Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Top Songs of 2008

Madonna & Justin Timberlake's "4 Minutes" might have spent the most weeks at #1 (10) on the THO 100 in 2008, but due to sheer staying power, Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" is THO's #1 Song of 2008. The Top Songs of 2008 chart is based on chart positions for all 2008 THO weekly charts, with an inverse exponential point system. "Viva" barely edges out Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love." If "Bleeding Love" had its full chart life in 2008, it would have been #1 for the year, but it was released in 2007 and even made #50 in the Top Songs of 2007 chart. Lewis was the only artist to have two songs place in the top 10, with "Better In Time" at #10. Rihanna had songs at #5, #12, #14, #48, and #73. She might be a frontrunner for the Top Artist of 2008, which will be published soon... MGMT had three songs on the chart, and two of them back-to-back at #52 and #53.

Alicia Keys' "No One" appeared on the 2007 and 2008 year-end charts, coincidentally in the same position of #37. Other songs to appear on this years' list that also appeared last year are: "Don't Stop The Music" by Rihanna (#12 in 2008, #51 in 2007), Timbaland's "Apologize" (#21 in 2008, #29 in 2007), Colbie Caillat's "Bubbly" (#94 in 2008, #44 in 2007), and Linkin Park's "Shadow Of The Day" (#45 in 2008, #92 in 2007).

- Top Songs of 2008
- THO chart archive

Friday, December 19, 2008

THO 100 Update for the week ending December 13, 2008

Not much happened this week at the top end of the THO 100, as the top 5 songs maintained their same positions as last week. But crashing into the top 10 in only her third week on the chart is Leona Lewis. Her new single "Run" is receiving almost no airplay in the United States, yet the song is so popular elsewhere that it made the top 10 of many personal chart lists. Two weeks ago it was the highest debut at #34 and this week it moves from #16 to #10. A possible future number one song on THO? Maybe... especially since four of the top five lost points this week, while Britney's #1 single "Womanizer" made a very small gain. Enjoy the chart this week!

- Current THO 100
- Leona Lewis Chart History

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

New Dance Songs - December 2008

New songs recently receiving airplay on Dance radio stations in the U.S.:

Akon - Right Now (Na Na Na)
BenDJ f/ Sushy - Me And Myself
Beyonce - Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
The B-52's - Juliet Of The Spirits
Da Groove Doctors - All We Need
Hilary Duff - Reach Out
Hercules & Love Affair (pictured) - You Belong
Jes - Imagination
Lasgo - Out Of My Mind
John Legend f/ Andre 3000 - Green Light
Kim Leoni - Medicine
Madonna - Miles Away (remixes)
Moby - Ooh Yeah
LeAnn Rimes - What I Cannot Change (remixes)
Sharam f/ Daniel Bedingfield - The One
Solange - Sandcastle Disco

- New Songs Google Gadget

Monday, December 15, 2008

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Girls Aloud

Many music fans in the United States may not be familiar with Girls Aloud, but across the ocean in the U.K., they are argueably the most successful group of the past six years. They were formed on the reality show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002. On the official U.K. charts, they've had 19 top ten hits and four number ones. On the THO chart, they've been almost as successful, although their lack of attention in the U.S. kept them out of the top ten until late 2007. Now their last three singles have hit the top ten, and this week they enter the chart at #84 with "The Loving Kind." Maybe they will someday reach the same level of success in the United States as they have elsewhere. It would be a shame for one of the most successful groups in U.K. chart history to be unknown to so many music fans.

- Girls Aloud Poll
- Chart History
- Current THO 100

Saturday, December 13, 2008

THO 100 Update for the week ending December 6, 2008

Has there ever been an album that kept legions of fans waiting longer than Guns N' Roses' "Chinese Democracy?" Probably not, but as it turns out, the legions of fans had severely dwindled over the years. If "Chinese Democracy" had been released 8 years ago, it would have probably sold a million copies in its first week of release. But last week it only managed 261,000 in one of the busiest album-shopping weeks of the year for consumers. At least the single "Chinese Democracy" is doing well with fans. This week on the THO 100 it is the highest-debuting song on the chart, beating debuts from heavyweights Coldplay, Girls Aloud, and Sugababes. The gap between #1 and #2 on the chart closed, and we could see a new #1 next week...

