#BILLCSTop30 #478 – March 7, 2016

A scorching new #1 and 4 debuts highlight edition my 478th bi-weekly chart since 1998 ūüôā

The Top 10

  • MAX Schneider’s “Wrong” hangs in long enough to score an appearance at the top ūüôā ¬†I couldn’t let all of those Prince-ly high notes get away just yet! ¬†This is because MAX has already released a video for a song from his upcoming album Hell’s Kitchen Angel, out on April 8. ¬†Check out “Holla” below.

  • Congratulations to The Knocks for their excellent long-awaited album 55, which was released this past Friday. ¬†The Wyclef Jean-led “Kiss The Sky” climbs 4-2 and undoubtedly more songs from 55 will prevail on this chart ūüôā

  • Troye Sivan is a vivid force on this chart with three showings: ¬†“Talk Me Down”¬†(below)¬†glides 7-5, while “Wild” climbs 9-6 and “Fools” rises 17-13. ¬†All songs are from his continually impressive Blue Neighbourhood album. ¬†“Youth” is beckoning from outside of the Top 30 too.

  • While Simon Curtis’ redux of “8bit Heart” slips to #4, the Super 8bit Heart version of “Super Psycho Love” continues to climb 10-7 as Simon’s “Boy Robot” novel gets an earlier October release!

  • Fun on the dance floor continues as Craig David & Big Narstie arrive at #9 with “When The Bassline Drops”. ¬†It’s Craig’s first Top Tenner here since “7 Days” in 2002.

  • The fastest riser on the chart has its designs on #1 – soon! ¬†Canadians DVBBS and Dante Leon should be all over dance club charts – and maybe even pop charts too – with the irresistible “Angel”, which soars 23-10.

Movin’ On Up

  • The Voice Season 10 has started up again with some interesting contestants, including Nick Hagelin, who I’ve written about many times and will be writing about soon again. ¬†Clinton Washington gave an excellent showing two seasons ago and has produced some beautiful songs lately. ¬†Despite the emphasis on my chart towards dance music, his gorgeous ballad “Frozen” rises 14-11.

  • The rest of the last chart’s debuts all break into the Top 20. ¬†The joyous and anthemic Cloudchord remix of Jamie xx & Romy’s “Loud Places” bounds 24-17, and right behind it is the Norwegian EDM grace of “Faded” by Alan Walker (featuring the gorgeous voice of Iselim Solheim) up 25-18 (both above), and rising 27-20 is the both truthful and amusing “u suck” by Minnesota’s Call Me Karizma (below), featuring a cool interpolation of “Why Don’t You Do Right” as recorded by Bev Lee Harling.


  • It takes a lot for me to enjoy a cover version as much as or even maybe more than the original. ¬†I love the way that Jonas Blue and Dakota have made Tracy Chapman’s ¬†huge 1988 hit “Fast Car” into this introspective¬†song for a highway drive along a beach coast. ¬†And of course you can dance to it too, so I’m looking forward to official remixes! ¬†This Top 5 UK hit should do the same on North American shores. ¬†I particularly enjoy covers when they don’t take anything away from the original. ¬†This one expands on that and runs with it ūüôā ¬†“Fast Car” arrives at #23.
  • Another song for warm, late nights and dancing on the beach is “Beat The Sunrise” by SNBRN featuring vocalist Andrew Watt, as remixed by Dutch producer/DJ Steve Void. ¬†It’s all warm and good natured for middle-of-the-night grooving and bows at #24.
  • Sweden’s Hellberg is on a breakthrough with the emotional EDM of “Synchronize” featuring a fine vocal by American singer Aaron Richards. ¬†This is just a taste of great things to come from this talented producer/DJ and debuts at #25.

  • Miguel’s Wildheart naughtiness has caught up with me and I have completely given in. ¬†And it makes me ask, almost belatedly, why “Waves” isn’t all over everywhere yet? ¬†It could still happen with new remixes by the likes of Tame Impala and one featuring Travis $cott. ¬†But I like the sexy original best and it jumps onto the chart at #26. ¬†It’s Miguel’s first appearance here since “Adorn” went to #1 in 2013 in his UK duet version with Jessie Ware.

Listen to the songs or watch the videos using the links on the pictures on the pretty and detailed¬†web edition of my chart.¬†Go on, have a look and listen/watch ūüôā

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UK hit “When The Bassline Drops” puts @CraigDavid (featuring @BigNarstie) back in form


CRAIG DAVID featuring BIG NARSTIE, “When The Bassline Drops”

It’s like a homecoming when a talented performer finds the right song to get his groove on again. ¬†Such is the case with “When The Bassline Drops”, which would be no special event had the stylish vocal not been by Craig David, who deserves a place back on international radio with this one. ¬†It’s slick business that would sit comfortably next to Craig’s earlier smashes “Fill Me In” or “7 Days”. ¬†UK hip hopper Big Narstie’s break is not out of place and helps move the song along. ¬†Remixes could help this one get to the top of dance club charts too. ¬†Do yourself a favour and pick up this surprise¬†on iTunes.

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