Wednesday, January 28, 2009

THO 100 Update for the week ending January 24, 2009

After a disappointing follow-up to her smash album "Breakaway," Kelly Clarkson is back again with a new single from her upcoming album "All I Ever Wanted." The single is "My Life Would Suck Without You," and this week it is the highest debut on the THO 100. It is more reminiscent of her earlier hits, with a soaring vocal chorus set to a dance beat. Is it too early to predict another #1 hit in Clarkson's future? Probably not. For now, Lady GaGa holds on to #1 for a second week with "Just Dance." It now holds a comfortable lead over the Killers' "Human" and big singles by Beyonce, Britney, and Pink. Lady GaGa also has the #12 song on the chart with "Poker Face," which is just now beginning to see significant airplay in the U.S. Please enjoy the chart this week...

- THO 100 Chart
- THO 100 Archive

Monday, January 26, 2009

New Album Releases for January 27, 2009

Bruce Springsteen - Working On A Dream
Franz Ferdinand - Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
Various Artists - 2009 Grammy Nominees
Ciara - Fantasy Ride
Hoobastank - For(N)ever
John Frusciante - The Empyrean
James Ingram - Stand (In The Light)
Pat Green - What I'm For
Various Artists - WOW Gospel 2009
Various Artists - WWE: The Music, Vol. 9
Leona Lewis - Best Kept Secret
Mark Olson & Gary Louris - Ready For The Flood
Of Montreal - Jon Brion Remix EP
Kylie Minogue - Boombox [Remix Album]
Rush - Retrospective 3 [CD + DVD]
Paul McCartney - Amoeba's Secret [Live]
Renee Olstead - Skylark
Duncan Sheik - Whisper House
Sepultura - A-LEX
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes - Eye-Legacy
Peter Cincotti - East Of Angel Town
Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock & Jack DeJohnette - Yesterdays
Original Broadway Cast Recording - To Broadway With Love
Various Artists - Radio Disney Jams 11
Various Artists - Just Like Heaven: A Tribute To The Cure
Mariza - Terra
Enrico Rava - New York Days
The Bird And The Bee - Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future
Walter Beasley - Free Your Mind

- Full list of new and future releases
- New Release Google Gadget

Thursday, January 22, 2009

THO 100 Update for week ending January 17, 2009

Lady GaGa makes a surprising jump from #6 to #1 on the THO 100 this week. Her smash hit "Just Dance" (featuring Akon & Colby O'Donis) benefits mostly from increased airplay and single availability in the UK, although radio airplay in many parts of the U.S. is still growing too. This is Lady GaGa first THO #1, and in fact her first THO hit. It replaces The Killers "Human," which ends up spending only a single week at the top. "Human" is just barely behind "Just Dance," so a re-entry into the top position next week would not be a surprise. Elsewhere on the chart, Pink and Girls Aloud have new songs enter the top 10, and Ne-Yo and The Fray move inside the top 40 with new singles.

- Current THO 100
- THO Archive

Monday, January 19, 2009

New Album Releases for January 20, 2009

Mariah Carey - The Ballads
Andrew Bird - Noble Beast
Bon Iver - Bloodbank [EP]
Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
Antony & The Johnsons - The Crying Light
Jane Monheit - The Lovers, The Dreamers and Me
Reel Big Fish - Fame, Fortune, Fornication
Frank Sinatra - Seduction: Sinatra Sings of Love [2 CDs]
Soundtrack - Transporter 3
Fiction Family - Fiction Family
Steve Earle And The Del McCoury Band - The Mountain
Thom Yorke - The Eraser Remixes
Dolly Parton - From The Heart
A.C. Newman - Get Guilty
New Model Army - F*** Texas, Sing For Us
The Odds - Cheerleader
North Mississippi Allstars - Do It Like We Used To
Matt & Kim - Grand
Umphrey's McGee - Mantis
Combichrist - Today We Are All Demons
Tony DeSare - Radio Show
Ben Nichols - The Last Pale Light In The West
Cattle Decapitation - The Harvest Floor
Anders Holst - Romantika

- Full list of new and future releases
- New Albums Google Gadget

Thursday, January 15, 2009

THO 100 Update for the week ending January 10, 2009

The Killers overtake Britney Spears for the #1 position on the THO 100, ending her 7-week run at the top with "Womanizer." The Killers' "Human" therefore becomes the first new #1 song of 2009. It is not their first #1 hit, as "When You Were Young" made it to the top in late 2006. "Human" is their eighth top 10 hit to date. They should enjoy their top billing now, because the chart's greatest point gainer sits at #3 not far behind. That would be Beyonce's red-hot "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)." Beyonce also has the #4 song with "If I Were A Boy," although it retreats this week. Enjoy the chart!

