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Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood Rule Again; Aldean Remains On Top Of Albums & Artists Chart


Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood retain the SongByrd 60 top single for a second week with “If I Didn’t Love You”. The hit became only the 14th collaboration in Byrdbored history to hit the top when it blasted from (#7) to (#1) last week. The song now looks to be one of the front-runners for Country Song of the Year at the 41st Annual Byrdbored Music Awards in January. Aldean has won Country Song of the Year three times (2014, 2015 & 2018) while Underwood has never won the award.

With a 2-spin increase from last week, MercyMe blast from (#6) to (#2) with “Whiplash”. The hit is the group’s 4th Byrdy Dozen single from their former (#2) album, “Inhale (Exhale)”, and their 23rd overall. “Whiplash” is also their 22nd (#1) Christian Contemporary song and spends a 3rd straight week as the top Christian song. The tune could become MercyMe’s 6th overall (#1) in the coming weeks and has now been certified Gold on Byrdbored.

Forest Blakk moves to (#3) with “Fall Into Me” which takes over the top Hot AC song replacing John Mayer’s “Wild Blue” which drops to (#6) on the SongByrd 60. Daughtry move up one notch to (#4) with “The Victim” which spends an 8th straight week as the top Rock song.

Daughtry’s days with the top Rock song might be numbered, however, as Skillet’s latest single, “Standing In The Storm”, blasts from (#23) to (#5). Their latest scores the Power Pick Hit of the Week with a 9-spin increase from last week and also earns the Big Byrd Mover of the Week. “Standing In The Storm” is the Rock act’s 42nd Byrdy Dozen and has an excellent shot at becoming the band’s 21st (#1) song in the coming weeks. Skillet is set to release their 11th album, “Dominion”, on January 14th, 2022.

Despite already having one hit song, “Some Habits”, sitting at (#30) on the SongByrd 60, Cole Swindell released another new tune, “Never Say Never”, featuring Lainey Wilson this week. The hit is the High Flyin’ Debut coming in at (#35) with 10 spins in it’s first week. With another Country duet from Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood, “If I Didn’t Love You”, riding high at (#1) why not try to catch lighting in a bottle? Time will tell if “Never Say Never” has the same success, but High Flyin’ Debut of the Week is a great starting point.

On the SongByrd 60 Albums Chart, Jason Aldean retains the top album, “Macon”, for a second week with (89) more song plays. The album became Aldean’s 9th top album in Byrdbored history last week. Silk Sonic actually increase their song plays from their album, “An Evening With Silk Sonic”, to move to (#2). Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak pick up (76) song plays which is a 10-song increase from it’s debut week. The duo’s latest hit, “Smokin’ Out The Window”, leaps from (#33) to (#24) on the SongByrd 60.

Daughtry’s new album, “Dearly Beloved”, slips one spot to (#3) followed by OneRepublic’s “Human” which jumps back up to it’s peak at (#4) for a 5th non-consecutive week. Gabby Barrett’s release of her deluxe version of “Goldmine” boosts the album from (#17) to a new peak at (#5). “Goldmine” increases by (45) song plays to score the Power Pick Album of the Week. The album contains the (#8) hit single, “Footprints On The Moon”, which leaps four notches and has a 6-spin increase from last week.

With no major album releases for Byrdbored (sorry Adele), the High Flyin’ Debut is Anne Wilson’s Christmas release, “I Still Believe In Christmas”, coming in at (#50). The Big Byrd Mover Album of the Week is Hunter Hayes with “Wild Blue” which leaps from (#58) to (#38). The album contains the (#53) hit single, “Tell Me”, which debuts in the SongByrd 60 this week.

On the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart, Jason Aldean spends a second straight week (and his third overall) on top scoring (127) total song plays. Daughtry remain strong at (#2) with OneRepublic also staying put at (#3). Silk Sonic leap from (#8) to (#4) thanks to their 10-song play increase from last week. Carrie Underwood continues to see a spike in her song plays despite not having a new album, but the (#1) SongByrd 60 song does have it’s benefits driving her from (#7) to (#5).

Gabby Barrett blasts from (#27) to (#6) thanks to her Power Pick Hit Album,“Goldmine”, which hit a new peak at (#5). Barrett released her deluxe version of the album this week which helps to drive a (45) song- play increase for Barrett.

Cole Swindell blasts from (#49) to (#23) thanks to adding the High Flyin’ Debut Single of the Week, “Never Say Never”, featuring Lainey Wilson which comes in at (#35). Alan Jackson also leaps from (#57) to (#34) thanks to the release of his new song, “Racing The Dark”, which was written by his daughter about the passing of Jackson’s Son-In-Law. Thomas Rhett also jumps from (#58) to (#38) thanks to his latest single, “Slow Down Summer”, which leaps from (#42) to (#29) on the SongByrd 60.

The ByrdTrax volume hits the second highest total of the year (behind last week’s record 1,388) at (1,326). The 2021 weekly song play average moves up to (1,126) which is (266) plays higher than 2020. The Vault % remains at 20% of the total plays, while Christmas songs move up to 9%. Thanksgiving week is usually brutal to the ByrdTrax volume as it normally drops at least 30-40%. 2021 has been the highest song play volume ever, however, so even lower plays will most likely be fairly high compared to past years.

(For the week ending November 20, 2021)

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Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood Surprise SongByrd 60; Aldean Scores 9th Top Album, Leads Artists Chart


It was exactly five years ago that Carrie Underwood was on top of the Byrdbored Singles Chart, along with Keith Urban, with “The Fighter”. This week Underwood joins another Country male vocalist as she and Jason Aldean blast from (#7) to (#1) with “If I Didn’t Love You”. The tune receives a 9-spin blast thanks to Aldean’s new album, “Macon”, and is the Power Pick Hit of the Week. It is Aldean’s 19th overall (#1) hit and his 38th Country (#1). For Carrie Underwood it is her 4th (#1) overall but her 13th Country (#1). “If I Didn’t Love You” has been certified Gold.

