Iggy Azalea Tops Hot 100 With ‘Fancy,’ Matches Beatles’ Historic Mark

This blew my mind when I read this on Billboard! Iggy Azalea is now keeping company historically with The Beatles!

 

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Iggy Azalea Tops Hot 100 With ‘Fancy,’ Matches Beatles’ Historic Mark by Gary Trust

“As the Australian rapper rises 2-1 with ‘Fancy’ and 3-2 as a guest on Ariana Grande‘s ‘Problem,’ Azalea joins the Beatles as the only artists to rank at Nos. 1 and 2 simultaneously with their first two Hot 100 hits

It’s a fab week for Iggy Azalea, who earns a chart honor not achieved since the Beatles swarmed the U.S. in early 1964. The Australian rapper crowns the Billboard Hot 100 with her debut hit “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX (2-1). As Azalea also rises 3-2 as the featured artist on Ariana Grande’s “Problem,” Azalea joins the Beatles as the only acts to rank at Nos. 1 and 2 simultaneously with their first two Hot 100 hits.

Action abounds on this week’s Hot 100, including climbs into the top 10 for Nico & Vinz and Jason Derulo, while “Fancy” additionally takes over atop the Digital Songs chart, so let’s dive into our weekly look at the numbers behind the Hot 100’s top 10 and more.

Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX – Fancy (2014 Billboard Music Awards) Video

Iggy Azalea adds a chapter to the Hot 100’s record book by achieving a feat that the Beatles last earned on the Feb. 22, 1964, chart. That week, the Fab Four’s debut pop culture-changing smash “I Want to Hold Your Hand” held at No. 1 and “She Loves You” lifted 3-2. The songs had debuted the weeks of Jan. 18 and 25, 1964, respectively, and soared to the chart’s top two spots after the band made its landmark appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on Feb. 9, 1964.

(Incredibly, “Hand” and “Loves” would hold the top two rungs for six weeks, with “Hand” on top for four frames before they swapped spots. On April 4, 1964, “Loves” fell 1-3 and “Hand,” 2-4, so, that week, the Beatles would have to settle for a consolation prize: the group locked up the April 4 list’s entire top five, the only time an act has monopolized the region in the Hot 100’s 55-year history.)

Flash-forward 50 years to March 22, 2014, when Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” bowed at No. 88. On the May 17 tally, Iggy Azalea launched her second entry, as Grande’s “Problem” roared in at No. 3. (The same week, Iggy Azalea’s “Work” entered at No. 88; the cut climbs 77-63 this week.)

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Expanding beyond only artists’ first two Hot 100 hits placing up at Nos. 1 and 2 in the same week, Iggy Azalea is the 15th act to double up at those ranks with any two titles. Iggy Azalea’s the first since Pharrell Williams did so for five weeks last year as featured on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (also featuring T.I.) and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” She’s just the third woman to rank at Nos. 1 and 2 concurrently, following Mariah Carey (Sept. 10, 2005) and Ashanti (five weeks, 2002).

Iggy Azalea additionally becomes only the fourth solo female rapper ever to top the Hot 100. Lauryn Hill was the first, having taken her debut solo hit “Doo Wop (That Thing)” to No. 1 for two weeks in November 1998. (She had first made her mark with the Fugees.) In 2001, Lil’ Kim led for five weeks with Christina Aguilera, Mya and P!nk on “Lady Marmalade,” while Shawnna assisted Ludacris on “Stand Up,” which topped the Dec. 6, 2003, chart.

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Notably, a pair of other prominent female rappers have yet to reach the Hot 100’s summit. Among her nine top 10s, Missy Elliott climbed to No. 2 twice: for 10 weeks in 2002 with “Work It” and for seven frames in 2005 as a guest on Ciara’s “1, 2 Step.” Nicki Minaj has also tallied nine top 10s, reaching No. 3 twice, both in 2011: as featured on Britney Spears’ “Till the World Ends” and with her own “Super Bass.” This week, Minaj debuts at No. 47 on the Hot 100 with her new single “Pills N Potions.”

(Honorable mention to Blondie, who, led by frontwoman Debbie Harry, is widely regarded as scoring the Hot 100’s first rap No. 1, “Rapture,” in 1981.)

