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Top Flights – June 2022


It really isn’t possible for an artist to have a much better month than Def Leppard had in June 2022. They were easily the most played artist with (725) song spins in June. The Rock group were responsible for 14% of all song plays for the month. They earned an additional (194) points during the month which was second only to Carrie Underwood. They controlled the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart for the entire month ending the month with five consecutive weeks on top. They also returned to the top of the SongByrd 60 Albums Chart the last week of June with their new album, “Diamond Star Halos”, which spent a third non-consecutive week at (#1) to become their 12th Platinum album. “Fire It Up” also spent three weeks on top of the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart which is their second (#1) single from “Diamond Star Halos”.

Obviously it wasn’t just the new music that dominated for Def Leppard. Their 1987 single, “Animal”, spent an 11th overall week at (#1) hitting the top of the Vault 60 Singles Chart. In the process, “Animal” became the (#1) ranked song in Byrdbored history passing “Pour Some Sugar On Me” which had been planted on top since the late 1980’s. Their album, “Pyromania”, also spent three extra weeks at (#1) on the Vault 60 Albums Chart during June and moved up to the (#3) album in Byrdbored history. It has now been certified (21x) Platinum (Diamond). The first single from “Pyromania” also continued it’s move up the all-time songs list. “Photograph” would spend a week on top of the Vault 60 Singles Chart and by the end of June is ranked as the (#16) song in Byrdbored history. Def Leppard remain the top ranked artist in Byrdbored history and increased their lead over Keith Urban by (157) points in June 2022. They now lead by (1,049) points over Urban, but the coming years could be interesting depending on how quickly Urban decides to release new albums.

Carrie Underwood also had a huge month releasing her new album, “Denim & Rhinestones”, which became her second Byrdbored (#1) album. It spent two weeks on top and helped Underwood score the most points during June with (225). She also landed her fourth Gold album as “Blown Away” hit the Vault Byrdy Dozen. Underwood’s debut album, “Some Hearts”, is still her highest certified album at (7x) Platinum which spent six weeks on top over the course of 2005 and 2006. Her latest single, “Ghost Story”, sits at (#3) on the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart, while her 2015 single, “Little Toy Guns”, also sits at (#3) on the Vault 60 Singles Chart. Underwood has moved to the (#68) artist in Byrdbored history as of the end of June.

The third most played artist in June was Journey who continue to build momentum headed toward their first new album, “Freedom”, in roughly a decade (due July 8th). The band picked up (232) plays and received the seventh most points during the month. Journey’s classic hit, “Don’t Stop Believin’”, was the biggest hit of the month for the band and has moved to the (#17) hit in Byrdbored history with a total of five total weeks on top and (33) weeks in the Byrdy Dozen. It also tied the record for most weeks with the (#1) Hot AC (Top 40) song with (13) on top. Train’s “Hey, Soul Sister” and Maroon 5’s “Give A Little More” also spent (13) weeks as the top Hot AC (Top 40) song. Journey’s “Escape” album also continued to move up as it is ranked as the (#74) album in Byrdbored history by the end of a June and has been certified (8x) Platinum. It could eventually became Journey’s third Diamond certified album along with “Frontiers” and “Raised On Radio”. “Frontiers” was actually certified (13x) Platinum during June and is currently ranked as the (#16) album in Byrdbored history. Journey also moved to the (#14) artist in Byrdbored history during the month.

June also marked the return of the Country trio known as Blackhawk. Henry Paul, Dave Robbins and Van Stephenson had previously racked up (23) Byrdy Dozen hits since 1994. However, Paul and Robbins decided to release some unreleased songs from 1992 (which feature Van Stephenson) before they became Country radio staples in the 1990’s. The resulting album, “Blue Highway”, was the High Flyin’ Debut the last week of June coming in at (#2) on the SongByrd 60. It is the trio’s eighth Byrdy Dozen album. They also score their 24th Byrdy Dozen single as “Baby The Rain Must Fall” jumps from (#13) to (#10) on the SongByrd 60 the last week of June. The trio earned the fourth most points during June and were the eighth most listened to artist overall. Blackhawk have scored five (#1) albums, ten (#1) singles and were inducted into the Nest Of Fame in 2016. They moved up from the (#30) to (#27) artist in Byrdbored history during June 2022.

Another big artist in June included the Scorpions who continue to receive song plays racking up another (161) song spins which was the fourth most during the month. Jason Aldean scored another (148) song plays to come in fifth. Skillet and REO Speedwagon finish (#6) and (#7) in plays respectively. Blackhawk, Ghost, Cole Swindell, Train and Keith Urban round out the Byrdy Dozen most played artists in June 2022.

