Sunday, December 19, 2010

New Picks of the Week December 19, 2010

Sorry everyone. Just a chart update again this week.

Katy Perry is at #1 again this week as she holds at the top with “Firework”. What a year it has been for the California pop star. She dominated the top of the chart this summer with “California Gurls”. Shortly after her 8-week run on top, she returned to #1 with “Teenage Dream”. And now here she is again with her third #1 hit of 2010.

This week’s Top 7 includes six songs that have hit #1. Along with “Firework” are Rihanna’s “What’s My Name” (#2), P!nk’s “Raise Your Glass” (#4), Ke$ha’s “We R Who We R” (#5), Rihanna’s “Only Girl (In The World)” (#6) and Bruno Mars’ “Just The Way You Are” (#7). The only song in the Top 7 that has not hit #1 is “Grenade” by Bruno Mars which leaps from 5-3 so it may be just a matter of time until it reaches the chart pinnacle.

The highest debut on the Top 40 this week is “That’s All She Wrote” by T.I. featuring Eminem. It is the 15th chart single for the 30-year old rapper from Atlanta. Two have hit #1, both in 2008: “Whatever You Like” and “Live Your Life”. Fellow rapper, Diddy also bows this week at #24 with “Coming Home” featuring Dirty Money and Skylar Grey. It is Diddy’s 13th Top 40 single. He also has been featured on twelve others. Country star Jason Aldean has this week’s other debut with “My Kinda Party” at #39.

Last week Chris Brown had the biggest mover in the Top 40 when he jumped from 39-33 with “Yeah 3X”. This week he defends that honor but with a much more impressive move. He is up from 33-22.

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

New Picks of the Week December 12, 2010

Only a chart update this week everyone:

Katy Perry is at #1 again this week as she moves from 2-1 with “Firework”. What a year it has been for the California pop star. She dominated the top of the chart this summer with “California Gurls”. Shortly after her 8-week run on top, she returned to #1 with “Teenage Dream”. And now here she is again with her third #1 hit of 2010.

The Black Eyed Peas are eyeing up another trip to #1. If you remember, they were the group dominating the top of the charts the second half of 2009 with “Boom Boom Pow” and “I Gotta Feeling”. This week they leap from 9-4 with “The Time (Dirty Bit)”. Right behind is Bruno Mars with his third Top 10 hit, “Grenade” which moves from 10-5.

It’s yet another big Glee week in the Top 40. The cast has three new songs in the Top 40 this week. They are in at #22 with their cover of “Dog Days Are Over”. And enjoying new success due to that cover, the original singer Florence + The Machine (who is solo artist Florence Welch ) re-enters the Top 40 this week at her highest position #21. Glee also covers the only Top 10 rock hit from 2010, “Hey, Soul Sister”. That remake comes in at #29. And in at #38 is “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life”. That is a remake of the 1987 #1 smash by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes from the movie “Dirty Dancing”. The song also is sampled in the aforementioned hit by Black Eyed Peas, “The Time (Dirty Bit)”.

Of course it is also Christmas time which means new holiday music is all over the radio. The first song this month to crack the pop Top 40 is Coldplay’s “Christmas Lights” which debuts at #25 this week.

One other debut this week. Kenny Chesney is in at #40 with “Somewhere With You”. The biggest jump on the survey this week is “Yeah 3X” by Chris Brown which is up from 39-33.

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

New Picks of the Week December 5, 2010

Ever since “Welcome To The Black Parade”, I keep my eye on Jersey City rock quintet My Chemical Romance. As a fan of horns and marching bands, you couldn’t beat a crossover pop hit like that. This year they have produced two more songs that have caught my attention: “The Only Hope For Me Is You” and now a non released single from their brand new album “Danger Days”. The song reminds me of the crossover hits of The Cure from the late 1980s and early 1990s. Keyboard pads and a nice guitar solo along with simple lyrics and a catchy chord progression. There are more songs on the new album that have also caught my attention. Check it out.

I don’t know what I like best about Owl City. Let’s see. There are the extremely clever lyrics, the electronic feel, the original sound, his unique voice, the fact that he’s an outspoken Christian, the fact that there isn’t anything superstar-ish or fake about him, or maybe it’s just that he’s from Minnesota. I love this new song by Owl City called “Peppermint Winter”. It’s a nice secular Christmas song about how joyous the holiday is. And it’s done in typical Owl City fashion. It’s a nice festive addition to the classic Holiday repertoire.

I was laughing the other day when I saw a high school picture of 23-year old pop star Ke$ha. She looked like your average high school kid. Now she goes around putting glitter in her hair, putting makeup all over her face and dressing in outrageous costumes. Another words, she is being a pop star. I have really liked a lot of the songs that have been written, produced and mixed for her. Notice, I said I didn’t say I liked her voice. I love “C U Next Tuesday” which is off of her latest album. It’s a fun upbeat pop song.

Chart Update

P!nk jumps to #1 this week with her third career chart topper, “Raise Your Glass”. The 30-year old Pennsylvania native first reached the top in 2001 with “Lady Marmalade” which was a collaboration with Christina Aguilera, LIl’ Kim and Mya. Her second appearance at the pinnacle of pop success was two years ago with “So What”.

Katy Perry also has hit #1 three times. She is looking to make it four as she jumps from 6-2 with “Firework”. And watch out for Bruno Mars who has already reached #1 with “Just The Way You Are”. This week he leaps back up from 7-4.

Bruno also has one of two songs that enter the Top 10 this week. His third career Top 10 hit is “Grenade” which leaps from 17-10. Topping it by one spot is “The Time (Dirty Bit)” by Black Eyed Peas which moves from 13-9. The song which samples the 1987 #1 hit “The Time Of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes is the Peas’ seventh Top 10 hit.

This week’s highest Top 40 debut comes from 35-year old Spaniard Enrique Iglesias who scores his eighth chart single this week with “Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)” featuring Ludacris & DJ Frank E at #18. He nearly has back to back hits this week with “I LIke It” up from 21-20 this week.

The biggest mover in the Top 40 this week is “Stereo Love” by Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina which jumps from 35-26 this week. The song is well on its way to becoming the top dance song of 2010.

Also debuting this week are yet two more Glee hits, “Marry You” at #32 and their cover of Bruno Mars‘ “Just The Way You Are” at #40. And Dr. Dre is back at #34 with “Kush” featuring Snoop Dogg and Akon.