As predicted Lorde makes a big leap, up 108 positions to #11. She also has a second song "Liability" enter the Beyond Radio 250 at #205. Right behind her the Chainsmokers & Coldplay rise 38-12 and look to have 2 songs in the top 10 by next week. These 2 songs are also the 2 most added this week, 20 & 17. The third most added song, Calvin Harris’ “Slide” moves 164-47 and after a slow-ish start Ariana Grande’s current pop top 15 song “Everyday” finally cracks the top 100 up 107-58.
Keith Urban got as high as #127 last August with his Carrie Underwood duet “The Fighter” when it was receiving airplay in Australia. Now maybe the poppiest song on country radio ever, where it now in the top 25, finally enters the top 100 at #70. I expected this would be pitched to Hot AC and a different song would be promoted to country radio. The Band Perry seems to have skipped country radio and gone strait to Hot AC with their current single “Stay In The Dark” (194-161). Lady Antebellum’s new single “You Look Good” (57-40) also sounds to me like a Hot AC song. We’ll see how it all plays out in the end.
DROPKICK MURPHYS You'll Never Walk Alone 9 albums in and perfect for St. Paddy's day is a remake of the oft recorded song from the Broadway show Carousel. The album "11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory" was released in Jan. and reached #8 on the Billboard album chart.
CHICANO BATMAN Friendship (Is A Small Boat In A Storm) L.A. band who sound like a psychedelic cousin to Santana on this song.
ALICE MERTON No Roots English-Canadian newcomer who explains this song is about "never really staying in one place for very long".
ALEX CLARE Tell Me What You Need Clare had a huge international hit with "Too Close" in 2012 and reached #6 on my personal chart in 2015 with "War Rages On". This is from the British singer's new album "Tail Of Lions".
AMY LEE Love Exists New single from former Evanescence front woman. A big atmospheric ballad for a big voice. Last year she did a covers EP which included a cool version of Led Zeppelin's "Going To California" and a gothic take on "With Or Without You".
CAMERON AVERY Wasted On Fidelity Australian artist who is a touring member of Tame Impala and formerly of the band Pond. His solo work is influenced by artists Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan and others of that era but with a modern alt flare.
CHEF'SPECIAL In Your Arms This hand clappy folk tune was received moderate airplay on alternative radio last year but nothing on AAA which is strange. The Dutch band also dabbles in ska, rap and funk.
DEX ROMWEBER Trouble Of The World Former frontman of the band Flat Duo Jets, his music is steeped in late 50's, early 60's rockabilly, surf and lounge music.
ERIC CLAPTON Spiral Over 50 years of guitar licking for Mr. Clapton. Here's some laid back blues from his 2016 album "I Still Do". And he does.
HAMISH ANDERSON Trouble More blues guitar from this young Australian. Tooling around since 2013, his first full length album of the same name was released last Oct.
SHERYL CROW Halfway There A welcome return from Crow, showing her more bluesy side.
HUNTER AND THE BEAR Won't You Ever Come Home This British band sounds downright Petty/Springsteen-ish on this song but that is not their only music direction. "D.R.K" their most recent single has a much heavier rock edge and "You Can Talk" a driving propulsive energy.Not to be pigeon-holed the band has put out 11 singles and 2 EP's of diverse songs since 2014.
MATT HIRES Holy War You can hear the roots rock influence on this tune from Tampa native Hires. It sounds more 2005 than 2017 but I like it.
JAMIE N COMMONS Glory Gravely voiced British singer offers what has been called "a modern Gothic, 21st century version of the blues".
KINGS OF LEON Around The World One of the biggest American rock bands of the last decade, these Nashville boys are best when they put a little boogie in their step. The band has the current #3 song on the Untapped Resources AAA chart and it also reached #41 on the Beyond Radio 250 in February without being released as a single. Their song "Family Tree" was my #1 song of the 2014/15 season. I have a year end list and other to coincidence the annual music party each summer.
AGNES OBEL It's Happening Again This Danish singer songwriter is influenced by classical music in addition to people like alt queen PJ Harvey. Her music exists in an eerie folk landscape.
LAURA MARLING Soothing Similarly, here is dark acoustic folk from the British singer-songwriter whose had 5 albums (4 UK top 10's) since 2008. Her latest "Semper Femina" was released last week.
NAHKO & MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE Love Letters To God A music collective lead by Nanko Bear, a musician of Apache, Filipino and Puerto Rican descent. The bands music similarly transcends genre lines.
RICHARD ASHCROFT They Don't Own Me Ashcroft was the lead singer of the British band The Verve, best known for their 90's anthem "Bitterseet Symphony".
THE BRIGHT LIGHT SOCIAL HOUR Tear Down That Wall This Austin, Texas band has been churning out psychedelic rock since 2007. This was released on inauguration day. This is not their first time singing about political issues.
THE REVIVALISTS Stand Up This New Orleans band reached #1 on the AAA chart 14 months after the release of their album "Men Amongst Mountains" last Sept with "Wish I Knew You". Just 2 weeks ago it hit the Alternative airplay top 10. I featured it last June on the adult pop pick list. Here's hoping they continue to gain traction. They sound equally fantastic live.
VISTA KICKS Baja (Only Wanna Be With You) Originally from Sacramento, this breezy, summery offering is from their 2016 EP "Chasing Waves".
THE REBEL LIGHT Hard To Believe The perfect companion to Vista Kicks is this song from this L.A. trio. Their EP "A Hundred Summer Days" delves into the 60's/70's California folk-pop formula nicely. "They receiving some airplay on Siurs/XM;'s Alt Nation last year with the song "Strangers".