Jason Aldean debuted on Byrdbored in 2005 with his self-titled debut album which peaked at (#4). As of this week Aldean scores his 9th straight (#1) since his debut. His latest (#1), “Macon”, picks up (98) song plays to easily land on top. Aldean receives roughly 11% of the total song plays with (148) to also leap from (#15) to (#1) on the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart. It is Aldean’s second overall week on top of the Artists Chart since he was actually the very first (#1) artist the week ending January 4, 2020.

Unfortunately for John Mayer his “Wild Blue” is caught in an impossible situation and remains at (#2) for a second week on the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart. Mayer still remains fairly strong, but could have lost major momentum. Ed Sheeran tumbles after three weeks on top with “Shivers” falling to (#3). Forest Blakk drops one notch to (#4) with “Fall Into Me”, while Daughtry’s “The Victim” falls one spot to (#5). “The Victim” spends a 7th week as the top Rock song.

Orianthi scores her fourth Byrdy Dozen hit single from her former (#1) album, “O”, as “Blow” leaps from (#19) to (#10). The hit is the Big Byrd Mover of the Week and looks to make some impact as 2021 comes to an end. Orianthi scored previous hits with “Sinners Hymn” peaking at (#3), “Sorry” hitting (#5) and “Rescue Me” landing at (#10). Orianthi’s album, “O”, is also the Power Pick Hit Album of the Week along with the Big Byrd Mover. She has been updating her fans on the progress of a new album which could be out early in 2022.

The Foo Fighters continue their solid year as the guys score their third Byrdy Dozen hit single from their former (#1) album, “Medicine At Midnight”, as “Making A Fire” jumps two slots from (#13) to (#11). Their previous two hits were “Cloudspotter” which hit (#1) and “No Son Of Mine” which peaked at (#2). “Making A Fire” is the 13th Byrdy Dozen hit for The Foo Fighters.

It took three tries for Gabby Barrett to get into the Byrdy Dozen, but she finally cracks the code as “Footprints On The Moon” climbs from (#14) to (#12). The tune will most likely get a slight boost next week as Barrett is set to release her deluxe version of her album, “Goldmine”, which peaked at (#10) with the initial release.

It appears Skillet isn’t ready to be forgotten before their new album, “Dominion”, drops on January 14, 2022. The Rock band released a second single, “Standing In The Storm”, on Friday, November 12th which becomes the High Flyin’ Debut leaping onto the SongByrd 60 at (#23). Their first single from the new album, “Surviving The Game”, hit (#1) for two weeks and became the group’s 20th overall (#1) Byrdbored hit. “Surviving The Game” actually drops from (#12) to (#16) this week. With a full week of plays, Skillet might be a major “Storm” for the rest of the SongByrd 60 next week.

On the SongByrd 60 Albums Chart, Daughtry’s “Dearly Beloved” follows Jason Aldean’s “Macon” at (#2). The album continues to be very strong for Daughtry in it’s 9th week on the chart with six of those at (#1). Silk Sonic impress this week as the duo’s debut album, “An Evening With Silk Sonic”, debuts at (#3) and is the biggest surprise of the week. The album should remain a strong top five album for some time, and it could even challenge for the top spot in coming weeks. John Mayer’s “Sob Rock” remains at (#4) and Wolfgang Van Halen’s “Mammoth WVH” rounds out the top five. Ed Sheeran’s new album, “Equals”, takes a big tumble from the top down to (#7).

Zach Williams has a pleasant surprise as his Christmas album, “I Don’t Want Christmas To End” , debuts at (#16). This album could be one of the top new Christmas albums of 2021, and it will definitely pick up more steam as December heads our way.

On the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart, Jason Aldean leads the pack thanks to ruling both the SongByrd 60 Singles and Albums chart. However, Aldean also lands at (#5) on the Vault SongByrd Singles Chart with “Johnny Cash” which is his 2007 (#1) Byrdbored hit. Aldean’s 2012 album, “Night Train”, also comes in at (#2) on the Vault Albums Chart which moves the album to (#29) in Byrdbored history. “Night Train” has spent nine weeks on top and (94) weeks in the Byrdy Dozen and is Aldean’s biggest album on Byrdbored.

Daughtry come in at (#2) followed by OneRepublic who move up two places to (#3). OneRepublic is helped by the release of their One Night Live in Malibu show promoting their new album, “Human”, which has so far peaked at (#4). Ed Sheeran continues his trend this week as he tumbles from (#1) to (#4) with both his song, “Shivers”, and his album, “Equals”, falling. John Mayer rounds out the top five.

Carrie Underwood also blasts up the chart moving from (#25) to (#7) thanks to the (#1) SongByrd 60 Single, “If I Didn’t Love You”. However, her past music also receives an increase as two of her past albums, “Blown Away” and “Carnival Ride”, crack the Vault top ten.

Silk Sonic debut at (#8) thanks to their (#3) album release, “An Evening With Silk Sonic”, but could gradually move higher in the coming weeks thanks to tremendous momentum. Their latest single, “Smokin’ Out The Window”, debuts at (#33) on the SongByrd 60, and as it moves up the chart so will Bruno and Anderson.

There are also some big leaps on the Artists Chart this week. Orianthi catapults from (#45) to (#17) thanks largely to her new Byrdy Dozen single, “Blow”. Skillet’s new single, “Standing In The Storm”, helps drive the Rock group from (#33) to (#21). Gabby Barrett scores her first Byrdy Dozen hit, “Footprints On The Moon”, which drives her up the chart from (#40) to (#27).

The huge new releases from both Jason Aldean and Silk Sonic, along with a new song from Skillet, help push the ByrdTrax volume to yet another record at (1,388). The 2021 weekly average is now at (1,121). The Vault % sits at 20% of the total plays for the week, and Christmas songs make up roughly 8% of the total (up from 6% last week). Christmas spins will, of course, increase after Thanksgiving and tends to drive the ByrdTrax volume down as Christmas gets closer. 2021 has been so wild it is impossible to predict.

