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Come And Get Your “Love”: The Divas Get Dancin’

I did a post just before Valentine’s Day about how “Love” titles were in the air, which included songs by Cher Lloyd and Maroon 5. Well, it’s not just them now! The big day may by over, but any day is good to spread some “Love”. So, here are two more songs that are looking to find a mate, that being mainstream radio. Get ready to shake a little to these super slick singles.

This collaboration is as good as Gould.

This collaboration is as good as Gould.

CALVIN HARRIS featuring ELLIE GOULDING – “I Need Your Love”
Release date: April 2 (CHR radio)

Calvin Harris is climbing all over the globe on the national charts. His latest offering in the States, “Sweet Nothing”, with Florence Welch, remains in the top ten in airplay. However, Harris is moving onto a new single from his album, 18 Months, which was released last year. The fourth U.S. single from it is officially “I Need Your Love”, with vocals by British singer Ellie Goulding. It’s a fan favorite. It’s already been a top-20 hit in New Zealand based on download sales alone, earning a Gold certification. It’s also had some minor chartings in other countries, though it will see a wider release starting next month. You may remember that Goulding had a slow rise to the top on the U.S. charts last year after a rerelease of her single, “Lights”. For some reason, it managed to catch on here while it generally flopped in Europe as it was the sixth release from her last album. It was the first (and only) radio single here. She released Halcyon in 2012, which launched one single at CHR radio, “Anything Could Happen”, missing the top 20 despite a lot of television placement including an advertisement for Beats By Dre headphones. It was also performed by Fifth Harmony two times on the X Factor. (They, like the song, weren’t a winner.) It wasn’t the most commercial-sounding thing, but I thought it would see some more action coming off a huge single. “Need”, on first listen, definitely has bigger things ahead of it. It’s a typical Harris beat, but it’s a really excellent one, and Goulding’s vocals match perfectly with it. Plus, it’s good to hear a little bit of piano and guitar mixed in with the EDM nature of it. There’s nothing especially interesting about the lyrics; it’s just about a girl who pleads, yet questions about the love from her significant other. She sings, “Am I dreaming? Will I ever find you now?/I walk in circles, but I’ll never figure out/What I mean to you, do I belong?/I try to fight this, but I know I’m not that strong.” Her distinct vocals really set her apart from other singers on the scene today; question is, will radio bite at her material again? Will it be another elongated rise and peak this fall? We’ll find out as it goes to radio in 2 1/2 weeks.

Will the Lotus finally rise to the occasion?

Will the Lotus finally rise to the occasion?

CHRISTINA AGUILERA – “Let There Be Love”
Release date: April 2013? (CHR radio)

“Just A Fool” may have been another dud from this little lady’s Lotus, but her record label isn’t stopping at two releases. It’s surprising given the underperformance of both singles and the effort itself, but I guess they are fully intent on getting a big hit. “Let” has been rumored to be a third single from the album for several weeks now after an add in early February by radio station B96 in Chicago, one of the top CHR stations in the nation. It then entered Billboard’s Dance/Club Play Chart. Now, a disc jockey at WKSE in Buffalo, NY has confirmed the radio release of the single via an RCA e-mail, and they generally jump on new songs pretty quickly. There was a suggestion that April 30 was the adds date for it at mainstream radio, but I can’t seem to find any confirmation of it. We’ll have to see if that holds true when some of the trade publications update in the next few weeks. However, that would make sense as to not interfere with Aguilera’s featured appearance on Pitbull‘s still-building single, “Feel This Moment”. It’s approaching the top ten at radio, a level Aguilera hasn’t seen since her 2011 collaboration with Maroon 5, “Moves Like Jagger”. It’s also a big sales hit. “Let” always had the biggest potential, at least in my opinion, to get Aguilera a solo success after several of her leadoff singles crashed out early. In fact, this totally should have started things off instead of “Your Body”. There’s a familiarity to it, sort of combination of Usher‘s “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” meets Nicki Minaj‘s “Starships”, and the lyrics are slightly less explicit and sexually promiscuous as “Body”. She croons, “Let there be love/Here in the dark/Turnin’ me on/Not gonna fight anymore ’cause I want your touch.” Plus, it helps that the vocals aren’t all over the place. Yes, she has her moments where she belts it out, but it’s not overdone to a point where it’s unlistenable. Is it too late to save Lotus or will “Moment” be a launching pad for this song to travel towards the top? I’m really hoping that this can be the smash it deserves to be. With a series of remixes serviced and a bit of buzz building behind it, we’ll see how the summer treats it as it hits the airplay charts.

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Home “Sweet” Home: A Collection Of Chart Candy

This sweet talkin' woman won't slow down.

This sweet talkin’ woman won’t slow down.

