#BILLCSTop30 #486 – June 27, 2016

All eyes on the top of the chart in this edition as there’s a new #1 and loads of activity.  As a result, newer songs make smaller moves, and even the fastest riser on the chart only moves up 5 places.  I like a good competition! 🙂

The Top 10

  • It was only a matter of time, but either in its original version or its love struck-sounding remix by EDWYNN x TIKAL and Spirix, Brandon Skeie’s “So Bad” (above) displaces Connor Phillips’ “Lost” (Young Bombs remix) at #1.  With Eli Lieb, Brandon also co-wrote and sang “Pulse” (below) during the past two weeks, a warm and inspiring song written in the aftermath of the Orlando tragedy.

  • It’s summer in the western world and no song on the chart suits the summer months better than “Dreamin'” by Embody featuring Camden Cox, which climbs 7-3.
  • Another romance-oriented remix by Speaker Of The House surfaced to show what a great, diverse song Elephante has in “Closer” (featuring Bishøp).  “Closer” really does deserve to be a pop hit.  It moves up 6-4. 

  • Jenaux’s powerfully funky and fresh “Get It On” arrives in the Top 10 at #8.  Got any platform shoes handy? 😉

  • It says something when you get to play a free show in Times Square, and NYC natives The Chainsmokers are doing just that tomorrow (Monday June 27).  If they perform “Don’t Let Me Down” perhaps Daya will be present too.  The song rises 12-9

  • The Knocks and Semi-Precious Weapons singer (and now noted songwriter) Justin Tranter are a great pairing, and “Tied To You” becomes The Knocks’ third song from their album 55 to grace the Top 10, climbing 13-10.

Movin’ On Up

  • Tom Odell’s winning new composition “Magnetised” gets stuck outside of the Top 10 due to fierce competition.  Thanks to a bass-synth driven Kat Krazy remix it continues to get attention in the club scene.  “Magnetised” jumps 15-11.

  • It’s a fantastic, vivid story that will hold your interest throughout – Toronto-bases singer Joël’s “You Fucked Up” rises 14-12.

  • Ariana Grande’s “Into You” is one of her best songs, yet it seems to be still stuck behind many better ones!  We’ll see if she surpasses the #8 peak of “The Way” in the coming weeks.  “Into You” moves up 20-16.

  • The fastest riser on the chart is the gloriously feel good #1 dance anthem “So Happy” by Tony Moran featuring Jason Walker, which jumps 23-18.
  • Hand in hand with Embody’s “Dreamin'”, Rain Man has done exactly what his song says.  “Bring Back The Summer” (featuring Oly) is meant for sunshiny days and moves 24-20.
  • Nik Ernst’s “Stronger” is British deep house at its best, and given a slick edit by Dutchman Steve Void.  It climbs 25-21.

  • Built By Titan’s collaboration with Jesse McCartney on “Dangerous” is definitely turning heads as it bubbles under in the pop and dance genres.  “Dangerous” moves up 26-22.

Debuts

  • “Take Me Apart” is a thoughtful original by producers/remixers LZRD and Spirix featuring the flattering voice of Remmi.  Spirix of course is part of the teenage remix duo who bring us “So Bad” by Brandon Skeie at #1 too.  “Take Me Apart” is one of the most impressive new songs I’ve heard all year, so expect great things to happen for it in the coming weeks.  It arrives at #23 and is a free download – for now!
  • “Open Your Mind” by Chicago producer/remixer Megaphonix follows up his remixes of songs by Zedd, Jack Ü, and others which have got worldwide attention.  “Open Your Mind” is a joyous original slice of house which is perfect for Pride events.  It’s a free download and bows at #25.

And lastly…

  • “Worship” by Brandyn Burnette arrives at #28 from the freshly minted State I’m In EP which was released this past Friday.  “Worship” stands out as one of Brandyn’s best compositions, but there are many more to meet the ears in State I’m In which I haven’t yet written about, such as “Inner Child”, “Closer” (with John Lock), in which I keep hearing vocal phrasing from both MGMT’s “Electric Feel” and DNCE’s “Cake By The Ocean”, and “Set In Stone”.  State I’m In is another fantastic effort for Brandyn, admirably following up Made Of Dreams.  It’s available to buy on all platforms.

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@SteveGrandmusic and @EliLieb team up for heart-wringing “Look Away”

ELI LIEB, STEVE GRAND, “Look Away”

Readers of this blog are already well acquainted with both Eli Lieb and Steve Grand, about whom I’ve written about many times in the last two years or so, and both have graced my personal chart with their stellar songs.  Each singer is decidedly different from the other, but “Look Away” is both a co-write and a duet that brings the best of both worlds together.  Essentially, if you loved A Great Big World’s “Say Something”, then “Look Away” is its companion song.  It brings together all of the emotions and racing thoughts about what to do next, just before a breakup occurs, and the realization that it is likely all ‘never again’.  I’ll be very happy if this is the start of a regular songwriting and/or singing thing for both Eli and Steve, the former breaking away from infectious danceable pop and the latter veering further away from country than ever and into pure pop where he really belongs.  You can pick up “Look Away” on Steve’s bandcamp page right here.  You can also enjoy the resulting amusing online antics on their respective social media pages 😀

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#BILLCSTop75Songsof2015

Onward and upward to 2016!  However the music in 2015 was really strong compared to other recent years.