Not to be lost in the celebration of Iggy Azalea’s new Hot 100 leader, Charli XCX likewise lands her first No. 1. In her sole prior visit, the U.K. pop singer/songwriter peaked at No. 7 a year ago this month as featured on Icona Pop’s “I Love It.”

Until this week, the last time that at least two solo women had teamed for a Hot 100 No. 1? Rihanna and Britney Spears sent “S&M” to the top of the April 30, 2011, chart. That title marked the first all-solo female No. 1 collab since “Lady Marmalade” nearly 10 years earlier. (The last pairing of only two solo women at the summit prior to “Fancy” and “S&M”? Brandy and Monica, who fought their way to No. 1 for 13 weeks in 1998 with “The Boy Is Mine.”)

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(One other fun fact regarding the coronation of “Fancy”: the new Hot 100 is dated June 7, 2014. That makes for a perfect birthday present for the soon-to-be 24-year-old Azalea, who was born on June 7, 1990.)

How did “Fancy” fly to the Hot 100’s top spot? The song surges by sweeping the chart’s top Digital, Streaming and Airplay Gainer awards (for the second time in four weeks). It rises 2-1 on Digital Songs with a 44 percent gain to 336,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Aiding the song’s advance? Azalea and Charli XCX performed it on the Billboard Music Awards on May 18, the day before the latest sales tracking week began on May 19. “Fancy” spends a second week at No. 1 on Streaming Songs (14 million U.S. streams, up 66 percent, according to Nielsen BDS) and reaches the Radio Songs top five (7-5; 104 million, up 23 percent).

Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea – Problem (Billboard Music Awards) Video

“Problem,” meanwhile, pushes 3-2 on the Hot 100, also with gains in each of the chart’s three metrics. It dips 1-2 on Digital Songs after spending its first three weeks at No. 1, but grows by 15 percent to 284,000. Grande likewise sang the song on the Billboard Music Awards (after Azalea performed “Fancy”; Azalea returned to the stage to join Grande for “Problem”). It slips 2-3 on Streaming Songs (10.4 million, up 39 percent) and bounds 16-10 on Radio Songs top 10 (73 million, up 30 percent), where it’s her first top 10 hit; her debut single, “The Way,” featuring Mac Miller, reached No. 12 on Radio Songs last year.

 

As she competes with herself (and Grande) at No. 2, Azalea handily lands the Hot 100’s top spot, as “Fancy” (up 46 percent) boasts 28 percent more overall chart points than “Problem” (up 25 percent).”

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What a great accomplishment for the young artist Iggy Azalea. Regardless of what you think of her music, this is a unique experience and needs to be acknowledged.

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Pharrell Sobs Tears Of Joy While Watching The World Dance To ‘Happy’ (Video)

As a professional DJ that also happens to be a Counselor and Life Coach, there is no way that I would not post Pharrell Sobs Tears Of Joy! The fact that these videos are being made all over the world has thrilled me since I first heard about it a while back. This is great! Regardless of how you feel about Pharrell Williams “Happy” the energy and force that people are creating videos dancing happily has to make you feel good. It is rare that pop music has things to celebrate these days, this is one of them.

I thought it would be fun to post some photos of people dancing happily at weddings and parties I have been DJ lately within the article.

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Pharrell Sobs Tears Of Joy While Watching The World Dance To ‘Happy’ (Video)

Pharrell is so “Happy” that he’s crying tears of joy.

The legendary singer/producer/style icon/large hat wearer/all-around good dude sat down with Oprah to discuss all things “Happy.”

While sitting with her and watching fan-created videos to his song, Pharrell broke down in tears. Why? Because the song is beautiful, the videos are incredible and people all over the world love it.

Pharrell created a unifying song that knows no boundaries. Held together by an infectious melody, feel-good lyrics you can’t help but love and an energy that can’t be surmised in words, Pharrell has created something incredible and timeless.

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The seven-time Grammy winner has been in the game and seen success for decades, but he is still managing to reinvent himself, even at age 41.

In his interview with Oprah, the gravity of his hard work finally sinks in, and you can feel a sense of relief wash over him. Pharrell proved to the world, and himself, that he still has it and that he’s actually better than ever.

