BILLCS Top 30 #436 – July 28/14

I’m a tad late due to vacationing in New York City but there’s plenty brewing on the new chart that’s of interest!!

Fancy That, Another New #1

It’s probably one of the more obscure songs to top my chart, but you owe it to yourself to check out “Electrify The Night” by House Rockerz, Davis Redfield and vocalist Carl Man below. ¬†It’s one energetic romp with great lyrics that will connect to the music lover and club goer inside you ūüôā ¬†Right now, I’m only aware of it being available on a European dance compilation “House Rockerz – Feiern ist wichtig! Vol. 2” released by Kontor Records.

The Rest of the Top 10

  • That clever, swirling Steve Smart & Wildfunk remix of “Little Me” by Little Mix finds its way to¬†the dance-filled Top 5 at #4!
  • I’m hoping that the fun “This Could Be Something” by Sweden’s Anton Ewald and Denmark’s Medina finds its way to international clubs and radio, it’s too irresistible to pass up. ¬†It climbs 9 to 5 ūüôā ¬†Watch the video right here! ¬†I don’t know why it can’t be made available on You Tube or Vevo…
  • The last chart’s fastest riser, “Time Has Come” by Finland’s Hannis, makes another big bold move 13-6, and should find itself easily in the Top 5 in two weeks.
  • “Good News (For People Who Love Bad News)” (below) takes Zorro Blakk & fellow vocalist Deniz Olivieri to a new peak of #7! ¬†El Zorro is also moving up the chart further down with “Big City Girls (Don’t Fall In Love With Small Town Boys)” at #18 as well!
  • Also new to the Top 10 are Charli XCX’s soon-to-be-seminal-summer-song “Boom Clap” at #8, and Kongos’ rollicking “Hey I Don’t Know” at #9 ūüôā

Movin’ On Up

  • ¬†UK alt.rock performer E-Mute’s intense, rocking “Miracle” climbs up a few more notches to #12!
  • Don’t be surprised if more songs from Adam Tyler’s deluxe edition of Shattered Ice start appearing on the chart soon! ¬†In the meantime, “Knew You Better” continues to rise up 18-13.
  • Sam Dickinson’s deluxe edition of The Stories That Occurred is coming soon, and just ahead of that is the classic-sounding “When You Left Me”, moving up the chart 19-14.
  • The fastest riser on the chart is no surprise at all, “I Believe” (27-16), the new single by Bright Light Bright Light from his album Life Is Easy. ¬†North American audiences will now be able to see Bright Light Bright Light open for Elton John on select dates ūüėÄ
  • We should see Simone Denny’s new album The Stereo Dynamite Sessions Volume One later in the year, but for now enjoy the change of pace for her with the torch ballad “Your Love Fades Away”, climbing 20-17. ¬†It’s available on iTunes.
  • Two of the three performers at #1 this week have their own collaboration jumping up 28-23 – “Music Gods” by Davis Redfield and UK singer Carl Man. ¬†This one’s available on iTunes.

New to the Chart

I’ve written about all three recently, so that’s always a good sign for songs to start appearing on the chart ūüôā

  • Dutch producer/DJ Afrojack and American singer/songwriter (Stephen) Wrabel collaborate on “Ten Feet Tall”, bowing at #20, it’s gorgeous and affecting lyrical dance-pop which I still think you will hear soon on your local Top 40 radio station.
  • “No Fun” by Australian duo The Presets is more fun than a lot of songs you will hear right now. ¬†It’s got a great playful funky groove to it that’s different from the lads’ last efforts, while retaining the big stadium-like anthemic feel of many of their songs. ¬†It arrives at #21 as a single available on iTunes.
  • Another slice of funky business, early 80’s style, is “Stranger” by New York producer/DJ Chris Malinchak, pairing up with versatile Mikky Ekko, who has never sounded so soulful. ¬†It debuts at #22.

The full chart can be found further down the page…

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 ‚ÄúThe Musicman‚ÄĚ James Rogers), you can hear my voice at other odd times, particularly if you‚Äôre an oldies loving night owl on the weekend overnights ūüôā

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The Full Chart

Listen to the songs or watch the videos using the links on the pictures on the pretty and detailed web edition of my chart.

02 01 ELECTRIFY THE NIGHT House Rockerz featuring Davis Redfield & Carl Man
01 02 TIDAL WAVE Tristan Thompson
03 03 TELL IT TO MY HEART Jason Walker featuring Bimbo Jones
06 04 LITTLE ME (Steve Smart & Wildfunk radio edit) Little Mix
09 05 THIS COULD BE SOMETHING Anton Ewald featuring Medina
13 06 TIME HAS COME Hannis
08 07 GOOD NEWS (FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE BAD NEWS) Zorro Blakk featuring Deniz Olivieri
11 08 BOOM CLAP Charli XCX
12 09 HEY I DON’T KNOW Kongos
04 10 STAY WITH ME Sam Smith
07 11 THE DAY YOU LEFT Convulsic
14 12 MIRACLE E-Mute
18 13 KNEW YOU BETTER Adam Tyler
19 14 WHEN YOU LEFT ME Sam Dickinson
05 15 PROXY Martin Garrix
27 16 I BELIEVE Bright Light Bright Light
20 17 YOUR LOVE FADES AWAY Simone Denny
23 18 BIG CITY GIRLS (DON’T FALL IN LOVE WITH SMALL TOWN BOYS) Zorro Blakk¬†
21 19 TRUST IT Nick Hagelin
New 20 TEN FEET TALL Afrojack featuring Wrabel
New 21 NO FUN The Presets
New 22 STRANGER Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko
28 23 MUSIC GODS Davis Redfield featuring Carl Man
10 24 BACK HOME Andy Grammer
29 25 LOVE IN THE 21ST CENTURY Neon Trees
15 26 NOT IN THAT WAY Sam Smith
17 27 TEENAGER IN LOVE Neon Trees
22 28 ME AND MY BROKEN HEART Rixton
16 29 THIS IS DIRTY DVBBS & MOTi
26 30 SHE LOOKS SO PERFECT 5 Seconds Of Summer

