Song of the Day #4,022: ‘Find U Again’ – Mark Ronson feat. Camila Cabello

I’m back from my family’s trip to Italy, battling jet lag and trying to get a couple of posts in the can on deadline.

One day on our trip, we rented a car for a day in Tuscany and drove around through some of the world’s most gorgeous scenery from small town to small town. My family all agrees that day was the highlight of our trip (I asked everybody for a top five). Today’s SOTD played during the drive.

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Song of the Day #3,961: ‘Nothing Breaks Like a Heart’ – Mark Ronson feat. Miley Cyrus

British DJ/producer Mark Ronson has a new album due later this year, including contributions from Lykke Li, Camila Cabello, Alicia Keys and others.

Ronson’s last album, 2015’s Uptown Special, featured ‘Uptown Funk,’ the brilliant collaboration with Bruno Mars that dominated charts and is destined to be a dance floor staple for decades to come.

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Song of the Day #3,723: ‘Electricity’ – Silk City and Dua Lipa

Since I last wrote about Dua Lipa in April, I feel like she’s been everywhere. That’s probably because I follow her on Instagram and the Albanian pop star is very active on that platform.

Lipa has been riding high on the success of her self-titled debut album, which has sent five singles up the charts (particularly in England, her birthplace), and maintaining an exhausting tour schedule. She also must be working out a whole lot, based on the amazing shape she’s in in the aforementioned Instagram photos.

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Song of the Day #2,426: ‘Uptown Funk (Live on Ellen)’ – Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars

bruno_mars_uptown_funkTwo and a half months into 2015, I’m kicking off my first installment of ‘What are the Kids Listening To?,’ wherein I feature ten songs ranking high on Billboard’s Hot 100.

A glance at the chart reveals that the music business is a lot like the movie business, in that the first quarter of the year is sloooow. Most of the songs atop the Hot 100 are from 2014.

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Song of the Day #2,335: ‘Uptown Funk’ – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

bruno_mars_uptown_funkWith just 16 days left in 2014, it’s time for me shift into year-end mode. So here’s how the next few weeks on the blog will go.

This week and next I’ll feature my final look at the Billboard charts for 2014. The week of New Year’s Eve, my family and I will be out of town so I’ll put the blog in vacation mode (with some nice tracks to fill the time, I hope). Then I’ll come back in the first week of 2015 and count down my top 20 songs of the year.

Sound good? Great!

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