Just when I thought I had identified my two songs of summer – “Daydreaming” by Harry Styles and “Superstar” by Darin – along comes a third. Beyoncê’s “Break My Soul”, from her upcoming album Renaissance, bounds onto the chart at a high #21. The song’s lively spirit, sampling of Robin S’ classic 90’s pop/dance hit “Show Me Love”, and funky rhythm give this one trademarks all its own. It’s also Beyoncê’s first appearance on my chart since she went to #1 in early 2009 with “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”. While I’ve appreciated several of her songs and videos since then, most of them never stuck with me long enough to end up on the chart. So it’s a new era for Beyoncé for me!
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This edition of the chart also brings you a new #1 song for the first time since April! Oliver Sim’s slinky droll slice of funky fun “Romance with a Memory” takes over at the top, moving 3-1 for The xx’s bassist/vocalist.
The next chart in two weeks should be interesting as Benson Boone’s ballad of heartache, “In The Stars”, zips into the Top 5, moving 6-2, becoming an instant challenge to “Romance with a Memory” to stay at #1 for a second appearance.
Victor Perry’s “Punching Bag” rises 8-5, becoming his second solo entry to reach the Top 5. “What I Deserve” topped out at #2 in 2020. It’s also Victor’s fifth Top 5 entry overall. He’s also had a song reach every position within the Top 10!!
Harry Styles’ glorious “Daydreaming” is the Fastest Riser, moving up 17-9, becoming his sixth Top 10 on this chart.
It’s been taking its time, but Ryan Shepherd’s “The High”, featuring vocalist Bella Renee, climbs 12-10, becoming his fourth Top 10 on the chart. Ryan reached #1 on the chart back in 2017 with Loud Luxury on their collaboration of “Fill Me In”, which I was so happy to hear at his show last week opening for Two Friends.
Closing in on the Top 10 is the soaring sound of “Afterglow” by Nicky Romero, GATTUSO and Jared Lee, moving up 14-11.
A bunch of recent songs get locked into the lower half of the chart because there is simply too much going on that I love in the upper part of the chart!
But it will all give way in two weeks, allowing “Dusk” (above) by Manila Killa and Lights to move up beyond its 21-17 rise this time. Check out another track from Manila Killa’s upcoming album Dusk called “Desire”, with vocalist MADI, below.
The future bass/dubstep sounds of “Crown” by We Are Fury, brassie and Kyle Reynolds also has potential for a faster rise than its 23-19 move. “Crown” is culled from We Are Fury’s EP The Lost & Damned.
McEwen’s heartfelt slice of dance music called “Love That About You” (above), from his new album 0524, climbs 27-22, while Javi’s gorgeous cover of Sade’s “Cherish The Day” (below) is right behind, rising 28-23.
The second debut brings back Swedish trio Louis Pax to the chart after their month-long #1 “Bad Things” earlier this year, which stuck around on the chart for the maximum 10 appearances (20 weeks). “Ophelia” is another 80’s influenced pop bop and bows at #27. A video for the song premieres later this week.
A second inspired cover arrives on the chart at #28. “Gypsy Woman (La Da Dee)” was a huge 1991 radio and club hit for Crystal Waters, and it’s given a reverent redux by The Netherlands’ Steve Void with singer Sharon Doorson. No cookie cutter cover this one! It’s Steve’s fifth chart entry and first since his 2019 #1 “Closure” with Andy Marsh.
At #30, “Confusion Girl Completed” becomes the first song to enter this chart in its 24 years having been completely redone by its original artist. Frankmusik originally released the song in 2009 as a part of his Complete Me album, and it peaked at #11, his first appearance on this chart. He is re-recording each song from that album and releasing them one-by-one throughout 2022. As much as I still enjoy the original, “Confusion Girl Completed” is now an undeniable, contemporary pop bop. It follows up Frankmusik’s recent #2 “The Half Moon Came Up In The Sky”, which departs the chart as of this edition.
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