BILLCS Top 75 Songs of 2014

Bill's Top 30 of 2014

2014 has been an interesting and unique year for music. I’m not sure how well the songs will stand up against others in music history, but there has been an incredible variety. What seemed to strike me most were alternately creative EDM songs or ballads that aimed straight for the heart.

I am first and foremost a music fan. I look for songs and singers that are one-of-a-kind. A great hook or chorus will get under my skin fast. The latter explains the presence of the likes of the delightfully naughty Janoskians on my year end list, as well as fellow Aussies 5 Seconds of Summer, who had a million Twitter followers before breaking out in North America and proved their chops with great performances on some televised awards shows.

The performers I listened to most, and even saw in concert, were all Brits – Sam Smith, Jessie Ware, and Bright Light Bright Light. Other North American performers who were heard pretty much on record and have played some gigs but should break out in some way are Adam Tyler, Brandyn (Burnette), Mikky Ekko, Matthew Koma, Tristan Thompson, Nick Hagelin, and Travis Garland. Overseas, look to new voices such as the UK’s Harriet, Eurielle, Sam Dickinson, and James Poole (who hasn’t even released anything officially yet!) and Sweden’s Anton Ewald to make waves. And I was really impressed with the calibre of contestants on NBC’s “The Voice” in the past few seasons. Some of these singers have real futures ahead in the business.

A terrific production helps immensely. The Sam Smith and Jessie Ware albums are pretty much flawless in this department. FrankMusik dazzled us again with his By Nicole release. But there were other individual songs whose overall sound is impressive – the Aron Friedman house-y recreation of Adam Tyler’s “I Won’t Let You Go”, the tight mesh of pop and hip hop on “Get To Know You” by Corey Niles featuring Ish, the delicateness of Eurielle’s “Gold”, and the other worldly dubstep of “Love Space” and “The Day You Left” by San Diego’s Convulsic.

And we could not escape Pharrell Williams’ “Happy”, the simple, old school R&B throwback which was the best selling song of the year everywhere.

So here’s a further recap of my Top 30 Songs of 2014. You can view the full list of my Top 75 Songs of 2014 right here. Onward to 2015!!

1 SAM SMITH “STAY WITH ME”

Stay With Me the release of Sam Smith’s album In The Lonely Hour by a few months. With its Gospel influences and genuine, passionate performance, the song immediately captured public attention and was soon all over social media, being covered by You Tubers and singers on TV shows like The Voice. Stay With Me is a belwether song for any male singer to try and match, and shows what a unique singer and presence Sam Smith has commanded during 2014, which will continue into 2015 much like Adele cast her spell over 2011 and 2012.

2 SAM SMITH “MONEY ON MY MIND”

Towards the end of 2013, I wrote that Sam Smith’s Money On My Mind was one of the first great records of 2014. Continuing on the dance tip from collaborations with Naughty Boy and Disclosure, Sam combines old school soul with a high-tek arrangement, as well as some great high register and falsetto work. Who would have thought back then… or what was to follow.

3 BRIGHT LIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT “AN OPEN HEART”

Like in 2010, Bright Light Bright Light (Rod Thomas) has commanded my attention with his thoughtful electronic dance music, and for a second time ranks two songs in my Top 10 of the Year. I added An Open Heart to 2013’s list at #11 prematurely, the song endured for me well through January and only recently became the second single release from the album Life Is Easy. Bright Light Bright Light toured on two legs of Elton John’s tour, in both North America and Europe,and Elton even dueted with him on the single “I Wish We Were Leaving”. But An Open Heart with its larger than life lyrics has become one of my most favourite Bright Light Bright Light songs.

4 SAM SMITH “I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE”

Sam’s eloquent ways of singing about being lonely and unloved really struck a chord with people in 2014, including myself. His debut album In The Lonely Hour is hands down my favourite of 2014. I was able to watch Sam in performance at a small club date in Toronto for only $16!! And now the best seats for his shows are $100+

5 JESSIE WARE “SAY YOU LOVE ME”

UK singer Jessie Ware has one of the silkiest, gorgeous voices to arrive in pop music in years. In 2014 she released her second album Tough Love, and put on one of the finest, most intricate small club performances of the year here in Toronto. The big push for the album to start was on Say You Love Me, a song about words that anyone wants to hear from the one they love, but particularly women from men, who often don’t communicate our emotions. It’s a glorious vocal performance and Jessie is touring again in early 2015 so be sure to catch her show.

6 MARTIN GARRIX “ANIMALS”

So what made Animals by Martin Garrix stand out more than any other electronic instrumental of the last several years? It created a groundswell at raves and clubs, and then before you know it near the end of 2013 it reached #1 in the UK, and then #1 on the Billboard Dance Club Play chart. Not bad for the then-17 year old who caught manager Scooter Braun’s attention. Since then it’s been a whirlwind for the young producer/DJ with the unique style as he collaborates with just about every other notable producer/DJ’s and performs on several huge concert bills. And it’s not going to stop just yet for Martin Garrix.

7 MIKKY EKKO “SMILE”

You already know Mikky from the Grammy-nominated Rihanna’s Stay, and “Smile” possesses one of the most unique vocal performances of 2014 along with a memorable storyline which you might think is downbeat but is actually quite a happy one that will leave you very content by the end of the song. Look for Mikky’s album Time in early 2015.

8 SHOWTEK & JUSTIN PRIME featuring MATTHEW KOMA “CANNONBALL (EARTHQUAKE)”

Cannonball (Earthquake) is what happens when two songs that truly belong together are mashed up. So we have European DJ’s Showtek & Justin Prime’s instrumental Cannonball mixed with US singer Matthew Koma’s Earthquake. The result is one of the most infectious electronic dance music singles of the year which ended up as a UK Top 30 hit.

9 HOUSE ROCKERZ, DAVIS REDFIELD & CARL MAN “ELECTRIFY THE NIGHT”

Electrify The Night by the collaboration of German DJ/producers House Rockerz and Davis Redfield, and UK vocalist Carl Man, is probably one of the most obscure songs I’ve ever placed in my Top 10 of any year. It was only released in Europe on a couple of electronica compilations. But the song itself is an inviting stunner, one that gets better with every listen, thanks to great songwriting pedigree from Charlie Mason and team, as well as a gem of a vocal by Carl Man.

