Sunday, September 17, 2017

Shawn Mendes (5) - Week Of September 9, 2017

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Hey guys! I have had such a busy week, that I never got around to posting this until now. I did indeed find time to catch up on a couple of Hot 45 Charts though. The August 5 and August 12 editions of the chart were recently released. Please, please, please go check them out here. I feel like no one views that blog anymore, so please go check it out! I have a lot of fun making those, and I enjoy sharing them with you. Now, before we get to this week's fresh 45 songs, here's the songs that are leaving us this week.
  • Julia Michaels - Uh Huh (#33)
  • Shawn Mendes - Mercy (#35)
  • Halsey - Now Or Never (#36)
  • Train - Play That Song (#41)
  • Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson - Just Hold On (#44)
  • Selena Gomez - Bad Liar (#45)
Last Week's #1 Song: Niall Horan - Slow Hands
#1 Song This Week 1 Year Ago: The Chainsmokers/Daya - Don't Let Me Down

The Countdown
45. The Chainsmokers/Halsey - Closer (#38) [8 Weeks At #1]
44. Julia Michaels - Issues (#44)
43. DJ Khaled/Rihanna/Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts (#40)
42. Linkin Park/Kiiara - Heavy (#37)
41. Bruno Mars - That's What I Like (#42) [1 Week At #1]
40. Harry Styles - Two Ghosts (DEBUT)
39. Calvin Harris/Pharrell Williams/Katy Perry - Feels (#22)
38. Lady Gaga - The Cure (#39)
37. Andy Grammer - Give Love (DEBUT)
36. Kygo & Selena Gomez - It Ain't Me (#28)
35. Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still (DEBUT)
34. Halsey - Bad At Love (DEBUT)
33. Panic! At The Disco - L.A . Devotee (#29)
32. Justin Bieber/BloodPop- Friends (DEBUT)
31. Fall Out Boy - Champion (#16)
30. Bruno Mars & David Guetta - Versace On The Floor (#30)
29. All Time Low - Good Times (#14)
28. AJR - Weak (#27)
27. Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You (#21) [9 Weeks At #1]
26. MAX/Gnash - Lights Down Low (#15)
25. The Chainsmokers - Honest (#24)
24. Hailee Steinfeld - Most Girls (#11)
23. Maroon 5/SZA - What Lovers Do (DEBUT)
22. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber - Despacito (#32)
21. Hey Violet - Hoodie (#25)
20. Macklemore/Skylar Grey - Glorious (#20)
19. Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl (#31)
18. Louis Tomlinson/Bebe Rexha/Digital Farm Animals - Back To You (#19)
17. Imagine Dragons - Thunder (#26)
16. Cheat Codes/Demi Lovato - No Promises (#34)
15. P!nk - What About Us (#17)
14. Charlie Puth - Attention (#6) [1 Week At #1]
13. Kesha - Praying (#23)
12. Mono Mind/Bridge & Mountain - Save Me A Place (#18)
11. Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill (#10) [3 Weeks At #1]
10. Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do (#13)
9. Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry (#12)
8. Imagine Dragons - Believer (#8) [3 Weeks At #1]
7. Zedd & Alessia Cara - Stay (#7) [4 Weeks At #1]
6. Linkin Park - One More Light (#5)
5. The Chainsmokers & Coldplay - Something Just Like This (#9) [3 Weeks At #1]
4. Niall Horan - Slow Hands (#1) [1 Week At #1]
3. Sam Hunt - Body Like A Back Road (#3)
2. Liam Payne - Strip That Down (#2)
1. Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back (#4) [5th Week At #1]

Biggest DROP!!!... Of The Week: Calvin Harris/Pharrell Williams/Katy Perry - Feels (-17)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Cheat Codes/Demi Lovato - No Promises (+18)

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: Gabbie Hanna - Out Loud

#1 Recommendation For You: Maroon 5/SZA - What Lovers Do

New Entrants

~ First this week, we have Harry Styles, returning to the countdown with Two Ghosts. I'm not sure it's as good as it's predecessor, Sign Of The Times, but it's a pretty decent track overall. I would say that Harry's music is a lot more laid back and relaxed. I'm not sure this song will be something to stick with me for long, or something that I will remember in a few months, but in the meantime, I'm enjoying it. I don't know how popular it will get here, but we'll have to wait and see on that. 

~ Our next entrant, comes from Andy Grammer with Give Love. I feel as if his music is just progressively getting worse. I absolutely have no interest in this song, and it was much worse when LunchMoney Lewis was part of it. I would like it very much if this song did poorly here. The vocals sound terrible in my opinion and the lyrical content is frankly stupid and generic. "I give love to all of my people, all of my people need love." The song frankly sounds like a seven year old wrote it. I know we have some songs lately that have some choruses that are very "simple", but this has the whole song that way. It's just a very unappealing track, but that's just my opinion.