Chart: BILLCS Top 75 Songs of 2015

01 BRANDYN BURNETTE I Wanna Be (Free)
02 YEARS & YEARS Shine
03 ADELE Hello
04 COREY NILES F/ ALEX LACASSE Chasing Stars
05 YEARS & YEARS King
06 RIVER TIBER Let You Go
07 BRANDYN BURNETTE Sleeve
08 RIVER TIBER No Talk
09 COLOR THEORY Headphones (Matt Mancid Retro Crossover Mix)
10 DAN TALEVSKI Guilty As Sin
11 DENIZ KOYU VS TWOLOUD Goin’ Down
12 THE CHAINSMOKERS F/ GREAT GOOD FINE OK Let You Go (Tiesto Remix)
13 REIGEN Come Back To Me
14 ERIK HASSLE No Words
15 DNCE Cake By The Ocean
16 NATHAN SYKES Kiss Me Quick
17 CHRIS JAMISON Velvet
18 BRANDYN BURNETTE Life’s A Beach
19 THE KNOCKS & MATTHEW KOMA I Wish (My Taylor Swift)
20 TRIBE SOCIETY F/ KIESZA Pain Told Love
21 JESSIE WARE Pieces
22 SMASHING SATELLITES Waterfall
23 ADAM LAMBERT Ghost Town
24 ERASURE Sacred
25 SANDER VAN DOORN, MARTIN GARRIX & DVBBS F/ ALEESIA Gold Skies
26 JESSIE WARE Champagne Kisses
27 ANTONIO GIACCA Sensation
28 PARRALOX Aeronaut
29 DAN TALEVSKI My Religion
30 PENGUIN PRISON Show Me The Way
31 ERIC SAADE Sting
32 GREAT GOOD FINE OK F/ ST. LUCIA Something To Believe In
33 ELI LIEB Lightning In A Bottle
34 BRANDON FLOWERS Can’t Deny My Love
35 CHIC F/ NILE RODGERS I’ll Be There
36 GRAHAM ALEXANDER She’S A Chameleon
37 BOJANA STAMENOV Beauty Never Lies
38 NERVO F/ KYLIE MINOGUE, JAKE SHEARS & NILE RODGERS The Other Boys
39 LUCIEN DANTE Black Water
40 FRANCESCO YATES Better To Be Loved
41 GIORGIO MORODER F/ SIA Deja Vu
42 ERASURE Reason
43 TYLER SHAW Dizzy
44 FALL OUT BOY Uma Thurman
45 YEARS & YEARS Desire
46 GIORGIO MORODER F/ KYLIE MINOGUE Right Here, Right Now
47 MIKKY EKKO Riot
48 CHARLIE PUTH F/ MEGHAN TRAINOR Marvin Gaye
49 LIFEHOUSE Hurricane
50 DATABOY F/ NIKO THE KID When It Rains, It Pours
51 SHIFT K3Y I Know
52 ANTONIO GIACCA Ignited
53 NEW ORDER Plastic
54 SAM SMITH Writing’s On The Wall
55 KRISTINE W. Love Come Home
56 MARTIN LUKE BROWN Take Out Of Me
57 ANTON EWALD Save The Last Dance
58 DISCLOSURE F/ SAM SMITH Omen
59 JULLY BLACK Fever
60 THE WEEKND I Can’T Feel My Face
61 SAM SMITH Lay Me Down
62 SMASHING SATELLITES What It’s All About
63 GIORGIO MORODER F/ FOXES Wildstar
64 STEVE GRAND Time
65 ELEVEN PAST ONE There’s Nothing Wrong
66 THE WEEKND Earned It
67 BOYCODE It’s A Mistake
68 JAMES BAY Hold Back The River
69 MATTHEW KOMA So F**Kin’ Romantic
70 ADAM LAMBERT The Light
71 LAWSON Roads
72 SAM SMITH Like I Can
73 DANIEL ROBINSON Moonmolt
74 TRISTAN THOMPSON Burn Again
75 MI DISGUISE East Side Bay

BILLCS Top 30 #449 – January 26, 2015

In this edition, some songs on the chart get a few jolts and rise or tumble quickly, while four debuts keep on changing it up!

The Top 10

  • As a new wave of gentler pop songs arrives in the Top 10, Deniz Koyu & Twoloud advance to #1 making EDM rule for another appearance at the top with “Goin’ Down”, a song that will catch anyone’s attention no matter where they are!  Spinnin’ Records keeps putting out more gems like these!
  • Family is everything to most people, and Brandyn Burnette sings about it like no one else because he wears it on his “Sleeve”, which leaps up the chart 12-2, tying as the fastest riser on the chart.  This tender ode looks like it is most likely to succeed “Goin’ Down” at the top in two weeks 🙂
  • Also in the gentle but EDM kind of way is “Come Back To Me” by New York indie singer Reigen, which continues to advance, this time rising 5-3.
  • Positive pop comes in the form of “Lightning In A Bottle” by Eli Lieb, which climbs 7-4, somehow displacing Erasure’s “Reason”!
  • It’s one of her most gorgeous songs, and Jessie Ware (now on tour) rises 14-10 with “Pieces” from the still-stunning Tough Love album.

Movin’ On Up

  • If there’s one song on the chart that will have you rocking out, it’s New Jersey singer Graham Alexander’s “She’s A Chameleon” from his album Repeat Deceiver.  The song ties “Sleeve” as the fastest riser, moving 22-12.
  • More beautiful ballads make their way up the chart in the form of Boycode’s “It’s A Mistake” (18-14) and “There’s Nothing Wrong” by Canada’s Eleven Past One (19-15).
  • Some sexy R&B influences send “Save The Last Dance” by Anton Ewald up the chart, 24-16.
  • Neverest’s song about striving to be your best, “Someday”, climbs up 20-17.
  • Marianas Trench’s “Here’s To The Zeros”, obviously a bit of a sonic autobiography for Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Josh Ramsay (co-writer of “Call Me Maybe”), moves up 26-19, from their forthcoming album apparently called Astoria.