10 BRIGHT LIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT “I BELIEVE”

I Believe is Bright Light Bright Light’s happiest ;pop/dance single to date, from his sophomore album Life Is Easy, and it stands out as one of his finest songs so far. I adore the sad electronic dance songs always written from an interesting perspective but I Believe is simply joyous.

11 DISCLOSURE featuring SAM SMITH “LATCH”

Latch has an interesting history – it got to #11 in late 2012 in the UK. But it’s had long legs, especially after Sam Smith got to #1 in the UK in 2013 singing on Naughty Boy’s La La La. Both songs became belated hits in 2014 in North America hot on the heels of Sam’s solo success. Sam’s partnership with UK producers/songwriters/brothers Disclosure will endure though, as they were heavily involved in Mary J. Blige’s latest album The London Sessions.

12 TRISTAN THOMPSON “TIDAL WAVE”

He’s 16, Canadian, and has a silky developed voice that straddles styles of both Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake. Tristan Thompson’s debut single Tidal Wave captured a hybrid style of 80’s Hall & Oates blue-eyed soul meets 90’s heartthrobs like Backstreet Boys or 98 Degrees. With a fine debut album Here For You and a second single Burn Again receiving Canadian radio play, Tristan Thompson is off to a smashing start.

13 MARTIN GARRIX “PROXY”

Young Dutchman Martin Garrix gave away his song Proxy for free earlier in the year as a thank you for his success with his previous single Animals, and now appears on the EP Gold Skies. It’s another playful instrumental which helped establish is trap/EDM style on the DJ circuit.

14 ANTON EWALD featuring MEDINA “THIS COULD BE SOMETHING”

If there’s one record that would have you Oooh Ooohing and Ah Ahhing in 2014, it’s This Could Be Something, a slick duet between Swedish star Anton Ewald and Denmark’s Medina. It perhaps is the best song Katy Perry never got to record. The duo has a wonderful, sensual chemistry in the song, which nicely dances on the bridge between pop and electronica.

15 HARRIET “AFTERGLOW”

One of 2014’s best new arrivals is UK singer Harriet. Her warm, Karen Carpenter-meets-Rita Coolidge voice held my attention throughout the year, and particularly for several months until Afterglow saw official release in Harriet’s debut EP What’s Mine Is Yours in the summer. Afterglow is the best kind of lazy Sunday or classy dinner party music, produced by the reknown Steve Anderson of Kylie Minogue fame.

16 TRAVIS GARLAND “EASY”

Easy by Travis Garland is one of the stand out album tracks from Travis’ self-titled album. It’s essentially a Latin-flavoured disco song, quite different from the rest of his songs, and it’s easy to visualize shimmering lights glowing over beautiful people as they dance away the night. To me, anyway!

17 BRANDYN BURNETTE, “THANKS FOR NOTHING”

What can I say about L.A.-based singer Brandyn Burnette? His single for Warner Brothers, Thanks For Nothing, took a while to grow on me, but once that happened I was hooked on how he took a negative situation and turned it into a positive song with a great message. Brandyn is entering 2015 going by only his first name now as his upcoming solo album is on deck for early in the year. He’s posted a lot of new songs on Soundcloud, so be sure to check them out, and follow him on Twitter for wise posts from an old soul with a young mind.

18 ADAM TYLER “ELECTRIC VALENTINE”

Adam Tyler’s music has had frequent visits to the BILLCS Top 30 over the years. But my very favourite from him is now Electric Valentine. Adam started 2014 giving away this song for free, on Valentine’s Day of course, but the feel good vibe of the song took on a life of its own, and it ended up on his deluxe edition of Shattered Ice. There’s nary a song this year that will put you in a great mood like Electric Valentine.

19 AVICII featuring AUDRA MAE “ADDICTED TO YOU”

I can’t say I was a huge fan of Swedish DJ/producer Avicii’s mix of country music with dance music, which had already been done 20 years ago. So going deeper into his album True we find Addicted To You, immensely enhanced by a creative bluesy vocal by singer Audra Mae.

20 HANNIS “TIME HAS COME”

One of the most unusual but addictive songs of 2014 is Time Has Come by new Finnish singer Hannis. The singer’s lush europop vocals mesh well with an inventive, dub-steppy arrangement which makes it memorable for anyone who hears it.

21 NEVEREST, “TAKE COVER”

Take Cover by Toronto band Neverest started the year as a free download follow up to their BILLCS Top 30 2013 #1 Rewind. It’s an equally powerful and punchy rocking song that shows that this group can do when they are not writing stellar ballads.

22 SIRPAUL “EVERY SINGLE MOMENT”

New York dance club singer SIRPAUL has built a nation-wide reputation for creating original songs that are alternately romantic and touching, or mysterious and even a touch dirty when it comes to what goes down in the bedroom. From his album Seventh Star, Every Single Moment is dedicated to that special person you want to spend all of your time with.

23 ZEDD featuring MATTHEW KOMA & MIRIAM BRYANT “FIND YOU”

After previously collaborating on 2012’s #1 dance hit of the year “Spectrum”, Grammy-winning producer/DJ Zedd brings back go-to-guy Matthew Koma along with newcomer Miriam Bryant for more crossover emotional dance/pop with Find You. Zedd has remarkable magic with production, melody and vocalists.

24 JASON WALKER featuring BIMBO JONES “TELL IT TO MY HEART”

Jason Walker’s cover of Taylor Dayne’s Tell It To My Heart came right out of the blue with a powerhouse vocal performance that will raise the hairs on the back of your neck. This NYC singer has already been to the top of the dance club play chart many times so it’s no surprise that Jason’s collaboration with UK DJ’s Bimbo Jones became yet another Top 10 dance hit for him.

25 EURIELLE, “GOLD”

Shrouded in mystery and an exotic, medieval sound, UK singer Eurielle revealed her EP The Incarnation, which included Gold, an update on renaissance-oriented song stylings brought into the pop world in the past by the likes of Enya and Loreena McKennitt.