~ Our third entrant to the countdown this week comes from newcomers Portugal. The Man with their rather catchy single, Feel It Still. I really enjoy the simplicity of this track, unlike others. The vocals are very good, and I enjoy the production on this one. Overall, it's a pretty solid single, and I'm glad it made it here. I hope to see some success out of this song here. 

~ Halsey replaced her song Now Or Never this week, with her new single, Bad At Love. I think this song is a step up from Now Or Never, and honestly I like it a lot, because I can relate. I'm "bad at love", at least I think. Although, things have been looking better for me lately. I digress. This song has pretty good and interesting lyrics, and the vocals are a bit better than her previous track. I 'm not sure how this song will play out here, but I hope to see it do well, I'm enjoying it a lot.

~ Next up this week, we had a return from Justin Bieber, with BloodPop, one of the producers on a very successful track of his. They teamed up to create a new track, titled Friends. The song is pretty much about something we all can relate to, being friends with that one ex after everything ends. The vocals aren't the best I've ever heard from him, but they are nonetheless good. The production is kind of weird, but it's kind of good at the same time. All in all, it's one of the more solid tracks we have now, and I would like to see some decent success out of this one.

~ Finally, we have the return of Maroon 5. They bring a new track titled What Lovers Do, which features new artist, SZA. I will say right off the bat that this song is a lot better than it's two underwhelming predecessors, Don't Wanna Know and Cold. I like the chorus a lot in this song. The falsetto fits very well for it, in my opinion. Also, SZA does a pretty good job herself. I'm not sure if this will get killed by overplay or not, but for now, I like it and I hope it does well, and isn't killed on the stations, because I really like it. 

Best Debut Of The Week: Tie Between Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still and Maroon 5/SZA - What Lovers Do


HitBound
  • The Revivalists - Wish I Knew You (RE-ENTRY)
  • Taylor Swift - ...Ready For It? (DEBUT)
  • PRETTYMUCH - Would You Mind
  • Why Don't We - Something Different (DEBUT)
  • The All-American Rejects - Sweat
  • Kelly Clarkson - Love So Soft (DEBUT)
  • Sam Smith - Too Good At Goodbyes (DEBUT)
  • Sabrina Carpenter - Why 
  • ZAYN/Sia - Dusk Till Dawn (DEBUT)
  • Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/Florida Georgia Line/watt - Let Me Go (DEBUT)
  • The Script - Rain (DEBUT)
  • Selena Gomez/Galantis - Fetish
  • Evaride - Heartless
  • Zedd & Liam Payne - Get Low
My Top 5 HitBound Picks
1. Taylor Swift - ...Ready For It?
2. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/Florida Georgia Line/watt - Let Me Go
3. Sabrina Carpenter - Why
4. ZAYN/Sia - Dusk Till Dawn
5. Sam Smith - Too Good At Goodbyes

My Bottom 5 Countdown Picks
1. Andy Grammer - Give Love
2. Panic! At The Disco - L.A. Devotee
3. Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill
4. Sam Hunt - Body Like A Back Road
5. Imagine Dragons - Believer

My Top 5 Countdown Picks
1. Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do
2. Kesha - Praying
3. Maroon 5/SZA - What Lovers Do
4. P!nk - What About Us
5. Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still

Stay tuned for more.

Love you guys!

~ Jack :)


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Niall Horan (1) - Week Of September 2, 2017

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Well, I started my first day of Sophomore year on Wednesday. I would have got this post out sooner, but I waited until last minute to do my Algebra 2 summer homework packet. Not to mention, I have already been drowned in AP homework. I am also trying to catch up on Hot 45 Charts, by providing you with a limited edition shortened version. I recently posted the July 29 edition, so please, please, please go check that out here. Now, before we get to this weekend's countdown, here's the songs that we are saying goodbye to.
  • James Arthur - Say You Won't Let Go (#27)
  • DJ Khaled/Justin Bieber/Chance The Rapper - I'm The One (#41)
  • Hailee Steinfeld & Grey/Zedd - Starving (#42) [4 Weeks At #1]
  • Childish Gambino - Redbone (#43)
Last Week's #1 Song: Charlie Puth - Attention
#1 Song This Week 1 Year Ago: Justin Bieber - Can't Stop The Feeling! 