BILLCS Top 30 #435 – July 14/14

The new chart has four debuts and the Top 10 is all shaken and stirred…

The New #1

  • He did it! ¬†It’s not easy to trounce Sam Smith from his 7th week at #1 this year (albeit with three songs), but 16 year old British Columbian Tristan Thompson has done just that. ¬†The 70’s through 2000’s retro appeal of “Tidal Wave”, plus the fact that young Tristan has already got a great voice, have it leading the pack, at least for the next two weeks, because there’s a bit of a dance club storm brewing underneath. ¬†I’ll have my thoughts on Tristan’s full album Here For You in the week, in the mean time check out his video for “Tidal Wave” above¬†ūüôā

The Rest of the Top 5… Changing Places

  • The rest of the Top 5 is the same as two weeks ago, but all of the songs have changed places. ¬†Imminent challengers for #1 are “Electrify The Night”, the hard-to-find Europop gem from House Rockerz, Davis Redfield and vocalist Carl Man, which plugs into #2, and Jason Walker & Bimbo Jones’ brillo Hi-NRG-inspired take on Taylor Dayne’s “Tell It To My Heart” at #3. ¬†Sam Smith slides to #4 with “Stay With Me” while Martin Garrix’s “Proxy” slowly tumbles to #5.

New To The Top 10

  • That whirling dervish of a remix by Steve Smart & Westfunk of Little Mix’s “Little Me” soars to #6, while Andy Grammer’s “Back Home” (below) continues to find new fans and could take the song through the entire summer, and it’s up to #10. ¬†There’s also a chart debut in the Top 10…

Shakin’ Up The Chart

  • Is it everywhere yet? ¬†“Boom Clap” by Charli XCX vaults up the chart 18-11.
  • Those 4 Kongos lads make a great case for infectious rock songs on their album Lunatic. ¬†“Hey I Don’t Know” climbs 15-12.
  • It’s following a bit of a pattern set by Martin Garrix and Convulsic already, but Finnish singer Hannis has a strange gem of a Europop/Dubstep single with “Time Has Come” charging up the chart as the fastest riser, 23-13! ¬†I’d LOVE dance clubs to make this one their own!!
  • “Miracle” by the UK’s E-Mute is not slowing down as this memorable slice of alt.rock moves up 17-14.
  • Last week’s new entries, “Knew You Better” by Adam Tyler and Sam Dickinson’s “When You Left Me” both make impressive gains, rising 25-18 and 27-19 respectively!

Chart Debuts

  • Could Anton Ewald outdo last year’s “Begging” (#2) and “Can’t Hold Back” (#3)? ¬†The talented young Swedish singer met his match with Danish star Medina, and all parties connected and co-write and recorded “This Could Be Something” from Anton’s new EP On My Way. ¬†All I can say is that Katy Perry would probably kill for this song! ¬†It’s a strong and summery pure pop record with an engaging video that bows on this chart at #9!!

Watch the video here!¬† For some reason the Internet powers that be are really fussy about You Tube/Vimeo links for videos by Swedish pop stars! ūüėģ

  • Yes, it’s time for another Bright Light Bright Light song on the chart! ¬†Rod Thomas has just released his sophomore album Life Is Easy, which has debuted¬†well on the UK charts, and from it is the follow-up single to his Elton John duet “I Wish We Were Leaving”, but like “Love Part II” from his first album it’s a smashing and breathtakingly upbeat take on the power of love. ¬†“I Believe” starts out at #27.

  • Why look, it’s Davis Redfield and Carl Man, together again (along with some of , if not all of, those same spot-on songwriters)! ¬†Actually I wrote about “Music Gods” a while back but like any good song, you keep coming back to it. ¬†Besides, I’ve always liked the Music Gods myself ūüėÄ ¬†“Music Gods” arrives at #28.

  • More Neon Trees? ¬†Yes please, especially after their engaging July 3 concert here in Toronto (and yes, Tyler did crowd surf us ūüėÄ )! ¬†I’m not sure if it will be the next official single or not, but “Love In The 21st Century” joins “Teenager In Love” (#17) on this chart at #29.

The full chart can be found further down the page…

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 http://www.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. ¬†

I was asked to do a pre-recorded weekly New Music Pick of The Week, and a number of the songs on this chart Рspecifically those by Tristan Thompson, Adam Tyler, Zorro Blakk & Deniz Olivieri, Sam Dickinson, and Anton Ewald Рhave all recently graced the station, every three hours for a week beginning Mondays at 2:05 a.m. EST.  

