Sunday, November 22, 2009

New This Week

"Greatest Time Of Year", Aly & AJ.
This song actually has been out for quite awhile now but it's getting a new life on the charts again this Christmas season. Disney duo Aly & AJ give this rendition of "Greatest Time Of Year" a lot of energy and fun. First heard it last year at the Osbourne Light Spectacular at Disney World's Hollywood Studios. It was one of those magical spine tingling moments in life.

"Good Life", OneRepublic.
The Colorado band that hit it big when Timbaland remixed their 2007 single "Apologize" is now on a roll. They reached the Top 10 again last year with "Stop And Stare" and now they have produced another winner with "Good Life".

Rock-It! 11-22-09, Jay-Z's Empire Strikes Back, Make Way For The Lady

Jay-Z has been at #1 three times before, but never as a headlined artist. This week the 39-year old Brooklyn rapper has finally done it by moving from 2-1 with “Empire State Of Mind”. He is joined by fellow New Yorker Alicia Keys who as also been to #1 three times previous but unlike Jay-Z, she was the headliner. The run started in 2001 with “Fallin’”. She returned to the top in 2004 with “My Boo” with Usher and then again in 2007 with “No One”.

Last week rapper Kiedran Jones made the biggest move within the Top 40 by leaping from 12-4. This week Kiedran who goes by the name Iyaz holds at that #4 position with “Replay”.

Two songs make their Top 10 debut this week. The most impressive mover is by Georgia country trio Lady Antebellum who score their first Top 10 pop hit this week with “Need You Now”. The song rockets from 22-5 this week and is the biggest mover within the Top 40 this week. The band headed up by female vocalist Hillary Scott was named new artist of the year by the Country Music Association last year after scoring the Top 5 country hits “Love Don’t Live Here” and “Lookin’ For A Good Time”.

Also entering the Top 10 this week is L.A. hip hop artist Ke$ha who moves from 14-10 with “TiK ToK”. Ke$ha has appeared in the Top 10 once before when she was featured on Flo-Rida’s #1 hit from earlier this year, “Right Round”.

The only other song with a bullet in the Top 10 is Britney Spears’ “3” which moves from 8-6 after three weeks at #8. The song debuted at #1 five weeks ago and became her third #1 hit song and second from her album “Circus” following “Womanizer”.

The bottom half of the Top 20 is highlighted by an 18-11 leap by Lady GaGa. The New York superstar has already sent her first four releases to the Top 10 including “Paparazzi” which is currently #9 and two #1 hits, “Just Dance” and “Poker Face”. Her latest hit “Bad Romance” is now close to becoming her fifth consecutive Top 10 hit to start her career. French DJ/producer David Guetta holds at #12 this week with “Sexy Chick” featuring Akon. The Black Eyed Peas have had two consecutive songs spend seven-plus weeks at #1: “Boom Boom Pow” and “I Gotta Feeling”. It wasn’t likely to happen again although their follow up “Meet Me Halfway” regains a bullet at #15 this week. The song reached #7 last month. And Kelly Clarkson is gaining airplay and sales this week at #20 with her 11th Top 20 hit, “Already Gone”.

Songs making moves of five or more within the bottom half of the Top 40 include Taylor Swift’s “Fifteen” (38-26) and Birdman’s “Money To Blow” featuring Lil Wayne & Drake (40-34).

Four songs debut in the Top 40 this week. The latest Glee Cast song to enter the survey is “Defying Gravity” featuring Chris Colfer & Lea Michele at #31. Country superstar Kenny Chesney scores his 17th Top 40 crossover hit by teaming up with band leader Dave Matthews on “I’m Alive” at #32. It is Dave’s first Top 40 appearance without his band which has scored seven Top 40 singles.

Two other country artists also join the survey this week. 26-year old Texas singer Miranda Lambert scores her first Top 40 hit song this week with “White Liar” at #38. And country superstar Reba McEntire who has scored over 90 country hits over her 33-year chart career is back in the Top 40 for the first time since reaching #35 in 2004 with “Somebody”. She bows at #39 with her third Top 40 hit, “Consider Me Gone”. 

My iTunes new picks of the week:
“Greatest Time Of Year”, Aly & AJ
“Good Life”, OneRepublic

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

New This Week

My new tunes of the week:

"Picture Perfect", Every Avenue
Michigan pop/rock band with a very polished energetic sound.