(For the week ending November 13, 2021)

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Ed Sheeran “Equals” #1 On SongByrd 60 Charts


You can say Ed Sheeran is having quite the ending to 2021. His current hit single, “Shivers”, spends a third consecutive week on top of the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart. He also spends a second week on top of the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart. That apparently isn’t enough for Sheeran as this week he scores his first-ever (#1) Byrdbored album with “Equals”. The album debuted at (#2) last week, but took advantage of it’s first full week to grab (103) song plays this week.

“Shivers” ties Sheeran’s personal record for weeks on top as 2017’s “Shape Of You” also spent three weeks at (#1). His previous album, “Divide”, peaked at (#4) and was his highest charting album until last week. Sheeran will receive a real test next week on all three of the charts, but for this week it doesn’t matter whether you add, multiply or divide. Ed Sheeran “equals” (#1)!

Sheeran’s biggest competition next week could come from John Mayer’s “Wild Blue” which glides from (#5) to (#2) and is the Power Pick Hit of the Week. The song picks up five more spins than last week and is definitely knocking on the door of (#1). Mayer has already had one of the top songs of 2021 as “Last Train Home” spent four weeks on top and is expected to finish somewhere in the top five songs of the year.

Forest Blakk continues to remain patient at (#3) with “Fall Into Me” for another week. The hit has already peaked at (#2) briefly in it’s second week on the SongByrd 60. Daughtry continue to slide down the chart from (#2) to (#4) with “The Victim” after spending three weeks on top. “The Victim” spends a sixth week as the top Rock song for Daughtry. MercyMe leap from (#8) to (#5) with “Whiplash” which takes over the top Christian Contemporary Song from the Newsboys whose “Magnetic” led last week. It is MercyMe’s 18th top five hit song.

Eric Church takes over the top Country song as “Heart On Fire” blasts from (#10) to (#6). It is Church’s second top Country song of 2021 as “Hell Of A View” spent three weeks as the top Country song earlier in the year. Old Dominion’s “I Was On A Boat That Day” had spent the last three weeks as the top Country hit, but drops from (#4) to (#8) on the SongByrd 60 this week.

Church (and the rest of the chart for that matter) might need to look out their rear view mirror next week as Jason Aldean’s new album, “Macon”, drops Friday, November 12th. The album features the (#7) hit single “If I Didn’t Love You” with Carrie Underwood which jumps four notches this week. Aldean has scored eight (#1) albums out of nine releases so the odds are in his favor to land another one with “Macon. The album could cause an even higher jump for “If I Didn’t Love You” next week.

Wolfgang Van Halen grabs his third Byrdy Dozen hit single as “Think It Over” jumps from (#13) to (#11). His first two hits landed him a (#1) with “Don’t Back Down” and a (#2) hit with “You’re To Blame”. His “Mammoth WVH” album has been one of the biggest albums of 2021 and is expected to finish in the top five albums of the year. It currently sits at (#5) on the SongByrd 60 Albums Chart.

The High Flyin’ Debut Single of the Week is Daughtry’s “Changes Are Coming” which blasts onto the SongByrd 60 at (#24). Daughtry released a live video this week for this rockin’ tune which should be another solid hit down the road. The band have already scored two hits from their former (#1) album, “Dearly Beloved”, with “The Victim” becoming the Rock group’s 17th top song and “World On Fire” cracking the top five late in 2020. Daughtry have scored (41) Byrdy Dozen hits in roughly fifteen years landing (37) in the top five.

The Big Byrd Mover Single of the Week is “Dead Inside” from Nita Strauss which features none other than David Draiman from Disturbed. The hit blazes up (25) slots from (#58) to (#33). Nita Strauss is the current touring guitarist for Alice Cooper (replacing Orianthi) but is also plotting a solo career. Her name has continued to grow in the last few years and she has been featured on the covers of Guitar World and Guitar Player.

On the SongByrd 60 Albums Chart, Daughtry follows Ed Sheeran at (#2) with “Dearly Beloved”. The album has spent six non-consecutive weeks at (#1) and still remains very strong. Old Dominion’s “Time, Tequila & Therapy” spends another week at (#3) after peaking at (#1) a few weeks ago to become the Country group’s first-ever top album. John Mayer’s “Sob Rock” moves up one spot to (#4) and “Mammoth WVH” falls one place to (#5).

The High Flyin’ Debut Album of the Week is the self-titled debut from Plush. The Rock group come in at (#10) and could see some serious song plays on into 2022. The all-female group definitely Rock and remind me quite a bit of an early Halestorm and to some degree Heart and Vixen. I will gladly support the ladies and enjoy their debut which features the (#25) SongByrd 60 hit single, “Hate”.

The Power Pick Hit Album of the Week is “Something About Christmas Time” by Rob Thomas which picks up eleven more song plays compared to last week. The album enters the SongByrd 60 Albums Chart at (#28) and should receive more and more song plays as December rolls around. The album has an excellent chance to become Thomas’ fifth solo Byrdy Dozen album.

Other Christmas album debuts are Kelly Clarkson’s “When Christmas Comes Around…” at (#14), “Happy Holidays” by none other than Billy Idol (yes! That Billy Idol!) at (#20), “The Season” by Steve Perry at (#37) and Gary Allan’s “Please Come Home For Christmas” at (#44). Christmas spins start slow (but generally do in November) but come in at 6% of total song plays.

On the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart, Ed Sheeran does spend his second straight week on top with Daughtry rockin’ right behind him at (#2). Old Dominion continue to be strong remaining at (#3), while John Mayer moves up one slot to (#4), and OneRepublic slide down one place to (#5).

Other notable artists for the week are Plush who debut at (#12) thanks to their self-tilted top ten album. Billy Idol catapults from (#45) to (#18) with the addition of his top 20 Christmas album, “Happy Holidays”. Lenny Kravitz continues to have a Vault run on Byrdbored as his “Are You Gonna Go My Way” album comes in at (#2) on the Vault Albums Chart with the title hit moving up to (#3) on the Vault Singles Chart. As a result, Kravitz lands at (#21) on the Artists Chart.

