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Listen to/Watch all the songs featured on this pick list on thisYouTube Playlist.
SUNSET SONS Remember
YouTubeSpotifyMy "It" band of the moment are a quartet of surfers from Britain and Australian who settled in the coastal France European surfing capital of Hossegor. They have been compared to Kings Of Leon, Tom Petty and the Chili Peppers but they have a more melodic pop rock sound than any of them. They are poised for their first #1 on my personal chart with 'Remember' and could score a second quickly as both "Tick Tock" and "VROL" are both also in my personal chart top 20 for the week of Nov. 20th.
CODY SIMPSON f/ DONAVON FRANKENREITER It Don't Matter
YouTubeSpotifyTwo connections to the previous group as 19 year Simpson is an Australian native, while his current music evokes a Jack Johnson surfer vibe. His 2013 album was called "Surfer's Paradise" and the theme continued on 2015's "Free", also featuring the song "Thotful". He got his rise performing covers on YouTube. His albums have performed better in Canada and the U.S. than in his homeland.
KT TUNSTALL Maybe It's A Good Thing
YouTubeSpotifyIt's been 11 years since "Black Horse And A Cherry Tree" was a ubiquitous song but Tunstall has steadily released albums over that decade and usually reached the top 10 on the album chart in her native Britain, including her Sept. release "Kin". 'Thing' and "Hard Girls" are the 2 single releases from the current album but my current favorite by her is from the EP release in June "Golden State". Not included on the album, I featured "All Or Nothing" on an Adult Contemporary pick list in July and it is currently in my personal top 25 (and one of my husband's fav songs of the moment). An interesting note is that I thought 'Cherry Tree' was a non-starter for me but it actually was my #105 song of the year back in 05. I thought "The Other Side Of The World" was my fav at the time, but I guess that is only in hindsight. It does hold up well for me.
YOUR BOY TONY BRAXTON Heluvah Guy
YouTubeSpotifySo I've been enjoying this song for a few weeks and figured there had to be a back story. The best part is that his album is called "Adult Contempt". And what is strange and awesome is that this is a Vancouver rapper who decided to put an album together under a moniker that sort of pays homage to singer Toni Braxton and speaks to his introduction to music in the late 80's, early 90's by artists like Michael Penn ("No Myth"- I so hear this in his music) and Terence Trent D'Arby ("If You Let Me Stay")According to Wikipedia D'arby released an album in 2016 although it's not available on Spotify. "Fall (Girl)" straddles that fence but his adult contempt persona seems to like the rockier side of things.
DAGNY Too Young
YouTubeSpotifyThis Norwegian singer was featured on a pick list in August. Currently she is at #36 on the Untapped Resources Hot AC chart with this song. Her first single was "Backbeat". Most of her songs, like "Ultraviolet" are of the bright alt-pop persuasion.
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XX marks the spot, this week's highest top 250 entry
Clean Bandit makes another nice move in to the top 10, moving 19-8 while Maroon 5 move 13-7. The top 6 remain static with “Starboy” showing some slight erosion. Only one new entry into the top 25 as Adele glides up to #18 and will probably score her 4th top 10. “Square Hammer” slides up 24-19 to enter the top 20 for the first time.
“Black Beatles” has another strong week, up 81-32 in their its second week in the top 100. Right behind The XX splash into the top 250 at #33 and is also the most added song on 13 more charts. It followed by The Weeknd’s “I Feel It Coming” with 9 adds, fueling a leap from 3468-122. Dance act Sigma claim another big move into the top 100 fueled by 8 adds.
A trio of rock acts, Green Day, The Shins and Red Sun Rising all make it into the top 100 at #66, #78 and #90 respectively.
On the AC pick list that went out today you’ll find Emeli Sande’s gorgeous “Breathing Underwater” which just misses the top 200 at #201. Become a member to start receiving the genre pick lists. There are 10 different lists that go out each month and it’s 2 for 1 membership through Dec. 24.
