Sam Smith Sings a Song of Heartache & Heartbreak

Sam Smith Sings a Song of Heartache & Heartbreak

There’s a long history of rock and Top 40 songs that express the pain and anguish of love gone wrong. It’s a tall task: enough sensitivity and honesty to get it across, but not so much that the listener sinks into a depression! Cat Stevens wrote "The First Cut Is the...

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Can’t Keep a Good Song Down.  “Higher Love” is Back.

Can’t Keep a Good Song Down. “Higher Love” is Back.

In 1986, then 38-year old Boomer Steve Winwood reached the top of Billboard's Hot 100 for the first time with his now classic "Higher Love." Four years later Whitney Houston recorded a version which ended up as a bonus track on the Japanese release of her "I'm Your...

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What’s a Guy to Do?  He “Loves Her So Much He Hates Her”

What’s a Guy to Do? He “Loves Her So Much He Hates Her”

“Easier,” currently the 12th most played song on Top 40 radio, is the latest hit by 5-Seconds of  Summer aka 5SOS, a hot, hip, happening A-list band from Australia. The story-line is a man debating a break-up with a woman; the sound and texture have a Trent Reznor and...

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So Many Songs, So Many Goodbyes

So Many Songs, So Many Goodbyes

  In 1967 Mary Hopkin, best known for "Those Were The Days," had a hit with "Goodbye" (written by Sir Paul).  Hopkin looks like an angel, and sings cheerily in her clear, bell-like voice, about leaving one lover for another. It's all very lovely. Unlike...

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“The Madison” Has Morphed Into “The Git Up.”

“The Madison” Has Morphed Into “The Git Up.”

Novelty songs and dances are pop culture mainstays, and this summer's is "The Git Up," with over 1.5 billion viral video views and 50 million+ audio streams; it's getting radio airplay on Top 40, Adult Top 40, and Country, so it's likely that, at some point this...

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Will “Senorita” Own The Airwaves This Summer?

Will “Senorita” Own The Airwaves This Summer?

You'll definitely hear "Senorita " on the airwaves this summer--two of the music scenes hottest pop artists-- Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello, get very, very sexy in this Top 40/Adult Top 40 hit.  The Latin flavored melody is matched by equally steamy lyrics and a...

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Break-ups:  It Seems Like It’s Never Really Over–And Yet–

Break-ups: It Seems Like It’s Never Really Over–And Yet–

Carole King's "So Far Away" couldn't be further from Katy Perry's "Never Really Over," but each song so P-E-R-F-E-C-T-L-Y  expresses the lingering, conflicting emotions post romantic "break up." King's style fits her time: abstract, lilting, lyrical, contemplative and...

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A Breaking Heart: The Human Condition in Song

A Breaking Heart: The Human Condition in Song

Remember R.E.M's 1992 hit "Everybody Hurts," which sounded like a breaking heart, if a breaking heart could write a song? Same for Lewis Capaldi's moving ballad, "Someone You Loved," which was an international hit last year-- #1 in England for seven weeks and it also...

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Is Lizzo the “Female Bruno Mars?”

Is Lizzo the “Female Bruno Mars?”

Fueled by a retro funk rhythm, rapper/hip-hop/pop star Lizzo's "Juice" is making its way on both Top 40 and Adult Top 40 music charts. It's a hot track, the vocals are high velocity and the lyrics are all over the place from poetic to silly: It ain't my fault that I'm...

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