You want hit singles? Jingle Ball has 'em, from B.o.B. to Bruno Mars to Maroon 5
When it comes to this year's 93.3 FLZ Jingle Ball, Sunday at the St. Pete Times Forum, Sean Daly says it's all about Bruno Mars, the seven-time-Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter/producer responsible for hits like Just The Way You Are.
But the truth is, year-end radio concerts like the Jingle Ball are all about ginormous hit singles. And Mars wasn’t the only Jingle Ball headliner who scored a smash in 2010. In fact, all seven artists on the Jingle Ball bill had at least one song that reached Billboard’s Hot 100 this year.Expect to hear most of these hits Sunday. (Each track is listed with its peak Billboard Hot 100 chart position.)
If you thought Train was washed up after Drops of Jupiter, guess what: Hey Soul Sister (3) is now technically the biggest hit of their career. The follow-up, If It’s Love (34) has also received lots of radio airplay, and new single Marry Me (86) is hanging around near the bottom of the charts.
Adam Levine and company have seen brighter days with hits like This Love and Makes Me Wonder. But their 2010 album Hands All Over has still spawned two charting singles, Misery (14) and Give A Little More (89). They’ll close the show on Sunday.
Tampa Bay audiences got a taste of one of the year’s biggest hits when B.o.B. performed at Wild Splash in Clearwater in March. Nothin’ on You (1) went on to receive a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year. That song, which co-starred Bruno Mars, wasn’t Bobby Ray Simmons Jr.’s only hit collaboration of the year — he also scored big with Airplanes (2), featuring Paramore’s Hayley Williams; Magic (10), featuring Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo; and Bet I (72), with T.I. and Playboy Tre. Now that we think about it, Don’t Let Me Fall (67) is B.o.B.’s only 100 percent solo success. Hmmm...
The current Hottest Singer in the Biz landed an across-the board smash with Just The Way You Are (1). New single Grenade (5) debuted in the top 10; another track, Marry You (90), a bit lower. But the Mars effect goes beyond his solo efforts. He’s also guest-starred on Top 10 hits like B.o.B.’s Nothin’ On You (1), Travie McCoy’s Billionaire (4) and Cee Lo Green’s F--- You (9), which he produced and co-wrote.
It may not have been as gratingly omnipresent as Hero or Bailamos, but I Like It (4) sure came close. Tonight (I’m Loving You) (18) was also a hit — well, the clean, non F-bomb-laden version, anyway. He also scored the only Spanish-language hit among this year’s Jingle Ball performers: Cuando Me Enamoro (89), with Juan Luis Guerra.
When it comes to success in pop and R&B, Mike Posner already has about eight strikes against him — like the fact that he attended Duke University, or that he played on this summer’s Warped Tour, or his name sounds sort of like “poser.” But that didn’t stop him from scoring one of the year’s catchiest guilty pleasures, Cooler Than Me (6), and its recent follow-up, Please Don’t Go (16).
The Ready Set
Who? No, more like woe — as in Love Like Woe (27), the unexpected hit from Disneyesque emo-dance-popster Jordan Mark Witzigreuter (click here to read our interview with him). If you miss them Sunday (they play first), catch them March 11, when they headline the Glamour Kills Tour at Ybor City’s Orpheum.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images.