Another song from team Canada is exiting, leaving only 1 song left from the team. Unfortunately nathanalbright experienced a back-to-back top 2 loss. I was the only participant with bottom 5 ranking. Jason Blaine was formerly regular on the airplay chart, but recently releasing rather Indie influenced songs, including End Of The Rain, which was feature in the Madness and last year's YE RD (and got tanked).
CLD's Thought He has a very strong vocal in this song, and the melody is quite beautiful. I still prefer End Of The Rain, or his earlier country materials, which quite often has pleasant guitar production, but I'm also hoping to see him back on the chart.
The last song to miss the top 10 is Boomerang by Ward Thomas. This is a step down from the previous RD, where they were in the top 5 with It's Not Just Me. They are British twin due, and have some Americana-influenced materials. Tim scored the perfect ranking, while bboat11 and castleoblivion26 lost their top 4.
CLD's Thought This song was the first song I heard from this duo, and it has been on my playlist for quite a while. I love the energy and harmony in this song, and I slightly prefer this over It's Not Just Me, while this one feels less country than ITJM. They made an appearance on the US scene in the collab with Cam, so hoping to see their name on the US scene someday.
There was a tie with 84 points, so the one with higher SD is leaving. I feel like many participants are familiar with Bri, despite her never being featured in a RD (except for the collab with Kylie). She is one of the few female "A-Listers" on Texas Regional Chart, along with Kylie Frey and maybe Ariel Hutchins. This was rather polarizing, and three participants placed it in their top 3, while nathanalbright got rid of their bottom spot.
CLD's Thought I thought this would do better. I was familiar with Bri's name, but I never found any of her songs to be that appealing, until I encountered this song. I found her to be a good writer with songs like Heroes, but her melody delivery was rather weaker than, say Kylie Frey. But for this song, I love the production and the melody, as well as her writings. I'm hoping to find more songs by her that I like. I also want her to breakthrough with Kylie Frey to the mainstream scene.
Another song with 84 points is leaving. Despite recordyear 's prediction, this song missed the top 5. This is also the first reveal without any bottom 5 ranking. bboat11 lost his top 3, while I scored the perfect ranking. Catherine McGrath is a pop country singer from North Ireland, and while I have never seen her on any chart, she was signed to Warner. She has not released much new music in the recent years.
CLD's Thought This song has a pleasant instrument, and her vocal is pretty solid. I also love the chorus melody as well. Talk of This Town is a solid pop country album, and other songs that I like would be Lost In The Middle, Good At Love, and Good Goodbyes. I hope she would start releasing more music again.
One point above those 2 songs, Missy Lancaster is leaving, resulting Global Team to become the first one to exit this game. Like Imogen, Missy is an Aussie singer, and was a regular hit maker on Hot Country Chart by TMN. This was rather polarizing, with four top 5 rankings and two bottom 5 rankings. Missy sometimes plays as a lead singer in a band Southbound, a female country band, with Rachael Fahim.
CLD's Thought Missy is definitely my favourite Australian country singer. I'm not sure how I did not include her in the first round. Piece Of Me is a great pop country album. Heatwave is a jam, and I love its melody and production (definitely better than the overrated pop song with the same title). I'm not too keen on the lyrics and music video, but given how much I like the melody and energy of the song, I can definitely close my eyes to those negative points.
With another 1 point difference, Andrew Hyatt is leaving, resulting in the exit of Team Canada from this game. Andrew usually performs not bad for a male singer in the Canadian YE RDs, and this was not the exception. This was included in the EP Neverland, but was not released as a single.
CLD's Thought I'm glad this did decently well here. I wish this was released as a single, instead of I Needed That. Not as fantastic as Neverland, but this has very strong vocal and production. I have not found out which one of his songs to send to 2022 RD yet, as Close To You is kinda meh, maybe Four Good Years, if it's actually a single.
The last song to miss the top 5 is Day Drinking by Triston Marez. This is from Triston's debut self-titled full album, released earlier this year. While I stopped following Regional Chart as closely as I used to, I believe this was not released as a single in Texas (correct me if I'm wrong here). He made the appearance on New Release RD with "Once In A Blue Moon".
CLD's Thought I found Triston's recent materials to be pretty solid, including "Blue Moon" or the collab with Ronnie Dunn. Day Drinking is a catchy jam, and one of my favs from his uptempo outputs. Overall, his materials have traditional Texas country elements, but also have mainstream influence, which I found to be a nice mix. I would like Triston to go into mainstream, like Parker McCollum or Corey Kent, who moved onto mainstream from Texas Regional.
Post by 🌺CountryLineDancer on Oct 21, 2022 0:47:14 GMT -5
I am pausing here. The top 5 became really interesting, with a huge dominance by Team US, only losing Bailey Zimmerman at #20. Also, the previous top 3 Mira Goto and Randall King are still around. Throw some predictions/comments before moving on to the final set of the reveal sometimes soon!
US Mira Goto - One Step Closer Brooke Lynn - Depends On The Friend Jenee Fleenor - Good Ol' Girls Jillian Cardarelli - Lipstick
Also thought Bri Bagwell and Catherine McGrath would do better. Heard good review of that particular album by BB and this song is solid. Saw recommendations of Catherine McGrath in swifties community a few years back, but her style is just faceless country pop. She has a song written by Liz Rose which I liked for a bit.
