#BILLCSTop30 #471 – November 30, 2015

The new chart is crammed with new music on the rise that is deserving of your attention! ¬†Three debuts add to the fun ūüôā

The Top 10

  • Yes, I am in Camp “Hello”. ¬†Adele gets a second appearance at the top. ¬†I’m not sure when she will give it up or to whom, always fun to wait and see.

  • Joe Jonas and DNCE get a personal best on my chart with “Cake By The Ocean” rising to #2. ¬†It tops Joe’s own “Make You Mine” from 2012, which peaked at #3. ¬†The band was a wild party in Toronto a couple of weeks back (photo below). ¬†I’m waiting for their new song “Naked” to surface on an upcoming release.

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  • It’s one of those clever songs that you just want to learn the lyrics so that you can sing along. ¬†“I Wish (My Taylor Swift)” by The Knocks & Matthew Koma rises 6-4.

  • While Dan Talevski’s “My Religion” appears to have peaked at #5, I didn’t want to go without highlighting his beautiful, completely on-point recent acoustic cover of Adele’s “Hello”. ¬†Pretty flawless and the best I’ve heard of several. ¬†Available for free download at Dan’s Soundcloud page too!

  • Chicago’s Lucien Dante has held a steady pace in the Top 10 as the unique sound of “Black Water” climbs to #6, from his album Our Of We. ¬†“Black Water” is still available as a free download.

  • There’s plenty of competition ahead but Brandyn Burnette’s “Nothing At All” from his Made Of Dreams EP is a force to be reckoned with on the chart as it soars 14-7.

Movin’ On Up

  • It’s been more traditional fare than ever for Sam Smith so it hasn’t really captured the hearts of radio listeners, but you cannot deny his supurb performance on the “Spectre” theme “Writing’s On The Wall”, which moves up to #11.

  • I’m going to take advantage of a live acoustic clip that Brandyn Burnette posted of “Lost (Stripped)”, which rises 20-12. ¬†It features his talented gal Molly Moore (who co-wrote it) – completely honest, earnest talent at work here. ¬†The original appears on Brandyn’s Made Of Dreams EP.

  • The fastest riser on the chart is the joyous Elephante remix of Mako’s “Smoke Filled Room” which vaults 26-13. ¬†It’s one of those unassuming¬†songs in its original mix that benefits from this killer remix, which is also a free download below.

  • Ms Anonymous is the title song from the recent EP by MAX (Schneider) featuring Jared Evan that shoots right up through the middle of the chart, landing at #15 from #25. ¬†MAX is touring throughout the USA in various cities in December.

  • Their new album Astoria definitely harkens back to the Masterpiece Theatre days, full of great songwriting and Josh Ramsay powerhouse vocals. ¬†“One Love” is the single release and it rises 19-16.

  • There’s already a new single coming from Nathalie Archangel, after peaking within the Top 25 on Billboard’s Dance Club Play chart with “A Higher High”, which continues to climb here 27-23.

Debuts

  • I have to recall the fun concert in May by Matt and Kim, who always put on a fine high energy show. ¬†It’s only 2:11 but “Make A Mess” is a bubbly, jazzy, almost ska-sounding bit of fun from their New Glow album, and it arrives at #28.

  • I’m hoping club DJ’s will latch on to Rozalla’s “The Shadows Of The Moon” in the same way they did “If You Say It Again” earlier this year, which got to #3. ¬†This pairing with producer/DJ’s House Of Virus is irresistible for the dance floor, and bows at #29 (from the same songwriting team¬†of Nathalie Archangel’s “A Higher High” too!).

  • The last debut would not have sounded out of place at all on either of Bright Light Bright Light’s album releases to date. ¬†As a featured artist, Rod Thomas teams up with German producer/DJ Final DJS for “Lost In Feelings” at #30. ¬†And it’s a free download too!

The Full Chart

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#BILLCSTop30 – #469 – November 2, 2015

The Top 10 is log-jammed with fine songs and new peak positions, but some will need to give way within the next few weeks to make room for all of the newcomers on the rise.  The highest debut has undoubtedly got #1 to contend with, while the other three have enormous potential and debut a little lower than usual because of the songs with which they are currently competing.

