Never Gonna Dance Again, Goodbye George Michael

George Michael was one of the top solo superstars of the 80’s. We lost him, apparently from heart failure during our celebration of Christmas this year. When George Michael was in the duo Wham!, he made a new Christmas song, Last Christmas. The song was the top played pop Christmas song in 1985, a rare Pop Top 20 entry for a Christmas song in the modern era, and a classic song that has been covered by many top stars since then.

We lost George Michael at 53 years old on Christmas. But we will remember him fondly in future years for his Christmas classic, which will take its place aside other classics that are mostly older than his song.

He will also be remembered for his incredible pop chart career and the music that made it big.

After Wham! broke up, George Michael became one of the top solo pop superstars of the 1980’s with pop, dance, and even ballad super hits.  1988 ballad One More Try was the top song of the year, while George Michael had five of the top 100 songs of the decade. The Wham! hit that established his career Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go was #103.

The music of George Michael was enjoyed by many from soul, dance, pop, and even rock artists. Here is a 2009 rock number two remake of his second biggest hit, Careless Whisper, performed by rock and alternative band Seether.

We have lost too many of the biggest stars of the 80’s. George Michael may now join Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Prince in our forever memory. With the notable exception of Donna Summer whose biggest year was 1979 just barely outside the 80’s, the superstars of the prior decade have done better. Let’s hope for long lives of the rest of the 80’s superstars and good health and longevity to all in 2017.

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Google Search includes Jill Stein but Leaves Out Donald Trump in “Presidential Candidates” Search

Donald Trump is the nominee for president of one of the two major parties. Hillary Clinton is the nominee for the other. As recently as July 27, a Google search for “presidential candidates” showed something very different.

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Once screen shots like these went “viral” on the web, Google finally bothered to update its search result. Google added Donald Trump and Gary Johnson, and deleted Bernie Sanders. But first, it took this very embarrassing search result — an article from NBC pointing it out!

Three questions:

Why did Google not know that Donald Trump was a candidate until after July 27?

Donald Trump was officially nominated on July 19. He was the “presumptive” nominee weeks earlier.

How did Google know that Jill Stein was running for president, but not know that Gary Johnson was as of July 27?

Gary Johnson was officially nominated as the Libertarian candidate way back in May. Jill Stein is not yet the official Green Party nominee. Gary Johnson polls more than double Jill Stein. Whoops!

Why was Bernie Sanders still in the picture on July 27?

Bernie Sanders conceded the nomination back on July 20.

That was Fast! Google Reinstates Tunecaster Then Blocks the Site Again!

UPDATE: I found another webmaster complaining of the same thing here. Has this happened to you? Write a comment below!

First of all, if anyone reading this sees anything suspicious at the site Tunecaster.com at all, please report it in the comments below. (BidVertiser is gone and it will never come back again.) Now, to the latest …

Google sent this message July 27.

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I woke up this morning and checked the internal statistics at Tunecaster.com as I have done every morning since Google Search summarily executed the site from its popular search engine. It turns out that Google removed the site from search again at about midnight on July 28. No new notice has arrived yet.

I checked at the Google Console and found this message.

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There’s only one message like this and it is not dated. Is this the same message from the first time or is it a new message?

Anyway, Google bots STILL indicate that the site is safe:

Here, Google says Tunecaster is safe on July 26.

Here, Google says Tunecaster is safe on July 30.

You Can’t Make This Up: Google Manually Bans Site While Google’s Own Bots Say Site is Safe

UPDATE 2: Google removes the site again — new story here.

UPDATE: Google finally put the site Tunecaster back in its search. I wonder what other sites are missing from Google. I’m sticking with Bing! (And no more Bidvertiser either.)

Now, why in the world would Google ban an innocuous and informative unique long-running music chart archive site for “sneaky redirects” when it’s own bots say the site is safe? Here’s what Google says:

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Not very informative, is it? So, I removed advertising from Google’s competitor (which has been used since Google banned Tunecaster.com from its AdSense program as I talked about a bit here), and filed a “reconsideration.”

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So, while Google is out doing this project and that project and earning billions of dollars, Google won’t get around to assigning a person to review its one-sided anti-due-process total removal of the music site from search …

possibly for “several weeks.”

But the Google bots know and admit RIGHT NOW that the site is safe.

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So the site is safe, the bots know it, but Google has not restored it to search.

