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Ronnie Milsap Leads Certifications For Week Ending May 21, 2022


It has been approximately 40 years since Ronnie Milsap released the album “Inside”. The hit album contains the (#1) hit singles, “Any Day Now” and “He Got You”, as well as the (#3) title track. The album is a former (#1) Vault album and re-enters the Vault Byrdy Dozen this week at (#11) to be certified (2x) Platinum. Ronnie Milsap currently ranks as the (#68) artist in Byrdbored history with (1,833) points earned.

The only other album certification is Train’s “AM Gold” which is the High Flyin’ Debut of the Week at (#1) to be certified Gold. It is the group’s 9th Gold (or better) certified album and their 6th (#1) album on Byrdbored. The band currently ranks as the (#25) artist in Byrdbored history and were inducted into the Nest Of Fame in 2020.

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Skillet land their 35th all-time Gold (or better) single as “Beyond Incredible” moves to (#2) on the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart this week. The hit is the band’s third top five from their former (#1) album, “Dominion”, which remains in the top ten at (#7). The previous two top five hits from the album, “Surviving The Game” and “Standing In The Storm”, hit (#1). Skillet was inducted into the Nest Of Fame in 2017 and currently rank as the (#7) artist in Byrdbored history.

Wolfgang Van Halen scores his 4th straight Gold single as “Epiphany” leaps from (#9) to (#3) on the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart this week. The hit is also Mammoth WVH’s 4th consecutive top five hit including the (#1) hits, “Think It Over” and “Don’t Back Down”. Mammoth WVH made a tour stop in Chattanooga, Tennessee this week which certainly inspires the additional plays for the hit song.

The Scorpions score their 5th Gold (or better) single as “The Zoo” remains at (#4) on the Vault 60 Singles Chart this week. The song is featured on their former (#1) Vault album, “Animal Magnetism”, which sits at (#9) on the Vault 60 Albums Chart. The Rock group has had one of the best Vault years of any band in recent history and might not be done with Gold certified singles this year.

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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Jason Aldean Leads SongByrd 60 Artists Chart For 7th Time; Train Roll To (#3)


You can certainly say Jason Aldean’s double album, “Macon, Georgia” is a success. Although Byrdbored treats the albums as separate releases due to being released on different days, they both remain in the Byrdy Dozen. “Georgia” moves back up to (#3) on the SongByrd 60 Albums Chart while “Macon” drops from (#5) to (#6). Both albums are former (#1) albums with “Macon” spending three weeks on top while “Georgia” has spent two weeks at (#1). Aldean is only the 4th artist to score (20) (#1) songs and (10) (#1) albums on Byrdbored. Aldean could definitely see his run on top come to a halt next week with the release of the new Def Leppard album, “Diamond Star Halos”.

The Scorpions remain at (#2) but do appear to be losing some steam as their new album, “Rock Believer”, drops from (#3) to (#5) on the SongByrd 60 this week. They do continue to have major Vault impact, however, with the (#2) Vault album, “Love At First Sting”, as well as the (#9) Vault album, “Animal Magnetism”. “The Zoo” also remains at (#4) on the Vault Singles Chart for a second week while “Big City Nights” stays put at (#11).

Train roll up from (#44) to (#3) thanks to their High Flyin’ Debut Album, “AM Gold”, scoring the group’s 6th (#1) album on Byrdbored. The band also land the (#12) Vault Album, “Drops Of Jupiter”, which hit (#1) back in 2001. (#3) is a new peak for the band since the Artist chart only began in 2020. Train were inducted into the Nest Of Fame in 2020 and currently rank as the (#25) artist in Byrdbored history with (28) Byrdy Dozen singles and (10) Byrdy Dozen albums including their six chart-toppers.

Halestorm drop from (#3) to (#4) followed by Cole Swindell at (#5). Journey make a move up from (#9) to (#6) spending a second week on top of both the Vault Singles and Albums charts with “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Escape” respectively. Their new single, “You Got The Best Of Me”, also sits at (#21) on the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart. Bryan Adams continues his slide down to (#7) followed by Def Leppard at (#8) which will definitely be battling for the top spot next week with the release of their new album, “Diamond Star Halos”. Billy Joel blasts to (#9) from (#16) thanks to two Vault Byrdy Dozen albums, “The Stranger at (#7) and “Turnstiles” at (#8). The Black Keys round out the top ten at (#10) and possess the Big Byrd Mover Single of the Week on the SongByrd 60 with “Wild Child”.

