s hard to believe that these guys have been releasing albums since 1981, but this is the English group’s 14th full-length set. It might become their eighth top ten album in a row, a chain that started with 1990’s Violator. Lead single “Where’s The Revolution” is in the top 40 on Alternative radio. Considering the amount of older acts with new material that the format won’t play anymore, that’s very cool.

RICK ROSS – Rather You Than Me (iTunes)
Five out of Ross’s first six studio albums reached #1 on the Billboard 200, a very impressive feat at the time. His opening frames are still fairly solid, but he probably won’t be in the running for the top spot this time around. Single “I Think She Like Me” is just below the top 20 at Urban radio. Look for this set in the top ten.

MILKY CHANCE – Blossom (iTunes)
The German duo’s second album features the single “Cocoon”, which recently made the top 20 on the Alternative chart. Hey, it’s not “Stolen Dance”, but then again, what is? If their last set could reach the top 20, we’re expecting this one somewhere in the top 40.

More albums out this week: 2Cellos‘s Score (iTunes), Conor Oberst‘s Salutations (iTunes), Frances‘s Things I’ve Never Said (iTunes), Pitbull‘s Climate Change (iTunes), SoMo‘s The Answers (iTunes), Spoon‘s Hot Thoughts (iTunes), Zara Larsson‘s So Good (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: TBA

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“1 Night”, Mura Masa featuring Charli XCX (iTunes)
“A Long And Happy Life”, Delta Rae (iTunes)
“Anything’s Possible”, Lea Michele (iTunes)
“At My Best”, Machine Gun Kelly featuring Hailee Steinfeld (iTunes)
“Battle Symphony”, Linkin Park (iTunes)
“Bottom Of The Deep Blue Sea”, MISSIO (iTunes)
“Can’t Bring This Down”, Bridgit Mendler & Pell (iTunes)
“Chained To The Rhythm (Hot Chip Remix)”, Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley (iTunes)
“Coldhearted”, Bryce Fox (iTunes)
“Dennis Rodman”, Mansionz featuring Dennis Rodman (iTunes)
“Feeling Pretty Good”, Deorro (iTunes)
“Feels Like Summer”, Weezer (iTunes)
“Flame”, Tinashe (iTunes)
“Good Life”, G-Eazy & Kehlani (iTunes)
“Kinda Complicated”, Scott Helman (iTunes)
“Let Go”, Sody (iTunes)
“Like I Did (Acoustic)”, Shane Harper (iTunes)
“Mama Say”, Betty Who (iTunes)
“Man On The Moon”, POWERS (iTunes)
“Million Reasons (Andrelli Remix)”, Lady Gaga (iTunes)
“Pleasure”, Feist (iTunes)
“Solid Gold”, Tom Chaplin & JONES (iTunes)
“Superpowers”, SAARA (iTunes)
“Symphony”, Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson (iTunes)
“Weekends”, Amy Shark (iTunes)
“You”, Greta Isaac (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from James Blunt, RaeLynnTrey Songz and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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The Wheel Thing: Riding In The Top 40 “Taxi”

Music drives us.

Music drives us.

2015 was a fairly inconsistent year for rapper Pitbull on CHR/Pop radio, with just one top ten single (“Time Of Our Lives”), a top 20 (“Fun”) and then two songs that failed to reach the top 50 altogether (“Drive You Crazy” and “FREE.K”.) However, it looks like the Miami performer may have finally found a single to put him back on track, one that’s rising thanks to unsolicited airplay in the Big Apple and his hometown.

It’s “El Taxi”, a song that features Sensato, Osmani Garcia and La Musa in its original version. In a new Spanglish version, Lil Jon is also credited. It heavily samples “Murder She Wrote”, a 1993 single by Chaka Demus & Pliers that didn’t chart well, but is still quite well-known. “El Taxi” has already been a big hit in Spain, which isn’t a surprise, and now, it may be close to ranking on the U.S. charts. Currently, the single is just below the top 50 on CHR/Pop radio, with detections at more than two dozen stations.

