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Daughtry – Dearly Beloved Byrdview


There aren’t many Rock acts that can rival the first three albums from Daughtry. They probably had the best trilogy of Rock albums since Def Leppard’s “Pyromania”, “Hysteria” and “Adrenalize” as far as I am concerned. All three albums have been certified Diamond with their self-titled debut ranked as the (#4) album in Byrdbored history. It spent (27) weeks at (#1) and (113) weeks in the Byrdy Dozen and has been certified (19x) Platinum. The follow-up, “Leave This Town”, has been certified Diamond with seven weeks at (#1) and (117) weeks in the Byrdy Dozen. “Break The Spell” spent ten weeks on top and (81) weeks in the Byrdy Dozen to also hit the Diamond mark. Daughtry has produced (41) Byrdy Dozen hit songs in roughly fifteen years with (37) of those (41) cracking the top five including (17) (#1) singles. It is safe to say, my expectations for Daughtry are very high. They set the bar from the very beginning, and it is sometimes hard to live up to an artist’s early work. That is probably typical of most artists.

Daughtry’s fourth album, “Baptized”, is solid but did fall short of the first three albums spending only five weeks at (#1) and only (43) weeks in the Byrdy Dozen to be certified (5x) Platinum. Realistically it wasn’t a disappointment to me since no artist can continue to stay as high as Daughtry started. However, the band’s fifth album, “Cage To Rattle”, was their first album to not hit the top of Byrdbored and peaked at (#3) spending only (21) weeks in the Byrdy Dozen. A Platinum album for most artists would be great, but not for an artist that set the bar so high from the beginning. There were also no “cages being rattled” on the album. It mostly felt like Chris Daughtry was trying to do his Adele impression. They simply were not doing what they do best and received a (1) Byrd Beak rating which might seem harsh, but most definitely reflected my disappointment with the album.

In my customary long-winded way, I wrote all of that to set up their latest effort, “Dearly Beloved”. To say that it is a return to form for Daughtry would be a major understatement. My disappointment in “Cage To Rattle” is completely flipped with “Dearly Beloved”. I believe the album at least gets them back to “Break The Spell” level although it may not end up certified Diamond in the end. I think it will fall somewhere between “Break The Spell” and “Baptized” and is easily their fourth best album overall.

The first song released was “World On Fire” which peaked at (#5) late in 2020. It definitely returns the guys back to their roots, and I feel it is a great first single for the band. The song actually got some Rock radio play for Daughtry for the first time in a very long time. Although it didn’t set Byrdbored on “fire” it was a solid start for a new album and has been certified Gold. It is their 35th Gold certified song overall.

The follow-up, “Heavy Is The Crown”, peaked in the top 20 on the SongByrd 60 and hit top five on Rock radio. Although it didn’t crack the Byrdy Dozen, it was still exciting enough to get me pumped for the “Dearly Beloved” album which debuted at (#1) on Byrdbored in September 2021. It has currently spent six weeks on top and (18) straight weeks in the Byrdy Dozen to be certified (3x) Platinum.

My excitement was sent into overdrive when I heard the entire album, however, as there were many songs I loved even more than the first two official singles. “The Victim” is the song that stood out immediately as it brought me back to early Daughtry. Chris Daughtry’s voice is still incredible and when it comes to pure vocals not many Rock vocalists today can out-sing him. “The Victim” would quickly jump to (#1) on the SongByrd 60 and spend three weeks on top. The song finished 2021 as the (#3) song of the year which is Daughtry’s highest year-end finish for a song since 2012’s “Outta My Head” also landed at (#3).

Daughtry have released “Changes Are Coming” as their official new single and it currently sits in the top 30 of the SongByrd 60, but it could see a strong run in the coming weeks. Although it isn’t personally my next favorite on the album, it definitely has Chris Daughtry’s powerful vocals and attitude.

“Dearly Beloved” might be one of those albums that gets stronger as 2022 moves forward. “Asylum” and the title track could potentially both hit (#1) with “Asylum” possibly having as much impact as “The Victim” did in 2021. “Evil” is also one of my favorites and could keep momentum for the album on into 2023. The album also has some tender moments with “Call You Mine” and “Break Into My Heart” both featuring Daughtry’s ability to sing anything with passion. “Call You Mine” could crack the top five down the road.

Daughtry doesn’t need a fantastic new album to help their legacy. They are currently ranked as the (#9) artist in Byrdbored history thanks to their above mentioned music stats , but with “Dearly Beloved” they could be putting some pressure on the top five artists in the future. When you consider how young Chris Daughtry and the guys are, they could definitely make a case for top five artist in the next decade. “Dearly Beloved” doesn’t beat their first three albums, but boy does it ever get them back to the top of the Byrdbored charts! Welcome back Daughtry! I’ve missed you! 4 Byrd Beaks!

For any questions about Byrdview guidelines please feel free to review the very first Byrdview post May 11, 2019. It details the methodology and basis of Byrdbored reviews.

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Silk Sonic Lead Certifications For The Week Ending January 15, 2022


After ten weeks on the Byrdbored charts, Silk Sonic receive a 2x Platinum certification for their debut album, “An Evening With Silk Sonic”. The album has spent a total of four weeks at (#1) and still remains at (#2) on the SongByrd 60 Albums Chart. The album has produced the (#2) hit, “Leave The Door Open”, and scores another top five hit this week as “Smokin’ Out The Window” moves from (#6) to (#5).

