WGO: New Releases, Mel's Top 10, Chart Watch (4/17/2012)



Below denotes songs and artists of note featured on theBillboard 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.

RELEVANT NEW ADDITIONS TO THE US HOT 100:
2. Justin Bieber - Boyfriend
The time has come to discuss the Bieber. Debuting at #2 is huge, and "Boyfriend" is suggesting Bieber on is the very cusp of quite possibly his biggest era yet. The song suggests his hair flipping cutesy days aren't exactly behind him but is an obvious attempt to transition himself as a career artist (a la Justin Timberlake from teen idol days of yore). The Biebs is no chump. He's well aware of his teen fandom status and has no qualms about milking it for all its worth (a duet with One Direction?), but at the same time, I'm not afraid to admit that there is an incredible musician inside of him that we're only seeing shades of at present. While "Boyfriend" (co-written by one-hit Mike Posner) is filled with ridiculous, quasi-whispered/quasi-rapped pickup lines and the repetition of the cooed "swag" (oh Sweet Mary, please make the "swag" trend STOP), once you get past that, quasi-falcetto chorus is quite minimalist and very hooky. Therein lays my issue with the single. Justin - I'm all about you being you, and if this "swagalicious" insistence is really you, then perhaps you really aren't my thing. But if you can get past the whole attempt to appeal at the masses with faux posturing (just 'cuz you roll with Usher, you don't have to do the "Yeahhh, girlll" bit) and continued exploring your vocal range, maybe we could be friends. Just saying.

65. Trey Songz - Heart Attack
Playing off the momentum of Usher and Chris Brown, Trey Songz collaborates with producer Rico Love (aka the "Turn the Lights Off" guy) with an aggressive midtempo with a driving drumbeat that allows him to show off his capable power pipes. "Heart Attack" sounds like it could have been material for either of those two artists and yet, it works well for Songz without compromising him as a legitamite R&B vocalist. Quite possibly his best mainstream bow to date.

78. Sean Paul - She Doesn't Mind
Anyone else surprised by the re-entrance of Sean Paul back on the scene? This song, the second single from his fifth album, Tomahawk Technique, released back in Janaury, and was produced by Benny Blanco (Katy Perry, Britney Spears, frequently works with Dr. Luke). It doesn't differ too much from the Sean Paul's golden days of the early 00's ("Get Busy", anyone?) save for the the throwing of falscetto in the chorus. The song has already spent two weeks at #2 in the UK and recently splashed onto the charts Stateside. Sean Paul is certainly a "if it ain't broke don't fix it" kind of artist, and this is both familiar and works for today's dance/pop market. Could this be his sixth Top 10 US single?

79. Pitbull - Back In Time
"Mr. 305" took some time off from guesting on every female artist RedOne has ever produced (and Enrique Iglesias) to provide the soundtrack single from the upcoming Men In Black threequel. "Back In Time" sees Pitbull take a brief break on relying on synth and floorstompin' beats by heavily sampling Mickey & Sylvia's "Love Is Strange". Unfortunately, I think most people will connect this song with the timeless film Dirty Dancing than some inevitably forgetable sequel. I'm not sure what is more of an insult -- Pitbull providing a single for a "blockbuster", the gratutious use of a great song, or the fact that we're actually talking about Men In Black III. Ugh.

99. Dev & Enrique Iglesias - Naked
I included this stomper back on my club set list for January. Hurrah for Mel being ahead of the curve. Still sounds as good as when I first heard it, even though the Dev/Catoracts production is a carbon copy of their other works. I definitely prefer Dev singing than her rap-talkin'. Enrique helps season this club cut enough so that it doesn't feel too derivative.