Do listen in for the Pick of the Week on D-Moos.com, 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 ūüôā

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The Full Chart 

Listen to the songs or watch the videos using the links on the pictures on the pretty and detailed web edition of my chart.

02 01 TIDAL WAVE Tristan Thompson
05 02 ELECTRIFY THE NIGHT House Rockerz featuring Davis Redfield & Carl Man
04 03 TELL IT TO MY HEART Jason Walker featuring Bimbo Jones
01 04 STAY WITH ME Sam Smith
03 05 PROXY Martin Garrix
11 06 LITTLE ME (Steve Smart & Wildfunk Radio Edit) Little Mix
07 07 THE DAY YOU LEFT Convulsic
10 08 GOOD NEWS (FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE BAD NEWS) Zorro Blakk featuring Deniz Olivieri
New 09 THIS COULD BE SOMETHING Anton Ewald featuring Medina
12 10 BACK HOME Andy Grammer
18 11 BOOM CLAP Charli XCX
15 12 HEY I DON’T KNOW Kongos
23 13 TIME HAS COME Hannis
17 14 MIRACLE  E-Mute
06 15 NOT IN THAT WAY Sam Smith
09 16 THIS IS DIRTY  DVBBS & MOTi
20 17 TEENAGER IN LOVE Neon Trees
25 18 KNEW YOU BETTER Adam Tyler
27 19 WHEN YOU LEFT ME Sam Dickinson
21 20 YOUR LOVE FADES AWAY Simone Denny
22 21 TRUST IT Nick Hagelin
08 22 ME AND MY BROKEN HEART Rixton
26 23 BIG CITY GIRLS (DON’T FALL IN LOVE WITH SMALL TOWN BOYS) Zorro Blakk¬†
16 24 BLACK LEATHER  SIRPAUL
13 25 LOVE SPACE Convulsic
14 26 SHE LOOKS SO PERFECT 5 Seconds Of Summer
New 27 I BELIEVE Bright Light Bright Light
New 28 MUSIC GODS Davis Redfield featuring Carl Man
New 29 LOVE IN THE 21ST CENTURY Neon Trees
19 30 DEAR NICOLE FrankMusik

 

BILLCS Top 30 #434 – June 30/14

The end of June edition of my personal chart sees plenty of upward movement and four debuts, so I’ll be focusing on those this time. ¬†Plus I have three winning chart ‘extras’!

THE TOP 10 DANCES UP A STORM

Well perhaps except for the songs by the performer of our #1 and #6 songs…

  • Sam Smith is entrenched at #1 for a third appearance with “Stay With Me”, which will go down as a classic for which 2014 will be remembered. ¬†Sam’s also at #6 with the beautiful “Not In That Way”. ¬†Sam’s album In The Lonely Hour is thoroughly enjoyable, though I had already heard most of it anyway, and it’s not entirely a sad song affair, though that does seem to be his specialty ūüôā
  • New Canadian boy wonder Tristan Thompson is poised to steal away #1 from Sam Smith in two weeks with “Tidal Wave”. ¬†A great new voice plus a classic melody and infectious arrangement makes “Tidal Wave” an easy sell.

  • Jason Walker’s rendition of “Tell It To My Heart” (up top) moves up 10-4 and is just one of those records that smacks you in the face and changes your mood for the better, every time. ¬†I absolutely adore it! ¬†And whatta voice ūüôā
  • Carl Man is a voice to get to know better on his collaboration with House Rockerz and Davis Redfield, “Electrify The Night”, which soars 12-5. ¬†And it’s a great song all ways around too!
  • Convulsic’s crazy pop-inflected one-of-a-kind dubstep of “The Day You Left” climbs 9-7!

  • Attention, attention! ¬†DVBBS & MOTi have arrived in the Top 10 with EDM that commands your attention, “This Is Dirty”, up 11-9.

  • Mr. Zorro Blakk (aka Daniel Volpe) also lands in the Top 10 with the pop-culturiffic “Good News (For People Who Love Bad News)”, climbing 15-10, and features a nice blend of voices with singer Deniz Olivieri. ¬†More on El Zorro later!

UP, UP AND AWAY

  • Stuck. In. My. Head. ¬†That’s a very good reason for it to be the fastest riser, blazing up the chart 23-11. ¬†It’s the Steve Smart and Westfunk radio edit of “Little Me” by Little Mix!

  • While radio is still giving attention to “Come With Me Now”, my preferred song by Kongos at this time is the bass-laden, playful “Hey I Don’t Know”, which moves up 19-15.

  • “Miracle” by E-Mute is no unassuming song, no sirree. ¬†It keeps building and building, carried by Theo Mak’s riveting vocal and a classical piano melody that sticks in memory long after the song ends. ¬†“Miracle” rises 20-17.

  • “The Fault In Our Stars” is a huge hit with the teen crowd, and it’s no surprise that Charli XCX’s “Boom Clap” is about to be a defining song of summer. ¬†It climbs 24-18.

