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Friday, January 29, 2016

My Weekly Top 10 (January 29, 2016) #1 Sarah McLachlan - Love Beside Me




After a nine year break, Sarah McLachlan makes a return to the top section of the countdown. This week, her fifteenth top 10 hit, Love Beside Me, also becomes her eighth #1 song.

Sarah McLachlan


Sarah McLachlan has fifteen top 10 songs in my personal countdown, eight of them went all the way to #1.

1995 - I Will Remember You (#7)

1998 - Building A Mystery (#3)

1998 - Adia (#3)

1998 - Angel (#1)

1999 - Do What You Have To Do (#1)

1999 - Sweet Surrender (#1)

2000 - I Love You (#1)

2003 - Fallen (#3)

2004 - World On Fire (#3)

2004 - Stupid (#3)

2004 - Train Wreck (#1)

2004 - Answer (#1)

2006 - River (#1)

2006 - Happy X'mas (War Is Over) (#7)

2015 - Love Beside Me (#1)




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My Weekly Top 10 (January 29, 2016) #5 Train - Cadillac, Cadillac



Train gets their 7th top 10 hit in my personal countdown as Cadillac, Cadillac moves up to #5 this week.

It's their first top 10 hit from their last album Bulletproof Picasso.

My Weekly Top 10 (January 29, 2016) #7 Toni Braxton - Yesterday




Toni Braxton gets her 15th top 10 hit in my personal countdown this week, as Yesterday debuts at #7.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Grieving Over Our Fathers - Sting and I




We all cope with death in the family our own way.

Music has been such a big part of my own healing process.

Papa died in 1989 and in 1991, Sting released this album, The Soul Cages, and all at once, I was hooked by the imagery that Sting created in this album.

All throughout the album, you'd hear references about a "father", something which I thought Sting created as a character.

I only learned later on that, in fact, he dedicated this album to his father, who just recently died at that time.

I've always associated this album with Papa and in a way, allowed me to vicariously grieve for Papa's death through the poetry and music of Sting, since I have no such skill.

It made his passing away so suddenly and at such a young age more bearable for me.

I still love listening to this album, just to remind me of Papa.

That's why Sting is so special to me as an artist. He created this album just about the time that I was also grieving over the loss of Papa.

"One day he dreamed of the ship in the world
It would carry his father and he
To a place they would never be found
To a place far away from this town"

For All the Lost Loves




In my humble opinion as a songwriter, there are only two kinds of love song.
There's "I love you and you love me" and it's kind of boring. Does it go anywhere?
And then there's the kind of song that is "I love you but you love somebody else."

Now, that's interesting, it's painful, but it's interesting!

This is one of those songs......

- Sting

My Weekly Top 10 (January 22, 2016) #1 Indigo Girls - Share the Moon





Their last top 10 hit was their #1 song Leeds way back in 1997.  I was able to buy their latest CD and because of it, they have returned to My Weekly Top 10 countdown, after an absence of almost 18 years!  This week, their song, Share the Moon, becomes their sixth #1 in my personal countdown.

My Weekly Top 10 (January 22, 2016) #3 Macklemore / Ryan Lewis - Downtown



Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' third top 10 hit in my weekly top 10 countdown, Downtown, moves up to #3 this week, its new peak position. 

Macklemore


Macklemore has three top ten hits in my personal countdown.  One of them went all the way to #1.

2013 - Thrift Shop (with Ryan Lewis) (#9)

2013 - Same Love (with Ryan Lewis)  (#1)

2013 - Downtown (with Ryan Lewis) (#3)
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Monday, January 25, 2016

UK Chart Performance: David Bowie


David Bowie has 24 top 10 hits in the UK.  Five of them went all the way to #1.

