Bill’s Top 75 of 2013 – Songs 40 to 421

My year end countdown continues with songs #40 through 21 ūüôā

40. ¬†DATABOY ¬†We Can’t Stop Summertime Sadness¬†(PP #6)

Among their many projects amid preparations for their sophomore album, Austin TX duo DATABOY (aka Cameron Maxwell and Adam Bailey) dropped one of the biggest surprises of 2013 – not just a mashup of Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” and “Summertime Sadness” by Lana Del Rey, but one that pretty much stands alone as a song itself. ¬†It’s a supurb end of summer song, combining the invincibility of “We Can’t Stop” and the defeat of “Summertime Sadness”. ¬†Plus, as is the theme of this year’s songs, the guys gave one of their best ever vocals, and showed themselves at last in the accompanying video. ¬†Available for free download too.

39.  THE WALLFLOWERS featuring MICK JONES Reboot The Mission (PP #6)

“Reboot The Mission” served as a classy homage to The Clash, what with reference to “the mighty Joe Strummer” in the lyrics as well as supporting vocal from Clash member Mick Jones. ¬†It’s probably one of The Wallflowers’ funkiest numbers too, a real throwback to how The Clash incorporated funk and R&B into their songs like “This Is Radio Clash”, “Rock The Casbah”, and “The Magnificent Seven”. ¬†Jakob Dylan also has never sounded so fine, an enthusiastic yet sultry vocal.

38. OSVALDO SUPINO I Have A Name (PP #5)

“I Have A Name” became the standout song from the blissful dance compilation This Beat Is… Poptronik Volume 2 as the year went on. ¬†It’s as different from Italian singer Osvaldo Supino’s more outrageous songs as it is from his other charting song (the incredibly playful “Ma Radio” at #67). ¬†His vocal here is extremely touching and the beautiful lyrics – the song was written by ace team Charlie Mason, Daniel Volpe, and Thomas Lipp – to me could also serve as a theme of sorts against bullying.

37. ROBIN THICKE featuring T.I. & PHARRELL WILLIAMS  Blurred Lines (PP #4)

There is no denying that “Blurred Lines” is one of the catchiest pieces of business that 2013 offered. ¬†I’m not about to debate the lyrics; to me this is all just fun and other songs have been targeted in the past for their words, yet it didn’t stop radio from playing them either. ¬†Robin Thicke is no stranger to making songs about sex, they comprise pretty much most of his repertoire (and he’s been married for over 20 years too). ¬†It’s great to have him back with some friendly rivalry, he last appeared on my Best of 2008 with “Magic” (in duet form with Mary J. Blige) after first appearing on my chart back in 2002 with his “A Fifth Of Beethoven” mashup, “When I Get You Alone” (billed under his last name only).

36. DAVIS REDFIELD  A World Apart (PP #4)

Davis Redfield is a German DJ/producer who appears to be well-established in Europe. ¬†His song “A World Apart” came to my attention through its impeccable songwriting pedigree (Charlie Mason/Mans Ek/Johan Aberg and Redfield). ¬†It also has a bit of bizarre history to itself as the fantastic (and hitherto unknown) session vocalist bailed from the project after it was recorded, and that’s not her in the accompanying video. ¬†Nevertheless it’s one of the year’s very best dance recordings that should not be disregarded! ūüôā

35.  BONGIOVANNI  I Think I Love You (Kwik Fiks & Bongiovanni remix) (PP #6)

It’s Montrealer Victor Bongiovanni’s second entry (the other is much higher up!) on this list, a deep house rework of rapper Dwele’s song that emphasizes over the full song an irresistibly oversized bass sound and atmosphere featuring minimal vocals. ¬†Eventually the full lyrics come along about half way through but by then you are sold entirely. ¬†I heard no other song that was quite like this one in 2013, and look forward to Bongiovanni’s upcoming projects (usually with partner-in-crime Kwik Fiks).

34. ARMIN VAN BUUREN featuring TREVOR GUTHRIE  This Is What It Feels Like (PP #6)

Dutch DJ/producer has been no stranger to my chart over the past 10 years and in fact has scored two #1’s, 2003’s “Yet Another Day” and 2008’s “Going Wrong”. ¬†This time though, “This Is What It Feels Like” crossed over to pop radio around the world thanks to inclusion of the instantly recognizable voice of former soulDecision vocalist, Canadian singer Trevor Guthrie. ¬†It’s garnered the pair a deserving Grammy nod for Best Dance Recording amid a lot of competition.

33. PARRALOX featuring RYAN ADAMES  Silent Morning (PP #5)

It literally took months for me to buy into this song – a return of the Freestyle sound amid so much techno and dubstep through a cover of Noel’s seminal 80’s hit “Silent Morning”?? ¬†And the first recorded version of “Silent Morning” by the Australian duo led by John von Ahlen, simply featuring former member Amii Jackson on vocal duty, was just fine. ¬†Then came the brilliant idea of adding rising L.A.-based singer/actor/dancer Ryan Adam√©s to the mix, and suddenly the record was transformed into something immediately more contemporary, with a video showcasing Amii and Ryan that added a little intrigue to the story. ¬†Many mixes followed, including a rock-inflected one by Cherry Cherry Boom Boom which still turns my head. ¬†“Silent Morning” is also one of the showcase songs from This Beat Is…Poptronik Volume 2. ¬†Parralox also features at #59 with their out-of-the-blue cover of Front 242’s “Headhunter”, sung by John, from their ambitious album of cover songs, Recovery.

32.  MATT BLUE  Outta My Mind (PP #3)

He doesn’t do it very often, but when 21 year old Dutch singer Matt Blue releases something, it’s generally pretty ear-catching and danceable. ¬†Such is the case with “Outta My Mind”, guaranteed to make you smile and give you happy feet, in follow up to his late 2011 #1 on my chart “Can’t Help Myself”. ¬†He’s just released a new song called “Fireworks” and I’m sure I’ll have something to say about it very soon! ¬†But I’m selfishly looking forward to a full EP or album from the talented Mr. Blue.