The Top 10

  • River Tiber’s “Let You Go” has a comfortable lock on #1 – for now – despite the incredible activity below. ¬†The song’s stellar performance and rich, soulful vibe help define it! ¬†Other songs from the EP When The Time Is Right are also sinking in, such as “Waves”.

  • It’s been a steady pace for songs that are totally different but have been bookends these past few weeks. ¬†Continue to dance your a** off to “Let You Go” by The Chainsmokers & Great Good Fine OK, which arrives at #2, while the beautiful and thoughtful “Pain Told Love” by Tribe Society & Kiesza moves up to #3 (ironically where Tribe Society’s predecessor band Gentlemen Hall peaked in 2013 with “Sail Into The Sun”).

  • And here’s Brooklyn’s Great Good Fine OK again in the Top 5 in a great pairing with St. Lucia on “Something To Believe In”, which climbs to #4.

  • I was very early on “The Other Boys” by NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears, and Nile Rodgers. ¬†It holds at #5 here but in better news has reached #1 on Billboard’s Dance Club Play chart. ¬†I like it when my ears ring early on a song and this happens ūüôā ¬†Watch the new video above!

  • Brandyn Burnette’s enduring “I Wanna Be (Free)” leaves the chart after a mandatory 10 appearances (20 weeks), but until his new Made Of Dreams EP (which I will continue to preview) arrives in two weeks, the heartfelt “Life’s A Beach” will keep your attention at #9. ¬†It’s available for free from Brandyn’s website from his mixtape called The Bright Side.

  • Can you say Food Fight? ūüėõ The second new entry to the top 10 is the rollicking “Cake By The Ocean” by DNCE, led by one Joe Jonas. ¬†It soars 17-10. ¬†Pleased to say I got a ticket to their Toronto show on November 18 ūüôā “Cake” is culled from the new EP Swaay.

Movin’ on Up

  • It’s Koma Koma time! ¬†Now a Top 10 Billboard Dance Club Play hit – I’m another early adopter on this one too! – “So F**kin’ Romantic” by Matthew Koma continues to climb up to #11.

  • And three places below, we find talented Matthew again, in a pairing with talented production duo The Knocks, with the rhythmic and dreamy “I Wish (My Taylor Swift)”. ¬†It’s the fastest riser on the chart, charging up 24-14.

  • Toronto singer Diego Gomes has a new EP called The Beginning due this month. ¬†Until this new music arrives, we have¬†the chipper and winning single “Bow Tie”, which climbs 21-17.

  • New Order is definitely on a roll with new single “Plastic”, which I anticipate will arrive on international dance charts very soon. ¬†It moves up 25-19. ¬†The enduring band has charted four times¬†on this chart since its inception in 1998 – “Crystal” got to #2 in 2001, followed by Get Ready album tracks “Rock The Shack” (#12) and “Turn My Way” (#16), and then “Krafty” reached #5 in 2005.

  • Marianas Trench’s latest album Astoria is now on release and “One Love” is a delightful change of pace for them, recalling the diversity of 2009’s similarly conceptual Masterpiece Theatre. ¬†“One Love” climbs 23-20.

Those 4 Debuts

  • It should be no surprise that “Hello” by Adele is at the top of the debuts, crashing in at #15 with #1 high on its radar. ¬†Adele’s pristine vocal leads a song that anyone can identify with and should garner her a Grammy. ¬†This bodes extremely well for the upcoming album called 25. ¬†This is one song that will continue to sound grand over and over again.

  • At #25 is the bitter but danceable “Over” by Chicago-based EDM performer Goldhouse, which I wrote about not long ago. ¬†You’re guaranteed to be singing this one after one listen! ¬†Pick up the “Over” EP on iTunes.

  • At #26, is a song that I think is a perfect companion to Adele’s “Hello”. ¬†“The Voice” contestant Clinton Washington will make you swoon with his soaring vocal on his independent release “Hearts Beat Loud”.

  • The last debut at #27 is from an EP that I’m enjoying a whole lot. ¬†I was fortunate to see MAX (Schneider) recently in concert, and he’s a ball of energy who is extremely well-connected with his fans, even jumping into the audience to perform in the centre of the crowd. ¬†The title track from his EP Ms Anonymous¬†also features a nice break by¬†talented rapper Jared Evan.