- Current Chart
- THO 100 Archive
- THO #1 History

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

New R&B Songs on the Radio - January 2009

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

Brandy - Long Distance
Case - Lovely
Keyshia Cole - You Complete Me
The-Dream - Rockin' That Thang
James Fortune & Fiya - I Trust You
Jamie Foxx f/ T.I. - Just Like Me
Al Green (pictured) - Lay It Down
Lalah Hathaway - That Was Then
Jennifer Hudson - If This Isn't Love
India.Arie f/ Musiq Soulchild - Chocolate High
Joe - We Need To Roll
Lionel Richie - Good Morning
Seal - A Change Is Gonna Come
Jazmine Sullivan - Lions, Tigers, and Bears

- New Songs Google Gadget

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Return of American Idol

On January 13th American Idol returns with the often hilarious tryouts of Season 8. There are plenty of changes to keep things fresh this time around... For instance, this season there will be a Top 36 instead of a Top 24. There will be a "wildcard" round in which the judges can give good performers a free pass to advance. The Top 36 will not be limited to themes (like Disco Songs or Rod Stewart songs), and instead will be able to choose any song that has been a Billboard Top 10 hit. After reducing the field to only 12 contestants, themes will reportedly return to the show.

As we've done in the past, we've created a poll for you to pick your favorite American Idol winner from the past. Kelly Clarkson has won the last two polls, but Carrie Underwood has gained a lot of popularity since the last poll began. Vote in the poll here.

- THO Polls

Sunday, January 11, 2009

New Pop/Top 40 Songs on the Radio - January 2009

New songs recently added to pop/top 40 playlists in the U.S.:

All-American Rejects - Gives You Hell
Beyonce - Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
The Cab - Bounce
Mariah Carey - I Stay In Love
David Cook - Light On
Kardinal Offishall f/ Keri Hilson - Numba 1 (Tide Is High)
Maroon 5 - Goodnight Goodnight
Metro Station - Seventeen Forever
Ne-Yo - Mad
New Kids On The Block & Ne-Yo - Single
Katy Perry - Thinking Of You
Pink - Sober
Pussycat Dolls - I Hate This Part
Rihanna - Rehab
Lesley Roy - Unbeautiful
Britney Spears - Circus
The Veronicas - Untouched
We The Kings - Secret Valentine

- New Songs Google Gadget


Thursday, January 8, 2009

THO 100 Update for week ending January 3, 2009

The first post-holiday chart see Britney Spears still at #1, making it 7 weeks in a row for "Womanizer." And now her latest single, "Circus," climbs the chart to land at #14 and earn the largest point gainer award this week. Next week, Spears is likely to have two singles inside the top 10, something that Beyonce accomplishes this week. Her hit "If I Were A Boy" holds stead at #3 while "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" moves from #15 to #9. Further down the chart another diva, Mariah Carey, sees holiday popularity push her 15 year-old hit "All I Want For Christmas Is You" into the #91 position. This is the second time it has landed on the THO chart, following it's appearance around the holidays in 2007. With chart fans likely dropping holiday music from their charts and playlists, this song will likely disappear until the end of 2009. Hope you enjoy the first chart of 2009!

- Current THO 100
- Top Songs of 2008
- Top Artists of 2008

Friday, January 2, 2009

Top Artists of 2008

Rihanna had seven different songs appear on the THO 100 in 2008, with two of them reaching #1. She therefore is the runaway winner in our chart of the Top Artists of 2008. "Don't Stop The Music" spent five weeks atop the chart while "Disturbia" added four. Only the combination of Madonna and Justin Timberlake spent more weeks at #1 in 2008, with their hit "4 Minutes." Rihanna was #3 on the 2007 artist chart.

Two other artists had seven songs on the THO 100 in '08: Kanye West and Lil Wayne. Britney Spears, Chris Brown, and T-Pain each had six hits. The success of Brown's six hits allowed him to be the #2 artist of the year. His songs spent a combined total of 107 weeks on the chart (about an average of two songs on the chart every week). Leona Lewis also had 107 weeks on the chart (Rihanna had 119).

Coldplay was the #1 group of the year, and they were #4 on the overall artist chart. Coldplay songs spent 34 weeks inside the top 10 in 2008. OneRepublic was the #2 group, coming in at #6 on the artist chart.

- Top Artists of 2008
- Top Songs of 2008
- THO chart archive