The Chart
45. Selena Gomez - Bad Liar (#40)
44. Steve Aoki/Louis Tomlinson - Just Hold On (#45)
43. Julia Michaels - Issues (#44)
42. Bruno Mars - That's What I Like (#34) [1 Week At #1]
41. Train - Play That Song (#37)
40. DJ Khaled/Rihanna/Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts (#30)
39. Lady Gaga - The Cure (#38)
38. The Chainsmokers/Halsey - Closer (#39) [8 Weeks At #1]
37. Linkin Park/Kiiara - Heavy (#27)
36. Halsey - Now Or Never (#32)
35. Shawn Mendes - Mercy (#35)
34. Cheat Codes/Demi Lovato - No Promises (DEBUT)
33. Julia Michaels - Uh Huh (#31)
32. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber - Despacito (#21)
31. Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl (DEBUT)
30. Bruno Mars & David Guetta - Versace On The Floor (#18)
29. Panic! At The Disco - L.A. Devotee (#11) 
28. Kygo & Selena Gomez - It Ain't Me (#23)
27. AJR - Weak (#26)
26. Imagine Dragons - Thunder (#33)
25. Hey Violet - Hoodie (#28)
24. The Chainsmokers - Honest (#25)
23. Kesha - Praying (#20)
22. Calvin Harris/Pharrell Williams/Katy Perry - Feels (#16)
21. Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You (#13) [9 Weeks At #1]
20. Macklemore/Skylar Grey - Glorious (#36)
19. Louis Tomlinson/Bebe Rexha/Digital Farm Animals - Back To You (#19)
18. Mono Mind & Bridge And Mountain - Save Me A Place (DEBUT)
17. P!nk - What About Us (#22)
16. Fall Out Boy - Champion (#15)
15. MAX/Gnash - Lights Down Low (#24)
14. All Time Low - Good Times (#17)
13. Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do (DEBUT)
12. Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry (#14)
11. Hailee Steinfeld - Most Girls (#12)
10. Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill (#6) [3 Weeks At #1]
9. The Chainsmokers & Coldplay - Something Just Like This (#8) [3 Weeks At #1]
8. Imagine Dragons - Believer (#2) [3 Weeks At #1]
7. Zedd & Alessia Cara - Stay (#10) [4 Weeks At #1]
6. Charlie Puth - Attention (#1) [1 Week At #1]
5. Linkin Park - One More Light (#9)
4. Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back (#3) [4 Weeks At #1]
3. Sam Hunt - Body Like A Back Road (#4)
2. Liam Payne - Strip That Down (#5)
1. Niall Horan - Slow Hands (#7) [1st Week At #1]

Biggest DROP!!!... Of The Week: Panic! At The Disco - L.A. Devotee (-18)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Macklemore/Skylar Grey - Glorious (+16)

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: Demi Lovato - Tell Me You Love Me

#1 Recommendation For You: Taylor Swift - ...Ready For It?

New Entrants

~ Our first new entrant this week comes from Cheat Codes, teaming up with Demi Lovato on No PromisesHits 1 was definitely a little late with this one. This song was at it's peak at the start-middle of the summer, I'd say. This station picked it up towards the end of summer, which is totally okay with me, because I do still enjoy the song. The vocals are great and the drop is pretty good. There isn't really anything bad that I can say about this song, except that the lyrical content is kind of weird. "Promise me no promises" seems like an oxymoron to me. Nonetheless, it's a catchy tune, and I hope to see it do well here.

~ Our second entrant of the week comes from Ed Sheeran, returning with Galway Girl. I will have to say that I'm not sure whether or not this tops Shape Of You, but it definitely reigns superior to Castle On The Hill. I really enjoy the vibe to this song, and the instrumentals are just really laid back and cool. This is not something we hear everyday on the radio. I'm glad it made it's way here and I hope to see some pretty good success out of it.

~ Next up, we get an interesting top 20 debut from Mono Mind & Bridge And Mountain. The song is Save Me A Place. I have to say that I really do enjoy this song. I think it is quite a weird tune to be played here, but it's just funky and cool. The vocals are electronic like and I just like how the whole song flows in general. I would say this is a lot better than half of the songs we have here right now, so I'd like to see some decent success out of this.

~ Finally, we have Taylor Swift with her infamous return to music with Look What You Made Me Do. This song did indeed tie for the record of the highest debut here, at #13, tying with Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe. Right off the bat here, you all know that I am a hardcore Taylor Swift fan. Always have been, always will, she is my favorite artist. I listen to her songs practically everyday. This song I can say is definitely not her best work, but it is indeed something I can work with of course. Going into this, I was a bit confused as this is a lot different than her normal style of music. The day it was released, I probably highkey listened to this song about fifty times, no joke. I did grow into the lyrical content and vocals very quickly. I have been jamming out to this one for days now, and I'm glad it's here. I expect to see success out of this, because it's Taylor, of course.

Best Debut Of The Week: Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do

HitBound
  • The All-American Rejects - Sweat
  • Halsey - Bad At Love
  • Rita Ora - Your Song
  • Selena Gomez & Galantis - Fetish
  • Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still
  • Sabrina Carpenter - Why
  • Zedd & Liam Payne - Get Low 
  • Andy Grammer - Give Love
  • Evaride - Heartless (DEBUT)
  • Maroon 5/SZA - What Lovers Do (DEBUT)
  • Justin Bieber/BloodPop - Friends
  • Harry Styles - Two Ghosts
  • PRETTYMUCH - Would You Mind
My Top 5 HitBound Picks
1. Sabrina Carpenter - Why
2. Rira Ora - Your Song
3. Selena Gomez & Galantis - Fetish
4. Justin Bieber/BloodPop - Friends
5. Zedd & Liam Payne - Get Low

*Due to me being extremely late with this post and wanting to get the next post out on time, there will be no other sections this week. :(

My Bottom 5 Countdown Picks
1. Train - Play That Song
2. Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson - Just Hold On
3. Panic! At The Disco - L.A. Devotee
4. Bruno Mars - That's What I Like
5. Shawn Mendes - Mercy

My Top 5 Countdown Picks
1. Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do
2. Kesha - Praying
3. Calvin Harris/Pharrell Williams/Katy Perry - Feels
4. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber - Despacito
5. Cheat Codes/Demi Lovato - No Promises

Love you guys!