31.  LAWSON  Learn To Love Again (PP #5)

UK quartet Lawson was one of my bands of the year, even though they haven’t released more than two singles in North America. ¬†I saw them twice in concert this year (along with Canadians Neverest), and they put on a stadium-worthy show for a smallish (350-400) club audience. ¬†Almost all of their songs (ironically except “Learn To Love Again”) have garnered Top 10 status in the UK, and their albums Chapman Square and Chapman Square Part II, have also sold well. ¬†North America has to be their next destination, right Universal Music?? ūüôā ¬†“Learn To Love Again” is one of those emotional pop songs that instantly sticks in your head, and it was followed this year by the rocking duet with B.o.B. “Brokenhearted” (#52) and the Bruno Mars-ish ska-inflected “Juliet” (#60).

30. TRAVIS GARLAND  Homewrecker (PP #6)

L.A. based, Texas-bred singer Travis Garland ultimately recorded my favourite album of 2013, his self-titled debut. ¬†Produced along with The Stereotypes, the album offers a diverse R&B/pop sound like no other (no, not even close to Justin Timberlake or Robin Thicke). ¬†Its songs ranged from out-and-out dance, through to sexy balladeering, and then to something as offbeat as “Homewrecker”, a dark tale with production effects that would not have sounded out of place on JMSN’s 2012 album Priscilla. ¬†Nonetheless it’s a captivating song that shows Travis Garland’s versatility and deservedly ranks highly at year’s end. ¬†Travis has one more song, much higher up, on this list ūüôā

29. BASTILLE  Pompeii (PP #6)

After hearing “Pompeii” at the time of its UK release and seeing it soar to #2 for the British band Bastille, I was hooked thanks to its unforgettable refrain:

“And if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
You’ve been here before?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?”

These are some of the best lyrics of the year. ¬†And by year’s end, the rest of the world was catching on as “Pompeii” moved towards the Top 20 in North America.

28. BLAKE LEWIS  Your Touch (PP #5)

“Your Touch” is another song with a memorable refrain, combined with an urgent performance by Blake Lewis, which was a most welcome return for the singer/songwriter whose “Heartbreak On Vinyl” was one of the more touching songs of 2009.

“I’m thinking you and I
Should roll the dice, get lost in love forever
Cause I’m feeling intoxicated
I wanna taste the air that you’ve been breathing

So haunt me, and feel me
I’ve been waiting for your touch”

We’re still waiting for the album Portrait Of A Chameleon to surface, so I’m hoping it’s not buried in record company tape. ¬†“Your Touch” became a Top 40 hit in the UK.

27. KYLIE MINOGUE  Skirt (PP #4)

A gal’s just gotta have some fun, right? ¬†The Aussies got it, dance clubs got it, but very few others did. ¬†“Skirt” is one of Kylie’s more uninhibited numbers (“and then my skirt came down…. down…. down….”), and one of my most favourite, particularly after last year’s glistening “Timebomb”. ¬†And while “Skirt” may have been unjustly ignored, Warner Music decided to add her to their roster, so we should have new Kylie to look forward to in 2014.

26. CHRIS WALLACE  Time Bomb (Walk Away) (PP#4)

“Time Bomb” is Chris Wallace’s 2nd entry on this list, following #44 (and current single/video “Keep Me Crazy) and of course my last year’s #2 favourite “Remember When (Push Rewind)”. ¬†“Time Bomb” is another equally thoughtful and energetic song, which, who knows (and hint, hint) could be the third single from his long-lasting Push Rewind album. ¬†Chris has been performing relentlessly across the USA this year, which has resulted in “Keep Me Crazy” receiving enough airplay to rank in the Top 40 radio songs. ¬†This is helped by the power of an indie label (Think Say) with one or two strong performers on their roster. ¬†More power to Chris and all of them for 2014! ¬†Hope Canada’s on your radar for next year!

25.  TAO HYPAH  Play The Girl (PP#4)

Early 2013 started off with “Play The Girl”, a most danceable and ear-catching song from young Dutch singer Tao Hypah, who graced last year’s list with the memorable “Celeb”. ¬†The video is a great piece of eye-candy with some decent choreography. ¬†Tao Hypah has the intriguing looks and the voice to match, and was willing to take a risk with a song that could be perceived from its title to be about more than what it actually is. ¬†In mid-2013, Tao Hypah auditioned for The Voice of Holland and made it through under his own persona, Darren Van Der Lek (pic below). ¬†He got to the first battle round before being eliminated. ¬†Tao Hypah/Darren definitely has the voice to be successful however he wants to be, and I look forward to more in 2014.

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24.  ELI ESCOBAR featuring NOMI RUIZ  Somebody To Love Me (PP #4)

I fell in love with “Somebody To Love Me” at first listen, thanks to the breathtaking vocals of Nomi Ruiz from NYC trio Jessica 6, but had no idea that it was a rework/cover. ¬†The original was performed by Mark Ronson featuring Boy George and Miike Snow’s Andrew Wyatt back in 2010 from Ronson’s album at the time. ¬†I only found this out because I was curious why Nomi was singing the song as if she was a boy and figured it must be a cover. ¬†Nonetheless, Eli Escobar fashioned the better version as a showcase for Nomi – probably one of the best dance records of the year that you didn’t hear.

23. FRANKMUSIK  Captain (PP #4)

Oh what a year for FrankMusik, who has already placed three other songs (out of 5 – still one more to go!) in my Top 75. ¬†I remember him posting a clip of the instrumental track for “Captain” before it was released, and I was wondering how he could possibly write a lyric to overlay on top of such a frenetic melody. ¬†But he did, and “Captain” is one of the key songs from the Between album, it is the storm that’s raging while you are in the throes of trying to salvage a relationship. ¬†You want someone to steer it for you, but the two of you are the only ones to do that. ¬†It’s such a difficult subject, and part of the amazement of hearing the Between and Between Us projects is to live through the painful, sad lyrics with Vince, often set to unbridled and happier-sounding melodies. ¬†“Captain” is one crazy story and tune – listen to the bare-bones acoustic version on Between Us for full effect.

