#BILLCSTop30 #613, May 10, 2021

As usual, the new chart is focused on the latest great pop/dance songs that I really enjoy, although pop, R&B, alternative rock also figure in the mix.  With so much music that arrives every week, it’s harder than usual to find the gems within, but I always find them!

Lodged at #1 with no signs of moving anytime soon is “No More Looking Back”, the steadfast classic house-flavoured song by Idris Elba and Inner City with its fierce vocal from Steffanie Christi’an.  I look forward to hearing more collaborations like this – “No More Looking Back” is a hard act to follow!

Porter Robinson just announced his upcoming US Nurture tour which will hit all major cities throughout the fall and into the early winter.  His refreshing and thoughtful “Look At The Sky” moves up 3-2.

Soaring from 10-3, Sweden’s Eric Saade is in familiar Top 5 territory with “Every Minute”.  Eric scored 6 Top 5 records on this chart between 2011 and 2015, including three #1’s:  “Popular”, “Hotter Than Fire”, and “Backseat”.

“When I Lost You” is one of some exceptional dance music bangers on the chart.  As brought to you by Norway’s Dunisco and NYC singer/songwriter Robbie Rosen, it glides up the chart 9-4.  It matches Robbie’s previous #4 peak with “Fantasy” (with Saxity and Victor Perry) late last year.

One of Victor Perry’s many recent collaborations, with Italy’s Lordnox, becomes his latest Top 10 release on the chart, as his ballad “Stories” peaks at #5 and slides to #16.  “Myself In You” is one of Victor’s best vocals and climbs 12-7.

You’re seeing double in the Top 10 with Mahalo at #8 with former #1 “Not Watching Anymore” and his recent release “Got That Love” zipping quickly into the Top 10, rising 15-9.

The Fastest Riser though belongs to the retro and charming “Leave The Door Open” by Bruno Mars and Anderson.Paak as Silk Sonic, which soars 23-10.

Irish indie pop-rocker Four Nights breaks through a tough part of the chart and climbs 16-11 with the infectious “Want You Always”, whose 80’s flavour will remind you of Fine Young Cannibals’ “She Drives Me Crazy”.

Gryffin’s propulsive deep house track “I Want Love” wastes no time climbing 25-19 in its powerful remix by Brazil’s worldwide-respected brothers, Cat Dealers.

Season 12 winner of “The Voice”, Chris Blue, is in fine form both as vocalist and songwriter with “Moon”, which rises (pun intended) 27-20.

The Highest Debut of four entries this week belongs to Felix Cartal’s side project for deep house music, Glass Petals, which he created with his friend and fellow Vancouverite Johnny Jover.  Their recent release “Heartbeat” arrives at #24.  

Next up at #25 is one of the spring’s most pleasant surprises.  Jessie Ware decided to release a “platinum” edition of the excellent What’s Your Pleasure album, and in doing so added a new song called “Please”, which is as good as the best songs on the album.  “Please” is Jessie’s 10th appearance on this chart, which goes back to the end of 2013 for her appearance on the reissue of Miguel’s “Adorn”, which reached #1 on this chart.

At #26 is deep, dark house music from Australia, which finds electronic dance producer Needs No Sleep paired up with singer/songwriter Jeremy Beamish from The Beamish Brothers for “Unnatural”.  The Beamish Brothers have previously charted twice, with Mark Mendy on “Black Gasoline” (#6) and on Revelries’ “Infinitum” (#12). The song is already flying high on the ARIA club charts and is one of the more unique records on this chart.

The final debut at #27 is the fun and uplifting quickie “Better Day” by mysterious British producers WH0, British vocalist Josh Barry, and the amazing Nile Rodgers on guitar, recorded at Abbey Road studios no less.  It’s a rework of one of Nile’s late 70’s productions by Norma Jean called “High Society”, and it’s so nice to hear classic disco and house music with dashes of rock flavour.  Nile has appeared three previous times on this chart, last in 2015, but all in the 2010’s:  “Get Lucky” (#2), with Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams; “I’ll Be There” with a rebooted CHIC (#5), and “The Other Boys” (#5), with NERVO, Kylie Minogue and Jake Shears.

NEW!! Planet Radio Canada has returned to the interwebs with ‘The Musicman’ James Rogers and his “3D Variety Show” each week for three hours of great music as well as a few features.  Listen to my New Music Pick of the Week (usually featuring a song on the chart) in the second hour of the show.  Tomorrow, the show will feature the music of Rick Nelson!  Planet Radio Canada’s “3D Variety Show” is simulcast on http://www.classichits.ca and http://www.radiogta.ca from 6 to 9 pm EST.

The music from this chart and blog are also featured regularly on the online radio station Radio GTA. You can hear their Big 20 on Wednesday evenings, also with ‘The Musicman’ James Rogers, and listen for songs from the chart too 🙂Scroll down the station’s main page to listen to lots of variety from across the decades!  I’m the new music consultant for the station so you can expect even more 🙂  You can start by joining Radio GTA’s new interactive Facebook group too!!

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