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The album “Joyride” by Roxette was released in 1991 and celebrated a 30-year anniversary last year. However, the release of a special anniversary edition of “Joyride” has helped the album move to 2x Platinum on Byrdbored. The album originally peaked at (#1) and moves to (#3) on the Vault Albums Chart this week. The Swedish duo were a staple of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Lead vocalist, Marie Fredriksson, passed away in December 2019 as a result of health issues stemming from a brain tumor diagnosis.

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Skillet score their 7th (#1) album this week as they debut at (#1) with their latest effort, “Dominion”. It is their 6th straight (#1) album and is certified Gold. It is the Rock group’s 8th Gold album all-time. Skillet is one of only eight artists to earn (5,000) points or more on Byrdbored and currently sit at (5,047). They also have one of (44) Diamond certified albums in “Comatose” which is currently ranked as the (#35) album in Byrdbored history. Skillet was inducted into the Nest Of Fame in 2017.

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Alan Jackson lands his 9th (#1) album as “When Somebody Loves You” hits (#1) on the Vault SongByrd 60 Albums Chart. The album was originally released in 2000 and is now certified Gold. It is the Country legends 12th Gold album overall. Jackson is currently ranked as the (#31) artist in Byrdbored history with (2,742) points. He is eligible for the Nest Of Fame and expected to be one of the leading candidates for the class of 2022.

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The only single certification of the week is the latest top five hit from OneRepublic with “Someday”. The hit moves to (#4) on the SongByrd 60 and in the process is certified Gold. “Someday” is the 7th Gold single for OneRepublic who have recently moved into the top 100 artists in Byrdbored history at (#99).

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For more details on Byrdbored certifications check out the Certification Cage page. It details all the songs and albums that have been certified since the beginning of the site in 2019.

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The Scorpions, Alan Jackson Lead Vault Charts


The Scorpions formed in 1965 and by the time 1984 rolled around their hit, “Rock You Like A Hurricane”, could be heard on every Rock radio station. It peaked at (#1) on Byrdbored for four weeks in 1984, and this week the hit scores a 5th overall week at (#1) topping the Vault SongByrd 60 Singles Chart. With the extra week on top, “Rock You Like A Hurricane” leaps from (#73) to (#47) in Byrdbored history. It is the only single to be certified Diamond for the German rockers. They are set to release their 19th album, “Rock Believers”, on February 25, 2022.

Darius Rucker jumps back up to (#2) with “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It”. The song spends an 8th overall week as the top Country song. Also moving back up is John Mayer’s “Assassin” which jumps from (#6) back to (#3) to take back the top Vault Hot AC song for a 5th non-consecutive week. Thomas Rhett drops down to (#4) with his first top five hit, “It Goes Like This”, which might have peaked at (#3) last week. Last week’s (#1) by OneRepublic, “Counting Stars”, drops down to (#10) after two weeks on top.

Alan Jackson jumps into the Vault top five singles with “When Somebody Loves You” leaping from (#10) to (#5). George Strait also leaps from (#11) to (#6) with “The Chair”. Both Country legends are expected to continue strong years in 2022 with Jackson having new music and his classic music, while Strait’s classic songs and albums will most likely continue to be played.

Whitesnake land their 16th Byrdy Dozen hit single as “Love Ain’t No Stranger” shoots from (#26) to (#7). The song is featured on their 1984 album, “Slide It In”, which moves from (#30) to (#21) on the Vault Albums Chart. Whitesnake has had a solid last three years to put them into contention for the Nest of Fame down the road as they have moved up to the (#57) artist in Byrdbored history.

Roxette’s album, “Joyride”, is celebrating 30 years since it’s release and the title song blasts from (#27) to (#8). The hit originally charted in 1991 and peaked at (#1). It has been certified Gold with a chance to hit Platinum in the coming weeks. The Swedish duo were a staple of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s and are currently ranked as the (#156) artist in Byrdbored history.

Night Ranger score their 30th Byrdy Dozen hit as “Sing Me Away” jumps from (#17) to (#9) on the Vault Singles Chart. Surprisingly, the hit didn’t originally hit the top ten of Byrdbored in 1982. The song is featured on the band’s (#1) debut album, “Dawn Patrol”, which has been certified Platinum. Night Ranger have hit (#1) with (14) songs and nine albums since 1982 and are currently ranked as the (#19) artist in Byrdbored history.

On the Vault SongByrd 60 Albums Chart, Alan Jackson lands his 9th (#1) album as “When Somebody Loves You” jumps from (#9) to the top. Jackson has been hot again on Byrdbored starting with a new album, “Where Have You Gone”, in 2021. Foreigner leap from (#12) to a new peak at (#2) with their 1978 album, “Double Vision”. Roxette continue to pick up steam with their 1991 album, “Joyride”, which moves up one notch to (#3) and is certified 2x Platinum. Last week’s (#1), “Undone”, by MercyMe drops to (#4) followed by “Duke” by Genesis which moves up three slots to a new peak at (#5).