The Full Chart

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#BILLCSTop30 #467 – October 5, 2015

It’s Fall in North America and new music is plentiful! ¬†Old favourites exit to make room for six FAB new tunes this week! ¬†And there’s a surprise for you at the top…

The Top 10

  • Brandyn Burnette returns to the top for a 5th non-consecutive appearance (10th week) with “I Wanna Be (Free)”. ¬†This is the first time that a song has spent longer than one chart appearance (2 weeks) to return to the top – and after Years & Years held court for 3 appearances (6 weeks) with “Shine”. ¬†It’s also the first time a song has held #1 for 5 appearances since Darren Hayes did it (and twice in one year!) with “How To Build A Time Machine” at the end of 2007. ¬†Listen and watch for a different take on “I Wanna Be (Free)” featuring rapper Nevelle. ¬†It just goes to show how diverse and open to interpretation the song is – which is a great thing for Brandyn Burnette and his songwriting!

  • Most likely to succeed “I Wanna Be (Free)” at the top now is last week’s high flying debut “Let You Go” by Toronto’s River Tiber, which soars 10-3. ¬†Maybe we will see River Tiber (aka Tommy Paxton-Beesley) in the Top 10 national charts one day with Drake and The Weeknd too, given this week’s Canadian domination of the Billboard Top 10. ¬†“Let You Go”, one of those strange, paradoxical love stories, is culled from River Tiber’s latest and best record to date, When The Time Is Right.

  • Right behind “Let You Go” is our other “Let You Go” – the free download by The Chainsmokers featuring hot R&B/pop band Great Good Fine OK at #4. ¬†Wait for that Tiesto rave up to get going and then it’s non-stop party!

  • Advancing to #5 is “Pain Told Love” by Tribe Society featuring Kiesza. ¬†If you pay close enough attention to this one, you will need a few tissues handy. ¬†It’s a beautiful, idiosyncratic perspective on our opposite sentiments and how they sometimes need to come together to prevent us from losing grip on everything that is good about living.

  • Finally in the Billboard Dance Club Play Top 10 – NERVO/Kylie/Jake/Nile and “The Other Boys” – climbing up to #6.

  • New to the Top 10 at #10 for his first appearance on this chart is the impressive “Dizzy” by British Columbia native – and former MUCHMusic Covers winner – Tyler Shaw!

Movin’ On Up

  • Jane Badler’s dark and slinky “Dead Eyes” (Eel Eye Club Mix) from her latest album Opus is on a roll, rising 18-15. ¬†Could it become her third Top 10 on this chart, following “Yesterday’s Tomorrows” and “Losing You”?

  • While I’m also loving Matthew Koma’s whimsical collaboration with The Knocks on “I Wish (My Taylor Swift)”, his own “So F**kin’ Romantic” continues to climb up 19-17 as we await his new solo album.

  • The remaining debuts from last week are all off to fantastic starts and they follow each other up the chart 6 places – “My Religion” by Toronto pop/soul singer Dan Talevski at #18, “Wildstar” by Giorgio Moroder featuring a vibrant Foxes vocal at #19, and at #20 Adam Lambert’s dance rave-up “The Light”, though his record company has opted to release “Another Lonely Night” as the next single from The Original High.

SIX debuts!!

  • At #22 is a song that’s been around for a while (I wrote about it in September 2014), but now also available for free as a download from Brandyn Burnette’s website as a part of The Bright Side mixtape. ¬†Check out “Life’s A Beach” and revisit the warm-hearted video. ¬†It will help us bide our time till new Brandyn music when his EP Made Of Dreams is released.

  • Sam Smith has managed to claim the latest James Bond movie theme all to himself – and “Writing’s On The Wall” (#23) is every bit as good as Adele’s “Skyfall”, and managed to get to #1 in the UK, which “Skyfall” did not. ¬†Next stop: ¬†Oscar? Grammy? ¬†Who knows. ¬†Sam’s been to #1 four times here with “Stay With Me”, “Money On My Mind”, “I’m Not The Only One”, and his collaboration with Disclosure on “Latch”. ¬†And of course he is at #11 with Disclosure with “Omen”.

  • Joe Jonas is large and in charge with the vibrant “Cake By The Ocean” by his new band DNCE, so the song bows at #25. ¬†Joe has had three previous solo entries on the chart: ¬†“Make You Mine” (#3), “Not Right Now” (#6), and “Just In Love” (#13).

