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Coming Back ‘Round: A Bevy Of “Boomerangs”

Popular words in song titles come and go based on crazes or merely coincidence. Sometimes two songs are released at the same time with the exact same title, but with different lyrics and melodies. For example, in 1979, “Crazy Love” by The Allman Brothers Band and Poco were out at the same time and both in the top 40 for a week in April, both completely unique songs. So, it was surprising when I saw a song going to one particular radio format recently and remembered this is not the first or second, but the fourth time this same song title has been issued as a single globally in just the past few months. That would be “Boomerang”, like the one you throw in the air that whirls around and comes back. Recently, it’s come back into our musical consciousness in a rare event. Three are currently out now, while one peaked out a few months back. Here they are:

What a Doll.

What a Doll.

NICOLE SCHERZINGER – “Boomerang”
Release Date: March 10 (U.K.)

She’s the former lead singer with Eden’s Crush and the Pussycat Dolls and she’s had some decent success as a solo act over in Europe. Her album Killer Love produced several hits there a few years back. Her latest song was co-produced by will.i.am. Scherzinger’s song and music video premiered in late January, while a digital download was made available in early March. Though the song went top ten in Ireland, Scotland and the United Kingdom, it generally didn’t perform well anywhere else it was released. No album followed it, but she is in the process of recording one, which could be out as she judges on the tenth season of the U.K.’s version of The X Factor, which will likely return at the end of August. Scherzinger’s solo run in the U.S. never took off besides some minor airplay, so don’t expect this one to get promoted here. Look for more information on new music from Scherzinger, including a music video for an Italian single with Eros Ramazzotti that will premiere next month.

Download Scherzinger’s “Boomerang” on iTunes (U.K. only.)

Just like that title, they keep comin' around.

BARENAKED LADIES – “Boomerang”
Release Date: March 22 (United States)

We’ve loved them for over two decades now as they climbed the charts with hits like “One Week” and “Pinch Me”. Their latest album, their first in three years, is titled Grinning Streak and it’s their second without founding member Steven Page. However, the band has soldiered on and looks to have produced another solid album full of goodies. It’ll be in stores next week and I’ll be picking up my copy. I did a review of the song back in March when I first heard it, which you can view here. (Hint: I really like it.) It was co-written by band member Ed Robertson and Zac Maloy and went to AAA radio in the U.S. earlier this month. The song is doing well in the group’s native Canada, where it’s approaching the top ten on their Adult Contemporary chart and is just below the top 50 at Hot Adult Contemporary radio. It’s been added to handful of stations here in the U.S., but not enough to make a significant impact yet. However, it’s just getting started, so stay tuned to hear it on your local station.

Download BNL’s “Boomerang” on iTunes.

The stage is Set.

The stage is Set.

THE SUMMER SET – “Boomerang”
Release Date: April 16 (United States)

This quintet is originally from Scottsdale, AZ and have been together since 2007. They’re now with their third label, Fearless Records, which is known for housing other alternative and independent acts like Breathe Carolina and Mayday Parade. The group recently competed in a contest sponsored by Macy’s for the chance to win a performance spot at the third annual iHeartRadio Music Festival among two dozen other acts. Pop duo Megan & Liz ended up as the winners last year. Well, it turns out that they indeed won it. Congrats guys! That’ll be taking place in mid-September. In the meantime, this single of theirs went to CHR radio back in April and has about 20 stations on it thus far, including one of the top stations in Chicago. It may be sticking around as the label looks to boost their presence on the airwaves in anticipation for their gig in Las Vegas. We shall see, but the song’s catchy enough to be a summer hit. Check out a preview of their forthcoming music video.

Download Summer Set’s “Boomerang” on iTunes.

No monkeying around.

No monkeying around.

LUCY SCHWARTZ – “Boomerang”
Release Date: May 22 (United States)

From Los Angeles, this 23-year-old singer has been recording since 2007 when she was still in high school. She’s been involved in a lot of charity efforts in her time in the industry. She’s been in lucky in that she’s been able to place songs on the soundtracks to many movies during this time, including Shrek Forever After and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. One of her songs is currently being used in the film What Maisie Knew, which had a limited opening a few weeks back. This time around, her composition is being featured on the new Netflix-only season of the once-cancelled FOX show Arrested Development, which just debuted on the service yesterday and has already received a ton of buzz. This is Schwartz’s first single not to be independently released by herself, which is true of her first two albums and EPs. Instead, she’s opted for a deal with Red Light Management for airplay purposes. Schwartz’s song is being serviced to AAA radio on July 1. Her album, Timekeeper, is out in stores on August 6.

Download Schwartz’s “Boomerang” on iTunes.

Just in case you were wondering, only two songs with the word “boomerang” in them have hit the top 40 on the Hot 100 since its 1958 start. In 1962, Charlie Drake went to #21 with “My Boomerang Won’t Come Back”, and in 1965, Jr. Walker & The All-Stars got to #36 with “Do The Boomerang”. I also liked a 2011 single by the Plain White T’s called “Boomerang”, but nobody really remembers that one. Maybe you’ll remember one of these songs listed above a little more.

Which one of these four “Boomerang” songs is your favorite? Let me know! Comment below or find me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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Growing Pains: The Hits That Hike To New Heights

Grow a pair!

Grow a pair! (Of singles, that is.)