Those 4 Debuts

  • Crashing on to the chart at #13 are more sexy R&B vibes from Pittsburgh’s Chris Jamison, who placed 3rd on the last season of “The Voice”, with “Velvet”.  The song is just dashing enough to have the gals swooning and the guys full of respect.  It’s a great start for Chris, who could be another Justin Timberlake IMO if things go his way!  “Velvet” is a top-of-the-chart contender for sure.
  • A real surprise in some ways bowing at #21 is Buffalo, NY’s Daniel Robinson with “Moonmolt” from his upcoming release Truant.  You don’t have to figure out what that is to enjoy the song.  It’s just that intangible sense of being surrounded with all that’s good and right as things begin to change.  At least to me!  “Moonmolt” has a great melody that’s a throwback to the mid-80’s in a lot of ways.
  • It was previewed and then, boom, it’s on official release.  The sensational Giorgio Moroder matches up with Kylie Minogue for “Right Here, Right Now” which arrives at #24.  Will this put the 74 year old disco-meister on the pop charts?  We’ll see!!
  • One of the most anticipated releases of 2015 will be the album from UK trio Years & Years.  Their singles just keep on getting better, and so do their videos (this one has great choreography and editing), and “King” premieres at #28.

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.

02 01 GOIN’ DOWN Deniz Koyu vs Twoloud
12 02 SLEEVE Brandyn
05 03 COME BACK TO ME Reigen
07 04 LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE Eli Lieb
04 05 REASON Erasure
06 06 LOVE COME HOME Kristine W.
08 07 IGNITED Antonio Giacca
01 08 HEADPHONES (Matt Mancid Retro Crossover Mix) Color Theory
09 09 TIME Steve Grand
14 10 PIECES Jessie Ware
03 11 GOLD SKIES Sander Van Doorn, Martin Garrix & DVBBS featuring Aleesia
22 12 SHE’S A CHAMELEON Graham Alexander
New 13 VELVET Chris Jamison
18 14 IT’S A MISTAKE Boycode
19 15 THERE’S NOTHING WRONG Eleven Past One
24 16 SAVE THE LAST DANCE Anton Ewald
20 17 SOMEDAY Neverest
21 18 LIKE I CAN Sam Smith
26 19 HERE’S TO THE ZEROS Marianas Trench
10 20 BURN AGAIN Tristan Thompson
New 21 MOONMOLT Daniel Robinson
25 22 COULD IT BE MAGIC Color Theory
11 23 SAY YOU LOVE ME Jessie Ware
New 24 RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue
13 25 CALLING OUT Penguin Prison
15 26 ARMS OF ANOTHER Bright Light Bright Light
16 27 HOUNDS Smashing Satellites
New 28 KING Years And Years
23 29 YELLOW FLICKER BEAT Lorde
27 30 BRANDO Semi-Precious Weapons

 

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BILLCS Top 30 #448 – January 12, 2015

I love a busy and active new chart! I just can’t write about it all, so this edition’s focus is on the upper part of the chart full of movement. And what will be #1 in two weeks amid the activity up top?

 

The Top 10

  • Color Theory’s “Headphones” stays at the top for a second appearance (but also has one of our four debuts!), leaving dance anthems “Goin’ Down” by Deniz Koyu vs Twoloud and “Gold Skies” by Sander van Doorn, Martin Garrix & DVBBS to advance to #2 and #3 respectively.

  • Now berthed in the Top 20 of the Billboard Dance Club Play chart, their second song to head that route from The Violet Flame following “Elevation”, Erasure moves into the Top 5 on my chart with “Reason” (7-4).  Listen to the crunchy Parralox remix above.

  • Equally dance worthy but in a slow and passionate way is pop/EDM singer Reigen’s “Come Back To Me”, which climbs 8-5.
  • Where would dance music today be without Kristine W.? Her latest “Love Come Home”, a rework of one of her first vocal appearances from a minor UK hit in 1994, and her latest in consecutive Billboard Dance Club Play Top 5 hits (20 – that’s gotta be a record!), moves up 9-6.

  • Eli Lieb’s splendid pop song “Lightning In A Bottle” surpasses the #10 peak of “Zeppelin” last year, making it two-for-two, to bound into the Top 10, up 12-7.
  • Right behind is a song that should be a dance anthem in its own right. DJ/producer Antonio Giacca’s “Ignited” (which also has a strong pop vibe) is the second Top 10 entry, up 13-8.  Listen to the radio edit right here.

  • Steve Grand is carefully preparing his debut album and will be playing in NYC on Valentine’s Day at Subculture, so if you’re in NYC you know where you should be! “Time” advances 11-9, surpassing the #10 peak last year of “Back To California”, also making it a two-fer!

Also On The Rise

  • The Fastest Riser on the chart is Brandyn Burnette’s affecting ode to home and family, “Sleeve”. A while ago, the singer gave me the exclusive back story on the song which you can read right here. I’m hoping “Sleeve” will get an official release on Brandyn’s upcoming album. The song soars 21-12.
  • Jessie Ware’s gorgeous and emotional “Pieces”, from Tough Love, is off to a grand start, rising 20-14.

  • Belgian quartet Boycode have a classy hit-in-the-making with “It’s A Mistake” advancing 26-18.
  • Equally worthy, and produced by Goo Goo Dolls’ John Rzeznik, is “There’s Nothing Wrong” by Canadian quintet Eleven Past One, with the striking vocal by singer Daniel Richter. The song rises 25-19.

Four Debuts

  • It’s been waaay too long since I heard a good, solid rock album, and Graham Alexander’s Repeat Deceiver is just that, so read about it right here. The New Jersey singer’s single “She’s A Chameleon” (video up top) bows at #22.