I don't like the melody when Missy Lancaster sings the title. It doesn't fit the natural pronunciation of the words and so sounds a bit annoying.
Day Drinking has a good groove and is well-sung, even though the repetition may be too much. He is from Torrez Music Group though (same as Gabe Lee) so it will be difficult for him to go mainstream.
Kicking off the top 5 reveal with the exit of Brooke Lynn. This song received three top 5 and one bottom 5 rankings. Brooke is an independent artist from Minnesota, and only 5 songs are listed on Spotify, this song being the most streamed song.
CLD's Thought This song has a pleasant vibe, and I love how the chorus rolls well with fun lyrics. However, I don't think she has distinct vocal, and did not find her other songs to be as memorable as this.
The last song to miss the top 3 is Mira Goto. She was runner-up of the previous RD with "Nobody Warned Me". Most participants placed this in their first half of the list, while bboat11 got rid of another one of his bottom 5. If I recall correctly, this was released as the third single to Music Row Breakout Chart.
CLD's Thought This song has a very distinct dark mood, and I love its lyrics as well. When it comes to the melody and vocal arrangement, I prefer Nobody Warned Me, but overall, I'm glad that she received positive rankings with this tune.
Next up is Lipstick by Jillian Cardarelli. This is another song with no bottom 5 rankings. Jillian Cardarelli is an independent artist, and she just released a self-titled EP this year. This song was also independently released back in 2016.
CLD's Thought I fell in love this song when I accidentally stumble across this when I was searching for some other songs on YouTube. I like the slight word play around "Lipstick", and her vocal is quite strong. The melody is also very catchy, and overall, it is a solid pop country tune. While I'm glad that she has been releasing new music recently, none grabbed my attention like this tune.
This is it! Randall King scored another crown, following his victory in the first version of this RD. recordyear correctly predicted his victory, and he did not receive any bottom 10 rankings. Jenee Fleenor is known more as a fiddle player, and she played the fiddle for "I'll Name The Dogs,” “Heartache Medication,” "Dirt On My Boots," "Head Over Boots," "Heartache On the Dancefloor,” and “Ain’t Nothin To It.”
CLD's Thought "Can’t You Feel How That Sounds" is my fav from his newest album. "Record High" was promoted as a single on Indicator Chart, but I definitely prefer slower songs for Randall, like I enjoyed Around Forever. Again, why does Corey Kent have to breakthrough from Texas scene, not Randall...?
Good Ol' Girls has a fantastic fiddle production, unsurprisingly for Jenee. I discovered this song a while ago while watching Grady Smith, and I kinda overplayed back then. She does not have the best vocal imo, but other elements of this song are perfect.
Post by 🌺CountryLineDancer on Oct 24, 2022 21:07:43 GMT -5
Closing Thought: Thanks y'all for participating in my personal RD. I'm hoping to make this an annual event, so hopefully you can make some discoveries next year as well. Last year from this series, Drew Parker tried on mainstream radio. I hope some figures on the list, especially from team Texas, can grab some mainstream attention. For those who have been quiet through this reveal, it is not too late to leave your final remark!
Final Result: 1. Randall King - Can’t You Feel How That Sounds (34) 2. Jenee Fleenor - Good Ol' Girls (64) 3. Jillian Cardarelli - Lipstick (65) 4. Mira Goto - One Step Closer (70) 5. Brooke Lynn - Depends On The Friend (75) 6. Triston Marez - Day Drinking (81) 7. Andrew Hyatt - Hang Around Kind (82) 8. Missy Lancaster - Heatwave (83) 9. Catherine McGrath - Just In Case (84) 10. Bri Bagwell - Don't Call (84) 11. Ward Thomas - Boomerang (90) 12. Jason Blaine - Go With Me (95) 13. Fanny Lumsden - Dig (102) 14. Aaron Goodvin - You Ain't (103) 15. Clay Hollis - Here I Go Again (105) 16. Ashlynne Vince - Home (116) 17. Imogen Clark - Collide (124) 18. Bailey Zimmerman - Change (133) 19. Jade Eagleson - Hackin' Darts (144) 20. Marcy Grace - El Camino (156)
1. US (407) 2. TEX (460) 3. Global (483) 4. CAN (540)
Post by .indulgecountry on Oct 24, 2022 23:08:34 GMT -5
Superb top 2! It was in the opposite order of how I ranked them, but I am just such a sucker for the fiddle so that Jenee song was a lovely discovery. I didn't realize she did music of her own and only knew she played fiddle on lots of other people's work. The Randall King song just as easily could've been my #1 though so I'm happy he won. He really does need to break into the mainstream soon. He's way too good to stay an underrated niche Texan act. Cody Johnson making waves at the format gives me hope for Randall to maybe get a hit in the near future.
Oops I am the only one who didn't get a perfect ranking.
5. This is a decent and cute song of personification of drinks. Would sound better with a more distinctive vocal though. 4. I quite like the increase in counts and the idea of violence against violence in the lyrics. The melody could be more suspenseful though. 3. Good pop rhythm in the chorus. 2. I actually knew she had some own music released but never listened to them. Agree that the fiddle is excellent. Plus I don't think her vocals are terrible (maybe she sounds too old for this playlist idk?) 1. Quite unsurprising. Not bad for a winner but it is quite a bit weaker than Around Forever or Shot Glass. In fact I found his new album a bit underwhelming.
Annual rankdowns are great timeframes. I'll see who you will find next year.
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