BILLCS Top 30 #426 – March 10/14

As with the last chart, there are 5 new entries, and I suspect this will be the trend for the next few charts too, as many are sticking around to the maximum 10 appearances (20 weeks) before they drop off (“What’s Going On” by Monsieur Adi featuring A*M*E first charted for 4 appearances prior to its release, then re-entered, and is now in its 10th consecutive appearance).  So the wheels on the chart are going round and round…

The Top 10

  • Sam Smith fever is slowly finding its way to North America.  So “Money On My Mind” continues at the top of my chart, while his featured vocal in “Latch” by Disclosure is the highest debut at #16.  That song peaked at #11 in the UK at the end of 2012.  There’s a brilliant acoustic version of  “Latch” on Sam’s equally stunning EP Nirvana (live version below).

  • Challenging for the top is the first of three appearances for Matthew Koma in the Top 10, this time on “Cannonball (Earthquake)” by Showtek & Justin Prime, which climbs 5-2.  Watch the new sci-fi adventure themed video below, sort of reminiscent of “Mad Max”.

  • “Collide” by Jake Miller shows it has staying power, and rises 6-5, while Audra Mae’s deep-down-in-your-soul vocal carries Avicii’s “Addicted To You” 10-7.
  • “Happy” by Pharrell is number one in most countries, climbing 11-9, as his new album G I R L is released to positive reviews.  It’s Pharrell’s fourth appearance in the Top 10, the other three times as featured artists on Snoop Dogg’s “Beautiful” (#6, 2003), “Wanna Love U Girl” by Robin Thicke (#4, 2005), and Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (also #4, 2013).
  • The rest of the songs moving up in the Top 10 do have Matthew Koma in kommon 😉  Zedd’s “Find You’ (also featuring Miriam Bryant) is the fastest riser on the chart (19-8), becoming Zedd’s third top tenner following “Spectrum” and “Clarity”, while his collaboration with Robbert Hardwell jumps 14-10.  That makes it 7/7 Top 10’s for Matthew, following #1’s “Spectrum”, “Parachute”, and “1998”, plus “One Night” (#10).  Enjoy the exclusive Sky Felix remix of “Find You” below.

Songs on the Rise

  • Disclosure is #16 on the new chart as the boys were on the last one with Mary J. Blige on their rework of “F For You”, which climbs 16-12.
  • John Newman continues to find new North American fans with his soulful voice, which to me sometimes recalls Paul Young.  “Love Me Again” moves up 17-13.
  • The online reaction to Adam Tyler’s “Electric Valentine”, which the singer dropped on V-Day, has been just splendid, and it’s still available as a free download for you to enjoy.  It looks to be one of Adam’s biggest hits on my chart, rocketing 22-14.

  • Riding right behind as the release of his EP City Lights approaches is Nick Hagelin with the playful “Finest Clothes In Town”, up 23-15.

  • Semi-Precious Weapons have a full album coming to you sometime soon, but in the meantime, from their EP Aviation is “Drink”, rising 26-19.
  • U2’s new album has been deferred to 2015, despite the Oscar-nominated success of “Ordinary Love” and the charity donations behind “Invisible”, which moves 25-21.  I suppose it makes sense that a tour will promote the album and looks like one may not be announced till year end.
  • If you’re in the New Haven, Connecticut area, watch out for club dates from Sean O’Reilly, whose melodic delight “Ready For You Now” jumps 27-22.

The Rest of the Newcomers

  • A lot of dance/EDM is booming in my Top 10, and San Diego-based Convulsic’s imaginative “Love Space” will tweak your ears and move your booty, arriving on the chart at 23.   Official video is on its way.

  • I’m a tad late on “Talk Dirty” by Jason Derulo and 2 Chainz, but in keeping with the playful and bawdy spirit of  “Blurred Lines”, the song scores a place on the chart this week at 24.  It’s Jason’s first appearance in these parts since 2010’s “In My Head” (#7).

  • The honest storytelling and performance are the key to the vast enjoyment you will receive from Steve Grand’s “Back To California”.  The singer moves a touch away from the country music leaning of his first two singles for something more in classic pop.  It premieres at #26 in advance of his crowd-funded All American Boy – The Album, due in May.

  • In keeping with “Talk Dirty”, I might as well go for the gusto with the return of dance diva Lonnie Gordon with “Horny” at #29.  Looks like there will be all kinds of naughty fun this Spring!  And remixes are on their way!

The Full Chart

Listen to the songs or watch the videos using the links on the pictures on the pretty and detailed web edition of my chart.

01 01 MONEY ON MY MIND Sam Smith
05 02 CANNONBALL (EARTHQUAKE) Showtek & Justin Prime featuring Matthew Koma
03 03 MOTEL POOL Travis Garland
04 04 TAKE COVER Neverest
06 05 COLLIDE Jake Miller
02 06 ANIMALS Martin Garrix
10 07 ADDICTED TO YOU Avicii featuring Audra Mae
19 08 FIND YOU Zedd featuring Matthew Koma & Miriam Bryant
11 09 HAPPY Pharrell Williams
14 10 DARE YOU Hardwell featuring Matthew Koma
12 11 INTO THE BLUE Kylie Minogue
16 12 F FOR YOU Disclosure featuring Mary J. Blige
17 13 LOVE ME AGAIN John Newman
22 14 ELECTRIC VALENTINE Adam Tyler
23 15 FINEST CLOTHES IN TOWN Nick Hagelin
New 16 LATCH Disclosure featuring Sam Smith
07 17 IN YOUR CARE Bright Light Bright Light
09 18 MANiCURE Lady Gaga
26 19 DRINK Semi-Precious Weapons
13 20 AN OPEN HEART Bright Light Bright Light
25 21 INVISIBLE U2
27 22 READY FOR YOU NOW Sean O’Reilly
New 23 LOVE SPACE Convulsic
New 24 TALK DIRTY Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz
15 25 GOLD Eurielle
New 26 BACK TO CALIFORNIA Steve Grand
18 27 TALKING TO THE WALLS Své
20 28 BREATHE ME Carlos Nóbrega
New 29 HORNY Lonnie Gordon
24 30 WHAT’S GOING ON Monsieur Adi featuring A*M*E

BILLCS Top 30 #425 – February 24/14

There’s a new #1 and two big debuts that happen to be free downloads 🙂

The Top 10

Buzzing with activity:

  • Coincidentally the new UK #1 single (as it held the chart all week long) is also my new #1, Sam Smith’s “Money On My Mind”.  He’s been performing alternately solo gig or select ones (such as for TV) with Disclosure.  I’m looking forward to his Toronto show on March 28.  His entire EP Nirvana has the goods!

  • Martin Garrix slips to #2 with “Animals” as it hits the Billboard Top 40.  As I wrote about this week, his new single “Helicopter”, should be equally huge.
  • Travis Garland advances to #3 with the sexy and repeatable “Motel Pool”.