  • I’m going deeper into Anton Ewald’s EP On My Way even though “Save The Last Dance”, which debuts at #24, is not a single. It’s a sultry R&B-inspired affair of the Justin Timberlake school that should be heard – and I think when a singer like Anton is also a choreographer and dancer, that you better save that dance for him 🙂

  • As mentioned above, Color Theory has one of our debuts, and it’s Brian Hazard’s cover of Barry Manilow’s “Could It Be Magic” (Lyder Janøy remix). The song really meets the Manilow and Donna Summer versions about halfway and works beautifully. It arrives at #25, and two years or so after UK singer Elouise got to #10 with her interpretation. Chart geek moment: “Could It Be Magic” is the only cover version of an older song to chart twice in my chart’s 16 year history! Other more recent covers have charted – “Marry The Night”, “Viva La Vida”, “Midnight City”, and if you want to stretch it, Colin Munroe’s mashup of “Bulletproof” and “Monster”, or the two reduxes of “Calabria” in 2007 (“Calabria 2008” and “Destination Calabria” respectively)!!!

  • Lastly, Marianas Trench has its first appearance in three years with “Here’s To The Zeros” at #26, but the band’s premiere occurred in late 2006 with “Say Anything”. Great to see support for the quartet stateside from their label Cherrytree/Interscope! A new album called Astoria will arrive sometime this year!

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 HEADPHONES (Matt Mancid Retro Crossover Mix) Color Theory
03 02 GOIN’ DOWN Deniz Koyu vs Twoloud
04 03 GOLD SKIES Sander Van Doorn, Martin Garrix & DVBBS featuring Aleesia
07 04 REASON Erasure
08 05 COME BACK TO ME Reigen
09 06 LOVE COME HOME Kristine W.
12 07 LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE Eli Lieb
13 08 IGNITED Antonio Giacca
11 09 TIME Steve Grand
10 10 BURN AGAIN Tristan Thompson
02 11 SAY YOU LOVE ME Jessie Ware
21 12 SLEEVE Brandyn 
14 13 CALLING OUT Penguin Prison
20 14 PIECES Jessie Ware
06 15 ARMS OF ANOTHER Bright Light Bright Light
16 16 HOUNDS Smashing Satellites
05 17 SMILE Mikky Ekko
26 18 IT’S A MISTAKE Boycode
25 19 THERE’S NOTHING WRONG Eleven Past One
22 20 SOMEDAY Neverest
24 21 LIKE I CAN Sam Smith
New 22 SHE’S A CHAMELEON Graham Alexander
15 23 YELLOW FLICKER BEAT Lorde
New 24 SAVE THE LAST DANCE Anton Ewald
New 25 COULD IT BE MAGIC Color Theory
New 26 HERE’S TO THE ZEROS Marianas Trench
17 27 BRANDO Semi-Precious Weapons
18 28 STAGE FRIGHT Jake Barker
19 29 SUPERHEROES The Script
23 30 LOSING YOU Jane Badler

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BILLCS Top 30 #447 – December 29, 2014

The new chart is actually the first one that counts towards 2015!  There’s a new number one and this post won’t be too long (though I may lie :P), focusing on the five songs which debut 🙂

The Top 10

  • Color Theory scores the top spot with the Matt Mancid Retro Crossover remix of “Headphones” from the album Adjustments Part 2.  I’ve got to hand it to Brian Hazard (aka Color Theory) for this one.  He’s created a song that draws heavily from 80’s new wave, spiced it up with cutting edge sounds, and written a song that anyone who listens to their music with their headphones on can identify with.  Look for it to stay at #1 in two weeks too.
  • The Top 5 remains Party City with both “Goin’ Down” by Deniz Koyu vs Twoloud and “Gold Skies” by Sander van Doorn, Martin Garrix and DVBBS moving up to #3 and #4 respectively.  Both songs are culled from the growing and diverse Spinnin’ Records stable!
  • It’s kind of hard to believe but Erasure scores its biggest hit on my chart since I started it in 1998 with “Reason” from the album The Violet Flame.  The latter is easily their best album since 1997’s Cowboy.
  • Look for the beautiful “Come Back To Me” by New York City singer Reigen to advance in a big way in the coming month.  It climbs 11-8.
  • Also scoring a Top 10 berth for the first time in my chart’s history is Kristine W. with the retrotastic “Love Come Home”, vaulting 15-9.
  • The last new Top 10 entry belongs to 16 year old Canadian Tristan Thompson with the ballad “Burn Again” moving up 12-10.  It’s Tristan’s second Top 10 hit here following “Tidal Wave”, which got to #1 for a single appearance.

Movin’ On Up

  • We are all anxiously awaiting the debut album from Steve Grand, which has now officially wrapped and is on its way 🙂  “Time” will be included on the album and this fine piece of storytelling jumps 14-11.
  • Eli Lieb’s glowing tribute to a special someone “Lightning In A Bottle” has a positive message for everyone to hear, and this infectious slice of pop advances 20-12 on the chart.
  • The fastest riser on the chart belongs to producer/DJ Antonio Giacca with “Ignited”.  While the song follows a particular formula of songwriting, its passion and soaring chorus drive it home, and it makes its presence known, rising 22-13.
  • I can’t wait to hear what Penguin Prison (aka Chris Glover) has in store for us in 2015, and he’s off to a great start with the poptastic “Calling Out”, rising 17-14.
  • Another song with a much needed positive message and a great vocal too is “Someday” by Toronto’s Neverest, which advances 27-22.

