#BILLCSTop30 #643 – July 4/22

Just when I thought I had identified my two songs of summer – “Daydreaming” by Harry Styles and “Superstar” by Darin – along comes a third.  Beyoncê’s “Break My Soul”, from her upcoming album Renaissance, bounds onto the chart at a high #21. The song’s lively spirit, sampling of Robin S’ classic 90’s pop/dance hit “Show Me Love”, and funky rhythm give this one trademarks all its own. It’s also Beyoncê’s first appearance on my chart since she went to #1 in early 2009 with “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”. While I’ve appreciated several of her songs and videos since then, most of them never stuck with me long enough to end up on the chart. So it’s a new era for Beyoncê for me!

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This edition of the chart also brings you a new #1 song for the first time since April! Oliver Sim’s slinky droll slice of funky fun “Romance with a Memory” takes over at the top, moving 3-1 for The xx’s bassist/vocalist.

The next chart in two weeks should be interesting as Benson Boone’s ballad of heartache, “In The Stars”, zips into the Top 5, moving 6-2, becoming an instant challenge to “Romance with a Memory” to stay at #1 for a second appearance.

Victor Perry’s “Punching Bag” rises 8-5, becoming his second solo entry to reach the Top 5. “What I Deserve” topped out at #2 in 2020. It’s also Victor’s fifth Top 5 entry overall. He’s also had a song reach every position within the Top 10!!

Harry Styles’ glorious “Daydreaming” is the Fastest Riser, moving up 17-9, becoming his sixth Top 10 on this chart.

It’s been taking its time, but Ryan Shepherd’s “The High”, featuring vocalist Bella Renee, climbs 12-10, becoming his fourth Top 10 on the chart. Ryan reached #1 on the chart back in 2017 with Loud Luxury on their collaboration of “Fill Me In”, which I was so happy to hear at his show last week opening for Two Friends.

Closing in on the Top 10 is the soaring sound of “Afterglow” by Nicky Romero, GATTUSO and Jared Lee, moving up 14-11.

A bunch of recent songs get locked into the lower half of the chart because there is simply too much going on that I love in the upper part of the chart!

But it will all give way in two weeks, allowing “Dusk” (above) by Manila Killa and Lights to move up beyond its 21-17 rise this time.  Check out another track from Manila Killa’s upcoming album Dusk called “Desire”, with vocalist MADI, below.

The future bass/dubstep sounds of “Crown” by We Are Fury, brassie and Kyle Reynolds also has potential for a faster rise than its 23-19 move. “Crown” is culled from We Are Fury’s EP The Lost & Damned.

McEwen’s heartfelt slice of dance music called “Love That About You” (above), from his new album 0524, climbs 27-22, while Javi’s gorgeous cover of Sade’s “Cherish The Day” (below) is right behind, rising 28-23.

The second debut brings back Swedish trio Louis Pax to the chart after their month-long #1 “Bad Things” earlier this year, which stuck around on the chart for the maximum 10 appearances (20 weeks). “Ophelia” is another 80’s influenced pop bop and bows at #27. A video for the song premieres later this week.

A second inspired cover arrives on the chart at #28. “Gypsy Woman (La Da Dee)” was a huge 1991 radio and club hit for Crystal Waters, and it’s given a reverent redux by The Netherlands’ Steve Void with singer Sharon Doorson. No cookie cutter cover this one! It’s Steve’s fifth chart entry and first since his 2019 #1 “Closure” with Andy Marsh.

At #30, “Confusion Girl Completed” becomes the first song to enter this chart in its 24 years having been completely redone by its original artist. Frankmusik originally released the song in 2009 as a part of his Complete Me album, and it peaked at #11, his first appearance on this chart. He is re-recording each song from that album and releasing them one-by-one throughout 2022. As much as I still enjoy the original, “Confusion Girl Completed” is now an undeniable, contemporary pop bop. It follows up Frankmusik’s recent #2 “The Half Moon Came Up In The Sky”, which departs the chart as of this edition.

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Radio GTA

Listen to The Big 20 from 10pm to Midnight EST on Wednesdays as “The Musicman” James Rogers and I bring you the latest in new songs.  The show also repeats on Sunday mornings on Radio GTA at 2:00 AM EST, at 8pm EST on Sundays on Party Dog Radio, and then at 7:00 am EST Fridays on Unique Radio Australia!

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I’m featured Tuesdays between 7 and 7:30 pm EST with my New Music Pick of the Week which debuts every week on “The 3D Variety Show” with “The Musicman” James Rogers, and I also join occasionally for looks at music from our past through some live segments.  A repeat of “The 3D Variety Show” now airs on Wednesdays at 7pm EST on Radio GTA.  