~ Jack :)

Friday, September 1, 2017

2017 MTV Video Music Awards Performance Reviews

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Hey guys and welcome back! I thought I would give a performance review for this year's MTV Video Music Awards, as it was pretty good for the most part. Katy Perry hosted this year's show. She was a good host, although her humor was lacking at times. Anyways, in all this was much better than last year's show, which was a complete mess with annoying hosts and weird performances. Anyways, this year there were sixteen performances and one music video premiere. I will list the sixteen performances in order of what I thought was best to worst. Then I will review Taylor Swift's Look What You Made Me Do music video. So, let's get going.

16) Kendrick Lamar - DNA./HUMBLE.
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I don't understand why anyone thought this performance was the slightest bit appealing. I had not a clue what he was saying, nor was the stuff on fire the slightest bit entertaining. This was some of the most boring few minutes of the show we saw the whole night. Plus, the song choices Kendrick Lamar made were just terrible. I don't understand what's so pleasing to this country about these two songs. His past music has been a bit better than this, I just don't like this music of his these days.

15) KYLE - iSpy

It's a good thing that this was one of the performances cut short, as it wasn't good either. I did like this song for some time, but KYLE's vocals on the performance Sunday night were just not good at all, and nothing like the original track. He had no good presence, and just jumped around, which I thought was really weird and something that is very generic for a performance. Overall, it's not worse than Kendrick's mess, but this could have been way better than what it was.

14) James Arthur - Say You Won't Let Go
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This performance was indeed better than the last two, but was still yet a yawner. I am quite honestly getting sick of this song. The performance was also at a weird time, and I just wasn't quite the fan of James Arthur's voice on this song live. I'm sure others disagree with me, but I had a hard time paying attention during this performance.


13) Alessia Cara - Scars To Your Beautiful
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Okay, you all may hate me for this. I do indeed like the message to this song. Oh, 100%. I just felt like this wasn't the best performance Alessia has showed us of this song. Her vocals were just outstanding, although the odd costume changes and weird dancers were what made this a little bit lower than what it was going to be. Likewise, I just don't think the dancers really fit this song that good anyways. All said and done, her other performance was a lot better than this one.

12) DNCE/Rod Stewart - Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?
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I had a pretty similar reaction to this as I did to Alessia Cara's first performance of the night. The vocals were really good, but the weird setup and all the people in the setting were just not fitting like I thought they would be. That's really all I have. I just thought this would be a lot better without a crowd of people everywhere, not giving the performers space. Rod Stewart had a very small space to walk through.

11) Thirty Seconds To Mars/Travis Scott - Walk On Water
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So, I do indeed like this new song from Thirty Seconds To Mars very much. The only downside to this performance was the presence of Travis Scott, as I thought that was very weird. Otherwise, I loved the way it was presented. At first, I wasn't sure whether or not I would like the way this would be presented, but as the performance went on, I began to like it more and more.

10) Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
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This performance was alright. There wasn't too much going on. The vocals were pretty good. It was just a pretty average performance, nothing too special to me about it, although it was better than our last few.

9) Lorde - Homemade Dynamite
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I feel bad that Lorde had the flu and we couldn't hear her raspy, cool voice the other night. Even though she didn't sing, she did a beautiful job dancing to Homemade Dynamite, which has made it's way onto my playlist rotation since I saw this performance. I thought she did pretty good for someone who had the flu, and props to Lorde for having that "the show must go on" mindset. That is a very good quality in an artist.

8) Ed Sheeran/Lil Uzi Vert - Shape Of You/XO Tour Llif3
I thought that the beginning with Shape Of You was very good, like what we usually hear from Ed Sheeran. Then we all got surprised, I'm sure when Lil Uzi Vert came out and started singing with Ed on his single, XO Tour Llif3. I would have never expected someone like Ed to sing with such a singer. Even though I'm not a fan of the original track by the artist, I did indeed enjoy the stage performance with Ed Sheeran on it.

7) Julia Michaels - Issues
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This was another performance that was cut short, just like KYLE's. However, Julia Michaels did much better than him for the time allotted. Her vocals were very good and she just looked beautiful in her dress. She was definitely dressed to perform the song, and she did it in a more casual way than usual, which I liked very much.

6) Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry
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I think we can all agree that this performance was quite the party. Even though I said before the crowd was too much for DNCE and Rod Stewart, it perfectly fit for Demi's poolside performance of her new somewhat "diss" track. I thought her vocals sounded pretty good for the setting she was at and the setting and dancing was just really good considering where she was. So, this didn't make my top 5, but it was very good, nonetheless.