- Current THO 100
- THO 100 Archive

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

New Country Songs on the Radio - December 2008

New songs recently receiving airplay on Country radio stations in the U.S.:

Jason Aldean - She's Country
Rodney Atkins - It's America
Jason Michael Carroll - Where I'm From
Emerson Drive - Belongs To You
Adam Gregory - What It Takes
Toby Keith - That Don't Make Me A Bad Guy
Melissa Lawson - What If It All Goes Right
Martina McBride - Ride
Jeremy McComb - Cold
Heidi Newfield - Cry Cry ('Til The Sun Shines)
Jamie O'Neal - Like A Woman
Kellie Pickler (pictured) - Best Days Of Your Life
George Strait - River Of Love
Keith Urban - Sweet Thing

Sunday, December 7, 2008


On this week's chart, Rihanna collects the 15th hit of her career. "Rehab" enters the chart at #54, which would be enough for the highest debut in most weeks (but not this week with Leona Lewis' huge debut). Rihanna's real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty. Her first hit was only three and a half years ago: "Pon De Replay." Her first #1 song was "SOS (Rescue Me)" in early 2006, and has been followed by three more number ones: "Umbrella (featuring Jay-Z)," "Don't Stop The Music," and "Disturbia." She has had seven songs chart on the THO 100 during 2008 and is in the running for Top Artist of 2008, which we'll be publishing soon. We've also created a poll for you to name your favorite Rihanna track.

- Rihanna Poll
- Chart History
- THO 100

Friday, December 5, 2008

Top Holiday Songs of All-Time

With many radio stations playing holiday music continuously for several weeks now, it is time to begin THO's annual poll of the top holiday songs of all time. For the past two years, Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" has been the #1 song. Maybe this year we shouldn't expect anything different, since Mariah's hit is currently the most-played holiday song on radio stations according to Billboard's Top Holiday Songs chart. But as there are every year, there will be many votes for Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, and Wham!

- New Poll
- 2007 Poll Results
- 2006 Poll Results

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

New Adult Alternative / Adult Contemporary Songs - December 2008

New adult alternative / adult contemporary songs recently receiving airplay on U.S. radio stations:

Adele - Right As Rain
Mariah Carey - Right To Dream
Coldplay - Lovers In Japan
Sheryl Crow - Detours
Death Cab For Cutie - No Sunlight
The Fray - You Found Me
Faith Hill - A Baby Changes Everything
Greg Medoro - Lost Melody
Meiko - Boys With Girlfriends
Plain White T's - 1, 2, 3, 4
LeAnn Rimes - What I Cannot Change
Snow Patrol - Crack The Shutters
Bruce Springsteen - Working On A Dream
Theory Of A Deadman - Not Meant To Be

- New Songs Google Gadget

Saturday, November 29, 2008


Pink's huge hit "So What" recently fell from the top position on the THO 100. But now she is back with the follow-up single "Sober." This week it becomes Pink's 20th song to appear on the chart (with "Who Knew" counting twice because of two chart runs separated by more than six months). Her first hit was "There You Go" back in April of 2000. It was followed by her first #1 song, "Most Girls" later that year. After a modest hit with "You Make Me Sick," Pink recorded four consecutive #1 songs. In total she's had six number ones and 13 top tens. We've created a poll for you to vote for your favorite Pink song and view the results.

- Pink poll
- Pink's chart history
- Pink Wikipedia page

Friday, November 28, 2008

THO 100 Update for the week ending November 22, 2008

Katy Perry's "Hot N Cold" was only able to reign over the THO 100 for a single week. Britney Spears' "Womanizer" takes over the top spot this week, giving Spears her second #1 song of 2008. The first was "Piece Of Me," which hit #1 back in January. Only eight artists have had #1 songs in 2008, and now four of them have had two number ones: Spears, Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Coldplay. Overall, "Womanizer" is Britney's seventh #1 song. Her first #1 was "Oops!...I Did It Again" in 2000, after her first three hits peaked at #2 ("...Baby One More Time," "Sometimes," and "(You Drive Me) Crazy". She trails only Madonna and Mariah Carey for the most #1s on the Top Hits Online chart, which began in 1993.

- Current THO 100
- Britney Spears chart history
- List of all number ones on the THO 100

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

New R&B Songs on the Radio - November 2008

New songs recently added to R&B radio station playlists in the U.S.:

Jean Baylor - Come Go With Me
Beyonce - At Last
Lee Carr - Breathe
Chaz - Chemical Reaction
Keyshia Cole f/ 2Pac - Playa Cardz Right
Dwele - A Few Reasons
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds - I Need A Love Song
Estelle f/ Cee-Lo - Pretty Please (Love Me)
Laura Izibor - From My Heart To Yours
Montell Jordan - Me And U
LaBelle - Superlover
Musiq Soulchild f/ Mary J. Blige - ifuleave
Sterling f/ Jadakiss - All I Need (I Need Love)
Charlie Wilson (pictures) - There Goes My Baby

Monday, November 24, 2008

New Album Releases for November 25, 2008

Many of these albums will be released Monday Nov 24th, due to the Thanksgiving holiday this week.