Enrique Iglesias celebrates 20 years of his album, “Escape”, which enters the Vault Albums Chart at (#4) to help him land at (#30) on the Artists Chart. Iglesias also has his 2001 hit single, “Hero”, re-enter the Byrdy Dozen at (#4) on the Vault Singles Chart. “Hero” originally hit (#1) in 2001. Kelly Clarkson’s Christmas album, “When Christmas Comes Around…” helps her come in at (#35) this week.

On November 2, 2021, Ronnie Wilson passed away. The founder of The Gap Band leaves many of us with a lasting music legacy and many memories. This week The Gap Band’s classic hit, “You Dropped A Bomb On Me”, re-enters the Vault Singles Chart at (#1) to spend a fifth overall week on top of Byrdbored. The Gap Band enter the SongByrd 60 Artists chart at (#31) this week. RIP Ronnie Wilson.

The ByrdTrax volume bounces back with a 13% increase from last week to hit (1,284) song plays. The 2021 weekly average is now up to (1,115) which is (255) song plays more per week than 2020. The Vault % also rebounds to 21% and should slowly edge back up to the normal 25%. However, with two major new album releases next week it might be tough. Christmas song plays enter at 6% of the total spins, but will (of course) increase as we head toward Christmas.

(For the week ending November 6, 2021)

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Ed Sheeran Leads SongByrd 60 Singles & Artists Chart


Ed Sheeran continues to gain steam as 2021 ends. With the release of his new album, “Equals”, Sheeran’s hit single, “Shivers”, actually increases it’s plays to (25) and easily spends a second week on top of the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart. Sheeran also blasts from (#11) to (#1) on the Artists Chart to spend his first week on top with (107) total song spins this week.

Unfortunately Sheeran comes up just short of running the table on the SongByrd 60 coming in at (#2) on the Albums Chart with “Equals”. The album is his highest charter to date, however, and could seriously contend for the top with a full week next week. With “Shivers” most likely remaining strong in the coming weeks, and plenty of potential hits from “Equals”, Ed Sheeran should remain toward the top of the Artists Chart on into 2022.

The top five on the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart remain unchanged from last week. Daughtry’s “The Victim” remains at (#2) spending a fifth week as the top Rock song. “The Victim” is also certified Platinum this week. Forest Blakk’s “Fall Into Me” continues to grow but remains at (#3) for a second week. Old Dominion’s “I Was On A Boat That Day” remains as the top Country song for a third week but stays put at (#4). John Mayer’s “Wild Blue” spends a second week at (#5).

The Newsboys take over the top Christian Contemporary song with “Magnetic” jumping two notches to (#6). The hit is the band’s seventh Christian (#1) and their ninth Byrdy Dozen hit single. Skillet had held down the top Christian hit for the last six weeks with “Surviving The Game” which drops to (#7) on the overall Singles Chart this week.

Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood move up from (#13) to (#11) with “If I Didn’t Love You” to each land another Byrdy Dozen hit. Jason Aldean now has scored (41) Byrdy Dozen hits, while Carrie Underwood picks up her 16th. The hit duet has been gaining steam over the last few weeks and should receive a huge push the week Aldean releases his new album, “Macon”, on November 12th.

Dua Lipa scores her fifth hit single from her 6x Platinum album, “Future Nostalgia”, as “Cool” leaps from (#15) to (#12). Lipa has already landed two (#1) hits in 2021 with “Levitating” and “Hallucinate” which both are in the top five most played songs of the year. “Future Nostalgia” remains the front-runner for Album of the Year and currently sits at (#8) on the Albums Chart.

The Big Byrd Mover Song of the Week is Fuel’s “Landslide” which blasts from (#53) to (#37) in it’s second week on the SongByrd 60. The song is featured on the Rock band’s new album, “Anomaly”, which moves up two slots from (#8) to (#6) on the Albums Chart. The band’s other current hit, “Don’t Say I”, was the Power Pick Hit last week and moves up six notches to (#19).

The High Flyin’ Debut Song of the Week is Avery Anna’s “I Love You More” which comes in at (#42) with eight plays in it’s second week on J-BRD Radio. The song is also the Power Pick Hit of the Week since it picks up five more plays than last week. Look out for this one as 2021 comes to a close as it is simply a beautiful love song from a young lady with a lovely voice.

On the SongByrd 60 Albums Chart, Daughtry edges out Ed Sheeran with “Dearly Beloved” for a sixth non-consecutive week on top. Daughtry ties Wolfgang Van Halen’s “Mammoth WVH” album with six weeks at (#1), but remains behind Dua Lipa’s “Future Nostalgia” which spent eight weeks on top earlier in 2021.

Ed Sheeran’s “Equals” is the High Flyin’ Debut Album of the Week coming in at (#2). The debut beats his last album, “Divide”, which peaked at (#4) on Byrdbored. Old Dominion’s “Time, Tequila & Therapy” slides down a notch to (#3) followed by “Mammoth WVH” from Wolfgang Van Halen at (#4) and “Sob Rock” by John Mayer at (#5).

MercyMe’s latest album, “Inhale (Exhale)”, is the Power Pick Hit Album of the Week, as well as, the Big Byrd Mover of the Week. The album jumps nine notches to (#10) and picks up 17-song spins more than last week. The album is receiving some increase due to the group’s latest hit single, “Whiplash”, which leaps from (#11) to (#8) on the SongByrd 60. The album peaked at (#2) earlier in 2021 and has been certified Platinum.

Ed Sheeran takes over the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart mostly due to his new album, “Equals”, debuting at (#2) on the Albums Chart. However, it might have been his hit song, “Perfect”, crashing the Vault SongByrd 60 at (#11) that got him past Daughtry since his band still remains on top of the SongByrd 60 Albums Chart with “Dearly Beloved”. Daughtry holds down (#2) followed by Old Dominion at (#3), OneRepublic at (#4) and John Mayer rounding out the top five.

Whitesnake blast onto the chart at (#12) thanks to the re-issue of the Rock group’s 1996 album, “Restless Heart”. The album was never released (until now) in the United States, but since it is a 25-year old album is considered a Vault album nonetheless. “Restless Heart” debuts at (#1) on the Vault 60 Albums Chart giving Whitesnake their fourth (#1) album all-time.

