There’s a lot happening on the new chart. And it’s a bit of a strange week, because most of the debuts from two weeks ago don’t move up very much, except one, which is the Fastest Riser on the chart. That’s because a number of long-term favourites are still very much in play up near the top of the chart, and they’ve created a bit of a roadblock which will ease over the next month. But two classic singers reappear on the chart along with a strong independent release on the rise.
Not about to let go of #1 anytime soon is “Good Things Fall Apart”, the definitive slice of emotional electronica which seems to have increased in popularity this year, by Illenium and singer/songwriter Jon Bellion.
Nashville’s Mokita has a song about reconciling his feelings for a past relationship called “Kiss And Tell” (above) that advances to #3, which is where his previous song “London” peaked a couple of months ago. And he’s followed up “Kiss And Tell” with a gentle new electronic pop song called “ICLYA”, which stands for “I Can’t Love You Anymore” (below).
Canadian producer Famba has his second solid radio hit locally with “Swear To God”, and it becomes his second Top 10 song on this chart, moving 11-6. “Right Here Right Now” got to #2 back in late 2016.
A number of veteran dance producers are releasing some of the best music of their careers this year, and Australia’s Timmy Trumpet is one of them. The compelling “World At Our Feet” (above) climbs 13-7. Check our Danny Avila’s spot-on remix below.
Another producer making his Top 10 debut on the chart is France’s Kidswaste, with vocalist KOLE, with the slight melodies of “Sleeping Pills” climbing 12-10.
The next song is definitely competing with other strong songs from Mark Ronson’s Late Night Feelings album, including songs featuring Lykki Li and Camila Cabello. But it’s “Don’t Leave Me Lonely”, featuring the stunning YEBBA, which takes hold of this chart and moves up 17-11.
Manila Killa recently announced another leg of his 1993 tour, which will actually stop this time in Toronto at the Velvet Underground in October 🙂 In the meantime “Atypical” (featuring GiGi) climbs up a few more notches 16-13.
Breaking through all six of the new entries from two weeks ago to become the Fastest Riser is “Monday Blues”, the super cool house track from L.A.’s Eric Sharp and vocalist Zhao. It soars 25-18.
Also making a big move is “Even In Confusion” by Italy’s Eric Zava and DJ Mirko B featuring singer Daniel Gorash, rising 28-23. Mirko previously appeared on the chart at the top of 2017 with “#Bomber” (#17) with Beatmarthz.
The Highest Debut at a stellar #16 is “Higher Love”, the cover of the 1986 #1 hit by Steve Winwood as recorded by Norway’s Kygo, who was given the opportunity of working with archive tapes from the estate of Whitney Houston to bring her classic voice, circa 1990, to a new audience. It’s a timely release for its message; Arista Records wouldn’t include it in the I’m Your Baby Tonight album at the time because they wanted her to get away from recording cover versions, and the original was still fairly fresh at the time. But bravo to Kygo and those on the estate who trusted him to represent the singer well – which he does perfectly 🙂 Strangely, it’s Kygo’s first appearance on this chart. Last year’s “Remind Me To Forget” with Miguel should have charted but I didn’t hear it till well after it peaked. Whitney only appeared three times on the chart in her lifetime, with “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay” and “My Love Is Your Love” (both #9) in 1999, and the underrated duet with Enrique Iglesias, “Could I Have This Kiss Forever” (#15), in 2000.
After reaching #5 on this chart late last year with “Wild Sun”, UK singer/songwriter Sam Dickinson is back with the hearfelt “All We Are” at #26. This one is receiving regular BBC radio play and hopefully its audience will grow with each spin. Like with “Higher Love”, the message is extremely timely. It’s from Sam’s new EP From The Glass House Part 2. “All We Are”, like “Wild Sun”, is also available on an EP of a variety of remixes for your dancing pleasure.
The third debut is from a performer who last appeared on this chart in 2003, which to date has been her only appearance. That’s Celine Dion, whose new song “Flying On My Own”, is nothing short of inspiring and bows at #29. Her previous entry on the chart? Her cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “I Drove All Night”, which in its Hex Hector remix version reached #16. Watch the live performance of “Flying On My Own” above.
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