The promising reaction of this song got us thinking about other “Taxi” songs to be released to radio, and there are plenty of them. However, only one of the songs below actually appeared on the CHR/Pop chart, a remake of “Big Yellow Taxi” (#30) in 2003. So, I’ve decided to compile all of the Hot 100 titles to use the word, for “El Taxi” could find itself cruising up that chart as well soon. I think it’s time to step in and get to our destination…

“Tijuana Taxi”, Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass (#38, 1966)
The song from Alpert and his band isn’t the most memorable in his huge repertoire, but it was also a minor top 40 hit in Australia and the United Kingdom. They hit #1 in 1968 with “This Guy’s In Love With You”, while Alpert’s 1979 song “Rise” also hit the top.

“Big Yellow Taxi”, The Neighborhood (#29, 1970)
“Big Yellow Taxi (Live)”, Joni Mitchell (#24, 1975) (#67, 1970 in studio form – see below)
“Big Yellow Taxi”, Amy Grant (#67, 1995)
“Big Yellow Taxi”, Counting Crows featuring Vanessa Carlton (#42, 2003)
The most famous “Taxi” of all managed to reach the Hot 100 in four (five, counting Mitchell’s original) different versions. That’s a whole lot of mileage. A 1995 remix by Mitchell from the soundtrack to TV’s Friends went top 40 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart.

“Taxi”, Harry Chapin (#24, 1972)
This nearly seven-minute epic from the 1972 release Heads & Tales launched the recording career of this New York singer and his many great story songs. “Sequel”, Chapin’s follow-up to this, became his last top 40 single in the fall of 1980. He died a year later.

“Taxi Dancing”, Rick Springfield with Randy Crawford (#58, 1984)
The soundtrack from Hard To Hold, which Springfield also starred in, launched several singles onto the Hot 100. The biggest one was “Love Somebody”, a top five hit from the spring of ’84. This was the only single of the four from it to peak outside the top 40.

“Taxi”, J. Blackfoot (#90, 1984)
Born John Colbert, this Mississippi artist was a former member of The Soul Children. Their biggest crossover song, 1973’s “I’ll Be The Other Woman”, went to #36 on the Hot 100. Blackfoot’s biggest solo release was his first of eight to chart on the R&B survey.

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (June 2015) (Part One)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new singles will be lighting up the national charts during the month. Which tracks will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a small selection of new songs being serviced in June on the CHR and Hot AC formats in the first part of this month’s Radio Report:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

American Authors
AMERICAN AUTHORS – “Go Big Or Go Home” (June 2) (* + **)
Label: Island/Republic
The latest single from the quartet that gave us 2014’s most-played song on Hot AC radio is simultaneously heading to CHR radio, making for one big impact date. Of course, that song was “Best Day Of My Life”, which continues to get play every day, even if it’s not the best one. “Go” has already earned a good placement with the NBA Playoffs. Now, let’s see if it’s a slam dunk on the charts.

Mark Ronson and Mystikal
MARK RONSON featuring MYSTIKAL – “Feel Right” (June 2) (*)
Label: RCA
Though “Uptown Funk” has faded from the top of the radio and sales charts after a huge run, Ronson is looking to funk things up again with his latest track, which features a New Orleans rapper on a comeback. Born Michael Tyler, he was last in the top 40 way back in 2001 on the Double Take remix of Joe‘s “Stutter”, peaking at #11 on the format. It’s unexpected, but definitely very cool.

O.A.R.
O.A.R. – “Two Hands Up” (June 2) (**)
Label: Vanguard
“Two” is the third single to be released from the group’s 2014 album The Rockville LP, which also includes “Peace” and “Favorite Song”. The latter of those two singles barely touched the top 40 on Hot AC late last year and earlier this year, so the prospect of a third single is a bit perplexing. That being said, it’s another good song from the quintet and should garner some good action here.

Prince Royce and Pitbull
PRINCE ROYCE featuring PITBULL – “Back It Up” (June 2) (*)
Label: RCA
For a singer that’s notched high peaks on the Latin and Tropical charts with relative ease over the past few years, it was definitely a disappointment to see his first English single, “Stuck On A Feeling”, stall halfway up the CHR chart, even with its status as an On The Verge pick for iHeartMedia stations. Still on the prowl for his pop throne, this new collaboration is a sizzling summer sound.