The ByrdTrax volume was high for the month coming in at (5179) song spins. That would be an average of (1,295) song plays a week which is slightly above the weekly average of (1,266) for 2022. That is despite a very low (1,074) plays the final week of June when I was on vacation and generally do play less music. The Vault % was higher than the yearly average as well coming in at 27% instead of the 25% weekly average for 2022.

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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Journey Lead Certifications For The Week Ending June 25, 2022


Journey’s “Escape” seems to be on a path toward giving the band their third Diamond certified album. As far as this week, however, “Escape” is certified (8x) Platinum and currently remains on the Vault 60 Albums Chart at (#2). The album has spent (61) weeks in the Byrdy Dozen with nine of those weeks at (#1). “Escape” moves to the (#74) album in Byrdbored history. Journey’s previous Diamond certified albums are “Frontiers” and “Raised On Radio”. “Frontiers” currently ranks as the (#16) album in Byrdbored history, while “Raised On Radio” sits at (#30). Journey’s albums currently sit at roughly (43x) Platinum to date.

Keith Urban lands his 35th overall Platinum single as this week “Nightfalls” spends a second week at (#2) on the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart. “Nightfalls” hits the Platinum mark and could also score Urban his 35th all-time (#1) single in the coming weeks. Urban holds the record for most (#1) songs in Byrdbored history. Urban also ranks as the (#2) artist in Byrdbored history with (7,268) points.

Def Leppard score their 12th Platinum or better album as their latest effort, “Diamond Star Halos”, moves back to (#1) for a third non-consecutive week on top of the SongByrd 60. The album has already produced two (#1) singles with “Kick” certified Platinum and “Fire It Up” certified Gold. Def Leppard’s albums have been certified (138x) Platinum cumulatively. The Rock group rank as the (#1) artist in Byrdbored history with (8,278) points.

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With the release of his third album, “Growin’ Up”, Luke Combs has a huge week. His new album secures his third top five release and his 2020 album, “What You See Is What You Get”, re-enters the Byrdy Dozen at (#7) on the Vault Albums Chart. The album originally peaked at (#2) and is certified Platinum to score the Country star is first Platinum album on Byrdbored. His first album, “This One’s For You”, peaked at (#4) and has been certified Gold to date.

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Carrie Underwood scores her fourth Gold or better album as “Blown Away” remains in the Vault Byrdy Dozen at (#9). Her new album, “Denim & Rhinestones”, hit (#1) on the SongByrd 60 Albums Chart three weeks ago and has been certified Gold. Her debut album, “Some Hearts”, remains her top certified release at (7x) Platinum to date. Underwood continues to move up the all-time artists list and currently ranks as the (#69) artist in Byrdbored history.

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Stevie Ray Vaughan has a big week as his 1989 album, “In Step”, hits (#1) on the Vault 60 Albums Chart to be certified Gold. The album includes the (#1) Vault hit, “The House Is Rockin’”, which is also certified Gold this week. For Vaughan, it is his second Gold single as “Pride And Joy” also hit (#1). His debut album, “Texas Flood”, hit the top of the Vault 60 Albums Chart in 2021 and has been certified Platinum.

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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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Stevie Ray Vaughan “Rocks” The Vault 60 Charts


Stevie Ray Vaughan has already had some success on the Vault Charts scoring a (#1) album, “Texas Flood”, and a (#1) single, “Pride And Joy”, in 2021. This week Vaughan takes over both the Vault 60 Singles Chart, “The House Is Rockin’”, and the Vault 60 Albums Chart, “In Step”. Despite releasing his music during the 1980’s, I really had never listened to Stevie Ray Vaughan until the last few years. Vaughan also comes in at (#15) on the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart. August 27th, 2022 will mark the 32nd anniversary of his passing at the age of 35 after being killed in a helicopter crash in East Troy, Wisconsin.

On the Vault Singles Chart, Def Leppard’s “Animal” drops to (#2) after one week on top. The hit moved to the top ranked song in Byrdbored history last week spending an 11th overall week at (#1). It has now spent (36) total weeks in the Byrdy Dozen. Carrie Underwood stays at (#3) with “Little Toy Guns” for a second week. The hit spends a third week as the top Vault Country song. REO Speedwagon move back up the chart from (#7) to (#4) with “Just For You” followed by Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” at (#5). The Journey hit moves to the (#17) song in Byrdbored history. Def Leppard’s “Photograph” drops from (#2) to (#6), but it still moves up to the (#16) song in Byrdbored history.

