Forest Blakk’s “If You Love Her” Drops From Byrdy Dozen; Ranked (#18) All-Time


It has been one of the most amazing runs for a song in probably a decade, but “If You Love Her” by Forest Blakk finally drops from the Byrdy Dozen this week. It falls from (#7) to (#14) after spending a remarkable (21) weeks in the Byrdy Dozen. The hit spent ten of those weeks at (#1) on the SongByrd 60 and has been certified Diamond on Byrdbored. It also spent (12) weeks as the top Hot AC (Top 40) song. The song appears to have finished it’s run coming in at (#18) on the All-Time Songs Listing on Byrdbored. The song is obviously the favorite for Song of the Year for 2021. Looks like Byrdbored awarded the Explosion Award to the right person last year. Congrats to Forest Blakk for a truly special song, and I am sure there are many more to come.

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Royal Blood, Dua Lipa Lead Certifications For Week Ending May 29, 2021


Royal Blood takes the spotlight this week as their new album, “Typhoons”, not only spends a fifth week on top of Byrdbored, but also has been certified 2x Platinum. The duo’s third hit single from the album, “Boilermaker”, also has become their first Diamond certified hit and spent a seventh straight week on top of the SongByrd 60.

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Dua Lipa grabs her third consecutive Gold single as “Levitating” moves up to (#2) on the SongByrd 60. Look for this one to stay hot awhile and possibly hit Platinum in the next month.

MercyMe scores their eighth Gold album this week with “Inhale (Exhale)”. The album appears to have peaked at (#2) on the Albums Chart and currently remains in the top five at (#4).

Alan Jackson lands his 10th Gold album this week as “Don’t Rock The Jukebox” hit (#1) on the Vault SongByrd 60 Albums Chart. Jackson just recently hit Gold with his latest album, “Where Have You Gone”, which sits at (#2) on the SongByrd 60 Albums Chart.

Alan Jackson Takes Over SongByrd 60 Artists Chart


On the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart, Alan Jackson takes over for Royal Blood after four weeks on top. It is the first week ever on top for Jackson since the chart only started in 2020. Royal Blood drops to (#2) followed by Dua Lipa who remains at (#3). Pop Evil blasts up from (#10) to (#4) thanks to continued play from their (#6) album, “Versatile”, and their Vault album, “Lipstick On The Mirror”, coming in at (#2). MercyMe rounds out the top five falling one notch to (#5). Duran Duran moves up six places from (#15) to (#9) for their first week ever in the Byrdy Dozen. Night Ranger re-enters the chart at (#14) thanks to the new single, “Breakout”, and their album, “Midnight Madness”, hitting the Vault albums Chart at (#6). Night Ranger actually hit the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart last year and peaked at (#4).

The ByrdTrax volume was down 12% this week to (1,076), however the overall 2021 weekly average still continues to increase. The weekly average for the year now sits at (1,031) which is one of the highest averages in Byrdbored history. The Vault % of song plays is also back up to 34% which is the highest since the end of April before all the May new album releases made it almost impossible to play as much Vault music. With the reduction in current album plays (from start to finish) this week, Vault song spins may continue to be 30% or more in the near future.

(For the week ending May 29, 2021)

John Mayer, Alan Jackson Take Over Vault Charts


After Prince had dominated for the last five weeks on the Vault SongByrd 60 Singles Chart with “Let’s Go Crazy”, John Mayer takes a more subdued approach this week as “Belief” moves up from (#2) to (#1) and becomes the fifth (#1) song from Mayer’s 8x platinum, “Continuum”. “Continuum” was the 2020 Vault Album of the Year. “Belief” also spends it’s first week as the top Vault Hot AC (Top 40) song. Royal Blood holds down the next two spots with “Lights Out” moving up one spot to (#2) and “Little Monster” moving up from (#4) to (#3). “Lights Out” also spends it’s third overall week as the top Vault Rock song. Restless Heart moves up one notch to (#4) with “That Rock Won’t Roll” and spends a third week as the top Vault Country song. Billy Joel rounds out the top five with “Big Shot” which moves up from (#6) last week. Prince drops to (#6) with “Let’s Go Crazy” after a “crazy” run on top for five weeks that sees the song continue to move up the all-time list. “Let’s Go Crazy” now moves into the (#12) spot moving ahead of Van Halen’s “Panama”. There are two entries into the Byrdy Dozen this week with “Don’t Rock The Jukebox” by Alan Jackson blasting from (#18) to (#7) and Duran Duran’s former (#1) hit, “Notorious”, re-entering the Byrdy Dozen by catapulting from (#33) to (#8). “Notorious” originally charted and hit (#1) back in early 1987. The highest debut on the Vault Singles Chart is “New Rules” from Dua Lipa which comes in at (#18) and could be making major impact in the coming weeks. The song was originally released in 2018, but Byrdbored did not even know Dua Lipa existed at that point. I would say Byrdbored knows her now (and she doesn’t know Byrdbored exists which is normal).