MEL'S CURRENT TOP 10:
1. Big Bang - Fantastic Baby
2. The Wanted - Glad You Came
3. fun. - Some Nights
4. Bella Thorne - TTYLXOX
5. Civil Wars - Barton Hollow
6. Havana Brown - We Run the Night (feat. Pitbull)
7. One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful

8. Karmin - Brokenhearted
9. Blush - Up Up And Away
10. SHINee - Stranger


UPCOMING ALBUM RELEASES (US):
(4/10/2012)
Florence + The Machine - MTV Unplugged
Monica - New Life
Bonnie Raitt - Slipstream
Prince Royce - Phase II

BILLBOARD HOT 100 SINGLES CHART:
1. fun. - We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monae) (AIRPLAY GAINER)
2. Justin Bieber - Boyfriend (DEBUT)
3. Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)
4. The Wanted - Glad You Came
5. Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You...)
6. Nicki Minaj - Starships
7. Flo Rida - Wild Ones (feat. Sia)
8. Katy Perry - Part of Me
9. One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful
10. Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe (DIGITAL + STREAMINGGAINER)





11. Drake - Take Care (feat. Rihanna)
12. Adele - Set Fire To the Rain
13. David Guetta - Turn Me On (feat. Nicki Minaj)
18. Rihanna - We Found Love (feat. Calvin Harris)
24. Jessie J - Domino
25. LMFAO - Sexy and I Know It
27. Chris Brown - Turn Up the Music
28. Bruno Mars - It Will Rain
29. Usher - Climax
30. Rihanna - Birthday Cake (feat. Chris Brown)
31. Carrie Underwood - Good Girl
32. LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem
33. Karmin - Brokenhearted
35. Adele - Rumour Has It
36. Maroon 5 - Moves Like Jagger (feat. Christina Aguilera)
37. Jay-Z/Kanye West - Ni**as In Paris
41. Rihanna - Talk That Talk (feat. Jay-Z)
43. Gavin DeGraw - Not Over You
48. Adele - Someone Like You
49. Adele - Rolling In the Deep
51. Lady Antebellum - Dancin' Away With My Heart
53. Jason Mraz - I Won't Give Up
55. Outasight - Tonight Is the Night
58. Beyonce - Love On Top
59. Rascal Flatts - Banjo
62. Ellie Goulding - Lights
64. Wacka Flocka Flame - I Don't Really Care (feat. TreySongz) (DEBUT)
65. Trey Songz - Heart Attack (DEBUT)
67. Avicii - Levels
68. fun. - Some Nights
70. Neon Trees - Everybody Talks
75. M83. - Midnight City
77. Skrillex - Bangarang (feat. Sirah)
78. Sean Paul - She Doesn't Mind (DEBUT)
79. Pitbull - Back In Time (DEBUT)
81. Melanie Fiona - 4AM
82. Coldplay - Princess of China (feat. Rihanna)
83. Skrillex - Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites
86. Lil Wayne - Mirror (feat. Bruno Mars)
87. Madonna - Give Me All Your Luvin' (feat. Nicki Minaj& M.I.A.)
88. Drake - Crew Love (feat. The Weeknd)
91. Josh Turner - Time Is Love (DEBUT)
93. Havana Brown - We Run the Night (feat. Pitbull)
95. Michel Telo - Ai Se Eu Te Pego (DEBUT)
97. Mary J Blige - Mr. Wrong (feat. Drake)
98. Chris Cagle - Got My Country On (DEBUT)
99. Dev & Enrique Iglesias - Naked (DEBUT)
100. Alex Clare - Too Close

TOP 40 RADIO (US):
1. The Wanted - Glad You Came
2. fun. - We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monae)
3. Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)
4. Katy Perry - Part of Me
5. David Guetta - Turn Me On (feat. Nicki Minaj)
6. Gym Class Heroes - Ass Back Home (feat. Neon Hitch)
7. Flo Rida - Wild Ones (feat. Sia)
8. Drake - Take Care (feat. Rihanna)
9. Adele - Set Fire To the Rain
10. Calvin Harris - Feel So Close