Five Debuts

  • While I like the latest single “You and I (Forever)”, it’s not the strongest song on Tough Love in my estimation, so after “Say You Love Me” departs #1, I’m debuting the stunningly emotional “Pieces” by Jessie Ware at #20.  It’s also one of my favourites from her concert performance.
  • “Thanks For Nothing” leaves the chart after the standard 10 appearances (20 weeks), but I’m glad Brandyn Burnette made “Sleeve”, his ode to love of family, a brief free download last week, because that allowed it to qualify for my chart (yeah, stupid rules 😛 ).  You can read all about my thoughts about “Sleeve” as well as Brandyn’s exclusive back story about the song right here.  It’s one of Brandyn’s best songs, and I don’t know if it will be on his upcoming album, but in any event “Sleeve” bows on my chart at #21.
  • Nope, I haven’t had enough Sam Smith in 2014.  His latest official single “Like I Can” continues his streak on the chart and debuts at #24.
  • While their latest single “I’m Ready” has a worthy message about bullying, I mentioned in my post about Canadian band Eleven Past One’s new EP The World Is Ours that their ballad “There’s Nothing Wrong” is the EP’s secret weapon and it’s wow moment.  I really think it should be the follow up single, and I found out that it was produced by none other than Goo Goo Dolls’ John Rzeznik!!  You can’t hear more than a snippet of it on either Amazon or iTunes, so I’d recommend you stream the EP to hear it on a source such as Spotify.
  • It’s long been a favourite of mine since I heard the unreleased original back earlier in the decade, but Belgium vocal quartet Boycode have full custody of “It’s A Mistake” now and this top notch record bows on my chart at #26.

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.

02 01 HEADPHONES (Matt Mancid Retro Crossover Mix) Color Theory
01 02 SAY YOU LOVE ME Jessie Ware
04 03 GOIN’ DOWN Deniz Koyu vs Twoloud
05 04 GOLD SKIES Sander Van Doorn, Martin Garrix & DVBBS featuring Aleesia
03 05 SMILE Mikky Ekko
06 06 ARMS OF ANOTHER Bright Light Bright Light
09 07 REASON Erasure
11 08 COME BACK TO ME Reigen
15 09 LOVE COME HOME Kristine W.
12 10 BURN AGAIN Tristan Thompson
14 11 TIME Steve Grand
20 12 LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE Eli Lieb
22 13 IGNITED Antonio Giacca
17 14 CALLING OUT Penguin Prison
16 15 YELLOW FLICKER BEAT Lorde
21 16 HOUNDS Smashing Satellites
07 17 BRANDO Semi-Precious Weapons
08 18 STAGE FRIGHT Jake Barker
13 19 SUPERHEROES The Script
New 20 PIECES Jessie Ware
New 21 SLEEVE Brandyn
27 22 SOMEDAY Neverest
10 23 LOSING YOU Jane Badler
New 24 LIKE I CAN Sam Smith
New 25 THERE’S NOTHING WRONG Eleven Past One
New 26 IT’S A MISTAKE Boycode
23 27 RESTART Sam Smith
24 28 THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID The Janoskians
25 29 I WON’T LET YOU GO (Aron Friedman remix) Adam Tyler
26 30 PLAY FOR ME Chromatone

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BILLCS Top 30 #446 – December 15, 2014

It’s that time of year when chart activity starts to slow down a tad, so there are two debuts in this edition.  But a lot of recent favourites will depart the chart in the coming weeks, so expect an influx of new activity!

The Top 10

  • Jessie Ware’s “Say You Love Me” continues at #1 in a year when there have been more than usual #1’s.  “Say You Love Me” ties “Stay With Me”, “Money On My Mind”, and “I’m Not The Only One”, all by Sam Smith, for 3 appearances (6 weeks) at the top.  Jessie is back on tour in the New Year with a spate of new dates just announced and available for purchase (and why can’t more performers do this) through her website.
  • It looks like “Headphones” by Color Theory will succeed “Say You Love Me” at #1.  It’s one of the most infectious and memorable songs of the year.  Also check out Color Theory’s rendition of Barry Manilow’s “Could It Be Magic” (below) from the Adjustments Part Two album.  It’s one part Donna Summer’s version and two parts Barry’s!  Could it be… chart bound too?  A cover by Britain’s Elouise got to #10 in Spring 2012.

  • Get dancing up a storm to both “Goin’ Down” by Deniz Koyu vs Twoloud and “Gold Skies” by the quartet of Sander van Doorn, Martin Garrix, and the DVBBS lads.  They’re new to my Top 5 at #4 and #5 respectively.  Play loud!!  Oh and those DVBBS guys have sold out three shows this week in Toronto!  Great news for the brothers from just outside of Toronto (Orangeville) who scored a #1 record in the UK earlier in the year.

  • “Arms of Another”, the ‘B’ side to “An Open Heart” if you will, continues to climb and advances 8-6 this week for Bright Light Bright Light, now promoting his participation in the sophomore Slow Knights project led by his friend Scissor Sisters’ Del Marquis!
  • Also new to the Top 10 is Erasure’s “Reason”, up 13-9, which you can hear as remixed by the wonderful Parralox!

Movin’ On Up

  • The fastest riser on the chart is last chart’s highest debut, with video up at the top of this blog post, the soulful and gripping “Come Back To Me” by New York City singer Reigen.  It’s an independent release so do your duty and pick up this fabulous song on iTunes as it climbs 22-11!
  • Tristan Thompson’s “Burn Again”, moving up 16-12, has just been remixed by none other than Michael Jackson and Lady GaGa producer Alex Greggs, who puts a nifty spin on the ballad – and it all syncs up in the video too!  Watch below.