News: Tunecaster.com De-Listed from Google Search

UPDATE THREE — Google removed the ban for a second time on August 6.

UPDATE TWO — That was Fast! Google Reinstates Tunecaster Then Blocks the Site Again!

UPDATE ONE — You Can’t Make This Up: Google Manually Bans Site While Google’s Own Bots Say Site is Safe.

Hi everyone. This is Dave from Tunecaster. I see that we have more visitors here at the blog since Google has de-listed our site at Tunecaster.com for “sneaky redirects.”

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I had never heard of such a thing, so I had to look around. Apparently, sneaky redirects are where a mobile site sends users to a different URL than the one expected.

As the webmaster for Tunecaster, I can assure everyone that Tunecaster disapproves of such things. In fact, Tunecaster has always maintained a policy of minimal advertising — no sliders, no pop-ups, no pop-unders, no audio, etc. We have always insisted that advertising be clear and obvious, and not anywhere that clicks might be accidental.

We think that the text data tables in Tunecaster make it unusually easy for people to know where advertisements are, and also make those ads stand out nicely.

Google suspended our AdSense account nearly four years ago. Despite big changes and three appeals, Google refused to reinstate it or even explain what went wrong. We were accused of “encouraging clicks” even as the CTR was falling. Very strange.

Since then, Google has repeatedly placed malware warnings on the site. Each time, we had to work long hours to find and fix any potential problems. Today, there is virtually no active code at Tunecaster except for its advertisers — advertisers that were chosen precisely to replace the Google AdSense ban. Now Google completely removed the site from search.

To put it simply: Google banned Tunecaster from AdSense for vague reasons, refused to reinstate the site after big changes, then repeatedly penalized the site in search for using its advertising competitors, and now has entirely removed the site from search.

I removed the entire website from the server yesterday and re-posted a clean version and disabled the ads by Google’s competitor, Bidvertiser. Then, I applied for a “reconsideration.”

If Bidvertiser is the problem, it’s gone. It only took a few minutes to remove it. Now, I have to wait weeks? What is Google doing? There are plenty of Americans that could use jobs and Google has the money to hire a few.

I commented a bit more on the situation here.

I don’t know what else to do.

Please send me your comments below. Are you seeing “sneaky redirects”? Did you see them the other day? What do you think of the situation?

If you know someone at Google, please explain that there are honest people out here being caught up in the policing of “made for AdSense” scams. Thank you!

Top 100 songs January 31, 2015, this week

This week’s Top Line 100 Songs, top 100 songs for January 31, 2015. Recent archives
Uptown Funk at number one here again as it hits number one pop too.