On the Vault Albums Chart, Alan Jackson scores his 8th (#1) album as “Don’t Rock The Jukebox” moves from (#2) to the top. The album is Jackson’s second release and was released in May 1991, but never charted on Byrdbored originally. The release of Alan Jackson’s new (#2) album, “Where Have You Gone”, has definitely increased the interest in his back catalog recently. Pop Evil’s debut album, “Lipstick On The Mirror”, is another album that did not chart originally in 2008, but debuts at (#2) this week. Last week’s top album, “Royal Blood”, drops to (#3) which is Royal Blood’s self-titled debut. Dua Lipa’s self-titled debut comes in at (#4) in it’s first week followed by Foreigner’s self-titled debut at (#5). The annoucement this week from Night Ranger that a new album is dropping in August sparks a re-entry into the Byrdy Dozen as their classic album, “Midnight Madness”, hits (#6) this week. The album has peaked at (#1) and spent seven weeks on top of Byrdbored to be currently certified 6x platinum.

(For the week ending May 29, 2021)

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Royal Blood Controls SongByrd 60 Charts; Duran Duran Power Pick Hit Single With “Invisible”; Night Ranger “Breakout” With High Flyin’ Debut


For the seventh consecutive week, Royal Blood controls the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart with “Boilermaker”. The tune has racked up (217) plays in it’s seven weeks, but did see a significant drop down eight spins to only twenty this week. Right behind Royal Blood is Dua Lipa who continues to increase her plays each week with “Levitating” moving up one notch to (#2). “Levitating” could be in prime postion to take down the duo next week and end their seven week run on top. At (#3) is “Typhoons” by Royal Blood which drops one spot after helping the duo become the second artist to hold the top two spots on the chart last week. Up one notch are the Foo Fighters to (#4) with “Cloudspotter” which is the band’s second top five hit single from their 2x platinum album, “Medicine At Midnight”. Lincoln Brewster drops down one slot to (#5) with “Move” which spends it’s 8th straight week as the top Christian Contemporary song. The Power Pick Hit Single is “Invisible” from Duran Duran which blasts from (#12) to (#6) thanks to a 3-spin increase from it’s debut week. Ronnie Milsap drops down to (#7) with “Wild Honey”, but does spend a third week as the top Country hit. There are four debuts into the Byrdy Dozen this week led by the 30th Byrdy Dozen hit from the Gainesville, Florida band known as Sister Hazel. The guys leap up ten notches from (#19) to (#9) with “When Love Takes Hold”. Sister Hazel was inducted into the Nest of Fame this year. At (#10) is the second Byrdy Dozen hit from Country artist, Matt Stell , who bolts from (#17) to (#10) with “That Ain’t Me No More”. Stell’s first hit, “Everywhere But On”, peaked at (#11) in 2020. Fellow Country artist, Lindsay Ell , also lands her second Byrdy Dozen hit with “Go To” moving up two places from (#13) to (#11). Ell becomes the first Country female to hit the Byrdy Dozen this year. She won the Byrdbored Country Female Vocalist in 2020. TobyMac scores his 12th Byrdy Dozen hit single with “Help Is On The Way” moving from (#15) to (#12). TobyMac is currently ranked at (#88) all-time on Byrdbored and has been one of the premiere faces in Christian Contemporary music since the early 1990’s with DC Talk. The High Flyin’ Debut Single is Night Ranger’s “Breakout” which comes in at (#23) and will be featured on their new album, “ATBPO”, out August 6th. “Breakout” could become the band’s 28th Byrdy Dozen hit in the coming weeks. Night Ranger was inducted into the Nest of Fame in 2013.

