Edition #575 is the third last chart before the end of 2019, and what a whirlwind of music it has been! To whit, there is a new #1 and four diverse debuts from performers who have all charted previously.
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It’s definitely “Lights Up”, thumbs up, whatever’s up, for 25 year old Worcestershire, England-born Harry Styles as the first single from his forthcoming album Fine Line grabs #1. His only other previous entry “Sign Of The Times” reached #7. “Lights Up” is proving to me that Harry – controversial opinion forthcoming – has the best voice of all of the One Direction members. His hosting and performing gig on Saturday Night Live on November 16 was excellent – the lad has comedic talent as well! And his second single “Watermelon Sugar” is a lovely one too. Not bad at all considering I never charted a single One Direction song! Check out both songs above.
Just in time to stay at #2 for a third appearance (6 weeks), we have a light and fun video for the OKJAMES remix of “Like Like” by UK indie electronic performer Lostchild. This second video for the catchy song shows off the immense performing appeal of the singer as he makes the most of one lone prop (a bunch of balloons).
“Flicker” by NYC-based producers Anden climbs 9-6. There’s an extended version of the song available which you can hear above, which also appears on their EP.
Both Ryan Shepherd and The Disco Fries acquire their latest Top 10’s with “Who’s Gonna Love U” (11-8, his third) and “Family Affair” (12-9, their second) respectively, while the Galantis-Dolly Parton-Mr. Probz collaboration of “Faith” (13-10) gets each artist their first.
For now, you can check out the lyric video for “Mad” by L.A.-based singer/songwriter Brandon Colbein, which climbs 19-14. But an official video is in the works and is coming soon!
Sam Smith’s spot on cover of Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” may not tear it up on radio but dance clubs are loving it. “I Feel Love” rises 22-17.
The fastest riser on the chart belongs to L.A.-based Canadian singer/songwriter and multi-talent Peter Foldy with his optimistic ode to today called “Toxic World”. It soars 27-19 and is a real grower, so best you latch onto it now! Check out the new lyric video above with a rare appearance from the singer himself!
“Will We Talk” is also a great introduction to British alt.rocker Sam Fender from his album Hypersonic Missiles. “Will We Talk” moves up 23-20.
The highest debut on the chart is “Shivohum”, the latest release by Austin producers Tritonal in partnership with Australian producer Henry Dark. It bows at #21 and is a Sanskrit dance mantra for your head and feet, which will kill it at festivals this coming winter. Remember where you read about it! It’s Tritonal’s first chart entry since the #5 “Broken” which featured NYC producer Jenaux and the amazing Adam Lambert, from the Painting With Dreams album.
NYC-based, Slovenia-born producer Gramatik also returns to the chart at #24 with “Don’t Give Up”, featuring singer Ryan Shaw and hip hop artist ProbCause. It’s from his album Re:Coil, PT II, and his last chart entry, “Native Son Prequel” (featuring Leo Napier) was a #1 for me in 2016, appearing on the the chart at the same time as Tritonal’s “Broken”! It was also featured in a Jenaux remix! How coincidental.
Florida-based singer/songwriter John.k returns to the chart with the extremely likeable “if we never met” at #27. He last appeared two years ago with Ricky Remedy on the #8 “Gold”. That was an independent release, and he’s now signed to Epic Records!
The final debut is by France’s RetroVision, who hustled his way onto the chart and got to #3 last year with “Get Down” and its dance-floor filling paean to “Lola’s Theme”. This year he has another fun one for clubs called “Take Off”, which arrives at #28.
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