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Between Robin Thicke’s summer anthem “Blurred Lines” and “Happy,” Pharrell has held the number one slot a total of 19 weeks and counting since June 2013. In addition to his work with Daft Punk, Pharrell shows no signs of slowing up, and even his giant hat can’t weigh him down!

via Pharrell Sobs Tears Of Joy While Watching The World Dance To ‘Happy’ (Video).

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I hope you enjoyed Pharrell Sobs Tears Of Joy While Watching The World Dance To ‘Happy’ as much as I did.

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20 Hit Songs Meant For Other Singers

20 hit songs meant for other singers is taken from an article in Billboard last year. It is interesting to look at some of the songs that pop stars chose to pass on that became hits for other artists.

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Last week, Nicole Scherzinger revealed in an interview that she had the opportunity to record “We Found Love,” the Calvin Harris-produced dance smash that became the biggest hit of Rihanna’s thriving career, but let the chance slip through her fingers. “I passed on ‘We Found Love,'” Scherzinger admitted to Notion Magazine. “I’ve got the demo of that song and I was busy at the time.”

Surprisingly, this occurrence is not at all uncommon in the music world: the past half-century is littered with examples of iconic pop songs that were originally intended for someone else to perform. Imagine a world in which Britney Spears is singing “Umbrella,” Hillary Duff scored a monster hit with “Since U Been Gone” and Paris Hilton asked “Don’t Cha” instead of Scherzinger’s old group, the Pussycat Dolls. Strange to consider, isn’t it? But some of these missed opportunities were pretty close to becoming reality.

Check out these 20 instances of smash songs originally intended for other artists, and let us know which one is the most mind-blowing to consider in the comments section below.

“Telephone”
Turned Down By: Britney Spears Recorded by: Lady Gaga
For those who love comparing Britney Spears and Lady Gaga, this one is a doozy: Gaga originally wrote “Telephone” to be included on Spears’ “Circus” album, but after the pop superstar rejected it, Gaga saved the track for later inclusion on her “Fame Monster” release. A demo of Spears singing the track supposedly leaked online in 2010, but we’re unlikely to ever hear Spears’ polished take on the song.

“Disturbia”
Turned Down By: Chris Brown Recorded by: Rihanna
Months before the 2009 Grammy Awards, Chris Brown co-penned an electro-pop jam that was considered for the deluxe edition of his “Exclusive” album. Brown opted to record “Forever” instead, and gave “Disturbia” to his girlfriend Rihanna, who turned it into another No. 1 hit on the Hot 100. Brown could have easily turned Brian Kennedy’s propulsive beat into a radio hit of his own, but the track just sounds cleaner with Rihanna out in front.

“Friends in Low Places”
Previously Recorded By: Mark Chesnutt Made Famous By: Garth Brooks
While Brooks claimed in the liner notes of “The Hits” that “Friends in Low Places” was originally held for him, Mark Chesnutt, who enjoyed a run of success in the early 90s, also recorded the song. His version appears on his 1990 debut “Too Cold at Home” — released only a month after Brooks’ “No Fences” — and was the B-side to his 1991 single “Broken Promise Land.”

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“Rock Your Body”
Turned Down By: Michael Jackson Recorded By: Justin Timberlake
Imagine, if you will, that Michael Jackson’s final album was comprised of Neptunes-produced bangers like “Rock Your Body” instead of the uneven fare of 1999’s “Invincible.” And imagine that Justin Timberlake’s solo debut was not blessed with tracks like this ubiquitous dance-starter. MJ passed on “Rock Your Body,” and a number of other “Justified” songs, before the tracks went to JT, sending us into an alternate pop universe that still resonates today.