Guns N Roses - Chinese Democracy [Sold at Best Buy only]
Kanye West - 808s & Heartbreak
Ludacris - Theater Of The Mind
The Killers - Day & Age
Coldplay - Viva La Vida / Prospekts March [2 CDs]
Linkin Park - Road To Revolution - Live at Milton Keynes [CD + DVD]
Barry Manilow - The Greatest Songs of the Eighties
Scott Weiland - Happy In Galoshes
Trace Adkins - X
Original Broadway Cast Recording - 13
Tom Jones - 24 Hours
Jeremy Camp - Speaking Louder Than Before
Paramore - The Final Riot! [CD/DVD]
Death Cab For Cutie - Something About Airplanes [Deluxe Edition]
Kevin Rudolf - In The City
Cynic - Traced In Air
David Byrne & Brian Eno - Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
Daryl Hall & John Oates - Live At The Troubadour [Live CD/DVD]
International Noise Conspiracy - The Cross Of My Calling
Rivers Cuomo - Alone II: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo
Fireman - Electric Arguments
Tom Jones - 24 Hours
Kid Sister - Dream Date
Jon Anderson - 3 Ships
Supersuckers - Get It Together!
Tommy James - 40th Anniversary Singles Collection [2 CDs]
Soundtrack - Punisher: War Zone
Soundtrack - Gears Of War 2
Soundtrack - Fable 2
Return To Forever - Returns [2 CDs]
Hollyridge Strings - Christmas Favorites
Linkin Park - Road To Revolution - Live at Milton Keynes [Live CD/DVD]
White Zombie - Let Sleeping Corpses Lie [4 CDs]
Paramore - The Final Riot! [Live]

- Full list of new and future releases
- 2008 Holiday Albums
- All 2008 album releases
- New Album Google Gadget

Saturday, November 22, 2008

New Hip Hop / Rap Songs - November 2008

New songs recently receiving airplay on Hip Hop and Rap radio stations in the U.S.:

Akon f/ Lil Wayne - I'm So Paid
Boxie f/ Juelz Santana - Let Me Show You
Busta Rhymes - Arab Money
DJ Khaled f/ Kanye West & T-Pain - Go Hard
50 Cent - Get Up
Gorilla Zoe - Lost
Jadakiss f/ Ne-Yo - By My Side
Jim Jones & Ron Brownz f/ Juelz Santana - Pop Champagne
Lil Rob - Let Me Come Back
Ludacris co-starring T-Pain - One More Drink
Novakane - Shawty Said
T-Pain f/ Chris Brown - Freeze
Bobby Valentino f/ Yung Joc - Beep
V.I.C. - Wifey Type
Young Jeezy - Crazy World

Friday, November 21, 2008

2008 American Music Awards

On Sunday Nov 23rd the American Music Awards will be televised. The list of performers includes some of the biggest names in music: Coldplay, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, and Kanye West. As for the nominees, there are four big names who have been nominated for three awards: Chris Brown, Coldplay, Eagles, and Alicia Keys. All four of these have been nominated for the Artist of the Year award. Another interesting award is the Breakthrough Artist award, which is basically for Best New Artist, although some of the artists nominated started hitting the charts in 2007. We've created two polls for you to vote on your favorites:
- Artist of the Year
- Breakthrough Artist

Thursday, November 20, 2008

THO 100 Update for the week ending November 15, 2008

Pink's six week run at #1 ends this week as "So What" drops to the runner-up slot. Taking its place is "Hot N Cold," the second #1 single from Katy Perry. Earlier this year "I Kissed A Girl" spent three weeks atop the chart. "I Kissed A Girl" is still hanging around the chart at #42 after 24 weeks. Perry will certainly be one of the top artists of 2008 when our year-end artist chart is published at the end of December. Perry's real name is Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson. She was born in Santa Barbara, California, the daughter of two pastors. In fact, her first CD released in 2001, called "Katy Hudson," was a Christian gospel album. Now her music and her outfits are pretty far removed from gospel... Enjoy the new chart this week!

- Current THO 100
- Katy Perry on Wikipedia

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

New Rock Songs - November 2008

New Rock songs recently receiving airplay on U.S. radio stations:

Buckcherry - Rescue Me
Five Finger Death Punch - Stranger Than Fiction
Guns N Roses - Chinese Democracy
Hinder - Without You
Hoobastank - My Turn
In This Moment - Forever
Incubus - Love Hurts
Kid Rock - Rock N Roll Jesus
Rev Theory - Light It Up
Saliva - Family Reunion
Slipknot - Dead Memories
Smashing Pumpkins - G.L.O.W.
Stereophonics - My Own Worst Enemy
10 Years - So Long, Good-bye
Vayden - The One You Left Behind

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

James Bond Theme Songs

With the opening of Quantum of Solace this past weekend, we thought it an appropriate time to visit James Bond theme songs. Each of the 22 Bond flics has had a theme song, usually with the same name as the movie itself. Quantum is an exception, as the title song is "Another Way To Die" by Jack White & Alicia Keys. Shirley Bassey is the only artist to perform a Bond them more than once, and she's done it three times, for Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, and Moonraker. The only Bond song to hit #1 in the U.S. was Duran Duran's "A View To A Kill." Two Bond songs have been nominated at the Academy Awards for Best Song: Sheena Easton's "For Your Eyes Only" and Carly Simon's "Nobody Does It Better."