The Christian Rock act known as Love Like Gravity debut their self-titled EP at (#9) on the Vault Albums Chart. The group also debut at (#8) on the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart. The release of their new album, “Break The Silence”, definitely spikes an increase in the band’s song plays as the album debuts at (#10) on the SongByrd 60 Albums Chart.

Even though Steve Perry’s Christmas album release, “The Season”, never really took off late in 2021, it did generate some interest in Perry. His 1984 solo album, “Street Talk”, re-enters the Byrdy Dozen at (#10) on the Vault Albums Chart. It originally peaked at (#5) in 1984 and features the top five hits, “Oh Sherrie” and “Foolish Heart”. The latter re-enters Byrdbored at (#32) on the Vault SongByrd 60 Singles Chart this week.

Skillet definitely make their presence known and easily hit the (#1) SongByrd 60 Artist landing nine of their ten previous albums on the Vault SongByrd 60 Albums Chart. “Comatose” is the highest charter at (#11) followed by “Awake” at (#15), “Rise” at (#16), “Unleashed” at (#18), “Victorious” at (#19), “Alien Youth” at (#35), “Collide” at (#39), “Hey You I Love Your Soul” at (#56) and “Invincible” at (#57). Skillet receive a total of (159) song spins with (47) being Vault plays. The band released their latest album, “Dominion”, this week which becomes the band’s 7th all-time (#1) album and their 6th straight top album on Byrdbored.

(For the week ending January 15, 2022)

Be sure to check out Vault J-BRD Radio to listen to the Vault Byrdy Dozen hits of the week!

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Skillet Take Over SongByrd 60


It is sometimes hard for an artist to live up to their past. When a band has already been as successful as Skillet it is especially tough. However, this week the group does just that scoring their 21st (#1) single with “Standing In The Storm”, while also landing their 7th overall (#1) album with “Dominion”. “Dominion” actually makes their 6th (#1) album in a row. The album is the High Flyin’ Debut of the Week with (112) song plays. Skillet also blast from (#6) to (#1) on the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart with (159) total song spins which is roughly 14% of the total plays for the week.

“Standing In The Storm” receives (25) of those plays to easily move to the top of the SongByrd 60 and garner the Power Pick Hit of the Week. The hit is the band’s second (#1) from the “Dominion” album as “Surviving The Game” hit the top last Fall. Skillet most definitely appear to have timed the release of a new album perfectly. With no huge releases in the near future, Skillet could have a monopoly with the top SongByrd 60 album (and artist) for a substantial amount of time. Skillet’s highest amount of weeks on top of the Byrdbored Albums Chart was 2013’s “Rise” which spent (11) total weeks on top to win Album of the Year.

Elsewhere on the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart, Mammoth WVH drops to (#2) after four straight weeks on top with “Think It Over”. The song split it’s four weeks between 2021 and 2022 so it probably won’t finish very high for 2022 unless it can reverse course and move back to (#1). Orianthi remains at (#3) for a third straight week with “Blow” followed by OneRepublic’s “Someday” at (#4) which takes over the top Hot AC Song. Silk Sonic round out the top five with “Smokin’ Out The Window” moving up one notch to (#5).

Matt Stell scores his 3rd Country (#1) hit single as “Boyfriend Season” leaps from (#10) to (#7). Stell takes over for Tim McGraw’s “7500 OBO” which spent two weeks as the top Country song but drops from (#7) to (#15) on the SongByrd 60 this week. Stell’s biggest hit is “That Ain’t Me No More” which peaked at (#4) on the SongByrd 60 and spent three weeks as the top Country song in 2021.

Thomas Rhett scores his second Byrdy Dozen hit as “Slow Down Summer” jumps from (#15) to (#11). The hit is the first single from his new album, “Where We Started”, which is set for release April 1st, 2022. Rhett is actually expected to release two albums during 2022 with his “Country Again: Side B” also set for release in the fall. Rhett could be getting ready for his biggest year ever on Byrdbored.

Nita Strauss scores her very first Byrdy Dozen hit as “Dead Inside” shoots from (#16) to (#12). The hit features David Draiman of Disturbed and could be one of the surprise Rock hits of 2022. It recently hit (#1) on Active Rock radio and could challenge for the (#1) Rock hit on Byrdbored in coming weeks. Strauss is, of course, known for her guitar shredding and is the current guitarist for Alice Cooper.

The Big Byrd Mover on the Singles Chart is MercyMe’s “Uh Oh (Here I Go)” which blasts from (#30) to (#20). It is the latest hit from the group’s former (#2) album, “Inhale (Exhale)”. Their last hit, “Whiplash”, went all the way to the top and finished 2021 as the (#7) song of the year.

The High Flyin’ Debut Single of the Week is Jason Aldean’s “Trouble With A Heartbreak” which debuts at (#38). The song is featured on the new album, “Georgia”, which is due out April 22, 2022. Aldean released his latest album, “Macon”, in November which spent three weeks at (#1) and includes the (#1) hit single, “If I Didn’t Love You”, which features Carrie Underwood. That hit finished 2021 as the top Country song of the year.

On the SongByrd 60 Albums Chart, Silk Sonic follow Skillet’s “Dominion” at (#2) with “An Evening With Silk Sonic”. The album is a former four week (#1) and has been certified 2x Platinum. Last week’s top album, “Future Nostalgia”, by Dua Lipa drops back down to (#3). Jason Aldean’s “Macon” remains at (#4) while Wolfgang Van Halen’s “Mammoth WVH” slips two spots down to (#5).