  • I’ve enjoyed every Marianas Trench album since Fix Me bowed in late 2006 for the British Columbia based band. ¬†They’re back with album four called Astoria, also released Stateside by Cherrytree/Interscope, and the latest single from that is a softer song for them that shows off Josh Ramsay’s restraint and range, “One Love”, which arrives at #26. ¬†Of their 9 chart appearances, he Trench’s best showing on this chart to date has been with “Masterpiece Theatre Part 1”, which reached #4 in 2009.

  • Last but by no means least is the fun-tastic “Bow Tie” by Toronto’s 18 year old Diego Gomes which lands at #27. ¬†The winner of Canada’s The Next Star back in 2010 is well on his way with a great song like this.

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BILLCS Top 30 #449 – January 26, 2015

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

The Top 10

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

Movin’ On Up

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

Those 4 Debuts

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

The Full Chart

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

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

 

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BILLCS Top 30 #448 – January 12, 2015

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

 

The Top 10

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

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

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

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

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

Also On The Rise

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

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

Four Debuts

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

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

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

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

The Full Chart

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

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

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Pop Zinger: “Here’s To The Zeros” by Marianas Trench (@mtrench)

MARIANAS TRENCH, “Here’s To The Zeros”

I’ve enjoyed Marianas Trench’s alt.rock since I first saw them in concert in 2007, a pretty raw and loud performance supporting their debut album Fix Me, and hence I have all of their albums. ¬†For those who don’t know, the quartet are all classically trained musicians and vocalists, and fine songwriters, as Josh Ramsay can attest with his numerous award nominations (including Grammy) for co-writing Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”. ¬†So as 2014 comes to a close, it’s the eve of a new MT album, which appears to be titled Astoria, and the band premiered new single “Here’s To The Zeros” in the above lyric video on Christmas Day. ¬†Listen really closely to the lyrics folks, “Zeros” is a witty pop zinger that MT writes so well you will find yourself singing it in no time. ¬†I was getting a little worried after “POP 101” did not resonate with me at all, but if Astoria is full of music like “Here’s To The Zeros”, then their fourth album has been well worth the three¬†year wait since Ever After (though I would personally love another Masterpiece Theatre!). ¬† It’s also great to know that Interscope will also release Astoria in the U.S. following the success of Ever After. ¬†And I do believe I hear the North American tour dates being arranged…. You can also check out the live acoustic performance of “Zeros” below – MT had already been performing the song in concert for a few months.

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Solid Pop/Rock from @MattWebbMT “Right Direction” EP

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MATT WEBB, Right Direction (EP)

Though it was released last month, I held off writing about Matt Webb’s sophomore EP Right Direction until his very successful solo concert last night at Adelaide Hall in Toronto. ¬†Right Direction is just one of those records that’s so loaded with solid pop/rock singing, songwriting, production, and instrumentation, that no one song stood out for me in my first several listens. ¬†After last night’s show, I’m more partial to “Heartbreakers” (featuring friend and producer Kevvy of Fake Shark Real Zombie), and iTunes-only tracks “Lucky Numbers” and particularly “Hang Tight”. ¬†For those who don’t know, Matt is Marianas Trench’s guitarist, so you won’t find as much edge here but Right Direction is heavy on melody. ¬†It’s a little too unassuming at times though, very reminiscent of 80’s Bryan Adams (nothing wrong with that – “Hang Tight” recalls “Can’t Stop This Thing We Started”), and I think one of the songs I mentioned could do better at radio than the title song. ¬†But definitely solid music to get you through to the next MT record, and given the response last night there will likely be more Matt Webb shows coming around again before that. ¬†Watch the video for “Right Direction” below.

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BILLCS Music Blog’s Top 75 Songs of 2012 – #75 to #61

As in other years, most of my favourite songs of 2012 boiled down to the following criteria: ¬†Music that makes you feel good and want to dance along, and voices/lyrics that just amazed. ¬†There were several new great voices and faces, some returnees, and of course the completely unexpected. ¬†In order to appear on this list, a song must have appeared and peaked on my personal chart between January 2 and December 17 published charts. ¬†If it hadn’t attained its peak position yet, it will appear on my year end chart for 2013.