22.  DAN BLACK featuring KELIS  Hearts (PP#3)

After his smashing debut album UN from 2009, and a few guest appearances here and there since, Dan Black quietly resurfaced (after starting a family) with “Hearts” this past Spring. ¬†It was accompanied by a very creative video which used time lapse photography having been shot over 24 hours. ¬†Incorporated into the mix is an appropriately dry vocal by Kelis that acts as a perfect foil to Dan’s ideas. ¬†It’s such a shame that this was all we heard and saw in 2013 and 2014 could use more ¬†Dan Black on the music scene ūüôā

21. ¬†ANTON EWALD ¬†Can’t Hold Back (PP#3)

While Sweden’s reigning king of pop, Eric Saade, delved into quieter, personal pop rather than continue with dance-oriented, synth-heavy songs, his young friend Anton Ewald surfaced at Melodifestivalen and won over Swedish audiences with his TV-ready personality and some slick dance moves (he’s also a choreographer). ¬†This led to the release of his EP called A, and every song within hits the same places that Eric found with his Saade Volumes 1 & 2 albums. ¬†“Can’t Hold Back” should have done better as a second single with its snappy melody and singalong chorus. ¬†It’s also strange how his music is released internationally yet we in North America are unable to see some of his videos. ¬†I’d love for Eric Saade and Anton Ewald to tour outside of the Nordic countries on a double bill! ¬†What exposure! ūüôā

BILLCS Top 30 #410 – July 29, 2013

If you’re a new reader, the BILLCS Top 30 is my personal chart of faves, and this marks the 410th edition since January 1998. ¬†And since September 2009, I’ve been writing these bi-weekly wanderings though my new’n’notables ūüôā

  • First off, and first ūüôā Pet Shop Boys currently rule my iPod Touch! ¬†Electric is very likely my favourite long-player of the year so far, and current single “Vocal” captures the top of my chart for a third bi-weekly appearance, showing no immediate signs of relenting…
  • This is leaving “Begging” by Swedish teen star Anton Ewald, in second place. ¬†And that’s not unfortunate when it’s next to Pet Shop Boys. ¬†“Begging” is from Anton’s EP called A.
  • #3 and #4 follow each other into the Top 5. ¬†I’m looking forward to remixes of Dan Black & Kelis’ “Hearts”, as well as full albums from each (watch the intriguing video below). ¬†And Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” seems to have stirred up a whole lotta fun around the world as sex rules the pop charts more predominately since possibly 1973 (which will be another separate blog post).

  • There’s not a whole lot happening in the first minute and a half of “I Think I Love You”, a rework of a song by Dwele courtesy of Montreal’s Victor Bongiovanni at #6. ¬†But for what it lacks in lyrical substance it totally makes up for with club atmosphere and a most propulsive, seductive bassline.
  • I’m still grooving to “Let The Groove Get In” by Justin Timberlake (below) at #7 from the first part of The 20/20 Experience. ¬†“Take Back The Night” should arrive in this space in two weeks.
  • It’s been one of my most read blog posts these past few months, but it’s quite apparent that Ryan Adam√©s’ deeply warm and fuzzy cover of Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me” (video at the top of this page – the song is a free download if you ‘like’ Ryan’s Facebook page) is turning heads and getting in some ears. ¬†It’s a stunner and a chart topper contender that bows at #8, while Ryan’s collaboration with Parralox on “Silent Morning” holds steady at #5. ¬†Two concurrent times in my Top 10 for a new performer is a rarity!
  • Two songs from FrankMusik’s Between album continue to rise up the chart while the singer has been on a deserved vacation, after which he now plans to release Between and the acoustic Between Us as a double album in the Fall, preceded by new material due imminently. ¬†“Chasing Shadows” inches up to #10, while “Life (Is My Revenge)” moves to #15.

You can view the full Top 30 using the link under¬†***BILL‚ÄôS PERSONAL CHART*** to the right, or you can click¬†right here.¬†You can hear all of the songs on the chart or watch their videos by clicking on the pics on the chart page.¬† Any free downloads that are identified are sanctioned by the performer. ¬†There‚Äôs always a tiny place at the bottom of the blog post with tags and the statement ‚ÄúLeave A Comment‚ÄĚ ‚Äď please feel free to do so¬†:)

  • Two great indie acts are closing in on the Top 10. ¬†It’s taken a while but “Fade Into The Light” by Adam Tyler is at #11, and he is no stranger to the Top 10 with past songs like “Friction”, “I Won’t Let You Go”, and “Music Freak”. ¬†But NYC’s Andy Suzuki & The Method are still fairly fresh new blood, and “Dirty Floors” from Born Out Of Mischief jumps to #12.
  • Lawson’s “Brokenhearted” (featuring B.o.B.) became their most recent UK Top 10 hit, which I’m hoping will lead to its North American release while the band tours here. ¬†It climbs to #14.
  • More indie newcomers to the chart are Killian Wells (featuring Kristinia DeBarge) on the bright and very shiny “Remix My Love” at #16 (above), and Kim Smith, whose “Shooting Star” from debut electropop album Nova soars to #17.
  • Travis Garland’s “Homewrecker” looks to break hearts as the song climbs 24-18 from the free downloadable EP Fashionably Late II, while Kylie Minogue has the fastest riser on the chart with “Skirt” (below) tantalizing dance floors world wide. ¬†It jumps 26-19.
  • Playing it cool in the summer months is studio project Amelia’s Fault featuring Dave Gahan-influenced singer Color Theory with “Colder” at #20.

  • Two more debuts by newcomers grace the chart. ¬†Sam Dickinson’s album The Stories That Occurred is one of the finest sung albums you will hear this year, which will take you to another place within the pop/R&B/soul realm. ¬†His latest single “Learn To Wait” storms the chart at #22

  • New Zealand singer Lorde sneaks under your skin before you know it with “Royals” looking to be a rather conveniently titled pop song that regardless of the birth of Prince George looks to be a hit anyway. ¬†It arrives at #25.

BILLCS Top 30 #409 – July 15/13

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Pardon me while my comments about Electric by Pet Shop Boys take over the top of the chart’s blog post.