  • Neverest climbs 9-4 with their dance song “Take Cover”.  The quartet is performing at the new Avenue nightclub in Vaughan, just north of Toronto, on Friday February 28.
  • “Cannonball (Earthquake)” by Dutchmen Showtek & Justin Prime and featuring American Matthew Koma on vocals needs to be released worldwide!! It climbs 11-5 on my chart and is a dance floor killa!
  • Jake Miller’s pop gem “Collide” moves up 10-6 as the new L.A. resident gets ready to release a new video!
  • Bright Light Bright Light’s “In Your Care” climbs to a new peak of #7, but Rod’s duet with Elton John will storm this chart closer to its April 7 release.
  • Rounding out all of the Top 10 movement are newcomers “MANiCURE” by Lady GaGa at #9, and the sensational “Addicted To You” by Avicii at #10 but given its vocal life with a bluesy vocal by Audra Mae!

Rising Up:

  • It looks like the rest of the world will be pretty “Happy” soon as Pharrell Williams’ ditty with an old-style Motown beat climbs 15-11 on my chart, but should get to #1 in the US and internationally too.
  • Kylie Minogue’s “Into The Blue” also has a great shot at being her first international pop hit in some time.  It moves up 17-12.
  • Matthew Koma is part of one Top 10 song this week, but he’s also the vocalist of Hardwell’s “Dare You” (#14) and Zedd’s “Find You” (#19), along with sensational newcomer Miriam Bryant.  Matthew was still charting a year ago on my chart with #1’s “1998” and “Parachute”.

  • The fastest riser on the chart is the dynamic pairing of Disclosure with Mary J. Blige on the rework of “F For You”, up 25-16.
  • “Love Me Again” by UK singer John Newman is going great guns all over the world, and is back in the UK Top 40.  It moves up 24-17.
  • Sve’s beautiful “Talking To The Walls” jumps to a new peak of #18.

New to the Chart:

About those two at the top of this blog post 🙂

  • Adam Tyler has graced my chart with many of his songs since his debut in 2010 with “Friction”, still his best charting song peaking at #4.  2012 was all about “Fade Into The Light” (#9), with its well shot video and appearance on the compilation This Beat Is… Poptronik Volume 2.  Adam released “Electric Valentine” as a free download on Valentine’s Day.  It has received massive response as a free download, and to me is one of Adam’s best pop confections thus far.  It debuts on my chart at #22.  Oh and there’s a tiny tease of a classic pop song near the end 🙂
  • Nick Hagelin has only appeared in my chart once, in 2011 with the dreamy ballad “Metaphor” (#12) from his Take Off EP.  Since then, he’s been signed to Streamline (Lady GaGa’s label), distributed by Interscope, but has yet to see release with any songs through that label.  In the meantime, the free EP City Lights is coming on March 5, and in advance of that we have “Finest Clothes In Town”, a funky slice of R&B pop that will put you in a great, sexy mood 😀  “Clothes” bows at #23 on my chart.
  • U2 last appeared in my chart in 2005 with “Sometimes You Can Make It On Your Own” (#21), and was last in the Top 10 with 2000’s “Beautiful Day” (#7), though Bono & The Edge appeared in Reeve Carney’s “Rise Above 1” (#19, 2011) from their soundtrack to the “Spider-Man” broadway play (which I quite enjoyed).  “Invisible” is one of their best singles in recent years and I got it from iTunes when it was available as a limited free download.  Some of its proceeds go to the RED fund.  The song arrives at #25.

  • While I’m looking forward to hearing their full album when it arrives, and seeing them on tour when it happens, Semi-Precious Weapons have altered their sound somewhat from hard-hitting, edgy-danceable-punkish rock, to a slicker, anthemic but still edgy pop/rock flavour.  And, as demonstrated by last year’s Aviation High (#9), it works beautifully.  “Drink” is punchy and contagious, and debuts at #26.

  • I love discovering new music by talented independent artists with lots of potential.  Such is Sean O’Reilly, whose “Ready For You Now” is crammed full of varied pop influences and striking piano playing.  From the Connecticut native’s album Volume 1, “Ready” arrives at #27.

The Full Chart

Listen to the songs or watch the videos using the links on the pictures on the pretty and detailed web edition of my chart.

06 01 MONEY ON MY MIND Sam Smith
01 02 ANIMALS Martin Garrix
04 03 MOTEL POOL Travis Garland
09 04 TAKE COVER Neverest
11 05 CANNONBALL (EARTHQUAKE) Showtek & Justin Prime featuring Matthew Koma
10 06 COLLIDE Jake Miller
08 07 IN YOUR CARE Bright Light Bright Light
02 08 EASY Travis Garland
12 09 MANiCURE Lady Gaga
13 10 ADDICTED TO YOU Avicii featuring Audra Mae
15 11 HAPPY Pharrell Williams
17 12 INTO THE BLUE Kylie Minogue
03 13 AN OPEN HEART Bright Light Bright Light
19 14 DARE YOU Hardwell featuring Matthew Koma
05 15 GOLD Eurielle
25 16 F FOR YOU Disclosure featuring Mary J. Blige
24 17 LOVE ME AGAIN John Newman
20 18 TALKING TO THE WALLS Své
26 19 FIND YOU Zedd featuring Matthew Koma & Miriam Bryant
07 20 BREATHE ME Carlos Nóbrega
14 21 EVERY SINGLE MOMENT  SIRPAUL
New 22 ELECTRIC VALENTINE Adam Tyler
New 23 FINEST CLOTHES IN TOWN Nick Hagelin
18 24 WHAT’S GOING ON Monsieur Adi featuring A*M*E
New 25 INVISIBLE U2
New 26 DRINK Semi-Precious Weapons
New 27 READY FOR YOU NOW Sean O’Reilly
16 28 MARRY THE NIGHT Glee Cast featuring Adam Lambert
21 29 ROLLERCOASTER Corey Niles featuring Dru
22 30 DO WHAT U WANT Lady Gaga featuring R. Kelly

BILLCS Top 30 #424 – February 10/14

The new chart sees another influx of fine dance-oriented pop or EDM songs… how long can it last? 🙂  Plus, one high-flying debut!

The Top 10

  • Martin Garrix’s North American tour comes to an end as “Animals” holds up top for a second appearance amid stiff competition.
  • Travis Garland is 2 for 2 as “Easy” gets second place, while “Motel Pool” sidles up to #4.

  • Incredible indies Eurielle and Carlos Nóbrega remain steady with “Gold” and “Breathe Me” at #5 and #7 respectively 🙂

  • Bright Light Bright Light rises up 10-8 with “In Your Care” while former #1 “An Open Heart” hangs tight at #3.
  • New to the Top 10 are the rollicking “Take Cover” by Toronto’s Neverest at #9, and “Collide” by Floridian heartbreaker Jake Miller at #10.