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Three carryovers into 2012 in our first group of #75 through #61 are The Midway State’s “Fire!”, ¬†Lady GaGa’s “Marry The Night”, and “Angel” by Darren Hayes. ¬†Wrapping up their touring on their Paris Or India album, Toronto quartet The Midway State otherwise took a break from music in 2012, and I hope these talented friends will engage us again next year. ¬†You could hear an excerpt of “Fire!” in Bell Canada commercials, and of course their biggest hit “Never Again” is the ringback for Rogers cellular phones. ¬†GaGa was everywhere in 2012, it’s hard to say where The Born This Way Ball didn’t visit! ¬†But a new Ball is on deck as is her forthcoming album ARTPOP, and I’m expecting a new single sometime in early 2013 to promote her touring in North America. ¬†“Angel” by Darren Hayes was a personal choice to carry over. ¬†You couldn’t possibly ask for a more reverent Madonna cover choice – it kept appearing on my iPod Touch shuffle, and as the vinyl flip side to “Talk Talk Talk”, it landed on my chart after the run of another song on this list, “Stupid Mistake”. ¬†Darren’s Secret Codes And Battleships continued to be one of my most played albums into 2012, and one more carryover from that album is ranked higher on this list. ¬†Watch the stunning video for “Stupid Mistake” and listen to Bright Light Bright Light’s percolating remix below as well.

More than ever, my chart contained a cornucopia of worldwide artists appear more than in any other year in recent memory. ¬†Music has no official borders, only those that the music industry continues to put up which hinders availability of recordings and the ability of performers to tour. ¬†Latvia is represented with singer/DJ/model Markus Riva and his dance rave-up “We Dance 4 Reason”, with another song to follow higher up. ¬†“Turn It Up” is the high energy follow up to “Pitiful” for Portugal’s Carlos Nobrega, who is one of my 13 Performers to Watch for ’13¬†and has another song much later in the countdown.¬† The worldwide breakout from France this year is M83 whose hook from “Midnight City” (outstanding video below) is imprinted on the year (and an even better cover version appears higher up on the list), which led to sellout shows around the world. ¬†Canadians Marianas Trench had their most successful year ever with last year’s Ever After album and the single “Fallout” among others. ¬†Lead singer Josh Ramsay not only produced that album but is now a Grammy-nominee for co-writing Canadian label mate Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”. ¬†German DJ/producers Spencer & Hill paired up with the always amazing US vocalist Nadia Ali for “Believe It”, which is your dance song for weekend release after a hard work week.

There are three UK artists in this group. ¬†Keane had a successful year around the world with their Strangeland album, led by the glorious “Silenced By The Night” this past Spring. ¬†“Lights Out” was the second single¬†from duo Bim’s EP of affecting and emotional electropop, Lifelines. ¬†Bim are another of my 13 Performers to Watch for ’13 And a favourite from her Little Belter shows and the subsequent album, Elouise covered “Could It Be Magic” – less like the Barry Manilow version and more like Donna Summer’s – which turned out to be somewhat bittersweet as the song appeared on my chart at the time of the disco legend’s death. ¬†Elouise is off to dazzle Australian audiences with the Little Belter show in early ’13 – the rest of the world will undoubtedly follow.

Three USA performers round out the list. ¬†L.A. quartet Saint Motel released a quirky but very smart album Voyeur this past summer, and toured to support it. ¬†The band’s singer also is responsible for directing the group’s unique videos, so check out the one for “Benny Goodman” below. ¬†Lana Del Rey’s “Born To Die” dominated airwaves and TV video play at the top of the year and solidified her instant presence on the pop music scene (strangely yielding no Grammy nominations). ¬†And the mixtape Hunter by Baiyu, generating the title song on this list, dazzled enough people to land her as a contestant on The CW’s “The Next” and on my 13 Performers To Watch for ’13 list.

BILLCS Top 30 #374 – March 12/12

As the top 5 songs on my chart remain exactly the same (that’s 4 appearances – 8 weeks – at #1 for “Memorize Me” by Rune RK & Databoy, plus 5 appearances at #2 for Eric Saade’s “Backseat” – and both songs are still red hot!), the rest of the chart gets a shake-up with 6 additions. ¬†I’ve chatted about all of these songs before except the highest debut.