In other SongByrd 60 Artists Chart news, MercyMe blast from (#32) to (#13) thanks to their Power Pick Hit Album, “Inhale (Exhale)”, and their (#8) hit single, “Whiplash”. Avery Anna also debuts on the chart at (#44) thanks to her High Flyin’ Debut Single (and Power Pick Hit Single), “I Love You More”.

The ByrdTrax volume drops (186) plays, but comes in very close to the 2021 average of (1,112). The Vault % takes a major hit with the lowest total all year at only 17% of the song spins. Some of this could be the culmination of all the new album releases late in the year and having the volume drop this week. Sometimes when the volume drops older music is what doesn’t get played. With Christmas music coming soon, Vault music should increase back to what it normally runs around 25% (if not higher).

(For the week ending October 30, 2021)

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Daughtry Control SongByrd 60 Artists Chart For Fifth Week; Duran Duran Blast To (#3)


Daughtry continue to enjoy their comeback with a fifth non-consecutive week topping the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart. Despite coming down with the “Shivers” on the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart, the guys remain on top of the Albums Chart which generates enough song plays to help remain the kings for another week.

Old Dominion remain at (#2) in a very close race to the very end of the week. Duran Duran has a slightly disappointing performance on the SongByrd 60 Albums Chart with their new effort, “Future Past”, failing to hit the top five settling for (#10). However, the guys take over the top of Vault Albums Chart with “Rio” and land eleven songs in the Vault 60 Singles Chart to blast to a new peak at (#3) on the Artists Chart. OneRepublic falls down one place to (#4), while Wolfgang Van Halen drops one notch to (#5).

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Fuel catapult from (#43) to (#9) thanks to the High Flyin’ Debut Album, “Anomaly”, hitting (#8). It is the Rock band’s sixth Byrdy Dozen album and their first since 2014’s “Puppet Strings” which hit (#1).

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Ed Sheeran leaps from (#17) to (#11) thanks to the newly crowned (#1) hit “Shivers” and his last album, “Divide”, blasting up the Vault Albums Chart to (#4). Sheeran’s new album, “Equals”, is due out next week (October 29th) and should cause a major leap for him on the chart.

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Other notable artists this week are Lady Antebellum who enter at (#13) thanks to their new album, “What A Song Can Do”, coming in at (#12), Eric Church who blasts from (#39) to (#18) thanks to his Power Pick Hit Album of the Week, “Heart”, Adele who lands at (#30) and Christian Contemporary newcomer, Anne Wilson, who debuts at (#48) thanks to the High Flyin’ Debut Single of the Week, “Devil”.

The ByrdTrax volume is back up roughly 9% to (1,299) which is the second highest weekly total on record. The record is (1,313) which occurred the week ending September 25, 2021. This year has definitely been the biggest year for song plays in Byrdbored history with the weekly average sitting at (1,112) for 2021 which is (252) song spins higher than 2020. The Vault % this week falls right into the normal rate of 25%.

(For the week ending October 23, 2021)

Daughtry Reclaim Top Album & Artist To Control SongByrd 60


After dropping to (#2) last week, Daughtry move back to the top of both the Albums and Artists Charts. It is the fourth non-consecutive week for their new album, “Dearly Beloved”, to lead the Albums Chart, as well as, the band’s fourth week on top of the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart. Daughtry also control the Singles Chart for the third straight week with “The Victim”. It is their 17th top single in Byrdbored history and could become their seventh song to spend four weeks or more at (#1) if it can hold on next week.

Elsewhere on the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart, Mammoth WVH moves to (#2) with “You’re To Blame”. It is the second hit from Wolfgang Van Halen and could pose a challenge to the top of the chart next week. Ed Sheeran moves up one spot to (#3) with “Shivers” to have the top Hot AC (Top 40) song for a second week. Forest Blakk also climbs one notch to (#4) with “Fall Into Me” as does Skillet’s “Surviving The Game” which spends a fifth week as the top Christian Contemporary song.

Old Dominion leap into the Byrdy Dozen up six places to (#7) with “I Was On A Boat That Day”. The song takes over as the top Country hit after Darius Rucker’s “My Masterpiece” drops to (#10) after three weeks with the top Country song. It is the first single from Old Dominion’s (#1) album, “Time, Tequila & Therapy”, which drops to (#2) this week.

In a rare occurrence on Byrdbored, a former (#1) hit re-enters the Byrdy Dozen after dropping out a few weeks ago. Santana’s “Move” which features Rob Thomas and American Authors debuted at (#1) the week ending August 21, 2021. After dropping out of the Byrdy Dozen two weeks ago, the hit regains momentum thanks to the new album from Santana, “Blessings & Miracles”, which debuts this week at (#9) on the SongByrd 60 Albums Chart. “Move” is actually the Power Pick Hit of the Week blasting from (#20) to (#11) with a 6-spin increase from last week.

Coming in at (#12) is MercyMe’s 23rd Byrdy Dozen hit single, “Whiplash”, which leaps up three notches. It is their fourth Byrdy Dozen hit from their former (#2) album, “Inhale (Exhale)”. In February the band’s biggest hit from the album, “Say I Won’t”, peaked at (#2) and is one of the front-runners for Christian Contemporary Song of the Year.

The High Flyin’ Debut Single of the Week is from Bryan Adams who dropped “So Happy It Hurts” on Monday (October 11th), and it comes in at (#27) in it’s first week. The song could become Adam’s 34th Byrdy Dozen hit single in Byrdbored history in the coming weeks.

On the SongByrd 60 Albums Chart, Daughtry and Old Dominion are followed by Mammoth WVH and Wolfgang Van Halen’s debut album at (#3), OneRepublic’s “Human” at (#4) and John Mayer’s “Sob Rock” at (#5). For the first time in (41) weeks on the chart, Dua Lipa’s “Future Nostalgia” drops out of the top five down to (#6).