DEM DEBUTS

I’ve already wrote about the four debuts in one form or another…

  • One of the most impressive songs I’ve heard in a while is the hybrid of Europop and dubstep in “Time Will Come” by new Finnish singer Hannis. It bows at a high #23!
  • As the deluxe edition of Adam Tyler’s Shattered Ice continues to resonate with me, the first single from the album premieres at #25, just as the long lasting “Electric Valentine” (also on the album, and Adam’s highest charting song to date, peaking at #3) is about to exit the chart. ¬†“Knew You Better” is another Adam Tyler song about to make its mark on my chart ūüôā
  • This one just makes you want to dance! ¬†It’s the second entry by Zorro Blakk, taking lessons from hits by Fall Out Boy and Panic At The Disco with his penchant for long song titles! ¬†“Big City Girls (Don’t Fall In Love With Small Town Boys)” will leave you equally breathless while you’re dancing, and it lands on the chart at #26.
  • Sam Dickinson’s debut album The Stories That Occurred is about to get a 37 song reboot, and the first single is an excellent choice that grabs you right from its guitar opening, carried by Sam’s potent voice. ¬†“When You Left Me” debuts at #27. ¬†Sam’s “Learn To Wait” reached #8 on my chart last Fall. ¬†“When You Left Me” gets its official single release on July 7!

 EXTRA! EXTRA! EXTRA!

WRATHSCHILD, “Angeles”

As “Fall Into Love” is about to leave the chart after peaking at #8, the duo of Simon Curtis and Wolfy released their second single together today, “Angeles”. ¬†It couldn’t be a more different affair than “Fall Into Love”, but showcases the power of the pair. ¬†“Angeles” has this beautiful, wistful melody, where you can picture a late night camp fire on an L.A. beach. ¬†But the lyrics are bittersweet, arriving in L.A. with stars in your eyes only to find that the city is remote and disenchanting when all is said and done. ¬†“Angeles” is a pleasing, personalized distraction, and will fit in nicely with this year’s end of summer songs.

ANTON EWALD featuring MEDINA, “This Could Be Something”

“This Could Be Something” is part of 20 year old Swedish singer/dancer/choreographer Anton Ewald’s latest fine EP On My Way, and it’s a danceable pop outing that definitely has designs on radio worldwide, and it could get there. ¬†The talented singer duets with Danish singer Medina, and their combined forces really give an edge to the song’s chorus. ¬†A song full of ‘ooh oohs’ and ‘oh ohs’ might not seem¬†so favourable but for the enthusiasm of these two talents. ¬†Katy Perry watch out, “This Could Be Something” could definitely be just that!

JAKE BARKER, “Stage Fright”

I was really pleased when Jake Barker was added to “The Voice” tour, even though he didn’t finish in the Top 10. ¬†His talent and personality are unmistakeable. ¬†The title song from his independently released EP is an up close recounting of that thing singers dread, whether on stage or about a relationship, and the cure is having his girl by his side. ¬†Remember, Jake had never performed in concert before appearing on “The Voice” – and you’d never know it from the confidence he displays on stage. ¬†The EP doesn’t mince any words, and Jake’s soothing R&B-influenced style makes it both romantic and easy to take in many doses. ¬†You can hear an excerpt of the song only on iTunes.

The Full Chart 

Listen to the songs or watch the videos using the links on the pictures on the pretty and detailed web edition of my chart.

01 01 STAY WITH ME Sam Smith
02 02 TIDAL WAVE Tristan Thompson
03 03 PROXY Martin Garrix
10 04 TELL IT TO MY HEART Jason Walker featuring Bimbo Jones
12 05 ELECTRIFY THE NIGHT House Rockerz featuring Davis Redfield & Carl Man
08 06 NOT IN THAT WAY Sam Smith
09 07 THE DAY YOU LEFT Convulsic
04 08 ME AND MY BROKEN HEART Rixton
11 09 THIS IS DIRTY   DVBBS & MOTi
15 10 GOOD NEWS (FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE BAD NEWS) Zorro Blakk featuring Deniz Olivieri
23 11 LITTLE ME (Steve Smart & Wildfunk radio edit) Little Mix
13 12 BACK HOME Andy Grammer
05 13 LOVE SPACE Convulsic
07 14 SHE LOOKS SO PERFECT 5 Seconds Of Summer
19 15 HEY I DON’T KNOW Kongos
18 16 BLACK LEATHER   SIRPAUL
20 17 MIRACLE E-Mute
24 18 BOOM CLAP Charli XCX
06 19 DEAR NICOLE FrankMusik
21 20 TEENAGER IN LOVE Neon Trees
25 21 YOUR LOVE FADES AWAY Simone Denny
26 22 TRUST IT Nick Hagelin
New 23 TIME HAS COME Hannis
14 24 ELECTRIC VALENTINE Adam Tyler
New 25 KNEW YOU BETTER Adam Tyler
New 26 BIG CITY GIRLS (DON’T FALL IN LOVE WITH SMALL TOWN BOYS) Zorro Blakk¬†
New 27 WHEN YOU LEFT ME Sam Dickinson
16 28 BE MINE Kendal Thompson
17 29 FALL INTO LOVE Wrathschild
22 30 LATCH Disclosure featuring Sam Smith

BILLCS Top 30 #433 – June 16/14

My new personal chart this week sees some longer lasting songs peaking with no shortage of great new songs to replace them down below. ¬†So while it’s an active chart, movement is slow and steady ūüėČ

The Top 10

  • Tuesday June 17 is release day for Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour in North America at last!! ¬†So I’ve picked that up and will be listening, but in the meantime Sam’s “Stay With Me” gets a second appearance in at the top, while “Not In That Way” climbs to #8.
  • It’s looking highly like young B.C. native Tristan Thompson could succeed Sam Smith at the top in two weeks with his debut single “Tidal Wave” (below). ¬†It moves up significantly, from 5 to 2! ¬†I’ve also included a link to the new Boomtang mix radio¬†edit!

