Saturday, May 28, 2016

5/28/2016: Justin Timberlake debuts at #1 with “Can’t Stop the Feeling”

Updated 11/23/2018.

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Can’t Stop the Feeling!

Justin Timberlake

Writer(s): Justin Timberlake, Max Martin, Johan Schuster (see lyrics here)

Released: 5/6/2016

First Charted: 5/28/2016

Peak: 11 US, 116 AC, 2 UK, 11 CN, 3 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales *: 7.6 US, 1.3 UK, 12.77 world (includes US + UK)

Radio Airplay *: 0.59

Video Airplay *: 858.00

Streaming *: 867.00

* in millions


Justin Timberlake wrote and produced the “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” with Max Martin and Shellback for the movie Trolls, for which he served as the executive music producer. Timberlake said the movie felt “like one big, trippy disco experience” WK which needed a disco song. They initially had Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September,” but Timberlake wanted a more modern song. He noted the challenge of crafting a song which characters in the movie would sing.WK The film version featured vocals from James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Anna Kendrick, and Gwen Stefani. Timberlake’s effort snagged a Grammy for Best Song Written for Visual Media and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song. It took best song honors at the iHeartRadio Music Awards and Peoples’ Choice Awards. WK

The uptempo single was released six months before the film came out and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the 26th song to do so. WK It was Timberlake’s fifth song to reach the summit in the United States and topped the charts in 18 other countries. WK It became the best-selling song of 2016 in the U.S. and was named the most-played song in the U.K. WK Billboard magazine named it the year’s Top Selling Song and Top Radio Song. WK

It was described as a “funky mix of disco and pop” (Entertainment Weekly) which “gives off a feeling of pure joy that only a talent as great as Timberlake could bring to the table” (Music Times’ Jon Niles). WK AZCentral’s Ed Masley said, ‘the lyrics sound like they were custom-made to be the soundtrack to your favorite summer memories.” WK The A.V. Club’s Annie Zaleski said, “The tune doesn’t have to be meaningful – in fact, the more lightweight, the better – and it should offer a few minutes of unadulterated escapism.” WK “If Friday had a sound,” said CNN Entertainment’s Lisa Respers France, “it would be…’Can’t Stop the Feeling!’” WK

The video shows Timberlake in everyday places such as a laundromat, diner, and barbershop. People dance to the song at each stop and then congregate at a highway overpass at the end of the song to dance with Timberlake. WK Mark Romanek, the director, said it was “the overall feeling of unironic and sincere humanism…It makes people smile for four minutes.” WK

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Radio & Records/Mediabase Top 100 Singles 1973-2015

Radio & Records was an independent trade publication which published a weekly pop songs chart as a competitor to Billboard magazine. It ran from October 3, 1973 to August 4, 2006, when it was taken over by Mediabase, who has continued the chart to present day.

This list is based on song’s most weeks on that chart. Tie-breakers are broken based on which songs have the most points in Dave’s Music Database. Here’s the list:

12 weeks:
1. Donna Lewis “I Love You Always Forever” (1996)

11 weeks:
2. Mariah Carey “We Belong Together” (2005)
3. Natalie Imbruglia “Torn” (1997)

10 weeks:
4. Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines” (2013)
5. Leona Lewis “Bleeding Love” (2007)
6. N Sync “Bye Bye Bye” (2000)

9 weeks:
7. Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (1997)
8. No Doubt “Don’t Speak” (1995)
9. Hanson “Mmmbop” (1997)
10. Christina Aguilera with Lil’ Kim, Mya, & Pink “Lady Marmalade” (2001)
11. Mariah Carey “Dreamlover” (1993)
12. Ace of Base “The Sign” (1994)
13. Dionne Farris “I Know” (1995)

8 weeks:
14. The Police “Every Breath You Take” (1983)
15. Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men “One Sweet Day” (1995)
16. Beyonce “Irreplaceable” (2006)
17. Aerosmith “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (1998)
18. Seal “Kiss from a Rose” (1994)
19. Nickelback “How You Remind Me” (2001)
20. Fergie “Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal)” (2007)
21. Avril Lavigne “Complicated” (2002)
22. Nelly Furtado with Timbaland “Promiscuous” (2006)
23. Maroon 5 “One More Night” (2012)
24. Hoobastank “The Reason” (2003)
25. The Rembrandts “I’ll Be There for You” (1995)
26. Nelly with Tim McGraw “Over and Over” (2004)