Two other classic Journey songs enter the Vault Byrdy Dozen this week. “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” blasts from (#53) to (#10), while “Who’s Crying Now” moves up two notches to (#12). As Journey’s new album, “Freedom”, gets closer to release, the band should continue to see their song plays increase. Journey remain at (#4) on the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart.

On the Vault 60 Albums Chart, Journey follows Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “In Step” at (#2) with “Escape”. The album has now been certified (8x) Platinum on Byrdbored and moves to the (#74) album in Byrdbored history. Def Leppard hold down the next three spots with “Hysteria”, “Pyromania” and “High ‘N’ Dry” respectively. “Pyromania” had held the top spot for the last four weeks. Def Leppard remain the top SongByrd 60 Artist for the fifth straight week.

REO Speedwagon drop one spot to (#6) with “Hi Infidelity” followed by “What You See Is What You Get” by Luke Combs which re-enters the Byrdy Dozen at (#7). The 2020 album originally peaked at (#2) and is certified Platinum this week. Combs bolts from (#49) to (#5) on the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart. Another re-entry is Rick Springfield’s “Working Class Dog” which comes in at (#8). The album just recently had a 40th year anniversary “live” edition released which inspires the song listens. The album has previously hit (#1) on the Vault Albums Chart for five weeks and has been certified (3x) Platinum. Springfield enters the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart at (#51).

Styx also re-enter the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart at (#32) thanks to watching their live “Return To Paradise” show from 1999. Styx are one of the many artists that are very close to earning the minimum amount of points (2,000) for consideration in the Byrdbored Nest Of Fame. Their music catalog continues to be played quite often when the mood hits, and they should be eligible for the Nest Of Fame down the road.

(For the week ending June 25, 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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Def Leppard Return To Top Of SongByrd 60 Albums Chart; Skillet Continue To Lead Singles Chart


In a huge debut albums week, Def Leppard move back to the top of the SongByrd 60 Albums Chart with “Diamond Star Halos”. It is the third non-consecutive week on top for their new effort. The album is now certified Platinum which gives the Rock legends their 12th Platinum or better release. Def Leppard continue to chart three hits in the Byrdy Dozen on the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart. “Fire It Up” drops to (#6) followed by “Take What You Want” which moves up two notches to (#7) and “Kick” which drops to (#11) this week. Both “Kick” and “Fire It Up” are former three-week (#1) hits. Def Leppard also spend their fifth straight week on top of the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart.

On the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart, Skillet remain at (#1) for a second week with “Beyond Incredible”. It is the third hit single from their former (#1) album, “Dominion”, to hit the top for two weeks. “Beyond Incredible” gave the Rock group their 22nd overall (#1) single last week, and the hit has been certified Platinum (24th overall). It is also the 11th straight week the song leads all Christian Contemporary songs, and it is the third non-consecutive week to lead all Rock songs.

Keith Urban remains strong at (#2) with “Nightfalls” for a second consecutive week. It is the fifth straight week for “Nightfalls” to lead all Country songs and it’s fourth week leading all Hot AC (Top 40) songs. The hit is Urban’s 35th Platinum certified single. Carrie Underwood’s “Ghost Story” moves up one spot to (#3) followed by Silk Sonic’s “After Last Night” which is also up one notch. Cody Johnson scores his first top five hit single as “‘Til You Can’t” jumps from (#6) to (#5).

The Country trio known as Blackhawk land their 24th Byrdy Dozen single as “Baby The Rain Must Fall” leaps from (#13) to (#10). The song is also the FireByrd Single of the Week. Their new album, “Blue Highway”, is the High Flyin’ Debut Album of the Week at (#2) and is their eighth Byrdy Dozen album overall. The trio have scored five (#1) albums overall. “Blue Highway” is actually an album of unreleased songs recorded in 1992 before the trio broke big on Country radio and Byrdbored. It includes the original lineup of Henry Paul, Dave Robbins and Van Stephenson. Stephenson passed away of melanoma in April 2001. Blackhawk blast from (#25) to (#3) on the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart.

The Big Byrd Mover Single of the Week is from The Warning whose “Money” jumps from (#37) to (#29). The three Villarreal sisters score their first top ten album as “Error” debuts at (#6) on the SongByrd 60 Albums Chart. The album also includes the (#18) hit, “Choke”, which leaps from (#22). The Warning jump from (#19) to (#7) on the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart which is a new peak for the ladies.

The High Flyin’ Debut Single of the Week is from Jason Aldean whose “That’s What Tequila Does” enters the SongByrd 60 at (#46). Aldean has already hit (#1) with his previous hit single, “Trouble With A Heartbreak”, which spent two weeks on top in April. Aldean recently became only the fourth artist in Byrdbored history to earn (20) overall (#1) singles and (10) chart-topping albums. Aldean currently sits at (#8) on the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart.