Santana’s “Blessings And Miracles” is the High Flyin’ Debut at (#9) and is the guitar legend’s 7th album to chart in the Byrdy Dozen. His self-titled debut album originally released in 1969 also hit the Vault Albums Chart at (#10) this week.

Alana Springsteen’s “History Of Breaking Up (Part One)” is the Power Pick Hit Album of the Week blasting from (#36) to (#14) with a 15-song play increase from last week. Her current hit, “I Blame You”, also climbs the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart from (#60) to (#44) with a 2-spin increase.

On the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart, Daughtry is followed by last week’s top artist Old Dominion. OneRepublic remains at (#3) followed by Mammoth WVH at (#4) and John Mayer who climbs back into the top five from (#7) thanks to his latest song, “Wild Blue”, moving up four notches to (#6) on the SongByrd 60.

Santana blasts from (#33) to (#9) which is a new peak for him since the chart only began in 2020. Bryan Adams re-enters the chart at (#14) thanks to the release of his new song, “So Happy It Hurts”, along with many Vault songs and albums due to his new album announcement. Coldplay re-enters at (#22) but has a disappointing debut on the SongByrd 60 Albums chart at (#33) with “Music Of The Spheres”.

Alana Springsteen makes her debut on the chart at (#23) thanks to her Power Pick Hit Album of the Week, “History Of Breaking Up (Part One)”. Stevie Wonder enters the chart at (#24) thanks to entering the Vault Albums Chart at (#4) with “Songs In The Key Of Life” which celebrates it’s 45th anniversary this year. Howard Jones comes in at (#33) thanks to his album, “Dream Into Action”, re-entering the Byrdy Dozen on the Vault Albums Chart at (#6).

The ByrdTrax volume has a 7% drop in plays this week down to (1,188), but still has an increase in the weekly average for the year up to (1,107). The Vault % has a slight increase up to 26% of the week’s total spins. With Christmas coming, the Vault % could see a slight increase in the months of November and December as most Christmas music plays will most likely be considered Vault spins.

(For the week ending October 16, 2021)

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Old Dominion Take Over SongByrd 60 Artists Chart


With an insane debut week for Old Dominion’s new album, “Time, Tequila & Therapy”, the group grabs the top spot on the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart. The Country act comes in with (133) song plays to crash the top of the chart blasting from (#45) to (#1). “Time, Tequila & Therapy” becomes Old Dominion’s first (#1) album on Byrdbored registering (113) of their (133) total spins for the week.

Since Daughtry comes back down to Earth with only (89) song plays, the group drops to (#2) after three weeks on top. It is the Rock band’s first week below (100) song plays since the release of their former (#1) album, “Dearly Beloved” four weeks ago.

OneRepublic slides down one spot to (#3) followed by Jeremy Camp at (#4) and Mammoth WVH at (#5). Dua Lipa moves back up from (#9) to (#6) as her latest Byrdbored single, “Cool”, continues to move up the top 20 at (#17). John Mayer moves up one notch to (#7) , while the Newsboys take a tumble from (#3) to (#8) after the excitement of their album, “Stand”, settles down. Darius Rucker moves up two spots to (#9) with Forest Blakk remaining at (#10) for a second week. Imagine Dragons have a major fall from (#4) to (#13) as the reality of their disappointing new album, “Mercury Act I”, finally sets in.

There are some major jumps this week as Brad Paisley blasts from (#42) to (#18), Billy Idol moves from (#51) to (#19) and Alicia Keys catapults from (#55) to (#20). Keys rules both Vault Charts this week with her debut single, “Fallin’”, and debut album, “Songs In A Minor”, on top.

Kacey Musgraves debuts at (#24) thanks to her Power Pick Hit Album of the Week, “Star-Crossed”, blasting from (#52) to (#14). Matt Stell re-enters the chart at (#45) thanks to his High Flyin’ Debut Single of the Week, “Boyfriend Season”, coming in at (#32) on the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart. Stell peaked at (#7) earlier in the year thanks to his top five hit, “That Ain’t Me No More”.

The ByrdTrax volume continues very high for the third straight week at (1,267) which is the fourth highest total of the year. The 2021 weekly average now sits at (1,105) song plays with the last 12 weeks running at (1,209). The Vault play % continues fairly steady at 24% of the total song spins. It is normal for the Vault music plays to run close to 25% late in the year when a great deal of new music starts to be released.

(For the week ending October 9, 2021)

Daughtry Dominate SongByrd 60 Charts


Daughtry take their dominance up a level this week as the band lead all three of the SongByrd 60 charts. The group spend their third straight week on top of both the Albums and Artists charts, but they also take over the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart with “The Victim” blasting from (#4) to (#1). The new hit has a 4-spin increase from last week to move to (24) plays.

“The Victim” is the 17th overall (#1) single for the group and is the first song to hit the top of Byrdbored from their new album, “Dearly Beloved”. The album became the band’s fifth (#1) overall album three weeks ago. Daughtry receives another (112) total song plays to easily remain the top artist on Byrdbored for a third straight week.

On the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart, Forest Blakk blasts from (#13) to (#2) with his latest single, “Fall Into Me”. It is the Power Pick Hit Single of the Week with a 9-play increase from last week. Some of that is due to “Fall Into Me” receiving it’s first full week of plays, but nonetheless it is one of the hottest songs on Byrdbored. “Fall Into Me” is Blakk’s fourth Byrdy Dozen hit and all have been in 2021 (including Vault charts).

Skillet held the top single the last two weeks with “Surviving The Game”, but it drops to (#3) this week. The hit remains the top Christian Contemporary song for a third week. “Surviving The Game” is the group’s 20th overall (#1) on Byrdbored in their nearly 25-year career. Skillet was inducted into the Nest Of Fame in 2017.

Ed Sheeran also has one of the hotter songs as “Shivers” continues to work it’s way up the Singles Chart moving from (#6) to (#4). “Shivers” has a 4-play increase from last week and could be pushing for the top spot in coming weeks. Sheeran’s previous single, “Bad Habits”, peaked at (#4) on the SongByrd 60.