“Since U Been Gone”
Turned Down By: Pink, Hillary Duff Recorded By: Kelly Clarkson
Dr. Luke and Max Martin originally teamed up to give P!nk another hit, and when she reportedly turned it down, they reached out to Hillary Duff. But the story goes that Clive Davis convinced the producers to give the song to Clarkson, who fashioned it into the centerpiece of her “Breakaway” and helped it sell 2.6 million downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

“N—as in Paris”
Turned Down By: Pusha T Recorded By: Jay-Z & Kanye West
Hit-Boy’s bonkers beat on the “Watch The Throne” hit could have been the property of the former Clipse member, but even he doesn’t know if it would have turned out as irresistible as Jay and Ye made it. “I tell people all the time that I don’t know if I would’ve attacked it that way,” he said in a 2011 interview, “which means the record might not have been as special once I got on it.”

“Gold Digger”
Turned Down By: Shawnna Recorded By: Kanye West
“Gold Digger” became one of Yeezy’s biggest hits to date, but would the Jamie Foxx-assisted “Late Registration” jam topped the Hot 100 if it had been recorded by Chicago rapstress Shawnna? After she passed on the beat, West rewrote the hook to accommodate a male perspective, and struck, er, gold.

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“S.O.S.”
Turned Down By: Christina Milian Recorded By: Rihanna
In a hits-packed career, “S.O.S.” still stands out for Rihanna: the infectious dance track spent three weeks atop the Hot 100, notching the Barbadian star her first number one single. Christina Milian, who infamously passed up the chance to record the track, certainly could have used the smash single — her last mainstream hit was “Dip It Low” in 2004, and she hasn’t released an album since 2006, the same year that “S.O.S.” reigned on the radio.

“Umbrella”
Turned Down By: Britney Spears Recorded By: Rihanna
Back in 2007, a full-fledged Britney Spears comeback was far from assured, after a series of personal meltdowns prevented the pop superstar from once again reaching greatness. Legend has it that “Umbrella” writer/co-producer The-Dream offered the song to Brit as a way to engineer a return to the throne, but that her management nixed the track, which eventually went to Rihanna and became a No. 1 record. It’s not hard to imagine Spears’ voice on the track, but it’s impossible to think how a lack of “Umbrella” would have changed Rihanna’s career.

“Nothin’ On You”
Turned Down By: Lupe Fiasco Recorded By: B.o.B.
Before B.o.B and Bruno Mars linked up to perform the song that would serve as a breakout to both, “Nothin’ On You” was originally offered to another Atlantic hip-hop artist, Lupe Fiasco. Apparently the label rejected Fiasco’s version of the track, which made the rapper reach a breaking point. “It was less about the bruised ego but more the audacity of it. It was mentally destructive,” he said in an interview after the song’s release.

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“…Baby One More Time”
Turned Down By: TLC Recorded By: Britney Spears
This is one denial that seemed to work out for all parties involved: Max Martin’s pop track was originally offered to TLC for their “Fan Mail” album, but the R&B group rejected the song, which eventually served as Spears’ debut single. Without “…Baby One More Time,” Spears perhaps does not arrive in such a huge way; meanwhile, TLC packed “FanMail” with hits like “No Scrubs” and “Unpretty,” and the album was eventually nominated for album of the year at the Grammy Awards.

“How Will I Know”
Turned Down By: Janet Jackson Recorded By: Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston’s No. 1 hit on the Hot 100 stands as one of the artist’s most iconic tracks — but it could have sounded a lot different with Janet Jackson at the helm. Songwriters George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam reportedly approached Janet’s management team with a demo, but a swift decline forced them to look elsewhere. Thanks in large part to Clive Davis, Houston was given the track and turned it into a behemoth.

“Whataya Want From Me”
Turned Down By: P!nk Recorded By: Adam Lambert
Adam Lambert’s biggest hit to date could have ended up on “Funhouse” by P!nk, who co-wrote the track with Max Martin and Shellback before delivering it to the “American Idol” runner-up. P!nk eventually recorded her own version of “Whataya Want From Me,” complete with the exact same arrangement, and placed it on her “Greatest Hits… So Far!!!” compilation in 2010 — but Lambert’s rafter-reaching vocals still score the victory in a side-by-side comparison.

“Toxic”
Turned Down By: Kylie Minogue Recorded By: Britney Spears
Britney’s 2004 smash won the pop star her first Grammy and  has sold 1.9 million downloads since its release according to Nielsen SoundScan, but the seductive song could have been a logical sequel to Kylie Minogue’s “Can’t Get You Out of My Head.” “I listened to a snippet of it in the record company offices and decided against it,” Minogue said in a 2008 interview. “It’s like the fish that got away. You just have to accept it.”

