After a two week hiatus, during which I listened to a lot of new music while reflecting and trying to better understand our current situation, the chart returns with a few changes up top as well as four debuts. It appears that Lady Gaga’s Chromatica is the album of the summer, which sees not only the fastest riser on the chart, but the highest new entry as well.
But climbing 5-1 is the wondrous beauty in the heartfelt emotion of Gareth Emery’s “You’ll Be OK”, featuring singer Annabel to unfold the story. I’ve mentioned it before, but Gareth wrote the song when commuting on an airplane that he thought was going to crash. He turned that daunting premise that no one should experience into electronic bliss, captured nicely in the video above.
That leaves “All On You” by Nashville producer Super Duper at #2 for a second appearance. This one is full of majestic effects which also revolve around some intense emotions. I’ve also mentioned it before but the song is an unintentional cousin of Talk Talk’s 1984 hit “Life’s What You Make It”, melodically and song structure-wise.
The Brothers Macklovitch – Dave (of Chromeo) and Alain (aka A-Trak) put a whirlwind deep house remix spin on Raphael Saadiq’s “So Ready” from his album Jimmy Lee. It climbs 7-5.
The 90’s grunge-influenced electronica of “Someone Else” by Toronto’s Rezz and Buffalo, NY’s Grabbitz slides into the Top 10, moving up 11-9.
The dynamic duo of German producer Levi and American singer/songwriter Victor Perry acquire their second Top 10 together on this chart as “Lost Boy” (above) climbs 12-10. Check out Victor’s new solo single below called “What I Deserve” (below), which I’m featuring here before I have some words about it later in the week in a proper blog post. All artist revenue proceeds for the song go to the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund in support of Black Lives Matter!
“Rain On Me” (above) by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande soars 20-11 as the Fastest Riser on the chart, ranking as one of the best songs by either artist. And let’s just say it already has designs on #1… Quickly to follow it up the chart is “Sine From Above” (below), Gaga’s duet with Sir Elton John, which bows as the Highest Debut at #25. Elton has never sounded this good in years, what a pairing! Elton has only appeared on my chart once since its inception in 1998, and that was in another duet, with his friend and chart favourite Bright Light Bright Light on “I Wish I Was Leaving”, which got to #10 in 2014. BLx2, of course, moves up to #7 this week with “This Was My House”.
Also faring well in its second appearance on the chart is another dynamite pairing of German producers VIZE and British singer Tom Gregory for “Never Let Me Down”, which zips up 23-17.
Canadian producers Loud Luxury are accustomed to residing in the Top 10, and they may get there yet with “Aftertaste”, featuring the soaring voice of co-writer Morgan St. Jean, climbing 25-20. “Aftertaste” comes from the duo’s EP Nights Like This.
Following the #6 “Mirage (Don’t Stop)” is Jessie Ware with the sheer romantic delight of “Save A Kiss”, which climbs 28-21. It’s from her album What’s Your Pleasure, which finally drops next week.
Arkansas native YEBBA returns to the chart at #26 with “Distance”, from her upcoming album for RCA/Sony. The ultra-talented singer/songwriter has been championed by both Mark Ronson and Sam Smith in the last few years, and won a Grammy as the vocalist on PJ Morton’s cover of The Bee Gees’ “How Deep Is Your Love”. The only way is up for YEBBA. “Distance” is airy alt.pop at its best. Those old enough to remember might recall what it was like to hear Sade for the first time in the midst of all of the music popular in 1984. “Distance” gives off that same unconventional but immediately enjoyable vibe.
They are never too long away from this chart, so Dutch producers The Him are back with “Tragic” at #28, featuring British singer and co-writer Amber Van Day. I tend to think of this and Loud Luxury’s “Aftertaste” as kindred musical bookends! It’s The Him’s 9th chart entry since 2016!
Rounding out the debuts at #29 is “Centerfold” (above) by Toronto R&B/pop singer Tafari Anthony (whose first name is pronounced “Ta-far-eye”), whose voice sounds like a slick blend of Sydney Youngblood and Seal. This song pointedly calls out a former lover, and the talented singer/songwriter has some words that will stick with you such as “Thinking every eyes always on ya /Boy you think you’re Beyoncé / You’re never gonna run me”. Tafari has also recently released another new one called “Live In A Dream” , which you can hear below.
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