"The Christmas Can-Can", Straight No Chaser
A cappella group that started at Inidana University and gained notoriety last Christmas with their entertaining version of the "12 Days Of Christmas". This one is very similar in musicality and humor.

"Walk On The Water", Britt Nicole
Christian star who has scored the CCM Top 10 hits "You" and "The Lost Get Found" has another Christian AC hit on her hands.

"Do You Remember", Jay Sean
The combination of hip hop and electronica continues to interest me especially when it's by a British artist. A little more focus on the electronica instead of the hip hop.

Rock-It! 11-15-09, Owl City Flies Back To #1, Iyaz Makes Quick Play

A week after slipping from the top spot of the Hot 100, Owatonna, Minnesota native Owl City is back at #1 with “Fireflies”. He knocks fellow youngster, Jason DeRulo, back down to #3 with “Whatcha Say” after a week at #1. Owl City is the first Minnesota act to reach #1 since Prince’s purple reign in the 1980s. And he’s already thinking follow up as “Vanilla Twilight” already made an appearance on the Hot 100.

Jay-Z + Alicia Keys inch up a spot this week from 3-2 with “Empire State Of Mind”. For the Brooklyn rapper who turns 40 next month, he is looking for his very first #1 hit as a headlined artist. He did reach #1 as a featured artist on Mariah Carey’s “Heartbreaker” in 1999, his wife Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love” in 2003 and Rihanna’s “Umbrella” in 2007. For Alicia Keys, this could become her fourth chart topper.

Three songs enter the Top 10 this week. Rapper Kiedran Jones who goes by Iyaz leaps from 12-4 with his first Top 10 hit, “Replay”. It is also the biggest moving song within the Top 40 this week. Making a very impressive move up the Hot 100 is Rihanna’s “Russian Roulette” which rockets from 75-9. The song is from her upcoming album “Rated R”. It becomes the tenth #1 hit of the 21-year old superstar’s career. Joining Rihanna with a new Top 10 hit this week is another one of the decade’s top female vocalists: Beyonce. She is up from 11-10 with “Sweet Dreams” giving the 28-year old Houston superstar her 12th Top 10 solo hit. Add in her Top 10 efforts with Destiny’s Child, and this is her 22nd Top 10 single.

The only other song with a bullet in the Top 10 is Britney Spears’ “3” which holds at #8 for a third week. The song debuted at #1 four weeks ago and became her third #1 hit song and second from her album “Circus”.

The bottom half of the Top 20 is highlighted by an 18-12 leap by French DJ/producer David Guetta with “Sexy Chick” featuring Akon. This is the 42-year old’s second Top 40 effort this year and biggest hit to date. L.A. hip hop singer Ke$ha is also moving up from 16-14 this week with her first hit as a headliner, “TiK ToK”. And one song makes its Top 20 debut this week. Kelly Clarkson is up from 21-19 with “Already Gone”. This is Kelly’s 11th Top 20 hit song.

Songs making moves of five or more within the bottom half of the Top 40 include Carrie Underwood’s “Cowboy Casanova” (27-21), Cascada’s “Evacuate The Dancefloor” (33-28) and Usher’s “Papers” (39-32).

Six songs debut in the Top 40 this week. 15-year old Canadian Justin Bieber has his fourth Top 40 hit with “Favorite Girl” at #26. He also moves from 25-24 with his first hit, “One Time”. British rapper Jay Sean is following up his #1 smash “Down” with “Do You Remember” featuring Sean Paul & Lil Jon at #27.

New York pop turned hip hop influenced singer/songwriter Jesse McCartney soces his fourth Top 40 hit “Body Language” featuring T-Pain at #35. Country/pop superstar Taylor Swift watches all six of her debuts from a week ago slip out of the Top 40, but her 19th career Top 40 single, “Fifteen”, bows at #38 this week. Georgia country singer Luke Bryan scores his first Top 40 hit this week at #39 with “Do I”. And 40-year old New Orleans rapper Birdman scores his first Top 40 hit this week with “Money To Blow” featuring Lil Wayne & Drake at #40. 

My iTunes new picks of the week:
“Picture Perfect”, Every Avenue
“The Christmas Can-Can”, Straight No Chaser
“Walk On The Water”, Britt Nicole
“Do You Remember”, Jay Sean