Stagnant top 11
“Starboy” continues its reign at the top and there has been very little action in the top 11 for the last 2 weeks. Bruno Mars may not have the stamina to overtake the top 10 as adds have slowed down and the point difference between #1 and #2 is still quite large. Right outside the top 100 Carrie Underwood, Maroon 5 and Little Mix move into the top 15 while “Rockabye” makes short work of reaching the top 20.
Adele’s 4th single from 25, “Water Under The Bridge” moves up to #32 as another female vocalist, LP continues her steady ascent up the chart with “Lost On You”, in her 6th week in the top 100.
The current Billboard #1 on the Hot 100, “Black Beatles”makes the biggest move into the top 100 this week, up 175-81. Veteran Brit superstar Robbie Williams also enters the top 100 at #82 with “Love My Life”.
From this past week's Rock pick list comes Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, the latest rock "supergroup", featuring members of Alice In Chains, Mastodon and Dillinger Escape Plan. Become a member of beyond Radio to start receiving new music picks lists. 10 different genere lists sent out each month.
Mini Brit invasion
The Weeknd holds a strong lead over #2 Bruno Mars while Sia moves 7-5. These are the only 3 titles in the top 10 that gain points this week. Actually the next title to see gains this week is Hailee Steinfeld all the way down at #18.
On the most added list there is a mini British invasion at the top as the 4 most added titles come from the island nation, lead by the current UK airplay top 10 song “Rockabye” by Clean Bandit f/ Sean Paul & Anne-Marie. Little Mix’s “Shout Out To My Ex” follows (these also the 2 biggest point gainers overall), then rock band The Courteeneers with “No One Will Ever Replace Us” and Louisa Johnson’s “So Good”. She sang on the previous Clean Bandit song “Tears” which peaked at #32 this past August.
Only 3 titles enter the top 100 this week. The biggest move by Clean Bandit, up 374-81. Also entering 2016 teen sensation Shawn Mendes at #72, Brad Paisley at #83 and another Brit band, the Blossoms at #86.
Who's the Starboy now?
On the Oct. 24th chart “Starboy” has an explosive week and reaches #1 in its 4th week. Not quite as quick as Justin Timberlake last spring but The Weeknd may rival the total charts as he’s up to 81 so far. Kings of Leon enter the top 10 with an 11-9 move while Bruno Mars leaps 41-13. Also entering the top 25 this week are the international hit “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur jumps 33-23 and Hailee Steinfeld’s U.S. pop hit “Starving” up 28-19. She’s also starting to see success in the UK and Australia.
Outside the top 25 Ghost’s “Square Hammer” is getting some love, top 5 on 9 charts, including 3 #1’s. This before it has reached the rock radio top 10 as it seems poised to do. Here is moves 50-29. The organ riff recalls the early 90's alternative "Madchester" sound made famous by bands like Inspiral Carpets, The Charlatans UK and Happy Mondays (I miss that era of alt rock). Employed here it is a nice contrast to the hard rock of this Swedish band.
The big 3 moves into the top 100 are Lady Gaa’s “Million Reasons” 302-60, Bastille’s “Send Them Off!” 110-62 (sounds like another hit to me), and another by the surprise (to me) hitmakers of 2016 The Chainsmokers, 138-70 with “All We Know”.
There was a glitch with the most added page that is now fixed. You can now see the correct adds and the position the song is on the full chart. Besides the aforementioned songs others getting nice add totals this week include Niall Horan, John Legend, Emeli Sande and Robbie Williams.
It's a groovy top 3 with Brendan Maclean spends a second week at the top with "Free To Love", a straight up disco song.
April Towers alt-dance "Silent Fever" could take the spot next week but The Dear Hunter's poppy, string-laden theatrically inclined "King Of Swords (Reversed)" makes a nice move to #3, up from #11, so we'll see.
The typical (pop, rock, country, etc.) and atypical (heartland, rhythmic adult) as charted by our personal chart panel. See the full top 100's and the top 100 of each genre's primary voter panel side by side. The voter panel charts show you what songs in other genres the panel appreciates as well.
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