Depeche Mode is trending well followed by Royal Blood and Declan McKenna.
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Even though Taylor Swift gained more points and more adds over the last 2 weeks she couldn’t manage to leap to #1. Pink has the second most added song and is on 14 more charts than Swift so that sealed the 9-1 move. Just outside the top 10 the Foo Fighters make a healthy move from 195-14 with “The Sky Is A Neighborhood” and have back to back songs as “Run” holds at 13 after its #4 peak.
6 more songs enter the top 25 for the first time including Sara Evans “Marquee Sign” which was a recent #1 on the UR250 and does not look like it will reach the Country airplay Top 50. Its video, however , is getting exposure on CMT. It is also sort of a test of the new untapped resource system. By reaching the top 25 is should be removed from untapped status but I am going to wait a few weeks before I decide to completely remove it.
As I have stated previously songs that reach a certain critical mass in airplay are removed from the untapped arena but if it short-lived then they will be added back in. That is the fate of Julia Michael’s “Uh Huh” this week as it could not reach the top 30 on Pop radio. Currently it is #114 on the BR250, its highest chart position to date.
With the start of fall there are a lot of tent pole releases and they are making their way on the BR250. This includes Beck (#60), Sam Smith (#91), Kelly Clarkson (#92), another from Taylor Swift (#98), , Thirty Seconds To Mars (#125), Zayn (#150), Maroon 5 (#152) and U2 (#219).
New Playlist, The Leftfield
This playlist jumps from cheeky British Alt-Pop to Jazz-Hip-Hop fusion, Bluegrass, Industrial, Chill, Lo-Fi and whatever other sub-genres might come across the Beyond Radio desk. The songs are not in this order on the playlist but more random.
2 Brit brothers who bring differing sensibilities into their infectious mix of humor, danceable rhythms and 60’s influenced Alt-Pop.
BAD SOUNDS Hot Head Chippehham
BAD SOUNDS Living Alone
Both of these bands are quintessentially British, yet the boys from Warrington create a wider swath of comedy, literary references, observation and sonic diversity into their style.
MAN & THE ECHO Operation Margarine
MAN & THE ECHO Very Personally Yours (Total late 60’s Stax Soul influence on this one.)
ELISE LEGROW Who Do You Love (Slithering Blues & R&B influenced new single from the Canadian singer.)
Introduced by an Uber rider
THE WANTON BISHOPS Sleep With The Lights On (A Lebanese band that dabbles in garage rock and blues)
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES Where Is My Mind? (Bluegrass cover of the Pixies song from 2011. I’ve known of this Minnesota band, formed in 2003, for a while)
Indie roots rocks from Maine introduced by a different Uber rider.
CHRIS ROSS & THE NORTH Gone And On
CHRIS ROSS & THE NORTH Mostly Sober
DAN AUERBACH Livin' In Sin (Black Keys mastermind goes full old school cowboy hoedown on this little ditty.)
IRON & WINE Call It Dreaming (Perennial indie-folk favorite Sam Beam. From his 8th album released earlier this year “Beast Epic”)
OF MONTREAL Stag To The Stable (shades of Beatlesque Brit Pop)
LOUISE BURNS Strange Weather (She started out in the Pop-Punk Lillix and then went on to the Alt-Rock band the Blue Violets. On this solo song and most of current album “Young Mopes”she is in vintage 50’s Country mode.
SAMANTHA FISH Chills & Fever (More vintage 50’s sound from this Kansas City Blues musician. The album of the same name expands on styles through the 50’s and 60’s.)
ARCADE FIRE Electric Blue (A different side of the band who have recently scored a #1 album and #1 song on the Beyond Radio 250.)
A couple of jazzy tunes from British indie rock band.
CHILDHOOD Californian Light
POOLSIDE Tropical Heartache (This one fits in nicely with the 2 former songs. Meant for a breezy summer day this duo surfaced in 2011, one half who was part of the band Junior Senior which had an international hit in 2003 with “Move Your Feet”.
DOPE LEMON Home Soon Australian Angus Stone is better known as the brother half of sibling indie-folk duo Angus & Julia Stone who have had 3 top 10 albums in their homeland. Here he dabbles in a little Alternative Jazz.)
FOUR TET Two Thousand And Seventeen (Harpsichord driven instrumental from British avant garde artist Kieran Hebden.)
MAC DEMARCO On The Level (Chill electronica from Canadian multi-instrumentalist who usually strays more to the folk lo-fi side.)
RHYE Summer Days (Alternative soul duo from L.A. via Canada and Denmark.)
3 songs from Matt Van Schie who formed the Australian band Van She in 2002. All in the Electro-Pop vein.
TOUCH SENSITIVE Lay Down
DU TONC Keep Moving
VAN SHE Ideas Of Happiness
Industrial, Alt Dance and Goth
GARY NUMAN My Name Is Ruin (Yes the “Cars” guy almost 40 years later)
IAMX Aphrodisiac (Chris Corner was a founding member of the Sneaker Pimps who had a 1996 alternative hit with “6 Underground”.)