Now approaching a 30 year partnership, PSB’s Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have returned to a variation on the disco/dance sound that made them famous, on their latest album, and one of their best yet, Electric. ¬†Their second lead-in to the album, “Vocal”, has scored #1 on my personal chart again for a second appearance, and doesn’t look like it will be yielding that to another song any time soon. ¬†I’ve already mentioned in weeks past that I think it’s one of their best songs in the last 20 years… a fact that is almost replicated several times over in Electric. ¬†What’s back that has been missing from more recent PSB projects are the witty lyrics, sparkling melodies, and droll vocal, as well as the sheer fun amid the adrenaline rush of most of the songs which are matter-of-factly designed to smash the dancefloor. ¬†And while the songs bring back 80’s and 90’s memories, they are all quite rightly spot-on fresh for 2013. ¬†Besides “Vocal”, you can revel in “Fluorescent”, “Thursday”, and the most one-of-a-kind song within that is simply winning PSB, “Love Is A Bourgeois Construct”. ¬†Electric is one of the year’s best records – I’m so happy to say that about a PSB album too!! ¬†Listen to the entire album right here via Rdio.com¬†– PSB and dance/disco renaissance are here ūüôā

  • Returning to the chart, young Anton Ewald has to settle for second place behind PSB with his contagious European hit “Begging”. ¬†Expect it to be lodged here for a while.
  • New to the top five at #5 is ¬†a rendition of the 80’s freestyle hit “Silent Morning” (below) that will grow on you more and more, as recorded by Parralox with Ryan Adam√©s, both of whom respectively have a new album and new songs due imminently.
  • And new to the top ten we have the smashing duet by Dan Black and Kelis on “Hearts” at #8, fastest riser and worldwide #1 “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, T.I. & Pharrell Williams at #9, and Bongiovanni’s deep house Quebec dance floor delight “I Think I Love You” (a rework of a song by rapper Dwele) at #10.

You can view the full Top 30 using the link under¬†***BILL‚ÄôS PERSONAL CHART*** to the right, or you can click¬†right here.¬†You can hear all of the songs on the chart or watch their videos by clicking on the pics on the chart page.¬† Any free downloads that are identified are sanctioned by the performer. ¬†There‚Äôs always a tiny place at the bottom of the blog post with tags and the statement ‚ÄúLeave A Comment‚ÄĚ ‚Äď please feel free to do so¬†:)

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  • In the past few weeks we’ve seen an explicit video for “Tunnel Vision” appear from Justin Timberlake, and then that was quickly followed by the spiffy 70’s throwback “Take Back The Night”, from his upcoming album The 20/20 Experience Part II (ab0ve), which might be better than any song on Part I. ¬†In the meantime, the funky “Let The Groove Get In” arrives at #11, which was the peak for “Suit & Tie” earlier this year.
  • FrankMusik recently completed his USA Between States tour, and is preparing to release an acoustic version of his album Between called Between Us. ¬†His current single “Chasing Shadows” lands at #12, followed by punchy album track “Life (Is My Revenge)” at #17.
  • Lawson saw their fifth single, “Brokenhearted”, featuring B.o.B., released at last, and quite fitting it arrived at #6 in the UK singles chart. ¬†And on my chart, it moves up 21-16 (video below).
  • If the phrase ‘indie darling’ could apply to one song right now, it’s the irresistible “Remix My Love” by Killian Wells featuring Kristinia DeBarge, which jumps 26-19 on the chart.
  • I’d really love it if my talented fellow Smith, he being cabaret/electropop singer Kim Smith, would post “Shooting Star” for all to hear online. ¬†The song moves up 28-21.
  • Don’t blame Amelia if your summer gets colder, and if you get wiser or bolder. ¬†As sung by Color Theory (aka Brian Hazard), “Colder” by Amelia’s Fault jumps 27-23. ¬†Fans of Depeche Mode and other mid-80’s electronica performers are most likely to be overjoyed at the sound of this song, which certainly gets under your skin quite easily.

New to the chart:

  • L.A. based singer Travis Garland just announced a small tour of central/west cities which you can find listed on his Instagram page. ¬†After the well-deserved #1 peak of “Blue Electric Roses”, I’ve delved deeper into his Fashionably Late Part II EP for the most unique-sounding song within. ¬†The intriguing “Homewrecker” bows on the chart at #24.

  • To me, last year’s “Timebomb” was the start of a great new phase for Kylie Minogue, and she continues that aggressive dance sound with “Skirt”, only currently available on Beatport, but arriving at #26. ¬†You can also listen to remixes on Soundcloud via her new label Rising Music, including the Cut Snake remix, available for free download below.

  • Lastly at #28 is “Winning Ground” by Eric Saade, which has been issued as a separate single worldwide to Eric’s Coming Home EP. ¬†It’s the best song of the lot with the potential to be a huge anthem, and you can enjoy watching Eric sing solo decked out in slick denims on the soccer field in the official video below to support women’s soccer in Sweden.

BILLCS Top 30 #408, July 1/13

It’s fitting that the two full months of summer in the western world get started with a blast of dance, plus five new entries on the chart to keep things busy…

  • You can never be sure with my chart, but last week’s #4 debut has yielded the first number one on my personal chart these last 15 years for Pet Shop Boys with the stunning “Vocal” (ab0ve) from their upcoming album Electric, due in two weeks. ¬†Of course PSB would have likely had a gaggle of #1’s on my chart had it existed in their classic heyday. ¬†As I’ve mentioned, “Vocal” is their best song in 20 years and paves the way for a PSB (and disco) renaissance!
  • “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk featuring Nile Rodgers and Pharrell Williams remains at #2, still one of my favourites of the year, as the year end list will likely reflect ūüôā
  • Travis Garland’s “Blue Electric Roses” slides almost prematurely to #3 after a month at the top, but watch for at least another song from the Fashionably Late Part II EP to land on the chart sometime soon.
  • Eli Escobar and Jessica 6 singer Nomi Ruiz continue to climb to #4 with the club raveup “Somebody To Love Me”.
  • “Begging” by Sweden’s Anton Ewald (below) has its eyes on the top of the chart as it vaults 15-5, in a tie for the fastest riser on the chart.

  • “This Is What It Feels Like” by Armin Van Buuren featuring ex-soulDecision singer Trevor Guthrie gets caught between a lot of movement and holds at #6, so we’ll have to see if it rides into the Top 5 in two weeks.
  • The recent cover of freestyle classic “Silent Morning” (intriguing new official video below) continues to turn heads as Parralox featuring Ryan Adam√©s climb to #8. ¬†And if you like Ryan’s vocal on this song, watch for more from him to catch your immediate attention very soon – I’m sure I will have something to say about it when it’s time! ūüėÄ
  • If competition on the chart wasn’t so fierce, two gems, ¬†“9 2 5” by Jarell Perry and “Too Young” (Penguin Prison remix) by Ghost Beach would be higher, but they are only now reaching the Top 10 and hope to stay there in two weeks.