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“Holiday”
Turned Down By: Mary Wilson Recorded By: Madonna
The unstoppable “Holiday” was passed around to Phyllis Hyman and then to Supremes founding member Mary Wilson before it came to Madonna, who guided the track to a No. 16 peak on the Hot 100 and gave the upstart singer her first taste of the chart. How would the song have sounded with an R&B backbone? The world will never know.

“I’m A Slave 4 U”
Turned Down By: Janet Jackson Recorded By: Britney Spears
The Neptunes’ slinky pop track was almost given a completely different context: instead of becoming the sexually charged lead single of her more adult “Britney” album, “I’m A Slave 4 U” almost ended up as a game-changing single for Janet Jackson, who passed on the opportunity to record the song. That’s right: if Janet opted to take on “Slave,” maybe Britney NEVER dances with a python on the VMAs stage!

“Thinkin Bout You”
First Recorded By: Frank Ocean Famously Recorded By: Bridget Kelly
Ocean’s record of the year Grammy nominee was originally written for Roc Nation artist Bridget Kelly, but in 2011, Ocean leaked his own demo of the track on his Tumblr page. Fast-forward one year, and the vulnerable slow jam is featured on both Kelly’s “Every Girl” EP (under the title “Thinking About Forever”) and Ocean’s best-selling “Channel Orange” LP. Both versions are worth hearing, but Ocean’s personal cut still lingers with fans, years after that Tumblr post.

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“Call Me”
Turned Down By: Stevie Nicks Recorded By: Blondie
Disco producer Giorgio Moroder originally asked Fleetwood Mac’s lead songstress to help compose lyrics and deliver vocals for his latest dance confection, but when contractual issues prevented the collaboration from happening, Moroder turned to Debbie Harry, who co-wrote “Call Me.” Nicks scored a huge hit two years later with “Edge of Seventeen,” but could she have guided “Call Me” to its No. 1 spot on the Hot 100, as Blondie did?

“Don’t Cha”
Turned Down By: Paris Hilton Recorded By: The Pussycat Dolls
The salacious single was originally offered to both the Sugababes and Paris Hilton before ending up with the Pussycat Dolls, who used the track as the lead single from their 2005 debut album “PCD.” Hilton’s 2006 debut LP “Paris” never scored a hit on the level of “Don’t Cha,” and could have used the track as an introduction to her short-lived sonic style.

“Let’s Get Loud”
Turned Down By: Gloria Estefan Recorded By: Jennifer Lopez
“Let’s Get Loud” was originally written by Estefan and Kike Santander for the Latin-pop superstar to use for herself, but the song was eventually passed to Lopez, who turned it into one of the biggest hits from his 1999 debut “On the 6.” The song, which has sold 413,000 downloads according to Nielsen SoundScan, surely could have worked for Estefan as well, but helped catapult Lopez to a new level of fame.

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The song I am the most curious about is Michael Jackson performing “Rock Your Body”, could have been interesting. Is there a song in particular of the 20 Hit Songs Meant For Other Singers that you would have liked to hear?

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DJ Music Chart – Week of March 10

This weeks DJ Music Chart has Katy Perry on top again with “Dark Horse”. Lorde “Team” is right behind with number two, the rest of the top five Bastille “Pompeii”, Pharrell Williams “Happy” and Jason Derulo “Talk Dirty”.  Lorde is close to having back to back number one hits as the first New Zealander to top the DJ Music Charts.

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DJ Music Chart – Week of March 10 Featuring Pharrel Williams “Happy”

Happy” is a song performed by American singer and producer Pharrell Williams, from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack album. It also serves as the lead single from Williams’ second studio album, G I R L (2014). The song was written and produced by Williams. It was released on November 21, 2013 alongside a long-form music video presented via the website 24hoursofhappy.com. The song was reissued on December 16, 2013 by Back Lot Music, under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.

“Happy” has been highly successful, topping the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and DJ music charts in 19 other countries. It has sold one million copies in the United Kingdom, and has reached the summit on three separate occasions, both records in their own right.