Skillet wasn’t the only Christian Rock group debuting this week as Love Like Gravity’s “Break The Silence” comes in at (#10). The band’s debut self-titled EP also comes in at (#9) on the Vault Albums Chart. It is Love Like Gravity’s first album since 2014’s “Chain-Reaction”.

The Weeknd actually has a surprisingly good week with the Power Pick Album of the Week along with the Big Byrd Mover. “Dawn FM” debuted at (#28) on the SongByrd 60 last week and moves up twelve notches this week to (#16). The Weeknd has never had a Byrdy Dozen album so it would be a major surprise if he makes it that high in the coming weeks. He also debuts his single, “Sacrifice”, at (#58) on the SongByrd 60.

On the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart, Skillet easily leads hitting the top for the first time. Since the chart began it 2020, the group had previously peaked at (#2). Jason Aldean moves up two spots to (#2) largely thanks to his High Flyin’ Debut Single, “Trouble With A Heartbreak”. Silk Sonic remain at (#3) followed by last week’s (#1), MercyMe, at (#4). Dua Lipa rounds out the top five.

Love Like Gravity debut at (#8) thanks to two top ten albums on Byrdbored. Foreigner blast from (#46) to (#17) with their 1978 album, “Double Vision”, moving to (#2) on the Vault Albums Chart. Roxette move from (#25) to (#18) with their “Joyride” song and album making more impact on the Vault Charts. The Scorpions shoot from (#40) to (#24) thanks to their newly crowned (#1) Vault Single, “Rock You Like A Hurricane”. The Weeknd blasts from (#50) to (#29) thanks to his Power Pick Hit Album, “Dawn FM”. Steve Perry re-enters the chart at (#42) thanks to his Vault top ten album, “Street Talk”.

The ByrdTrax volume is up another 12% landing at (1,163). The 2022 weekly song play average moves to (991) after the first three weeks. The Vault % remains steady at 26%. With Skillet’s exciting new album now on the playlist every week, the volumes might remain consistently over (1,000) plays a week for the near future.

(For the week ending January 15, 2022)

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Prince Takes The Crown With Top Vault Song & Album For 2021


Prince was most definitely one of a kind in the music world. It is safe to say there will never be another Prince. His music seems to always weave in and out of Byrdbored from time to time. The release of a new album, “Welcome 2 America”, didn’t make any major waves peaking at (#7) and finishing 2021 as the (#46) album of the year. However, the hype surrounding a new album release did serve the purpose of revisiting his vast music catalog.

The biggest impact was his classic 1984 album, “Purple Rain”, which re-entered Byrdbored during 2021 and hit (#1) again. Prince’s timeless hit single, “Let’s Go Crazy”, would spend an additional five weeks on top of Byrdbored thanks to the Vault Singles Chart to finish as the top Vault Song. The “Purple Rain” album spent an additional (23) weeks in the Vault Byrdy Dozen and finished the year as the top Vault Album.

When the dust settled from 2021, “Let’s Go Crazy” moved up to the (#8) song in Byrdbored history with eight total weeks at (#1) and (37) total weeks in the Byrdy Dozen. The (37) weeks is second behind only Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love A Bad Name” which has spent a total of (39) weeks. The album, “Purple Rain”, moved up to the (#47) album in Byrdbored history with ten weeks at (#1) and (76) total weeks in the Byrdy Dozen. Prince finished 2021 as the (#8) Vault artist of the year with (416) points earned.

Forest Blakk not only had the top SongByrd 60 song of 2021 with “If You Love Her”. He also had the (#2) Vault song of the year with “Tread Lightly” from his (#2) “Minutes” EP. His “Minutes” album finished 2021 as the (#18) Vault Album and has been certified Gold. “Tread Lightly” narrowly missed being Blakk’s second Diamond single of the year spending five weeks on top of the Vault Singles Chart and spent six weeks as the top Vault Hot AC song.

Alicia Keys had a strong Vault finish to 2021 with the announcement of her new album release, “Keys”, in December. A new album sometimes does spark major interest in an artist’s precious work, and it did in this case. Alicia Key’s debut single, “Fallin’”, also celebrated a 20th year anniversary in 2021 and re-entered Byrdbored on the Vault Charts. The hit would spend three weeks on top of the Vault Singles Chart to finish the year as the (#3) Vault song of the year. Her debut album, “Songs In A Minor”, also had success hitting (#1) on the Vault Albums Chart and finished the year as the (#19) Vault album of the year.

The Christian Contemporary duo known as For King & Country had a solid Vault year in 2021 finishing with the (#4) Vault song of the year with “God Only Knows”. It is the top Vault Christian Contemporary song of the year and spent ten weeks as the top Vault Christian Contemporary song. The duo also charted a (#3) Vault hit in “Amen” which finished 2021 as the (#39) Vault song of the year. Both hits are featured on their (#2) Vault album, “Burn The Ships”, which finished the year as the (#25) Vault album of 2021. For King & Country were ranked as the (#7) Vault artist of 2021.