You can view the full Top 30 using the link under¬†***BILL‚ÄôS PERSONAL CHART*** to the right, or you can click¬†right here.¬†You can hear all of the songs on the chart or watch their videos by clicking on the pics on the chart page.¬† Any free downloads that are identified are sanctioned by the performer. ¬†There‚Äôs always a tiny place at the bottom of the blog post with tags and the statement ‚ÄúLeave A Comment‚ÄĚ ‚Äď please feel free to do so¬†:)

Some big moves lead the next 20 songs:

  • Montreal’s Victor Bongiovanni and pal Kwik Fiks know how to make chilled out deep house music proud, taking rapper Dwele’s “I Think I Love You” and fashioning it accordingly. ¬†The song (above) soars 20-12.
  • The song that’s in a tie for the fastest riser on the chart is “Hearts”, that rhythmic dance feast from Dan Black and Kelis. ¬†Definitely headed for the Top 5, it climbs 23-13.
  • “Dirty Floors” is one of the most earthy and true-to-life songs amid those in Born Out Of Mischief, the full length album by NYC’s Andy Suzuki & The Method. ¬†It jumps 26-17.

  • Our five debuts are led, a little belatedly, by the #1 song in the world, “Blurred Lines” (above) by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams. ¬†Robin Thicke, son of my fellow Canadian, actor Alan Thicke, is no stranger to my chart. ¬†“Blurred Lines” in fact is his 9th chart entry since 2002, but first since 2009. ¬†His biggest feats have been “Wanna Love U Girl” (also featuring Pharrell, #4) and “Lost Without U” (#5), both from 2005/06. ¬†T.I. has had three appearances himself, with Justin Timberlake (“My Love”, “Dead and Gone”) and Rihanna (“Live My Life”) respectively. ¬†And Pharrell has seen #1 with his project N.E.R.D. back in 2003 with “Rock Star”, and has been featured on other songs by Mika (“Celebrate”) and Snoop Dogg (“Beautiful”). ¬†It will be no surprise if “Blurred Lines” doesn’t make even a bigger presence on the chart in two weeks ūüôā
  • Next up is an album track from Between, the third release from FrankMusik. ¬†“Life (Is My Revenge)” is possibly the fiercest song on the album several listens later, it is an anthem about moving forward with life, definitely the best kind of way to say ‘I told you so’! ¬†It bows at #24.

I’ve¬†written about the next three independent releases already, and am so glad that they are making quick headway on to the chart ūüôā :

  • “Remix My Love” by Killian Wells and Kristinia DeBarge (above) is possibly the sunniest sounding song of summer to arrive recently, with a gloriously colourful and fun video. ¬†It debuts at #26.
  • Completely the opposite, “Colder” (below) by Amelia’s Fault featuring a supurb vocal by singer Color Theory is definitely chilly electro to keep you calm and collected (and maybe a tad frosty) during the hot months to come. ¬†And if it doesn’t, well then you can just blame Amelia. ¬†“Colder” arrives at #27.
  • Lastly, from the dynamic album Nova comes the thoughtful and energetic “Shooting Star” which takes cabaret pop into electropop courtesy of the very talented Kim David Smith at #28.

BILLCS Top 30 #407 – June 17/13

Travis Garland’s sweet and sexxy “Blue Electric Roses” holds on to #1 on my personal chart for a second appearance with ease, but that could change in two weeks!

  • Will it be Daft Punk’s huge hit featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, “Get Lucky”, that gets to the top? ¬†The song advances 4-2. ¬†But another song is brewing below.
  • Will it be the spectacularly high debut for “Vocal” by Pet Shop Boys at #4 (above)? ¬†I still call it their best song in about 20 years, when you consider their classic heyday with songs like “It’s A Sin”, “What Have I Done To Deserve This”, “West End Girls”, their mashup “Where The Streets Have No Name/Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You”, “Can You Forgive Her”, “Heart” and lesser known gems like “Love Comes Quickly”. ¬†“Vocal”, however, is this year’s anthem for music lovers (particularly EDM/dance/disco/electronica).
  • Will it be the enticing “Somebody To Love Me” by Eli Escobar featuring Nomi Ruiz, which climbs 8-5? ¬†Only “Outta My Mind” by young Dutchman Matt Blue seems to have peaked at #3.

And here’s where some rising songs get stuck and others start to fall because of the incredible competition in the Top 5.

  • “This Is How It Feels Like” by Armin Van Buuren featuring Trevor Guthrie (above) inches up to #6 but should still get to the Top 5. ¬†It was a homecoming for Canadian Guthrie, performing at Canada’s Much Music Video Awards this past weekend.
  • “Your Touch” by Blake Lewis and “Pompeii” by Bastille are much played on my iPod Touch but tumble a few notches in the face of (gasp) stronger songs.
  • “One Night” by Matthew Koma from his upcoming album Arcadia slides into the Top 10 at #10. ¬†Watch Matthew perform Zedd’s “Clarity” below ūüôā

You can view the full Top 30 using the link under¬†***BILL‚ÄôS PERSONAL CHART*** to the right, or you can click¬†right here.¬†You can hear all of the songs on the chart or watch their videos by clicking on the pics on the chart page.¬† Any free downloads that are identified are sanctioned by the performer. ¬†There‚Äôs always a tiny place at the bottom of the blog post with tags and the statement ‚ÄúLeave A Comment‚ÄĚ ‚Äď please feel free to do so¬†:)

  • They move up 2 + 2 + 2 and closer to the Top 10, all very unique songs: ¬†“Too Young” (Penguin Prison remix) by Ghost Beach, Parralox & Ryan Adames with “Silent Morning”, and “On My Way” by Charlie Brown – 12, 13, and 14 respectively.
  • The fastest riser on the chart is rising megatalent from Sweden, Anton Ewald with the insanely catchy “Begging”, bounding 27-15 (below).
  • Right behind are JT’s “Let The Groove Get In” at #16, FrankMusik’s beautifully vocalized “Chasing Shadows” at #17, and “Fade Into The Light” by Adam Tyler at #18.
  • Continue to climb are Bongiovanni’s bass thumping deep house song “I Think I Love You” at #20, soulful Slow Knights with “Shame” at #21, and “Brokenhearted” by Lawson and B.o.B. at #22.