26 ADAM TYLER “I WON’T LET YOU GO” (Aron Friedman remix)

I Won’t Let You Go was first released in 2011 and was in my Top 30 for that year too! But the house-inflected Aron Friedman remix gave the song new life again and it appears on Adam’s deluxe edition of the Shattered Ice album.

27 THE PRESETS “NO FUN”

Veteran Australian duo The Presets only released a few singles in 2014 to whet our taste for a full new album. No Fun was one of them, and fun it certainly is – a whole lot of inventive electronic wizardry that plays off of a more laid back vocal this time.

28 TRAVIS GARLAND “MOTEL POOL”

Carrying over from 2013 with his self-titled album, L.A.-based Travis Garland issued Motel Pool as its second single, a sexy and sizzling piece of R&B pop that continued to showcase the singer’s versatility and made his album one of the finest of 2013.

29 CONVULSIC “LOVE SPACE”

San Diego’s Erik Hale is also known as EDM/dubstep artist Convulsic, and he released a trio of cool songs in 2014, including Love Space. All of them actually bridge the dance and pop worlds much better than could be expected, which holds promise for new songs from Convulsic in 2015.

30 LITTLE MIX “LITTLE ME” (Steve Smart & Westfunk radio edit)

Little Mix is the all girl vocal quartet that won X-Factor in 2011, and of course went on to great success in the UK with several Top 10 placings. But it was a remix of their song Little Me that got my attention in 2014. The whirling frenzy of a remix by Steve Smart and Westfunk set the song to a new upbeat melody from its original downbeat mix which focused more on its thoughtful message for girls and young women. The combination of EDM remix and message gave “Little Me” an edge in 2014.

BILLCS Top 30 #441 – October 6, 2014

The top three songs have an incredible lock on the chart right now, and there are five debuts, so without further adieu:

ONE!!!

 

Sam Smith “I’m Not The Only One”

TWO!!

Mikky Ekko “Smile”

THREE!

Harriet “Afterglow”

 

THE REST OF THE CHART

  • So the next question is:  Can Brandyn Burnette’s “Thanks For Nothing” crack the Top 3, as it rises significantly, up 10-4?  The singer constantly reminds us on Twitter that the song may be a straight middle finger to a past relationship, but that it has an optimistic side to it about moving forward.  Gotta listen to Brandyn!!  There’s an ages old soul in that young body, methinks!

 

  • Those “Music Gods” keep forging ahead on this chart!  Davis Redfield and vocalist Carl Man climb 7-6 in this edition.

 

  • Get to know Canadian R&B/hip hop singer Corey Niles as his latest song “Get To Know You” spreads across Canada, with the help of rapper Ish!  It rises 9-7 🙂

 

  • Second time’s a charm, especially when it’s in a gorgeous, romantic, midtempo house remix!  “I Won’t Let You Go” by Adam Tyler in an Aron Friedman remix gets to the Top 10 for the second time, and that’s only happened once before, with Nelson Clemente’s “You Want Me Don’t You” in 2008/09, which peaked at #3 both times.  “I Won’t Let You Go” is at #8, three places short of its original #5 peak in 2011.
  • The fastest riser on the chart is “Say You Love Me” by Jessie Ware, moving 20-9, and arriving in the Top 25 on the UK Singles Chart this week.  Simply cannot wait to hear it in concert later in the month.  Looking at the Top 3, I have to wonder when “Say You Love Me” will be able to crack the mold, but we’ll see!

 

  • Jamie Scott’s “Unbreakable” may be unstoppable at this point – it moves up 16-11 this week and will almost certainly grab a Top 10 berth in two weeks!

 

  • Aussie faves 5 Seconds Of Summer seem to be making more waves at radio now as the Fall sets in with “Amnesia” rising up 17-14 🙂

 

  • Chromatone has such a good groove going on in “Play For Me” that you must check out the fantastic dance moves in its well-shot video.  It climbs 21-17.

 

ABOUT THOSE FIVE DEBUTS…

  •  It’s an overdue debut, but always better late than never.  While his team has been promoting “Oh So Simple” and “Scared” from his fine EP Stage Fright, the romantic inside me has long been with The Voice contestant blue-eyed soul singer Jake Barker’s title song, which bows at #23.  You can only hear a preview on iTunes but it’s worth purchasing the EP for its entire four song selection.  The following lyrics alone just send me at each listen just after the minute mark:  “10,000 people looking down on me / All eyes on me / Could I picture my life / All I see is you”.  Jake Barker has an immense future ahead – and he didn’t even finish in the Top 10 on The Voice!
  •  A love song of a very different kind is “Brando” by Semi-Precious Weapons, which arrives at #24 in advance of their second 2014, following Spring’s Aviation release.  “Brando” gets away from the anthemic sounds on Aviation in favour of a song that sings about when you are faced with the fact that you are impossibly in love.  Justin Tranter’s vocal is on its best game here, and I’m really looking forward to more from SPW before the end of the year!  Now if we can only get them up to Canada to tour…

 

  • I wrote about Jane Badler’s “Losing You” a while back, but the song gets under your skin quickly, so it arrives on the chart at #26.  Actress/singer Jane previously reached #8 with “Yesterday’s Tomorrows”, so her alt.pop stylings are no stranger to this chart!  Be sure to check out the impressive video trek through personal hell below.
  • Those Janoskians fans have eaten up my Twitter timeline today as the boys play a show at the Danforth Music Hall.  I like these guys for the fact that they are bold enough to take risks to break out of the boy band mold, even though they will attract some similar fans as One Direction, 5 Seconds Of Summer, and even Justin Bieber.  The Janoskians shake things up with their innuendo with “That’s What She Said” at #27.  North American radio isn’t playing, but then again that’s no surprise.  The huge fan base says ALL!!

 

  • It seems like there’s always room on my chart this year for another Sam Smith song.  The 80’s flavoured “Restart” (particularly reminscent of Daryl Hall & John Oates or The Doobie Brothers brand of white soul) premieres at #28 along with a new video below.

 Extra! Extra!

The duo Erasure (being singer Andy Bell and keyboardist Vince Clarke) has long endured because they know how to deliver exactly what their audience wants, and continue to create new songs for their huge repertoire.  Their music is hugely influential on today’s electronica performers, whether that’s obvious or not.  Their latest album The Violet Flame is their best in many years, more than ever a throwback to their classic late 80’s/early 90’s period, which is where their set list focuses in concert.  While “Elevation” rises on the Billboard Dance Club Play chart, the chart-bound zinger on the album belongs to “Sacred”.  Listen below!!