- List of all James Bond theme songs
- Bond theme song poll

Sunday, November 16, 2008

New Country Songs on the Radio - November 2008

New songs recently receiving airplay on Country radio stations in the U.S.:

Gary Allan - She's So California
Keith Anderson - Somebody Needs A Hug
Dierks Bentley - Feel That Fire
Dean Brody - Brothers
Brooks & Dunn - Cowgirls Don't Cry
Sarah Buxton - Space
Sara Evans - Low
Kenny Chesney w/ Mac McAnally - Down The Road
Jack Ingram - That's A Man
Jewel - Till It Feels Like Cheating
Toby Keith - God Love Her
Lost Trailers - How 'Bout You Don't
John Michael Montgomery - Forever
James Otto - These Are The Good Ole Days
Randy Rogers Band - In My Arms Instead
Darius Rucker - It Won't Be Like This For Long
Jessica Simpson - Remember That
Matt Stillwell - Shine
Taylor Swift - Love Story
Jimmy Wayne - I Will

Saturday, November 15, 2008


Aliaune Thiam, or the artist we know as Akon, logs his 15th THO hit this week with "Right Now (Na Na Na)." Often Akon collaborates with others on hit songs, such as "Smack That" with Eminem or "Just Dance" with Lady GaGa and Colby O'Donis. But "Right Now" is a solo hit, just as his first THO hit was: 2005's "Lonely." He has several impressive achievements, including being the first artist to hold both the #1 and #2 slots on the Billboard Hot 100 TWICE! Akon was also nominated for a Grammy Award, although he lost to Justin Timberlake. We created another poll, for you to choose your favorite Akon tune.

- Akon chart history
- Akon poll

Thursday, November 13, 2008

THO 100 Update for week ending November 8, 2008

This week on the THO 100 Pink spends a sixth week atop the chart with "So What." It becomes the third song in 2008 to spend as many weeks on top, following Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" and Madonna's "4 Seconds" (featuring Justin Timberlake). But with the song showing signs of fading, there might be a new #1 next week. The question is who? Katy Perry's "Hot N Cold" and Britney Spears' "Womanizer" seem to be the most likely candidates, but Beyonce's "If I Were A Boy" just bounced into the top 10 in only its third week on the chart. A little further down the chart, the largest point gain belongs to English band Razorlight. Their hit "Wire To Wire" sits at #27 after only two weeks and is #15 on the official UK chart.

- Current THO 100
- Chart Archive
- Official UK Chart

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

New Album Releases for November 11, 2008

Taylor Swift - Fearless
Various Artists - Now That's What I Call Music! 29
David Archuleta - David Archuleta
T-Pain - Thr33 Ringz
Various Artists - Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement
Enya - And Winter Came
Missy Elliot - Block Party
Colbie Caillat - Coco [Deluxe Edition]
Musiq Soulchild - On My Radio
Seal - Soul
Deborah Cox - The Promise
Various Artists - Best of Parvarotti & Friends
Laura Pausini - Primavera Anticipada (Spanish Version)
Enrique Iglesias - Greatest Hits
David Foster - Foster & Friends [2 CDs]
Butch Walker - Sycamore Meadows
Tracy Chapman - One Bright Future
The Flaming Lips - Christmas On Mars [CD + DVD]
Various Artists - This Warm December: A Brushfire Holiday Vol. 1
Mudcrutch - Live! [Live EP]
Kevin Costner & Modern West - Untold Truths
Patti Lupone - Les Mouches [Live]
Barbara Cook - Rainbow Round My Shoulder
Various Artists - Dr. Dre Old School Tribute

- Full list of new and future releases
- Add New Releases to your iGoogle page

Friday, November 7, 2008

The Offspring

This week The Offspring rack up their 18th chart hit with "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid." Their long string of hits began in 1994 when "Come Out And Play" took Modern Rock radio stations by storm. It was followed by the memorable "Self Esteem." The Offspring have always rocked, but often with tongue-in-cheek, as evidenced by "Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)," and "She's Got Issues." Their Wikipedia entry brings up some interesting facts about the band: for example, they've sold over 40 million albums worldwide and one of the members goes by the name Noodles. We've created an Offspring poll for you to vote on their best song.