I reviewed this song late last year, I said it was the first great song of 2014.  I stick to that phrasing as “Money On My Mind” by new UK sensation Sam Smith (video up top) vaults onto the chart at #6.  Sam’s already been #1 in the UK with Naughty Boy on “La La La” – can the top of the national charts be within sight for Sam?  His new EP Nirvana – already released in Canada (shock me – we’re ahead of the UK) – is all kinds of melodic and vocal magnificence, whether it be an acoustic cover of “Latch”, more EDM foolery with “Safe With Me”, or the gorgeous live recording “I’ve Told You Now”.  By the end of 2014, Sam Smith will be one of the international stories of the year.

Move On Up…

Up…

Up…

  • Last chart’s pair of “featuring Matthew Koma” releases make their presence known:  Showtek & Justin Prime’s supremely irresistible “Cannonball (Earthquake)” soars 17-11, while Matthew’s pairing with Hardwell “Dare You” jumps 25-19 as new remixes are unleashed this week.  Not to be outdone, a third “featuring Matthew Koma” bows at #26 – it’s his “Spectrum” buddy, Grammy-winner Zedd with new and very distinct vocalist Miriam Bryant on this kinetic threesome “Find You”.
  • While Lady GaGa’s next single is apparently the more pop-inflected “Gypsy”, the more raucous strutter “MANiCURE” climbs 15-12.
  • He’s opening his own Avicii Hotel in Miami next month, but will success spoil Tim Bergling?  Not if songs like “Addicted To You”, featuring Audra Mae on gritty, emotional vocal duty, keep coming.  It’s the fastest riser, moving 20-13.
  • With each week, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that many people will be grooving to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” while they walk down the street.  The international hit continues to climb, 21-15.
  • Své’s moody and beautifully sung “Talking To The Walls”, complete with a scenic sci-fi-ish video, rises 22-20.

The Rest of the Debuts

  • While I’m still totally sold on Kylie Minogue’s recent EDM-influenced forays that are “Timebomb” and “Skirt” (which both got to #4 on my chart, her highest rankings yet), her return to pure pop on “Into The Blue” is a stunner, and arrives on the chart at #17.  The video’s a bit fluffy, but it all feels good so who cares?

  • I am such a latehead on some songs that DUH I would have liked had I paid attention in the first place.  After all this one was only a UK #1 last July.  I’m talking about “Love Me Again” by North Yorkshire’s John Newman, which belatedly bows at #24.  John’s got such a killer set of pipes, and the song musically is a cousin to Haddaway’s “What Is Love” – so does that make John this generation’s Rick Astley? 😛

  • It’s so, so easy to like the inventive dance music that Grammy nominees Disclosure have been making.  But when they decide to remake “F For You” with none other than Mary J. Blige, and have it turn out this well, it looks like international pop hitdom is on its way.  “F For You” premieres at #25.  It’s La Blige’s first appearance in these parts since 2008 when she got to #7 in a duet with Robin Thicke on a remix of his “Magic”.

Extree, Extree

The suspense unfolds from two weeks ago is revealed in the full, entertaining video for People Like You’s “Have Some Pride” 🙂

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Preview the latest dance hit in the making from Texas-based singer Blare Levoir with “Waiting For Love” right here on Twitter music. Watch for my official review and the full release within the next two weeks!

He looks a bit like Sweden’s Måns Zelmerlöw, has a soft Enrique Iglesias quality to his voice, and makes French ungrammatical just for emphasis.  It’s Baptiste Giabiconi with “Je te aime”.

Heads will turn with the secrets kept in the new video for “Aviation High” by Semi-Precious Weapons (which got to #9 on my chart last year), from their new EP Aviation.

As “Can’t Hold Back” is about to leave the chart, along comes the new video for Anton Ewald’s latest single “Close Up”.

The Full Chart

Listen to the songs or watch the videos using the links on the pictures on the pretty and detailed web edition of my chart.

01 01 ANIMALS Martin Garrix
02 02 EASY Travis Garland
03 03 AN OPEN HEART Bright Light Bright Light
06 04 MOTEL POOL Travis Garland
05 05 GOLD Eurielle
New 06 MONEY ON MY MIND Sam Smith
07 07 BREATHE ME Carlos Nóbrega
10 08 IN YOUR CARE Bright Light Bright Light
11 09 TAKE COVER Neverest
13 10 COLLIDE Jake Miller
17 11 CANNONBALL (EARTHQUAKE) Showtek & Justin Prime featuring Matthew Koma
15 12 MANiCURE Lady Gaga
20 13 ADDICTED TO YOU Avicii featuring Audra Mae
04 14 EVERY SINGLE MOMENT  SIRPAUL
21 15 HAPPY Pharrell Williams
09 16 MARRY THE NIGHT Glee Cast featuring Adam Lambert
New 17 INTO THE BLUE Kylie Minogue
08 18 WHAT’S GOING ON Monsieur Adi featuring A*M*E
25 19 DARE YOU Hardwell featuring Matthew Koma
22 20 TALKING TO THE WALLS Své
12 21 ROLLERCOASTER Corey Niles featuring Dru
14 22 DO WHAT U WANT Lady Gaga featuring R. Kelly
16 23 I CAN’T HELP IT Dangerous Muse
New 24 LOVE ME AGAIN John Newman
New 25 F FOR YOU Disclosure featuring Mary J. Blige
New 26 FIND YOU Zedd featuring Matthew Koma & Miriam Bryant
18 27 COME A LITTLE CLOSER Cage The Elephant
19 28 CAN’T HOLD BACK Anton Ewald
23 29 4TH OF JULY Jarell Perry
24 30 DO I HAVE TO DANCE Simon Curtis

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BILLCS Top 30 #423 – January 27/14

The end of January sees a cold, cold winter continuing… but with extra hot EDM/dance music, if our three debuts (with thanks to Matthew Koma on two of them 🙂 ) and the new #1 song – which you may not have expected – have any say in the matter.

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The New Number One

  • “Animals” by Martin Garrix!!  Surprised??  The song has grown immensely on me during the month, and the young Dutchman already seems to have a signature sound of his own, judging by his subsequent collabo “Wizard” and a newer song which you’ll find under the extras below.  But will “Animals” get more than one appearance at #1?  Find out in two weeks!  Love the above photo!  Martin is in my city (Toronto) in a sold out show on February 7 at Uniun.

The Rest of the Top 10

  • “Easy” by Travis Garland continues its climb to #2 in its 8th appearance on the chart, while “Motel Pool” sits comfortably at #6.
  • Bright Light Bright Light gives up #1 with “An Open Heart” and moves to #3, while the equally pensive “In Your Care” moves up 13-10!
  • Singles holding steady:  SIRPAUL’s “Every Single Moment” at #4 and “Breathe Me”, the thoughtful Sia cover by Carlos Nóbrega at #7 🙂
  • Into the Top 5 she goes!  New UK singer Eurielle’s gorgeous “Gold” (video below) moves up 6-5!
  • The last new Top 10 entry is Adam Lambert’s highest on the chart thus far, the “Glee” take on “Marry The Night” at #9.

