It’s a new year, beginning with a new #1 by a performer who holds both #1 and #2 spots, and six debuts make their presence known. Some recent EP’s and albums are causing multiple appearances by the same performers, after a year like last year where multiple entries by the same performers didn’t occur too often.
The Top 10
- As I’ve been tweeting the past few days, if you missed Brandyn Burnette’s one-of-a-kind audition on American Idol last Thursday, you need to see it so go to the link right here. So while Brandyn got his golden ticket, he also starts off 2016 with a bang on this chart, with the alternative old soul of “Nothing At All” ascending to the top, while the song he performed in his audition, “Lost (Stripped)”, advances 5-2. 2016 shows every sign of being a great year for Brandyn, and he has one other entry further down on the chart, though his fourth from two weeks ago, “Life’s A Beach” drops off. A video for “Nothing At All” will arrive very soon!
- “I Wish (My Taylor Swift)” by The Knocks and Matthew Koma stays put at #3, and a third New Yorker, Penguin Prison, has remixed the song in his own inimitable style, stripping away the SoCal vibe of the song and turning it into something more NYC club ready. Give a listen above. I’m very happy to be seeing The Knocks on January 22 in my city 🙂
- I was beginning to feel lonely in my enjoyment of Mako’s “Smoke Filled Room”, but in fact the song soared into Billboard’s Dance Radio Airplay Top 5 over the holidays, so the cat is out of the bag. Members Alex and Logan have a standout beauty here with this song, particularly in the Elephante remix, and it climbs 6-4. A new video for the song is coming too!
- MAX Schneider is working double-duty on the chart this week with songs from each of his recent EP’s. Not only does his collaboration with Jared Evan, “Ms Anonymous” (above) rise 7 to 6, but his new club-banger-in-waiting “Wrong” (below), featuring Lil Uzi Vert, is the fastest riser on the chart, zooming 22-13 and is set to close in on the upper reaches in a few weeks.
- The only new entry to the Top 10 belongs to the crazy vibe and Portuguese lyrics of “Drinkee” by NYC duo Sofi Tukker, climbing 12-9. The duo will also be on that January 22 bill for The Knocks I mentioned above.
Movin’ On Up
There’s so much activity below the Top 10 besides MAX’s “Wrong” as the fastest riser that I won’t be able to write about all this week.
- Suffice it to say, one’s feet can continue dancing past New Year’s Eve. The songs to do just that for you as they eye the Top 10 in two weeks? “The Shadows Of The Moon” (above) by the venerable veteran Rozalla along with producers/DJs House Of Virus, advancing 14-11, along with German DJ/producer Final DJS wisely working with Bright Light Bright Light on vocals for the free download of “Lost In Feelings” (below), which moves up 16-12.
- My dream team of Brandyn Burnette and Molly Moore appropriately have songs side-by-side on the chart. Molly’s touching and incisive “Blood. Sweat. Tears.” (above) could be a Jessie Ware song in disguise from her EP Shadow Of The Sun and rises 25-20, while her beau Brandyn’s third song from his Made Of Dreams EP, “Down” (below), jumps 28-21.
I’ve had to save most of the space in this post for our six stunning debuts, one of which sneaked onto the chart after only being released on Thursday at midnight.
- Wither “Hello”, slipping from 1 to 5 after 4 appearances (8 weeks) at #1, but certainly not forgetting about other songs from the knockout album that is 25. “All I Ask” (above) is almost equally as beautiful and touching, with another amazing vocal… can’t seem to find enough adjectives for this one! It bows at #17, while subsequent single “When We Were Young” (below) also has no trouble finding its way onto the chart at #25. Any performer signed to a major label with access to funds should aim to create as wonderful a record as this, style and genre notwithstanding. 25 is a once-in-a-long-time album experience for anyone.
- Crashing onto all platforms on Thursday at midnight was the immense surprise that is Super 8bit Heart, the album redux of 2010’s 8bit Heart, one of my favourite releases of the decade by Simon Curtis (read my blog post from yesterday right here). It’s not at all the same as the original and has its own highlights, but I’m so glad that “8bit Heart” was remade with the same warm touches as the original. “8bit Heart” already reached #1 here in 2010 and remained on the chart for its maximum 10 appearances (20 weeks). But I’m treating this new recording as a brand new entry and I sincerely hope it becomes the focus song for promotion of the new album. So the redux of “8bit Heart” arrives at #19.
- After listening to its initial singles, an album that I’ve grown to enjoy thoroughly over the holidays is South Africa-born, Australia-raised singer Troye Sivan’s Blue Neighbourhood. Not only are the songs compelling, but the boy-next-door performance with so much improved vocals by Troye make them so unique next to what’s on the radio. It’s no wonder listeners are flocking to his sold out shows and that people like Betty Who worked with him on the album. I’m currently wrapped up in both “Talk Me Down” (above) and “Wild” (below), so each arrives on the chart, at #23 and #26 respectively. Never did I think that Troye would grow so much after his You Tube performances. He is indeed a talent to watch!
- The last debut is “Age Of Innocence” by L.A.-based DJ/producer Elephante featuring Trouze and Damon Sharpe, which I wrote about not long ago and lands on the chart at #27. Club DJ’s are totally on board with this one, currently in Billboard’s Dance Club Play Top 25. The song is actually still available as a free download on Soundcloud too (below). Elephante is one of those talented guys with great ears who we will see playing huge venues with superstar talent in the next 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. Go on, have a look and listen/watch 🙂
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