Mammoth WVH leap from (#22) to (#14) largely thanks to Wolfgang Van Halen’s visit to Chattanooga this week. REO Speedwagon enter the chart at (#19) thanks to receiving many song spins this week from their past catalog including the (#2) Vault Single, “Just For You”. Lionel Richie enters the chart at (#22) largely thanks to his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inspiring plays of his past catalog including the (#4) Vault album, “Can’t Slow Down”, which includes the (#8) Vault Single, “Hello”, which originally peaked at (#4) in 1984. Chicago enter at (#24) thanks to their 1982 album, “Chicago 16”, entering the Vault Albums Chart at (#3).

The ByrdTrax volume is down slightly to (1,233) weekly song spins following up last week’s (1,253) song plays. The weekly average for 2022 now sits at (1,267) song plays with the last twelve weeks (Byrdy Dozen) averaging (1,335) song plays. The Vault song play % jumps from 24% to 29% this week.

(For the week ending May 21, 2022)

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Journey Lead Vault Charts For Second Straight Week


Journey receive another strong Vault week remaining on top of both the Vault Singles and Albums charts. Their classic “Don’t Stop Believin’” spends a 3rd overall week at (#1) leading the Vault 60 Singles Chart. The hit moves to the (#64) song in Byrdbored history with the additional week on top. The song is featured on their 1981 album, “Escape”, which spends a 9th overall week on top on the Vault 60 Albums Chart. The album has been certified (7x) Platinum as of last week and appears to be headed to (8x) Platinum in the coming weeks. Journey will release their new album, “Freedom”, on July 8, 2022 which should continue to inspire more plays of their classic music catalog in the coming months.

On the Vault 60 Singles Chart, REO Speedwagon debuts at (#2) with their 1999 single, “Just For You”, which was written by Kevin Cronin and Jim Peterik. The song has never charted in the Byrdy Dozen previously and is the group’s 15th Byrdy Dozen hit single. George Strait slides down one slot to (#3) with “Nobody In His Right Mind Would Have Left Her”, but it remains the top Vault Country song for a second week. The Scorpions remain at (#4) for a second week with “The Zoo” followed by Cole Swindell’s “I Just Want You” slipping from (#3) to (#5).

With all the hype centered around the release of the new Top Gun: Maverick movie, Kenny Loggins re-enters the Byrdy Dozen on the Vault Singles Chart with “Danger Zone” at (#7). The hit originally hit (#1) back in 1986 and is one of three top hits for Loggins. The new movie does feature “Danger Zone” by Loggins on the Top Gun: Maverick soundtrack due out next week.

Another re-entry into the Byrdy Dozen is Lionel Richie’s “Hello” which receives plays largely due to his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The hit re-enters on the Vault Singles Chart at (#8) and originally peaked at (#4) in 1984. The song was the third single from his “Can’t Slow Down” album which also re-enters the Vault Albums chart at (#4) which is a new peak.

Duran Duran also continue to receive plays inspired by their Rock & Roll induction as “Rio” re-enters the Byrdy Dozen on the Vault 60 Singles Chart moving from (#15) to (#12). The hit originally peaked at (#3) in 1982 and has been certified Gold. Their “Rio” album slides down from (#4) to (#6) on the Vault 60 Albums Chart and has been certified (3x) Platinum.

On the Vault 60 Albums Chart, the Scorpions follow Journey’s “Escape” at (#2) with “Love At First Sting”. The album has spent six weeks at (#1) on the Vault Albums Chart this year and has been certified (3x) Platinum. “Chicago 16” makes it’s debut on Byrdbored since it was released in 1982 before album charts began. The album comes in at (#3) and one of the it’s featured songs, “Love Me Tomorrow”, enters the Vault 60 Singles Chart at (#22). Chicago ranks as the (#58) artist in Byrdbored history and are eligible for the Nest Of Fame.

Other impactful Vault albums this week are “The Stranger” by Billy Joel which bolts from (#30) to (#7). The album actually hit (#1) on the Vault Albums Chart in 2020, but it receives an increase in song spins thanks to Joel’s latest wave of interest in his back catalog. Joel’s “Turnstiles” also jumps from (#11) to (#8). Ronnie Milsap’s “Inside” re-enters the Byrdy Dozen at (#11) on the Vault Albums Chart and is certified (2x) Platinum this week. Train also re-enter the Byrdy Dozen at (#12) with “Drops Of Jupiter” on the Vault Albums Chart. The album originally hit (#1) in 2001.

(For the week ending May 21, 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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Imagine Dragons Score 9th Top Single; Train Roll To 6th Top Album


It has been three years since Imagine Dragons have been at (#1) on the Byrdbored Singles Chart, but the group return to the top this week. “Bones” hits (#1) on the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart after seven weeks in the Byrdy Dozen. The song is the first release from the band’s “Mercury Act II” album due out July 1, 2022. “Bones” is the 9th chart-topper for Imagine Dragons and their first since 2019’s “Machine”. Imagine Dragons have scored (19) Byrdy Dozen hits since 2012 and currently rank as the (#45) artist in Byrdbored history.

