Saturday, January 30, 2010

THO 100 for week ending January 30, 2010

Hip Hop superstar Jay-Z has reigned as one of the biggest names in the business for many years. With every successive album and single, he cements that status further, and the latest single is no exception. This week on the THO 100, "Young Forever" is both the greatest point gainer and has the largest chart move, up from #81 to #39. The song features Mr. Hudson, who also collaborated with Kanye West on two of his hits. Eighties music fans probably recognized the song samples "Forever Young" by Alphaville. Back in the earlier days of "alternative rock" radio, "Forever Young" was often voted as one of the top songs of all-time for that genre. Jay-Z's hit is his 20th THO hit, which started with "Can I Get A..." in 1998.

- Current THO 100
- Jay-Z chart history

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

New Album Releases for January 26, 2010

Lady Antebellum - Need You Now
Celtic Woman - Songs From The Heart
Kidz Bop Kids - Kidz Bop 17
Barry Manilow - The Greatest Love Songs of All Time
Various Artists - Now That's What I Call Love
Various Artists - WOW Gospel 2010
Corinne Bailey Rae - The Sea
Patty Griffin - Downtown Church
Pat Metheny - Orchestration
Charlotte Gainsbourg - Irm
Beach House - Teen Dream
Vince Gill - Love Songs
Owl City - Ocean Eyes: Deluxe Edition
Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston: Deluxe Anniversary Edition
New Found Glory - New Found Glory: 10th Anniversary Edition [CD + DVD]
Gaither Vocal Band - Better Day
Various Artists - Smooth Jazz Tribute To Jay-Z
Neil Sedaka - The Music Of My Life
Dean Martin - Essential Love Songs
Four Tet - There Is Love In You
Maysa - Woman In Love
David Sanborn - Only Everything
Great Buildings - Extra Epic Everything
Never Shout Never - What Is Love?
Joe Firstman - El Porto
Eric Bibb - Booker's Guitar
Tal and Acacia - Wake Me
Free Reign - Free Reign [EP]
The Magnetic Fields - Realism
7dayBinge - 7dayBinge
Shurman - Still Waiting For The Sunset
Day Of Fire - Losing All
Gorgoroth - Forces Of Satan Storms
Jaicko - Can I
Various Artists - Shoutin' Down The Aisles
Locksley - Be In Love [MP3 only]
Blue Rodeo - The Things We Left Behind [2 CDs]
Laura Pausini - Laura Live Giral Mundial '09 [CD + DVD]
David Bowie - A Reality Tour [2 CDs]
Backstreet Boys - Playlist: The Very Best of The Backstreet Boys
Enigma - Platinum Collection
Peggy Lee - Two Shows Nightly [Deluxe Edition]
Elvis Presley - Girl Happy [Soundtrack Re-Issue]
Elvis Presley - Girls! Girls! Girls! [Soundtrack Re-Issue]
Elvis Presley - Clambake [Soundtrack Re-Issue]
Elvis Presley - G.I. Blues [Soundtrack Re-Issue]

- Full list of new and future album releases

Sunday, January 24, 2010

THO 100 Update for the week ending January 23, 2010

Since the TopHitsOnline chart began seventeen years ago, there have only been 10 songs to stay at #1 longer than 10 weeks. Lady GaGa's current #1, "Bad Romance" is one of them. This week the song holds off hits from Ke$ha and Owl City to remain on top. "Romance" still has a large point lead, which means that the all-time THO record of 15 weeks at #1 is in jeopardy. That record is held by Cher with her hit "Believe" (1999) and Madonna with "You'll See" (1995-1996). Madonna's "HungUp" is the most recent song to spend more than ten weeks at #1, in 2005-2006. On the current chart, GaGa's "Telephone" moves back into the top 10 as does Alicia Keys' "Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart." "Replay" by Iyaz has the chart's largest point gain.

- Current THO 100
- Most Weeks at #1

Sunday, January 17, 2010

THO 100 Update for the week ending January 16, 2010

After their 2009 hit "Don't Trust Me," you might have thought 3OH!3 would end up being a one-hit wonder. But the best way to avoid one-hit-wonder status is to team up with an artist who delivers big hits. That is exactly what they did in teaming with Katy Perry on "Starstrukk." Perry has two THO #1 singles to her credit with "I Kissed A Girl" and "Hot N Cold," as well as two other chart hits since her debut in 2008. This week on the THO 100, "Starstrukk" punches into the top 10 all the way from #21 in it's 10th week on the chart. It's hard to imagine it reaching #1, but Lady GaGa's run with "Bad Romance" has to end someday, right?