5) Miley Cyrus - Younger Now
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We are now in the top 5! Miley Cyrus did indeed make my top 5 performances with her presentation of her new single, Younger Now, from her upcoming album, Younger Now. I really enjoyed how Miley's vocals were very similar to the original track, which I am enjoying at the moment, as well as the addition of several older back-up dancers. I just thought it was really interesting, and that's why it notched in my top 5.

4) Katy Perry/Nicki Minaj - Swish Swish
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I absolutely loved how this was the finale to the show. The huge stage props, the flying Katy Perry, basketball balloons, and a slam dunk by Katy Perry herself (well sorta), not to mention Nicki Minaj inside of a giant basketball? Yeah, this was good. Katy did reasonably well with her vocals, as did Nicki too. There was a good amount of energy, and I enjoyed how the backup dancers had basketball nets over their faces, and they did do a very good job dancing themselves, anyways.

3) Logic/Alessia Cara/Khalid - 1-800-273-8255
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This was just absolutely beautiful. The best message I had seen by far that whole night. The name of the song is the same exact phone number as the suicide prevention hotline, and I just really felt moved by the fact that several suicide survivors joined the beautiful voices of Logic, Alessia Cara, and Khalid on stage for the performance of this track. I hope you all remember, someone cares. Never give up. There's always hope. This should remind all of you to stay strong no matter what you're ever going through and to know that there is always someone there for you, even when there seems like there is not.

2) Fifth Harmony/Gucci Mane - Angel/Down
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So, Camila Cabello shade or not you all? I'm not completely completely convinced with Ally's explanation, but you know, who knows? Angel was pretty good and smooth sailing, and the girls looked really good as they transitioned into Down. Their vocals were smooth and they were dressed really nice looking. They added Gucci Mane in and he did pretty well. They added some much deserved energy into the show, including Normani's very impressive split, and the very wet shower they took at the end of the performance. This was really good.

1) P!nk - Get The Party Started/Raise Your Glass/So What/Just Give Me A Reason/Perfect/Don't Let Me Get Me/What About Us
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Okay, so this was amazing. The kickoff to this performance was very good with some older hits that I'm sure everyone was jamming out to back in the day. Also, So What was a very interesting highlight to this presentation, as P!nk pulled off a classic move, driving a lawnmower with her little added extra, naked backup dancers. When she slowed things down to Just Give Me A Reason, it gave me a good feeling, as I felt like that was a good transition to get into her new single, What About Us, which was by far the best section of the performance. I loved the similarities to the music video and P!nk's vocals were just on point for the last leg of her presentation. Not to mention, her speech for accepting the Video Vanguard Award was truly inspiring. So, that's what made this my number one performance for the night.

Music Video Premiere: Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do
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So, we all know that I love this song as a true Swiftie. Once a Taylor Swift fan, always a Taylor Swift fan. This is quite easily probably her best video ever. Even though her new track might not necessarily be my most favorite tune from her, I did indeed enjoy the visual. It started off with Out Of The Woods Taylor crawling up from the dead to bury her 2014 Met Gala Taylor in the ground. Then we moved on to Taylor in a bathtub with jewelry, and a single dollar bill, most likely alluding to her recent court case in which she won one dollar. Then we move on to different scenes where we see a Taylor sitting on a throne, one robbing a bank, another in a cage, as well as many more. We cut through several of the same scenes that include Taylor lifting motorcycles and posing with her "squad". Then we cut to Taylor on the top of a mound, with all of her other personalities trying to climb to the top, including You Belong With Me Taylor and Red Taylor. Then we cut through the same scenes again, after Taylor sends out a jolt of power, causing her former personalities to fall to their "seeming deaths". After the track finishes playing, we see fourteen Taylors arguing and picking on each other. All of the Taylors are seen saying stuff about each other that the public normally says about Taylor herself. Then we see one additional Taylor in the background, which alludes to the fact that that's the real Taylor, and the other ones have been fakes created by the media. We hear 2009 VMA's Taylor saying "I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative", which if you remember is from when Kanye West stole the microphone from her, after she won an award. When all the other personalities respond simultaneously, saying "shut up" and covering their ears, the video cuts to black. So, this was a pretty epic video and it has already broken tons of records in just a few days, including most viewed VEVO video in 24 hours. So, congrats to you Taylor.

That's all I have for you all tonight! I hope you enjoyed this! See you soon!

Love you guys!

~ Jack :)


















Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Charlie Puth (1) - Week Of August 26, 2017

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Hey guys! I watched the MTV Video Music Awards the other night, and I have to say it was a lot better than the mess that was last year. Katy Perry was okay as a host, but some of her comedy wasn't the slightest bit funny. Anyways, I want to get a review out of that before the end of this week, and before school starts next Wednesday. Before we get to this week's fresh 45 songs, here's a list of songs that are leaving us this week.