On The Rise

  • Canadian quartet Neverest is at it again, after the #1 success of “Rewind”, almost in the Top 10 a few weeks after “Take Cover” (video above) appeared on their Facebook page as a free download.  It’s the fastest riser on the chart, climbing 21-11!
  • And speaking of “Rewind”, its songwriter Corey Niles and pal Dru continue to rise up the chart with a fine slice of pop/hip hop, “Rollercoaster” at #12.
  • New L.A. resident Jake Miller is fresh out of the Grammys and zipping up my chart 22-13 with a fun pre-summer anthem “Collide”.
  • While “Do What U Want” has slowed down at #14, Lady GaGa’s rollicking “MANiCURE” jumps 18-15.
  • He’s got an Oscar nomination, won a Grammy as Producer of the Year, provided vocals on Record of the Year “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk (which got to #2 on my chart and was #16 for 2013) – Pharrell Williams oughta be “Happy”, as the former UK #1 climbs 27-21.
  • Lastly, the eclectic and most listenable “Talking To The Walls” (video below) has an outstanding vocal by its singer, newcomer Své, and it moves up 25-22.  It’s available on iTunes.

The Debuts – Power EDM Trio!

  • Storming the chart at #17 is the irresistible and indefatiguable “Cannonball (Earthquake)” by Dutch producers/DJs Showtek & Justin Prime, which started life as an instrumental two years ago, but has been transformed into an incredible vocal anthem courtesy of singer/songwriter Matthew Koma.  This needs a worldwide release!!

  • I got so tired of Wake Me Up soooo fast that I went silent on Avicii’s album True.  That has all changed with the arrival of “Addicted To You” at #20, featuring a unique standout vocal performance by American singer Audra Mae.  A short song at 2:28, it has all the boom you need to make you want much more!

  • Lastly, we have more Matthew Koma vocalizing and songwriting courtesy of the UK Top 20 hit “Dare You” by another well-established Dutch producer/DJ, Robbert Hardwell.  This gorgeously melodic EDM song arrives at #25 and I’m looking forward to the official remixes 🙂

Extra! Extra!

Several songs are on deck or are awaiting official release before they arrive on my chart.

Disclosure featuring Mary J. Blige, “F For You”

Kylie Minogue, “Into The Blue”

People Like You, “Have Some Pride” (teaser video!! – official release is February 3)

Bassjackers, “Crackin'” (Martin Garrix edit)

The Full Chart

Listen to the songs or watch the videos using the links on the pictures on the pretty and detailed web edition of my chart.

05 01 ANIMALS Martin Garrix
03 02 EASY Travis Garland
01 03 AN OPEN HEART Bright Light Bright Light
04 04 EVERY SINGLE MOMENT SIRPAUL
06 05 GOLD Eurielle
09 06 MOTEL POOL Travis Garland
07 07 BREATHE ME Carlos Nóbrega
02 08 WHAT’S GOING ON Monsieur Adi featuring A*M*E
11 09 MARRY THE NIGHT Glee Cast featuring Adam Lambert
13 10 IN YOUR CARE Bright Light Bright Light
21 11 TAKE COVER Neverest
15 12 ROLLERCOASTER Corey Niles featuring Dru
22 13 COLLIDE Jake Miller
14 14 DO WHAT U WANT Lady GaGa featuring R. Kelly
18 15 MANiCURE Lady GaGa
17 16 I CAN’T HELP IT Dangerous Muse
New 17 CANNONBALL (EARTHQUAKE) Showtek & Justin Prime featuring Matthew Koma
20 18 COME A LITTLE CLOSER Cage The Elephant
08 19 CAN’T HOLD BACK Anton Ewald
New 20 ADDICTED TO YOU Avicii featuring Audra Mae
27 21 HAPPY Pharrell Williams
25 22 TALKING TO THE WALLS Své
10 23 4TH OF JULY Jarell Perry
12 24 DO I HAVE TO DANCE Simon Curtis
New 25 DARE YOU Hardwell featuring Matthew Koma
16 26 KEEP ME RUNNING Andy Suzuki & The Method
19 27 I HAVE A NAME Osvaldo Supino
23 28 WE CAN’T STOP SUMMERTIME SADNESS   DATABOY
24 29 JULIET Lawson 
26 30 BERLIN WALL Simon Curtis

BILLCS Top 30 #422 – January 13/14

There’s a limited amount of big movement on my new personal chart, as one might expect for the first chart of January.  The next few weeks will bring plenty of new songs for 2014 as last year’s faves exit the chart.

  • It looks like our Top 2 songs might give way to new ones, but “An Open Heart” by Bright Light Bright Light has had 4 appearances at the top and “What’s Going On” by Monsieur Adi featuring A*M*E has held runner up for 5 appearances, which are stories unto themselves 🙂
  • The big news in the Top 10 belongs (surprise, surprise) to Travis Garland!  Two of the sexiest songs on his self-titled debut are moving up, first at #3 with the album track “Easy” (above), which could slide up to #1 – or could “Motel Pool” (below) do that instead, soaring 22-9 in its second appearance?  You can’t lose with either song!
  • One of the songs I’ve enjoyed most over the winter break and beyond is “Every Single Moment” by SIRPAUL, which advances 5-4.  Gets cranked in the car every time 🙂
  • “Animals” by Martin Garrix is a huge surprise, and should by all rights be a top pop hit around the world and not just in Europe.  It moves up 6-5.
  • UK singer Eurielle has big things coming for 2014, the start of which is her 3 song EP The Incarnation, featuring the stunning “Gold”, rising 7-6.
  • “Breathe Me” is Carlos Nóbrega’s poignant take on the Sia song, and it jumps 10-7 and looks to be Top 5 bound 🙂
  • Rounding out the risers within the Top 10 is another sad and beautifully sung tune, Jarell Perry’s “4th of July” (below), still available as a free download.
  • The rest of the chart finds several recent additions caught in the middle, waiting for other songs to fall.  The fastest risers of the bunch belong to Bright Light Bright Light’s “In My Care” (16-13), “Come A Little Closer” by Cage The Elephant (23-20) (below), and Své’s alt.pop beauty “Talking To The Walls” (28-25).   And the “Glee”/Adam Lambert version of “Marry The Night” climbs to #11, one spot higher than Lady GaGa’s original – but does that make it better? Maybe!
  • Our first of three newcomers arrived almost exactly two weeks ago as a free download, which made it to the chart blog post as an ‘extra’.  Well Neverest’s anthemic and danceable “Take Cover” bows at #21 – can it get to #1 like last year’s “Rewind”?  Watch the performance video above to give you a taste of the impact of a Neverest show 🙂

  • Next up at #22 is what could be the “It Guy” of early 2014 😉  Jake Miller has a certain kind of charm with his mix of pop and rap that is definitely turning heads with his debut album Us Against Them.  “Collide” is the lead single and it’s simply a winner to which North American radio is warming up.
  • The song really didn’t need minions to become a hit, but certainly having two non-consecutive weeks at the top in the UK has helped it immensely.  “Happy” (from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack) also happens to be by Pharrell Williams who is more than everywhere than he’s ever been (if you follow that 😛 ).  It arrives on my chart at #27.