  • Lastly, Tristan Thompson’s “Mistaken” shall return to the chart!  It’s been bumped to being the third single release from Here For You in favour of another song, which I shall be writing about very soon!

The Full Chart

01 01 I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE Sam Smith
02 02 SMILE Mikky Ekko
03 03 AFTERGLOW Harriet
10 04 THANKS FOR NOTHING Brandyn Burnette
05 05 NO FUN The Presets
07 06 MUSIC GODS Davis Redfield featuring Carl Man
09 07 GET TO KNOW YOU Corey Niles featuring Ish
13 08 I WON’T LET YOU GO (Aron Friedman remix) Adam Tyler
20 09 SAY YOU LOVE ME Jessie Ware
04 10 THIS COULD BE SOMETHING Anton Ewald featuring Medina
16 11 UNBREAKABLE Jamie Scott
14 12 ZEPPELIN Eli Lieb
15 13 JUST SAY HELLO Lyonn
17 14 AMNESIA 5 Seconds Of Summer
18 15 CRIMINAL Adam Tyler
06 16 I BELIEVE Bright Light Bright Light
21 17 PLAY FOR ME Chromatone
08 18 STRANGER Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko
11 19 TIME HAS COME Hannis
12 20 TEN FEET TALL Afrojack featuring Wrabel
23 21 KILLER WHALES Smallpools
25 22 HANG ON TO YOUR LOVE Penguin Prison
New 23 STAGE FRIGHT Jake Barker
New 24 BRANDO Semi-Precious Weapons
19 25 WHEN YOU LEFT ME Sam Dickinson
New 26 LOSING YOU Jane Badler
New 27 THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID The Janoskians
New 28 RESTART Sam Smith
24 29 BIG CITY GIRLS (DON’T FALL IN LOVE WITH SMALL TOWN BOYS) Zorro Blakk
29 30 KNEW YOU BETTER Adam Tyler

Listen for My New Music Pick Of The Week on D-Moos.com!

As many of you are already aware, after many years away from the microphone, I am now pleased to be back as a voice on D-Moos.com Canada’s National Internet Radio Station, which mainly plays a selection of oldies, mostly from the 50’s to the 90’s, with soon to be more intrusions from the 2000’s and other new music.

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 🙂

BILLCS Top 30 – #440 – September 22, 2014

Suddenly we move into Fall, and the entire landscape at the top of my chart is changing.  Not unexpectedly, the high energy dance experience that we enjoyed for most of the year is shifting to quieter music with top notch vocal power and three songs that will rule the top of my chart for the next while.

The Top 10

  • The hint from two weeks ago proved to be true.  Sam Smith acquires his 4th number one song of the year on my personal chart with “I’m Not The Only One”, moving up 4-1.  This is one song that’s grown immeasurably on me from In The Lonely Hour since it was first release.  It’s in fine contention to be one of the top songs of 2014, along with “Stay With Me”, “Money On My Mind”, and “Latch”.  The relentless worldwide touring must be taking its toll – Sam had to cancel his Toronto stop on his tour.

  • The fastest riser is right behind, and it’s “Smile” by Mikky Ekko, bounding 17-2, certain to be #1 whenever “I’m Not The Only One” concedes.  The singer is touring with Alt-J, which is already seeing sold out shows across the country, including the Toronto stop on November 11.

Harriet’s rich vocal tones send “Afterglow” from 6 to 3.  It’s from her fine 3 song EP What’s Mine Is Yours, containing the solid pop song of the same name, plus a cover of Judie Tzuke’s “If (When You Go)”, and they’re all grandly produced by Steve Anderson.

  • “This Could Be Something” by Anton Ewald & Medina is proving to be enduring, slipping 2-4, just can’t get the ‘oooh oooh’s’ out of my head yet!
  • Davis Redfield & Carl Man’s “Music Gods” moves up 9-7, ever so eyeing the Top 50 in two weeks amid fierce competition.

  • It’s Mikky Ekko again at #8, this time as featured voice on Chris Malinchak’s funky club song “Stranger”, rising 11-8.

  • “Get To Know You” by Corey Niles & Ish is picking up in radio airplay across Canada!  The infectious and tightly produced song climbs 12-9.

  • From the forthcoming album The Couch Surfing Chronicles, Brandyn Burnette’s “Thanks For Nothing” moves 15-10.  Brandyn’s one well-grounded old soul kind of guy and his tweets are well worth your perusal!  He plays in L.A on Monday September 22 at the Hotel Cafe.  Take a look at his “Life’s A Beach” video below – it will make you smile!

On The Way Up

  • The remix of Adam Tyler’s 2011 single “I Won’t Let You Go” in an Aron Friedman remix is once again on its way to the Top 10, where it previously peaked at #5.  Also climbing is the Paul Hetherington-produced “Criminal”, up 23-18.  You can preview a new single featuring Adam further down below 🙂

  • The positive folk/pop of Knoxville, TN based singer Lyonn (aka Tyler Gelrud) continues to flourish as “Just Say Hello” climbs 20-15.

  • Soon to make an international breakthrough is Graffiti6 singer Jamie Scott with his latest single “Unbreakable”, from his upcoming album My Hurricane.  The song jumps 24-16.  Watch the new heart-stirring video above.

  • Slick R&B/pop from Chromatone, with a winning video full of great dancing and choreography, comes in the form of “Play For Me”, which rises 26-21.