It’s still gaining on the radio even if it’s fallen back a bit on the Hot 100, but the single between producer Calvin Harris and singer Florence Welch is a hit, “Sweet Nothing”. It peaked at #1 in the United Kingdom back in October, but we’re always late when it comes to these kind of songs from overseas. In fact, “Nothing” peaked at #10 on the Hot 100 just last week. Today, we’ll be taking a look at some pretty sweet facts when it comes to these pop confections. Although we had some “sweet” singles in the 60’s like Brenda Lee‘s similarly titled “Sweet Nothin’s” (#4, 1960) and Neil Diamond‘s “Sweet Caroline” (#6, 1969), this list will be focused on those songs that hit the charts since 1970. The Harris/Welch collaboration marks the 25th song to pull off the feat since then. Get ready to sink your teeth into this.

(Information is based on the Hot 100 from 1970-1989. The Radio & Records airplay chart is used after 1990.)

THE 70’s
The 70’s were the sweetest of the decades of the list with eleven different top ten singles. Of them, only one went to the #1, the very first of them: “My Sweet Lord”, the 1970 single by George Harrison. It held down the top for three official charts and a one-week holiday break for a combined amount of four weeks. Another went as high as #3: Tony Orlando and Dawn‘s “Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose?” from 1973. Four top ten titles from 1971 featured the word “sweet” in them, the most of any year regardless of the decade on this list. They were “Sweet Hitch-Hiker” by Creedence Clearwater Revival (#6), “Sweet And Innocent” by Donny Osmond (#7), “Sweet Mary” by Wadsworth Mansion (#7) and “Sweet City Woman” by The Stampeders (#8). The latter two acts are generally considered one-hit wonders, though The Stampeders would find their way back to the top 40 for a grand total of one week in 1975 with a cover of “Hit The Road Jack”.

Of the other five, three were by groups: Commodores (“Sweet Love” – #5 in 1976), Lynyrd Skynyrd (“Sweet Home Alabama” – #8 in 1974) and Rufus with Chaka Khan (“Sweet Thing” – #5 in 1976). Two singer-songwriters finish our look at the decade: Carole King, who went to #9 in 1972 with “Sweet Seasons”, and James Taylor, who in 1975 went to #5 with his remake of “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)”. The original version by Marvin Gaye went to #6 ten years prior. A third version by Jr. Walker & the All Stars just missed the top ten in 1966.

THE 80’s
The sugar lingered into the electronic 80’s with another eight “sweet” top tens, including two #1 songs in “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” by Eurythmics (1983) and “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses (1988). Another two besides those chart-toppers were the debut top-40 singles on the Hot 100 for the respective two acts. In 1981, Franke and the Knockouts scored a #10 hit called “Sweetheart” and in 1986, Anita Baker rose to #8 with her soulful “Sweet Love”. On the other hand, one was also the last top-40 single for a solo male singer, Michael McDonald, with his #7 “Sweet Freedom” from 1986. McDonald continued to make the Adult Contemporary survey from several more decades.

Rounding out the pack are two #5 singles by Air Supply (“Sweet Dreams”, 1982) and Sade (“The Sweetest Taboo”, 1985) and a #7 charter from Juice Newton, 1982’s “The Sweetest Thing (I’ve Ever Known)”. “Taboo” was the second of two number-one singles for the band on the Adult Contemporary chart; “Thing” was the first of four number-one Country hits for Newton.

THE 90’s
Here’s where things cut off sharply. Despite a lot of close calls by acts like Mary J. Blige, Mötley Crüe and Sarah McLachlan, only two songs made it to the top ten during the 90’s and both within a few months of each other. In late 1995, Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men created a massive duet in “One Sweet Day”. It officially spent eight frames at the top between 1995 and 1996, though a two-week holiday freeze in-between technically lifts that total to ten weeks. It fell pretty sharply after it peaked, but understandably so. The other song to pull off the trick was “Sweet Dreams” by La Bouche, their second hit on the pop chart. It peaked at #5.

THE 00’s
For eleven years, not a single “sweet” song could break the top ten. How sour! That curse was broken in 2007 by a gal named Gwen and her Harajuku girls. That, of course, is Gwen Stefani, and she just missed the coveted top spot in 2007 with “The Sweet Escape”, featuring Akon. It was the highest ranking #2 single on that year’s end of the year chart. Returning as a featured artist the next year, Akon, along with rapper Lil Wayne and singer Niia were all included on Wyclef Jean‘s #10 single, “Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)”. Lastly, before “Sweet Nothing” came along, the most recent top ten title that brought the “sweet” factor was “Sweet Dreams” from the multi-talented Beyoncé. It reached #5 in 2009.

What song do you think is the sweetest of the sweet? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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