Listen to the songs or watch the videos using the links on the pictures on the pretty and detailed web edition of my chart.

01 01 AN OPEN HEART Bright Light Bright Light
02 02 WHAT’S GOING ON Monsieur Adi featuring A*M*E
04 03 EASY Travis Garland
05 04 EVERY SINGLE MOMENT   SIRPAUL
06 05 ANIMALS Martin Garrix
07 06 GOLD Eurielle
10 07 BREATHE ME Carlos Nóbrega
03 08 CAN’T HOLD BACK Anton Ewald
22 09 MOTEL POOL Travis Garland
12 10 4TH OF JULY Jarell Perry
13 11 MARRY THE NIGHT Glee Cast featuring Adam Lambert
09 12 DO I HAVE TO DANCE Simon Curtis
16 13 IN YOUR CARE Bright Light Bright Light
15 14 DO WHAT U WANT Lady Gaga featuring R. Kelly
17 15 ROLLERCOASTER Corey Niles featuring Dru
18 16 KEEP ME RUNNING Andy Suzuki & The Method
19 17 I CAN’T HELP IT Dangerous Muse
21 18 MANiCURE Lady Gaga
08 19 I HAVE A NAME Osvaldo Supino
23 20 COME A LITTLE CLOSER Cage The Elephant
New 21 TAKE COVER Neverest
New 22 COLLIDE Jake Miller
11 23 WE CAN’T STOP SUMMERTIME SADNESS   DATABOY
14 24 JULIET Lawson 
28 25 TALKING TO THE WALLS Své
20 26 BERLIN WALL Simon Curtis
New 27 HAPPY Pharrell Williams
25 28 ADORN Miguel featuring Jessie Ware
27 29 IMPOSSIBLE Ryan Star
29 30 HEADHUNTER Parralox 

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BILLCS Top 30 #421 – December 30/13 – Plus, New Songs by Neverest, Remy Shand, and Matt Blue

The last chart of 2013 is also my first chart of 2014, when last year’s favourites start to fade a bit and new ones start to take charge.

  • The Top 4 are exactly the same as two weeks ago:  Bright Light Bright Light’s “An Open Heart” (#11 for 2013) and “What’s Going On” by Monsieur Adi & A*M*E (#17 for 2013) are still too hard to dislodge, with Anton Ewald’s “Can’t Hold Back” (#21 for 2013) about to give way to Travis Garland’s “Easy”.

  • SIRPAUL busts a move right into the Top 5 with “Every Single Moment” (8-5), which not only can swirl you out onto the dance floor but dazzle you with its excellent lyrics.  It’s a grower, but a winner!
  • I am by no means nowhere near done with Martin Garrix’s “Animals” as it continually lodges itself inside my head.  It would have made for some appropriate party music in last night’s festivities.  “Animals” moves up 11-6.

  • “Gold” by UK singer Eurielle vaults into the Top 10 at #7, from her compelling 3 song EP The Incarnation.  Watch the tantalizing video above.

  • “Breathe Me” is a poignant and minimal cover of the Sia song by Portugal’s Carlos Nóbrega, climbing 15-10 and becoming his second Top 10 placing on my chart.
  • The middle of the chart finds songs still on the rise from Jarell Perry, “Glee”/Adam Lambert, Lady GaGa & R. Kelly and Corey Niles & Dru.

  • Debuts from the last chart are all taking off smoothly.  Bright Light Bright Light’s “In Your Care” is the fastest riser, up 24-16, making this a double whammy week for Rod Thomas who also has the #1 song.  Lady GaGa’s “MANiCURE” and Cage The Elephant’s “Come A Little Closer” (coming closer to becoming a pop hit, I think) climb 28-21 and 29-23.

  • I’ve written about both of our newcomers.  It’s no surprise that “Motel Pool” by Travis Garland bows at #22 complete with its damn proper sexy video.  Travis’ self-titled album is my go-to when I don’t know what to listen to.  The song is also from the new Motel Pool EP available on iTunes.  “Talking To The Walls” got a flood of attention right away when I wrote about it in October, but it’s gone a little too quiet.  I’ve not forgotten about this hypnotic song from new singer Své.  Watch the video below, which has some strange twists and a cameo from “Go For Gold” and former Click Five singer Kyle Patrick.  It debuts on my chart at #28.

EXTRAS:

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  • If you thought Neverest might go back to a ballad for their next single, you might not be prepared for the techno/dubsteppy power in “Take Cover”, which was released today as a free download from their Facebook page (you have to “like” it of course) right here.  Like “Rewind” (my #13 song of 2013), “Take Cover” is an ambitious and tight record that will slide into their set list rather neatly.  Can’t wait to hear it in concert!  There’s no link yet for me to provide – just take my word on this one folks!

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  • Juno Award winning Canadian R&B/pop singer Remy Shand has eased back into the music scene this year after being away from it for a decade.  He’s very active on Twitter, often providing many links to some great obscure and not-so-obscure songs which obviously shape his styles of music.  His new song released today on Bandcamp, “The Best In Me”, starts off with a low vocal register introduction, but doesn’t venture much beyond what he gave us in the past, which is not a bad thing at all.  Slick production and some amazing guitar work that rounds out the end of the song make it more than worthwhile.  You can hear and purchase the song right here.

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  • Dutch singer Matt Blue keeps issuing fine singles that hopefully one day will make an EP or album.  Released on You Tube just before the New Year is “Fireworks”, a bit slighter than past efforts “Can’t Help Myself” and last year’s #32 song “Outta My Mind”, but still in a positive and upbeat vein.  And when there’s such a fine voice singing the song you can’t help but be impressed.

Listen to the songs or watch the videos using the links on the pictures on the pretty and details web edition of my chart.