Premiering

  • Like many others, I can’t wait till the release of Jessie Ware’s Tough Love album as well as the UK singer’s North American tour, which brings her to Toronto on October 26 (and I’m going YAY).  In the meantime, “Say You Love Me” and its quiet power makes a splash on the chart at #20.  Jessie’s only previous appearance on my chart was on a reissue of Miguel’s “Adorn”, which got to #1 last Fall.  The Tough Love album also features a 70’s R&B flavoured Miguel composition “Kind Of…Sometimes…Maybe”, which you can hear below.
  • As his former #1 “Tidal Wave” is about to depart the chart after a maximum 10 appearances (20 weeks), the latest from 16 year old Tristan Thompson arrives on the chart at #22.  Watch the video for “Mistaken” below.
  • Lastly, it’s a great reason to fall in love with a song you enjoyed the first time around.  Penguin Prison has put a disco spin on his cover of Sade’s first single “Hang On To Your Love”.  It’s available to you as a free download in anticipation of PP’s sophomore album, and bows on the chart at #25.  PP has a great track record on my chart – “Hang On” is his 7th entry, plus he’s been featured on one other Top 5 song (RAC’s “Hollywood”) and remixed four songs (by Jamiroquai, The Temper Trap’s #1 “Resurrection”, Ghost Beach, and Lana Del Rey).

Extra! Extra!

Here’s what Adam Tyler’s up to in his spare time.  His 19 year old producer friend Mi Disguise has featured him on the exuberant “Alive”, which has loads of dance club potential.  You can preview this new song below.  Enjoy!

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.

04 01 I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE Sam Smith
17 02 SMILE Mikky Ekko
06 03 AFTERGLOW Harriet
02 04 THIS COULD BE SOMETHING Anton Ewald featuring Medina
05 05 NO FUN The Presets
01 06 I BELIEVE Bright Light Bright Light
09 07 MUSIC GODS Davis Redfield featuring Carl Man
11 08 STRANGER Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko
12 09 GET TO KNOW YOU Corey Niles featuring Ish
15 10 THANKS FOR NOTHING Brandyn Burnette
03 11 TIME HAS COME Hannis
08 12 TEN FEET TALL Afrojack featuring Wrabel
19 13 I WON’T LET YOU GO (Aron Friedman remix) Adam Tyler
16 14 ZEPPELIN Eli Lieb
20 15 JUST SAY HELLO Lyonn
24 16 UNBREAKABLE Jamie Scott
21 17 AMNESIA 5 Seconds Of Summer
23 18 CRIMINAL Adam Tyler
07 19 WHEN YOU LEFT ME Sam Dickinson
New 20 SAY YOU LOVE ME Jessie Ware
26 21 PLAY FOR ME Chromatone
New 22 MISTAKEN Tristan Thompson
28 23 KILLER WHALES Smallpools
10 24 BIG CITY GIRLS (DON’T FALL IN LOVE WITH SMALL TOWN BOYS) Zorro Blakk
New 25 HANG ON TO YOUR LOVE Penguin Prison
13 26 ELECTRIFY THE NIGHT House Rockerz featuring Davis Redfield & Carl Man
14 27 TIDAL WAVE Tristan Thompson
18 28 BOOM CLAP Charli XCX
22 29 KNEW YOU BETTER Adam Tyler
25 30 LITTLE ME (Steve Smart & Wildfunk radio edit) Little Mix

Listen for My New Music Pick Of The Week on D-Moos.com!

As many of you are already aware, after many years away from the microphone, I am now pleased to be back as a voice on D-Moos.com Canada’s National Internet Radio Station, which mainly plays a selection of oldies, mostly from the 50’s to the 90’s, with soon to be more intrusions from the 2000’s and other new music.

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 🙂

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    BILLCS Top 30 #439 – September 8/14

    While I have three sharp debuts on this new edition of my personal chart, most of the big activity takes place in the upper half of the chart.  The top of the chart stays the same and all those newcomers from the last few weeks are jammed in line waiting for their turn to advance 🙂

    WordPress also kindly reminded me that it was five years ago that I started this blog! 🙂

    THE TOP 10

    • 1, 2, 3 BLAM!  All held tight by Bright Light Bright Light’s “I Believe”, Anton Ewald & Medina’s “This Could Be Something” (video is right here), and “Time Has Come” by Finland’s Hannis.  Let’s see who’s going to give up their place in two weeks as other songs below will advance!  Bright Light Bright Light also returns to North American for another leg of his tour with Elton John!  Check online for dates!
    • Sam Smith has already had three songs which have reached #1 here this year – “Money On My Mind”, “Latch” (with Disclosure), and “Stay With Me”.  Can he do the same with “I’m Not The Only One”?  It soars 13-4.  What kind of bet would you make? 🙂

    • The Presets are coming back to North America (in Toronto at Danforth Music Hall on October 29), and I’m hoping a new album or EP will follow that tour.  “No Fun” is close to matching the #4 peak of “If I Know You” from 2009 as it climbs 8-5.
    • The fastest riser on the chart, not surprisingly, is last week’s highest debut, the pensive and thoughtful “Afterglow” by new UK sensation Harriet.  It vaults 16-6 and Top 5 is an immediate destination!
    •  I was a bit late on this song but it does resonate long-term!  “Ten Feet Tall” by Afrojack featuring Stephen Wrabel moves up 11-8.
    • Just as former #1 “Electrify The Night” leaves the Top 10, the team of Davis Redfield & Carl Man and their songwriting crew continue on as “Music Gods” leaps 15-9!

    • The fourth song new to the Top 10 is the bouncy and fun “Big City Girls (Don’t Fall In Love With Small Town Boys)” by the mysterious Zorro Blakk at #10.

    ON THE RISE

    • Some nice five point jumps happening for three songs.  The fine collab between Corey Niles & Ish on “Get To Know You” soars 17-12 (already matching the peak of “Rollercoaster”!), while Brandyn Burnette’s entertaining kiss-off “Thanks For Nothing” and Eli Lieb’s retro-pop “Zeppelin” move up 20-15 and 21-16 respectively!

    • Other recent entries seem to be off to slower starts but could pick up in the coming weeks.  So there are three point moves for the re-entry of Adam Tyler’s “I Can’t Let You Go” in an Aron Friedman remix (22-19), Nashville-based singer Lyonn with “Just Say Hello” (23-20) (below), and Aussie sensations 5SOS with “Amnesia” (24-21).

    • The remaining two of last week’s debuts are also off to deceiving starts – “Criminal” by Adam Tyler climbs 27-23 and Jamie Scott’s “Unbreakable” (below) rises 28-24, but they should also get into full gear on subsequent charts!