My New Music Pick of the Week also now airs on:

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  • Party Dog Radio, Sundays at 8pm EST
  • Unique Radio Australia, Fridays at 7am EST

More new affiliates are joining and I’ll update this list as I receive new information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L.A. based teen singer/songwriter @KaceyFifield returns with dance anthem “Toxic”

KACEY FIFIELD, “Toxic”

Think of “Toxic” as a quick taste of what’s to come this year from 17 year old singer/songwriter Kacey Fifield. Kacey showed a lot of promise with a trio of electronic pop singles last year –  “Ghost” (with South Korean producer Little Rain), “Confused” and “Camouflage” – as well as “Last Breath”, a duet with co-writer and mentor Robbie Rosen, several of which I wrote about. “Toxic”, also co-written with Robbie, is a bigger step forward, creating a dance anthem of sorts for young women who have risen above toxic friendships and relationships. Its compelling production comes courtesy of India’s Nippendab, whose recent release “Mind” was picked up by no less than Sam Feldt for his Heartfeldt radio show. The bass synth work in this house mix is a perfect foil for Kacey’s bold vocal. Kacey’s singles have been remixed in past (most recently by Jay Bird, who put a future bass spin on “Ghost”), so moving more into the uptempo dance music stream is natural. Reminiscent of Daya (who at 16 won a Grammy for her vocal on The Chainsmokers’ “Don’t Let Me Down”), Kacey is sure to help open doors for other young women in this genre. There’s much more to come from Kacey in the coming months!

L.A. pop/dance singer/songwriter @TylerGarrettusa releases new album “Mirage” featuring “My Life”

TYLER GARRETT, “My Life”

Following last year’s album release Runaway, L.A. prolific singer/songwriter Tyler Garrett quickly follows it up with a 15 song alternative dance album called Mirage, which includes the song “My Life”.  The album will please dance music fans who like their music brisk and intense, though the album has its diverse, downtempo moments too. “My Life” is one of the aforementioned powerful tracks, about taking back control of one’s life, more of a straight up alternative dance song with rock elements when compared with some of Runaway’s more R&B flavoured jams. It’s got a late 90’s aggressive electronic dance flair that strangely reminds me of Underworld’s “Born Slippy”, though it’s nowhere near as over-the-top. For more tastes of Tyler’s Mirage album, I can steer you to the title song, “Resurface” and “Expedite (My Love)”. 

Meet @EminEMINZADA with unique alt.pop release “Bloodline”

EMINZADA, “Bloodline”

“Bloodline” isone of the most unique alt.pop releases you’ll hear this year, a thought-provoking song from new London-based, Azerbaijan-born singer/songwriter EMINZADA. As easy as the song goes down melodically, the song’s message remains profound, carried by EMINZADA’s own simple and likeable vocal with its tidy British accent. It’s about that time in one’s life where family tradition, as honoured and pronounced as it might be in some cultures, must come to an end in order for someone to live the life they choose. As a person with a disability that affects him as a singer – with a sunken breast bone that can impact his heart and lungs – and as a disabled member of the LGBTQIA+ community, EMINZADA experiences daily hurdles which he shares through his music. “Bloodline” is also rich with Azerbaijan traditional instrumentation, which is rarely heard in the global pop world. “Bloodline” gently commands your attention and makes you look forward to what EMINZADA will deliver on his  forthcoming EP.

“You” by UK/Irish production duo @Menrvamusic and vocal powerhouse @MOYAangela is a house-pop delight

MENRVA and MOYA, “You”

“You” is a delightful slice of pop-house brought to you by UK-Irish production duo (and brothers ) Menrva and American powerhouse R&B/pop vocalist MOYA. Being led by examples of smashes like Joel Corry’s “Head and Heart” and Elton John & Dua Lipa’s “Cold Heart”, “You” has pop and dance radio hit written all over it, not necessarily because it follows a formula, but because its execution is so on point. Menrva’s uplifting production gives MOYA lots of room to play with and flourish. Its melody is instantly memorable and the lyrics are full of welcome positives for the summer months. Although titled the same as Regard’s pop and dance hit of last year, that’s where the comparison ends, but you can expect “You” to find similar success.