  • Convulsic now has two of his songs in the Top 10, which is amazing for a new performer. ¬†“Love Space” still climbs up to #5, while “The Day You Left” enters the Top 10 at #9. ¬†Unique and infectious dubstep just waiting for your attention!
  • FrankMusik’s “Dear Nicole” rises to #6, as the third video¬†from By Nicole is released. ¬†Watch “Stabilizher” below – such a well shot video, full of great colour and effects. ¬†Plus, it’s a feelgood video, harkening back to “No I.D” or “Do It In The A.M.” ¬†Well done to all!

  • Bounding into the Top 10 at full velocity is the massive cover of Taylor Dayne’s “Tell It To My Heart” by Jason Walker featuring Bimbo Jones. ¬†If you want a song to lift you up and make you feel great, Jason’s fierce rendition will do just that!! ¬†Below is a video re-edit featuring the Toy Armada and DJ GRIND club mix.

Moving On Up…

  • They’re from the nearby town to the north-west of me called Orangeville – the DVBBS brothers (with MOTi) are Top 10 bound with the powerful and rollicking “This Is Dirty” at #11.

  • “Electrify The Night” by the team of House Rockerz, Davis Redfield and singer Carl Man is a song that resonated with me out of the blue. ¬†It only has limited availability, but you can listen to it through the link below from Soundcloud. ¬†I predict great things coming for the song on the chart in the next few weeks, and it moves 16-12.

 

  • The pop culture references and the feel good vibe make Zorro Blakk & Deniz Olivieri’s “Good News (For People Who Love Bad News)” a treat for your ears and feet! ¬†The song is from the mysterious Zorro’s debut album The Fairy Tale of Zorro Blakk and climbs 19-15.
  • SIRPAUL smashed it last weekend at Long Island Pride (along with the likes of Debbie Gibson and Robin S!). ¬†The singer lays it all out bare ūüėČ with “Black Leather” rising 22-18 from his album Seventh Star.
  • The fastest riser belongs to the quartet of brothers who go by their last name of Kongos. ¬†The gritty and bassy “Hey I Don’t Know” moves up 25-19.

  • E-Mute’s “Miracle” gets easily stuck in your head with a compelling vocal and classical piano work. ¬†It climbs 24-20.

Debuts

  • ¬†I haven’t been a fan of their past efforts, but even months after its original release “Little Me” by Little Mix has won me over with the swirling carousel of a remix by Steve Smart and Westfunk. ¬†It gets down and deep but the keyboard melody and¬†the vocals which build up the chorus are the selling points. ¬†Plus the song has a very important and positive message for young women about beauty and image. ¬†It debuts at #23.

  • Next at #24 is another great new female voice and songwriter – Charli XCX. ¬†Her song “Boom Clap” from “The Fault In Our Stars” will immediately remind you of a more pop-edged Lorde, but it’s immediately catchy and memorable, and certain to be a huge pop hit as we head into summer, given the singer’s success as appearing on Iggy Azalia’s “Fancy”.

  • I wrote about this next song recently and now here it is on my chart. ¬†Simone Denny was the voice behind great dance hits like Love Inc.’s “Broken Bones” and “You’re A Superstar”, as well as Wide Life’s “All Things (Just Keep Getting Better)”. ¬†She’s never been away and is back with something a little more subdued which is perfect for her wide-ranging voice. ¬†“Your Love Fades Away” bows at #25 from the upcoming album The Stereo Dynamite Sessions Volume 1.

  • The last debut belongs to Atlanta-based Nick Hagelin, with another choice song for summer from his free download EP City Lights. ¬†“Trust It” scores all the way around – great rhythm, story, and one of Nick’s best straight ahead pop vocals. ¬†It arrives at #26.

Extra, Extra… Give ‘Em A Listen (or Five)

HANNIS, “Time Has Come”

The more I hear songs like “Time Has Come”, the more I enjoy the EDM dubstep experience. ¬†This song by the Finland native, who got into listening and singing to EDM at the request of her boyfriend, starts off like many great European electro records of the early 2000’s with a soft introduction with Hannis’ inviting voice. ¬†And then right before the minute and a half mark, this huge layered wall of dubstep hits and lulls you in like it’s your best friend ūüôā This is truly amazing production work from Alwegs, who hails from Latvia. ¬†If his name gets out there, he’s gonna be noticed! ¬†“Time Has Come” is a terrific but¬†unassuming start for Hannis, and big things could happen if word of mouth gets out about the song and its unique hybrid EDM style that totally works. ¬†You can download the song for free using a link from Hannis’ Soundcloud page.

