#BILLCSTop30 #573 – October 28, 2019

One month into Autumn and some change is afoot on the new chart.  Besides three new entries, some songs make key moves, and there is a new song on top!

I am pleased to announce again that music from my chart and blog will be featured regularly on the new online radio station Radio GTA.  You can hear their Big 20 on Wednesday evenings and listen for songs from the chart too 🙂 Scroll down the main page to listen to lots of variety from across the decades!

Australia’s Throttle gets his first #1 with the thoughtful and danceable, Billboard-charting “Dreamer”, ending 4 appearances (8 weeks) at the top for Kazaky’s “Push”.  It’s from his new EP of varying styles in the dance music realm called Where U Are, and is meant to be played continuously from beginning to end for best effect.  “Dreamer” is the lead off single and it’s the one that stands out the most for me.  This is also the first #1 on my chart for the Canadian dance label Monstercat, and such a different one for them too!

UK indie singer/songwriter Lostchild climbs 5-2 with the OKJAMES remix of “Like Like”.  It will be neck and neck with “Dreamer” for #1 in two weeks – I’m not even going to speculate on what might prevail!  “Like Like” bests the #5 peak of last year’s “Blacklist”.

With eyes firmly planted on the Top 5, “Breaking Hearts” by Benedict Cork, another UK indie singer/songwriter you need to know, climbs 12-7.  The singer has been opening on tour for EuroVision winner Duncan Laurence in his native Netherlands.

Also new to the Top 10 – kind of a no-brainer given the performers – is “Dreamland” by Pet Shop Boys and Years & Years, moving up 14-9. It’s Years & Years’ 7th Top 10 entry since 2015, following this year’s collaboration with Jax Jones on “Play” (#3).

“Poolside Vibe” by Pretty Sister and MarcLo keeps us thinking of July and August as it moves up 16-12.

I want to see a club DJ take Anden’s “Flicker” up on what’s intended to happen in the magnetic, progressive dance song – a glittering light show after the pause after “baby all of the lights are turned…. off”.  “Flicker”, featuring vocals by the brothers Cuppernull who comprise Anden, climbs 19-13.

“Here U R” is a striking deep house track by Win & Woo featuring vocals by co-writer Sara Skinner, and it rises 17-14.

Led by a pristine vocal by Heather Janssen, “Who’s Gonna Love U” by Canadian producer Ryan Shepherd makes a significant move up the chart, soaring 22-15.

After the #7 success of “Sign Of The Times” two years ago, Harry Styles shifts gears for a short, sweet pop song with one of his best vocals in “Lights Up”.  It’s the Fastest Riser on the chart, rocketing 25-16.

Also busting a big move is “Family Affair” by The Disco Fries, which advances 23-17.  It’s a fun and peppy retooling of the Mary J. Blige classic, which got to #4 on this chart back in 2001.

Making the highest debut is the glorious and unexpected collaboration of Galantis, Dolly Parton and Mr. Probz on one of the most uplifting songs of the year called “Faith”.  It bows at #25 and is the first chart appearance for all involved.  After establishing themselves on the dance music scene for the best part of this decade, the Grammy-nominated Swedish production duo Galantis joins other veterans – Don Diablo, Cedric Gervais, Lost Frequencies, Timmy Trumpet, Sultan + Shepard, Kygo – also debuting on the chart this year.  And Dolly Parton has flirted with dance music before – her pop hit “Baby I’m Burnin'” was also a big club hit in 1979.  She’s also not the oldest person to appear on the chart – that feat belongs to Giorgio Moroder who was 74 when he charted in 2015 with the trio of “Right Here Right Now”, “Deja Vu” and “Wildstar”.

Returning to the chart for the first time since 2016 is Brandon Colbein, formerly known as Brandon Skeie, with the heart-felt ballad “Mad”.  Brandon’s “So Bad” reached the top of the chart so “Mad” has its work cut out!

Sam Fender is an intriguing new British rocker who will appeal to those who enjoy singer/songwriters like James Bay and groups like Keane.  “Will We Talk”, from his album Hypersonic Missiles, arrives at #29.

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“Without You” offers a bright showcase for new Oregon-based singer @AUSTNofficial via Dutch producer @SteveVoidmusic

STEVE VOID & AUSTN, “Without You”

Dutch producer Steve Void is having a great year not only with music from his Strange Fruits label, but also with his own releases.  Continuing the trend is “Without You”, a fine song that could have had a perfectly happy life as a sullen ballad.  But Steve had other things in mind and brought in charming new Oregon-based singer AUSTN, who gives the song a lot of why-is-this-happening-only-to-me personality and dimension.  Sure it’s still a sad song, but it’s also given a lift by a few bars of melodic house, which allows the relationship in the song to achieve full closure (cue another Steve Void song…).  Anyway, “Without You” to me has pop and dance music radio potential in the many ways by which it draws in a listener who will ultimately be quite satisfied in the end.