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DJ Music Chart – Featuring Pharrel Williams “Happy” Music Video

To coincide with the single release, the website 24hoursofhappy.com was launched featuring a visual presentation of “Happy” advertised as being “the world’s first 24 hour music video”. The video consists of the four-minute song repeated with various people dancing around Los Angeles and miming along. Williams himself appears 24 times on the hour, and there are a number of celebrity cameos including Whit Hertford (1:04am), Kelly Osbourne (1:28am), Magic Johnson (5:36am), Urijah Faber (8:36am), Sérgio Mendes(10:32am) and Jimmy Kimmel (11:48am), Odd Future (1:48pm), Steve Carell (5:08pm), Jamie Foxx (5:28pm), Ana Ortiz (5:32pm), Miranda Cosgrove (5:40pm),JoJo (6:16pm). The minions from Despicable Me 2 make several appearances throughout the film, including one scene at 3:00am, in which Pharrell and the minions dance in a movie theatre that is playing the scene from Despicable Me 2 in which “Happy” appears. A lone, one eyed minion also appears dancing to song in its entirety at 4:40pm. The site allows users to navigate to various points in the 24-hour timeframe, including all 360 four-minute segments and each hourly segment with Pharrell. An official four-minute edit of the video was also released on YouTube. The video’s creative director was Yoann Lemoine.

The original video spawned many cover videos on YouTube in which people from different cities throughout the world dance along the song. Those videos are usually called “Pharrell Williams – Happy – We Are from [name of the city].

What a great video to feature for this week’s DJ Music Cart song! So full of energy and fun!

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Rhode Island DJ Music Chart – 2/25

This week’s DJ music chart again has Katy Perry “Dark Horse” as Number 1 song. The rest of the top five in order, Lorde “Team”, Ellie Goulding ” Burn”, One Direction “Story of My Life” and OneRepublic “Counting Stars”.

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DJ Music Chart Featuring A Great Big World

A Great Big World is an American two-member musical group from New York made up of singers and songwriters Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino and signed to Epic Records. The group is best known for their singles “This Is The New Year” which was performed by the cast in an episode of Glee and reaching the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 Chart in May 2013 and by their international hit “Say Something” particularly after recording it as a duet collaboration with Christina Aguilera.

The group went on national tour and performed as the openers for Ingrid MichaelsonMatthew Morrison (Glee), and Five For Fighting. The group re-branded themselves in 2012 which is when they took the official name A Great Big World. They released a six-song EP after obtaining funding from the crowdsource funding website Kickstarter. In 2013, the group’s song This Is The New Year was performed by the cast in an episode of Glee. The song was also licensed to various television networks and was used as the theme song for MTV’s I Used to Be Fat as well as being featured on The Amazing RaceESPNOne Tree Hill, and Good Morning America.

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Say Something” is a song by American pop duo A Great Big World, released as the lead-single from their debut album, Is There Anybody Out There? (2013). Originally being released as a solo single from band member Ian Axel‘s solo album This Is the New Year in 2011, the song was released as a single by the band on September 3, 2013, via Epic Records. Following its usage on American reality TV show So You Think You Can Dance, the track gained attention from singer Christina Aguilera, who wanted to be featured on the song. Quickly afterwards, Aguilera appeared on the re-recorded version of “Say Something”, released on November 4, 2013.

Composed by Ian Axel, Chad Vaccarino and Mike Campbell, “Say Something” is a downtempo indie pop piano ballad which talks about a breakup, where the lover is implored to make a statement that could potentially reverse plans, with the singers expressing humility, sadness and regret. In the single version with Aguilera, she plays a ghost of the lover to whom the song is addressed as she traces the steps of the lead vocal. The song was critically praised for its powerful lyrics, the emotional composition and Aguilera’s vocal delivery.

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“Say Something” did not sell significantly until the re-recorded version was available; it debuted at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart after A Great Big World and Aguilera performed the song on The Voice, while eventually peaking at number 4. It also topped the Australian charts, becoming their first number-one single (and Aguilera’s third) and reached the top-ten in most countries. A music video was released on November 19, 2013. It features the trio singing as people “act out the heartbreaking lyrics.” To further promote “Say Something”, A Great Big World performed the track on The Voice and at the American Music Awards of 2013 with Aguilera.

