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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of February 5, 2016

On "Sale" this week.

On “Sale” this week.

Snow may be hitting the Northeast again overnight, but this week’s New Music Friday will keep you nice and toasty with all the hottest new jams. Here are this week’s notable albums and singles:

  • WIZ KHALIFA — Khalifa (iTunes)
    • Six months ago, Khalifa’s Blacc Hollywood entered at #1 on the Billboard 200 list, so it’s a bit of surprise to see a new set from him this soon. We’ll see if his recent Twitter fight gets him any added sales. Nothing from the album is currently at radio, but “Bake Sale”, an instant grat at the time of release, is still in the top 100 on iTunes.
  • FUTURE — EVOL (iTunes)
    • This album is a Saturday release, and though Khalifa has a one-day advantage, this will certainly be an interesting race to #1 for both rappers. The Georgia performer’s DS2 and collaboration on What A Time To Be Alive came in at #1 on the Billboard 200 last year, and his hot streak is definitely burning.
  • CHARLES KELLEY — The Driver (iTunes)
    • Kelley is at the wheel as his first solo effort travels the road to retail. The title track serves as the lead single, a top 50 hit at Country radio, and the set features several collaborations. It should be able to make the top 20 in sales.
  • More albums out this week: DIIV‘s Is The Is Are (iTunes), Drowning Pool‘s Hellelujah (iTunes), Elevation Worship‘s Here As In Heaven (iTunes), Elton John‘s Wonderful Crazy Night (iTunes), Foxes‘s All I Need (iTunes), Lucinda Williams‘s The Ghosts Of Highway 20 (iTunes), Majid Jordan‘s Majid Jordan (iTunes), Nothing But Thieves‘s Nothing But Thieves (iTunes), SWV‘s Still (iTunes), The Cult‘s Hidden City (iTunes), NOW That’s What I Call Music 57 (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Tigertown‘s Lonely Cities (iTunes)

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

  • “Don’t Let Me Down”, The Chainsmokers featuring Daya (iTunes)
  • “From The Ground Up”, Dan + Shay (iTunes)
  • “Jimmy Choo”, Fetty Wap (iTunes)
  • “Ophelia”, The Lumineers (iTunes)
  • “Make My Love Go”, Jay Sean featuring Sean Paul (iTunes)
  • “Nervous”, Gavin James (iTunes)
  • “New Year’s Eve”, (iTunes)
  • “Pause”, SafetySuit (iTunes)
  • “Prayers/Triangle”, Deftones (iTunes)
  • “Smoke”, Brian Fallon (iTunes)
  • “Something New”, Zendaya featuring Chris Brown (iTunes)
  • “The Broken”, 3 Doors Down (iTunes)
  • “Voodoo”, Allen Stone (iTunes)
  • “Whisper”, Chase Rice (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Kanye West, Lissie, Vince Gill and more.

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“Right” On Time: A Sample Of 1993 Hits

A "Walk" down memory lane.

A “Walk” down memory lane.

New in the CHR/Pop top 40 this week is the song “Be Right There” by producers Diplo and Sleepy Tom, the first charting song for the latter performer out of British Columbia and yet another hot hit for the former, originally from Mississippi. The release is a big hit in big markets, and it seems to have survived the annual freeze well, as it’s still holding onto a triple digit bullet. It’s also a notable streaming success, with 42 million plays on Spotify and several more million on YouTube. However, this new entry is also a part of an interesting historical occurrence, one that’s been gaining a lot of steam since the start of the decade.

If you’re a pop music buff, especially when it comes to the 90’s, you know that “Right” samples the biggest hit on the pop radio list for the girl group Jade“Don’t Walk Away” was the second song for Joi Marshall, Tonya Kelly and Di Reed to become a top 40 hit (following “I Wanna Love You”, which went to #11 in September 1992) and it was a smash, spending 20 weeks on the chart, two of those weeks at #6 in late March and early April 1993. Keep in mind, this was during a time before the plays-per-week era, and the total it achieved (along with “Two Princes” by the Spin Doctors) hadn’t been reached since the 70’s.

Though their name was lost in the many forgotten female groups that scored during the early part of the decade (Yes, I’m looking at you Boy Krazy, Sweet Sensation and The Cover Girls, etc.), they suddenly find themselves back in the spotlight with that great song. It got me thinking about other singles to hit the CHR/Pop chart that also sampled singles that peaked in 1993, and I’m happy to report that I’ve found at least six more singles from that year that have endured in other songs. Most of them are still on the airwaves in their original form, if only for a mix show or syndicated weekend program. Let’s see how many you remember!

(Radio & Records statistics are provided for all songs prior to the summer of 2006, while Mediabase 24/7 peaks and weeks are provided after that date.)

DR. DRE featuring SNOOP DOGG, “Nuthin’ But A “G” Thang” (#24 – March/April, 12 weeks)
sampled in 2001/2’s “Livin’ It Up” by Ja Rule featuring Case (#8 – January, 19 weeks)
sampled in 2007’s “This Is Why I’m Hot” by MIMS (#11 – April, 18 weeks)

It’s a G-funk classic, and though it was a bigger hit on the Hot 100, this did its “Thang” on a fairly conservative panel for the time.