     PREMIERING

    • Mikky Ekko’s “Smile” is one of the most stunning new songs of the year and arrives at #17.  Its sights are set for #1 so watch out!  Mikky’s also featured on Chris Malinchak’s funky and fresh “Stranger” at #11.

    • “Play For Me” by Chromatone debuts at #26 for the talented singer/songwriter/dancer.  Be sure to click on the picture on the chart to watch the video, which is filled with all kind of great dance moves and choreography.

    • The last debut is “Killer Whales” by Smallpools at #28, which I first heard in concert when they opened for Neon Trees this summer.  The quartet initially made the song available for free download, and I’m looking forward to their sophomore album which should arrive this Fall.

    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 BELIEVE Bright Light Bright Light
    02 02 THIS COULD BE SOMETHING Anton Ewald featuring Medina
    03 03 TIME HAS COME Hannis
    13 04 I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE Sam Smith
    08 05 NO FUN The Presets
    16 06 AFTERGLOW Harriet
    07 07 WHEN YOU LEFT ME Sam Dickinson
    11 08 TEN FEET TALL Afrojack featuring Wrabel
    15 09 MUSIC GODS Davis Redfield featuring Carl Man
    12 10 BIG CITY GIRLS (DON’T FALL IN LOVE WITH SMALL TOWN BOYS) Zorro Blakk
    14 11 STRANGER Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko
    17 12 GET TO KNOW YOU Corey Niles featuring Ish
    04 13 ELECTRIFY THE NIGHT House Rockerz featuring Davis Redfield & Carl Man
    05 14 TIDAL WAVE Tristan Thompson
    20 15 THANKS FOR NOTHING Brandyn Burnette
    21 16 ZEPPELIN Eli Lieb
    New 17 SMILE Mikky Ekko
    06 18 BOOM CLAP Charli XCX
    22 19 I WON’T LET YOU GO (Aron Friedman remix) Adam Tyler
    23 20 JUST SAY HELLO Lyonn
    24 21 AMNESIA 5 Seconds Of Summer
    09 22 KNEW YOU BETTER Adam Tyler
    27 23 CRIMINAL Adam Tyler
    28 24 UNBREAKABLE Jamie Scott
    10 25 LITTLE ME (STEVE SMART & WILDFUNK RADIO EDIT) Little Mix
    New 26 PLAY FOR ME Chromatone
    18 27 LOVE IN THE 21ST CENTURY Neon Trees
    New 28 KILLER WHALES Smallpools
    19 29 TELL IT TO MY HEART Jason Walker featuring Bimbo Jones
    25 30 GOOD NEWS (FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE BAD NEWS) Zorro Blakk featuring Deniz Olivieri

    Listen for My New Music Pick Of The Week on D-Moos.com!

    As many of you are already aware, after many years away from the microphone, I am now pleased to be back as a voice on D-Moos.com Canada’s National Internet Radio Station, which mainly plays a selection of oldies, mostly from the 50’s to the 90’s, with soon to be more intrusions from the 2000’s and other new music.

    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 🙂

    BILLCS Top 30 #438 – August 25/14

    This post will be about the highlights on the chart, as there is so much going on, with so much good new music find its way onto the chart too that others are making a quick exit.  Plus there’s a rare event as a past hit re-enters the chart in a remixed version!

    The New #1

    Bright Light Bright Light gets his latest #1 (only his 5th since 2010 😉 ) with “I Believe”, from his sophomore album Life Is Easy.  Past #1’s were “A New Word To Say”, “Love Part II”, “Waiting For The Feeling”, and the song that will follow “I Believe” as the next single from the album, “An Open Heart” (released on last year’s In Your Care EP).  Rod (aka BLx2) will be on tour in England soon and then back to the US for more shows later in the year.

    The Rest of the Top 20

    • “This Could Be Something” by Anton Ewald featuring Medina is one of the year’s ear-creepers as it advances to #2, matching Anton’s previous peak last year with the still-exhilarating “Begging”.
    • One of the year’s most unexpected pleasures is the europop/dubstep mix in “Time Has Come” by Finnish singer Hannis.  It moves up to #3!
    • Sam Dickinson is one busy lad in the UK, set to perform a number of dates to promote the deluxe edition of his album The Stories That Occurred.  “When You Left Me” will grab you from its first note, and it climbs 10-7, surpassing the previous #8 peak of last year’s equally riveting “Learn To Wait”.

    • The Presets are in fine funky form with “No Fun”, the Aussie duo’s latest and one of their most interesting songs to date.  And I’m so pleased they’re coming back to North America for a Fall tour, so I’m hoping to catch them in Toronto on October 29 at the Danforth Music Hall this time.  It’s been 5 years since I saw their show in California and I’m itching to hear the songs in concert that they’ve released since that time!!

    Movin’ On Up

    • It’s absolutely no surprise that Sam Smith’s “I’m Not The Only One” is the fastest riser, jumping 22-13.  It’s simply a classic pop song just like “Stay With Me” and is set to follow suit up my chart and others!

    • “Stranger” by Chris Malinchak & Mikky Ekko debuted just outside of the Top 40 in the UK this week, and I’m hoping interest will continue in this gorgeously sung and produced song.  It moves up 18-14 and Mikky Ekko is set to release his debut album, which he previewed in concert in Times Square recently!
    • “Electrify The Night” leaves #1 after a month at the top, but the other collaboration by Davis Redfield & Carl Man, “Music Gods”, is on its own way up the chart, advancing 19-15.

    • Canadians Corey Niles and Ish and their busy hip hop/pop song “Get To Know You” are all fired up and climbing, this week up a massive 25-17!

    • I thought we’d hear more about what was next (besides more touring) for Neon Trees after the success of “Sleeping With A Friend” from their album Pop Psychology.  In my chart world, “Love in the 21st Century” continues to rise, up 20-18.

    • Singer/songwriters Brandyn Burnette and Eli Lieb have good things going on with their latest single.  Brandyn’s kiss off “Thanks For Nothing” moves 26-20 and Eli’s reminiscence of those special times listening to “Zeppelin” climbs 27-21.

    Four Debuts!

    The chart continues to be a revolving door for new music lately – it’s all soooo good!