Rob Thomas
ROB THOMAS – “Trust You” (June 2) (**)
Label: Atlantic
It’s been a long time coming for fans of the 43-year-old singer, songwriter and leader of Matchbox Twenty, but the release of a leadoff single is always welcome news. “Trust” is the first to be issued from the forthcoming The Great Unknown album, which is due to be released later this year. You can also see him on a tour of the same name. Let’s hope that Hot AC puts their trust in this.

Tori Kelly
TORI KELLY – “Should’ve Been Us” (June 2) (*)
Label: Capitol
Much like “Back It Up” earlier in this post, “Should’ve” is the followup to another On The Verge selection that stalled in the teens, Kelly’s being “Nobody Love”. With just weeks until the release of her debut album, Unbreakable Smile, the label may be working overtime to get her name back out there on the airwaves. Luckily, the R&B-influenced single should fit well on most CHR outlets.

MKTO
MKTO – “Bad Girls” (June 9) (*)
Label: Columbia
If you’ve seen the advertisement for the upcoming season of ABC’s Mistresses, then you’ve heard a portion of the latest single for the duo that’s seeking their fourth top 40 single at the radio format. Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller return with a song that might give “Classic” a run from its… well, classic status. (There can be two classics in their catalog, yes?) Look for it to soar very quickly.

Daya
DAYA – “Hide Away” (June 16) (*)
Label: Artbeatz/Z-Entertainment
It started on SiriusXM’s Venus last month, and now a dozen independent radio stations (and YouTube’s Tyler Oakley) are leading the way on this girl’s debut single. She’s a 16-year-old singer and multi-instrumentalist based in Pittsburgh, PA and her single was just featured on iTunes in their New Artists feature. With sales and streams going up, this could be a dark horse in the radio race.

Sage The Gemini and Nick Jonas
SAGE THE GEMINI featuring NICK JONAS – “Good Thing” (June 16) (*)
Label: Republic
Here’s a hot pairing with a jam that’s bound to be big over the summer months at several formats. It teams the California rapper, featured on Flo Rida‘s recent top ten hit, “G.D.F.R.”, and the New Jersey singer, currently falling in the top ten with “Chains”. It already has a good thing going on the sales side and will likely rise even higher once stations get on board closer to the adds date.

Karmin
KARMIN – “Didn’t Know You” (June 30) (*)
Label: P.I.C/in2une
After one EP and an album with Epic Records, Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan are keeping it independent as they move onto a new era. Can they work their way back up without a major backing? Well, the duo does have five top 40 releases to their credit on CHR radio (three peaked in the 30’s) and some decent support from core fans. We’ll see if they “Know” the right buttons to push.

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Song Of The Summer 2015: Who Will Shine This Year?

Jumpin' into the pool of pop.

Jumpin’ into the pool of pop.

Easter and Passover may be over and your taxes may be in, but the race is just beginning at radio and retail for the single that is bound to become the Song Of The Summer. Every year between early April and mid-May, a number of songs enter in the lower rungs of the chart, only to soar weeks later and deliver the jams for another fantastic summer season. Now, that does not mean that songs already high on radio playlists won’t dominate the airwaves, but the major labels are trying to keep things fresh, and so, a newer song is likely to burn up over the coming weeks. (You can’t listen to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars forever.)

Last year, we didn’t have one dominant Song Of The Summer as the turnover at #1 on CHR was pretty rapid. Two songs did get to spend three weeks at the top spot: “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX in June and “Rude” by MAGIC! in August. It’s been a rather slow year as far as the Hot 100 goes, with just three #1 singles at this point in April. We just hit six on CHR (which is one less song than this point last year.) I’m thinking we’ll have some more medium-sized reigns this year., though nothing too long. Remember, even “Uptown Funk” had six weeks at #1 on pop radio versus that humongous fourteen week total on the Hot 100, which probably won’t happen again for another few years.