  • Miley Cyrus - Malibu (#43)
  • Noah Cyrus - Stay Together (#45)
Last Week's #1 Song: Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
#1 Song This Week 1 Year Ago: Adele - Send My Love (To Your New Lover)

The Countdown
45. Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson - Just Hold On (#44)
44. Julia Michaels - Issues (#39)
43. Childish Gambino - Redbone (#36)
42. Hailee Steinfeld & Grey/Zedd - Starving (#42) [4 Weeks At #1]
41. DJ Khaled/Justin Bieber/Chance The Rapper - I'm The One (#41)
40. Selena Gomez - Bad Liar (#35)
39. The Chainsmokers/Halsey - Closer (#40) [8 Weeks At #1]
38. Lady Gaga - The Cure (#22)
37. Train - Play That Song (#37)
36. Macklemore/Skylar Grey - Glorious (DEBUT)
35. Shawn Mendes - Mercy (#31)
34. Bruno Mars - That's What I Like (#34) [1 Week At #1]
33. Imagine Dragons - Thunder (DEBUT)
32. Halsey - Now Or Never (#28)
31. Julia Michaels - Uh Huh (#25)
30. DJ Khaled/Rihanna/Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts (#32)
29. James Arthur - Say You Won't Let Go (#30)
28. Hey Violet - Hoodie (#37)
27. Linkin Park/Kiiara - Heavy (#27)
26. AJR - Weak (#29)
25. The Chainsmokers - Honest (#19)
24. MAX/Gnash - Lights Down Low (#15)
23. Kygo & Selena Gomez - It Ain't Me (#23)
22. P!nk - What About Us (#33)
21. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber - Despacito (#8)
20. Kesha - Praying (#23)
19. Louis Tomlinson/Bebe Rexha/Digital Farm Animals - Back To You (#19)
18. Bruno Mars & David Guetta - Versace On The Floor (#24)
17. All Time Low - Good Times (#18)
16. Calvin Harris/Pharrell Williams/Katy Perry - Feels (#17)
15. Fall Out Boy - Champion (#16)
14. Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry (#13)
13. Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You (#7) [9 Weeks At #1]
12. Hailee Steinfeld - Most Girls (#27)
11. Panic! At The Disco - L.A. Devotee (#12)
10. Zedd & Alessia Cara - Stay (#6) [4 Weeks At #1]
9. Linkin Park - One More Light (#10)
8. The Chainsmokers & Coldplay - Something Just Like This (#11) [3 Weeks At #1]
7. Niall Horan - Slow Hands (#2)
6. Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill (#14) [3 Weeks At #1]
5. Liam Payne - Strip That Down (#3)
4. Sam Hunt - Body Like A Back Road (#9)
3. Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back (#1) [4 Weeks At #1]
2. Imagine Dragons - Believer (#4) [3 Weeks At #1]
1. Charlie Puth - Attention (#5) [1st Week At #1]

Biggest DROP!!!... Of The Week: Lady Gaga - The Cure (-16)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Hailee Steinfeld - Most Girls (+15)

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: Logic/Alessia Cara/Khalid - 1-800-273-8255

#1 Recommendation For You: Lorde - Homemade Dynamite

New Entrants

~ So, does anyone remember that weird song from a few years ago called C'mon Let Me Ride, about sex by Skylar Grey and Eminem, that was on the countdown in early 2013? Well, yeah, and we all know who Macklemore is, the thrift shopper. Well, they're both together on a really good track this time for both of them, called Glorious. Skylar Grey has outstanding vocals in the song, and Macklemore has better verses than most of his previous songs, so this was a good comeback from both of them. Although it's good, it may fade on me in time. I would like to see some decent success here out of this single for now, all set aside.

~ Our second and final debut this week comes from Imagine Dragons, with a much better song than Believer. It's called Thunder. I do indeed like the sound effects in this song, and the vocals are pretty good sounding. Sure, this isn't this band's best song, but it's good for what it is. I would like to see this one rise higher than Believer very soon if possible, as that one needs to go.

Best Debut Of The Week: Imagine Dragons - Thunder

HitBound

  • The Revivalists - Wish I Knew You
  • Selena Gomez - Fetish
  • PRETTYMUCH - Would You Mind (DEBUT)
  • Justin Bieber & BloodPop - Friends (DEBUT)
  • Rita Ora - Your Song
  • Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl
  • Andy Grammer - Give Love
  • Harry Styles - Two Ghosts
  • Cheat Codes/Demi Lovato - No Promises
  • Halsey - Bad At Love
  • Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still
  • Zedd & Liam Payne - Get Low
  • Sabrina Carpenter - Why
  • The All-American Rejects - Sweat
  • Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do [Alternate] (DEBUT)
My Top HitBound Picks
1. Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do
2. Sabrina Carpenter - Why
3. Selena Gomez - Fetish
4. Cheat Codes/Demi Lovato - No Promises
5. Rita Ora - Your Song

Due to me being overwhelmed for school coming up, and finishing my homework, there will be no blurbs or top 20 review for this post. :(

My Bottom 5 Countdown Picks
1. Train - Play That Song
2. Panic! At The Disco - L.A. Devotee
3. Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson - Just Hold On
4. Bruno Mars - That' What I Like
5. Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill

My Top 5 Countdown Picks
1. Kesha - Praying
2. Calvin Harris/Pharrell Williams/Katy Perry - Feels
3. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber - Despacito
4. Selena Gomez - Bad Liar
5. P!nk - What About Us

Love you guys!