Monday, January 11, 2010

New Album Releases for January 12, 2010

Vampire Weekend - Contra
OK Go - Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky
All Time Low - MTV Unplugged [CD + DVD]
Omarion - Ollusion
Ringo Starr - Y Not
Sidewalk Prophets - These Simple Truths
AM Conspiracy - AM Conspiracy
The Bad Detectives - Trash Culture
Jason Boesel - Hustler's Son
Gilded Palace Of Sin - You Break Our Hearts We'll Tear Yours Out
Ray Wylie Hubbard - Enlightenment B Endarkenment
Ellis Paul - The Day After Everything Changed
Randy Kohrs - Quicksand
Laura Veirs - July Flame
Diana Damrau - Coloraturas
Seabird - Rocks Into Rivers
Freedy Johnston - Rain On The City
Kellie Rucker - Blues Is Blues
Gene Harris - Another Night In London
Final Fantasy - Heartland
Cesaria Evora - Nha Sentimento [Import]
Various Artists - Total Club Hits 4
Various Artists - We Are The World: An Instrumental Tribute to Michael Jackson
Various Artists - Western Star Psychobillies Vol. 4
Various Artists - I'll Be There: A Smooth Jazz Tribute to Michael Jackson
Soundtrack - The Road
Soundtrack - Sherlock Holmes
Lady GaGa - Bad Romance: The Remixes [EP]
O.A.R. - Rain or Shine [Live]
Benny Goodman - Yale University Archives Vol. 3 [2 CDs]
Duke Ellington - Great Concerts: Chicago 1946 [2 CDs]
Artie Shaw - Last Recordings Vol. 2: Final Sessions, 1954 [2 CDs]
Elvis Costello - The Costello Show: Live at Hollywood High [Re-issue]
The Guess Who - So Long, Bannatyne [1971 Re-issue]
King Crimson - Lizard [Re-issue]

- Full list of new and future album releases

Thursday, January 7, 2010

THO's Top Songs of the 2000s

Lady GaGa not only had one of the best years an artist could have in 2009, two of her songs also land in the top five of our Top Songs of the 2000s chart. The chart was compiled by assigning points for each week a song spent on the weekly THO 100 chart - more points for #1, much fewer for #100. Using this criteria, GaGa's "Poker Face" was the #1 song of the decade, barely edging out Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love." Lewis' hit did not reach #1 but spent 25 weeks inside the top 10. Possibly the most popular artist of the decade was Kelly Clarkson, who had three songs in the top 14 and had the most songs in the top 100 list with six. Other artists/groups with three appearances were: Green Day, Coldplay, Rihanna, Maroon 5, Madonna, Avril Lavigne, The Killers, Matchbox Twenty, Timbaland and Beyonce.

- Top 100 Songs of the Decade

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

THO 100 Update for week ending January 2, 2010

Just two years ago, Adam Young (aka Owl City) was making music out of his parents' basement. Since then, he's had a Billboard #1 Hot 100 hit, a top ten album, and one of the most downloaded songs of 2009 and 2010 (so far). This week Owl City's "Fireflies" flies up to #2 on the THO 100, replacing Rihanna's "Russian Roulette" as the runner-up to Lady GaGa's unstoppable hit "Bad Romance." Owl City's album, "Ocean Eyes," is their first with a major record label, and "Fireflies" is actually the fourth single to be released from the album. Young has been accused of ripping off electronica favorite The Postal Service, but we say What's Wrong With That?

- Current THO 100 chart
- THO 100 Archive

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Top Songs of the Decade (2000s)

Billboard has done an excellent job producing their "Best of the 2000s" charts which are available for free on their website. The top song, as ranked by performance on the Billboard Hot 100, is Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together." It was #1 for 14 weeks in 2005 and stayed on the Hot 100 for 43 weeks. The Black Eyed Peas were the only artist/group to have two songs inside the top 10, as "I Gotta Feeling" was #5 and "Boom Boom Pow" was #7. Nickelback represented the lone rock act in the top 10. Scanning the top 100 is very interesting and fun, but we wish Billboard could put each song's year into the chart.

- Billboard's Best of the 2000s - Hot 100 Songs

Friday, January 1, 2010

Top Artists of 2009

With the #1 song of 2009 plus two others in the top 10, it was no secret who would be the #1 artist of 2009 after all the data was compiled. Lady GaGa easily bests the competition after finishing at #28 in the 2008 artist chart. She charted 11 songs on the THO 100 which logged a total of 165 weeks on the chart, 119 inside the top 40, and 58 inside the top 10. Using THO's point system, Lady GaGa had the best single year of any artist in THO's history (beginning in 1993). The previous best was Mariah Carey in 1994. Mariah finished at #33 on the 2009 artist chart. Three other divas followed GaGa at #2-#4: Beyonce, Britney Spears, and Kelly Clarkson. Kanye West and Akon were the only solo male artists to crack the top 10. Last year's #1 artist, Rihanna, was #18.

- Top Artists of 2009
- Top Songs of 2009
- THO Chart Archive