- Offspring Poll
- Offspring on Wikipedia
- Current THO 100

Thursday, November 6, 2008

THO 100 Update for week ending November 1, 2008

Dance songs are more prevalent on the THO chart than on other charts, but they still have a hard time reaching the upper half of the chart. This week two new dance songs make big splashes. The first is from Guru Josh, who transforms his hit song "Infinity" into "Infinity 2008." It is the highest debut on the chart this week, landing at #38. At #41 is another former dance hit that has been remodeled a bit. Sash! is the artist with "Raindrops (Encore Une Fois)," the largest chart mover of the week up from #90 the previous week. "Encore Une Fois" was a huge dance hit in 1997, and led to Sash! winning a BRIT award for Best International Male artist in 1998. Enjoy the new chart!

- Current THO 100
- Chart Archive

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

New Adult Alternative / Adult Contemporary Songs - November 2008

New Adult Alternative and Adult Contemporary songs recently receiving airplay on U.S. radio stations:

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Fix It
David Byrne & Brian Eno - Strange Overtones
Tracy Chapman - Sing For You
Celine Dion - My Love
Enya (pictured) - Trains and Winter Rains
Michael Fitz - The Way It Goes
Ben Folds f/ Regina Spektor - You Don't Know Me
Goo Goo Dolls - Real
Keane - The Lovers Are Losing
Amos Lee - What's Been Going On
John Mellencamp - Troubled Land
James Morrison - Nothing Ever Hurt Like You
Tristan Prettyman - Hello
Radiohead - Reckoner
James Taylor - It's Growing
3 Doors Down - Let Me Be Myself
Thriving Ivory - Angels On The Moon

Saturday, November 1, 2008


On the latest THO 100 chart, Madonna notches her 45th hit since the chart's inception in 1993. While that is a remarkable feat, we've dedicated so much space to Madonna's accomplishments that we decided to put our attention elsewhere. This week Nickelback celebrate a more modest 14 chart appearances with the arrival of "Gotta Be Somebody." Their string of hits began in 2001 with "How You Remind Me." That was their first and only #1 hit so far. "Someday" and "Photograph" managed to crack the top 10. As a solo artist, Chad Kroeger had three hits separate from Nickelback. Read more about this Canadian band here and vote in our Nickeback poll here.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

THO 100 Update for the week ending October 25, 2008

Pink holds on to the #1 position on the THO 100 this week with "So What." The top five spots are held by solo female artists, three of which will be major challengers for #1 in the coming weeks. At #3 is Katy Perry, who already scored a #1 hit earlier this year with "I Kissed A Girl." At #4 is Britney Spears, who is the greatest point gainer for the second consecutive week. At #5 is Christina Aguilera, who already has five #1 hits to her credit on the THO chart. How can men compete with female superstars like these?

- Current THO 100
- THO 100 Archive

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


After a 4-year absence Dido is back on the charts again with "Don't Believe In Love." Her last hit on the THO 100 was "Sand In My Shoes," which entered the chart in September of 2004. Her solo chart career began in 1999 with "Here With Me," but her popularity began to soar when she was the featured artist on the UK #1 track "Stan" with Eminem. "Stan" sampled from Dido's "Thank You," which later went to #2 on its own. Dido's only #1 hit is "White Flag" from 2003. Dido is the subject of our featured poll this week - choose your favorite Dido song.

- Dido poll
- Other music polls
- Dido chart history

Monday, October 27, 2008

New Album Releases for October 28, 2008

Pink - Funhouse
Toby Keith - That Don't Make Me A Bad Guy
Rascal Flatts - Greatest Hits Volume 1
Snow Patrol - A Hundred Million Suns
The Cure - 4:13 Dream
John Legend - Evolver
Bloc Party - Intimacy
Celine Dion - My Love - Ultimate Essential Collection
Ryan Adams - Cardinology
Lady GaGa - The Fame
Queen + Paul Rodgers - The Cosmos Rocks
Kaiser Chiefs - Off With Their Heads
Susan Tedeschi - Back To The River
Cradle Of Filth - Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder [2 CDs]
Hank Williams - The Unreleased Recordings [3 CD Box Set]
Kurt Carr with The Kurt Carr Singers - Just The Beginning [2 CD Live]
Loreena McKennitt - A Midwinter Night's Dream
Eagles of Death Metal - Heart On
Avalon - Greatest Hits
Michael W. Smith - A New Hallelujah
Celtic Woman - The Greatest Journey: Essential Collection
Soundtrack - Quantum of Solace
Joey & Rory - The Life Of A Song
Jay Street - Jay Street
Greg Street - Greg Street Certified Worldwide
Boz Scaggs - Speak Low
Straight No Chaser - Holiday Spirits
Juliette Commagere - Queens Die Proudly
The Partridge Family - Bulletin Board
Cynic - Traced In Air
Deerhunter - Microcastle
Marillion - Happiness Is The Road Volume 1 - Essence
Marillion - Happiness Is The Road Volume 2 - The Hard Shoulder
Lee Brice - Picture Of Me