Published in: on October 24, 2019 at 8:57 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Canada’s @itsVincent_ and Australia’s @itsNaderi are out to dazzle with progressive and dubsteppy “Wasted Time”

VINCENT and NADERI, “Wasted Time”

There is plenty of room for more progressive house sounds next to people like Illenium, ZHU, Dabin, Ekali and Said The Sky, and “Wasted Time” by Winnipeg’s Vincent and Sydney’s Naderi.  It’s an inspired collaboration, with pristine production. Once upon a time, Vincent was known as XVII, and since then has remixed the likes of Bazzi and Alessia Cara, while steadily releasing original songs over the past few years.  And you’ll remember that Naderi not only has numerous A-list remixes under his belt, but worked on the Grammy-winning Skin album by his countrymate Flume.  The song sometimes stays in one place too long with emphasis on an ear-ringing, echoey vocal.  But it more than makes the most of its 2:36 when it shifts gears and heads into some infectious dubstep territory.  “Wasted Time” is quite an earful for the progressive-oriented and will throw down well in the midst of a heavier set of songs.

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SoCal-based singer Nathalie Archangel @NArchangel returns with “The Prettier Things” from her same named album

NATHALIE ARCHANGEL, “The Prettier Things”

After a couple of well-received dance hits a few weeks back, including the Billboard-charting “A Higher High”, Southern California-based singer Nathalie Archangel returns with a diverse new alterna-pop album The Prettier Things, which is led by the powerful, dramatic song of the same name.  “The Prettier Things” offers a lot of surprises, without going full throttle over the top.  Nathalie’s playful Stevie Nicks-meets-Cyndi Lauper voice takes full advantage of Charlie Mason’s tease-me, dare-me lyrics amid production that flirts with the 80’s while maintaining a firm theatrical edge.  In the album, you’ll also find the disco mix of “A Higher High” and other tasty but wry selections like previous single “Unleashed” and “Queen Of Hearts”.

Published in: on October 24, 2019 at 8:56 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Atlanta’s @Popeska goes for simple, positive vibes with “Got It All”

POPESKA, “Got It All”

After taking an extended break, Ralf Popescu is back not only solo as Popeska, but branched out in a duo called Vedado, whose debut single called “Messing Around” I wrote about not long ago.  But solo-wise, Popeska keeps his dance/pop a touch on the progressive side with “Got It All”.  It’s one of those songs out of which the golden light just pours bountifully, and therefore one that will keep dance club goers glued to the music and the dance floor.  It’s extremely straight-forward with a pitched-up vocal that will grow on you.  “Got It All” maybe could have been about 30 seconds shorter, but the other part of me now wants an amped up extended remix.  Anyway, with songs like “Got It All”, Popeska isn’t going anywhere except to build on his repertoire… so his story continues!

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#BILLCSTop30 #572 – October 14, 2019

I have a briefer blog post for you as a result of a combination of a busy Canadian Thanksgiving weekend and illness.  I will be back with more about the Top 30 for you in two weeks, and of course with blog posts in-between.

I am pleased to announce that music from my chart and blog will be featured regularly on the new online radio station Radio GTA.  You can hear their Big 20 on Wednesday evenings and listen for songs from the chart too 🙂 Scroll down the main page to listen to lots of variety from across the decades!

“Push” by Ukrainian dance group Kazaky once again holds court at the top, giving the Depeche Mode-influenced song 4 appearances (8 weeks) at #1.  We’ll see what this talented group plans as a follow up!

Looking to challenge in two weeks is “Dreamer” by Australian producer Throttle, which climbs 6-2, as Throttle’s first ever EP Where U Are is released.  It uniquely mixes thoughtful lyrics and a variety of dance styles and genres which will appeal to fans of both pop and dance music.  There are even vocals by Throttle himself!  Check out the full EP below, and listen to the songs consecutively as he suggests, which include “Dreamer” and his other previous single “Japan”.

“I’m Not Alright” by Loud Luxury and Bryce Vine advances 5-4 and now has its own video, check it out above.

Also eyeing the top of the chart is the OKJAMES remix of UK indie electronic performer Lostchild’s “Like Like” (below), which zips into the Top 10, up 11-5.  Check out the video of the original version of the song above.

Half of the Top 10 are independent releases with no label power, and one I’m happy to see climbing 12-8 is from Nashville duo Apollo LTD with the commanding “On The Way Up 2.0” from their must-hear album Out Of Body.

The other new entry to the Top 10 is a Top 30 hit in the UK and a dance hit as well.  It’s “Ritual” by Tiësto, Jonas Blue and Rita Ora, moving 13-10.

The fastest riser on the chart is by another independent performer from the UK.  The golden voice of Benedict Cork carries “Breaking Hearts” 20-12.

I’m sooo glad Pet Shop Boys and Years & Years teamed up for a record because it is absolutely a treat to listen to each time.  “Dreamland” rises 21-14.  Remixes are coming in all physical formats on October 25!