  • Kristine W has had a never-ending streak of Top 5 hits on the Billboard Dance Club Play chart as a lead artist – and I’m not sure who else has!  So I asked Billboard chart guru Gary Trust, let’s see if he investigates!  In the meantime, “Love Come Home” climbs 23-15 on my own chart.

  • Eli Lieb’s “Lightning In A Bottle” is perhaps landing on my chart with an even greater splash than his previous entry “Zeppelin”.  This ultra-positive song moves up 27-20.

  • It’s the 12 days of Smashing Satellites giveaways starting Monday December 15, so watch the rock band’s Twitter feed!  “Hounds”, the first single from the EP A-Side (SonicAluzion) rises 25-21.

Those Two Debuts

  • A hot spanking new favourite to add to your dance/EDM repertoire is “Ignited” by L.A. based DJ/producer/performer Antonio Giacca.  It’s got a very European flavour but enough to translate it to radio play alongside David Guetta and the like if it gets to that.  A delightful mix of house and contemporary electronica, “Ignited” arrives on my chart at #22.  I’m anxiously awaiting dance club play action!  Below is the progressive club mix.

  • Joining three previous chart entries, including last year’s #1 Rewind, is “Someday” by Toronto trio Neverest, who have their hearts and thoughts in all of the right places supporting WeDay and through RBC Free The Children.  Tonight (Sunday December 14) is the last day where “Someday” is available for free right here.  Otherwise get it on iTunes.  “Someday” bows 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.

01 01 SAY YOU LOVE ME Jessie Ware
03 02 HEADPHONES (Matt Mancid Retro Crossover Mix) Color Theory
02 03 SMILE Mikky Ekko
12 04 GOIN’ DOWN Deniz Koyu vs Twoloud
09 05 GOLD SKIES Sander Van Doorn, Martin Garrix & DVBBS featuring Aleesia
08 06 ARMS OF ANOTHER Bright Light Bright Light
05 07 BRANDO Semi-Precious Weapons
06 08 STAGE FRIGHT Jake Barker
13 09 REASON Erasure
07 10 LOSING YOU Jane Badler
22 11 COME BACK TO ME Reigen
16 12 BURN AGAIN Tristan Thompson
15 13 SUPERHEROES The Script
17 14 TIME Steve Grand
23 15 LOVE COME HOME Kristine W.
20 16 YELLOW FLICKER BEAT Lorde
21 17 CALLING OUT Penguin Prison
04 18 I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE Sam Smith
10 19 THANKS FOR NOTHING Brandyn Burnette
27 20 LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE Eli Lieb
25 21 HOUNDS Smashing Satellites
New 22 IGNITED Antonio Giacca
11 23 RESTART Sam Smith
14 24 THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID The Janoskians
18 25 I WON’T LET YOU GO (Aron Friedman remix) Adam Tyler
24 26 PLAY FOR ME Chromatone
New 27 SOMEDAY Neverest
26 28 AFTERGLOW Harriet
19 29 UNBREAKABLE Jamie Scott
28 30 AMNESIA 5 Seconds Of Summer

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BILLCS Top 30 #445 – December 1, 2014

In some ways the past month or so has plodded along, no thanks to two different bouts of viral illnesses, and then suddenly two weeks go by and it’s time for a new personal chart 🙂

The Top 10

  • There’s no budging Jessie Ware and Mikky Ekko from #1 and #2.  “Say You Love Me” holds for a second appearance at number one as the singer is about to release “You & I (Forever)” as the follow up single and video from her amazing Tough Love album.  “Smile” by Mikky Ekko preceded “Say You Love Me” at #1 and holds tight in anticipation of his debut album Time, due in January.
  • Last edition’s high flying debut is also this edition’s fastest riser on the chart.  Color Theory (aka Brian Hazard) has concocted one of those songs to which you can relate so easily with “Headphones”.  The original mix is up top for your listening pleasure, but do check out the slick Matt Mancid retro crossover remix too right here, well worth purchasing.  “Headphones” glides up the chart 18-3 and will contend for #1 in the coming month.
  • Semi-Precious Weapons slide into #5 with “Brando”, their unconventional love song from an upcoming album.  It’s gone quiet about what’s next for the band in terms of the album release but I’m certain something grand is in the works!

  • “The Voice” underdog from last season, Jake Barker, rises to #6 with the title song from his EP Stage Fright.  Jake has many cover songs on You Tube, including his rendition of Ed Sheeran’s “Photograph”.  Check it out above.
  • The more I listen to “Losing You” by Jane Badler (9-7), the more detail I hear each time.  It’s just one of those hypnotic songs that doesn’t want to let go, from her recent album Opus.
  • Two dance club zingers join the Top 10.  Bright Light Bright Light continues his long line of Top Tenners on this chart with “Arms Of Another” at #8, from the EP An Open Heart.  Then the powerhouse trio of Sander van Doorn, Martin Garrix, and DVBBS lands at #9 with “Gold Skies”.  And while the main vocal is by singer Aleesia, to me it’s the male vocal chorus that is most affecting about this song and just makes you want to jam out!

Movin’ On Up

  • So it appears that Sam Smith’s “Restart” was just a video release!  It climbs 13-11 in a year when he has been nary off my chart (if at all) since “Money On My Mind” bowed earlier in the year.  The new single is the buoyant “Like I Can”, which will take him well into 2015 and long past any Grammy Awards which will find their way to him.
  • Get your New Year’s playlist ready and be sure to include “Goin’ Down” by Deniz Koyu vs Twoloud, sure to make your crowd go BOOOM!  It climbs 21-12.
  • Erasure’s “Reason” is from their latest album The Violet Flame and it has designs on the Top 10, rising 19-13.
  • Tristan Thompson’s “Burn Again” is receiving scorching action at radio in Canada, already #24 on the AC Airplay chart and it’s also entered the Top 40 radio chart too.  Not bad for an independent release from a very talented 16 year old.  Next stop:  USA 🙂  “Burn Again” climbs 20-16.
  • We have always got “Time” till Steve Grand’s album is released in early 2015.  This delightful story is off to a super start, rising 23-17.