UK pop singer @SeanSmithsolo returns with an anthem for romance “In Love With The Night”

SEAN SMITH, “In Love With The Night”

British singer Sean Smith’s versatility allows him to move seamlessly between pop sub-genres as diverse as swing and electronic dance music. He’s back with his first solo outing in a while with “In Love With The Night”, a dynamic pop anthem for romance in the wee hours. Whether it’s going to a club or grabbing a coffee, “In Love With The Night” is about celebrating romance in the nighttime setting. Songwriter and producer Justin Busch has tapped into a solid, danceable sound for Sean, who has previously seen action on my chart with “Magic”, and duets with Peter Wilson (“Verona” – which reached #2 – and “One and One”), and Ben Davidson (“Dirty Mirrors”).  “In Love With The Night” is an endearing and festive anthem for the night.

Memphis singer/songwriter @NickBlackmusic releases jaunty and thoughtful “Filler” featuring rapper @DazRinko

NICK BLACK and DAZ RINKO, “Filler”

With a penchant for bright melodies and thoughtful, personable lyrics, Memphis singer/songwriter Nick Black releases his new single “Filler” which features a well-placed rap interlude from fellow Memphis resident Daz Rinko.  “Filler” is about finding balance in life, not looking too far ahead to forget about who and what is currently around you. Nick’s vocal style reminds me of Jason Mraz or Mokita with a dash or two of one of his major influences, John Mayer.  “Filler” follows the release of his fourth album Twitch #1, a result of using Twitch.tv over the past few years to formulate songs in real time in front of a virtual audience. So Nick not only has many obvious talents musically, but he’s done well to market himself with a brand for like-minded people. “Filler” is bright and unconventional, and could find favour on alternative or college radio.

Washington DC area indie singer/songwriter @Steven_Thad releases new EP “Pop Man” including original “Husband Material” and a cover of @Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable”

STEVEN THAD, “Husband Material” and “Irreplaceable”

Steven Thad’s enthusiasm for his releases is contagious, from his You Tube videos promoting the songs and EP’s to his social media posts, and he’s only just getting started. Give Steven a budget and a good producer and we will have next level recordings to hear. But in the meantime, on his new indie EP “Pop Man”, he offers up the original “Husband Material” and a winning cover of Beyoncé’s “Irreplaceable”.

“Husband Material” (above) is especially good as an original because Steven has a gentle way of telling a story about a gal he likes, but who is really only looking to find a guy to marry. And Steven has a mouthful to sing about, so the song isn’t really conventional songwriting, though its melody and brief hook will find their ways into your head. It’s unabashedly pop – as his EP title implies – but with a few different strokes.

Steven’s take on “Irreplaceable” (below) is intended to be a singalong from the get-go, and because Steven doesn’t have Beyoncé’s power and pipes, his far less intimidating version also works. Knowing that this is an empowerment anthem for women in its original form, Steven scales it back vocally while retaining its message and intent, and offers up in the process a more forgiving rendition that we can comfortably sing with because most of us can relate to it all too well.

Pop Man also includes the previously released cover of Michael Bublé’s “Everything”, another take on a Bublé tune recorded with Charlie Puth called “Love You Anymore”, and a stab at Olivia Rodrigo’s “drivers license”.

Toronto singer/guitarist @FrancescoYates dazzles with exuberant and entertaining “Jimi”

FRANCESCO YATES, “Jimi”

After releasing the criminally overlooked EP Superbad and risqué follow-up single “Late Night Love” in 2020, Toronto singer/songwriter/guitarist Francesco Yates continues in top form with his new indie single “Jimi”. The song is really an ode to multiple passions, whether you’re head over heels for someone, obsessed with a favourite performer, or mad about music and guitar-playing, and ultimately how they can all fuse together. “Jimi” is one hell of an entertaining record, with Francesco pulling out all stops with his amazing guitar work – which should be witnessed in concert, where he truly dazzles – and even lets loose with a sensational scream. Francesco has an awesome party going on in “Jimi” and we’re all invited.

Toronto/Dusseldorf-based pop/dance duo @LolaDutronic return with sparkling “Let’s All Dance (Our Last Summer)”

LOLA DUTRONIC, “Let’s All Dance (Our Last Summer)”

Following their jab at the world’s biggest song contest with “Get Us To the EuroVision”, Toronto/Dusseldorf-based veteran indie pop/dance duo Lola Dutronic return with some sparkling and playful ear candy called “Let’s All Dance (Our Last Summer)”. The duo have an unique legacy, working in the past with artists as diverse as Tom Tom Club, Leona Lewis, Imagine Dragons, and Ozzy Osbourne! With melody firmly planted in the early 80’s, the duo want you to strike a pose like you were on a holiday, getting into that groove as you cause a commotion for the last time on the dance floor in the summer. Stephanie B-Yen’s inviting, whispery vocal totally suits the dreamy vibe of the song while Richard Citroen’s clearly having too much fun with this production, adding twist after twist to keep you listening.