TANYA THE SAVAGE, “We Were Once Built There”

It’s somewhat of an interesting recording name, but Tanya The Savage records songs which are guaranteed to embed a mark on your listening experience. ¬†She’s based out of Miami, and has been performing since she was a child violinist age 8! ¬†“We Were Once Built There” is gorgeous, emotional British/European-flavoured EDM that would be much different without her affecting and powerful vocal. ¬†It’s another song to hit you square right out of nowhere and then make you want much more. ¬†Tanya The Savage is currently recording an album with Grammy-nominated producer Chris Rodriguez. ¬†“We Were Once Built There” is available on iTunes.

 

And Now, The Full Chart ūüôā

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 STAY WITH ME Sam Smith
05 02 TIDAL WAVE Tristan Thompson
02 03 PROXY Martin Garrix
04 04 ME AND MY BROKEN HEART Rixton
06 05 LOVE SPACE Convulsic
07 06 DEAR NICOLE FrankMusik
09 07 SHE LOOKS SO PERFECT 5 Seconds Of Summer
10 08 NOT IN THAT WAY Sam Smith
11 09 THE DAY YOU LEFT Convulsic
13 10 TELL IT TO MY HEART Jason Walker featuring Bimbo Jones
14 11 THIS IS DIRTY DVBBS & MOTi
16 12 ELECTRIFY THE NIGHT House Rockerz featuring Davis Redfield & Carl Man
15 13 BACK HOME Andy Grammer
03 14 ELECTRIC VALENTINE Adam Tyler
19 15 GOOD NEWS (FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE BAD NEWS) Zorro Blakk featuring Deniz Olivieri
18 16 BE MINE Kendal Thompson
08 17 FALL INTO LOVE Wrathschild
22 18 BLACK LEATHER  SIRPAUL
25 19 HEY I DON’T KNOW Kongos
24 20 MIRACLE E-Mute
23 21 TEENAGER IN LOVE Neon Trees
12 22 LATCH Disclosure featuring Sam Smith
New 23 LITTLE ME (Steve Smart & Wildfunk radio edit)  Little Mix
New 24 BOOM CLAP Charli XCX
New 25 YOUR LOVE FADES AWAY Simone Denny
New 26 TRUST IT Nick Hagelin
17 27 I WISH WE WERE LEAVING Bright Light Bright Light & Elton John
21 28 FINEST CLOTHES IN TOWN Nick Hagelin
26 29 BACK TO CALIFORNIA Steve Grand
27 30 MONEY ON MY MIND Sam Smith

 

BILLCS Top 30 #432 – June 2, 2014

Back on December 10, 2013, I wrote that Sam Smith’s “Money On My Mind” was the first great song of 2014. ¬†It went to #1 in the UK (and on my chart) upon release, and it’s hanging in at #27. ¬†Sam’s sung on every major TV talk show plus Saturday Night Live, toured all over the place, sometimes more than once (I caught him in concert in April ūüôā – his subsequent show at a bigger venue here for September sold out in a snap). ¬†2014 is indeed a year of Sam Smith. ¬†And his album isn’t even on release yet in North America.

Number One!

  • It should not be any surprise to find Sam Smith at #1 on my chart for the third time this year, this time with “Stay With Me”, which is another UK #1 and a Top 20 hit thus far in North America. ¬†The world cannot get enough Sam Smith right now. ¬†“Not In That Way” pulls up to #10 this week, and “Stay With Me” has also been recorded as a duet with none other than Miss Mary J. Blige – and I kind of think that the Disclosure guys had something to do with that!

The Rest of the Top 10

  • This leaves fun songs like former #1 “Proxy” by Martin Garrix and “Electric Valentine” by Adam Tyler surrendering to our Sam. ¬†Just a reminder though that Adam’s deluxe version of Shattered Ice sees release on Tuesday, June 10! ¬†31 songs!!

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  • Rixton have just launched their tour of North America at what appear to be small-ish sized venues, so tickets will go fast! ¬†“Me and My Broken Heart” climbs to #4.
  • The fastest riser on the chart is Canadian 16 year old Tristan Thompson with “Tidal Wave”, a real throwback in styles in so many ways. ¬†Now I keep hearing late 70’s early 80’s L.A. pop/soul. ¬†It soars 15-5! ¬†Stream Tristan’s album Here For You right here.

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  • The official video for “Love Space” by Convulsic (below) has arrived as the song holds at #6. ¬†It’s an interesting trip for sure ūüôā ¬†And the dubstep performer’s other entry “The Day You Left” moves up to #11 too.

  • “Dear Nicole” by FrankMusik continues to stay in my head constantly after several months due to the singer’s fine vocal, which grows from storyteller mode to full throttle. ¬†From his latest album By Nicole, the song rises 9-7.
  • The third new entry to the Top 10 is from a group whose performance was a highlight of the Billboard Music Awards. ¬†5 Seconds Of Summer are more than meets the underwear, and “She Looks So Perfect” climbs 14-9.