One of the most popular posts in the past week and a half has belonged to Canadian singer Avril Lavigne‘s newest single, “Here’s To Never Growing Up”. The pop ditty is already building feverishly at radio and recently debuted at #52 on the Billboard Hot 100. She may not want to grow up, but other song titles take the affirmative side on the matter. At this point, fourteen songs with the word “grow” (or a variation like “grown”, “grows” or “growing”) have made the top 40 since the Hot 100 began in 1958, meaning Lavigne could potentially have the fifteenth such title to do so. Have these songs aged well or should we leave them in the past? You be the judge.

1962
The first of our big “grow” singles on the list comes from a performer who was successful as an actor before he became a singer, first starring on The Mickey Mouse Club in 1955. By 1962, a then sixteen-year-old Johnny Crawford had charted with a pair of hits before his third, “Your Nose Is Gonna Grow”, went to #14. He last entered the Hot 100 in 1964, then went back into acting and later on joined the Army. He now leads a dance orchestra in California.

1964
Here’s the first of three years where two songs managed to rank in the top 40. After launching hits like “Fun, Fun, Fun” and “Surfin’ U.S.A” into the top ten, the Beach Boys climbed back there in the fall of 1964 with “When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)”. It peaked at #9 on the Hot 100. They consistently hit that region for another two years before things fell apart. They reunited last year for an album and tour before three of its members left the group again.

The second of the two came from New York girl group The Cookies, who were then a trio. Their last of three top 40 hits, “Girls Grow Up Faster Than Boys”, rose as high as #33. They’re still together today with a different lineup.

1965
After reaching the top spot with “My Girl” earlier that year, the followup single to it by The Temptations, “It’s Growing”, only went to #18 on the charts. The group would go onto score fifteen top ten hits after that single, mostly from 1966-1973. A remake by singer-songwriter James Taylor from his Covers album reached a peak of #11 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 2009, his biggest at the format in over a decade, but failed to make the Hot 100.

1966
The duo of Chip Taylor and Al Gorgoni got together in 1966 under the name Just Us. Their only top 40 single, “I Can’t Grow Peaches On A Cherry Tree”, was also the name of their sole album. The song hit #34 on the Hot 100. Taylor wrote for a number of Country artists afterwards and had one minor top 40 hit on the Country survey in 1975, while Gorgoni played on #1 Hot 100 hits for Melanie, The Archies and The Monkees.

1967
Singer Bobby Vee became a teen idol in early 60’s with big singles like the #1 “Take Good Care Of My Baby” from 1961. His singles faltered as the British Invasion came around, but he had one last hurrah with “Come Back When You Grow Up”, reaching #3 on the Hot 100. It is, thus far, the highest peaking of all the “grow” titles on this list. It was also Vee’s first single credited to Bobby Vee & The Strangers. They last hit in 1970.

Also during the year, pop group The Four Seasons went to #30 with one of their lesser singles, “Watch The Flowers Grow”. It wasn’t until 1975 that the group would reappear in the top ten with the #3 “Who Loves You”.

1970
The first and only “grow” top ten hit during the decade came in the spring, when “Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)” climbed to a peak of #5 for Edison Lighthouse. It was the group’s only top-40 hit, but lead singer Tony Burrows would also appear on hits by three other bands within that year: “Gimme Dat Ding” by The Pipkins (#9), “My Baby Loves Lovin'” by White Plains (#13) and “United We Stand” by The Brotherhood of Man (#13).

A second more minor song, “Do You See My Love (For You Growing)”, charted for R&B group Jr. Walker & The All-Stars. It rose to #32 and was their last of a dozen top-40 hits. They would continue to make the Hot 100 until 1972.

1971
If you were alive in the 60’s, you probably remember the #1 hit “Honey” from 1968, but for all the wrong reasons. It’s often credited as one of the worst songs of all-time. (I’m not a fan either.) Well, three years after that musical mess, Bobby Goldsboro struck again with a not-so-horrible song, “Watching Scotty Grow”. It went to #11. Goldsboro last hit the top 40 in 1973, but continued to make the Country survey until 1982.

1973
Soul group The 5th Dimension made a name for themselves starting the mid-60’s with a handful of big singles and even more moderate charters. By the mid-70’s, their mainstream success quickly dried up, beginning with this last top-40 single. “Living Together, Growing Together”, the title track from one of their last studio albums, only mustered up to #32. The band still tours today with one founding member, Florence LaRue.

1976
After eight top 5 singles in a row, the streak had to end for the legendary Elton John in 1976 with a double a-sided single that only charted in North America. One of the two songs featured on it was “Grow Some Funk Of Your Own”, which fits our look back, which was backed with “I Feel Like A Bullet (In The Gun Of Robert Ford)”. It peaked at #14 in the United States. He would rebound quite quickly and have many more top ten singles.

1977
The last of the 70’s growers was by Kenny Nolan, who took his second and final top 40 hit to #20, a song called “Love’s Grown Deep”. Nolan had a total of four songs make the Hot 100 through 1980, the biggest of them being the #3 “I Like Dreamin'”. This would be the last top 40 single overall to contain the word “grow” or a variation of it for nearly three decades! Why such a long time? I don’t know, but it kept on growing for over thirty years.

2008
After a dry spell of 31 years, “When I Grow Up” by the Pussycat Dolls hit the national charts, becoming their last top ten single to date with a #9 charting. It led off their sophomore album, Doll Domination. It didn’t dominate, however, and was the beginning of the end for the Dolls as lead singer Nicole Scherzinger began to be credited as a featured artist on their final two Stateside singles. Scherzinger eventually went solo to mixed success.

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