Fresh off my Miami vacation, the chart and blog posts are back, and this edition of the BILLCS Top 30 has five debuts that will keep you movin’ and groovin’ in one way or another. The blog post is a bit briefer than usual but the highlights are especially strong.
Darren Hayes continues to reign at #1 with the gorgeous “Let’s Try Being In Love”, but change may be afoot in two weeks thanks to some upward activity just below.
Could The Chainsmokers get their third #1 with “High”, which jumps 4-2?
The Fastest Riser two charts in a row belongs to “The Last Goodbye” by Odesza with vocals by Bettye LaVette courtesy of her 1965 R&B hit “Let Me Down Easy”. With a new album and tour on the way for Odesza, could they follow up 2018’s “Loyal” with their second #1?
Mahalo obtains his 9th Top 10 with “Careless” (11-10) in collaboration with Milkwish and Lena Leon.
“Oxygen” by Saxity and Victor Perry moves up 15-11. Victor also has a new collaboration with Norwegian producer Braaten called “My Love (La La La)”, which you can check out below.
With “Night Call” in the Top 10, Years & Years might have two simultaneously in two weeks with “Reflection” climbing 18-12. “Reflection” is from the “deluxe” edition of Night Call.
There’s plenty of healthy movement in the rest of the chart, but Glass Petals’ “Leave Your Mind Behind” has the biggest move, up 30-23.
The highest debut at #25 marks the return of French producer Mercer with his magnificent tribute, “Aretha”. The song seems to use sound bites of Aretha Franklin’s vocals, including some that sound like they are from her 1987 release “Rock-a-Lott”. I think Ms Franklin would be extremely flattered! Mercer previously got to #1 in 2018 with “Satisfy” featuring Ron Carroll.
Next at #26 is the winner of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen contest and their entry to EuroVision, “Hold Me Closer” by Cornelia Jakobs. This beautiful song deserves to be a smash around the world and I think will be a contender at EuroVision.
Bowing at #27 is “Tuff” by Australian singer and producer VASSY and Florida-based producer GT_Ofice (otherwise known as Caine Sheppard). VASSY has been keeping the dance charts busy with several #1’s since 2013, and “Tuff” is a fun zinger of a collaboration that is also now a national dance radio hit.
Florence & The Machine also return to the chart for the first time since 2018 with “My Love” from the upcoming album Dance Fever. Florence and band are also touring North America, with dates just announced. It’s Florence & The Machine’s 7th chart entry, which includes two Top 5’s with “Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)” (#2, 2009) and the Calvin Harris remix of “Spectrum (Say My Name)” (#3, 2012).
The fifth new entry on the chart also comes from Sweden’s Melodifestivalen, the song that in fact finished third and was my underdog favourite. LIAMOO’s “Bluffin'” arrives at #29.
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