Aside from “Vocal” by Pet Shop Boys crashing the chart way up at #4, there are two other fine debuts:

  • He’s back!! ¬†Musical alchemist Dan Black teams with Kelis for “Hearts” at #23 (ab0ve). ¬†Mr. Black took over my chart back in 2009/10 with two #1’s, “Symphonies” and “Alone”, #2 “Pump My Pumps”, and #7 “U + Me”, all from his debut album UN, and then guested on Bag Raiders’ “Sunlight” (#7, 2011). ¬†Kelis is no stranger to the chart either, particularly with her 2010 #3 “Acapella”, which gives great voice to all us single folks.
  • I just raved about their album Born Out of Mischief, so it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to see my favourite song from that album bowing on the chart. ¬†NYC’s Andy Suzuki & The Method arrive with the impressive rocker “Dirty Floors” at #26 (below).

New Shiny Pop: Kylie Minogue, Dan Black featuring Kelis, Eric Saade, Mika, and Amelia’s Fault featuring Color Theory

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KYLIE MINOGUE, “Skirt”

For someone who was never really impressed with Kylie’s early 80s/90s songs, which of course garnered massive success in the majority of the world, I must say that the calibre of new songs on the way must be substantial. ¬†Witness 2012’s 3rd career reinvention (following the early 00’s grands succ√®s) with the stunning “Timebomb”, a song that really was only a huge hit in her native Australia, but greatly loved by fans and music bloggers around the world. ¬†“Skirt” continues in the next phase of that reinvention that will leave the dance floor in dubsteppy tatters. ¬†Produced by Nom de Strip and co-written by The-Dream, “Skirt” is effortlessly flirty, something that singers more than 20 years younger than Dame Kylie simply can’t pull off. ¬†I hope this one gets official release soon and that her record company pump the hell out of it. ¬†One of the best songs to make your summer brighter!!

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DAN BLACK featuring KELIS, “Hearts”

Our favourite UK musical alchemist is back! ¬†Based in Paris, Dan Black took a break after scoring with his 2009 album UN to start a family (his songs “Symphonies” and “Alone” both got to #1 on my chart). ¬†He dropped a few songs over the last year or so, but none have resonated so much as “Hearts”, which adds Kelis into his crazy kind of musical magic. ¬†“Hearts” is destined for both the radio and the beach (and perhaps remixes for dance clubs), making you wonder every step of the way what musical moment will occur next in the song. ¬†It’s also supported by a 24 hour stop motion video which must have been quite difficult to film. ¬†You can never say that Dan Black doesn’t sacrifice personal endurance for his craft! ¬†“Hearts” is one of those songs almost out of left field that just doesn’t let go.

ERIC SAADE, “Winning Ground” and “Cover Girl Part II”

In follow up to singles “Miss Unknown” and “Marching (In The Name Of Love)”, Sweden’s Eric Saade has released an EP Coming Home (along with the title track single – unfortunately not among his best songs I’m afraid), in advance of his upcoming album Forgive Me. ¬†The songs are definitely taking a different direction away from the brilliant arpeggio-laden Europop in favour of ballads and R&B-influenced songs. ¬†“Cover Girl Part II” (above) is probably the funkiest song that Eric has ever recorded, sounding sultry and fly like never before. ¬†This blends nicely into the R&B-oriented charge of male pop singers that has been led by Justin Timberlake this year.

It will be on the album, but I’m not sure about the days-old “Winning Ground” (below), which does not appear on the Coming Home EP. ¬†Eric loves soccer so it must be a thrill to perform an anthem for the Women’s Euro Sweden team. ¬†Like any soccer anthem that manages not to go over the top, “Winning Ground” is memorable and oh so catchy… just not sure how much an official release it might be. ¬†Eric Saade proves himself to be a reliable pop star and I look forward to hearing more new songs from Forgive Me.

MIKA, “Live Your Life (La canci√≥n de San Miguel)”

Mika is such an inspired singer and performer sometimes it just seems surreal. ¬†So just weeks after the Tim Burton-influenced video for “Popular Song” (featuring Ariana Grande) arrives on the scene, we find Mika sharing the video with “Citizens From A Place Called World” for this lesson in positive summer power called “Live Your Life”. ¬†And the singer lends his multi-language skills to the song by singing a verse in Spanish. ¬†So first there’s a Home Depot commercial on TV that uses “Love Today” as its music, and now there’s “Live Your Life”, which you might not realize until the end, is actually a video-length beer commercial for the San Miguel beer company. ¬†Sold! ¬†Not sure if it will be available for commercial purchase though.

AMELIA’S FAULT featuring COLOR THEORY, “Colder”

In a world of mirror images, you will find Star Trek’s Mr. Spock with a beard. ¬†You will find Griffin Dunne’s character trying to find his way home through an unforgiving New York City in Martin Scorcese’s 80’s classic “After Hours”. ¬†You’ll find the Log Lady from “Twin Peaks”. ¬†It will all be set to classic 80’s chilled out new wave – Cocteau Twins, Thompson Twins ballads, Gary Numan instrumentals… and as summer approaches, thus we find “Colder” by Amelia’s Fault. ¬†This ‘project’ combines the many talents of Matt “Stormby” Eriksson, Richard Hymas, and Charlie Mason, who craft a song worthy to be featured alongside classics like Depeche Mode’s “Stripped” or “Somebody”. ¬†They selected the perfect vocalist – Color Theory (aka Brian Hazard), who is already well known for his Dave Gahan-like vocals. ¬†It’s the voice that gets the lyrics and melody stuck in our heads – “Colder” doesn’t convince so much on first listen as it does on fourth. ¬†It… lingers. ¬†And then, it’s embedded. ¬†Yes, during the summer months you can chill out to “Colder” and be completely content! ¬†Watch the lyrics video below… and blame it all on Amelia, whoever she may be. ¬†U.S. residents can download it for free¬†via Amazon.

17 of My Favourite Musical and Lyrical Moments of 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a precursor to my annual Best of 2010 list, I‚Äôve borrowed an idea from xolondon‚Äôs blog to focus on some of my favourite musical and lyrical ‚Äėmoments‚Äô of 2010.¬† These 17 ‚Äėmoments‚Äô are just pieces of songs and performances that struck me for one reason or another, and are listed in no particular order.