TODD TERJE Maskindans (Oh so 1986, akin to “Din Da Da”)
TR/ST Bicep (From Toronto, comparisons to Joy Division have been made.)
GHOSTPOET Immigrant Boogie (Imagine current day Bauhaus)
THE NATIONAL Carin At The Liquor Store (this band just scored their first radio hit after 16 years together. The baritone vocalist Matt Beringer sounds goth but incorporates other styles)
This group of songs offers a fusion of Hip Hop, Jazz and old school soul
JUKES f/ BJ THE CHICAGO KID Angels/Your Love (Solo project of Bombay Bicycle Club’s Jack Steadman.)
JUKES f/ CHARLES BRADLEY Grant Green
JUKES f/ DE LA SOUL Leap Of Faith
SAMPA THE GREAT Everybody's Hero (Zambian native who lives in Sydney)
SHABAZZ PALACES Effeminence (This band was formed by Digable Planets member Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler in 2009.)
SHABAZZ PALACES Shine A Light
YAEJI Guap (Alternative Soul from Seoul, Korea by way of NYC.)
The Lo-fi section of the list
ARIEL PINK Feels Like Heaven (Baroque pop from L.A. one man band who was originally part of the band Animal Collective.)
ARIEL PINK Another Weekend
Both of these easily could end any Twin Peaks episode. Dreamy female lead slow burns from Baltimore and El Paso respectively.
BEACH HOUSE Chariot
CIGARETTES AFTER SEX Apocalypse
New band from Oxford, UK somewhere between Lo-Fi, Chill and Electro-Pop with an ethereal vocal style.
LOW ISLAND Anywhere
LOW ISLAND That Kind Of Love
THIS IS THE KIT Moonshine Freeze (Alt-folk from British singer Kate Sables.)
Here we have a little kinetic pop/rock thrown into the mix. Perhaps something Cyndi Lauper might have done 30 years ago.
KESHA f/ EAGLES OF DEATH METAL Let 'Em Talk
Punk new and old
CREEPER Suzanne (UK Horror Punk band influenced by AFI and Alkaline Trio.)
CREEPER Black Mass (If Green Day and Meatloaf did a duet.)
THE REPLACEMENTS Gary's Got A Boner (Live) (Just released live track from a Hoboken, NJ concert in 1985.)
WOLF ALICE Yuk Foo (Why no love for the Foo Fighters? Really just the harder side of the British band who just topped The Untapped Resources 250 with “Don’t Delete The Kisses”.)
DOWNTOWN BOYS Lips That Bite (Actually fronted by a woman, this Providence sextet is multiracial and bilingual.)
BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH Clock Work (This is the 1st single in 7 years from Reggae and Ska influenced Toronto band.)
Mysterious band from Brisbane, Australia who offer infectious yet quirky alt-dance-pop.
CONFIDENCE MAN Bubblegum
CONFIDENCE MAN Boyfriend (Repeat)
Slightly more poppy (pun intended) but equally lovable.
POPPY Computer Boy
POPPY f/ CHARLOTTE My Style
Quirky and Humorous Alt-Rock
IRONTOM Brain Go (California rockers who mix psychedelic, progressive and funk rock into their stew.)
LEMON DEMON Touch-Tone Telephone (Neil Stephen Cicierega uses this moniker for his comedy rock. The Somerville, Mass. Artist owes much to They Might Be Gaints.)
LOVEPOOLS Animal Instinct (Another moniker, this time foe L.A. artist Anthony Shea. He combines poppy melodies, 60’s influences and a bit Brit-style whimsy into his music.)
LOVEPOOLS I Might Jump Off The Deep End If You Are Mine
ALGIERS The Underside Of Power (Politically conscious indie rock from Atlanta)
ALT-J Deadcrush (Another strange brew from British indie band, #77 on this weeks Untapped 250)
ENDLESS PEAKS Open (UK four piece who describe their music as Indie Psych-Rock.)
MARIKA HACKMAN Time's Been Reckless (British folk artist who came out of the same local pool of musicians as Mumford & Sons and Laura Marling)
NOMBE Freak Like Me (Noah MacBeth is a modern R&B singer from L.A. and born in Germany. He is the godson of Chaka Khan.)
PERFUME GENIUS Slip Away (Washington state native whose music spans various styles and often talks of darker subjects.Growing up openly gay and the difficulties it brought to the surface certainly have added to the tone.)
ROSTAM Bike Dream (The guy from Vampire Weekend)
A dive into various forms of R&B/Hip Hop
JADEN SMITH Watch Me (Will’s son mixing a rock edge with his rap stylings.)
BROTHER ALI Pen To Paper (MC who spent most of his youth traversing the Mid-west. He is definitely politically motivated.)