    • I wrote about her EP What’s Mine Is Yours just the other day, but I’ve been waiting so long to chart Harriet’s “Afterglow” – I won’t chart songs until they are officially available for purchase/download.  Nonetheless, “Afterglow” makes a huge splash at #16 – a must for your ears in 2014!
    • While his “Knew You Better” holds at #9 this week, I mentioned two weeks ago that songs from Adam Tyler’s Shattered Ice deluxe edition have been quietly waiting for their turn on the chart.  And with this edition there’s a double whammy.  First, a rarity:  “I Won’t Let You Go” returns after 3 years in a brilliant downtempo house-y remix by Aron Friedman that almost sounds like a new song.  It returns at #22 and we’ll have to see if it matches the #5 peak of the original.  It also may end up being the longest-lasting song on the chart as a re-entry if it lasts 9 appearances.  The record for a re-entry is currently held by Ryan Star’s “Last Train Home”, which had 17 appearances in two separate chart runs.  Then we have an insanely catchy new one, produced by Australia’s Paul Hetherington called “Criminal”, which I think should be the next single after “Knew You Better”.  “Criminal” arrives at #27.
    • Debuting at #28 is Jamie Scott’s “Unbreakable”, which sounds like it could be a Fall smash with its emotional story and solid vocal performance from the singer of Graffiti6.  Jamie’s album My Hurricane is on deck for October.

    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.

    08 01 I BELIEVE Bright Light Bright Light
    03 02 THIS COULD BE SOMETHING Anton Ewald featuring Medina
    05 03 TIME HAS COME Hannis
    01 04 ELECTRIFY THE NIGHT House Rockerz featuring Davis Redfield & Carl Man
    02 05 TIDAL WAVE Tristan Thompson
    07 06 BOOM CLAP Charli XCX
    10 07 WHEN YOU LEFT ME Sam Dickinson
    14 08 NO FUN The Presets
    09 09 KNEW YOU BETTER Adam Tyler
    04 10 LITTLE ME (Steve Smart & Wildfunk radio edit) Little Mix
    13 11 TEN FEET TALL Afrojack featuring Wrabel
    15 12 BIG CITY GIRLS (DON’T FALL IN LOVE WITH SMALL TOWN BOYS) Zorro Blakk
    22 13 I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE Sam Smith
    18 14 STRANGER Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko
    19 15 MUSIC GODS Davis Redfield featuring Carl Man
    New 16 AFTERGLOW Harriet
    25 17 GET TO KNOW YOU Corey Niles featuring Ish
    20 18 LOVE IN THE 21ST CENTURY Neon Trees
    06 19 TELL IT TO MY HEART Jason Walker featuring Bimbo Jones
    26 20 THANKS FOR NOTHING Brandyn Burnett
    27 21 ZEPPELIN Eli Lieb
    Re-entry 22 I WON’T LET YOU GO (Aron Friedman remix) Adam Tyler
    28 23 JUST SAY HELLO Lyonn
    29 24 AMNESIA 5 Seconds Of Summer
    11 25 GOOD NEWS (FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE BAD NEWS) Zorro Blakk featuring Deniz Olivieri
    12 26 MIRACLE E-Mute
    New 27 CRIMINAL Adam Tyler
    New 28 UNBREAKABLE Jamie Scott
    16 29 YOUR LOVE FADES AWAY Simone Denny
    17 30 TRUST IT Nick Hagelin

    Listen for My New Music Pick Of The Week on D-Moos.com!

    As many of you are already aware, after many years away from the microphone, I am now pleased to be back as a voice on D-Moos.com Canada’s National Internet Radio Station, which mainly plays a selection of oldies, mostly from the 50’s to the 90’s, with soon to be more intrusions from the 2000’s and other new music.

    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 🙂

    BILLCS Top 30 #437 – August 11, 2014

    The vacation season is almost as busy as being at work, though with Robin Williams’ passing last night it didn’t seem appropriate to post anything amid the sadness.

    But on we go, to a new personal chart with six new contenders premiering, four of which I’ve already written about!

    The Top 10

    • My Top 2 songs stay the same.  House Rockerz/Davis Redfield/Carl Man continue to light up the chart with “Electrify The Night” at #1, while former #1 Tristan Thompson hangs at #2 with “Tidal Wave”.  Tristan’s coming to Toronto for a benefit performance in a few weeks so I’ll keep you posted on that!
    • Eyeing the top spot for two weeks from now is the brilliant pairing of Sweden’s Anton Ewald with Denmark’s Medina on “This Could Be Something”, from Anton’s EP On My Way.  There’s truly international potential for this one, hopefully it can still break out of the Nordic countries!
    • New to the Top 5 at #5 is Finland’s Hannis with her europop/dubstep beauty, “Time Has Come”, one of the most different and alluring songs of 2014.
    • Charli XCX’s “Boom Clap” from “The Fault In Our Stars” appears to be headed for #1 in many places around the world and will become one of 2014’s defining pop songs.  It climbs to #7 this week.  It might be the best song Roxette never wrote! *Hums “Joyride*
    • The fastest riser once again on the chart is no stranger to that accolade, Bright Light Bright Light, with “I Believe” from his new album Life Is Easy, climbing 16-8.  “An Open Heart”, which got to #1 earlier in the year on my chart through its appearance on the In Your Care EP, will be the next official single release from the album.  Woooohoooo!

    • I’m so torn between two or three other songs from the Deluxe Edition of Shattered Ice that another Adam Tyler song will have to wait for two more weeks to appear on the chart.  In the meantime, leading the way is the single “Knew You Better” – love all of the Madonna-ish French dialogue – rising 13-9.
    • Right behind, after releasing his Deluxe Edition of The Stories That Occurred last week on iTunes, is Sam Dickinson, receiving his second Top 10 placing on this chart with “When You Left Me”, moving up 14-10.

    Movin’ On Up

    A bit of a log jam happening for some fine songs, with a couple of last chart’s debuts making headway and looking to climb more in the next few weeks!

    • “Ten Feet Tall”, the affecting collaboration by Afrojack and Wrabel, climbs 20-13 – does anyone else think the melody sounds a bit like Marc Cohn’s “Walking In Memphis” at times?

    • Despite its title, “No Fun” by The Presets is indeed a fun, funky, grooving ride, full of great effects and a fine vocal.  It rises 21-14.