  • Lorde certainly dazzled us with her kinetic performance of “Yellow Flicker Beat” (above) last week on the American Music Awards.  As a result I think this song will get a second look by radio, and it moves up in this edition 24-20.
  • “Calling You” by Penguin Prison continues the many chart appearances here for NYC singer/songwriter/producer/DJ Chris Glover, as it rises 26-21.
  • Smashing Satellites gave a powerful performance opening for Moist last week in Toronto.  The quartet will soon be headlining its own mid-sized club venues judging by audience response.  In the meantime, “Hounds” climbs 30-25.

New to the Chart

I’ve already gushed about each of these songs in blog posts over the past few weeks, so it’s no surprise to see them chart so quickly.

  • Reigen’s soulful and emotional EDM ballad “Come Back With Me” is simple food for your musical soul, and debuts at #22 for the New York based singer.
  • It’s her first appearance on my chart in 10 years, but the unmistakable Kristine W. is back in full force with “Love Come Home”, a redux of an early UK hit for her.  It makes a memorable impact, recalling her Land Of The Living days, and arrives at #23.  It has also landed in the Top 5 of the Billboard Dance Club Play chart this past week, and I hope DJ’s will send it to the top.  And if you buy the EP, it contains no less than 14 remixes!
  • While “Zeppelin” leaves the chart, Eli Lieb has perhaps gone even one better with the feel good story and vibe of “Lightning In A Bottle”, which lands at #27.  And do I hear an album is forthcoming in 2015?  Even more to which we can look forward!

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 SAY YOU LOVE ME Jessie Ware
02 02 SMILE Mikky Ekko
18 03 HEADPHONES (Matt Mancid Retro Crossover Mix) Color Theory
03 04 I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE Sam Smith
06 05 BRANDO Semi-Precious Weapons
08 06 STAGE FRIGHT Jake Barker
09 07 LOSING YOU Jane Badler
11 08 ARMS OF ANOTHER Bright Light Bright Light
14 09 GOLD SKIES Sander Van Doorn, Martin Garrix & DVBBS featuring Aleesia
04 10 THANKS FOR NOTHING Brandyn Burnette
13 11 RESTART Sam Smith
21 12 GOIN’ DOWN Deniz Koyu vs Twoloud
19 13 REASON Erasure
16 14 THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID The Janoskians
17 15 SUPERHEROES The Script
20 16 BURN AGAIN Tristan Thompson
23 17 TIME Steve Grand
05 18 I WON’T LET YOU GO (Aron Friedman remix) Adam Tyler
07 19 UNBREAKABLE Jamie Scott
24 20 YELLOW FLICKER BEAT Lorde
26 21 CALLING OUT Penguin Prison
New 22 COME BACK TO ME Reigen
New 23 LOVE COME HOME Kristine W.
10 24 PLAY FOR ME Chromatone
30 25 HOUNDS Smashing Satellites
12 26 AFTERGLOW Harriet
New 27 LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE Eli Lieb
15 28 AMNESIA 5 Seconds Of Summer
22 29 CRIMINAL Adam Tyler
27 30 GET TO KNOW YOU Corey Niles featuring Ish

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The Power’s In You: “Lightning In A Bottle” by @EliLieb

ELI LIEB, “Lightning In A Bottle”

Hot off of a hot ride on my personal chart with the effervescent “Zeppelin” peaking at #10 comes L.A.-based singer/songwriter Eli Lieb with another equally brilliant zinger, “Lightning In A Bottle”.  If you don’t smile and feel good about yourself after listening to “Lightning” well then perhaps you need a shock to your system!  This super-powered message about the power of Positive is enhanced immensely by focusing on dancers letting loose and the main story of a drag queen who is what she is and is her best when she simply is herself!  Eli Lieb’s songs tap into many common stories and messages in our heads and I’m so glad he’s here to write about them.  Score!! Watch the video above and pick up “Lightning In A Bottle” on iTunes.

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BILLCS Top 30 #442 – October 20, 2014

Time isn’t standing still, but when you’ve got a 1,2,3,4 kapow like what’s happening at the top of my new chart, you’re gonna have to be patient to find out when they all get shook loose.  And it could happen as early as the next chart in two weeks but until then, enjoy:

#1 “I’m Not The Only One” by Sam Smith

samsmith6#2 “Smile” by Mikky Ekko

mikkyekko#3 “Afterglow” by Harriet

harriet3#4 “Thanks For Nothing” by Brandyn Burnette

Brandyn Burnette has a new acoustic set available on Soundcloud above and lots of free songs as well so I’ll be keeping you posted on the prolific singer’s new songs very soon!

ON THE RISE

The lone new entry to the Top 5 isn’t actually new, but it does sound significantly different from the original version which got to #5 in 2011.  I’m talking about the mid-tempo Aron Friedman house remix of “I Won’t Let You Go” by Adam Tyler of course, which climbs 8-5.

As her album Tough Love enters the UK Top 10 and her October 26 show in my city approaches, Jessie Ware is the gal-most-likely-to as “Say You Love Me” continues to rise quickly, up 9-6.