On the SongByrd 60 Albums Chart, Royal Blood spends their fifth straight week on top with “Typhoons”. Much like their (#1) hit, “Boilermaker”, the album did see a substantial drop in song plays down 25 total song spins this week. That could set up a major fight for the top next week as Alan Jackson’s “Where Have You Gone” at (#2) and Dua Lipa’s “Future Nostalgia” at (#3) remain very steady on song plays this week. MercyMe retains (#4) with “Inhale (Exhale)” while Lincoln Brewster stays put at (#5) with “Perfect Love”. Overall albums were played less this week with almost every artist seeing decreases in album spins. This could just be a simple matter of albums being played at such a high level over the last few months that it was inevitable for a drop to occur. Even though the overall ByrdTrax volume was only down 12% from last week, albums did drive most of the decrease.

(For the week ending May 29, 2021)

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TYPHOONS – ROYAL BLOOD
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First Flights – Song Adds For Week Ending June 5, 2021


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Jeremy Camp is most definitely one of the premiere names in Christian Contemporary music today. He has almost been recording for 20 years if you can believe it. I loved his first few albums the most, and to me he is the closest thing we will ever get to the “next Steven Curtis Chapman”. His last decade hasn’t been anywhere near as diverse as Steven Curtis Chapman, however, but he still has really good music that I enjoy. Needless to say, anytime he has new music it immediately gets added to my playlist. I am looking forward to listening to “When You Speak” and hopefully seeing it grow over time into yet another big hit for Camp. He has scored (40) Byrdy Dozen Byrdbored hits and 36 (#1) Christian Contemporary songs. He is currently ranked at (#11) all-time and will be eligible for the Nest of Fame at the end of 2022. Maybe “When You Speak” helps Camp get into the top ten all-time.

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Ayron Jones is a new artist that I am just getting wind of. He really reminds me a great deal of Lenny Kravitz and has a really good rockin’ sound that is refreshing. His album, “Child Of The State”, dropped on May 21, 2021, and I am going to give it a listen this next week. I really think he has a shot to be one of the top new artists on Byrdbored for 2021, but time will tell on that. Sometimes you just have to let the music guide you and it decides for itself. I am sure this song has a political slant, but to be honest I don’t get into politics and music. It is simply about the song, and I really love the vibe of this one. We all deserve some “mercy” and all life is precious so I will leave it at that.

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It has been awhile since Grizfolk has had a potential hit added to the playlist. The band came out of the blocks hot in 2016 with their debut album, “Waking Up The Giants”, which peaked at (#4) on Byrdbored and featured the (#3) hit single, “Troublemaker”. It helped the band win the “Welcome Abored” Artist in 2016, and I really felt at the time they had some potential to get even bigger. The issue for me was that their second album, “Rarest Of Birds”, was a disappointment for me and never hit the Byrdy Dozen or produced a hit song. I possibly need to go back and give that album another listen to see if I just missed something, but at the time it just didn’t do much for me. Now the guys are back with a new self-titled album which is due out July 30, 2021. “The Ripple” has some potential to really grow on me, and reminds me of some of Kings Of Leon’s music. Possibly similar to “The Bandit” that Kings Of Leon took into the top five earlier this year.

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Tyler Shaw has been around since he won the “MuchMusic Coca-Cola Covers Contest” in 2012. He is a Canadian singer and actor which has had a few minor Byrdbored hits at the bottom of the SongByrd 60. His last was early this year with “When You’re Home” which I think suffered from being a little too similar to Forest Blakk’s huge (#1) hit “If You Love Her”. I guess this old man could only handle one pop love song at a time, because it is a beautiful song that should have probably peaked much higher than it did. Now Shaw is back with possibly his best song to date in “Be Like You”. This one has some potential for at least the top 20 once it gets in steady rotation.

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Bella is the daughter of none other than Jeremy Camp. Obviously being the child of a famous musician is very tough, but I am pulling for this young lady. She is only 16, but wrote this beautiful song herself. I am always on the look out for new Christian artists, and Bella might be a perfect fit since I love her father so much. I am sure she will look to make her own mark, and I have faith she will. This song could be a underdog song that I don’t expect a ton from even though it is very touching. I typically don’t play a ton of Christian ballads for very long, and they usually don’t stay in my play rotation long unless they are very special. Maybe this one could grow and become a surprise somewhat like Jen Ledger’s “My Arms” in 2020.