01 01 AN OPEN HEART Bright Light Bright Light
02 02 WHAT’S GOING ON Monsieur Adi F/ A*M*E
03 03 CAN’T HOLD BACK Anton Ewald
04 04 EASY Travis Garland
08 05 EVERY SINGLE MOMENT   SIRPAUL
11 06 ANIMALS Martin Garrix
13 07 GOLD Eurielle
05 08 I HAVE A NAME Osvaldo Supino
07 09 DO I HAVE TO DANCE Simon Curtis
15 10 BREATHE ME Carlos Nóbrega
06 11 WE CAN’T STOP SUMMERTIME SADNESS   DATABOY
14 12 4TH OF JULY Jarell Perry
18 13 MARRY THE NIGHT Glee Cast F/ Adam Lambert
09 14 JULIET Lawson
19 15 DO WHAT U WANT Lady Gaga F/ R. Kelly
24 16 IN YOUR CARE Bright Light Bright Light
22 17 ROLLERCOASTER Corey Niles F/ Dru
20 18 KEEP ME RUNNING Andy Suzuki & The Method
21 19 I CAN’T HELP IT Dangerous Muse
10 20 BERLIN WALL Simon Curtis
28 21 MANiCURE Lady Gaga
New 22 MOTEL POOL Travis Garland
29 23 COME A LITTLE CLOSER Cage The Elephant
12 24 SOMEBODY LOVES YOU Betty Who
16 25 ADORN Miguel F/ Jessie Ware
17 26 APPLAUSE Lady Gaga
23 27 IMPOSSIBLE Ryan Star
New 28 TALKING TO THE WALLS Své
25 29 HEADHUNTER Parralox
26 30 MA RADIO Osvaldo Supino

 

BILLCS Top 30 #420 – December 16/13

Edition #420 is my last chart of 2013, and my Best 75 Songs of 2013 will be posted on the weekend of December 28, before the next chart.  Any songs that are expected to rise after this chart will appear on next year’s Best Of list.

Much of the top of the chart stays the same as two weeks ago, with locks on 1, 2, and 3,  so I’ll focus on movement, debuts, and two ‘extras’ 😀

The Top 10:

  • Travis Garland is a name you will get to know more in 2014.  I wrote about the video to his new EP “Motel Pool” this past weekend.  But right now, the classy and rhythmic “Easy” soars 9-4 on my chart.  Live clip is above.
  • “Berlin Wall” by Simon Curtis joins “Do I Have To Dance” in the Top 10 as we anxiously await news of his upcoming video and more new music.
  • Also debuting in the Top 10, and looking mighty mighty 😉 is “Every Single Moment” by SIRPAUL, which crashes in at #8.  Remixes coming soon!
  • The last debut is Lawson, who’ve had a splendid year in these parts, charting with both “Learn To Love Again” and “Brokenhearted” in my Top 10.  “Juliet” makes it a triple play at #9.  Top notch live clip is below.

Movin’ On Up:

  • “Animals” ultimately did get to #1 on Billboard’s Dance Club Play chart after hovering in the Top 10 for a while.  Martin Garrix has the fastest riser on this chart as it moves 18-11.  More to come from this new whiz kid 🙂

  • That stunning new singer from England, Eurielle, has some cool stuff brewing in the background which will make 2014 most interesting for her.  The seductive and catchy single “Gold” climbs 19-13, from her debut EP The Incarnation.
  • Mid-chart emotions strike big time with Jarell Perry’s breathtaking “4th of July” at #14, as well as “Breathe Me”, the minimalist cover of the Sia song by Portugal’s Carlos Nóbrega, bounding 21-15.  It’s looking to become Carlos’ second Top 10er.
  • Last week’s premieres all had the number 6 waiting for them, as they each move up 6 places:  “Marry The Night”as vocalized by Adam Lambert (#18) via “Glee”; “Do What U Want”  right on his monster boot heels by Lady GaGa & R. Kelly (#19); and Corey Niles & Dru with “Rollercoaster” (#22), which is pretty damn difficult to get out of your head.

New to the Chart:

  • Catch Bright Light Bright Light on the west coast if you can!  The wistful title track from his latest EP In Your Care arrives on the chart at #24.

  • I like ARTPOP.  It’s not the great album that it could have been.  It sounds terrific but there are too many songs that I pass on to hear again.  Joining “Applause” and “Do What U Want” on the chart is the rocking “MANiCURE” at #28.  This is Lady GaGa emulating Annie Lennox circa 1986/87 – think of “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves” and “I Need A Man”.  It’s one of the songs that draws me in to ARTPOP every time!

  • Lastly, “Come A Little Closer” by Cage The Elephant is an uncharacteristic alt.rock entry (#29) – at least lately, my chart was full of it at the turn of the century.  Both the concert video and animated one will make you go ‘wow’, I promise!

Extras:

  • You couldn’t go a blog post from summer 2012 to winter 2013 without me talking about Indiana native Chris Wallace.  He’s been touring the States backwards and forwards, and seems to be having such a great time of it all.  His #1 on my chart “Remember When (Push Rewind)”, was my #2 song of 2012.  He has two songs this year in my year end list, and one is his new single “Keep Me Crazy”.  If it might seem a little late to you, remember about momentum and radio play, which have guided this song into the Top 40 radio songs.  That great time touring has rubbed off in the video, which is a whole lot of fun, starting off with Oscar nominee Eric Roberts as Chris’ psychiatrist, who makes him dream of crazy situations… or does he?  I suppose it would have been nice if Eric’s character could have evolved into Julia Roberts, but the makers are shy of a few million for that 😉  Anyway have a good time with “Keep Me Crazy” below.

  • My other extra is hot off the presses today, and is so different, you need to give it a watch/listen.  I raved about L.A. based singer Ryan Adamés’ acoustic and thoroughly enchanting cover of Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me”, which was #2 for six weeks on my chart and has just exited after a maximum of 10 appearances (20 weeks).  He’s back with another acoustic rendition, but this time it’s Britney Spears’ “Work Bitch”, accompanied by singer Todrick Hall.  I don’t like the original; so Ryan provides a fine vocal, sometimes in sing-along mode, over the lyrics which for the most part were spoken or shouted by Britney.  While you admire how Ryan smolders again in the video, you really have to get to the 3 minute mark for Todrick’s break and after which the vocals harmonize so, so beautifully that you’ve almost forgotten that it’s “Work Bitch”.  Mucho points for creativity, excellent harmonies, and for Ryan (as a Britney fan) making the song his own.  Watch below and download for free from Ryan’s Facebook page (you must ‘like’ it first).

Listen to the songs or watch the videos using the links on the pictures on the pretty and details web edition of my chart.

Here’s the full BILLCS Top 30 :)

01 01 AN OPEN HEART Bright Light Bright Light
02 02 WHAT’S GOING ON Monsieur Adi F/ A*M*E
03 03 CAN’T HOLD BACK Anton Ewald
09 04 EASY Travis Garland
05 05 I HAVE A NAME Osvaldo Supino
06 06 WE CAN’T STOP SUMMERTIME SADNESS   DATABOY
07 07 DO I HAVE TO DANCE Simon Curtis
13 08 EVERY SINGLE MOMENT   SIRPAUL
11 09 JULIET Lawson 
12 10 BERLIN WALL Simon Curtis
18 11 ANIMALS Martin Garrix
04 12 SOMEBODY LOVES YOU Betty Who
19 13 GOLD Eurielle
16 14 4TH OF JULY Jarell Perry
21 15 BREATHE ME Carlos Nóbrega
08 16 ADORN Miguel F/ Jessie Ware
10 17 APPLAUSE Lady GaGa
24 18 MARRY THE NIGHT Glee Cast F/ Adam Lambert
25 19 DO WHAT U WANT Lady GaGa F/ R. Kelly
22 20 KEEP ME RUNNING Andy Suzuki & The Method
23 21 I CAN’T HELP IT Dangerous Muse
28 22 ROLLERCOASTER Corey Niles F/ Dru
15 23 IMPOSSIBLE Ryan Star
New 24 IN YOUR CARE Bright Light Bright Light
14 25 HEADHUNTER Parralox 
17 26 MA RADIO Osvaldo Supino
20 27 REWIND Neverest
New 28 MANiCURE Lady GaGa
New 29 COME A LITTLE CLOSER Cage The Elephant
27 30 BLACK LIGHT (Stormby remix) Kaden

Published in: on December 17, 2013 at 10:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

BILLCS Top 30 #419 – December 2, 2013

December certainly means Christmas and the holidays, but it also means developing and finalizing year end lists – is yours in progress?