The Foo Fighters returned in 2021 and had great success on both the SongByrd 60 and Vault Charts. The Rock act finished in the Vault top ten Singles for the year with the (#1) Vault hit, “The Pretender”, and the (#2) Vault hit, “Best Of You”. “The Pretender” finished as the (#5) Vault song while “Best Of You” finished at (#8). “The Pretender” takes the top Vault Rock song of 2021. The Foo Fighters also finished in the top ten Vault artists of the year at (#10).

Another Rock artist had a great Vault year although it was mostly due to an unfortunate passing. The passing of bassist, Dusty Hill, most definitely increased plays of ZZ Top’s classic music. “Gimme All Your Lovin’” hit (#1) on the Vault Singles Chart along with “Rough Boy”. “Tush” also peaked at (#2) for two weeks on the Vault Singles Chart. “Gimme All Your Lovin’” narrowly missed top Vault Rock song coming in at (#7) for the year, while “Rough Boy” finished at (#19) and “Tush” manages (#21). The trio’s album, “Eliminator”, also hit (#1) on the Vault Albums Chart and finished 2021 as the (#4) Vault Album of the year. Overall, ZZ Top earned the second most Vault points in 2021 with (593) which was only behind John Mayer.

John Mayer tallied (869) Vault points to finish as the top Vault artist with the (#6) Vault album, “Battle Studies”, which spent two weeks on top of the Vault SongByrd 60 Albums Chart. Mayer also finished 2021 with six songs in the Vault SongByrd 60 Singles of the year. “Assassin” was the top hit spending two weeks at (#1) to finish (#12) for the year. At (#13) was “I Don’t Trust Myself (With Loving You)” followed by “Belief” at (#14). “Perfectly Lonely” finished at (#33) with “Helpless” at (#37) and “Something’s Missing” at (#49). Mayer was also the overall point earner for 2021 with (1,274).

Lenny Kravitz had a big Vault hit single late in 2021 as his biggest all-time song, “Are You Gonna Go My Way”, re-entered Byrdbored on the Vault Singles Chart spending another week at (#1). The song has spent four total weeks at (#1) and (26) weeks in the Byrdy Dozen along with (11) weeks as the top Rock song. “Are You Gonna Go My Way” finished the year as the (#10) Vault song of the year and is currently ranked as the (#54) song in Byrdbored history.

Kool & The Gang had a great Vault year charting three (#1) Vault singles. “Misled” spent two weeks on top and finished the year as the (#11) song. “Tonight” spent one week at (#1) and finished at (#26) for 2021. “Joanna” also spent a week at (#1) and ended the year at (#28) for 2021. The group finished 2021 as the (#23) Vault artist of the year.

George Strait finished the year with the top Vault Country song with “The Cowboy Rides Away”. The single hit (#1) on the Vault Singles Chart and finished the year as the (#17) Vault song of the year. Strait also finished with two albums in the top 30 of the Vault Albums Chart for 2021. “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind” hit (#1) and has been certified Platinum finishing 2021 as the (#12) Vault Album. Strait’s “Right Or Wrong” also hit (#1) and ended the year at (#22). George Strait was the (#6) Vault artist of the year with (434) points earned.

As far as the top Vault Albums of 2021, Whitesnake followed “Purple Rain” by Prince at (#2) with “Restless Heart”. The album was originally released outside the United States in 1997, but was released just this year in the States. “Restless Heart” spent three weeks at (#1) on the Vault Albums Chart. Journey’s 1978 album, “Infinity”, finished at (#3) with three weeks at (#1). It was the first album to feature Steve Perry on lead vocals. ZZ Top’s “Eliminator” was (#4) followed by AC/DC’s “Highway To Hell”. Both albums spent a week at (#1).

John Mayer’s “Battle Studies” ends up at (#6) followed by Van Halen’s self-titled debut album at (#7). Styx finished at (#8) with “Paradise Theatre” hitting (#1) for three weeks. Kenny Chesney had the top Vault Country album with “Hemingway’s Whiskey” spending two weeks at (#1) finishing at (#9). Carrie Underwood rounds out the top ten Vault albums of the year with “Some Hearts” at (#10).

The top Vault artist of the year was John Mayer at (#1) with (869) points earned. ZZ Top had a strong year at (#2) with the unfortunate passing of Dusty Hill. Carrie Underwood was the top Country artist at (#3) thanks to a late year surge. Journey finished (#4) thanks largely to the (#3) Vault album of the year. Alan Jackson rounded out the top five with a solid year with two (#1) albums with “Don’t Rock The Jukebox” and “Here In The Real World” finishing in the top 20 Vault albums of 2021.

George Strait finished (#6) followed by For King & Country at (#7), Prince at (#8), Darius Rucker at (#9) and the Foo Fighters at (#10). AC/DC finished (#11) and OneRepublic wrap up the Byrdy Dozen Vault artists at (#12).

The ByrdTrax Volume hit a record in 2021 averaging (1,116) song spins per week for a total of (58,028) songs played in 2021. The Vault % of those plays ended up approximately 30% of the total which is very strong. Most years the Byrdbored average runs close to 25% so 2021 was strong both in total plays and the classic Vault hits of the past.

Be sure to check out the Top Flights 2021 page on the site for the complete list of hit songs, albums and artists for 2021!