Moving Up… and One Debut

  • Last week’s two dance floor scorching debuts burn up the chart again as well. ¬†Jason Walker’s ultra-splendid Hi-NRG-styled Billboard Dance Club Play Top 10 remake of Taylor Dayne’s “Tell It To My Heart” jumps 20-13, while the triad of House Rockerz, Davis Redfield and singer Carl Man bound 22-16 with “Electrify The Night”.
  • Toronto-based vocalist Kendal Thompson has an ear-catching pop tune with “Be Mine”, which continues to move up the chart at #18.
  • “Good News (For People Who Love Bad News)” by Zorro Blakk & Deniz Olivieri is up to #19 and is also my Pick of the Week heard every three hours¬†during the coming week on http://www.d-moos.com Canada’s National Internet Radio Station.
  • ¬†SIRPAUL’s steamy “Black Leather” is in control at #22, followed by “Teenager In Love” and poignant alt.pop from Neon Trees at #23, and bass-laden rock from those Kongos boys lands at #25 with “Hey I Don’t Know.
  • After last chart’s massive seven debuts, we’re back to a solitary one this time with “Miracle” by E-Mute at #24. ¬†It’s one of the more haunting alt.rock songs you will hear lately on which singer Theo Mak is both pianist and drummer.

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 STAY WITH ME Sam Smith
01 02 PROXY Martin Garrix
03 03 ELECTRIC VALENTINE Adam Tyler
05 04 ME AND MY BROKEN HEART Rixton
15 05 TIDAL WAVE Tristan Thompson
06 06 LOVE SPACE Convulsic
09 07 DEAR NICOLE FrankMusik
08 08 FALL INTO LOVE Wrathschild
14 09 SHE LOOKS SO PERFECT 5 Seconds Of Summer
11 10 NOT IN THAT WAY Sam Smith
12 11 THE DAY YOU LEFT Convulsic
02 12 LATCH Disclosure featuring Sam Smith
20 13 TELL IT TO MY HEART Jason Walker featuring Bimbo Jones
16 14 THIS IS DIRTY DVBBS & MOTi
17 15 BACK HOME Andy Grammer
22 16 ELECTRIFY THE NIGHT House Rockerz featuring Davis Redfield & Carl Man
10 17 I WISH WE WERE LEAVING Bright Light Bright Light & Elton John
21 18 BE MINE Kendal Thompson
25 19 GOOD NEWS (FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE BAD NEWS) Zorro Blakk featuring Deniz Olivieri
07 20 CANNONBALL (EARTHQUAKE) Showtek & Justin Prime featuring Matthew Koma
13 21 FINEST CLOTHES IN TOWN Nick Hagelin
28 22 BLACK LEATHER   SIRPAUL
29 23 TEENAGER IN LOVE Neon Trees
New 24 MIRACLE E-Mute
30 25 HEY I DON’T KNOW Kongos
19 26 BACK TO CALIFORNIA Steve Grand
23 27 MONEY ON MY MIND Sam Smith
24 28 HORNY Lonnie Gordon
18 29 FIND YOU Zedd featuring Matthew Koma & Miriam Bryant
27 30 ADDICTED TO YOU Avicii featuring Audra Mae  

BILLCS Top 30 #431 – May 19/14

The new chart is positively shaking! ¬†So much activity – a new #1, and 7 debuts smash onto the chart! ¬†And because of the latter I’ll be skipping over some songs that are making headway, and we’ll catch up with them in two weeks.

The Top 10

  • Yes, it’s 18 year old Martin Garrix who has scored his second consecutive #1 with the free download “Proxy”, following the so-amazing success of “Animals”. ¬†And there always seems to be Martin Garrix news to report on every few weeks. ¬†The latest is collaboration with Sander van Doorn and DVBBS featuring vocalist Aleesia on “Gold Skies”. ¬†The new song is a mix between Tegan & Sara’s “Closer” and Zedd & Foxes’ “Clarity”, and the video is day in the life of ¬†couple on a road trip. ¬†Could be a summer sleeper!
  • Adam Tyler has a personal best this week as “Electric Valentine” climbs to #3. ¬†His deluxe edition of his album Shattered Ice, featuring new songs and reduxes of songs from the album, plus last year’s “Fade Into The Light” and of course “Electric Valentine”, will be available on June 10. ¬†You can stream the new songs at the link below, and I draw your attention to a really infectious piece of business called “Criminal”, which will have you singing along and humming to a melody which is a bit of a throwback to the 80’s.
  • Happy 22nd Birthday to Sam Smith, who has three entries on the chart, two of which are on the rise – “Stay With Me” rises to #4, and “Not In That Way” is up to #11.
  • Rixton is turning out to be the pop flavour of May with “Me And My Broken Heart” now heard everywhere, and up to #5 on my chart!
  • “Love Space” continues on the rise for Convulsic at #6, while “The Day You Left” is also on fire at #12!
  • They were all destined for the Top 10 and arrive this week: ¬†“Fall Into Love” by Wrathschild at #8, FrankMusik’s “Dear Nicole” at #9, and “I Wish We Were Leaving” by Bright Light Bright Light & Elton John at #10. ¬†New videos are in the works for both FrankMusik (“Stabilizher”) and Wrathschild, while Bright Light x2’s sophomore album Life Is Easy is on deck for July 7.

The Fastest Risers

  • Last week’s debut by DVBBS & MOTi “This Is Dirty” is the one to watch as it climbs 23-16.
  • Right behind is Andy Grammer’s heart-tugger “Back Home”, moving up 22-17.

And Now, On To Those Debuts

I’ve written about them all, so their arrival on my chart proves they have staying power, and then some!