7 weeks:
27. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (1992)
28. OutKast “Hey Ya!” (2003)
29. Santana with Rob Thomas “Smooth” (1999)
30. Ke$ha “Tik Tok” (2009)
31. Shakira with Wyclef Jean “Hips Don’t Lie” (2006)
32. Celine Dion “Because You Loved Me” (1996)
33. Rihanna with Calvin Harris “We Found Love” (2011)
34. Ricky Martn “Livin’ La Vida Loca” (1999)
35. One Republic with Timbaland “Apologize” (2007)
36. Katy Perry with Snoop Dogg “California Gurls” (2010)
37. Kelly Clarkson “Since U Been Gone” (2004)
38. Destiny’s Child “Independent Women” (2000)
39. Elton John with Kiki Dee “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (1976)
40. Journey “Open Arms” (1981)
41. Shaggy with Rayvon “Angel” (2000)
42. Sugar Ray “Every Morning’ (1998)

6 weeks:
43. Bryan Adams “Everything I Do I Do It for You” (1991)
44. Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive” (1977)
45. Eminem “Lose Yourself” (2002)
46. Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling” (2009)
47. Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk” (2014)
48. Debby Boone “You Light Up My Life” (1977)
49. Boyz II Men “End of the Road” (1992)
50. Bee Gees “Night Fever” (1977)

51. Blondie “Call Me” (1980)
52. Black Eyed Peas “Boom Boom Pow” (2009)
53. Flo Rida with T-Pain “Low” (2007)
54. Alicia Keys “No One” (2007)
55. Maroon 5 with Christina Aguilera “Moves Like Jagger” (2011)
56. Commodores “Three Times a Lady” (1978)
57. Captain & Tennille “Love Will Keep Us Together” (1975)
58. Olivia Newton-John “I Honestly Love You” (1974)
59. Sheryl Crow “All I Wanna Do” (1993)
60. Terry Jacks “Seasons in the Sun” (1974)

61. Janet Jackson “That’s the Way Love Goes’ (1993)
62. Rod Stewart “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” (1978)
63. Mariah Carey “Fantasy” (1995)
64. Black Eyed Peas with Justin Timberlake “Where Is the Love?” (2003)
65. Bruno Mars “Locked Out of Heaven” (2012)
66. Gwen Stefani “Hollaback Girl” (2005)
67. Daryl Hall & John Oates “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)” (1981)
68. Elton John “Philadelphia Freedom” (1975)
69. Katy Perry with Kanye West “E.T.” (2010)
70. Boyz II Men “On Bended Knee” (1994)

71. Paul McCartney & Wings “Silly Love Songs” (1976) 72. Taylor Swift “I Knew You Were Trouble” (2012) 73. Taylor Swift “Bad Blood” (2014)
74. Chumbawumba “Tubthumping” (1997)
75. Foreigner “Waiting for a Girl Like You” (1981)
76. Third Eye Blind “Semi-Charmed Life” (1997)
77. Timbaland with Doe & Keri Hilson “The Way I Are” (2007)
78. Sugar Ray with Super Cat “Fly” (1997)
79. Alanis Morissette “You Learn” (1995)
80. Beyonce with Slim Thug & Bun B “Check on It” (2005)

81. Linkin Park “In the End” (2000)
82. Mariah Carey “I’ll Be There (live)” (1992)
83. Ace of Base “Don’t Turn Around” (1994)
84. The Cardigans “Lovefool” (1996)
85. Barenaked Ladies “One Week” (1998)
86. N Sync “It’s Gonna Be Me” (2000)
87. JoJo “Leave (Get Out)” (2004)
88. Kelly Clarkson “Miss Independent” (2003)

5 weeks: *
89. Adele “Rolling in the Deep” (2010)
90. Lionel Richie with Diana Ross “Endless Love” (1981)
91. Kim Carnes “Bette Davis Eyes” (1981)
92. Britney Spears “Baby One More Time” (1998)
93. Kenny Rogers “Lady” (1980)
94. Van Halen “Jump” (1984)
95. Survivor “Eye of the Tiger” (1982)
96. Lady Gaga “Poker Face” (2008)
97. Irene Cara “Flashdance…What a Feeling” (1983)
98. Alicia Keys “Fallin’” (2001)
99. Katy Perry “Roar” (2013)
100. Katy Perry with Juicy J “Dark Horse” (2013)

* 47 songs peaked at #1 for 5 weeks. Only the top 12 are listed here.