While other upward moving songs between 15 and 24 should break loose in some way or form in two weeks, you can’t deny the power of the highest debut at #25.  Harry Styles’ “Lights Up” simply should be one of the biggest hits of 2019, and the signs will show in the coming weeks.  Any vocalist should be in awe of his performance here, in such a different style from his previous album two years ago too.  The video above has almost 20M views since October 11!

As “Good Things Falls Apart” tumbles off the chart after the maximum 10 appearances (20 weeks), 5 of which were at #1, it gives room for another Illenium song.  “Broken Ones”, featuring the stunning voice of Anna Clendening, arrives at #26.  If you saw one of Illenium’s recent shows, you also saw Annika Wells (known for her vocal on “Crawl Outta Love”) sing it as if she recorded it.

The last two premieres on the chart were hard to fill, but both artists have appeared on the chart a number of times.  At #28 (above) is the infectious “Punching In The Dark” by Sweden’s Hellberg featuring the easily identifiable voice of Aloe Blacc.  And arriving at #29 is “Walk Alone” (below), the early ’10’s and very welcome melodic house throwback by Dutch producers The Him.  Both Hellberg and The Him have been to the top of the chart, Hellberg with Dzeko & Torres and “Care For Me” in 2016, and The Him in 2018 with Parson James and “Broken Love”.

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Canadian rockers @NikkisWives bring you 3 fiery new songs: “Playing With Fire”, “Bones”, and “Shaking Hands With the Devil”

NIKKI’S WIVES, “Playing With Fire”, “Bones”, and “Shaking Hands With the Devil”

Canadian rock trio Nikki’s Wives continues to impress with now what amounts to a full EP’s worth of releases in 2019.  Three new songs show that they are contenders for mainstream and alternative rock radio airplay.  “Playing with Fire” is the most powerful and accessible, supported by an intriguing video which you’ll find up top.  “Bones” (below) is the fist-pumper of the lot with potent guitar and drum work.  “Shaking Hands With the Devil” (also below) is a unique interpretation of the Faust story about a rocker selling her soul to the devil.  As tight as Dylan and Nate are on guitar and drums, it’s the strong songwriting and always compelling vocals by Nikki that hold everything together.  Be sure to catch Nikki’s Wives in concert this Fall to demonstrate how they vividly bring these songs to life in performance.

Nikki’s Wives plays The Mod Club in Toronto on Sunday, November 17, 2019.

L.A.-based singer/songwriter @BrandonColbein returns to recording with stunning, emotional ballad “Mad”

BRANDON COLBEIN, “Mad”

It’s been almost three years since we’ve heard Brandon Colbein sing his own songs, which were previously recorded as Brandon Skeie.  With a striking voice that wastes no time in convincing you of its potency, Brandon is back with the emotional ballad “Mad”.  I often look for perspective in lyrics, and Brandon nails it here.  The song is offered from a point of view in the aftermath of a relationship when you’re still angry at your former lover – and perhaps, always will be.  But it plays on those moments when you still realize you loved this person at one time, and you’re torn about staying mad at them forever.  As with the exhilarating “So Bad” in 2016 – which has had millions of views online and turned out to be my favourite song of that year – “Mad” cuts right through to your bones. It fills you with empathy but also presents a second look at the relationship, even if it’s fleeting, before life continues on its path.  Despite his absence from recording, Brandon’s been a busy songwriter for Warner Chappell, co-writing songs for the likes of Zayn, Liam Payne, Hayley Kiyoko, Bea Miller, and In Real Life, among many others.  “Mad” puts Brandon right back into the mix without skipping a beat.

Published in: on October 11, 2019 at 11:04 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The soulful pop of NYC singer/songwriter @Reigenmusic sizzles with “Thrill Me”

REIGEN, “Thrill Me”

“Thrill Me” by NYC singer/songwriter Reigen offers a taut performance, which like many of his songs, keeps you hanging on each word.  With his releases alternating between infectious dance club-oriented pop and seamless soulful ballads, “Thrill Me” scores in the latter department with its sexy late night vibe.  Its often minimal backdrop sets the tone before a slow and steady beat kicks in, making “Thrill Me” perfect for an up close and personal time whether it’s cuddling on a couch, swaying together at a club, or a stroll under the stars.

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Canadian rockers @InMyComa’s “Next Life” gets a redux and a memorable video

IN MY COMA, “Next Life” (redux)

“Next Life” is by far my favourite song from Canadian trio In My Coma’s recent album of the same name.  So I’m glad they’ve stuck with giving it a redux to accompany its new, memorable video.  The video weaves in and out of performance shots of the hard-working alt.rock trio (Jasper James, vocals and guitar; LauraDoll, bass; Mike Paterson, drums/percussion) to tell the story of a young woman fraught with remembrances of a relationship with another young woman who is recently departed.  The video works along well with the song, and hard-edged, tightly played “Next Life” (produced by Moist’s Mark Makoway) is a must-add for Canadian rock radio.

Published in: on October 3, 2019 at 10:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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