Spring has sprung finally, there is lots of music in the air and on the new chart where there are three debuts.
The Top 10
- Norway’s Dyrisk holds at #1 with the unconventional and delightfully catchy slice of alt.electronica, “Smile”, as produced by England’s Nik Ernst. There’s lots more to come from Dyrisk who is a rising talent that you should be keeping your ears out for. It’s the second song called “Smile” to top my chart in its 20 years, the other being by Mikky Ekko in 2015.
- I do like The Chainsmokers’ forays away from EDM ballads and bangers with both “Sick Boy” (holding at #2) and the fierce “Everybody Hates Me” (above), soaring 15-8. Check out their latest below called “Somebody”, featuring vocalist Drew Love of the duo They.
- It’s one of the simplest and most haunting songs out there right now – “I Want You” (above) in its taut Spirix remix by Robotaki and Manila Killa featuring singer Matthew John Kurz. It continues to rise, climbing 5-3. L.A.’s Spirix has his own new original called “This Is What It Feels Like” (not the Armin van Buuren tune) below.
- Besides “Everybody Hates Me”, the other new addition to the Top 10 is the quirky and fun “Multiply” by Italy’s IDEO featuring American hip hop artist J.Paulished. It climbs 12-9 and is the first Top 10 for Balmung Digital Recordings.
Movin’ On Up
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- The huge club and dance radio hit “All Falls Down” by Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus and Digital Farm Animals continues to reach new heights on this chart, leaping 14-11.
- Their new album is called Palo Santo, due July 6, which looks to be a more progressive effort for UK trio Years & Years if the lead single “Sanctify” is any indication. “Sanctify” rises 16-13.
- The fastest riser on the chart is a slick, languid mix of hip hop, soul and dance music styles. It’s “Butterscotch”, the second entry by Canada’s Robotaki, featuring vocalist Jamie Fine and producer Falcxne. It flies up the chart 22-14.
- Jesse McCartney’s latest single is well on its way and starting to attract radio attention. Taking cues from his early hit singles, “Better With You” is a charming, low-key winner and climbs 25-18.
- Shawn Mendes’ new album is called – Shawn Mendes! Which means his songs might continue to be just as personal as “Lost In Japan” seems. With its old school vibe, “Lost In Japan” rises 26-20.
- While “Prisoner” continues its roost at #7, L.A.’s Bobby Nourmand has created some of the most enjoyably dark house music I’ve heard in quite some time with his recent EP Subterranean. And seeing that I love both songs from the EP, I’ve created a ‘first’ on the BILLCS Top 30 to add both “Subterranean” (above) and “Estranged” (below) as one entry at #26. Never listen to these ones nearly alone in a dark club or you may not feel the same again!!
- On a completely different bent, Australia’s JYYE has a perky, percussive, upbeat electronic sound with his latest single “Somewhere Else” which makes a splash at #27.
- Ever since I was at Miami Music Week I’ve been wanting EDM artists to throwback to the classic sounds of the 2012-14 era. A number of artists have since obliged, and I expect there to be more after Avicii’s sudden passing. Dutch producer Ravitez debuts on the chart with the instrumental “2012” which features his mentor Afrojack, who is about to go on his first North American tour in some time. It’s Afrojack’s first chart entry since 2014’s smash “Ten Feet Tall” (#8).
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