On the SongByrd 60 Albums Chart, debuts are everywhere. Following Def Leppard’s “Diamond Star Halos” at (#1) is Blackhawk’s “Blue Highway” which is the High Flyin’ Debut at (#2). Carrie Underwood drops to (#3) with “Denim & Rhinestones” after two weeks on top. Luke Combs scores his third top five album with “Growin’ Up” debuting at (#4). Combs also catapults from (#49) to (#5) on the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart. Skillet round out the top five with “Dominion” dropping from (#3) to (#5). The Warning’s major label debut, “Error”, enters at (#6). Brett Eldredge leaps from (#17) to (#7) to score his first Byrdy Dozen album with “Songs About You”. The album is the FireByrd Album of the Week along with the Big Byrd Mover. Jimmie Allen also lands his first-ever Byrdy Dozen album with “Tulip Drive” entering the chart at (#9). Allen also spends his first week in the Byrdy Dozen on the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart bolting from (#31) to (#11).

The SongByrd 60 Artists Chart is lead by Def Leppard for a fifth straight week. Carrie Underwood continues to put the pressure on at (#2). Blackhawk blast from (#25) to (#3) thanks to their High Flyin’ Debut Album, “Blue Highway”. Journey remain at (#4) followed by Luke Combs who blasts from (#49) to (#5) thanks to his third top five album, “Growin’ Up”.

The ByrdTrax volume takes a huge hit this week down 34% from the prior week. It is also 18% lower than the 2022 weekly average which sits at (1,266). The (1,074) song spins is the lowest total since the second week of 2022 at (1,025). The Vault % finishes at 24% which is slightly lower than the 2022 weekly average of 25%.

(For the week ending June 25, 2022)

Be sure to check out J-BRD Radio to listen to the Byrdy Dozen hits along with the FireByrd Hot Dozen hits of the week!

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Cody Johnson Celebrates First No. 1 “‘Til You Can’t,” Says No One Wants To Say The H-Word | CMT


Cody Johnson: “As an independent artist from Texas, it’s really hard to imagine the work that goes into getting a No. 1.”
— Read on www.cmt.com/news/1847204/cody-johnson-celebrates-first-no-1-til-you-cant-says-no-one-wants-to-say-the-h-word/

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Scorpions – Rock Believer Byrdview


It has been seven years since fans of the Scorpions have had new music from the band. Seven years seems to be good luck though as their latest, “Rock Believer”, is a solid return for the German Rock band. When the album was released in February I did not expect it to be a big deal. Now sixteen weeks later the album still remains in the Byrdbored top ten albums and spent four of those weeks at (#1) returning the band to (2x) Platinum status.

I enjoyed all the early releases from the album as the band had been giving us fans a new song every so often before the entire album was available. However, once I actually got the entire album in my grubby little hands, it became even bigger than I expected. The title song is a good starting place and does give you a feeling of the guys coming full circle. The Scorpions do have a distinctive sound and they really do revisit that sound all through the new album. Are you a rock believer? Well, the Scorpions certainly hope you are.

“Seventh Sun” is another stand out track and currently is climbing the SongByrd 60 up to (#26) last week. This one certainly could climb into the top ten down the road, and I love the guitar in this one. They also released a video to “Peacemaker” which is a solid rocker for the guys and definitely sets up the vibe for the entire release.

Of course, fans of the Scorpions know they almost always have a stand out power ballad on each album, and “Rock Believer” is no different. “When You Know (Where You Come From)” climbed all the way to (#1) on the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart, and it could be one of the surprises of the year. When you consider how long the guys have been away it is quite impressive to still be able to score a (#1) song and album in 2022.

There are many other songs on this album that I love, and it could be their most complete album since “Crazy World” released in 1990. “Gas In The Tank” kicks the album off with a great rocker and is one of my favorites. “Roots In My Boots”, “Knock ‘Em Dead” and “Shining Of Your Soul” also give this album a great rock vibe, and they really help make the entire album one of the best of it’s type in some time.

If you are a long-term fan of the Scorpions I would highly recommend giving “Rock Believer” a few listens and decide for yourself. I do think it is one of the best Rock releases of the year from start to finish. It could end up with three to four hit songs on Byrdbored and could end up one of the top ten albums of 2022. In a year that has had a ton of quality Rock music that is saying a lot. I can easily give this one 4 Byrd Beaks with a smile, because I am a “Rock Believer”!

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