Oops! GaGa’s done it again – SMASH

It’s classic end-of-the-decade stuff.  Lady GaGa follows up her hits from The Fame with an equally strong new single “Bad Romance”.  Will we tire of it fast? Wait and see – but for now watch it sail to the top of the charts!

Agnes Carlsson’s “Release Me” #1 on US Dance Club Play Chart!

It’s wonderful to report that Swedish sensation Agnes (Carlsson) now has the current #1 U.S. Dance Club Play hit, according to billboard.com with the beautiful and well-sung “Release Me”.  The song went to #3 in the UK in the summer, and hopefully is now poised for pop crossover success in North America.  I was fortunate to find out about it earlier in the year, so it spent an appearance at #1 on my personal chart (hint:  link to the right!)  for the two weeks beginning February 16, 2009.

Roz Bell “Heart Attack” (100 Akres remix) – free download

Thanks to @freshnerd on Twitter for sending me along his latest, a crackling remix of Roz Bell’s hit “Heart Attack”.  Absolutely love the reggae tinges and electro noodlings in the middle.  It now sounds like a perfect musical companion to a trip somewhere warm for those of us in cooling-down climes!  Also check out Roz’s great sophomore CD October, and 100 Akres cool tune featuring Roz “Pink Cadillac”.


From my iTouch shuffle…

Because I have a 45-60 minute drive to and from work on weekdays, and am really sick of the repetition of radio (yeah it only took me xx amount of years, right), my iTouch gets a regular workout – though I’ve got to add some more music soon!  2000+ songs just don’t seem to be enough!  Anyway, here’s what this morning’s drive to work shot at me.  It seemed to be in an 80’s mood today I guess  🙂

Dalbello “Guilty By Association”

The Hollies “Bus Stop”

Images In Vogue “Lust For Love”

Cetu Javu “Situations”

Elvis Costello & The Attractions “Everyday I Write The Book” (classic video below)

Keshia Chante featuring Foxy Brown “Does He Love Me”

Big Audio Dynamite “The Bottom Line”

The Looters “No Man’s Land”

Ciara featuring Chamillionaire “Get Up”

Spoons “Conventional Beliefs”

Amy Winehouse “Tears Dry On Their Own”

MC Hammer “Pray”

Days Of The New “The Down Town”

My interview with Pet Shop Boys (1987)

I was thrilled to interview Pet Shop Boys in 1987 just as their second album “actually” was being released in Canada. Though I have my tape-recorded conversation with them in my files, I had mislaid my written copy of the actual interview until recently, when I found them safe and sound during a house-cleaning session, along with a lot of my other writing from the time.

I’ve had requests over the years to transcribe this particular interview, but could never find the copy.

That time has finally come – I’ve posted the interview HERE for anyone who is interested in reading it. Personally, I think it’s one of my finest moments :) Enjoy!

Globalchart – October 11/09

Each week, the Globalchart on the M4B Charts Central (M4BCC) message board is updated to reflect the week’s musings over music from approximately 50 personal chart compilers around the world on the Internet.

Chart #393 is posted for your enjoyment.   Kelly Clarkson’s “Already Gone” reigns the roost with close competition from Lady GaGa’s “Paparazzi”.  Fast movers come from Kris Allen, Britney Spears, and Nickelback, while new songs by Tiesto & Sneaky Sound System, Michael Buble, and Foo Fighters debut.

View the October 11 chart here

Tuned-On! Top 30 #311 – October 12/09

The Top 10 of my personal chart  is all shook up this week as some long-lasting favourites tumble to make room for new ones. Heading the pack though is Dan Black’s “Symphonies”, its fourth appearance at #1 and only the second this year to last that length, the first being contemporary torch song “Run Away” by another UK talent Sam Taylor. I’m hoping that Dan’s CD UN will get release in North America as he is a talent just waiting to explode. So much so that the chart is jumping on a 3rd track from that CD this week, and with all likelihood another one will debut in two weeks (it’s that good!).

Playing runner-up this week, “Pink Cadillac” by 100 Akres featuring Roz Bell soars 8-2. This track is completely free online, there is no major label involved. Will it be the only ‘unreleased’ track to ever get to #1 on this chart? We’ll see!

Mika’s “We Are Golden” is running out of steam a bit but still rises 5-3, with an even more catchy follow-up debuting this week ;D

Gary Go’s “Wonderful” moves 7-4 and is one of those songs that you can’t help but sing along with as you play it more.

Newcomers to the Top 10 are Dan Black’s “U + Me”, K’naan & Adam Levine’s fun “Bang Bang”, and Calvin Harris’ floor-stomper “Ready for the Weekend”.

Other songs movin’ on up are by indie darlings Matt & Kim, Hot Chelle Rae, Joshua Radin, and Roz Bell (from his 2nd CD October). The fastest riser on the chart is club-banger David Rush’s “Shooting Star”.

If you’d like to connect directly to the chart, there’s a new link (use the one below, then bookmark it in your favourites once you’re on the page!):


Enjoy the chart, and please post any comments you might have:-*


ALONE Dan Black




Michael Buble live clip “Haven’t Met You Yet”

I was pleased to win tix to see Michael Buble live in concert in Toronto for a television show broadcast earlier this week.  He’s a fantastic performer, I saw him a few years ago.  He looks like a lean, mean fighting machine, and really delivered the goods with his new single “Haven’t Met You Yet” from his upcoming CD Crazy Love.

Globalchart – October 4/09

Each week, the Globalchart on the M4B Charts Central (M4BCC) message board is updated to reflect the week’s musings over music from approximately 50 personal chart compilers around the world on the Internet.

I started the Globalchart in August 1998 and it found a home on the M4BCC message board in 2004, when my Charts Central message board was consolidated with another online personal charts survey called the M4B Top 50. My friend Bryan Armstrong took on the task of compiling the Globalchart weekly from that time onward.

The latest chart is the 392nd edition. Enjoy!

View the October 4 chart here

You Like to Watch, Don’t You?

For your viewing entertainment, here are some videos of some of my current favourite performers and/or songs.

MANS ZELMERLOW “Hope and Glory”

It’s a pretty cheesy song compared to others on this Swedish singer’s CD MZW, but his performance has major WOW factor.  Do I smell international breakout?  Now he needs a website in English!

DAN BLACK “Symphonies”

Our resident UK music scientist with an equally imaginative video.

FLORENCE & THE MACHINE  “Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)”

The song has one of the most memorable choruses in recent memory, as well as great imagery, captured in fine fashion in the video.


Baltimore native Evan’s out to take over the pop music world, one fan at a time.  Songs with amusing lyrics like “Boy Meets Girl” will definitely help him get there!  Here’s a live clip.

MIKA  “We Are Golden”

The 2000’s version of the Tom Cruise underwear scene from “Risky Business”???  If not, it’s bright, colourful and fun!


– Bill