While the regular big hits from TV’s “Glee” now seem to have stopped, that doesn’t prevent the show from helping the original versions of some ¬†of the songs they are performing to become huge hits in North America. ¬†How many of you knew “We Are Young” by fun. featuring Janelle Monae before you saw the “Glee” performance”? ¬†It’s currently #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. ¬†And not too far behind it is “Glad You Came” by The Wanted. ¬†There’s nothing complex about this one – a simple unadulterated catchy fun song that deserves to be a hit. ¬†It bows at #22 on my chart, yes a little belatedly, but nothing stops a good song.

In a bit of a chart first from these last 14 years, I’m charting the same song by two different performers. ¬†“Midnight City” by M83 in its original version slides up comfortably to #12, but the version I premiered a few weeks back by The Knocks featuring Mandy Lee has its own vibe and merits and debuts at #23. ¬†Plus – it’s a free download ūüôā

The next two debuts don’t have official videos and both hail from the UK. ¬†I do say it’s time for a revival of the Barry Manilow/Take That hit “Could It Be Magic”, this time as performed by captivating chanteuse Elouise. ¬†Read my last blog post about her album Little Belterthe song debuts at #27. ¬†It’s her 6th entry in my chart world – 2010’s “Pretender” even got as high as #2. ¬†Then we have a chart premiere for young American singer Kaya with “When I Was Blind”, which has a preview on You Tube but is also available on iTunes in its original ballad form. ¬†It features talented UK singer Pierre Lewis in a truly harmonious vocal pairing. ¬†Pierre got to #2 in 2009 on my chart with “Broken” and has come close again with some other recent songs. ¬†But “When I Was Blind” is a beautiful, classic ballad with loads of potential. ¬†You can get the Florian Maier dance mix for free right here. ¬†The song arrives at #28.

A video is forthcoming for Sam Sparro’s “Happiness”, from his upcoming Return To Paradise album, which premieres at #29. ¬†Sam has just been back to his native Australia and is now poised to offer up lots of “Happiness” to the rest of the pop world ūüôā ¬†The last debut has been kicking around in my head, well at least since last November when I wrote about it. ¬†I think I’ve still been a bit attached to “Pumped Up Kicks”, and while “Helena Beat” was promoted as the follow up I think the true successor is still “Call It What You Want” and its imaginative video. ¬†It steps onto the chart at #30.

There’s still some impressive movement happening on the rest of the chart. ¬†I like the sound of Graffiti 6 at #6, as “Free” continues its ascent. ¬† Joe Jonas still has a two-fer in my Top 10 with “Make You Mine” hanging at #3, and “Not Right Now” now moving up 10-7. ¬†JMSN’s “Something” climbs 14-8 as the singer prepares some more thought-provoking videos for our entertainment. ¬†“Fallout” by Marianas Trench becomes their fifth top tenner at #9, and “Better Than I Know Myself” lands at #10 for Adam Lambert – very interested in hearing the other songs from his upcoming album Trespassing. ¬†Last week’s new ones all made some fine gains this week. ¬†Ryan Star’s “Stay Awhile” rises 25-18, while “The Fight Of My Life” by Colin Munroe featuring Pusha-T jumps 27-19. ¬†Liquid Diet, who performed their first live show last night in New York City, slide up 29-24.

However, it’s “Someday” by River Tiber that you must keep your eyes and ears on. ¬†A huge 26-11 jump smells of a #1 contender once the current dance music up top takes a break. ¬†I’ll have lots more to say about Tommy Paxton-Beesley and his band in the coming week as River Tiber performs a couple of shows in my city. ¬†I’ve been listening steadily to River Tiber’s From Now On album and the new EP Massachusetts, and have plenty to talk about once I collect my thoughts. ¬†In the meantime, here’s that video for “Someday” again…

You can view the full chart using the link under ***BILL’S 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.

BILLCS Top 30 #373 – February 27/12

Much of my personal chart stays the same in this end of February edition, but there are always the requisite new songs on the rise. ¬†The big mover on this week’s chart is the increasingly infectious “Free” by Graffiti 6, which jumps 20-8. ¬† The British duo of Jamie Scott and Tommy Danvers comes off with a unique pop sound amid so much autotuned dross on the charts. ¬†As testament to this, you’ll find an acoustic video of “Free” below as well as the official video. ¬†As bloggers have claimed for the last few years, Graffiti 6 continues to impress and acquire new fans (me, among them).