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What is your favorite song on The DJ Music Cart this week?  Did you know members of A Great Big World met as New York University (NYU) students?

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Rhode Island DJ 600th Blog Post!

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I am so excited that today is my 600th blog post! As a Rhode Island DJ who recently moved to Providence, now serving the Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut region, after starting my DJ business in the New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania area, this is fun for me. It took about three years to achieve this many blog posts but they exist. I was thinking about how many posts there are about music, DJ Music, music charts, DJ skills, DJ knowledge and of course, all the fun photos and experiences of weddings, parties and events I have been DJ. I have shared it all, good, bad or indifferent on these pages.  Tomorrow will be another post with new information, images and music!

Rhode Island DJ Music Library 45,000 Songs!

Tonight I passed 45,000 songs in my DJ Music Library! I remember when I crossed 25,000 songs in my DJ Music Library, I was amazed and thought it was the best thing ever. Today, I can’t imagine how I would be able to be survive as a Rhode Island DJ with anything less than what I have.

The downloads tonight were my weekly DJ Music Library that comes every Wednesday Night from PrimeCuts Music for professional DJs.

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Rhode Island DJ Music Chart – Week of 1/6

This week being the first week of the new year feels like an important DJ Music Chart, although in reality, it is just another week. Eminem Featuring Rihanna “Monster” is number one again this week. OneRepublic is number two again with “Counting Stars” with Piitbull, Avicii and Imagine Dragons filling out the top five.

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Rhode Island DJ Music Chart Review – Eminem “Monster”

The Monster” is a song by American hip hop recording artist Eminem, featuring guest vocals from Barbadian singer Rihanna, taken from Eminem’s eighth studio album The Marshall Mathers LP 2. The song was written by Marshall Mathers, Jon Bellion and Bebe Rexha, with production handled by Frequency. “The Monster” marks the fourth collaboration between Eminem and Rihanna, following “Love the Way You Lie” and its sequel (2010), and “Numb” (2012). “The Monster” was released on October 29, 2013, as the fourth single from the album. The song’s lyrics present Rihanna coming to grips with her inner demons, while Eminem ponders the negative effects of his fame.

“The Monster” has successfully charted worldwide, topping the charts in twelve countries including Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States’ Billboard Hot 100. It also marks Eminem’s first number one on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and has reached the top ten in Austria, Belgium, Italy and Spain. The song’s accompanying music video depicts Rihanna as Eminem’s therapist in a session, as previous videos from his career are referenced.

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The song was generally received well by critics. Writing for the IBTimes, Tarun Mazumdar reacted positively to it, praising its “memorable lines” and Rihanna’s “soulful” vocals and rating it 3.5 out of 5. Amy Sciaretto of PopCrush gave it the same rating and noted that “it’s not nearly as powerful or affective as the previous partnership, but it’s not supposed to be.” Allan Raible of ABC News also enjoyed the song, calling it a “a career highlight” and a “personal rhyme about his history.” About.com‘s Bill Lamb had similar thoughts, opining that Eminem’s introspection “lends the song engaging power” while also praising Rihanna’s vocals. Idolator‘s Mike Wass noted that while it did not meet the standard of the duo’s previous collaboration, the song was still “undeniably catchy and hook-filled enough for top 40 radio success.” Keith Murphy of Vibe praised the lyrical content of the song but otherwise found the single lacklustre. Jim Farber of The New York Daily News found it inferior to Eminem’s previous single, “Rap God” and too similar to “Love the Way You Lie“, but appreciated that “at least Em gets off some good lines in the new song.” XXL positioned it at number 19 on their list of the best songs of 2013. (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

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Which DJ Music Chart for this week is your current favorite?

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Rhode Island DJ Music Chart – 2013 Year End Alternative

This years ending DJ Music Chart for the genre Alternative has Imagine Dragons on top with “Radioactive” in addition to “Demons” at number ten! The top five are rounded out with Capital Cities, Neighborhood, Muse and Of Monsters and Men. If you are looking for the DJ Music Chart for Top 40/ACH 2013 Year End Chart, I have that posted as well.