FOND OF RUDY Say Something Staying in a similar vein, this is easy to swallow British indie pop, breezy and melodic.
ZACH WILLIAMS Chain Breaker Born in Pensacola, Florida Williams began is career as the frontman of a southern rock band and now has moved into the Christian music realm. This song recently spent multiple weeks at #1 on the Christian airplay chart.
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Can't stop the train
The top 3 all gain points but Ed Sheeran could not stop the Katy Perry train. She gains almost 1000 more points and 14 more adds. She claims the highest total charts, 81, since “Starboy” in November.
3 songs enter the top 10 with Goldfrapp up 11-7, Depeche Mode 13-8 and The Chainsmokers 12-10. 3 songs also move into the top 25 led by Lana Del Rey’s “Love” 52-20 , followed by Kygo 62-24 and Cold War Kids 47-25.
The Chainsmokers aided by Coldplay also see the top new entry in the top 100 as “Something Just Like This” rises 132-38 powered by 11 adds. The most added song is the much anticipated comeback of Lorde with “Green Light” entering the top 250 ant #119. I expect a powerful move upward next week.
Other notable entries into the top 100 are Maroon 5 (#47), and atypical release from Linkin Park with Kiara (#67), a return from Incubus (#82) and the latest single from Rag’n’Bone Man (#84).
Katy Perry unchained
Katy Perry rises 9-3 and could be a contender for #1 next week if she claims another surge in adds. She picked up 20 this week, only 2 behind “Shape Of You” now. That song only saw a slight increase in points (17), while Perry increased by over 1200 so clearly her momentum is greater.
Depeche Mode (19-13) and Imagine Dragons (23-14) come closer to the top 10, and 2 songs enter the top 25, “Scared To Be Lonely” (28-18) and “”That’s What I Like” (26-22), all on similar point increases.
Just outside the top 25 Biffy Clyro jump 20 spots from 46-26, far surpassing the top 100 peaks of the other 4 songs they have placed from their most recent album. Those all peaked between 72 and 85 in the last 12 months.
The 3 highest new editions to the top 100 belong to Lana Del Rey moving 238-52, Sophie Ellis-Bextor up 115-55 and Kygo with Selene Gomez on “It Ain’t Me” vaulting 242-62.
Other than the 3 nice moves into the top 25 the upper reaches are pretty stagnant. Those three are the same biggest movers from last week; Katy Perry #9, Depeche Mode #19 (who also debut atop the Heritage Artist and Heritage voters charts) and Imagine Dragons #23.
Dua Lipa has 2 songs enter the top 50 this week. Her collaboration with Martin Garrix moves 60-28 while “Be The One” is up 51-39.
The 3 highest top 100 entries belong to Marian Hill’s “Down” (146-78), “Reverend” by Kings Of Leon (136-81) and the awesome “Love Is Mystical” from Cold War Kids (154-84). Hoping that one breaks out from alternative and becomes a pop hit.
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AMY SHARK Adore Australian indie pop singer songwriter.
ARTIFICIAL PLEASURE I'll Make It Worth Your While Gang Of Four meets funk from new London based band.
BRITISH SEA POWER Bad Bohemian This Brit band is currently #3 on the Untapped Resouces Alt chart. They released their first album in 2003 and have been compared to The Cure and Joy Division.
DEATH TEAM Gold This quirky Swedish indie pop band has been putting out singles since 2014. "Gold is from 2015 and their latest release from earlier this month is "Work".
DEPECHE MODE Where's The Revolution? These alt superstars will release their 14th studio album on March 17.
FINDLAY Waste My Time Brit female artist debuted in 2013 with "On And Off" (featured in a BMW commercial) and just released her first full length album.
FUNERAL ADVANTAGE CEOT7K Dream pop trio from Boston whose first album came out in 2015.
HARLEA You Don't Get It Somewhere between Amy Winehouse and Elle King with a bluesy rock edge.
MYSTERY JETS Bombay Blue Another British band who debuted in 2006. They cite Pink Floyd and King Crimson as influences of their latest album.
TEMPLES Strange Or Be Forgotten Current #6 song on Untapped Resources Alternative chart, this neo-psychedelic band was also featured last Nov.
THE AMAZONS Little Something Right behind at #7 is another Brit band who travel between the styles of Nirvana and Arcade Fire.
THE CHAIN GANG OF 1974 Slow Moniker for Kamtin Mohager a US. multi-instrumentalist who veers on the side of alt-dance.
THE MODERN STRANGERS Vanilla Brotherly duo from England who have pt out 4 tracks in the last year, bringing on comparisons to MGMT and Phoenix.
THE ORWELLS They Put A Body In The Bayou More family ties in this Illinois indie-rock band. Comprised of 2 brothers, 2 cousins and a friend, they serve up a gritty intro to their latest album "Terrible Human Beings".
THE XX Say Something Loving Finally this week's #2 Untapped Resources Alternative song is the second single from the band's latest album "I See You" which debuted at #1 on Billboard's album sales chart on Feb. 4.
Cold War Kids spend a third week at #1 but could be pushed out of the top spot by the 7 year old Atomic Tom song “I’m Coming After You” or the Japanese rcok band Man With A Mission, whose “Dead End In Tokyo” is up to #5 in its third week on the chart.
The Dear Hunter now have 8 songs in the top 150 and 4 others in consideration
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