HADDAWAY, “What Is Love?” (#5 – October, 15 weeks)
sampled in 2010’s “No Love” by Eminem featuring Lil Wayne (#20 – December, 12 weeks)

The act from Trinidad and Tobago managed to score one additional hit on the pop chart in 1994 with “Life”, which peaked at #12.

JANET JACKSON, “Again” (#1 – October/November, 15 weeks)
sampled in 2010’s “Solo” by Iyaz (#17 – May, 13 weeks)

The janet. era was huge, launching six songs into the pop top ten. Jackson made a big return in 2015 with the album Unbreakable.

ROBIN S, “Show Me Love” (#3 – July, 14 weeks)
sampled in 2011’s “Don’t Wanna Go Home” by Jason Derulo (#10 – June/July, 14 weeks)
sampled in 2014’s “Show Me” by Kid Ink featuring Chris Brown (#19 – March, 18 weeks)

“Love” remains one of the quintessential house records of that era. A second single, “Love For Love”, went to #38 for two frames.

SWV, “Right Here (Human Nature)” (#3 – September/October, 15 weeks)
sampled in 2011’s “She Ain’t You” by Chris Brown (#17 – August, 13 weeks)

This remains the trio’s last top ten single to date on the pop survey, but they’re currently on Urban AC radio with “Ain’t No Man”.

ZAPP & ROGER, “Slow And Easy” (#37 – December, 4 weeks)
sampled in 2000’s “Big Pimpin'” by Jay-Z featuring UGK (#32 – September, 12 weeks)

They had plenty of R&B hits, but this was their only crossover entry, and a minor one at that. It’s a cut from All The Greatest Hits.

(Listen to our 93 From ’93 playlist on Spotify, including all the big pop hits from that year in music!)

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Take You “Downtown”: A Top 40 Travelogue

Top of the "Shop".

Top of the “Shop”.

If you’re a big fan of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, you likely know that their track with Ed Sheeran, “Growing Up”, is at six million plays on YouTube and two million streams on SoundCloud, where you can download it for free. With a substantial total through both services, radio has also welcomed the track, launching it into the top 40 at two different formats without any sort of paid sales data or a large airplay push. That strategy is most likely in place due to the official first release (and second overall single) from the duo’s forthcoming set, titled “Downtown”, going to radio next week.

As Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars‘s “Uptown Funk” was climbing the charts, I revisited all the “uptown” titles to rank on the radio, so I figured that it was only fitting to do the same for the “downtown” titles. No matter which way you’re headed, there is a great list of music to enjoy. Let’s travel on and examine the picks of the pop radio listing, shall we?

Hot 100 (pre-1973)
“Downtown”, Petula Clark (#1, 1965)

If the 2015 “Downtown” doesn’t become a classic, we’ll always have this one to look back on. English singer Clark just turned 22 when her first U.S. single entered the charts and it was a smash, spending two weeks at #1 in January 1965. “My Love” followed it to the top for two weeks in 1966. She last reached the Hot 100 in 1981.

Clark’s signature song was parodied by comedy star Allan Sherman as “Crazy Downtown”, which became his second and final top 40 hit. It peaked at #40 on the Hot 100 about three months after her song peaked, though it rose to #25 on Cashbox.

Radio & Records
“Downtown Life”, Daryl Hall and John Oates (#32, 1988)

This “Downtown” title was the third single from the duo’s Ooh Yeah! album, the same one that also gave them their last top five single ever, “Everything Your Heart Desires”. It barely missed the top 30 during the fourth quarter of 1988, giving the two guys their last top 40 hit of the 80’s. They would return in the fall of 1990.

“Downtown”, One 2 Many (#29, 1989)

You may be asking, who? The late 80’s were full of these kinds of international acts, this trio being from Norway, who landed in the top 40 for a brief few weeks. Though their album and single were successful in their native country, they did very little here, and the trio broke up in the middle of the promotional run for the set.

“Downtown Train”, Rod Stewart (#1, 1990)

Originally released by Tom Waits on his 1985 album Rain Dogs, several covers of his song charted nationally, including a minor one by Patty Smyth in 1987. Stewart’s version, taken from a greatest hits set, spent one week at the top of the pop radio chart in January 1990 and turned into one of his biggest singles of that decade.

“Downtown”, SWV (#37, 1993)

After three successful top five radio singles from their It’s About Time album, including the #1 song “Weak”, the female trio out of New York City couldn’t lift their fourth release to the same heights. However, it was a chart-topping R&B hit for seven weeks as one half of a double a-side single with “Right Here/Human Nature”.

“Downtown Venus”, P.M. Dawn (#19, 1995)

Brothers Attrell and Jarrett Cordes, originally from New Jersey, comfortably found a place at radio beginning in 1991 with such songs as “Set Adrift On Memory Bliss” and “I’d Die Without You”, taken from soundtrack to the movie Boomerang. By the time this single appeared on the radio charts in 1995, their career was fading.

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