Pet Shop Boys – Christmas EP

I’m the worst one to want to talk about anything to do with the holidays until later in November, but knowing that Pet Shop Boys have an intriguing EP in store for us makes it all seem a little warmer.  News came from Twitter @petshopboys yesterday.

1. It Doesn’t Often Snow At Christmas
2. My Girl (cover of a Madness song)
3. All Over The World
4. Viva La Vida/Domino Dancing (medley)
5. My Girl (“Our House” mix)

It’s one of their lesser songs and videos, but it is their latest, and here’s the video for “Did You See Me Coming”.

Today’s iTouch Shuffle Playlist and Flashback Video

Today’s hour-plus drive to work yielded the iTouch shuffle playlist below.

K’naan featuring Adam Levine “Bang Bang”

Eve 6 “Promise”

DJ Tatana featuring Jael “Always On My Mind”

Chris Cornell “You Know My Name”

Alcatraz “Give Me Luv” (all 8 wonderful minutes of the extended mix)

Michael Buble “Georgia On My Mind”

Danity Kane “Damaged”

Level 42 “Eyes Waterfalling”

Donnis “I Am Me”

Newton White “Breathless”

Al Green “Let’s Stay Together”

Gibson Brothers “Cuba”

Lindsey Buckingham “D.W. Suite”

Faith Brothers “A Stranger On Home Ground”

And today’s flashback video song was heard on shuffle a few days ago – Adamski featuring Seal with “Killer” from 1990 (before Seal’s first solo CD was released, and, of course, when he had hair).  Great pop ‘mad scientist’ video!

Rόisín Murphy “Orally Fixated” is Hot ‘n Steamy!

“Orally Fixated” has taken me for a bit of a loop.  As different “Ramalama (Bang Bang)” was from “Overpowered”, we find our Rόisín on a funky 80’s bent (MJ or Prince influences, anyone?).  And I think there’s a sample from a 90’s dance hit in here that’s driving me mad.  If there’s any track that might break Ms Murphy into the North American mainstream, this is it.  And clubbers are probably already clamoring for remixes.

For Chartphiles: Tuned-On! Top 30 Database

Since the inception of my personal chart back in 1998, I’ve been keeping an archive of the chart’s history in Excel.  A few years back I created a Java database, which I recently updated and moved to a new website.  So if you’re interested in finding out all about my chart ‘hits’, click on the link below.  There’s also a link on the right sidebar.

The Tuned-On! Top 30 Database

Simon Curtis “Delusional”

Simon Curtis

If there’s one pop track you need to hear this week, it’s “Delusional” by new U.S. singer Simon Curtis.

Simon’s been gradually breaking into the biz over the past few years, most notably with a role in the Nickelodeon movie “Spectacular”, which we unfortunately have not yet seen in Canada.  He’s been actively tweeting his upcoming project, and promised fans that if he reached 6,000 followers he would make “Delusional” available for free.  He accomplished that this past week, and voila – “Delusional” is available for download at the link below.  What’s particularly stunning about this track are his high notes, which are Darren Hayes-worthy!

Get “Delusional” here

Mitchell Hunter “Somebody Else’s”

Mitchell Hunter

It’s a warm welcome back to Canadian singer/songwriter Mitchell Hunter, who has released a new EP called Signals & Goodbyes with lead off track called “Somebody Else’s”.

I first encountered Mitchell’s music through M4B Charts Central message board member (and indie singer/producer) Michael Blacke.  Mitchell released his first CD in 2004 called People Will Believe Anything If You Whisper It, which yielded one of my favourite songs of that year called, a great piano/storytelling song called “They Might Say”, which still pops up on my iTouch regularly.

Mitchell’s latest release “Somebody Else’s” has a brighter pop sound to it and a mighty catchy chorus, so be sure to check it out at the link below.

Globalchart – October 25/09

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 #395 sees Kelly Clarkson’s “Already Gone” hanging on to #1, while songs by Owl City and Britney Spears challenge for next week.  Lady GaGa’s “Bad Romance” makes a stunning splash at #26.

View the October 25 chart here

Tuned-On! Top 30 #312 – October 26/09 – Bill’s Personal Chart

Dan Black’s “Symphonies” gives way to the free download track of “Pink Cadillac” by 100 Akres & Roz Bell – the first free, major label-less song to reach the top of my chart. That’s quite a feat and to me just shows the online, fan-oriented direction the music industry is going in. Great music is being made and posted everywhere – ya just gotta find it!  Below is an acoustic clip of Roz singing “Pink Cadillac”, as well as the free download link to the song (also available on the chart page itself)…

Mr. Black also has the Fastest Riser on the chart with “Alone”, a recent UK single. He’s had a couple of showcase concert dates in NYC this past weekend, his only dates so far in North America. Also making a huge move is someone else who is actively touring, Mika with the magnificent “Blame It On The Girls”. American duo Matt & Kim are everywhere these days as “Daylight” steps into the Top 10.

There’s lots of activity on the chart as significant moves come from songs by David Rush, Hot Chelle Rae, Joshua Radin, Roz Bell, and Michael Buble. There are only two debuts, which means the basement of the chart will likely be sent packing in two weeks.

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


EMPIRE STATE OF MIND Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys
I really have the NYC bug after being there this past summer – I wanna go back soon, but I don’t know when that will be!! Anyway, “Empire” is a great ode to that city.
Dan gets a rare fourth concurrent entry on the chart from his CD UN. This one’s a tad unusual, but definitely worth repeated plays. It’s a potential club banger along the likes of David Rush’s “Shooting Star” or Kevin Rudolf’s “Let It Rock”. Audio link below for your enjoyment!

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 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.