So, get the surfboard out and get ready to surf the dial, kids, summer will be here before you know it. Here are my picks for the fifteen tasty tunes you need to listen out for on that long drive to the beach this summer:

Adam Lambert
ADAM LAMBERT – “Ghost Town”
Label: Warner Bros.
Radio: premiere on April 21

Press and radio outlets have responded very positively to this single early on. Will the pop chart accept him back into “Town”?

Bea Miller
BEA MILLER – “Fire N Gold”
Label: Hollywood
Radio: adds date on April 28

Miller’s “Young Blood” couldn’t quite seep into the veins of Top 40 programmers, but she has a new “Fire” that’s ready to burn.

Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea
BRITNEY SPEARS featuring IGGY AZALEA – “Pretty Girls”
Label: RCA
Radio: premiere on May 5

Looks like we are in store for a retro clip for this hotly anticipated collaboration. It’s like the Britney Jean era never took place.

Calvin Harris and HAIM
CALVIN HARRIS featuring HAIM – “Pray To God”
Label: Columbia
Radio: adds date on May 5

The sister trio charted last year with “Forever”, while Harris’s career is still hot. Hopefully, their collective prayers will pay off.

Carly Rae Jepsen
CARLY RAE JEPSEN – “I Really Like You”
Label: School Boy/Interscope
Radio: as of April 12, #45 (759 spins, +143)

Jepsen’s single may have found its second wind thanks to a viral clip from Justin Bieber and manager Scooter Braun’s roster.

Fall Out Boy
FALL OUT BOY – “Uma Thurman”
Label: Island/Republic
Radio: as of April 12, #60 (232 spins, +92)

Moving on from the slow builder that was “Centuries”, the band’s second single is a cool twist on the theme from The Munsters.

Jason French
JASON FRENCH – “You Just Want My Money”
Label: Interscope
Radio: adds date on May 19

French’s debut release for the label is a solid summer jam that’s right on the “Money”. The Vine numbers for the track are huge.

Martin Garrix and Usher
MARTIN GARRIX featuring USHER – “Don’t Look Down”
Label: Spinnin’/RCA
Radio: as of April 12, #49 (609 spins, +420)

Dutch DJ/producer Garrix is back with the single that could become his second U.S. top 40 hit very soon. It’s all up from here.

Meghan Trainor
MEGHAN TRAINOR – “Dear Future Husband”
Label: Epic
Radio: as of April 12, #22 (3819 spins, +779)

Trainor’s third hit in a row went Gold before it even touched CHR lists this year. Perhaps radio is just the “Husband” she needs.

Omi
OMI – “Cheerleader” (Felix Jaehn Mix)
Label: Ultra/Columbia
Radio: adds date on May 19

This singer’s cut of three years ago was remixed and became an international smash. We’re up next. (Toni Basil not included.)

Pitbull featuring Chris Brown
PITBULL featuring CHRIS BROWN – “Fun”
Label: Mr. 305/Polo Grounds/RCA
Radio: adds date on April 21

This duo’s “International Love” peaked at #6 back in 2012. Can lightning strike twice for the two men? That sure would be fun.

Skrillex and Diplo featuring Justin Bieber
SKRILLEX & DIPLO (as JACK Ü) featuring JUSTIN BIEBER – “Where Are Ü Now?”
Label: OWSLA/Mad Decent/Atlantic
Radio: as of April 12, #47 (618 spins, +285)

When two giants of EDM take on a bad boy of pop, they create a song that clicks on air. It’s Bieber’s first airplay hit since 2013.

Taylor Swift
TAYLOR SWIFT featuring KENDRICK LAMAR – “Bad Blood”
Label: Big Machine/Republic
Radio: adds date on May 19

The 1989 era has given Swift her first era with three #1 CHR singles in a row. As for the special guest on this remix, who knows?

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth
WIZ KHALIFA featuring CHARLIE PUTH – “See You Again”
Label: Atlantic/RRP
Radio: as of April 12, #34 (1723 spins, +1089)

After selling 464,000 copies digitally last week, we’ll be hearing this big track for months to come as Furious 7 keeps riding on.

