Martin Garrix above, and Afrojack below, from recent sets at Omnia in Las Vegas.
As I mentioned in earlier blog posts, I was in Las Vegas for an extra long weekend, where I caught both Martin Garrix and Afrojack in concert. As I don’t attend festivals, it’s unlikely I would see them in a big club setting anywhere else, so I wore myself out by experiencing the Vegas nightlife again. Equally energetic sets, Martin Garrix focused on his popular releases which caused many singalongs in the crowd, while Afrojack’s set was more of an all out party, and he even tried to share a bottled beverage by pouring a shot or so into the mouths of some audience members near the front. I wish Martin had spoken to the crowd more, but I got to hear a lot of my favourites by him including the early “Animals” and “Tremor”. And both artists are in my Top 10 this week.
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And so Martin Garrix and JVKE hold on to #1 for a second appearance with “Hero”, which I didn’t hear in his Vegas set though it could have been played after I left at 3 a.m. JVKE is coming to my city in August, and I managed to snag a decently-priced resale ticket. “Golden Hour”, a former BILLCS Top 30 #1 which departed the chart this week, reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, and we’ll be hearing a lot more from JVKE in the months to come.
Although it has fierce competition above it, “Wish On An Eyelash, Pt. 2” by Australia’s Mallrat and The Chainsmokers glided up the chart 9-3. I’m not sure why more people haven’t latched on to this gorgeous and thoughtful feel good release. It’s The Chainsmokers’ 8th trip to my Top 5.
Although it’s one of the oldest songs on the chart, Zac Poor’s “Ghost Boy” still inches up a notch to another new peak, 5-4.
“Wings (I Won’t Let You Down)” by Armand Van Helden and Karen Harding climbs 7-5, becoming both artists’ 3rd Top 5 on my chart and Armand’s first since 2005’s #1 “My My My”.
It’s convenient timing due to his Vegas show that Afrojack acquires his biggest release on my chart to date as “Lose You”, with British vocalist James Arthur, soars 15-7. Judging from some recent social media posts, it appears that Afrojack and Martin Garrix may have a collaboration in the works, so we’ll see if that unfolds anytime soon.
Also nestling into the Top 10 this week are Benedict Cork’s poignant “Dream Of You” (12-9, above), which becomes his third song to reach my Top 10, and Timmy Trumpet & Tungevaag’s “La Danse”(below), which rises 13-10.
Toronto-based producer Famba is headed for the Top 10 in two weeks with his techno house track “No Sleep” (above), with Glasgow KI$$, which climbs 17-12. You can also check out Famba’s latest release, “Estar conmigo”, below.
“The Only One” by Cerrone and Mercer with vocalist Brendan Reilly, makes its presence better known on the chart by leaping 21-13. This one is a dance floor filler, so club DJ’s should get on it!
The Fastest Riser on the chart is a pop and dance delight by Canada’s Frank Walker with UK vocalist Ella Henderson, “I Go Dancing”, which vaults 29-17.
The Highest Debut of five on this chart is a surefire dance hit that could cross over to Top 40 called “Enchanté” by British producer Lewis Thompson and vocalist/songwriter Clementine Douglas. It’s Clementine’s third appearance on the chart following her work with Sonny Fodero on “Angel” (#4, 2021) and her unbilled appearance on Matoma’s “The Power” (#3), which just departed the chart. Lewis previously appeared on the chart in 2019 as one half of Just Kiddin with Cedric Gervais on “Good Things” (#2).
Kx5 get their first appearance on the chart with “Sacrifice” at #23 in collaboration with Sofi Tukker. Kaskade appeared on the chart in 2010 with his remix of Crystal Method’s “Come Back Clean” (#5), while Deadmau5 was on the chart two years ago with “Bridged By A Lightwave” (#15) with Kiesza. It’s Sofi Tukker’s 5th appearance on the chart following 2021’s #2 “Mon Cheri” with Amadou & Mariam.
At #27 is the chart debut for L.A. indie alt.pop artist Party Nails and Austin producer/vocalist Boy Sim with the pop-punk flavours of “Like U”.
Returning to the chart for the first time since 2018 is enigmatic Philadelphia alt.pop/soul duo N i G H T S, emerging from the shadows at last, with “Boyband” at #28. The song has actually been rebooted from its 2018 original release thanks to an intriguing new black and white video, above. It’s the third appearance on the chart for the duo, both of whose previous entries have reached the Top 5.
And bowing on the chart at #29 is Toronto duo Boy Aries with the hypnotic “Drive”. Boy Aries consists of singer Jordan Radics and producer/instrumentalist Turbo Bobbi. Jordan was previously part of the indie band BLAJK, which charted two songs on the BILLCS Top 30 including the #6 “Lethal” in 2017.
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