  • The glorious and inspired ‚Äď 90‚Äôs not 80‚Äôs, since I for one thought I heard Erasure ‚Äď in the instrumental intro to ‚ÄúLove Part II‚ÄĚ by Bright Light Bright Light.
  • The big, big dramatic introduction to Michael Bubl√©‚Äôs rendition of ‚ÄúCry Me A River‚ÄĚ.
  • When Simon Curtis first suggests ‚ÄėTell the DJ drop the beat / Don‚Äôt play some mother fuckin‚Äô band‚Äô at the :25 mark, and then proceeds to brilliantly shout out and sample the then-very fresh¬† ‚ÄúBad Romance‚ÄĚ by Lady GaGa at 1:01, in ‚ÄúBeat Drop‚ÄĚ.
  • The final crushing realizations of the sadness of ‚ÄėHead over heels for you no more‚Äô at 3:29¬† in Bim‚Äôs ‚ÄúHead Over Heels‚ÄĚ.
  • The celebration of ‚ÄėBefore you, my whole life was acapella‚Äô at 1:04 and then repeated several times in ‚ÄúAcapella‚ÄĚ by Kelis.
  • The jaunty Doobie Brothers inspired melody starting with the the chorus in ‚ÄúThe Worse It Gets‚ÄĚ by Penguin Prison at :54 – ‚ÄėI‚Äôve got a car that I call Jenny‚Äô‚Ķ
  • Finally realizing the entire point that The Temper Trap was making while repeating ‚ÄúImma dig that grave‚Äô at 4:22 in the Penguin Prison remix of ‚ÄúResurrection‚ÄĚ, which changed my entire viewpoint of that song.
  • The updated disco backdrop, which takes off at :35 and seems to be borrowed almost verbatim from 1980‚Äôs ‚ÄúLove Sensation‚ÄĚ by Loleatta Holloway, in the Penguin Prison remix of Jamiroquai‚Äôs underrated ‚ÄúWhite Knuckle Ride‚ÄĚ.
  • The glorious chorus of Mika‚Äôs ‚ÄúRain‚ÄĚ beginning first at :47 ‚Äď a song which is not to me so much about rain as it is other things.
  • Elouise belting out ‚ÄėPretend you‚Äôre mine‚Äô in ‚ÄúPretender‚ÄĚ at 3:04.
  • ‚ÄėWhen you let the darkness go, everything glows‚Äô at :52 of ‚ÄúGlow‚ÄĚ by Richard Barone, the new unofficial theme song of New York City for me.
  • The chorus first kicks in with ‚ÄėHere we go‚Ķ‚Äô at :33 and then the immediate Q&A ‚ÄėIs this love or just sexual desire? We‚Äôre gonna start a fire‚Äô at :41, in ‚ÄúStart A Fire‚ÄĚ by Ryan Star.
  • Adam Tyler‚Äôs raw and excited vocal when he sings ‚ÄėWith a look we bait the trap and wait‚Äô at 1:01 in the Ricardo Autobahn edit of ‚ÄúFriction‚ÄĚ.
  • Christian Burns‚Äô acapella vocal break ‚ÄėAnd I love it when you fall to me, suddenly‚Äô, followed by the same verse accompanied by instantly thunderous keyboards, at 2:51 in the radio edit of BT‚Äôs ‚ÄúSuddenly‚ÄĚ.
  • The first dramatic keyboard riff which transforms Reni Lane‚Äôs ‚ÄúPlace For Us‚ÄĚ in repetition into a sexy late-night dancefloor stomper in its Will Eastman remix.
  • The final few bars of lonely toy piano at 2:33 in Simon Curtis‚Äô ‚Äú8-bit Heart‚ÄĚ, which made my eyes well up on the first few listens.
  • As with ‚Äú8-bit Heart‚ÄĚ, when Blake Lewis first sings ‚ÄėI wish we could just go back there tonight‚Äô at :22, referring to the closed record store in ‚ÄúHeartbreak On Vinyl‚ÄĚ.

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Pop Goes The Summer?: Tuned-On! Top 30 #328 – June 7/10

There’s way too much going on in my life right now… including a ‘magic’ birthday of mine later this week… but Music is ¬†among a select few things that I can count on ūüôā

Penguin Prison’s “The Worse It Gets” hangs on to the #1 spot for a second chart, and despite its melancholy sounding title, it’s a rather chipper song for a long drive… I like to think of driving along the ocean in L.A. ¬†And there’s a great late-70’s-sounding remix by Starsmith that’s perfect for the sunniest of days. ¬†Kelis’ knowing “Acapella” moves up to #3, so we’ll see if she can challenge Mr. Chris Glover for the top. ¬†Clayton Senne’s energetic “Wonderland” has been patient but gets up to #4 – worth the wait!

Simon Curtis had his second live set in Kansas City this time, and while the glorious “8-bit Heart” continues its rise to #6, he also got to perform “Joystick” for the first time (definitely nice to hear more of Simon in the live mix this time too)… video is at the bottom of this blog. ¬†A guy he’s praised, who is also his competition in some ways, is Mike Posner, whose playful “Cooler Than Me” glides ¬†up to #7. ¬†Even though the movie fell short at the box office – and I still want to see it – Mika’s “Kick Ass” climbs to #8. ¬†And a needlessly maligned “Not Myself Tonight” by Christina Aguilera lands in the Top 10 – it’s only her fifth chart appearance in Tuned-On! land, but they’ve all gone Top 10, too.

This week’s fastest riser is a song that’s grown on me immensely during the last few weeks. ¬†Australian trio The Gossip spice up the upcoming summer with “Pop Goes The World”. ¬†I know a lot of people prefer other tracks from Music For Men, but I really like Beth Ditto’s vocals on this one. ¬†The glory of “Unwoken Dream (King With Everything)” by Justin Nozuka looks Top Ten bound, as does journeyman rocker Ryan Star’s “Breathe”, which is becoming a force to be reckoned with almost a year after first appearing in iTunes. ¬†Rod Thomas aka Bright Light Bright Light is performing showcase shows in England in anticipation of his first official release. ¬† In the meantime, enjoy “A New Word To Say”, which is the highest rising of the last chart’s debuts at #18.