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Forest Blakk, Dua Lipa Lead SongByrd 60 For 2021


Although 2021 might not have been the greatest music year ever, it most definitely had the most variety in quite some time. Obviously Byrdbored’s main mix of music is usually centered around Pop, Rock, Country and Christian Contemporary for the most part. Occasionally R&B also gets thrown in the mix as long as it doesn’t include Hip/Hop or Rap (which is rare these days). For 2021, there was a great deal of all of that with the best mix in years. There might not be as many great all-time songs and albums, but the quantity was very high even if the quality isn’t one of the best ever.

When it comes to quality though, Forest Blakk had it covered with one of the best love songs in Byrdbored history. “If You Love Her” dominated the early part of 2021 spending ten weeks at (#1) and (21) weeks in the Byrdy Dozen. It was easily the top song of 2021 earning the most points and was also the most listened to song with (432) total spins. Although Byrdbored doesn’t focus solely on “streams” like the real world, “If You Love Her” was the biggest hit song no matter how you look at it. There was never a serious challenger.

In a historical context, “If You Love Her” finished 2021 as the (#20) song in Byrdbored history. It is ranked as the 4th highest ballad all-time behind only Lonestar’s “Amazed”, “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” by Bryan Adams and “Iris” by The Goo Goo Dolls. The last ballad (love song) to finish the year on top was 2014’s “Burnin’ It Down” by Jason Aldean. It is safe to say Forest Blakk lived up to the expectations when I first started playing “If You Love Her” in late 2020. He won the “Explosion Award” for the artist that is getting ready to explode and the top song for a year most definitely qualifies as exploding. The sky is the limit for the young man.

The top album was equally no contest as Dua Lipa breezed to the (#1) album of 2021 with “Future Nostalgia”. The album spent (51) of (52) weeks in the Byrdy Dozen including eight weeks at (#1). The album produced five top five hit singles and was the most played with (2,204) song spins in total. “Future Nostalgia” finished 2021 certified 6x Platinum and currently ranks just outside the top 100 albums in Byrdbored history at (#105).

The scary thing is that the album should have many more weeks to chart going into 2022 and could actually have a shot at a Diamond certification down the road. I compared it many times during 2021 to Shania Twain’s 1999 “Come On Over” in terms of impact on Byrdbored. Although it might not end up being quite as big as Shania Twain’s masterpiece, it certainly is one of the best Pop albums since that time.

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Circling back to the top songs of 2021, Royal Blood had an incredible year. It was easily the duo’s best yet scoring the (#2) song of the year (and top Rock song) with”Boilermaker”. The hit debuted on top of the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart in late April and spent seven weeks at (#1). It also spent ten weeks as the top Rock song and certainly took Royal Blood to the next level. “Boilermaker” was the second Diamond certified song of 2021 (along with “If You Love Her”). The video certainly helped the song garner even more interest, and if there was a Byrdbored Best Video of 2021 “Boilermaker” would be in the conversation.

Daughtry also returned in 2021 with one of their most rockin’ tunes in years with “The Victim”. The hit would spend three weeks on top of the SongByrd 60 and nine weeks as the top Rock song. “The Victim” finished the year as the (#3) song of 2021 which is Daughtry’s highest finish since 2012’s “Outta My Head” which also landed at (#3).

John Mayer continued his hot streak in 2021 as a new album, “Sob Rock”, helped him score another (#1) hit with “Last Train Home”. The single spent four weeks on top and was certified Platinum. “Last Train Home” is actually his highest finish at (#4) for a year-end chart with his 2017 hit, “Helpless”, finishing at (#5) that year. Mayer also hits his 20th year of recording in 2021 which makes him eligible for the Nest Of Fame since he has a minimum of (2,000) points earned.

Besides dominating the Byrdbored Albums Chart, Dua Lipa also had quite the year on the Singles Chart. Both “Levitating” and “Hallucinate” hit (#1) while three other hit singles, “Break My Heart”, “Cool” and “We’re Good”, peaked in the top five. “Levitating” dominated the Summer and spent four weeks on top to finish 2021 as the (#5) song of the year. “Hallucinate” and “Break My Heart” finished at (#15) and (#16) respectively with “Cool” at (#26) and “We’re Good” at (#27).

Ed Sheeran returned in 2021 with his highest year-end charter ever as “Shivers” spent three weeks at (#1) and was certified Platinum. “Shivers” finishes the year at (#6) and beats “Shape Of You” which finished 2017 at (#10). Sheeran also landed his first-ever (#1) Byrdbored album with “Equals”.

The highest charting year-end Christian Contemporary song was from MercyMe who mark their 20th year of recording in 2021. “Whiplash” would spend two weeks on top of the SongByrd 60 in December to finish very strong for the mainstays who have become one of the more consistent Christian groups on Byrdbored. “Whiplash” takes the (#7) hit song of the year and helps drive momentum for a possible Nest Of Fame induction in the 2022 class.

The biggest Christian Rock song of 2021 was definitely Skillet’s “Surviving The Game” which became the band’s 20th overall (#1) hit single on Byrdbored. “Surviving The Game” spent two weeks on top and six weeks as the top Christian Contemporary song to finish the year at (#8) overall. The band’s new album, “Dominion”, is set for release January 14, 2022 and should provide a big 2022 for Skillet.