    • Zorro Blakk’s second chart entry, the bouncy “Big City Girls (Don’t Fall In Love With Small Town Boys)”, continues to move up after “Good News (For People Who Love Bad News)” peaked at #7 on the last chart.  “Big City Girls” jumps 18-15.
    • Look for “Stranger” by Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko (22-18), “Music Gods” by Davis Redfield featuring Carl Man (23-19), and “Love In The 21st Century” by Neon Trees (25-20) to break out more in two weeks.

    A Half Dozen New Arrivals

    •  Sam Smith’s “I’m Not The Only One” debuts at #22.  It wasn’t what I expected as a follow up single to “Stay With Me” but it could do as well on the charts.  It’s also accompanied by a terrific and sometimes hard-to-watch video featuring “Glee”‘s Dianna Agron.  Give it a watch at the top of the post.
    • Corey Niles has his second chart entry with a rollicking slice of hip hop/pop, “Get To Know You”, featuring fellow Toronto rapper Ish.  It bows at #25.

    • It’s all about the hook and Brandyn Burnette knows how to write ’em.  It takes a couple of listens but “Thanks For Nothing” is a no-brainer winner.  It arrives at #26.

    • Remember those times spent with friends and rocking out to your favourite performers?  Eli Lieb makes it an emotional memory fest with “Zeppelin” at #27.

    • Talented Knoxville TN-based newcomer Lyonn arrives with “Just Say Hello” at #28 from his EP Promenade.  Huge thumbs up for the adorable and sincere accompanying video.

    • All of a sudden 5SOS are one of the biggest bands in the world.  The Aussie quartet lands on the chart for a second time as “She Looks So Perfect” exits with the pretty pop/rock ballad “Amnesia” at #29.

    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 ELECTRIFY THE NIGHT House Rockerz featuring Davis Redfield & Carl Man
    02 02 TIDAL WAVE Tristan Thompson
    05 03 THIS COULD BE SOMETHING Anton Ewald featuring Medina
    04 04 LITTLE ME (Steve Smart & Wildfunk radio edit) Little Mix
    06 05 TIME HAS COME Hannis
    03 06 TELL IT TO MY HEART Jason Walker featuring Bimbo Jones
    08 07 BOOM CLAP Charli XCX
    16 08 I BELIEVE Bright Light Bright Light
    13 09 KNEW YOU BETTER Adam Tyler
    14 10 WHEN YOU LEFT ME Sam Dickinson
    07 11 GOOD NEWS (FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE BAD NEWS) Zorro Blakk featuring Deniz Olivieri
    12 12 MIRACLE E-Mute
    20 13 TEN FEET TALL Afrojack featuring Wrabel
    21 14 NO FUN The Presets
    18 15 BIG CITY GIRLS (DON’T FALL IN LOVE WITH SMALL TOWN BOYS) Zorro Blakk
    17 16 YOUR LOVE FADES AWAY Simone Denny
    19 17 TRUST IT Nick Hagelin
    22 18 STRANGER Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko
    23 19 MUSIC GODS Davis Redfield featuring Carl Man
    25 20 LOVE IN THE 21ST CENTURY Neon Trees
    09 21 HEY I DON’T KNOW Kongos
    New 22 I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE Sam Smith
    10 23 STAY WITH ME Sam Smith
    11 24 THE DAY YOU LEFT Convulsic
    New 25 GET TO KNOW YOU Corey Niles featuring Ish
    New 26 THANKS FOR NOTHING Brandyn Burnett
    New 27 ZEPPELIN Eli Lieb
    New 28 JUST SAY HELLO Lyonn
    New 29 AMNESIA 5 Seconds Of Summer
    24 30 BACK HOME Andy Grammer

    Listen for My New Music Pick Of The Week on D-Moos.com!

    As many of you are already aware, after many years away from the microphone, I am now pleased to be back as a voice on D-Moos.com Canada’s National Internet Radio Station, which mainly plays a selection of oldies, mostly from the 50’s to the 90’s, with soon to be more intrusions from the 2000’s and other new music.

    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 🙂

    Got It Goin’ On: “Get To Know You” by @CoreyNiles featuring @TheNameIsIsh

    COREY NILES featuring ISH, “Get To Know You” 

    Late last week before I took off to NYC, I alerted you to the latest by Toronto’s own Corey Niles, and said I would follow up on official release.  Well “Get To Know You” (featuring Ish) hit the streets on Monday, accompanied by the lyric video above.  Knowing the blast that was Corey’s earlier single “Rollercoaster”, I certainly expected that after the gentler “Just The 2 Of Us” he might slam as hard, and “Get To Know You” does just that.  

    But it all really wouldn’t come together if the vocals and jam-packed production weren’t so on point!  Corey’s voice gets deep down in it after both the minute and two minute marks.  Singing the word “baby” a bazillion times doesn’t always work, but the urgency here makes it memorable.  And as I mentioned previously, Ish’s complimentary break makes the song that much sweeter, sealing the deal just before it ends.  

    Corey Niles is one of a handful of singer/songwriters who lead the way with R&B in Canada.  “Get To Know You” is a solid pop/hip hop song that should easily make friends at radio stations across North America.  Listen for it… and get it on iTunes!

     

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    Coming July 28: “Get To Know You” by @CoreyNiles featuring @TheNameIsIsh

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    COREY NILES featuring ISH, “Get To Know You”

    This is an exclusive BILLCS Music Blog alert!  Coming on Monday is the latest and perhaps greatest of three singles this past year from Toronto singer/songwriter Corey Niles.  This time he returns to the form of his first deep n’ dirty hip hop single “Rollercoaster” (which featured Dru) for “Get To Know You”, and he brings along fellow Canadian Ish (known himself for solo work plus collaborations with Stef Lang, Faber Drive, Esthero, and Daniel Richter of Eleven Past One).  Not only will “Get To Know You” sound great next to fellow Canadian R&B performers like Raghav or Massari, it will be the new flavour for you that you might find sandwiched on the radio between Usher and Chris Brown tunes.  Corey’s distinctive voice is like grittier Drake, and the break by Ish sends the song home.  I will be away for the next four days and not blogging, but I’ll have all of the details about “Get To Know You” next week 🙂

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