- Full list of new and future album releases
- New Albums Google gadget

Sunday, October 26, 2008

New R&B Songs on the Radio - October 2008

New R&B songs receiving airplay on R&B radio stations in the U.S.:

Regina Belle - Love Forever Shines
Sam Collier - Change
Kindred The Family Soul - House Of Love
Labelle f/ Wyclef Jean - Roll Out
Kenny Lattimore - You Are My Starship
Nu-Era - Make For You
Raphael Saadiq - Love That Girl
Sho - Glad I Met You
Jazmine Sullivan (pictured) - Bust Your Windows
Robin Thicke - The Sweetest Love

Friday, October 24, 2008

THO 100 Update for the week ending October 18, 2008

Pink and Rihanna hold on to the top 2 spots on the THO 100 this week. Katy Perry moves from #8 to #3 and looks like a serious challenger for the #1 position in the coming weeks. Further down at #58 is the highest debut of the week by T.I. (featuring Rihanna). "Live Your Life" samples from the worldwide smash hit "Dragostea din tei" by O-Zone. O-Zone's hit went to #1 in several countries and reached #3 on the official U.K. chart. In the United States it barely made a splash, and was probably more well-known for the crazy lip-synching "Numa Numa" YouTube video by Gary Brolsma.

- Current THO 100 Chart

Thursday, October 23, 2008

New Rock Songs - October 2008

New rock songs recently added to U.S. radio station playlists:

AC/DC - Rock N Roll Train
All That Remains - Two Weeks
Avenged Sevenfold - Scream
Fall Out Boy (pictured) - I Don't Care
Metallica - My Apocalypse
Motley Crue - Motherf***er Of The Year
Mudvayne - Do What You Do
Nickelback - Gotta Be Somebody
Queen & Paul Rogers - C-Lebrity
Rise Against - Re-Education (Through Labor)
Shinedown - Second Chance
Tesla - I Wanna Live
Toadies - No Deliverance

- Add our New Songs Google gadget

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Killers

If not for Britney Spears, The Killers would have easily had the highest debut on last week's THO 100 chart. "Human" debuted at #31 and became The Killers' 12th chart entry. Their first hit was "Mr. Brightside," which debuted in July of 2004 and enjoyed a chart run of 43 weeks. "When You Were Young" from 2006 is their lone #1 hit. But after their first seven singles hit the top 10, the past three have squandered outside the top 20. We predict "Human" will break that trend, but you never know. We've created a Killers poll to vote on the best Killers track to date.

- The Killers poll
- "Human" on YouTube
- "Human" lyrics

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

New Pop/Top 40 Songs on the Radio - October 2008

New Pop /Top 40 song recently receiving airplay on U.S. radio stations:

Christina Aguilera - Keeps Gettin' Better
Akon - Right Now (Na Na Na)
Artists Stand Up To Cancer - Just Stand Up!
Brandy - Right Here (Departed)
Cassie f/ Lil Wayne - Official Girl
Ciara f/ T-Pain - Go Girl
Estelle f/ Sean Paul - Come Over
Jonas Brothers - Lovebug
Jesse McCartney - It's Over
Nina Sky f/ Rick Ross - Curtain Call
Katy Perry - Hot N Cold
Britney Spears (pictured) - Womanizer
T.I. f/ Rihanna - Live Your Life
Usher f/ - What's Your Name

Monday, October 20, 2008

New Album Releases for October 21, 2008

Soundtrack - High School Musical 3: Senior Year
Lee Ann Womack - Call Me Crazy
Of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping
Brett Dennen - Hope For The Hopeless
AC/DC - Black Ice
Hank Williams Jr. III - Damn Right, Rebel Proud
Craig Morgan - That's Why
LaBelle - Back To Now
Mary Mary - The Sound
Prodigy - Product Of The 80s
Waylon Jennings - Waylon Forever
Electric Six - Flashy
Calle 13 - Los De Atras Vienen Conmigo
OhGr - Devils In My Details
Escape The Fate - This War Is Ours
Cedric Burnside & Lightnin' Malcolm - 2 Man Wrecking Crew
Jimmy Herring - Lifeboat
Oren Lavie - The Opposite Side Of The Sea
Genesis - Genesis 1970-1975 [7 Disc Box Set]
Skillet - Comatose Comes Alive [CD + DVD]
Kiss - Ikons [4 Disc Box Set]
David Gilmour - Live In Gdansk [5 Disc Box Set]
Sara Groves - O Holy Night
Gretchen Peters - Northern Lights
Various Artists - Ministry Of Sound: Annual 2009 [2 CDs]
Rosemary Clooney - On The Air
The Sea & Cake - Car Alarm

- Full list of new and future album releases
- 2008 Holiday album releases
- 2008 Album archive