  • Most noteworthy is Tristan Thompson’s “Tidal Wave” from the Canadian singer’s debut album Here For You. ¬†Check out the rich, soulful style… and he’s only 15! ¬†It’s kind of appropriate (and totally unintentional) that “Tidal Wave” makes a huge bow at #15 ūüôā ¬†Stream Tristan’s entire album including “Tidal Wave” right here.
  • I’ve been having such a good time with Jason Walker’s cover of Taylor Dayne’s “Tell It To My Heart” (featuring Bimbo Jones) that the club hit blasts on to my chart at #20!
  • It’s not really readily available, but since it’s released somewhere, the explosive “Electrify The Night” by House Rockerz, Davis Redfield and UK singer Carl Man charges on to the chart at #22. ¬†I’ve put the song on my Soundcloud site for now so you can hear it (hopefully it doesn’t get taken down) ūüôā
  • One of the most inventive songs around with a contagious melody is “Good News (For People Who Love Bad News)” by Zorro Blakk (aka Daniel Volpe) featuring Deniz Oliveiri, which arrives at #25, from Zorro’s debut album The Fairy Tale Of Zorro Blakk.
  • Though I’ve been listening to SIRPAUL’s “Black Leather” for quite a while now, the arrival of its NSFW and limit-testing video in support of this latest single from the singer’s Seventh Star album sends it on to the chart at #28. ¬†WARNING: Uncensored version – discretion advised!
  • Pop Psychology by Neon Trees is one of the year’s best surprises for me in terms of a straight forward, well done pop album that still retains its alt.rock roots. ¬†I’m going off the beaten path though and the song that lands on my chart is “Teenager In Love” at #29.
  • Kongos’ diverse sound with South African roots has won me over with their rock album Lunatic, and the bass-laden “Hey I Don’t Know” debuts at #30.

The Full Chart

Listen to the songs or watch the videos using the links on the pictures on the pretty and detailed web edition of my chart.

02 01 PROXY Martin Garrix
01 02 LATCH Disclosure featuring Sam Smith
04 03 ELECTRIC VALENTINE Adam Tyler
06 04 STAY WITH ME Sam Smith
09 05 ME AND MY BROKEN HEART Rixton
07 06 LOVE SPACE Convulsic
03 07 CANNONBALL (EARTHQUAKE) Showtek & Justin Prime featuring Matthew Koma
11 08 FALL INTO LOVE Wrathschild
13 09 DEAR NICOLE FrankMusik
12 10 I WISH WE WERE LEAVING Bright Light Bright Light & Elton John
15 11 NOT IN THAT WAY Sam Smith
17 12 THE DAY YOU LEFT Convulsic
05 13 FINEST CLOTHES IN TOWN Nick Hagelin
16 14 SHE LOOKS SO PERFECT 5 Seconds Of Summer
New 15 TIDAL WAVE Tristan Thompson
23 16 THIS IS DIRTY DVBBS & MOTi
22 17 BACK HOME Andy Grammer
08 18 FIND YOU Zedd featuring Matthew Koma & Miriam Bryant
10 19 BACK TO CALIFORNIA Steve Grand
New 20 TELL IT TO MY HEART Jason Walker featuring Bimbo Jones
25 21 BE MINE Kendal Thompson
New 22 ELECTRIFY THE NIGHT House Rockerz featuring Davis Redfield & Carl Man
14 23 MONEY ON MY MIND Sam Smith
18 24 HORNY Lonnie Gordon
New 25 GOOD NEWS (FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE BAD NEWS) Zorro Blakk featuring Deniz Oliveiri
19 26 LOVE ME AGAIN John Newman
20 27 ADDICTED TO YOU Avicii featuring Audra Mae
New 28 BLACK LEATHER SIRPAUL
New 29 TEENAGER IN LOVE Neon Trees
New 30 HEY I DON’T KNOW Kongos

 

 

From Out Of Nowhere: @KongosMusic’s Album “Lunatic”

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KONGOS, Lunatic

You’ve already heard the single “Come With Me Now” blasting out of car stereos, but aside from being one of those winning kind of hit songs, you probably don’t know anything about the group behind it, Kongos. ¬†Kongos is the last name of the four brothers in the band (Johnny, Jesse, Dylan and Daniel) and they are all sons of the South African singer John Kongos, who’s best known for his minor 1970 hit “He’s Gonna Step On You Again”. ¬†The brothers¬†grew up in both South Africa and England, and their sound is heavily influenced by their father’s homeland.

The band’s diverse sound stems from classic rock, late 70’s punk like Elvis Costello, as well as traditional South African elements which you can hear through the accordion and the odd Umbaqanga rhythms. ¬†It’s not like Paul Simon’s Graceland or Ladysmith Black Mambazo thank goodness; Lunatic is best when it rocks out. ¬†I love the deep bassy rhythm of “Hey I Don’t Know” (below) and the Reggae influence on “I Want To Know” is infectious. ¬†You can hear that Umbaqanga rhythm (best exemplified by Johnny Clegg’s bands Juluka and Savuka) on “Sex On The Radio”. ¬†“It’s A Good Life” is a standout because it sounds like a natural follow up to “Come With Me Now” without sounding like anything else within Lunatic. ¬†This is a tight band of brothers who know their stuff and produced a record that took a long time before a major record label (Epic) re-released it earlier this year.

So now that you know more about the brothers Kongos, you will not be hearing the last of them. ¬†They just played my city and I’m sure will be back again. ¬†No one hit wonders these guys!

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