JAMILA WOODS Blk Girl Soldier (Another Midwesterner from Chicago, influenced as much by Toni Morrison as Erykah Badu.)
DORNIK God Knows (Smooth, 70’s influenced R&B from London native.)
THE AVALANCHES The Wozard Of Iz (More alternative Hip-Hop from the Australian outfit featured multiple times on Beyond Radio pick lists.)
Some old school British Isles woman
ALISON MOYET I Germinate (The former lead vocalist of the 80’s dance/new wave band Yaz, she has had an illustrious solo career since the release of her 1984 album “Alf”. In recent years she has gone more experimental with her song choices.)
IMELDA MAY Human (Irish vocalist who melds old style country, jazz, rockabilly and whatever else she wants
IMELDA MAY How Bad Can A Good Girl Be
SAINT ETIENNE Dive (20 year old British band that mixes 60’s sound with dance and alternative.)
SAINT ETIENNE Heather
SAINT ETIENNE Magpie Eyes
UR250 for Sept. 11 and trending Top 25 on the BR250
The entire top 10 is new except Everything Everything at #6 and Royal Blood at #8. The latest single from Foster The people takes over the summit and is receiving some Alternative airplay, as is Liam Gallagher at #3. I feel that will have better airplay chance at AAA. Charli XCX, at #2, is seeing her initial airplay in the UK as are the Horrors on BBC Radio 6.
Another new feature this week will be the trending top 25 for the BR250 which is now being publish every 2 weeks.
1 CALVIN HARRIS f/ PHARRELL WILLIAMS, KATY PERRY & BIG SEAN Feels
2 KESHA Praying
3 PINK What About Us
4 PORTUGAL, THE MAN Feel It Still
5 ARCADE FIRE Everything Now
6 THE KILLERS The Man
7 CHARLIE PUTH Attention
8 CARLY RAE JEPSEN Cut To The Feeling
9 DUA LIPA New Rules
10 DJ KHALED f/ RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER Wild Thoughts
11 TAYLOR SWIFT Look What You Made Me Do
12 FOO FIGHTERS Run
13 LORDE Perfect Places
14 SHANIA TWAIN Life's About To Get Good
15 NOTHING BUT THIEVES Amsterdam
16 MIDLAND Drinkin' Problem
17 MIRANDA LAMBERT Tin Man
18 IMAGINE DRAGONS Thunder
19 LIAM PAYNE f/ QUAVO Strip That Down
20 NIALL HORAN Slow Hands
21 ZEDD & LIAM PAYNE Get Low
22 JESSIE WARE Midnight
23 NOTHING BUT THIEVES Sorry
24 THE NATIONAL The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness
25 FRENCH MONTANA f/ SWAE LEE Unforgettable
75 weeks and counting
Gee only a week behind :) with the commentary. Calvin Harris remains at #1 for a third week as Kesha moves up to #2 and Pink blasts into the top 10 from #193. There are nineteen new entries in the top 100, with Nothing But Thieves with the second highest entry at #40. Of course Taylor Swift, in at #58, should see a huge surge on the next chart, possibly leaping to #1.
The most notable new entry is at #91 where the Revivalists enter the top 100 for the first time with "Wish I Knew You", 75 weeks after its first activity at Beyond Radio, and fully 2 years after the album it is pulled from was released. It is in its 34th week in the top 250 and has been in and out of it a number of times as it has impacted different genres over the course of its run. From AAA to Alternative, then Rock, Hot AC, AC and now the Pop radio top 50.
With two more entries into the top 250, “Pain” at #109 and “Strangest Thing” at #114 give The War On Drugs four titles on the current chart. The Philadelphia roots rock band’s 4th album since 2008 just debuted on the Billboard 200 at #10 and the single “Holding On” is currently #3 on the AAA radio chart. The band, heavily influenced by Bob Dylan and originally formed by lead singer Adam Granduciel and Kurt Vile who has gone on to a solo career is heavily influenced by Bob Dylan, while the 4th song in the top 250, the epic “Thinking Of A Place” reminds me of Dire Straits.
There was no way that I could have predicted at the beginning of the year that the 80’s rock band Night Ranger would have 2 songs reach my top 2 in 2017. “Don’t Let Up” does what “Somehow Someway could do but in the end the latter is the stronger song. It had to settle for #2 because of the 7 week run of Josh Gracin.
Twin Wild has now had 2 #1’s and a #2 on my chart in the last year. This week’s #3 is a 9 year old song but new to me. It has that cheeky British pop rock sound that I love.
I’m thinking Demob Happy, a band that formed in the same year may have next week’s top tune, though Kensington could have a slight chance.
It’s nice to see the Arkells getting some U.S. Alternative airplay finally.
2 more Dear Hunter tunes could be in my top 10 next week though Saint Motel’s “Destroyer” has some momentum. The upper reaches of the chart are definitely due for a shake up.
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