Saturday, November 15, 2008

Chart Notes

By Gordon Murray
Dave Koz is still cruising along in the HOV lane, at No. 1 with "Life in the Fast Lane" (Capitol) for a fifth week. Labelmate Eric Darius follows with "Goin' All Out" (Blue Note/Capitol) at No. 2, making this the sixth consecutive week that he and Koz have nested in the top two spots.

However, Tom Bowman is circling below, threatening to fly into the elite top two spots next week, as "Sweet Sundays" (Trippin 'n' Rhythm) (3-3, +28) is now just 11 plays shy of No. 2. Warren Hill also makes another good move, as "La Dolce Vita" (Evolution/Koch) (5-4, +62) is the recipient of this week's Most Increased Plays honor.

Najee wades into the Top 10 this week with "Out of a Dream" (Heads Up) (13-9, +13), marking the second Nielsen BDS Top 10 for the smooth saxophonist. He surpasses the No. 11 peak of his previous single "Come What May" (Heads Up) earlier this year. In the April 29, 2006, issue, Najee's "2nd 2 None" (Heads Up) came up second to just one, Paul Brown's "Winelite" (GRP/Verve).

Every song from No. 15 through No. 30 has a bullet this week, with one ironic exception: the week's Most Added song, Chris Standring's "Have Your Cake & Eat It" (Ultimate Vibe). Standring hatches new adds at WLOQ/Orlando and WNWV/Cleveland.

John Legend captures a higher seeding this week, capturing his fourth Top 20 hit on the Nielsen BDS chart with "Good Morning" (G.O.O.D./Columbia), this week's Airpower designate. Legend swallows the award with a four-spot move on the detections list (23-19, +29), and a five-spot improvement on the audience list (22-17, up 48%).

Multi-format superstar Beyoncé is new at No. 29, propelling forward using the format's third-best gain in plays (+32). "At Last" (Music World/Columbia) is one of three new songs from the artist on the soundtrack to the film "Cadillac Records," which is set to be released on Dec. 2.

Robin Thicke has the touch again this week as he is back for a second chart week with "Magic" (Star Trak/Interscope), which re-enters the chart at No. 30. Over a month ago, the song also spent one week at No. 30.

Recommended Listening: Interested in uniquely cool new music? Charmaine Clamor's second album, "My Harana: A Filipino Serenade," (Free Ham Records) is exactly that. Clamor's intimate, timeless "jazzipino" vocal is simply accompanied by subtle percussion from Gustavo Garcia, delicate strumming of a guitar or bandurria from Richard Ickard and/or the plucking of a bass from Dominic Thiroux. This seamless composition instantly lifts the listener to a relaxed café in a foreign land, thousands of miles away from the clamor (no pun intended) of American city life. Recorded in eight different dialects of the Filipino languages Tagalog and Bisaya, the album showcases songs of the ancient native tradition of Harana. (In brief: At night, men, accompanied by a musician or two, courted women by singing songs to them outside their windows, hoping the object of their affection would eventually allow them inside.) Previously, only men had recorded songs like the ones on Clamor's album; now, the young Charmaine becomes the first woman to record them. The album's closing song, "Labis" ("Too Much"), is sung in English, but I think you'll barely notice the difference; that is how good she is at communicating emotion through music. If you're up for a world-jazz cultural and educational seduction, "My Harana" is a must-have.

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