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Rhode Island DJ Music Chart Year End Review – Muse Madness

Madness” is a song by English alternative rock band Muse. It is the second track on the band’s sixth studio album, The 2nd Lawand is the second and lead single to be released from the album. It has spent 19 weeks on the summit of Billboard‘s Alternative chart, making it the longest running #1 on the chart, and beating out the previous record by Foo Fighters‘ “The Pretender“.

The song was released on 20 August 2012 after its premiere on BBC Radio 1 and NRJ. The music video premiered on 5 September 2012. The song earned a nomination in the Best Rock Song category at the 2013 Grammy Awards.

The band performed the song on Turner Broadcasting‘s promotions for the 2013 March Madness games on TBS and TNT.

“Madness” has been featured in several television programs including CSI: NY and Criminal Minds.

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Rhode Island DJ Music Chart – Muse “Madness” Music Video

This video saw the second collaboration between the band and director Anthony Mandler, who previously directed the music video for “Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)“. It was edited by Jacquelyn London. The director of photography was David Devlin. Devlin’s work on “Madness” was nominated for a 2012 Best Cinematography Award at Plus Camerimage. The video was filmed on the Red Line platform at Los Angeles Union Station. The two main characters are played by models Erin Wasson and Max Silberman.

The video begins with Wasson and Silberman sitting behind each other smoking cigarettes while authorities and dogs swarming outside their train attempt to stop a riot in full swing. Throughout the video, the camera flashes to the band playing outdoors at night, among many strobelights and psychedelic effects. Though the chronological order is unclear, Wasson and Silberman are then seen walking through and then wandering among the subway station, at first alone and then amid a violent riot (though it seems they are untouched by the violence occurring around them). The physicality of the models (Wasson occasionally standing above or walking away from Silberman; other times following him and reaching for him) could suggest a parallel to the subject matter of the song: the emotional phases of conflict in a relationship. Eventually, as the song builds to a climax with the lines I have finally realized (realized) / I need your love / I need your love, Wasson grabs Silberman forcefully by his collar and shakes him, screaming soundlessly. This again parallels the simultaneous emotional release and musical catharsis in the song, as well as the long-awaited progression and revelation in the lyrics as Bellamy at last sings of what he has realized. The characters then kiss and end up seated on the train, seemingly back to their original positions. This could also signify that this emotional exchange is repetitive.

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What song or songs did you think would be represented in the Rhode Island DJ Music Chart  2013 Year End Alternative Chart and which did you think were left out?

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Rhode Island DJ Music Chart – 2013 Year End

Every year all professional Music DJs wait for the year end DJ Music Chart to see which song was played on more radio stations than any other song. This year somewhat surprisingly is Bruno Mars “Locked Out of Heaven”! I know, you thought it was gong to be Robin Thicke “Blurred Lines”. The thing about this DJ Music Chart is the fact that it is what song is played the most during the whole year, not at any given time. Since “Locked Out of Heaven” was a hit during the beginning of 2013 and “Blurred Lines” was big during the summer, Bruno are had many more months for his song to be played on the radio than Robin Thicke.

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I am so surprised that Swedish House Mafia “Don’t You Worry Child” is number 2. I do not think I had one request for it the whole year.

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Don’t You Worry Child” is a song by Swedish electronic dance group Swedish House Mafia. It is the sixth and final single released before the group broke up, featuring vocals from Swedish singer John Martin. In the United States, it is the act’s second number-one single on Billboard’s Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart, following “Save the World“. It received a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording in the 2013 Grammy Awards, as did its predecessor, “Save the World”, the previous year. The song is written in the key of D major.

In addition to its success on both critical and commercial levels, “Don’t You Worry Child” is the first song by a Swedish act to break into the Top 10 of the US Billboard Hot 100 since 1997 when Robyn‘s “Show Me Love” peaked at number 7. It remains the highest-peaking hit by a Swedish act since “The Sign” by Ace of Base topped the Hot 100 in 1994.

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What song do you think you heard the most this year? Is there any song(s) on the list that you didn’t expect and some you though would be included?

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