Train have had an even longer drought than Imagine Dragons on the Byrdbored Albums Chart scoring their last (#1) album with “California 37” in 2012. However, the group return to the top this week with their latest, “AM Gold”, which becomes their 6th top album on Byrdbored. The album is the High Flyin’ Debut Album of the Week. The title track to the album is also the FireByrd Hit Single of the week blasting from (#25) to (#14) on the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart. “AM Gold” is Train’s 10th Byrdy Dozen album, and they have (28) Byrdy Dozen singles. Train was inducted into the Nest Of Fame in 2020.

Getting back to the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart, Skillet make their move leaping from (#5) to (#2) with “Beyond Incredible” which takes over as the top Rock song. The hit has now been the top Christian Contemporary song for six weeks. Another rock song, “Epiphany”, from Wolfgang Van Halen’s Mammoth WVH blasts from (#9) to (#3). His “Mammoth WVH” album is also the FireByrd Album of the Week at (#11) on the Albums Chart. Wolfgang Van Halen visited Chattanooga this week on his current tour which certainly inspired the increases in both the single and album. It is the 4th top five single for Mammoth WVH. Cole Swindell’s “Never Say Never” which features Lainey Wilson drops from the top to (#4) after one week on top, but it remains the top Country song for a second week.

Cody Johnson lands in the Byrdy Dozen with his first-ever single as “‘Til You Can’t” jumps from (#14) to (#12). It is featured on his top ten album, “Human: The Double Album”, which sits at (#14) on the album chart this week. “‘Til You Can’t” has become a Country anthem for living life to it’s fullest and hit (#1) on Country Radio a couple of months ago.

The Big Byrd Mover Single of the Week is “Wild Child” by The Black Keys. The song blasts from (#55) to (#35) on the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart. The song is featured on the duo’s new album, “Dropout Boogie”, which was the High Flyin’ Debut Album last week at (#8), but it drops to (#10) this week. “Wild Child” is also (#2) on FireByrd this week.

The High Flyin’ Debut Single of the Week is OneRepublic’s “I Ain’t Worried” which comes in at (#47) on the SongByrd 60. The song is featured on the Top Gun: Maverick Soundtrack which is due out next week. The band is also featured on Gryffin’s single, “You Were Loved”, which sits at (#33) on the SongByrd 60.

On the SongByrd 60 Albums Chart, Halestorm follow Train at (#2) with “Back From The Dead” which falls from the top after two weeks. The album is the Rock band’s 5th consecutive (#1) album on Byrdbored. Jason Aldean moves back up one spot to (#3) with “Georgia” followed by fellow Country artist Cole Swindell with “Stereotype” at (#4). The Scorpions finally appear to be on their way down falling from (#3) to (#5) with their former (#1) album, “Rock Believer”.

Jason Aldean’s “Macon” slips from (#5) to (#6) while Skillet remain steady at (#7) with “Dominion”. Ghost continue their slow move up climbing from (#9) to (#8) with “Impera”, while Stone Broken appear to be heading the opposite direction dropping from (#6) to (#9) with “Revelation”. John Mayer’s “Sob Rock” is the Big Byrd Mover Album of the Week leaping from (#26) to (#17) thanks largely to his new J-BRD Radio single, “Shot In The Dark”, which bolts from (#35) to (#24) on the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart.

(For the week ending May 21, 2022)

Be sure to check out J-BRD Radio to listen to the Byrdy Dozen singles as well as the FireByrd Hot Dozen hits of the week!

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Skillet Rule Byrdbored With “Legendary” This Week In 2019!


This week three years ago, Skillet led the Byrdbored Singles Chart with “Legendary” for a second straight week. The single has been certified Platinum and was the first single from their (#1) album, “Victorious”, which has been certified (4x) Platinum.

Listen to Skillet’s new album “Dominion” available now!
Buy/Stream: https://skillet.lnk.to/Dominion

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Mark Tremonti teases “complicated,” “dark” new Alter Bridge album: “It’s definitely a brain-burner” | 98 Rock Baltimore


Mark Tremonti teases “complicated,” “dark” new Alter Bridge album: “It’s definitely a brain-burner”
— Read on www.98online.com/2022/05/16/mark-tremonti-teases-complicated-dark-new-alter-bridge-album-its-definitely-a-brain-burner/

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DAVID COVERDALE Looks Back On Making Of WHITESNAKE’s ‘Still Of The Night’: JOHN SYKES ‘Took The Riff To Cosmic Levels’ – BLABBERMOUTH.NET