5/25/1946: The Ink Spots hit #1 with “The Gypsy”

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The Ink Spots “The Gypsy”

Writer(s): Billy Reid (see lyrics here)

First charted: 5/4/1946

Peak: 113 US, 18 HP, 13 GA, 13 RB (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 1.0 US

Radio Airplay (in millions): -- Video Airplay (in millions): --

Review: Billy Reid was a famous bandleader in London in the 1930s who had the distinction of being the first British songwriter to top the pop charts in the United States. When Welsh singer Dorothy Squires joined his group, he often wrote songs specifically with her in mind – one of which was “The Gypsy.” The song, published in 1945, unfurls a story of someone seeking out the advice of a gypsy fortune teller. The narrator wants to believe his partner is faithful, which the gypsy confirms, although both know it isn’t true. WK

After Reid and his orchestra, fronted by Squires, introduced the song in the UK, WK it became a hit in the United States. Dinah Shore and the Ink Spots both topped the charts with the song, but the Ink Spots’ version was the monster hit, spending 13 weeks at #1 and becoming the biggest hit of 1946. WHC-65

This African-American pop vocal group found success with both white and black audiences. Their early version of doo-wop was fundamental in shaping rock and roll as well as R&B, leading to their induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They racked up more than forty hits from the 1930s to the 1950s. Twenty of those songs were top ten hits and six of those went all the way to the top of the American pop charts.

In addition to the versions by Shore and the Ink Spots, “The Gypsy” charted four more times that year – Sammy Kaye (#3), Hildegarde with Guy Lombardo (#7), Hal McIntyre (#8), and Jan Garber (#14). The song has also been recorded by Louis Armstrong, Quincy Jones, Charlie Parker, Oscar Peterson, and Frank Sinatra. WK It appeared in Revolutionary Road, a 2008 movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. WK

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

5/21/2016: Drake lands at #1 in the U.S. with “One Dance”

Updated 11/23/2018.

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One Dance

Drake with Wizkid & Kyla

Writer(s): Aubrey Graham/ Paul Jefferies/ Noah Shebib/ Ayodeji Balogun/ Errol Reid/ Luke Reid/ Kyla Smith/ Corey Johnson (see lyrics here)

Released: 4/5/2016

First Charted: 4/23/2016

Peak: 110, 118 RB, 115 UK, 17 CN, 17 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales *: 7.0 US, 2.4 UK, 12.69 world (includes US + UK)

Radio Airplay *: --

Video Airplay *: 307.00

Streaming *: 1591.00

* in millions


Grime pioneer Logan Sama supposedly played Drake’s team the 2008 song “Do U Mind” by Kyla. WK Drake and company reached out to her record company to tell her they wanted to sample the song. Kyla initially thought it was an April Fool’s joke – until she signed legal documents. CX The song ended up serving as the bridge for “One Dance,” which also featured Nigerian Afrobeat artist Wizkid as a writer and co-producer. WK Kyla didn’t get to listen to the final version – which was recorded in just a week’s time – because Drake rushed the song out for fear of it getting leaked, as had happened with his song “Controlla” in March. WK

Unsure how it would go over, Drake’s team released the song simultaneously with “Pop Style,” a more convential rap record which featured Kanye West and Jay-Z. They didn’t need to worry – “One Dance” landed at #1 in 15 countries, marking Drake’s first time to the summit as a lead artist. He’d previously guested on “What’s My Name?” CX and “Work,” both #1 songs for Rihanna. WK In the U.S., it became one of only 32 songs to top the Billboard Hot 100 for 10 weeks or more. It became the second-longest consecutive #1 in the UK with 15 weeks at the pinnacle. WK

It became the most streamed song in the history of Spotify with over a billion streams WK and was the biggest-seller in the world in 2016. WK Interestingly, the song’s lack of an official video aided the song’s success on the charts in countries which didn’t tally YouTube streams. A scene from the short film Please Forgive Me, however, featured the song and ended up serving as a video for the song. WK

Pitchfork described the song as “a throbbing, wine-worthy tropical thumper…about the spiritual connection two people can have in a club.” WK The New York Times’ Jon Caramanica called it “one of Drake’s breeziest and most accessible songs, and also one of his savviest.” WK Rolling Stone’s Rob Sheffield said it was “a utopian fusion of global styles.” WK

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Billboard Career Achievement Awards

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Billboard magazine has given out several career-achievement awards through the years. The Artist Achievement Award was given from 1995-2005. The Millenium Award has been given out three times (2011, 2012, 2016) to recognize music singers and contributions. The Icon Award was first given in 2011. The Billboard Century Award was given from 1992-2006. Here are the recipients of those various awards: