WGO: Mel's Top 10, New Releases, Chart Watch (4/7/2012)

Below denotes songs and artists of note featured on the Billboard Hot 100 (USA), Top 40 Radio (US), Hot Dance/Club Play (USA), Heatseekers Singles & Albums Charts (USA), UK Hot (UK), Japan and KPOP (South Korea) harts. Italicized items have been discussed on Melismatic.

New Additions to the US Hot 100:
19. Taylor Swift - Eyes Open
"Eyes Open" is the second official Taylor Swift sngle from the soundtrack to The Hunger Games. It has more of a straight-ahead pop feel than previous material, and is very heavy-handed with the rock-esque drums. "Eyes Open" is the first of two new debuts from the soundtrack this week. The soundtrack itself is currently #1 on the US Albums chart. While I do think vocally Taylor really shines here, it sounds much more generic than the rest of her trademark singles and in that sense kind of forgettable.

68. Alex Clare - Too Close
A relative unknown here in the US, Clare's single "Too Close" was featured in a Microsoft commercial and two seconds later, it bounced here into the Hot 100. The song, along with the rest of Clare's debut album, The Lateness of the Hour, was produced by Robyn's go-to guy in Diplo, in collaboration with Switch (M.I.A., Santigold, Beyonce's "Run The World (Girls)", Christina Aguilera's "Bionic"), and has slight dubsteppy undertones beneath Clare's soft, straight-ahead ballad feel. It's an immediate grower.

83. Maroon 5 - Come Away To The Water (feat. Rozzi Crane)
"Come Away To the Water" is the other Hunger Games feature. While it's great to hear new tunes from Adam Levine and the boys in Maroon 5 (you can only hear "Moves Like Jagger" so many times without getting sick of it, and I think I passed that threshold back in...say...December), this, like most of Maroon's ballad material, kind of left me wanting. The song is beautifully subtle and tender, don't get me wrong -- I guess I just prefer my Maroon "movin'."

92. Craig Morgan - This Ole Boy
My knowledge of country records is admittedly small -- it's just not my thing -- and this one is no different. Although it is notable to state that "This Ole Boy" is the lead single from Morgan's seventh album (since 2000!). I suppose that's all I have to say about that.

94. Shinedown - Bully
While I'm hardly Shinedown's biggest fan, I quite enjoyed their most commercially successful single, "Second Chance", back in 2008. Their most recent offering, "Bully", is the lead from their fourth album, Amaryllis, and was produced by Rob Cavallo (responsible for much of Green Day's mainstream material, David Cook's underappreciated debut, Adam Lambert's Queen-inspired "Music Again"...I could go on and on). In my opinion, it's their most commercially viable single since "Second Chance", and instantly singable and hooky without comprimising their hard rock sound. It has already topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart.

99. Havana Brown - We Run the Night (feat. Pitbull)
Another day, another RedOne-influenced, Pitbull-assisted dance single (usually of the latino persuasian). Still, not hating it. Already a bonafide smash on the Billboard Dance Charts, "We Run the Night" is Australian pop artist Havana Brown's debut single. Folks on this side of the pond are quick to call her an overnight succss, but Havana has already toured in her home country as an DJ opener for the likes of Britney Spears and Rihanna so I suppose it was only a matter of time till she impacted here.

100. Drake - Crew Love (feat. The Weeknd)
Is it just me or is every song from Drake's sophomore record, Take Care, being serviced to some radio format? "Crew Love" features a fellow Canadian artist in the much-hyped The Weeknd (who also co-produces the song). Unfortunately for Drake, I find The Weeknd's contributions to the song much more compelling...

Mel's Current Top 10:
1. One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful
2. The Wanted - Glad You Came
3. SHINee - Stranger
4. Jay Saint - Boom Boom Vroom

5. EXO-K - History
6. SHINee - Sherlock (Clue + Note)
7. miss A - Lips

8. Bella Thorne - TTYLXOX
9. Skrillex - Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites
10. The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow

Upcoming Album Releases (US):
(4/3/2012)
Florence + The Machine - MTV Unplugged
Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday...Roman Reloaded
Of Monsters & Men - My Head Is An Animal
Rascal Flatts - Changed

Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart:
1. fun. - We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monae) (AIRPLAY GAINER)
2. Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)
3. The Wanted - Glad You Came
4. Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)

5. Nicki Minaj - Starships
6. Adele - Set Fire to the Rain
7. Flo Rida - Wild Ones (feat. Sia)
8. Katy Perry - Part Of Me
9. Drake - Take Care (feat. Rihanna)
10. David Guetta - Turn Me On (feat. Nicki Minaj)


11. One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful
14. Rihanna - We Found Love (feat. Calvin Harris)
18. Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe (STREAMING GAINER)

19. Taylor Swift - Eyes Open
23. Jessie J - Domino
24. LMFAO - Sexy and I Know It
25. Chris Brown - Turn Up the Music
26. Bruno Mars - It Will Rain

28. Jay-Z/Kanye West - Ni**as in Paris
29. LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem
30. Gavin DeGraw - Not Over You
31. Maroon 5 - Moves Like Jagger (feat. Christina Aguilera)
32. Carrie Underwood - Good Girl

34. Rihanna - Birthday Cake (feat. Chris Brown)
35. Taylor Swift - Safe & Sound (feat. The Civil Wars) (DIGITAL GAINER)
37. Rihanna - Talk That Talk (feat. Jay-Z)
39. Adele - Someone Like You
40. Usher - Climax
43. Adele - Rolling In the Deep
44. Adele - Rumour Has It

45. Outasight - Tonight Is the Night
50. David Guetta - Without You (feat. Usher)
52. Karmin - Brokenhearted
53. Lady Antebellum - Dancin' Away With My Heart
54. Beyonce - Love On Top
55. Jason Mraz - I Won't Give Up
63. Rascal Flatts - Banjo
65. Neon Trees - Everybody Talks
66. Ellie Goulding - Lights
68. Alex Clare - Too Close (DEBUT)
69. Avicii - Levels
70. fun. - Some Nights
75. M83 - Midnight City
76. Skrillex - Bangarang (feat. Sirah)
77. Coldplay - Princess of China (feat. Rihanna)
80. Diggy - Do It Like You (feat. Jeremih)
81. Melanie Fiona - 4AM
83. Maroon 5 - Come Away To The Water (feat. Rozzi Crane) (DEBUT)
85. Rihanna - You Da One
86. Skrillex - Scary Monster & Nice Spirits
89. Black Keys - Lonely Boy
90. Lil' Wayne - Mirror (feat. Bruno Mars)
92. Craig Morgan - This Ole Boy (DEBUT)
94. Shinedown - Bully (DEBUT)
95. Mary J Blige - Mr. Wrong (feat. Drake)
97. Bella Thorne - TTYLXOX
99. Havana Brown - We Run the Night (feat. Pitbull) (DEBUT)
100. Drake - Crew Love (feat. The Weeknd) (DEBUT)

Top 40 Radio: (USA)
1. Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You...) (down 1.8%)
2. The Wanted - Glad You Came (up 13.3%)
3. David Guetta - Turn Me On (feat. Nicki Minaj) (down 1.5%)

4. Gym Class Heroes - Ass Back Home (feat. Neon Hitch) (up 1.7%)
5. fun. - We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monae) (up 28.8%!)
6. Katy Perry - Part of Me (up 8.2%)
7. Adele - Set Fire To the Rain (down 18.5%)
8. Drake - Take Care (feat. Rihanna) (up 0.7%)
9. Jessie J - Domino (down 10.9%)
10. Calvin Harris - Feel So Close (up 5.6%)

Billboard US Dance/Club Play:
1. Jessie J - Domino
2. Dev & Enrique Iglesias - Naked
3. Melanie Amaro - Respect
4. Beyonce - Love On Top
6. Madonna - Give Me All Your Luvin' (feat. Nicki Minaj & M.I.A.)

7. Madonna - Girl Gone Wild (GREATEST GAINER)
10. Neon Hitch - F U Betta
13. Example - Changed The Way You Kiss Me
15. Paul Oakenfold - Surrender (feat. J.Hart)
20. Chris Brown - Turn Up the Music
21. Eva - Body On Mine
23. Karmin - Brokenhearted
25. Penguin Prison - Don't F*ck With My Money

Billboard Heatseekers Songs:
1. Karmin - Brokenhearted
6. Ellie Goulding - Lights
7. Alex Clare - Too Close (GREATEST GAINER)
8. Avicii - Levels
10. M83 - Midnight City
11. Skrillex - Bangarang (feat. Sirah)
13. Diggy - Do It Like You (feat. Jeremih)
14. Skrillex - Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites
15. The Black Keys - Lonely Boy

Billboard Heatseekers Albums:
1. Of Monsters & Men - Into the Woods (EP)
2. Tanlines - Mixed Emotions (DEBUT)
6. Grouplove - Never Trust A Happy Song (GREATEST GAINER)
16. Kimbra - Settle Down (EP)
17. SHINee - Sherlock (EP)
18. The Movement - One More Night (DEBUT)
21. The Men - Open Your Heart

Billboard UK Singles Chart:
1. Katy Perry - Part Of Me (DEBUT)
2. Sean Paul - She Doesn't Mind (DEBUT)
3. Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)
4. Labrinth - Last Time (DEBUT)
5. Nicki Minaj - Starships
6. JLS - Proud (DEBUT)
7. David Guetta - Titanium (feat. Sia)
9. Emeli Sande - Next To Me
10. David Guetta - Turn Me On (feat. Nicki Minaj)

Billboard Japan Hot 100:
1. Kis-My-Ft2 - SHE! KER! HER!
3. Kara - Speed Up
4. Pixie Lott - All About Tonight
5. IU - Good Day
6. Diva - Lost the Way (DEBUT)
7. Kara - Girls Power
8. Madonna - Give Me All Your Luvin' (feat. Nicki Minaj & M.I.A.)
9. Arashi - Wild At Heart
14. Alexandra Stan - Mr. Saxobeat
15. Norah Jones - Happy Pills
16. The Ting Tings - Hang It Up
19. Tohoshinki - STILL
21. Esperanza Spalding - Black Gold
22. AKB48 - Give Me Five!
25. Nicki Minaj - Starships
37. fun. - We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monae)
38. Emeli Sande - Heaven
48. Katy Perry - Part of Me
50. Chris Brown - Turn Up the Music

Billboard Korea KPOP Hot 100:
1. 2AM - I Wonder If You Hurt Like Me
2. Big Bang - Fantastic Baby
3. SHINee - Sherlock (Clue + Note)
4. Ailee - Heaven
5. Big Bang - Blue
6. SHINHWA - Venus (DEBUT)
9. Ga In (Brown Eyed Girls) - For You Not To Know
11. CNBLUE - I Still Love You
14. miss A - Touch
15. Brave Guys - Wait and Be Ready (DEBUT)
16. Big Bang - Bad Boy
18. CNBLUE - Hey You (DEBUT)
25. 2AM - You Were Mine
29. Big Bang - Love Dust
30. SHINHWA - Hurts (DEBUT)
31. Ji-Yeon (T-ARA) - Day By Day
34. T-ARA - Lovey Dovey
35. FT ISLAND - Fiercely
36. MBLAQ - 100% (DEBUT)
40. Big Bang - Ain't No Fun
41. Trouble Maker (Hyuna/4minute & JS/BEAST) - Trouble Maker
44. Se7en - When I Can't Sing
46. 91 - The Stars of the Night (DEBUT)
47. B1A4 - Baby I'm Sorry
48. SHINHWA - On the Road (DEBUT)

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