~ Jack :)







Thursday, August 24, 2017

Shawn Mendes (4) - Week Of August 19, 2017

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Hey guys! I apologize for the delay with this post, but it's better late then never. I have had to volunteer and work all week, but I hope you all enjoyed the solar eclipse on Monday. Also, something I'm very excited about is Taylor Swift (my favorite artist) releasing her new single tonight, as well as her new album Reputation on November 10! I know it will be great, and I cannot wait to hear the new song later! Before we get to this week's countdown, hosted by Charlie Puth, here's a list of songs we're saying goodbye to this week.

  • Harry Styles - Sign Of The Times (#40)
  • Camila Cabello - Crying In The Club (#43)
Last Week's #1 Song: Imagine Dragons - Believer
#1 Song This Week 1 Year Ago: Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling! 

The Countdown
45. Noah Cyrus - Stay Together (#44)
44. Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson - Just Hold On (#45)
43. Miley Cyrus - Malibu (#42)
42. Hailee Steinfeld & Grey/Zedd - Starving (#41) [4 Weeks At #1]
41. DJ Khaled/Justin Bieber/Chance The Rapper - I'm The One (#36)
40. The Chainsmokers/Halsey - Closer (#38) [8 Weeks At #1]
39. Julia Michaels - Issues (#39)
38. Train - Play That Song (#37)
37. Hey Violet - Hoodie (DEBUT)
36. Childish Gambino - Redbone (#27)
35. Selena Gomez - Bad Liar (#33)
34. Bruno Mars - That's What I Like (#34) [1 Week At #1]
33. P!nk - What About Us (DEBUT)
32. DJ Khaled/Rihanna/Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts (#15) 
31. Shawn Mendes - Mercy (#31)
30. James Arthur - Say You Won't Let Go (#29)
29. AJR - Weak (#23)
28. Halsey - Now Or Never (#19)
27. Hailee Steinfeld - Most Girls (#11)
26. Linkin Park/Kiiara - Heavy (#25)
25. Julia Michaels - Uh Huh (#28)
24. Bruno Mars & David Guetta - Versace On The Floor (#24)
23. Kesha - Praying (#35)
22. Lady Gaga - The Cure (#20)
21. Kygo & Selena Gomez - It Ain't Me (#22)
20. Louis Tomlinson/Bebe Rexha/Digital Farm Animals - Back To You (#26)
19. The Chainsmokers - Honest (#30)
18. All Time Low - Good Times (#14)
17. Calvin Harris/Pharrell Williams/Katy Perry - Feels (#13)
16. Fall Out Boy - Champion (#18)
15. MAX/Gnash - Lights Down Low (#21)
14. Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill (#16) [3 Weeks At #1]
13. Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry (#32)
12. Panic! At The Disco - L.A. Devotee (#10)
11. The Chainsmokers & Coldplay - Something Just Like This (#5) [3 Weeks At #1]
10. Linkin Park - One More Light (#12)
9. Sam Hunt - Body Like A Back Road (#6)
8. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber - Despacito (#3)
7. Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You [9 Weeks At #1]
6. Zedd & Alessia Cara - Stay (#7) [4 Weeks At #1]
5. Charlie Puth - Attention (#9)
4. Imagine Dragons - Believer (#1) [3 Weeks At #1]
3. Liam Payne - Strip That Down (#17)
2. Niall Horan - Slow Hands (#4)
1. Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back (#2) [4th Week At #1]

Biggest DROP!!!... Of The Week: DJ Khaled/Rihanna/Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts (-17)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry (+19)

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: Justin Bieber & BloodPop - Friends

#1 Recommendation For You: Walker Hayes - You Broke Up With Me

New Entrants

~ Our first entrant comes from Hey Violet, returning to the countdown with their new song, Hoodie. At first, I had mixed feelings about this song, but after repeated listens over the past week, I have grown into it. The song serves up several allusions to that one obsessive ex we have all had, and we have all probably been, at one point or another. The vocals aren't too outstanding, but I can live with them. The pace is very good and moves steadily. So, all said and done, this song is good at the time, and I would like to see how it does here, compared to this group's previous songs on the countdown this year.

~ Our second and final entrant of the week comes from P!nk, returning with What About Us. This song is a little different from what she usually does, but it is undeniably good either way. I like the slower, less crazy side to this song, and I am waiting to see how her new album, Beautiful Trauma, will turn out. In the end, this a great choice for a lead single, and I would like to see how it does here. I expect it to do good, regardless of everything.

