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.

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 December 13, 2014, this week

This week’s Top Line 100 Songs, top 100 songs for December 13, 2014. Recent archives
The Blank Space at number one is still being filled by Taylor Swift for another week.

1 1 Blank Space Taylor Swift
3 2 Uptown Funk Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars
2 3 Take Me To Church Hozier
6 4 Lips Are Movin Meghan Trainor
7 5 Shake It Off Taylor Swift
5 6 All About That Bass Meghan Trainor
19 7 Thinking Out Loud Ed Sheeran
4 8 The Hanging Tree James Newton Howard
8 9 I’m Not The Only One Sam Smith
9 10 The Heart Wants What It Wants Selena Gomez
10 11 Jealous Nick Jonas
13 12 Centuries Fall Out Boy
11 13 Animals Maroon 5
12 14 Bang Bang Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj
16 15 Love Me Harder Ariana Grande & The Weeknd
14 16 Mary, Did You Know? Pentatonix
17 17 I Don’t Fxxk With You Big Sean Featuring E-40
15 18 Make It Rain Ed Sheeran
19 All I Want For Christmas Is You Mariah Carey
18 20 Don’t Ed Sheeran
20 21 Waves (Robin Schulz Remix) Mr. Probz
22 Come Join The Murder The White Buffalo & The Forest Rangers
31 23 Only Nicki Minaj Featuring Drake,
Lil Wayne, Chris Brown
23 24 Tuesday I Love Makonnen Featuring Drake
21 25 Beg For It Iggy Azalea Featuring MO
22 26 Habits (Stay High) Tove Lo
29 27 Riptide Vance Joy
32 28 7/11 Beyonce
96 29 Style Taylor Swift
27 30 Stay With Me Sam Smith
34 31 Blame Calvin Harris Featuring John Newman
33 32 I Bet My Life Imagine Dragons
43 33 Heroes (We Could Be) Alesso Featuring Tove Lo
46 34 Stolen Dance Milky Chance
26 35 Trumpets Jason Derulo
45 36 CoCo O.T. Genasis
38 37 Shotgun Rider Tim McGraw
42 38 Happy Pharrell Williams
28 39 Fireball Pitbull Featuring John Ryan
39 40 Chandelier Sia
41 41 Ghost Ella Henderson
40 42 Somethin’ Bad Miranda Lambert With Carrie Underwood
50 43 Turn Down For What DJ Snake And Lil Jon
86 44 Lonely Tonight Blake Shelton Featuring Ashley Monroe
30 45 L.A. Love (La La) Fergie
44 46 Let It Go Idina Menzel
89 47 Where Are You, Christmas? Faith Hill
37 48 Cool Kids Echosmith
25 49 Yellow Flicker Beat Lorde
36 50 I Don’t Mind Usher Featuring Juicy J
53 51 God Made Girls RaeLynn
75 52 I Lived OneRepublic
47 53 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Sam Smith
51 54 Try Colbie Caillat
55 55 Dangerous David Guetta Featuring Sam Martin
48 56 Immortals Fall Out Boy
60 57 Sun Daze Florida Georgia Line
54 58 Night Changes One Direction
49 59 No Type Rae Sremmurd
52 60 Burnin’ It Down Jason Aldean
73 61 GDFR Flo Rida Featuring Sage The Gemini And Lookas
58 62 Dear Future Husband Meghan Trainor
57 63 Rather Be Clean Bandit Featuring Jess Glynne
56 64 Black Widow Iggy Azalea Featuring Rita Ora
66 65 Talladega Eric Church
67 66 Hot Nixxa Bobby Shmurda
80 67 Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24 Trans-Siberian Orchestra
59 68 Geronimo Sheppard
90 69 Take Your Time Sam Hunt
63 70 Don’t Tell ‘Em Jeremih Featuring YG
64 71 All Things Go Nicki Minaj
68 72 Drinking Class Lee Brice
79 73 I See You Luke Bryan
65 74 The Blower’s Daughter Matt McAndrew
75 Wet Dreamz J Cole
78 76 Burnin’ Up Jessie J Featuring 2 Chainz
74 77 Boom Clap Charli XCX
70 78 Santa Tell Me Ariana Grande
76 79 Baby It’s Cold Outside Idina Menzel With Michael Buble
85 80 Just Gettin’ Started Jason Aldean
61 81 Rude Magic!
82 Happy Marina And The Diamonds
97 83 Problem Ariana Grande Featuring Iggy Azalea
104 84 Girl In A Country Song Maddie & Tae
88 85 Shut Up And Dance Walk The Moon
94 86 Counting Stars OneRepublic
69 87 Little Drummer Boy Pentatonix
81 88 Bad Blood Taylor Swift
77 89 Leave The Night On Sam Hunt
90 Break The Rules Charli XCX
102 91 Sail Awolnation
92 92 Wildest Dreams Taylor Swift
62 93 Steal My Girl One Direction
93 94 Break Free Ariana Grande Featuring Zedd
95 The Old Rugged Cross Craig Wayne Boyd
87 96 Am I Wrong Nico & Vinz
83 97 Perfect Storm Brad Paisley
71 98 Come With Me Now Kongos
82 99 Title Meghan Trainor
91 100 Bed Of Lies Nicki Minaj Featuring Skylar Grey

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