1967 - The Laughing Gnome (#6)

1969 - Space Oddity (#1)

1972 - Starman (#10)

1972 - The Jean Genie (#2)

1973 - The Drive-In Saturday (#3)

1973 - Life on Mars? (#3)

1973 - Sorrow (#3)

1974 - Rebel, Rebel (#4)

1974 - Knock on Wood (#10)

1974 - David Live (#2)

1975 - Golden Years (#8)

1977 - Sound and Vision (#3)

1978 - Stage (#5)

1979 - Boys Keep Swinging (#7)

1980 - Ashes to Ashes (#1)

1980 - Fashion (#5)

1980 - The Best of Bowie (#3)

1981 - Under Pressure (with Queen) (#1)

1982 - Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy (with Bing Crosby) (#3)

1983 - Let's Dance (#1)

1983 - China Girl (#2)

1983 - Modern Love (#2)

1984 - Blue Jean (#6)

1985 - Dancing in the Street (with Mick Jagger) (#1)

1986 - Absolute Beginners (#2)

1993 - Jump They Say (#9)

2013 - Where Are We Now (#6)

He also has 29 top 10 albums in the UK.

1971 - Hunky Dory (#3)

1972 - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (#5)

1973 - Aladdin Sane (#1)

1973 - Pin Ups (#1)

1974 - Diamond Dogs (#1)

1975 - Young Americans (#2)

1976 - Station to Station (#5)

1976 - Changesonebowie (#2)

1977 - Low (#2)

1977 - Heroes (#3)

1979 - Lodger (#4)

1980 - Scary Monsters (and SuperCreeps) (#1)

1983 - Let's Dance (#1)

1984 - Tonight (#1)

1987 -Never Let Me Down (#7)

1989 - Tin Machine (#3)

1990 - Changesbowie (#1)

1993 - Black Tie White Noise (#1)

1993 - The Singles Collection (#9)

1995 - Outside (#8)

1997 - Earthling (#6)

1999 - 'Hours...' (#5)

2000 - Bowie at the Beeb (#7)

2002 - Heathen (#5)

2002 - Best of Bowie (#3)

2003 - Reality (#3)

2013 - The Next Day (#1)

2014 - Nothing Has Changed (#5)

2016 - Blackstar (#1)




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UK Chart Performance: Shawn Mendes


Canadian singer Shawn Mendes has two top 10 hits in the UK.  One of them went all the way to #1.

2014 - Oh Cecilia (feat. The Vamps) (#9)

2016 - Stitches (#1)

UK Chart Performance: Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber has nine top 10 hits in the UK.  Three of them went all the way to #1.

2010 - Baby (with Ludacris) (#3)

2010 - Eenie Meenie (with Sean Kingston ) (#9)

2012 - Boyfriend (#2)

2012 - Live My Life (with Far East Movement) (#7)

2013 - #thatPower (with wll.i.am) (#2)

2015 - Where are U Now (with Jack U) (#3)

2015 - What Do U Mean (#1)

2015 - Sorry (#1)

2015 - Love Yourself (#1)


UK Chart Performance: Brandy


Brandy has six top 10 hits in the UK.  

1998 - The Boy Is Mine (with Monica) (#2)

1998 - Top of the World (with Mase) (#2)

2001 - Another Day in Paradise (with Ray-J) (#5)

2002 - What About Us (#4)

2004 - Talk About Our Love (with Kanye West) (#6)

2015 - The Girl is Mine (with 99 Souls and Destiny's Child) (#5)

She also has one top 10 album there.

2002 - Full Moon (#9)

UK Chart Performance: Destiny's Child


Destiny's Child has 13 top 10 hit singles in the UK.  Two of them went all the way to #1.

1997 - No, No, No (with Wyclef Jean) (#5)

1999 - Bills, Bills, Bills (#6)

1999 - Bug a Boo (#9)

2000 - Say My Name (#3)

2000 - Jumpin' Jumpin' (#5)

2000 - Independent Woman Part 1 (#1)

2001 - Survivor (#1)

2001 - Bootylicious (#2)

2001 - Emotion (#3)

2004 - Lose My Breath (#4)

2004 - Soldier (feat. T.I. and Lil Wayne) (#4)

2005 - Girl (#6)

2015 - The Girl is Mine (with 99 Souls and Brandy) (#5)

They also have four top 10 albums in the UK.  One of them went all the way to #1.

1999 - The Writing's on the Wall (#10)

2001 - Survivor (#1)

2004 - Destiny Fulfilled (#5)

2005 - #1's (#6)

UK Chart Performance: 99 Souls


The British house band 99 Souls has one top 10 hit in the UK.

2016 - The Girl is Mine (feat. Destiny's Child and Brandy) (#5)

UK Chart Performance: One Direction

One Direction has fourteen top ten hits in the UK. Four of them went all the way to #1.