This chart’s newbies are a varied lot. ¬†We start with the party-hardy of “It’s Like That”, another track from Evan Taubenfeld’s winning Welcome To The Blacklist Club digital release. ¬†Then we have what could be this summer’s jam. ¬†Yes it’s VERRRRY familiar – almost a knock off of 2006’s “Love Is Gone” mixed with a few other catchy and borrowed hooks – but David Guetta has it together with fave vocalist Chris Willis, as well as Fergie and LMFAO (who also graced one of last year’s big jams, “Shooting Star” by David Rush), and it’s just impossible to resist – witness the video at the bottom of this blog. ¬†Next up, newcomer Travis Garland’s first single is “Believe”. ¬†I heard it before his American Idol appearance and didn’t even see it – just heard about it. ¬†This one has mass appeal and shouldn’t be ignored. ¬†Lastly, Irish band Two Door Cinema Club grow on you with tracks from their CD Tourist History, most notably with “Something Good Can Work”.

Enjoy the full chart using the link to the right under ***BILL’S PERSONAL CHART*** or simply click right here.

David Guetta & Chris Willis featuring Fergie & LMFAO “Gettin’ Over You”

Simon Curtis “Joystick” live in Kansas City (June 5)

Tuned-On! Top 30 #327 – May 24/10

As we get closer to the summer months (and at least with some summer weather where I’m from), all kinds of bright and shiny new music continues to surface. ¬†But first things first: ¬†A new #1!

Penguin Prison’s “The Worse It Gets”, a great song for a spring/summer drive (the last such escapist song about cars recently that comes to mind is Darren Hayes’ “Casey”) in a car called Jenny, steals #1 away from the very busy Simon Curtis who spent 4 charts (8 weeks) atop with “Beat Drop”. ¬†Javi’s gorgeous “Situation” slides up 4-3, while “Acapella” by Kelis (who looks like she will be touring with Robyn) looks like a future #1 as it moves up 12-5.

Our favourite new and Florida-based piano man, Clayton Senne, soars 10-6 with the rollicking “Wonderland”, while long-lasting songs by BT (“Suddenly”) and Vampire Weekend (“Cousins”) continue to rise within the Top 10. ¬†And there he is again – the emotional centrepiece to our Boy Robot’s same titled mixtape, “8-bit Heart”, is the fastest riser on the chart, moving 21-10 for Simon Curtis.

In a competitive mid-chart, songs by Mika, Christina Aguilera, Mike Posner, Fabio Lendrum, and Matt Morris either get stuck or hold for two more weeks until other songs above begin to tumble. ¬†This leaves last week’s remaining debuts by Justin Nozuka, The Gossip, and Ryan Star to all rise 6 positions on the chart and stake their claims!

Back to those debuts. ¬†They comprise a bright and shiny mix of electronica, dance, pop/rap, and power pop. ¬†Bright Light Bright Light is really Welsh singer/songwriter/producer/remixer Rod Thomas, who is getting a lot of attention in the BlogVerse (brought to my attention by Paul at MyFizzyPop) with the 80’s post-new wave vibe of “A New Word To Say”, which debuts at #24 (you can hear the song at the top of the page and can download it from the BrightLightx2 official site when you subscribe to Rod’s newsletter). ¬†Next up, Holland’s Armin Van Buuren never fails to disappoint every few years with an intense brand of emotional electronica that is rarely found elsewhere. ¬†Teaming with vocalist VanVelzen, who has a beautifully imperfect voice with great range, his latest is “Broken Tonight” at #25 (see the video at the bottom of the page). ¬†Just on sheer personality alone, my fellow Canadian Drake’s “Over” has immense appeal and it debuts at #26. ¬†And this past week saw the digital release of Evan Taubenfeld’s Welcome To The Blacklist Club, which opens with his latest single “Pumpkin Pie”, which I blogged about previously and now debuts at #27.

8-bit Hit! – Tuned-On! Top 30 #326 – May 10/10

EDIT: ¬†Just in – A lovely acapella rendition of “8-bit Heart” with video shot by Tyler Shields, who did Simon’s wonderful photos. ¬†This will literally send shivers down your back.

“Beat Drop” live at the Roxy!

This edition of my personal chart of course coincides with the aftermath of Simon Curtis’ debut solo performance at The Roxy in Los Angeles on Thursday May 6. ¬†Our Boy Robot continues to reign the chart with “Beat Drop” (with video from the show up top) along with “Joystick” at #3. ¬†But Simon adds to his chart victory with the title track from his mixtape 8-bit Heart debuting this week at #21. ¬†Despite the high energy performance at the Roxy – and you can see the rest of the show in segments at http://www.simondaily.com – I thought Simon’s performance of ¬†“8-bit Heart” to be particularly effective (it’s at ¬†the bottom of this blog). ¬†Remember folks, this is ONLY the beginning, it’s a showcase performance to show what he can do, and that, by jove, is entertain!! ¬†So let’s see Simon on TV soon – maybe late night shows – so that he can show off his voice and talent, and reach out to a wider audience.

Penguin Prison (aka Chris Glover), like Simon, now has two songs in my Top 5. ¬†“The Worse It Gets” replaces “Something I’m Not” at #2 – and it’s such a great song for a spring or summer drive! ¬†Javi’s engaging Monsieur Adi remix of “Situation” climbs to #4, while Vampire Weekend’s “Cousins” and Florida-based Clayton Senne each climb into the Top 10. ¬†Our 2010 piano man has been playing some smaller towns in Florida and appears on The Daily Buzz on May 28! ¬†Check out his MySpace page.

All of last week’s debut fare well in their sophomore chart. ¬†Kelis’ “Acapella” may just be my new theme song for 2010 as it climbs 21-12. ¬†Mike Posner, like Simon Curtis, started out in mixtape land, and has now signed with J/RCA, who have him touring this summer. ¬†The Gigamesh mix of “Cooler Than Me” jumps 24-16 as the song is about to enter the national Top 40! ¬†“Not Myself Tonight”, one of Christina Aguilera’s more intense dance songs, is right behind at #17. ¬†And the quiet late night dance floor power of Fabio Lendrum’s “Trouble” lands at #20.

Our other debuts this week include a second round from Justin Nozuka’s You I Wind Land And Sea, a lilting and beautiful song called “Unwoken Dream (King With Everything)”, arrives at #24. ¬†There’s also riveting pop/dance from Australia’s The Gossip in the form of “Pop Goes The World”, and lastly a belated debut of Ryan Star’s “Breathe”. ¬†One of my 10 Performers to Watch in 2010, Ryan Star’s ticket looks like it’s arrived with “Breathe” as he continues to tour around the U.S. ¬†Check out his always active website.