It’s now due on November 10 (in Canada anyway), but if you go to iTunes you’ll find 3 more songs to preview from Jamie Scott’s My Hurricane album, including a duet with Christina Perri called “Gold”.  In the meantime, his latest single “Unbreakable” moves up 11-9, joining his band Graffiti6 with their Top 5 entry from last year, “Free”.

Music fans are the always the first ones to get “Zeppelin” by Eli Lieb but even if you’re not familiar with the famous band’s songs or why friends might be jamming to Zeppelin in the car, then you can still revel in the positive and nostalgic vibe of the song.  It anchors the top songs on the chart at #10.

Chromatone is out gigging in the London, England area quite regularly, so do try to catch one of his performances!  His latest song “Play For Me” continues to advance on the chart 17-13.

It’s one of the more discreet songs on the chart, but it’s heartwarming and holds within its lyrics reams of truth.  The fastest riser on the chart is “Stage Fright” by Jake Barker.

It’s not easy to find different love songs to write about but Semi-Precious Weapons has done just that with “Brando”.  Hopefully a video is in the works and can make it out before their next album, still expected before year end.

I caught Smallpools’ set back when they opened for Neon Trees back in July, and with new songs like “Killer Whales” I look forward to their next album release.  The band plays in my city on October 24 too.  “Killer Whales” swims upstream to #18!

Between her acting career and her singing career, Jane Badler travels all over, and will next perform a concert in Paris at the end of November.  Her beguiling single, featuring Spanish guitar via 70’s new wave via torch ballad, “Losing You”, lands at #20 on my chart, from her new album Opus.

Those Janoskians are still making their way across North America promoting their latest single “That’s What She Said”, which lands at #21 this week.  The teens definitely like their Aussie boys when they get even a little more than naughty, and that’s what makes watching their success unfold rather interesting! Yes, this blogger likes The Janoskians 🙂

There’s nothing stopping Sam Smith short of exhaustion, and he’s announced another North American tour, including a stop in my city on January 20 at the biggest venue in town!  I was fortunate to see him at the 500 person Virgin Mod Club last Spring for $15.00!  “Restart” moves up to #22.

NEW TO THE CHART

Keep those dancing shoes on for “Arms Of Another” by Bright Light Bright Light, which I wrote about recently as the extra song (or ‘B’ side as we used to call them) on the new single for “An Open Heart”.  The latter song already conquered this chart back at the top of the year, and now “Arms Of Another” arrives at #24.

And now I return you to the explosive and diverse dubstep/trap and other EDM scene.  “Gold Skies”, brought to you by the quartet of Sander van Doorn, Martin Garrix, and DVBBS, and featuring vocalist Aleesia, sounds like a radio hit in the making, and it’s included on Martin’s EP of the same name on iTunes, which also features two of my 2014 #1’s, “Animals” and “Proxy” (previously a free download).  “Gold Skies” bows at #27.

It’s been since 2011 that The Script last landed on my chart, and to me have returned to the sound now which got them popular in the first place back in 2009.  “Superheroes” is the first single from No Sound Without Silence, the Dublin, Ireland trio’s fourth album.  And they are well worth seeing in concert!  “Superheroes” premieres at #28.

EXTRA! EXTRA!

While “Hang On To Your Love”, the Penguin Prison free download cover of the 1984 Sade debut glides up the chart at #19, the singer (aka Chris Glover) released his first solo single in three years last week.  He’s not breaking a formula that won over fans like me either with “Calling Out”.  It’s as simple a song as “The Worse It Gets”, with similar late 70’s early 80’s inspirations like “Kiss On My List” by Daryl Hall & John Oates or “What A Fool Believes” by The Doobie Brothers, but spun Penguin Prison style:  Danceable ear candy!  Can’t wait to hear more from PP’s upcoming sophomore album.  Listen below and get it on iTunes.

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 I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE Sam Smith
02 02 SMILE Mikky Ekko
03 03 AFTERGLOW Harriet
04 04 THANKS FOR NOTHING Brandyn Burnette
08 05 I WON’T LET YOU GO (Aron Friedman remix) Adam Tyler
09 06 SAY YOU LOVE ME Jessie Ware
07 07 GET TO KNOW YOU Corey Niles featuring Ish
05 08 NO FUN The Presets
11 09 UNBREAKABLE Jamie Scott
12 10 ZEPPELIN Eli Lieb
14 11 AMNESIA 5 Seconds Of Summer
15 12 CRIMINAL Adam Tyler
17 13 PLAY FOR ME Chromatone
06 14 MUSIC GODS Davis Redfield featuring Carl Man
23 15 STAGE FRIGHT Jake Barker
10 16 THIS COULD BE SOMETHING Anton Ewald featuring Medina
24 17 BRANDO Semi-Precious Weapons
21 18 KILLER WHALES Smallpools
22 19 HANG ON TO YOUR LOVE Penguin Prison
26 20 LOSING YOU Jane Badler
27 21 THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID The Janoskians
28 22 RESTART Sam Smith
13 23 JUST SAY HELLO Lyonn
New 24 ARMS OF ANOTHER Bright Light Bright Light
16 25 I BELIEVE Bright Light Bright Light
18 26 STRANGER Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko
New 27 GOLD SKIES Sander Van Doorn, Martin Garrix & DVBBS featuring Aleesia
New 28 SUPERHEROES The Script
19 29 TIME HAS COME Hannis
20 30 TEN FEET TALL Afrojack featuring Wrabel

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Do listen in for my New Music Pick of the Week feature on D-Moos.com 8 times per day starting at 2:05 AM EST on Mondays, and while the station is only live in the evenings from 9:00 pm to midnight (with my long-time musical partner in crime “The Musicman” James Rogers), you can hear my voice at other odd times, particularly if you’re an oldies loving night owl on the weekend overnights 🙂