Both Mammoth WVH with “You’re To Blame” at (#5) and Darius Rucker with “My Masterpiece” at (#6) receive four more plays compared to last week and are still very strong hit songs. Rucker spends his second week with the top Country song with “My Masterpiece”.

John Mayer scores his 17th Byrdy Dozen hit single as “Wild Blue” moves from (#15) to (#11) with a 3-spin increase from last week. “Wild Blue” is Mayer’s fourth Byrdy Dozen hit from his former (#1) album, “Sob Rock”. The biggest hit so far is “Last Train Home” which spent four weeks on top and could finish in the top five songs of 2021.

Tremonti score a third Byrdy Dozen hit single as “If Not For You” jumps from (#16) to (#12). The song is the first hit from their new album, “Marching In Time”, which moves up one notch to (#6) on the Albums chart this week. Tremonti is, of course, led by guitarist Mark Tremonti of Creed and Alter Bridge.

On the SongByrd 60 Albums Chart, Wolfgang Van Halen follows Daughtry at (#2) with “Mammoth WVH” moving back up one spot. Jeremy Camp’s album, “When You Speak”, slips another slot down to (#3) in it’s fourth week on the chart. OneRepublic moves back up to (#4) with “Human” which is a second week at that peak position. Dua Lipa rounds out the top five with “Future Nostalgia” slipping to (#5).

The Newsboys have the High Flyin’ Debut Album of the Week with “Stand” coming in at (#8). The album is the Christian Contemporary group’s 11th Byrdy Dozen album all-time. The album is led by the first single, “Magnetic”, which leaps from (#20) to (#13) on the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart.

The Power Pick Hit Album of the Week is “PWR/UP” by AC/DC which receives a 17-song play increase largely due to the release of the new video for “Through The Mists Of Time”. The tune re-enters the SongByrd 60 at (#48) and helps drive AC/DC back up the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart as well leaping from (#36) to (#18).

On the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart, OneRepublic remains strong at (#2) behind Daughtry for a fourth overall week. The Newsboys take full advantage of their new album, “Stand”, coming in at (#8) (as well as their 2010 album, “Born Again”, landing on top of the Vault Albums Chart) and catapult from (#38) to (#3). Imagine Dragons remain at (#4) for a second week while Jeremy Camp slips from (#3) to (#5).

Jason Aldean leaps from (#25) to (#15) thanks to the combination of his new hit single with Carrie Underwood, “If I Didn’t Love You”, moving to (#15) and his new album announcement this week. “Macon” will be his first album release November 12, 2021. Technically Aldean will be releasing a double album, “Macon, Georgia”, on April 22, 2022 which includes 20 new songs along with live tracks. Byrdbored will count “Macon” and “Georgia” as separate albums for purposes of charting due to the different release dates (much like Eric Church had early in 2021 with “Heart” and “Soul”).

The ByrdTrax volume has another killer week actually coming in with the second highest total ever at (1,280). Last week set a Byrdbored all-time record at (1,313) song plays for the week. The 2021 weekly song play average is now up to (1,101) with the Byrdy Dozen (last 12 weeks) average right at (1,200). The 2021 weekly average is currently (241) songs higher per week than 2020.

(For the week ending October 2, 2021)

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Daughtry Lead SongByrd 60 Artists Chart For Second Straight Week


With another (121) song plays, Daughtry lead all artists to take the top on the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart for a second consecutive week. The band still control the Albums Chart with their latest effort, “Dearly Beloved”, which tallies (92) of the (121) total song spins. Daughtry also has the (#2) Vault Album with their self-titled debut. The guys also score their 37th top five hit single as “The Victim” crashes into the top five on the SongByrd 60 at (#4) leaping from (#17) and becoming the Power Pick Hit Single of the Week.

OneRepublic move back up from (#4) to (#2) with another strong week. It is the band’s third overall week at (#2) on the chart. Jeremy Camp slips to (#3) followed by Imagine Dragons at (#4) who move up one notch largely due to their Vault songs and albums.

In a huge surprise, Tremonti blasts from (#31) to (#5) thanks to their new album, “Marching In Time”, debuting at (#7) on the SongByrd 60 Albums Chart with (55) total song plays. Tremonti is a rock band fronted by Mark Tremonti who is more known for being the lead guitarist for both Creed and Alter Bridge.

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Darius Rucker jumps into the top ten at (#10) from (#13) last week. Rucker has the top Vault Album of the Week with “Learn To Live” which includes the top Vault Country song, “History In The Making”, which sits at (#7) on the Vault Singles Chart. He also has the top Country song on the SongByrd 60 coming in at (#9) with “My Masterpiece”.

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Forest Blakk catapults from (#47) to (#12) largely thanks to his new song, “Fall Into Me”, being the High Flyin’ Debut Single at (#13) on the SongByrd 60. Blakk also did see increases in his Vault music as his 2018 EP, “Minutes”, re-enters the Vault Album Chart at (#8). Blakk peaked at (#2) on the chart earlier in 2021.

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Laine Hardy enters the chart at (#21). Hardy is the 2019 American Idol winner and his debut album, “Here’s To Anyone”, lands at (#12) on the SongByrd 60 Albums Chart.

For the third time in 2021, the ByrdTrax weekly volume record is broken coming in with (1,313) song plays this week. The previous record was (1,274) song plays the week ending July 24, 2021. The 2021 weekly average is now up to (1,096) with a Byrdy Dozen (last 12 weeks) weekly average of (1,186). The Vault % of plays is back up to 28% of the total largely thanks to stumbling into a StingRay Music video channel last week which has tons of cool older concerts that this music junkie is eating up. I would expect the ByrdTrax volume to come down some, but stay close to the average for the year in the near future.

(For the week ending September 25, 2021)

Daughtry Tops SongByrd 60 Artists Chart


Since the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart began in 2020, Daughtry had never topped the chart. However, this week that all changes as Daughtry blasts onto the SongByrd 60 Albums Chart at (#1) with “Dearly Beloved” receiving (100) song spins. The album receives the most song plays from any album for any individual week in 2021. Daughtry also leads the Vault Albums Chart with their self-titled debut album hitting 19x Platinum (Diamond). Daughtry receives a total of (129) song plays to easily grab top artist, and the group could be rockin’ the top of the chart for some time.