WHITESNAKE has revisited its multi-platinum career by remixing some of its biggest hits for a new collection, “Greatest Hits”, which was made available last Friday (May 6) on digital and streaming services. WHITESNAKE founder and lead singer David Coverdale had 16 tracks remixed and remastered for t…
— Read on blabbermouth.net/news/david-coverdale-looks-back-on-making-of-whitesnakes-still-of-the-night-john-sykes-took-the-riff-to-cosmic-levels

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Orianthi to release new live album “Live From Hollywood” on July 15th 2022 | Grande Rock webzine


Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to present “Live From Hollywood”, a new live album and long-form video from internationally renowned rock guitarist Orianthi.
— Read on grande-rock.com/news/orianthi-to-release-new-live-album-live-from-hollywood-on-july-15th-2022/

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Halestorm’s track by track guide to new album Back From The Dead | Louder


Halestorm are the cover stars of the new brand new issue of Metal Hammer ahead of their brand new album Back From The Dead. We grabbed guitarist Joe Hottinger for an exclusive track by track run down of the album.
— Read on www.loudersound.com/features/halestorm-back-from-the-dead-album-track-by-track

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Top Flights – April 2022


Jason Aldean had quite the ending to the month of April. His latest album, “Georgia”, hit (#1) on the SongByrd 60 Albums Chart giving him his 10th chart-topper. He also scored his 20th overall (#1) hit single as “Trouble With A Heartbreak” spent the last two weeks of April on top of the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart. The Country artist also finished the month of April on top of the SongByrd 60 Artists chart for his 4th time ever and finished with the third highest song play total for the month of April at (503). Aldean became only the 4th artist to land (20) overall (#1) singles and (10) overall (#1) albums in Byrdbored history. Only Def Leppard, Bon Jovi and Tim McGraw had previously accomplished that feat. Aldean also moved up to the (#5) artist in Byrdbored history passing Rascal Flatts as he increased his point total earned to (5,506). Aldean is eligible for the Nest of Fame in 2025.

In the month of March, Keith Urban tied Bon Jovi for the most Byrdy Dozen singles in Byrdbored history with (58). Well it didn’t take Urban long to break the record as he hit the Byrdy Dozen with his new song, “Nightfalls”. The tune gives him his 59th Byrdy Dozen hit and the lead all to himself. The song has peaked at (#8) so far on the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart. There has been no announcement for a possible new album for Urban as he is finally touring in support of his former (#1) album, “The Speed Of Now Part 1”, which has been certified (5x) Platinum on Byrdbored. Urban also had a (#2) hit single, “Wild Hearts”, in late 2021 which is not included on “The Speed Of Now Part 1”.

The Scorpions continued their hot streak in April as they scored a 5th non-consecutive week on top of the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart before Jason Aldean took over the last week of April. The Rock group had the highest total song spins at (623) for the second straight month. The Scorpions landed two Double-Platinum albums with “Love At First Sting” and “Rock Believer”. The 1984 album, “Love At First Sting”, spent a 5th non-consecutive week on top of the Vault Albums Chart, while the band’s new album, “Rock Believer”, spent four weeks on top of the SongByrd 60 Albums Chart in February and March. The group also have a top five new single, “When You Know (Where You Come From)”, which has a shot at (#1) in May. They landed their 3rd overall (#1) single as “Still Loving You” moved to the top of the Vault Singles Chart the last week on April. The biggest April news for the Scorpions might be “Rock You Like A Hurricane” which refuses to die and moved up to the (#26) song in Byrdbored history during the month.

One of the biggest hit albums in Byrdbored history finally dropped from the Byrdy Dozen the last week of April after (68) straight weeks. Dua Lipa’s “Future Nostalgia” hit Byrdbored like a Pop storm in 2021 and spent a total of nine weeks at (#1) during it’s run of (68) weeks in the Byrdy Dozen. Obviously, the album could re-enter at anytime in the future and earn more points, but it currently ranks as the (#59) album in Byrdbored history through April 2022. The album won the Byrdbored Music Award for Album of the Year in 2021 and has produced six top five hit singles including the (#1) hits, “Levitating” and “Hallucinate”. A potential 7th Byrdy Dozen hit, “Pretty Please”, is currently sitting at (#33) on the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart. The album has been certified (8x) Platinum through April 2022.

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Another female artist has been moving her way up the all-time artists listing and in April Reba McEntire lands in the top 100 artists for the first time. Her classic Country songs and albums have really just begun to be played and hit the Vault Charts in late 2021 and on into 2022. Many of her early songs and albums in the 1980’s were never played due to the lack of Country music on Byrdbored during the time. The third week of April McEntire’s hit, “Whoever’s In New England”, hit (#1) on the Vault Singles Chart and spent five weeks as the top Vault Country song by the end of the month. McEntire currently ranks at (#100), but the Country legend should continue to move up in the coming years.

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).