1 1 Uptown Funk Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars
2 2 Thinking Out Loud Ed Sheeran
3 3 Sugar Maroon 5
4 4 Take Me To Church Hozier
5 5 Blank Space Taylor Swift
6 6 Lips Are Movin Meghan Trainor
8 7 Centuries Fall Out Boy
7 8 Shake It Off Taylor Swift
12 9 Love Me Like You Do Ellie Goulding
20 10 FourFiveSeconds Rihanna And Kanye West And Paul McCartney
9 11 All About That Bass Meghan Trainor
13 12 Style Taylor Swift
11 13 I’m Not The Only One Sam Smith
17 14 Time Of Our Lives Pitbull & Ne-Yo
21 15 Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey) The Weeknd
14 16 The Heart Wants What It Wants Selena Gomez
10 17 The Hanging Tree James Newton Howard
15 18 Jealous Nick Jonas
29 19 Truffle Butter Nicki Minaj Featuring Drake
16 20 Ghost Ella Henderson
26 21 GDFR Flo Rida Featuring Sage The Gemini And Lookas
23 22 Take Your Time Sam Hunt
22 23 I Don’t Mind Usher Featuring Juicy J
27 24 I Bet My Life Imagine Dragons
19 25 Animals Maroon 5
25 26 Only Nicki Minaj Featuring Drake, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown
62 27 She Knows Ne-Yo Featuring Juicy J
33 28 Stay With Me Sam Smith
24 29 I Don’t Fxxk With You Big Sean Featuring E-40
18 30 I Lived OneRepublic
47 31 Stuck On A Feeling Prince Royce Featuring Snoop Dogg
28 32 Bang Bang Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj
35 33 Riptide Vance Joy
30 34 Love Me Harder Ariana Grande & The Weeknd
38 35 Sledgehammer Fifth Harmony
39 36 Elastic Heart Sia
36 37 Happy Pharrell Williams
51 38 Prayer In C Lilly Wood & The Prick And Robin Schulz
32 39 Heroes (We Could Be) Alesso Featuring Tove Lo
50 40 Shut Up And Dance Walk The Moon
31 41 Be Real Kid Ink
42 Shots Imagine Dragons
45 43 All About It Hoodie Allen Featuring Ed Sheeran
42 44 Don’t Ed Sheeran
40 45 Night Changes One Direction
41 46 Heartbeat Song Kelly Clarkson
48 47 Lonely Tonight Blake Shelton Featuring Ashley Monroe
34 48 Vine Dat Devyn Rose
49 Blessings Big Sean Featuring Drake
46 50 Sun Daze Florida Georgia Line
44 51 Who Am I Devyn Rose
57 52 Turn Down For What DJ Snake And Lil Jon
68 53 Talladega Eric Church
54 Forever Young Rhiannon Giddens And Iron & Wine
52 55 Chandelier Sia
73 56 Outside Calvin Harris Featuring Ellie Goulding
59 57 7/11 Beyonce
53 58 Falling 4 U Devyn Rose
78 59 Geronimo Sheppard
82 60 Make Me Wanna Thomas Rhett
69 61 Counting Stars OneRepublic
54 62 Try Colbie Caillat
60 63 Something In The Water Carrie Underwood
75 64 I See You Luke Bryan
83 65 Roar Katy Perry
58 66 Want It All Devyn Rose
61 67 Stolen Dance Milky Chance
66 68 CoCo O.T. Genasis
55 69 No Type Rae Sremmurd
67 70 Fireball Pitbull Featuring John Ryan
64 71 Slow Motion Trey Songz
79 72 Do I Wanna Know? Arctic Monkeys
49 73 Waves (Robin Schulz Remix) Mr. Probz
43 74 Homegrown Zac Brown Band
96 75 Best Day Of My Life American Authors
65 76 Sail Awolnation
63 77 Shotgun Rider Tim McGraw
107 78 Push It Salt-n-Pepa
76 79 Drinking Class Lee Brice
81 80 Just Gettin’ Started Jason Aldean
89 81 Ain’t Worth The Whiskey Cole Swindell
93 82 Girl Crush Little Big Town
108 83 Can’t Stop Dancin’ Becky G
74 84 Habits (Stay High) Tove Lo
77 85 Tuesday I Love Makonnen Featuring Drake
84 86 Feeling Myself Nicki Minaj Featuring Beyonce
111 87 All Of Me John Legend
95 88 Planes Jeremih Featuring J Cole
87 89 Let It Go Idina Menzel
90 Somebody Natalie La Rose Featuring Jeremih
114 91 Throw Sum Mo Rae Sremmurd Featuring Young Thug
100 92 Budapest George Ezra
130 93 Only One Kanye West Featuring Paul McCartney
94 Little Toy Guns Carrie Underwood
99 95 Ayo Chris Brown & Tyga
101 96 Cool Kids Echosmith
90 97 Honey, I’m Good Andy Grammer
85 98 God Made Girls RaeLynn
104 99 Burnin’ It Down Jason Aldean
98 100 Mean To Me Brett Eldredge

Knocking At The Door …
Back in August, Nick Jonas was knocking at the door with the smoky dreamy song Chains. Now that his smash hit Jealous is completing its run, Nick knocks again at # 110.

I was asked last week, “What happened to the Top Line chart? I can’t find it.” It’s been around at the official site as usual, but I haven’t had much time to come here and post it at the blog. Don’t worry, the Top Line 100 isn’t going anywhere. The archives will be expanded too.

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Top 100 songs January 10, 2015, this week

This week’s Top Line 100 Songs, top 100 songs for January 10, 2015. Recent archives
Uptown Funk at number one again.

