Music runs in Chris Rene’s blood, literally. His grandfather was Leon Rene, writer of 50’s hit “Rockin’ Robin”, covered more recently by Michael Jackson. After completing a 30-day program for overcoming drug and alcohol dependencies Chris turned his life around and got his shot on last year’s X Factor, becoming one of the finalists and subsequently signed to Simon Cowell’s label. His first album was produced by JR Rotem who has produced hits for Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Jason Derulo and Sean Kingston. “Trouble“, the 2nd release from his first album Soul’d Out is already Top 10 in New Zealand and is this week’s sole Mainstream Top 40 HitPredictor.
Following on the heels of worldwide smash “Titanium“, David Guetta’s new hit is “I Can Only Imagine“, featuring Chris Brown and Lil Wayne. The video focuses more on futuristic images rather than on a plot, and first opens up with Guetta walking into a futuristic room and Guetta and Chris Brown later appear in a zero gravity room. David Guetta’s sixth single from from his fifth studio album, Nothing but the Beat is this week’s sole HitPredictor at Rhythmic .
Frank Ocean made an early career as a ghostwriter for artists like Brandy, Justin Bieber, and John Legend. This month he publically “came out” about his bisexuality in Tumblr and earned immediate support from Hip Hop legend Russell Simmons, as well as superstar couple Jay-Z and Beyonce. Last year Frank released his mixtape titled Nostalgia, Ultra. featuring two singles; “Novacane” and “Swim Good”. Now Frank is back with his first full album, Channel Orange and its first single “Thinking Of You” is an Urban HitPredictor this week. Miguel describes his music as “fly, funkadelic, intergalactic-hip-hop-meets-sexy-orgasmic crazy, dope sh*t”. He strarted his career contributing songs to Usher’s Here I Stand and Raymond v. Raymond, and now, “Adorn” from his micro EP Art Dealer Chic, Vol. 1 is climbing the charts. Both songs are Urban HitPredictors.
It’s been over a decade since No Doubt took the stage at the Teen Choice Awards, and last Sunday night they rocked the stage just like they did in 2001 during their Rock Steady days. Most of the audience watching were babies when the band skyrocketed to success in the ’90s, but were wowed by the band’s stellar performance of their latest hit “Settle Down“, which is an Alternative and Hot AC HitPredictor this week.
Ellie Goulding performed her huge hit “Lights” in December at the White House during the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, along with will.i.am, Big Time Rush and Kermit the Frog. This week, after being a HitPredictor at 3 other formats it’s a Mainstream AC HitPredictor.
Already Top 5 in iTunes’ Overall downloads, “Take A Little Ride” by Jason Aldean is one of the fastest growing songs in recent Country Music History and it’s a Country HitPredictor this week.
Rise Against is known for their advocacy of progressive organizations such as Amnesty International and their 6th studio album, Endgame certainly addresses their worldview, focusing on current world and political events centered around the end of humankind as we know it . Their current single “Wait For Me” is this week’s Alternative Hitpredictor.
Nonpoint came to be during South Florida’s metal scene emergence in the mid-to-late ’90s. Their latest single “Left For You” comes from the band’s forthcoming 9th studio album which is set for a fall release; It’s this week’s Active Rock HitPredictor.