America first got a glimpse of Scottish DJ and singer/songwriter Calvin Harris when he was featured on Rihanna’s #1 smash “We Found Love”, but he’s been a UK staple of success with multiple Top 10 singles since 2007. His first solo hit in the states is the fast, chart climbing song “Feel So Close“. K’naan has a hit around the world with “Wavin’ Flag“, which was chosen as Coca-Cola’s anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Now his collaboration with Nelly Furtado, “Is Anyone Out There” is his first hit in the States. Christina Perri’s latest hit “A Thousand Years” was a HitPredictor last year after being featured in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. All 3 songs are HitPredictors at Mainstream Top 40 this week.
Nicki Minaj alter-ego “Roman Zolanski” shook up the Grammy’s with her “dark” Exorcist-like performance of “Roman Holiday”, and now Nicki’s new pop hit “Starships” is a hit. “Climax” is Usher’s trancey R&B departure among his more recent club-ready fare from his as yet unnamed upcoming album. Both songs are Rhythmic HitPredictors this week.
This week’s Country HitPredictor “Drunk On You” is the third single off Luke Bryan’s latest album Tailgates & Tanlines.
The two most dominant artists at this year’s Grammys are also this week’s Hot AC HitPredictors. Foo Fighters dominated with winning 4 awards, including Best Rock Rock Performance for “Walk“. Adele surprised everyone with her fast comeback after throat surgery by performing at the Grammys, where she walked away with 6 awards. Now she has a 4th hit in “Rumour Has It” from her Album of the Year, 21.
“I Like It” is the first single from Cincinnati based Foxy Shazaam’s first album The Church of Rock and Roll. The band name originated from a slang phrase used by students at vocalist Eric Sean Nally’s high school, where “Foxy shazams” meant “cool shoes”. Since 2002 the Black Keys have released 6 albums and their latest, El Camino has one of this week’s Alternative HitPredictors with “Gold On The Ceiling“.
Gavin Rossdale and Bush are back with their 2nd single, and Active Rock HitPredictor “Baby Come Home” from 6th album, Sea Of Memories.