Despite a bit of a busy spell which meant much less blog posts than usual since the last chart, I hope to make up for that during the next two weeks! The chart continues to be busy with a new #1 and four debuts. So without further adieu…
The Top 10
- “Let You Go”, the R&B-infused single from River Tiber’s When The Time Is Right EP, garners the pole position. It’s River Tiber’s third jaunt at #1, following 2012’s “Someday” and 2013’s “The City”. But Tommy Paxton-Beesley is definitely on the right track with his new songs; River Tiber’s recent performance at Adelaide Hall in Toronto to me was a personal best! Folks, be sure to check out When The Time Is Right on iTunes.
- Zipping all the way to #6 we go for a new Top 10 entry from Brooklyn’s Great Good Fine OK, who also reside with The Chainsmokers at #3 with the other “Let You Go”. “Something To Believe In” is the compelling duet with St. Lucia full of gorgeous vocals and instrumentation. It’s from GGFO’s EP 2M2H.
- Vancouver’s Tyler Shaw is on point with his current single “Dizzy” from his debut album Yesterday. You can hear it all across Canada on the radio (all the more reason for international readers to find this out with online radio links). “Dizzy” climbs to #7.
- Venturing into my city for a concert with a serious of guest singers is Disclosure, who with Sam Smith glide up to #8 with “Omen”. It’s their third Top Tenner following last year’s #1 “Latch” (with Sam) and #10 “F For You” (with Mary J. Blige).
- Also new in the Top 10, following that infectious seductive piece of business called “Guilty As Sin” (which peaked at #3, and falls off the chart) is a soft and sinewy number called “My Religion” by Toronto’s Dan Talevski, climbing 18-9. Canadians continue to boom in the Top 10, with River Tiber, Tyler Shaw, and Dan all aboard (Dan also co-wrote Tyler’s previous single “House of Cards”).
- The fastest riser on the chart should be no surprise to readers who followed my recent post about Chicago-based singer/songwriter Lucien Dante’s album Our Of We. “Black Water” is oh-so-different but captivating with a unique vocal and arrangement. It soars 21-10.
Movin’ On Up
- Sugar can get stuck easily but with a little persuasion it can be moved. After holding at #13, “Sugar” by Robin Schulz and Francesco Yates continues to advance up to #11, with its amusing slapsticky video well worth watching.
- While Brandyn Burnette’s #1 “I Wanna Be (Free)” had a deservedly phenomenal ride on this chart for the last 20 weeks, it moves down to #2 and will depart the chart, leaving room for the heartfelt and catchy “Life’s A Beach” to continue to rise. It leaps 22-12. A reminder – it’s available for free from Brandyn’s website as part of The Bright Side Mixtape.
- Dance clubs totally get it and the so song is headed for the Top 20 on Billboard’s Dance Club Play chart. Matthew Koma’s “So F**kin’ Romantic” moves up 17-14 – more Matthew to come!
- Can you say DNCE?? Well if you like to DNCE then you can say it 😛 Joe Jonas’ new project is well on its way with the carefree “Cake By The Ocean” climbing 25-17. Check out the new video above, which is light years away from The Jonas Brothers.
- Like Brandyn Burnette and Great Good Fine OK, Sam Smith has two entries in the chart, the latest being the theme from the upcoming James Bond movie “SPECTRE”, “Writing’s On The Wall”, which moves up 23-19.
- “Bow Tie” by Diego Gomes (another Canadian!) gets far too easily stuck between your ears thanks to a snappy vocal and clever lyrics. It rises 27-21.
- Leading the debuts is “I Wish (My Taylor Swift)”, a special pairing off DJ/producers The Knocks and singer Matthew Koma at #24. Despite its title and subject matter, it’s a really clever song with a laid back, dreamy melody. It’s the second appearance for The Knocks on this chart, following their 2013 cover of M83’s “Midnight City” with Mandy Lee (#8).
- Arriving for the first time since 2005’s “Krafty” (#5) on this chart is enduring UK quintet New Order, one of my favourite bands of all time who have recorded many must-have’s in my book – “Blue Monday”, “The Perfect Kiss”, “Fine Time”, the list goes on and on. Their latest album and first for Mute Records is Music Complete – their best IMO since 1989’s Technique. “Plastic” is the second single, which bows at #25. It’s New Order creating dance music at its best, drawing from numerous influences through the 70’s to their own music and perhaps even Bernard Sumner’s 90’s side project Electronic. Turn it up loud and move those feet!
- Bowing at #28 is a duet between 17 year old Swedish star Zara Larsson and new UK sensation MNEK with “Never Forget You”. The pairing is just dynamite, and I predict great things for both song and singers. Readers of this blog know that I’ve written about MNEK several times since 2012, when the talented singer/writer/producer – who recently co-wrote and sang on Madonna’s “Living For Love” (!) – was also just 17. He’s since been similarly behind the scenes for UK #1’s by Oliver Heldens, Little Mix, and Duke Dumont, too.
- Rounding out the chart at #29 is the latest single from Years & Years’ still-stunning debut album Communion. The gorgeous ballad “Eyes Shut” debuts as long-lasting #1 “Shine” leaves the chart. It’s the group’s fourth chart entry also following “King” (#1) and “Desire” (#7).
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