BILLBOARD US DANCE/CLUB PLAY:
1. Beyonce - Love On Top
2. Dev & Enrique Iglesias - Naked
3. Melanie Amaro - Respect
4. Madonna - Girl Gone Wild (GREATEST GAINER)
5. Dave Aude - Never Forget (feat. Lena Katina)
7. Jessie J - Domino
8. Madonna - Give Me All Your Luvin' (feat. Nicki Minaj& M.I.A.)
9. Katy Perry - Part of Me
14. Karmin - Brokenhearted
15. Nicki Minaj - Starships
18. Eva - Body On Mine
19. Chris Brown - Turn Up the Music
20. The Wanted - Glad You Came
21. Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)
22. Jessie & The Toy Boys - Let's Get Naughty
25. David Guetta - Titanium (feat. Sia)

BILLBOARD HEATSEEKERS SONGS:
1. Kirko Bangz - Drank In My Cup
5. Ellie Goulding - Lights
6. Avicii - Levels
9. M83. - Midnight City
10. Skrillex - Bangarang (feat. Sirah)
11. Skrillex - Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites)
13. Havana Brown - We Run the Night (feat. Pitbull)
14. Michel Telo - Ai Se Eu Te Pego
15. Alex Clare - Too Close

BILLBOARD HEATSEEKERS ALBUMS:
1. Stick To Your Guns - Diamond (DEBUT)
2. Alex Clare - The Lateness of the Hour (DEBUT)
3. Civil Twilight - Holy Weather (DEBUT)
4. Dawn Richard - Amour On (DEBUT)
5. Make Me Famous - It's Not Or Never (DEBUT)
9. Of Monsters & Men - Into the Woods (EP)
11. The Head & the Heart - self-titled
21. Nero - Welcome Reality (GREATEST GAINER)

BILLBOARD UK SINGLES CHART:
1. Chris Brown - Turn Up the Music (DEBUT)
2. Sean Paul - She Doesn't Mind
3. Nicki Minaj - Starships
4. Katy Perry - Part of Me
5. Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)
6. Plan B - Ill Manors (DEBUT)
8. David Guetta - Titanium (feat. Sia)
10. Emeli Sande - Next To Me

BILLBOARD JAPAN HOT 100:
1. Masaharu Fukuyama - Ikiteru Ikiteku
3. Namie Amuro - Go Round
5. Madonna - Give Me All Your Luvin' (feat. Nicki Minaj& M.I.A.)
6. Pixie Lott - All About Tonight
8. The Ting Tings - Hang It Up
9. Perfume - Spring of Life
10. Kara - Speed Up
11. AKB48 - Give Me Five!
13. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Candy Candy
17. Madonna - Girl Gone Wild (DEBUT)
18. 2NE1 - Scream (DEBUT)
19. Norah Jones - Happy Pills
20. Alexandra Stan - Mr. Saxobeat
21. Chris Brown - Turn Up the Music
22. Arashi - Wild At Heart
23. Nicki Minaj - Starships
27. IU - Good Day
29. Kara - Girls Power
30. Esperanza Spalding - Black Gold
31. Emeli Sande - Heaven
33. Katy Perry - Part of Me
37. fun. - We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monae)
49. Big Bang - Fantastic Baby (DEBUT)

BILLBOARD KOREA KPOP HOT 100:
1. Busker Busker - Cherry Blossom Ending (DEBUT)
2. TaeYeon (Girls' Generation) - Missing You Like Crazy (DEBUT)
3. Big Bang - Fantastic Baby
5. 2AM - I Wonder If You Hurt Like Me
7. CN Blue - Hey You
10. Ailee - Heaven
12. SHINee - Sherlock (Clue + Note)
13. Big Bang - Blue
14. Brave Guys - Wait and Be ready
15. Lyn - Teddy Bear
25. Shinhwa - Venus
26. CN Blue - I Still Love You
28. Ga-In (Brown Eyed Girls) - For You Not To Know
29. Simon D & Lady Jane - 6:30 (DEBUT)
30. miss A - Touch
32. Big Bang - Bad Boy
33. NAVI - Because of You (DEBUT)
40. Big Bang - Love Dust
43. T-Ara - Lovey Dovey
44. 2AM - You Were Mine
47. FT Island - Fiercely

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