1 1 Uptown Funk Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars
3 2 Take Me To Church Hozier
2 3 Blank Space Taylor Swift
6 4 Thinking Out Loud Ed Sheeran
4 5 Lips Are Movin Meghan Trainor
5 6 All About That Bass Meghan Trainor
7 7 Shake It Off Taylor Swift
8 8 Centuries Fall Out Boy
10 9 The Hanging Tree James Newton Howard
11 10 I’m Not The Only One Sam Smith
14 11 The Heart Wants What It Wants Selena Gomez
12 12 Jealous Nick Jonas
9 13 Animals Maroon 5
15 14 Stay With Me Sam Smith
25 15 Ghost Ella Henderson
13 16 Bang Bang Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj
17 17 I Don’t Fxxk With You Big Sean Featuring E-40
16 18 Love Me Harder Ariana Grande & The Weeknd
19 Love Me Like You Do Ellie Goulding
56 20 I Lived OneRepublic
18 21 Only One Kanye West Featuring Paul McCartney
22 22 Only Nicki Minaj Featuring Drake,
Lil Wayne, Chris Brown
23 Ayo Chris Brown & Tyga
19 24 Night Changes One Direction
20 25 Don’t Ed Sheeran
21 26 Turn Down For What DJ Snake And Lil Jon
29 27 Sledgehammer Fifth Harmony
24 28 Happy Pharrell Williams
30 29 Style Taylor Swift
26 30 Waves (Robin Schulz Remix) Mr. Probz
31 Elastic Heart Sia
35 32 I Bet My Life Imagine Dragons
38 33 Heroes (We Could Be) Alesso Featuring Tove Lo
59 34 GDFR Flo Rida Featuring
Sage The Gemini And Lookas
49 35 I Don’t Mind Usher Featuring Juicy J
23 36 L.A. Love (La La) Fergie
28 37 Riptide Vance Joy
32 38 Time Of Our Lives Pitbull & Ne-Yo
39 39 Dear Future Husband Meghan Trainor
33 40 Beg For It Iggy Azalea Featuring MO
27 41 Habits (Stay High) Tove Lo
34 42 No Type Rae Sremmurd
43 Good Enough Empire Cast Featuring Jussie Smollett
50 44 Stolen Dance Milky Chance
45 What Is Love Empire Cast Featuring Veronika Bozeman
37 46 Tuesday I Love Makonnen Featuring Drake
31 47 Trumpets Jason Derulo
48 Irresistible Fall Out Boy
48 49 Try Colbie Caillat
46 50 Shotgun Rider Tim McGraw
42 51 All Of Me John Legend
99 52 Take Your Time Sam Hunt
51 53 Chandelier Sia
54 54 CoCo O.T. Genasis
55 55 7/11 Beyonce
40 56 Something In The Water Carrie Underwood
36 57 Let It Go Idina Menzel
43 58 Fireball Pitbull Featuring John Ryan
52 59 Counting Stars OneRepublic
53 60 Boom Clap Charli XCX
72 61 Title Meghan Trainor
41 62 Rude Magic!
130 63 The Kids Aren’t Alright Fall Out Boy
67 64 Sun Daze Florida Georgia Line
45 65 Cool Kids Echosmith
47 66 Burnin’ It Down Jason Aldean
87 67 Lonely Tonight Blake Shelton Featuring Ashley Monroe
125 68 America’s Suitehearts Fall Out Boy
64 69 Dark Horse Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J
65 70 Immortals Fall Out Boy
84 71 Love Runs Out OneRepublic
60 72 Welcome To New York Taylor Swift
82 73 Shut Up And Dance Walk The Moon
100 74 Close Your Eyes Meghan Trainor
62 75 Pompeii Bastille
88 76 Feeling Myself Nicki Minaj Featuring Beyonce
58 77 Problem Ariana Grande Featuring Iggy Azalea
78 Blank Space I Prevail
79 Hotel Kid Ink
57 80 Bad Blood Taylor Swift
68 81 Fancy Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX
73 82 Best Day Of My Life American Authors
63 83 Sail Awolnation
66 84 Break Free Ariana Grande Featuring Zedd
76 85 Blame Calvin Harris Featuring John Newman
61 86 Black Widow Iggy Azalea Featuring Rita Ora
85 87 Talladega Eric Church
71 88 My Immortal Evanescence
79 89 God Made Girls RaeLynn
93 90 Just Gettin’ Started Jason Aldean
78 91 Roar Katy Perry
96 92 I See You Luke Bryan
77 93 Moves Like Jagger Maroon 5 Featuring Christina Aguilera
89 94 Lonely Eyes Chris Young
80 95 Something Big Shawn Mendes
96 First Kiss Kid Rock
97 Stuck On A Feeling Prince Royce Featuring Snoop Dogg
124 98 Prayer In C Lilly Wood & The Prick And Robin Schulz
91 99 Drinking Class Lee Brice
74 100 Steal My Girl One Direction

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