Tuned-On! Top 30 #331 – July 19/10

“8-bit Heart” by Simon Curtis continues in its second appearance at the top on my latest personal chart, as Simon begins recording his next release in West Virginia, and his Robot Army of fans just can’t wait!  But challenging for the next chart in two weeks is “A New Word To Say” by Bright Light Bright Light at #2, who have just signed to Virgin’s new Popjustice Hi-Fi label.  “A New Word To Say” is available to you free if you subscribe to Rod’s newsletter at the Bright Light x 2 website .  And if it can’t get any better, the first ‘official’ Bright Light x 2 single will be out on September 12 called “Love Part II”, and for now you can hear this amazing tune, certain to be one of the best of the year, right here .

As we head closer to the August 3 release of his 11:59 album, Ryan Star’s “Breathe” moves into the Top 5.  Justin Nozuka’s “Unwoken Dream (King with Everything)” moves up within the Top 10, and then we have four new Top 10 entries.  Not surprisingly, the first is Fastest Riser “Crossfire” by Brandon Flowers, obviously a contender for the top spot on my chart in a few weeks.  View the excellent video right here .  It’s taken perhaps a little longer than usual for them to get to the Top 10 because of the competition, but Evan Taubenfeld’s “Pumpkin Pie” and “It’s Like That” arrive, as does “Gettin’ Over You” by David Guetta & friends.  Next into the Top 10?  “Something Good Can Work” by Two Door Cinema Club, perhaps, as it leaps 17-12.

The chart has been pretty slow paced lately, not to deny the calibre of the songs, as tunes by Goldfrapp, The Good Natured, Reni Lane, Roz Bell, and Lifehouse all move up nicely.

Our three debuts speak loudly about the quality of pop music in 2010. I didn’t even really like George Michael’s “I Want Your Sex” when it came out in 1987, but it may have brought down some in-your-face barriers for music on radio.  While the song is definitely tamer now, and I never really thought it would be revived other than in kitschy or campy situations, it has been brought home in style.  As I blogged about recently , L.A. singer (and “Glee” backup vocalist!) Chris Mann recently released the song on iTunes with an especially strong vocal performance (you can view the stylish video right here) that may just be too good for the song itself, but here it is on my chart bowing at #23.

Next up, it’s taken me a little longer to warm up to “Friction” by LA’s Adam Tyler, as other bloggers took to it well before its official release last month.  Right now, I’m loving it when alternate free download versions of songs appear online, and the late 80’s early 90’s near-Hi-NRG frenetic vibe of the Ricardo Autobahn edit has sold me on it.  The video, at the top of this page, is definitely intriguing and Adam is a talent to watch!

Lastly, London-based duo Bim, comprised of Rebecca Rosier and Tim Davis, have released glorious if melancholy ear candy in the form of “Head Over Heels”, from their upcoming release Scatterheart, which will be accompanied by a number of videos.  Despite its upbeat title, “Head Over Heels” is indeed a sad song about the end of a relationship.  It’s empathetic theme sinks in after a few listens and hits a home run.  If you’re in England, watch for Bim on tour!  Listen to “Head Over Heels” on Bim’s MySpace page .

View the full chart right here or using the link underneath ***BILL’S PERSONAL CHART*** on the right.  Enjoy 🙂

Note for Chartphiles 🙂 – My online database – the link is under ***BILL’S PERSONAL CHART*** – with my complete chart history since 1998 is updated to the current chart.  If you get any strange messages, click Run, then No, and then you may also have to refresh.

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