In what was a good year for Country music (but not great), the biggest Country hit song was “If I Didn’t Love You” from Jason Aldean & Carrie Underwood. The song started slowly, but exploded once Aldean released his new album, “Macon”, in November. “If I Didn’t Love You” spent three weeks at (#1) finishing the year at (#9) and was only one of four Country songs to hit the top of the SongByrd 60 during 2021.

If you thought Forest Blakk was going to sit back and bask in the glory of landing the (#1) song of 2021 you would be very mistaken. Blakk would release a new song, “Fall Into Me”, late in 2021 which would peak at (#2) on the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart. The song was co-written by Blakk, Rob Thomas and Gregg Wattenberg and touches on Blakk’s feelings for his girlfriend, Tiffany. “Fall Into Me” finishes 2021 as the (#10) hit of the year and is the highest charting year-end song to not hit (#1).

It was a massive debut year for Wolfgang Van Halen who dropped his debut album, “Mammoth WVH”, and preceded to finish with the (#2) album of the year. His biggest hit single was “Think It Over” which finishes the year at (#11) after spending two weeks at (#1) late in 2021. Wolfgang also finishes with another (#1) hit, “Don’t Back Down”, which finishes at (#20) for the year along with a (#2) hit, “You’re To Blame”, that ends up at (#33) for 2021.

Rounding out the Byrdy Dozen for 2021, Santana returned with an old friend in Rob Thomas. The two reunited for the first time since 1999’s massive (#1) hit, “Smooth”. This time around they included the American Authors for “Move” which would hit (#1) for two weeks. Although it wasn’t the massive hit that “Smooth” was, “Move” was definitely a welcome return for Santana finishing 2021 as the (#12) song of the year.

Although albums have lost their luster a long time ago with some music fans, 2021 had some fantastic releases. Following Lipa’s dominate “Future Nostalgia” at (#1) was Wolfgang Van Halen’s debut album,“Mammoth WVH”, finishing at (#2) which spent six total weeks at (#1) to be certified 4x Platinum. At (#3) is the return of a more rockin’ Daughtry with “Dearly Beloved” which also spent six weeks on top. AC/DC’s new release, “PWR/UP”, was split between 2020 and 2021, but still managed to spend four weeks at (#1) to finish as the (#4) album of 2021. John Mayer rounds out the top five albums for 2021 as “Sob Rock” was certified 2x Platinum and spent two weeks at (#1).

Royal Blood finishes at (#6) with “Typhoons” which produced five top five hits. Jason Aldean scored the top Country album with “Macon” at (#7). The duo of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak known as Silk Sonic made a late year push with three weeks at (#1) to finish at (#8) with “An Evening With Silk Sonic”. The Foo Fighters had a solid year with their (#1) album, “Medicine At Midnight”, which finished at (#9) and landed two top 20 hits for 2021 with “Cloudspotter” at (#13) and “No Son Of Mine” at (#14). Night Ranger continued their solid album releases with “ATBPO” hitting (#1) to give the Rock band their 9th all-time to finish as the (#10) album of 2021.

Evanescence returned after a decade of no new music to land their 4th (#1) album, “The Bitter Truth”. It spent three weeks on top and finished 2021 at (#11) for the year. Rounding out the Byrdy Dozen is the top Christian Contemporary album, “Inhale (Exhale)”, by MercyMe which peaked at (#2) and has been certified Platinum to finish (#12) for the year.

Other albums of note were OneRepublic’s “Human” at (#13), Old Dominion’s “Time Tequila And Therapy” at (#14) which became the Country groups first (#1), and Ed Sheeran’s first (#1) album, “Equals”, which finishes (#15). Alan Jackson returned after a long hiatus with “Where Have You Gone” which peaked at (#2) and ends 2021 at (#16). Jeremy Camp scored his 12th straight (#1) album (a Byrdbored record), “When You Speak”, which finished 2021 at (#17).

As far as the top SongByrd 60 artists, Dua Lipa earned the most points coming in at (730) for 2021 to easily take top artist. Royal Blood’s (#1) album, “Typhoons”, along with five top five hits helped them edge out (#2) and grab top Rock act honors with (546). Jason Aldean finished (#3) and the top Country artist with (537). Wolfgang Van Halen finished (#4) with (516) to land the top new artist for 2021 in terms of points. Rock veterans AC/DC finished (#5) scoring two top (25) singles for 2021 as “Witch’s Spell” and “Demon’s Fire” finished the year (#22) and (#23) respectively. A top five album for 2021, “PWR/UP”, also helped out Angus and crew.

Keith Urban had yet another solid year despite being on the back end of his latest album, “The Speed Of Now Part 1”, finishing (#6). Urban ended up with four top five hits Including the (#1) hits “Live With” and “Change Your Mind”. “Live With” finished (#21) and “Change Your Mind” landed at (#28) for the year.

Other notable artists are John Mayer at (#7), Daughtry at (#8), Ed Sheeran at (#9), the Foo Fighters at (#10), MercyMe at (#11) and Gary Allan who surprises at (#12). Allan comes in with the (#19) album of the year in “Ruthless” which peaked at (#3) for three weeks and was his highest charting album since “It Would Be You” in 1998. Allan also charted the (#2) single, “Temptation”, which finishes 2021 at (#25). Forest Blakk just misses the Byrdy Dozen artists of the year coming in at (#13) which isn’t bad for a young artist who only had an EP, “Sideways”. Blakk finished 2021 with the (#1) song, “If You Love Her”, the (#10) hit with “Fall Into Me” and the (#48) single with “Foolish”.