Best Debut Of The Week: Tie Between: Hey Violet - Hoodie and P!nk - What About Us

HitBound
  • Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still (DEBUT)
  • Halsey - Bad At Love
  • Andy Grammer - Give Love
  • Cheat Codes/Demi Lovato - No Promises
  • Imagine Dragons - Thunder
  • Sabrina Carpenter - Why (DEBUT)
  • Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl
  • Macklemore/Skylar Grey - Glorious
  • The All-American Rejects - Sweat
  • Selena Gomez - Fetish (DEBUT)
  • Harry Styles - Two Ghosts
  • Rita Ora - Your Song
  • Zedd & Liam Payne - Get Low
  • The Revivalists - Wish I Knew You
My Top 5 HitBound Picks
1. Sabrina Carpenter - Why
2. Selena Gomez - Fetish
3. Rita Ora - Your Song
4. Cheat Codes/Demi Lovato - No Promises
5. The All-American Rejects - Sweat

What About Blurbs

~ Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back is back atop the countdown. I definitely prefer this over last week's #1 song, so I'm fine with it being here.

~ Liam Payne - Strip That Down has made a rather large jump into to the top 3 this week. I wasn't exactly expecting this, but I don't really care what it does. It's just an okay song right now.

~ As we already addressed, Imagine Dragons - Believer did indeed fall from the #1 spot this week, much to my happiness. Hopefully we can see a reasonable decline from this song in the coming weeks.

~ As we all know this station loves to flatter their guest hosts, so Charlie Puth - Attention jumping into the top 5, after being at the end of the top 10 for months, was expected, but I'm definitely not complaining.

~ Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber - Despacito dropped out of the top 3 after that very large jump last week. At least it's still in the top 10, so I won't complain.

~ The Chainsmokers & Coldplay - Something Just Like This was in the top 10 for what seemed like forever. Hopefully we can see a little more of a drop from this song, before it starts becoming "old" to me.

~ Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry made a massive jump into the top 20 this week. I am very glad this song is already doing well. It's one of my feel-good revenge anthems at the moment. Trust me, I need some revenge songs in my life.

~ Randomly, MAX/Gnash - Lights Down Low has been jumping higher, after months of being forgotten and doing poorly. I would have liked this success at first, but now parts of the song aren't with me anymore.

~ The Chainsmokers - Honest also made a very good second week jump into the top 20. I would like to see this one continue to rise as well.

~ Kesha - Praying didn't make as big of a second week as I was hoping, but at least it jumped. It is the best song here, and I was looking for a rise into the top 20, but that will probably happen next week.

~ Julia Michaels - Uh Huh is starting to revert back into the original opinion I had of it. I had expected this to happen. The song doesn't have enough to keep you hooked forever.

~ Hailee Steinfeld - Most Girls almost reached a top 10 status last week, but this week it dropped to almost the end of the top 30. I was hoping to see this song keep going, but we never know what'll happen here.

~ Halsey - Now Or Never took a little bit of an overdue drop out of the top 20 as well. This is a good thing.

~ Over the past week, I completely forgot we still had James Arthur - Say You Won't Let Go here. I guess it's just becoming that unimportant to me.

~ DJ Khaled/Rihanna/Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts had the biggest drop this week. I am not complaining, this song is just a "meh" one to me.

~ The Chainsmokers/Halsey - Closer has officially been here for one year! I am so happy we finally have a song worthy of the title. I am very happy to see that this is that song.

~ Noah Cyrus - Stay Together looks like it may have reached the end of the road. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted.


Let's Do A Top 20 Review!

0-Garbage
NONE

1-Bad
20. Panic! At The Disco - L.A. Devotee
19. Imagine Dragons - Believer
18. Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill
17. Sam Hunt - Body Like A Back Road

2-Mediocre
NONE

3-Decent
16. All Time Low - Good Times

4-Good
15. MAX/Gnash - Lights Down Low
14. The Chainsmokers & Coldplay - Something Just Like This
13. Liam Payne - Strip That Down
12. Niall Horan - Slow Hands
11. Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You

5-Great
10. Linkin Park - One More Light
9. Fall Out Boy - Champion
8. Zedd & Alessia Cara - Stay
7. Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
6. Charlie Puth - Attention
5. The Chainsmokers - Honest
4. Louis Tomlinson/Bebe Rexha/Digital Farm Animals - Back To You
3. Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry
2. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber - Despacito
1. Calvin Harris/Pharrell Williams/Katy Perry - Feels

Score: 77% (C+)

My Bottom 5 Countdown Picks
1. Train - Play That Song
2. Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson - Just Hold On
3. Bruno Mars - That's What I Like
4. Panic! At The Disco - L.A. Devotee
5. Imagine Dragons - Believer

My Top 5 Countdown Picks
1. Kesha - Praying
2. Calvin Harris/Pharrell Williams/Katy Perry - Feels
3. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber - Despacito
4. Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry
5. Louis Tomlinson/Bebe Rexha/Digital Farm Animals - Back To You

Love you guys!

LISTEN TO TAYLOR'S NEW SONG! :)

~ Jack :)