You can view the full chart using the link under ***BILL’S 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.

The top of the chart continues to be a friendly battle between “Memorize Me” by Rune RK & Databoy, which continues in the lead, and “Backseat” by Eric Saade. ¬†The former’s intriguing story sweatered in electropop and the latter’s rock-flavoured sensual dance pop are both fantastic detours in the current pop world. ¬†Not far behind is “Make You Mine” by Joe Jonas at #3, which like “Backseat” throws a little aggression into the mix. ¬†The sensitive old-school R&B/pop of “Home” by Stone Walters continues at #4, and then it’s that guy Saade again at #5 with the mysterious and danceable singalong that is “Fingerprints”. ¬†Aside from “Free” by Graffiti 6, the only other new entry to the Top 10 is another Jonas-should-be-smash done up as a break-up cha cha called “Not Right Now” at #10.

While the fine “Fallout” by Marianas Trench (video below) and “Born To Die” by Lana Del Rey each inch up a notch, Adam Lambert’s “Better Than I Know Myself” comes up the middle as Top 10 bound at #12. ¬†JMSN’s intriguing “Something” is on the move at #14 (yes, more weird and wonderful videos are on the way), with “Summer Is Over” by Jon McLaughlin & Sara Bareilles climbing to #16. ¬†M83’s “Midnight City” continues to get stuck in my head for long periods of time and jumps to #17, while Fallulah’s “Out Of It” as remixed by the ingenious Monsieur Adi is equally captivating at #20. ¬†The crowd pleasing “Believe It” by Spencer & Ross and Nadia Ali rounds out the songs to watch at #21.

I’ve already written about our four debuts in past posts. ¬†But in case you haven’t got the tip from the above paragraphs, a lot more rock flavour seems to be finding its way into my personal chart. ¬†Three out of the four debuts can attest to this.

At #25 is New Yorker Ryan Star, whose songs have fared extremely well on the chart since 2008, all reaching the Top 5: ¬†“Right Now” (#2), “Start A Fire” (#3), “Last Train Home” (#4), and “Breathe” (#5). ¬†“Stay Awhile” is no exception – a fine emotionally-charged and thoughtful rock ballad. ¬†The video is below, as is Ryan’s rendition of “I Won’t Back Down”, a late 80’s hit for Tom Petty.

Then we have River Tiber, the band name for Canada’s Tommy Paxton-Beesley, which hits with “Someday” at #26. ¬†It’s another song with genuine emotional¬†fervour and highly-charged guitar playing that is made even better by Tommy’s Jeff Buckleyesque vocals which now give me goosebumps. ¬†Catch the video below and become a believer, along with another one of River Tiber’s songs called “Symmetry”. ¬†Be sure to download a new EP, hot off the presses, called Massachusetts, from River Tiber’s website.

Bowing at #27 is “The Fight Of My Life” by Colin Munroe featuring Pusha-T. ¬†The duo concocted a wicked blend of pop, rock, R&B, and rap in this powerful song, which should put Toronto’s Colin back into the international scene handily. ¬†A lot of people, myself included, can relate to the lyrics and Colin’s soulful and honest vocal. ¬†Colin’s had two chart entries, “Will I Stay” (#8) and “Bulletproof Monster” (#12). ¬†Listen to “The Fight Of My Life” below, as well as lending an ear to Colin’s affecting revox of Sky Ferreira’s “One”.

The last debut at #29 focuses on a retro new wave vibe, in a kind of Animotion-meets-Divinyls kind of way (and they would do a great version of the former’s hit “Obsession”, hint hint). ¬† I’m talking about fun trio Liquid Diet, who have released a 3 song self-titled EP that puts ears foremost on “Hand Dance”, their ode to self-pleasure. ¬†It’s kitschy for sure but not only instantly likeable but hard to get out of your head, and before you know it you’ll want more… And that must be why the duo also recorded a danceable cover-with-a-twist of George Michael’s “Father Figure”. ¬†As with “Hand Dance”, vocalists Georgia and Billy trade off well and what sounds like it could have been a train wreck in principle actually works out just fine thank you. ¬†The EP rounds out with “Nude”, which manages to name-check bloggers among a cast of thousands. ¬†Watch the video for “Hand Dance” below and listen to “Father Figure” as well.