Years & Years
YEARS & YEARS – “King”
Label: Interscope
Radio: adds date on April 21

Already receiving good adds in several notable markets, this English trio shall reign supreme, just as they did on the U.K. chart.

Also look out for:
ALESSO featuring ROY ENGLISH – “Cool”
AXWELL /\ INGROSSO – “On My Way”
DILLON FRANCIS & DJ SNAKE – “Get Low” (re-release)
JEREMIH featuring FLO RIDA – “Tonight Belongs To U!”
MARLON ROUDETTE – “When The Beat Drops Out”
OLLY MURS featuring DEMI LOVATO – “Up”
RIHANNA – “American Oxygen”

…and other Q2 singles that are yet to be announced.

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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (November 24)

The gals of Q4.

The gals of Q4.

Black Friday is a few days away, which means the usual deals and steals are here. Get your wallets ready, kids. (NOTE: some of this week’s music releases may not be out until Tuesday dependent on label availability / iTunes response time.) Here are the albums and singles in stores for the week of November 24:

  • Said the industry to its superstars, do you smell what I smell? Ah, yes, that would be the scent of rereleases shining on the schedule this week, along with a few hits compilations. For reissues, Beyoncé‘s Beyoncé (Platinum Edition) tacks on two new tracks, several remixes and a series of live performances, while Iggy Azalea‘s Reclassified pairs the tried and true “Fancy” and “Black Widow” with new tunes like the current single “Beg For It”. (Beyoncé – iTunes) (Azalea – iTunes)
  • For all you greatest hits enthusiasts, Eminem and his music pals head into stores with Shady XV, which includes one disc of new music and a second disc featuring some of the label’s classic cuts over the past fifteen years. Also new this week: Selena Gomez‘s For You, her final release for Hollywood Records before her move to Interscope. The young singer’s set features “The Heart Wants What It Wants” and her big singles. (Eminem – iTunes) (Gomez – iTunes)
  • Looking at some strong pre-order sales, the latest album from popular French DJ and producer David Guetta is out, Listen. It includes a number of interesting duets, as well as “Dangerous”, his recent single with singer Sam Martin. It should at least debut in the top ten, though top five isn’t out of the question yet. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: deadmau5‘s 5 Years of mau5 (iTunes), Elevation Worship‘s Wake Up The Wonder (iTunes), Paramore‘s Paramore (Deluxe) (iTunes), Pitbull‘s Globalization (iTunes), Rick Ross‘s Hood Billionaire (iTunes), Soundgarden‘s Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path (iTunes), Tokio Hotel‘s Kings Of Suburbia (iTunes) and the Epic Records compilation I’ll Be Home For Christmas (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “Santa Tell Me”, a new holiday single from Ariana Grande. (iTunes)
  • “Stuck On A Feeling”, new from Prince Royce and Snoop Dogg. (iTunes)

AC/DC and Mary J. Blige top next week’s (lighter) Tuesday schedule, but don’t forget about Walk The Moon too! Find out more next Monday night.

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Going Up The Country: A Twist Of Twang At Pop Radio

Howdy, cowboys and cowgirls. Much like last year, there’s about to be a honky tonk hollering onto the pop charts thanks to a few remixed versions of recent hits at the Country format. There’s sure to be a few thousand groans along the way, but it’s anyone’s guess as to how these songs will actually do. It’s also anyone’s guess as to which idea is the worse concept. The whole process seems outdated and unneccessary. Then again, the public likes what the public likes. Get ready to see these new edits on that achy breaky chart we call the Billboard Hot 100 soon:

One more "Drink".

One more “Drink”.