The Top 10:

  • I knew after hearing Bright Light Bright Light’s “An Open Heart” (above), my last few charts of 2013 and my year end list would be shaken up a tad.  Indeed, “An Open Heart” takes over at #1, the fastest riser on the chart up from #10, becoming Rod Thomas’ 4th chart-topper with one of his strongest songs both lyrically and melodically 🙂  Los Angeles – BLx2 is coming for you!!
  • It’s going to be a while before any song shakes “What’s Going On” by Monsieur Adi & A*M*E (below) out of second place, which also means that new arrival at #3 “Can’t Hold Back” by Anton Ewald will probably stay steady too!

  • Betty Who’s “Somebody Loves You” gets displaced but stays close at #4, while “I Have A Name” by Osvaldo Supino brings all of its fine, positive vibes into the Top 5 🙂
  • DATABOY’s “We Can’t Stop Summertime Sadness” mashup advances to #6, while mega dance epic from blog fave Simon Curtis “Do I Have To Dance” climbs to #7.  Both are free downloads (see the chart for the links!).
  • It’s going to be near the top of my Best Of list for albums of the year… Travis Garland’s self-titled debut yields another Top 10er with “Easy” at #9.

Rising Up the Chart:

  • Boom! goes “Every Single Moment” by SIRPAUL (above) from his most enjoyable album Seventh Star, its best chart run yet as it soars 21-13.
  • Ryan Star’s new album is scheduled for release on January 14, and New Yorkers will be lucky enough to experience another album release concert.  “Impossible”, from his EP Animals, moves up 18-15.
  • Jarell Perry’s EP White is on deck soon and he keeps on offering out new songs for free download, such as a cover of Lupe Fiasco’s “Paris, Tokyo” which has a breathtaking vocal.  His absolutely lovely and sad (and free for download) “4th of July” climbs 20-16.  Both songs are below for your listening and downloading pleasure.

  • Martin Garrix’s “Animals” got a week in at #1 on the UK Singles chart and it resides at #2 on Billboard’s Dance Club Play chart.  This innovative instrumental by this 17 year old Dutchman rises 24-18 .
  • “Gold” by British singer Eurielle is one of the most unique singles of 2013, marrying styles by the likes of Enya, Loreena McKennitt and Enigma for an enchanting effect.  It’s being played on D-Moos National Internet Radio (to which I contribute artist profiles and voiceovers) here in Canada, and climbs 26-19.

  • Carlos Nóbrega’s “Breathe Me” (above) reached the Top 5 on Hypem’s chart this past weekend, and this beautiful cover of Sia’s song moves up 28-21.
  • “Keep Me Running” by NYC trio Andy Suzuki & The Method jumps 27-22 as their new video, the title track to their album Born Out Of Mischief, has surfaced with some heartwarming scenes of Andy as a child with his family.  Both videos are below 🙂

  • It’s clever 80’s retro dance at its best – “I Can’t Help It” by Dangerous Muse, from This Beat Is Poptronik!… Volume Two, rises 29-23.

Debuts:

Having the next two songs back-to-back on the chart was not planned or realized until after the chart was made 😛

  • The original got to #12 on my chart in early 2012, and probably would have gone higher had it not been the last single release from Born This Way.  But “Marry The Night” is back thanks to a superlative performance on “Glee” by Adam Lambert.  I think we’re all just waiting for new Lambert music anyway, so this fills the gap nicely.  It bows at #24 and to me is one of the best-ever performances from the show (no songs from the show have previously appeared on my chart).

  • Lady GaGa’s next single “Do What U Want”, with R. Kelly, is just fine, thank you very much, as is the ARTPOP album overall.  Despite some forays into true disaster, the better songs out weigh the others, though the album is much stronger in melody to me than in words.  “Do What U Want” premieres at #25.  It’s R. Kelly’s first appearance on my chart since 2004, as a featured artist on Cassidy’s “Hotel”.  He’s hit the Top 10 once, in 1999 with Keith Murray on “Home Alone” (#7).

  • It’s blowing up from a special feature in this blog to a radio and video hit.  Torontonian Corey Niles arrives at #28 with “Rollercoaster” (featuring Dru), and this is the kind of slick, fun R&B/Hip Hop that doesn’t go unrecognized.  Check out the “Making Of” video as well.

Listen to the songs or watch the videos using the links on the pictures on the pretty and details web edition of my chart.

Here’s the full BILLCS Top 30 :)

10 01 AN OPEN HEART Bright Light Bright Light
02 02 WHAT’S GOING ON Monsieur Adi featuring A*M*E
05 03 CAN’T HOLD BACK Anton Ewald
03 04 SOMEBODY LOVES YOU Betty Who
06 05 I HAVE A NAME Osvaldo Supino
07 06 WE CAN’T STOP SUMMERTIME SADNESS   DATABOY
09 07 DO I HAVE TO DANCE Simon Curtis
01 08 ADORN Miguel featuring Jessie Ware
12 09 EASY Travis Garland
04 10 APPLAUSE Lady GaGa
13 11 JULIET Lawson 
14 12 BERLIN WALL Simon Curtis
21 13 EVERY SINGLE MOMENT   SIRPAUL
08 14 HEADHUNTER Parralox 
18 15 IMPOSSIBLE Ryan Star
20 16 4TH OF JULY Jarell Perry
11 17 MA RADIO Osvaldo Supino
24 18 ANIMALS Martin Garrix
26 19 GOLD Eurielle
15 20 REWIND Neverest
28 21 BREATHE ME Carlos Nóbrega
27 22 KEEP ME RUNNING Andy Suzuki & The Method
29 23 I CAN’T HELP IT Dangerous Muse
New 24 MARRY THE NIGHT Glee Cast featuring Adam Lambert
New 25 DO WHAT U WANT Lady Gaga featuring R. Kelly
16 26 AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME Ryan Adamés
22 27 BLACK LIGHT (Stormby remix) Kaden
New 28 ROLLERCOASTER Corey Niles featuring Dru
17 29 LOVE IS A BOURGEOIS CONSTRUCT Pet Shop Boys
19 30 REPLAY Zendaya