Sunday, October 19, 2008

New Hip Hop / Rap Songs - October 2008

New Hip Hop and Rap songs receiving airplay in the U.S.:

Brutha f/ Fabolous - I Can't Hear The Music
Common f/ Pharrell - Announcement
Dem Franchize Boyz f/ Lloyd - Turn Heads
Jay-Z - Jockin' Jay-Z
Jay-Z & T.I. f/ Kanye West & Lil Wayne - Swagga Like Us
B. Lloyd f/ Bobby Valentino - She All Mine
Nas f/ Chris Brown & The Game - Make The World Go Round
Q-Tip - Getting Up
Three 6 Mafia - That's Right
T-Pain f/ Ludacris - Chopped N Screwed
UNK - Show Out
Kanye West - Love Lockdown
Young Jeezy - Vacation

Saturday, October 18, 2008

For the Fanatical Music Chart Fans: Record Research Books

If you are a fan of the Billboard charts, hopefully you are aware of Record Research. Joel Whitburn founded record research and publishes many books that summarize Billboard's most popular charts. The most popular is the Top Pop Singles book, which lists every song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 since 1955, by artist. Similar books are available for the Country, R&B/Hip Hop, Dance, Rock, and Holiday charts. Soon they will be releasing "Top Country Songs 1944-2008," a must-have for country music fanatics. We own many of these books and we highly recommend them!

- Record Research website

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

New Dance Songs - October 2008

New dance songs recently receiving radio or club airplay in the U.S.:

Eyereel All-Stars f/ Lucy Clarke - Get It On
Flanders - Behind
Jenn Frederick - I Shoulda Been Blond
India - I Can't Get No Sleep 2008
Jipsta - The Middle of the Dancefloor
Joshua Klipp - Life
Kraak & Smaak f/ Ben Westbeech - Squeeze Me
Lenna - Elle Est Tres L.A.
John Legend f/ Andre 3000 - Green Light (remixes)
Loveless f/ Amanda Wilson - Found A Miracle
Luvndreams f/ Elisa Rodriguez - Heaven Can Wait
Mary Mary - Get Up (remixes)
Miz Mandy - Sweet Fury Of Love
Robyn - Cobrastyle
Kim Sozzi - Feel Your Love
SupaNova - No Secrets
Danny Tenaglia - The Space Dance
Sylvia Tosun - Underlying Feeling
Kreesha Turner - Don't Call Me Baby
Jody Watley - A Beautiful Life
Michelle Williams (pictured) - The Greatest

Monday, October 13, 2008

New Album Releases for October 14, 2008

Lucinda Williams - Little Honey
Keane - Perfect Symmetry
Yo-Yo Ma - Songs of Joy and Peace
Billy Currington - Little Bit Of Everything
Santana - Multi-Dimensional Warrior
Ray LaMontagne - Gossip In The Grain
Kenny Chesney - Lucky Old Sun [Deluxe]
Johnny Cash - Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison [Legacy Edition]
Little Big Town - A Place To Land
Nikka Costa - Pebble To A Pearl
Mary Mary - The Sound
Ingrid Michaelson - Be Ok
Copeland - You Are My Sunshine
Todd Snider - Peace Queer
Various Artists - Born To Breed: A Tribute To Judy Collins
BBC National Orchestra Of Wales - Torchwood
Sixpence None The Richer - The Dawn Of Grace
War - Greatest Hits Live [2 CDs]
Elvis Presley - Christmas Duets
Al Jarreau - Christmas
Various Artists - The Hotel Cafe presents Winter Songs
Aretha Franklin - This Christmas Aretha [Sold only at Borders]
J.D. Souther - If The World Was You
Kate Campbell - Save The Day
Yngwie Malmsteen - Perpetual Flame
Gojira - The Way Of All Flesh
Unearth - The March
The Foreign Exchange - Leave It All Behind
Dave Mason - 12 Letters 12 Notes
Holly Golightly And The Brokeoffs - Dirt Don't Hurt
I'm From Barcelona - Who Killed Harry Houdini
Kristin Chenoweth - A Lovely Way To Spend Christmas

- Full list of new and future album releases
- 2008 Holiday and Christmas Albums

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Veteran Artists Still Hitting The Charts

The latest charts are not always about the newest artists. This weeks' THO 100 is proof of that, as a bevy of veteran artists and groups have songs that debut. One of them is Sarah McLachlan, who first charted on THO in 1994. A group whose charting career also goes back to 1994, Weezer debut this week with "Troublemaker." Girls Aloud have the highest debut this week with "The Promise," their 20th chart hit. Snow Patrol earn their 13th chart hit, although two of those entries were for the same song in different years. T-Pain collaborates with Lil Wayne to collect his 14th chart entry. And Kanye West enters with "Love Lockdown," his 15th THO hit.