2011 - What Makes You Beautiful (#1)

2011 - Gotta Be You (#3)

2012 - One Thing (#9)

2012 - Live While We're Young (#3)

2012 - Little Things (#1)

2013 - Kiss You (#9)

2013 - One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks) (#1)

2013 - Best Song Ever (#2)

2013 - Story of My Life (#2)

2013 - Steal My Girl (#3)

2014 - Night Changes (#7)

2015 - Drag Me Down (#1)

2015 - Perfect (#2)

2015 - History (#6)


UK Chart Performance: Adele


Adele has six top 10 hits in the UK. Two of them went all the way to #1.

2008 - Chasing Pavements (#2)

2008 - Make You Feel My Love (#4)

2010 - Rolling in the Deep (#2)

2011 - Someone Like You (#1)

2012 - Skyfall (#2)

2015 - Hello (#1)

She also has four top 10 albums, three of them going all the way to #1.

2008 - 19 (#1)

2011 - 21 (#1)

2011 - Live at the Royal Albert Hall (#2)

2015 - 25 (#1)



UK Chart Performance: Chance the Rapper


Chance the Rapper is an American hip hop artist with one top 10 hit in the UK.

2015 - All My Friends (with Tinashe and Snakehips) (#8)

UK Chart Performance: Tinashe


Tinashe has one top 10 hit in the UK.

2016 - All My Friends (with Snakehips and Chance the Rapper)

UK Chart Performance: Snakehips


Snakehips are a British electronic/R&B music group and they have one top 10 hit in the UK.

2016 - All My Friends (with Tinashe and Chance the Rapper) (#8)

UK Chart Performance: Bryn Christopher


Bryn Christoper has one top 10 hit in the UK.

2016 - Sweet Lovin' (with Sigala) (#3)

UK Chart Performance: Sigala


Sigala is a DJ and he has two top 10 hits in the UK, one of them, going all the way to #1.

2015 - Easy Love (#1)

2015 - Sweet Lovin (with Bryn Christoper) (#3)

UK Chart Performance: Fuse ODG


Fuse ODG, an English rapper with Ghanaian descent, gets his very first top 10 hit in the UK charts.

2016 - Light It Up (Remix) (with Major Lazer and Nyla) (#10)

Uk Chart Performance: Nyla


Nyla is a Jamaican-based singer.  She has one top 10 hit in the UK.

2016 Light It Up (with Major Lazer and Fuse ODG) (#10)

UK Chart Performance: Major Lazer


The music project Major Lazer has two top ten hits in the UK.

2015 - Lean On (with DJ Snake and MO) (#2)

2016 - Light It Up (Remix) (feat. Nyla and Fuse ODG) (#10)

Friday, January 22, 2016

My Weekly Top 10: (January 22, 2016) #9 Pia Mia / Tyga / Chris Brown - Do It Again




Pia Mia and Tyga get their very first top 10 hit this week in my personal countdown while Chris Brown gets his 19th, as Do It Again debuts at #9.

The song is currently featured in the latest Body Jam 75 tracklist.

Tyga


Tyga has one top ten hit in my personal countdown.

2016 Do It Again (with Pia Mia and Chris Brown) (#9)

Pia Mia


Pia Mia has one top 10 hit in my personal countdown.

2016 - Do It Again (with Tyga and Chris Brown) (#9)

My Weekly Top 10: (january 22, 2016) #10 Eric Church - Cold One


Country singer Eric Church gets his second top 10 hit in my personal countdown this week as Cold One debuts at #10.  

He was last here in 2010 when Smoke a Little Smoke went all the way to #1.

Monday, January 18, 2016

RIP Glenn Frey


So much good music now is being played in heaven but for us here on earth, it has not been a very good month to be a music fan.
Although the Eagles became famous before I became a teenager, I was introduced to the music of Glenn Frey when he became a solo artist and did some work for the Eddie Murphy movie, Beverly Hills Cop.
Up to now, a lot of Retro and Zumba classes dance to his hit, "The Heat Is On", probably the most pop-sounding song from his solo discography.
Much of his great work though lies with his former band, The Eagles.
RIP Glenn Frey.