JERROD NIEMANN featuring PITBULL – “Drink To That All Night”
Release Date: May 19 / at CHR radio now, adds date: June 10

Now that “Wild Wild Love” has seen the last of its love on the pop airwaves, rapper Pitbull is making his way to the Wild Wild West along with singer/songwriter Jerrod Niemann. The 34-year-old performer from Kansas recently scored his second #1 on the Country survey with this for two weeks, a far different sound from his first chart-topper, 2010’s “Lover, Lover”. With the recent trend of so-called “Bro Country” and all the criticism hurled towards it, perhaps this song isn’t the worst offender of all, but it’s certainly seen its share of disparagers. Label Sea Gayle/Arista failed to cross “Lover” to Hot AC radio four years ago… can Mr. Worldwide guide Judge Jerrod through the dog eat dog world that awaits them on these outlets? With digital sales surging and spins on a dozen (mostly Southern) stations to date, this “Night” is looking notable.

They're on a "Roll".

They’re on a “Roll”.

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE featuring JASON DERULO – “This Is How We Roll”
Release Date: June 5 / Adds Date: June 17

Well, they’ve done it! Over on the Mediabase chart, “Roll” just topped the list for a week, marking five number one singles in a row at Country radio for the duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley since their debut release “Cruise”. Of course, that single weathered a pop run in a remix with Nelly, took on a second chart life and forever complicated the history of what is now Billboard’s Hot Country Songs survey. (There’s already been enough said about that heated issue.) So, now the two men are out to prove that lightning does strike twice with this rerelease. This story started over the weekend when Derulo posted this on Instagram with a caption referring the title, along with the hashtags “#comingsoon” and “#countrymusic”. I guess there’s no reason to believe it could lead to anything else. You know what to do with this idea… Giggle, giggle, giggle.

Two songs making the jump is significant enough for the early summer months, but we may not be done entirely. A single like Dan + Shay‘s recent release “19 You + Me” has enough crossover potential in it, while Luke Bryan‘s new #1 on the Country chart, “Play It Again”, is already receiving some unsolicited play at Hot AC radio. We’ll see what happens! For now, you can let me know what you think about these records on the range by commenting below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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Where The “Wild Wild” Things Are: Solidly Savage Singles

Some real wild children.

Some real wild children.

Plenty of “wild” songs have given us some reckless records in the national spotlight over the decades, titles like “Wild Night”, “Wild Ones”, “Wild Thing”, etc. I could go on for hours, but I won’t. However, the latest track to make its way onto radio and retail services is a song title that pulls double duty. It’s “Wild Wild Love”, performed by pop mainstay Pitbull and the relatively new G.R.L., who are essentially dancer/choreographer Robin Antin’s latest attempt to try to make some form of the Pussycat Dolls happen. (Spoiler alert: they probably won’t, even if this song is a big hit.)

It’s doing decent numbers so far on both iTunes (currently top 40) and on CHR radio (bulleted in the top 50.) Should the collaboration between the rapper and the quintet chart on the Hot 100 this coming week, it will only be the fifth song since the survey began in 1958 to use that “wild” word twice in a song title. In fact, three of those five use the same title, and two of those climbed into the #1 spot. I say we get to these chaotic chart stats, shall we? Here are those berserk Billboard hits:

“WILD WILD LIFE”
Taken from their 1986 album True Stories, which also served as a “soundtrack” to the David Byrne film of the same title, New York’s rocking Talking Heads took their last top 40 single to #25 during the fall of that year. It is notable for winning Best Group Video and Best Video From A Film at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards. (Remember when MTV played music videos?) It also went top ten in Ireland and New Zealand. A cover by reggae group The Wailing Souls hit the Alternative chart in late 1993, but failed to enter the Hot 100; it was featured in the film Cool Runnings.

“WILD WILD WEST”
As I mentioned, three songs with this title entered the Hot 100, two in 1988 and one in 1999. The first was by rapper Kool Moe Dee, who took his song to #62 in May. It was his first of two top 5 singles on the R&B chart. A few months later, British rockers The Escape Club scored a #1 hit with their debut single for Atlantic Records. Both it and the album (of the same name) went Gold. Lastly, there’s rapper/actor Will Smith; his hit from the film Wild Wild West sampled Dee’s song and Stevie Wonder‘s “I Wish”. With Dru Hill on the chorus, it spent a week at the top in July.

Which one of these winners is wild enough for your playlist? Let me know! Follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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