The 2021 ByrdTrax weekly average was the highest in Byrdbored history coming in at (1,116) song plays per week (58,028 total song spins). Of course, that includes all songs and not just current music. Some of it simply could be tons of variety in 2021 with many releases from big name artists for Byrdbored. Some of it is also just because I have the ability to listen to more music than ever before. Although I believe I will look back fondly on 2021 as a really good year, it wasn’t the best year ever either. There are great songs that I will listen to for many years to come though which is the name of the game. Another year is in the books, and if 2022 is at least as good as 2021 I won’t be disappointed.

Be sure to check out J-BRD Radio to listen to the SongByrd 60 hits of 2021!!

Dua Lipa
Royal Blood
Jason Aldean
Mammoth WVH
AC/DC
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Top Flights – December 2021


MercyMe had a solid 2021 in general finishing the year in the top ten in points earned, but December was especially strong. The group spent the final three weeks of 2021 on top of the Vault Albums Chart with their Christmas album, “MercyMe It’s Christmas!”. They also spent two weeks on top of the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart with their Platinum hit, “Whiplash”. Once all the points from December are included, MercyMe moves up to the (#23) artist in Byrdbored history with (3,086) points earned. They really are a no-brainer for the Byrdbored Nest Of Fame class of 2022. The official announcement for the class of 2022 inductees is coming soon to Byrdbored.

Another no-brainer for the Nest Of Fame is John Mayer who also had an incredible 2021. Mayer actually finished the year with the most overall points earned (including Vault charts) with (1,274). Mayer hit (#1) on the Vault Singles Chart with “Assassin” which spent two weeks on top in December. His latest album, “Sob Rock”, also remains in the top ten on the SongByrd 60 Albums Chart and is a former (#1). Mayer moves up to the (#29) artist spot in Byrdbored history with (2,797) points earned through December 2021.

Another Nest Of Fame candidate for the 2022 class is Alan Jackson who scores the (#2) album on the Vault Charts with his Christmas effort, “Honky Tonk Christmas”, in December. The album becomes his 11th Gold certified album and features the (#4) single, “I Only Want You For Christmas”. Jackson now moves up to the (#33) artist in Byrdbored history with (2,705) points earned.

Rob Thomas also rides a Christmas wave in December with his (#1) Christmas album, “Something About Christmas Time”, which was on top of the SongByrd 60 the last week of 2021. It is Rob Thomas’ 5th solo (#1) album and features the (#2) SongByrd 60 hit single, “Small Town Christmas”. After December, Thomas moves up to the (#45) artist in Byrdbored history with (2,411) points earned.

Lenny Kravitz takes his biggest Byrdbored hit even higher in December as “Are You Gonna Go My Way” spent a week on top of the Vault Singles Chart. Overall, the hit has spent four weeks at (#1) including (11) weeks as the top Rock song while spending (26) weeks in the Byrdy Dozen. The 1993 released song got hot all over again in December and moves up to the (#54) song in Byrdbored history.

Carrie Underwood has had a couple of strong months on Byrdbored largely driven by Jason Aldean’s “If I Didn’t Love You” which features her and spent three weeks on top of the SongByrd 60. The hit increased the interest in her Vault music as many of her past albums charted on the Vault Albums Chart including her debut album, “Some Hearts”. The album has now been certified 7x Platinum thanks to spending three weeks on top of the Vault Albums Chart. The “Some Hearts” album currently ranks as the (#78) album in Byrdbored history and features the Vault (#1) song, “Wasted”. Underwood ranks as the (#84) artist in Byrdbored history.

Darius Rucker continues to make moves up the all-time Byrdbored Artist Listing as his debut solo Country album, “Learn To Live”, continues to generate points. The album features “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” which hit (#1) on the Vault Singles Chart the last week of December. The album has been certified 2x Platinum. Rucker currently ranks as the (#124) artist in Byrdbored history, but he has plans to release a new album in 2022 which should help Rucker continue to stay on the move up.

Jason Aldean has a newly crowned biggest hit song on Byrdbored as “Johnny Cash” earns some points in December. The hit single has spent a total of three weeks at (#1) including (16) weeks as the top Country song. “Johnny Cash” has charted for (20) weeks in the Byrdy Dozen and currently ranks as the (#131) song in Byrdbored history. The hit is one of three Diamond singles for the Country artist from Georgia who currently ranks as the (#7) artist in Byrdbored history.

Be sure to check out the Byrd Notes category for any questions about the point & certification system along with info about how Byrdbored works (or any updates about changes coming down the road).

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Carlos Santana: “Feedback Is Good for You” – Premier Guitar


The legend says the world needs to be “far out,” and he’s cut a new album, Blessings and Miracles, to take it there. He talks about his fabled tone, advice from Miles Davis, his search for universal melodies, and stepping outside the cage.
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Brent Smith Says Shinedown’s Upcoming Album Will Be Viewed As ‘Controversial’ And ‘Provocative’ By Some People – Blabbermouth.net


Brent Smith Says Shinedown’s Upcoming Album Will Be Viewed As ‘Controversial’ And ‘Provocative’ By Some People – Blabbermouth.net
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