- Artists with the most songs on the THO 100
- Current THO 100

Friday, October 10, 2008

THO 100 Update for the week ending October 4, 2008

In its seventh week on the chart, Pink's "So What" barely takes the number one position away from Rihanna's "Disturbia." Rihanna's hit held the top spot for four weeks. This is Pink's sixth #1 song on the THO 100. The first was "Most Girls" in late 2000. That was followed by four consecutive #1s: "Lady Marmalade," "Get The Party Started," "Don't Let Me Get Me," and "Just Like A Pill." How long will "So What" last at the top? It could be several weeks, as there are no likely contenders closing in. Possibly the best bet is M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes," which currently sits at #6 but almost 40 points behind.

- Current THO 100
- THO 100 Archive
- THO 100 FAQ

Monday, October 6, 2008

New Album Releases for October 7, 2008

Tim McGraw - Greatest Hits 3
Rise Against - Appeal To Reason
Oasis - Dig Out Your Soul
Bob Dylan - Tell Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006
Jon McLaughlin - Ok Now
Pretenders - Break Up The Concrete
Aqualung - Words & Music
Sarah McLachlan - Closer: The Best of Sarah McLachlan
Armin Van Buuren - A State Of Trance 2008
Various Artists - WOW Hits 2009
Casting Crowns - Peace On Earth
Mannheim Steamroller - Christmasville
George Strait - Classic Christmas
Elliot Yamin - My Kind Of Holiday
Marco Antonio Solis - No Molestar
Michelle Williams - Unexpected
Senses Fail - Life Is Not A Waiting Room
Tesla - Forever More
Rachael Yamagata - Elephants
The Streets - Everything Is Borrowed
Margot & The Nuclear So and Sos - Not Animal
Jolie Holland - Living & The Dead
Antony & The Johnsons - Another World
Gary Moore - Bad For You Baby
The Police - Certifiable [Available only at Best Buy]

- Full list of new and future album releases

Sunday, October 5, 2008

New Country Songs on the Radio - September 2008

New songs recently receiving airplay on country radio stations in the U.S.:

Dierks Bentley - Sweet and Wild
Whitney Duncan - When I Said I Would
Josh Gracin - Unbelievable (Ann Marie)
Julianne Hough (pictured) - My Hallelujah Song
Alan Jackson - Country Boy
Joey & Rory - Cheater, Cheater
Miranda Lambert - More Like Her
Jake Owen - Don't Think I Can't Love You
Brad Paisley duet w/ Keith Urban - Start A Band
Rascal Flatts - Here
Sugarland - Already Gone
Taylor Swift - Change
Josh Turner - Everything Is Fine
Darryl Worley - Tequila On Ice
Eli Young Band - Always The Love Songs

- THO's New Songs Google Gadget

Monday, September 29, 2008

New Album Releases for September 30, 2008

T.I. - The Paper Trail
Jennifer Hudson - Jennifer Hudson
Robin Thicke - Something Else
Dem Franchize Boyz - Our World, Our Way
Kellie Pickler - Kellie Pickler
Ben Folds - Way To Normal
Jack's Mannequin - The Glass Passenger
Santana - Multi-Dimensional Warrior
James Taylor - Covers
Lesley Roy - Unbeautiful
Mercury Rev - Snowflake Midnight
Ani DiFranco - Red Letter Year
James Morrison - Songs For You, Truths For Me
Brian Vander Ark - Brian Vander Ark
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Best of Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Streets - Everything Is Borrowed
Craig Morgan - Greatest Hits
Echo & The Bunnymen - Greatest Hits
Tina Turner - Tina!
Linda Eder - The Other Side Of Me
Amy Grant - Christmas Collections
Faith Hill - Joy To The World
Melissa Etheridge - A New Thought For Christmas
The Archies - The Archies Christmas Album featuring Betty & Veronica
Enigma - Seven Lives Many Faces [2 CDs]
Dream Theater - Chaos In Motion [3 CDs, 2 DVDs]
Mary-Chapin Carpenter - Come Darkness, Come Light: Twelve Songs of Christmas
Mellisa Etheridge - A New Thought For Christmas
Todd Rundgren - Arena
Joshua Radin - Simple Times
Dion - Heroes: Giants of Early Guitar Rock
Joseph Arthur - Temporary People
Trivium - Shogun
David Bowie - iSelect
Gemma Hayes - The Hollow Of Morning
Bela Fleck & The Flecktones - Jingle All The Way
Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman - The Fabled City
Soundtrack - Nightmare Revisited
Soundtrack - Rock N Rolla
Various Artists - Princess Disneymania
Anberlin - New Surrender
Amon Amarth - Twilight Of The Thunder God
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band - Act Your Age
Nina Simone - To Be Free

- Full list of new and future releases