After topping the chart last week, Jeremy Camp drops to (#2) despite another strong week with (88) song plays. John Mayer remains steady at (#3) as does OneRepublic at (#4). Imagine Dragons continue their slide down from (#2) to (#5) as their new album, “Mercury Act I”, drops two more slots to (#9).

Skillet re-enters the chart at (#10) largely thanks to their new (#1) SongByrd 60 Single, “Surviving The Game”, which receives 22 plays in it’s debut week. The Christian Rock group peaked at (#2) on the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart during 2020 thanks to their last (#1) album, “Victorious”.

Darius Rucker blasts up from (#35) to (#13) thanks to his 9th Byrdy Dozen hit single, “My Masterpiece”, which moves from (#13) to (#10) on the SongByrd 60. Rucker also re-enters Byrdbored on the Vault Charts with his album, “Learn To Live”, coming in at (#11) and his hit single, “History In The Making”, at a new peak at (#6) on the Vault Singles Chart.

Country artist, Lauren Alaina, debuts at (#15) on the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart thanks to her third Byrdy Dozen album, “Sitting Pretty On Top Of The World”, debuting at (#11) on the SongByrd 60 Albums Chart.

Ed Sheeran makes a big move back up the chart from (#38) to (#19) thanks to his new single, “Shivers”, which is the Power Pick Hit Single of the Week landing at (#14) on the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart. “Shivers” is the follow-up to his (#4) hit single, “Bad Habits”.

The ByrdTrax volume is up slightly to (1,141) song spins this week which pushes the 2021 weekly average to (1,091). The Vault % continues to slide down to 22% of the total song plays for the week. With four consecutive weeks of high impact new album releases, the drop is expected. It is the lowest Vault % since the week ending May 15, 2021.

(For the week ending September 18, 2021)

Jeremy Camp Grabs First Week On Top Of SongByrd 60 Artists Chart


It is quite a week for Jeremy Camp. The Christian Contemporary artist debuts on top of the SongByrd 60 Albums Chart with his latest album, “When You Speak”. The title track also moves into the Byrdy Dozen at (#8) on the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart scoring Camp’s 42nd Byrdy Dozen hit. As if that wasn’t enough, Camp’s debut album, “Stay”, re-enters the Byrdy Dozen on the Vault Albums Chart at (#2). It is the 75th total week in the Byrdy Dozen for “Stay”.

With all those songs tallied up for Camp, he easily blasts from (#36) to (#1) on the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart. It is the first time for Camp to hold the top spot on the chart since the chart only began in 2020. Camp is expected to perform strongly on the chart for at least the rest of 2021.

Despite a disappointing fall from (#1) on the SongByrd 60 Albums Chart for Imagine Dragons, the band is still able to lead the Vault Albums Chart with “Smoke & Mirrors”. That enables Imagine Dragons to remain strong on the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart only dropping to (#2).

John Mayer remains strong at (#3) followed by OneRepublic who drop from (#2) to (#4) and Night Ranger who stay put for a second week at (#5). It is the first time that both Mammoth WVH and Dua Lipa have been out of the top five on the chart since Wolfgang Van Halen’s “Mammoth WVH” album debuted (14) weeks ago. Mammoth WVH and Dua Lipa are at (#6) and (#7) respectively.

The Foo Fighters take a huge jump from (#31) to (#14) thanks to their 2007 album, “Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace”, leaping into the top five on the Vault Albums Chart at (#4). The album contains the top five hit, “The Pretender” which currently sits at (#5) on the Vault Singles Chart.

The Rolling Stones take the largest tumble plummeting from (#9) to (#40). The Stones had received a great deal of interest after the passing of drummer, Charlie Watts. However, that momentum crashes this week as it appears The Rolling Stones can’t seem to “Start Me Up” (I had to write it).

The ByrdTrax volume was only down eleven plays compared to last week at (1,116). The 2021 weekly average remains at (1,089) and the Byrdy Dozen (last 12 weeks) average edged down slightly to (1,177). The Vault % drops slightly to 28% of the total song spins.

(For the week ending September 11, 2021)

Imagine Dragons Top SongByrd 60 Artists Chart


Imagine Dragons top the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart for the first time since it began in 2020 largely thanks to their new (#1) album, “Mercury Act I”. The album is the High Flyin’ Debut of the Week and is the band’s fourth consecutive (#1) album on Byrdbored.

The group also chart their first three albums on the Vault Albums Chart with “Smoke & Mirrors” at (#6), “Night Visions” at (#8) and “Evolve” at (#12).

OneRepublic remain strong at (#2) for a second week followed by last weeks (#1) artist, John Mayer, at (#3). Mammoth WVH stays put at (#4) as Night Ranger continue their descent from (#3) to (#5) to round out the top five.

Ayron Jones moves up to a new peak at (#7) thanks to his first-ever Byrdy Dozen hit single, “Mercy”, which moves from (#16) to (#11) on the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart. Ayron Jones’ debut solo album, “Child Of The State”, also remains in the top ten for a 14th straight week currently at (#6).

Trace Adkins moves up from (#13) to (#10) for his first-ever week in the Byrdy Dozen on the chart. Adkins has another strong showing for his new album, “The Way I Wanna Go”, which remains in the top ten at (#8). For King & Country re-enter the Byrdy Dozen up from (#16) to (#12) as the duo continue to build momentum and hold both the current (“Relate”) and Vault Christian Contemporary (“Amen”) songs of the week.

Brian Setzer makes his first appearance coming in at (#14) thanks to his new (#9) album, “Gotta Have The Rumble”.

The ByrdTrax volume is down 130 song plays this week which is roughly 12%. The 2021 weekly average climbs to 1,089 which is 229 song plays higher per week than 2020. The Vault song play percentage sits at 29% which could continue to decrease due to many new albums being released in the next few months.

(For the week ending September 4, 2021)