Published in: on December 1, 2013 at 11:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

BILLCS Top 30 #418 – November 18/13

This new edition of my personal chart sees a busy Top 10, as well as five new entries, which means some songs on the rise get held up in the middle 😉

The Top 10:

  • Miguel and Jessie Ware hang on to #1 with the remix of “Adorn”, which faces immense competition in two weeks, so this will be the last for “Adorn” at the top.
  • Sliding comfortably into second place is “What’s Going On”, the rework of Soul II Soul’s “Back To Life” courtesy of the spectacularly talented Monsieur Adi and British chanteuse A*M*E.  Will it get to #1 in two weeks?
  • Betty Who’s love fest that is “Somebody Loves You” holds at #3 as a new remix by Jump Smokers has been made available for free download, below 🙂

  • Lady GaGa’s “Applause” slides to #4 after the release of ARTPOP, which certainly looks to be holding its own sales-wise.  I’m still torn between two or three of the songs on the album as my next favourites, but her duet with R. Kelly “Do What U Want” is certainly a good choice for a follow up single.
  • As Anton Ewald releases new single “Close Up” in the Nordic countries, “Can’t Hold Back”, from the A EP rockets to #5 as the fastest riser second week in a row, his second Top 5 entry on my chart following #2 “Begging”.  Lyrics video for “Can’t Hold Back” is below.

  • Osvaldo Supino’s emotional and extremely positive entry from This Beat Is Poptronik!… Volume Two is “I Have A Name”, and it climbs 9-6 this week.  And just outside of the Top 10, “Ma Radio” is still on the rise at #11!

  • Our favourite electropop duo from Austin, Texas, DATABOY are vocally at their best on their free download mashup of “We Can’t Stop Summertime Sadness”, which moves up 10-7.

  • The big news on the chart is the song that’s at the top of this post.  “An Open Heart” bounds onto the chart for Bright Light Bright Light, a week before its accompanying EP In Your Care is released.  Be sure to purchase this one on iTunes on November 24, it contains some of BLx2’s best and most affecting songs!

More Fast Risers:

  • I was too ill to attend Travis Garland’s recent show in Toronto, but his self-titled album is one of my most played records of the year.  It contains much diverse music such as the Latin/disco-influenced “Easy”, which jumps 18-12.
  • Right behind is Lawson’s incredibly infectious “Juliet”, rising 17-13, as we in North America still await news on what’s next for these talented guys over here.
  • While his dance epic “Do I Have To Dance” inches into the Top 10 at #9, the raucous “Berlin Wall” continues to make headway for Simon Curtis, climbing 19-14, from his free download mixtape WWW.
  • Shortly after the release of his Seventh Star album, which I wrote about recently, New York’s dance music master SIRPAUL released the attractive video for “Every Single Moment”, his single which moves up 24-21 this week.  Our singer looks fantastic as he patiently waits in a Soho, London setting.  Easily his best single to date 😀

More New Entries:

I’ve written about three of these entries recently, so only the fourth entry might be a bit of a surprise 😉

  • As I wrote last week, the electronic instrumental “Animals” by 17 year old Dutch DJ Martin Garrix is the #1 single in the UK this week.  It’s an amazing feat and shows the undeniable power of this song’s melody.  Be prepared to hear it all through the holidays!  It arrives at #24.  Just avoid the radio edit and the awful video,  which for some godforsaken reason ties in clubbing, dancing, and destroying a car.  Give a listen to a remix below.

  • Eurielle is a new British singer who is a trained soprano and has made a sophisticated EP called The Incarnation, from which comes the first single “Gold” below.  It debuts at #26.

  • Carlos Nóbrega has recorded a stirring cover of an early Sia single, “Breathe Me”, accompanied by an equally pensive video.  It’s Carlos’ third entry on my chart and bows at #28.

  • I recall being disappointed upon hearing Dangerous Muse’s “I Can’t Help It”, which appears on the amazing dance comp This Beat Is Poptronik!… Volume Two.  The group is led by singer Mike Furey and performs regular gigs in New York City.   Now I get to eat those words as I’m absolutely loving the 80’s Depeche Mode influences meeting 80’s house music (circa Royal House’s “Can You Party” era).  It’s a very clever grower indeed and premieres at #29.

More New Videos:

  • It should arrive on the chart in the coming week, but I didn’t want to go without posting Cage The Elephant’s video for “Come A Little Closer”.   It’s an animated video that was entirely hand drawn by singer Matt Shultz – obviously multi-talented!  The great thing about creating the video for your own song is that you can figure out how to get yourself into and out of trouble, which makes it a breezy and enjoyable watch.

  • I’ve been enjoying Parralox’s “Headhunter” (#8 on the chart) so much that singer John von Ahlen shared an inventive mashup with me of that song plus one of Parralox’s earlier songs.  And in the meantime, the von Ahlen-directed video for the second single from the Australian group’s Recovery album has appeared.  It’s a straight forward cover of The Alan Parsons Project’s 1982 hit “Eye In The Sky” – a much-loved song you definitely don’t want to mess with.  Watch below.

Listen to the songs or watch the videos using the links on the pictures on the pretty and details web edition of my chart.

Here’s the full BILLCS Top 30 :)

01 01 ADORN Miguel F/ Jessie Ware
05 02 WHAT’S GOING ON Monsieur Adi F/ A*M*E
03 03 SOMEBODY LOVES YOU Betty Who
02 04 APPLAUSE Lady Gaga
12 05 CAN’T HOLD BACK Anton Ewald
09 06 I HAVE A NAME Osvaldo Supino
10 07 WE CAN’T STOP SUMMERTIME SADNESS    DATABOY
08 08 HEADHUNTER Parralox
11 09 DO I HAVE TO DANCE Simon Curtis
New 10 AN OPEN HEART Bright Light Bright Light
14 11 MA RADIO Osvaldo Supino
18 12 EASY Travis Garland
17 13 JULIET Lawson
19 14 BERLIN WALL Simon Curtis
04 15 REWIND Neverest
06 16 AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME Ryan Adamés
07 17 LOVE IS A BOURGEOIS CONSTRUCT Pet Shop Boys
20 18 IMPOSSIBLE Ryan Star
21 19 REPLAY Zendaya
22 20 4TH OF JULY Jarell Perry
24 21 EVERY SINGLE MOMENT   SIRPAUL
13 22 BLACK LIGHT (Stormby remix) Kaden
15 23 HYMN FrankMusik
New 24 ANIMALS Martin Garrix
16 25 LEARN TO WAIT Sam Dickinson
New 26 GOLD Eurielle
29 27 KEEP ME RUNNING Andy Suzuki & The Method
New 28 BREATHE ME Carlos Nóbrega
New 29 I CAN’T HELP IT Dangerous Muse
27 30 SKIRT Kylie Minogue

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