After a significant change-up at the top of the chart two weeks ago, the songs at the top settle in, as a new groundswell of activity forms further down. And I really fought a battle with myself with some of the songs that debuted this week, so I suspect that the ones that didn’t will follow suit in two weeks.
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Sitting comfortably at #1 for a second time is “The Only One” by the comeback kid himself, 70’s disco producer, with fellow French producer Mercer and UK vocalist Brendan Reilly, from the album Cerrone By Cerrone. Long may Cerrone continue to make music! At 70 years old, I do believe he is the second oldest artist to reach #1 on this chart. Bettye LaVette, at 76 last year, technically holds that record with “The Last Goodbye” with Odesza, though she was a teenager when she recorded her original “Let Me Down Easy” in 1965.
“I Go Dancing” by Frank Walker and Ella Henderson holds tight at #4, above. Frank has a new one out now, teaming up with Stephen Puth again, for “Waiting”, below.
“I Feel Like Dancing” by Jason Mraz (above) puts the kapow in the chart this week by soaring 20-5 as the Fastest Riser for a second chart in a row, throwing it immediately into contention for #1 along with the four songs above it. Jason also has another preview of his upcoming album Mystical Magical Rhythmical Radical Ride available called “You Might Like It”, check it out below. “I Feel Like Dancing” is Jason’s 5th Top 5 entry.
Also landing in the Top 10 are two very different songs back to back. The progressive melodic electronic track “Hollow” (above) by Dabin, Kai Wachi and Lø Spirit climbs 13-9, becoming Dabin’s second Top 10 entry. And UK-born artist Waiting For Smith’s gentle, feel-good track “Heal” (below) rises 12-10.
In any other week it would have been the Fastest Riser, but Spain’s The Boy From The South is Top 10 bound with the jaunty “Amazing-Man”, which vaults 25-13.
Toronto duo Boy Aries breaks loose of the lower reaches of the chart and their song “Drive” and its insanely catchy verse “turn the car around” leap 22-15.
“Memento” by St Humain is another track with a strong melodic hook and it climbs 27-21, from his new EP Metadramatic.
For the next several weeks I’ll continue to rave about JIMIN’s track “Like Crazy”, whose English version deservedly debuted at #1 last week on the Billboard Hot 100. I’m certainly wasting no time putting it on my chart at #22. JIMIN’s parent group BTS had one entry on this chart with “DNA” back in 2018, while fellow band member SUGA was featured on MAX’s “Blueberry Eyes” in late 2020. Both of the latter songs reached #13. “Like Crazy” really deserves to be a Top 40 radio hit too.
Returning to the chart for a fourth appearance is UK singer/songwriter James Bay with a track from his new album Leap called “Brilliant Still” at #24. It’s a heartfelt song about helping out someone close when they need it. The album has had an inauspicious debut but James Bay fans are certainly digging it. All of James’ previous entries on this chart have reached the Top 10, with 2018’s “Pink Lemonade” getting to #2.
Lorine Talhaoui, the Swedish singer otherwise known as Loreen, has had a nearly 20 year career in her native country, which culminated in her winning EuroVision in 2012 with the still-vibrant “Euphoria”. Two albums and several awards later, and Loreen won Sweden’s Melodifestivalen contest again in March to represent her country at EuroVision for a second time. The song is “Tattoo”, with its wonderful taut and dramatic arrangement that showcases Loreen’s voice, and it arrives at #27.
Jay Bird returns to the chart for a fourth appearance with the fun deep house party track “All Night Long”, which debuts at #29. Fans of the genre who enjoy Fisher, Hugel, John Summit or Acraze will totally dig this one. Jay Bird’s last chart entry, “Float”, peaked at #3 in early 2022.
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