BILLCS Top 30 #459 – June 15/15

459 editions later and it’s always exciting to create a new personal chart for me to see what changes are in store.  And it’s a slew of newcomers (about which I’ve already written) that will make the summer months great music months to watch.

The Top 10

  • It’s not the top of the chart that sees change though.  Corey Niles & Alex Lacasse reign supreme again with the dreamy and inspiring “Chasing Stars”, and River Tiber’s funky alt.rock in “No Talk” stays at #2, while it’s “No Words” by Erik Hassle that you might want to make a mental note about, remaining at #3 but a newer song, so it definitely has designs on the top in two weeks.  But would you believe Erik is the featured singer on Icona Pop’s new one called “Emergency”?  Reminds me a bit of “We No Speak Americano”.  Give a listen below.

  • The cat’s out of the bag:  my first debut in this edition is at #6.  No song right now is worthier than Brandyn Burnette’s carefree but thought-provoking song for summer, “I Wanna Be (Free)”, which saw official release last week on iTunes.  It’s from Brandyn’s upcoming EP Made Of Dreams, and I can’t wait to see what other recent songs made the cut.  Watch the emotional video up top featuring contributions from fans.  It’s a bit overwhelming and in some ways in stark contrast to the inspiring vibe of the song.  A #1 contender for sure, to follow up his own “Sleeve”, which held court for 4 appearances (8 weeks) earlier in the year.
  • With “See You Again” still on top of North American charts, I’m glad some interest is being directed towards Charlie Puth’s “Marvin Gaye”, featuring Meghan Trainor.  It’s a bit off the beaten path in this world of high energy radio pop but it has undeniable ear candy appeal.  It moves up 9-7.

  • Brandon Flowers scores his 4th Top Tenner here with “Can’t Deny My Love” from his second solo album The Desired Effect.  I still have to catch up with that album but everything I’ve heard from it so far sounds promising.  “Can’t” rises 11-8.

  • The final newcomer to the Top 10 is James Bay’s long-lasting “Hold Back The River”, likely because it has such a classic melody.  I hear he’s coming to Toronto in August… the song climbs 12-10.

Movin’ On Up

  • I’m pleased to say that Steve Grand’s “We Are The Night” will be the singer’s next video, as the song continues to climb 14-11, from his debut album All-American Boy.  In fact the singer is looking for lyric video makers – look for details here:

  • My second big chart shaker this week is essentially a dance instrumental, by Antonio Giacca who gave us the infectious “Ignited” earlier this year, which peaked at #6.  “Sensation”, with its percussive rhythm that teases us till the bass synth drops, bows at #12.  It also recalls a lot of 80’s dance and house music, which makes it a perfect fit for today’s dance floor.  The video however remains a bit of an interesting head-scratcher.

  • Also very dance club worthy is the early 90’s sound of Adam Lambert’s “Ghost Town”, rising 19-14.  What I also like about this song is that it shows off Adam’s versatile voice – every song for him does not need to be powerful and upbeat.  His album The Original High bows on Tuesday!

  • Also out on Tuesday June 16 (though it has been released in some parts of the world already) is Giorgio Moroder’s first album in 30 years, Déjà Vu.  The title song, featuring a gorgeous, sometimes retro-sounding vocal by Sia, continues to climb, up 20-17.

  • And also out this week is the full album Sonic Aluzion by Canadian rock band Smashing Satellites.  You can embrace some fine positive thoughts in “What It’s All About”, which moves up 21-18.

  • It probably would have made a bigger jump up the chart had so many fine songs not been ahead of this, but keep your eyes on “Shine” by Years & Years in the coming weeks.  Ahead of the July release of their Communion album, “Shine” moves 25-19.

  • The fastest riser on the chart this week belongs to the powerful voice of Serbia’s Bojana Stamenov with the ever-gorgeous “Beauty Never Lies”, up 27-20.  Like “Shine”, look for this one to make its presence known in the next month or so.

  • And don’t let what might seem a lowly move up 30-24 for Maroon 5’s “This Summer’s Gonna Hurt Like A MotherFucker” fool you.  How can you resist a summer anthem like that?

The Rest of the Debuts

  • Dan Talevski’s seductive “Guilty As Sin” makes an impressive splash at #23 for the Torontonian, hopefully in advance of a debut album or EP!  Watch the steamy video below.

  • 19 year old Francesco Yates, also from Toronto, bows at #25 with “Better To Be Loved”.  Francesco is working with Pharrell Williams for his debut full release.  Wow!

  • The fifth debut is for ex-Gentlemen Hall singer Cobi Mike, whose thought-provoking video for “Walking Through The Fire” was recently released.  The song enters at #26, check out the video below.

The Full Chart

Listen to the songs or watch the videos using the links on the pictures on the pretty and detailed web edition of my chartGo on, have a look and listen/watch 🙂


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