#BILLCSTop30 #505 – March 20/17

This 505th edition of the BILLCS Top 30 is brought to you once again by The Chainsmokers, except this time they share the #1 spot with Coldplay on “Something Just Like This”.  This is a song that appeals to the good nature of everyone, and gets The Chainsmokers their third number one on this chart, while Coldplay gets their first (both “Talk” and “Clocks” got to #2).  Can’t wait to hear more from The Chainsmokers’ upcoming album Memories…Do Not Open.  These guys have not stopped and 2017 will continue to be huge for them.

Our Top 10 continues to seem like a revolving door as recent favourites depart to the lower parts of the Top 30.

The Rest of the Busy Songs on the Rise

  • In a chart where there were no songs by The Chainsmokers, Germany’s Koni and US vocalist Danelle would be at #1 with the effervescent “Mad About You”, which climbs to #2, bypassing The Chainsmokers’ “Paris” which dips 1-3.  “Mad About You” is one of those songs guaranteed to put a smile on your face, particularly if you happen to be someone crazy over someone else.  With Callum McBride, Koni has also done a great job on a remix edit of Ed Sheeran’s “Galway Girl”, injecting just a tad of tropical flavour – give a listen below and download it for free.
  • Another German producer and American vocalist soar into the Top 5 from outside of the Top 10.  It’s Levi featuring Victor Perry on the timeless and effortless “Sail”, which vaults 13-4 and is the Fastest Riser on the chart for a second time in a row.
  • A song I simply cannot get out of my head is “Be My Love” by Mahalo featuring Cat Lewis, so much so that even in its 8th appearance on the chart it still moves upward, bounding 9-5.  The pair also have a second song taking off further down.  “WTFYWF” climbs 22-15 (both below).
  • Toronto’s Loud Luxury pairs up with Ryan Shepherd on “Something To Say”, the deep house redux-in-disguise of Craig David’s “Fill Me In”, which flies into the Top 10 15-8.
  • If there weren’t as many songs as strong as DNCE’s “Naked” the song would be much higher on the chart but not as high as the #2 placing of “Cake By The Ocean” in late 2015.  Nonetheless, DNCE reach the Top 10 a second time as “Naked” moves up 11-9.

  • The last debut in the Top 10 belongs to the currently-touring Justin Taylor Phillips, aka Crywolf, who I will see in concert on March 25.  The waltz-like epic “Windswept” jumps 14-10.
  • One of the most unique songs of the year is “Manifest”, the progressive soul/hip hop flavoured song by Brandyn Burnette from his third EP Feature Films.  “Manifest” rises 20-13.

5 Debuts (all with featured vocalists)

  • I think young Dutch producer WRLD will become another Tiesto if song choices like “Stranded” keep coming his way.  Paired up with American producers SMLE, the song benefits immensely from an outstanding, soaring vocal by Kiddo AI and bows at #21.  It’s one-of-a-kind dance music for your ears and feet!  It’s also currently available as a free download 🙂

  • Right behind at #22 is “Stay” by Zedd featuring Alessia Cara.  “Stay” is Zedd’s fourth appearance on the chart, but first in three years, and Alessia’s chart debut.  Zedd is a refreshing change of electronic style for Zedd, and Canadian singer Alessia Cara to me gives her best vocal to date (she also is one of the song’s co-writers).  All of Zedd’s three songs to hit the chart have made the Top 5, including a #1 with “Spectrum” (featuring Matthew Koma) in 2012.  Will “Stay” follow suit?  I think there’s a strong possibility!

  • Dutch duo The Him are back after finding their way to #2 last year with “Balance” (featuring Oktavian) and opening on The Chainsmokers’ European tour.  But “I Wonder” is far different from the deep house of “Balance”.  It’s got a bright summery melody in stark contrast to a divine but forlorn vocal by singer LissA – and it all works beautifully.  “I Wonder” arrives at #24.  I will be checking out The Him’s own show on March 31.
  • NYC duo The Knocks make their fifth entry on the chart with “Worship”, featuring UK singer MNEK, about whom I’ve written a number of times, and who first appeared on the chart in 2015 with Zara Larsson on “Never Forget You” (#17).  I saw The Knocks on March 17 in concert and as usual they put on a dance party that you didn’t want to see end.  Their new EP is Testify, and “Worship” is the Gospel-flavoured ear-ringer which debuts at #25.  All of The Knocks’ previous entries have reached the Top 10, including a #1 last year with “Kiss The Sky”, featuring Wyclef Jean.
  • Our final debut is also the third one from The Netherlands (a fourth Dutch entry is at #11, “Light” by San Holo).  Lulleaux makes his song “Sinner” a winner featuring a top notch vocal by SVM, and it premieres at #27, the first entry for Florida’s Tipsy Records.

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Harmonizin’ mashup: “Never Forget You”/”Don’t Let Me Down” by @Parallel3music #ZaraLarsson #MNEK #TheChainsmokers #Daya

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PARALLEL 3, “Never Forget You/Don’t Let Me Down”

It’s so much of a pleasure to hear great voices blend together, and such is the case with Canadian/American trio Parallel 3.  I only happened to find out about them as I wrote about (2015 Master Chef Canada Top 4 finalist!) Cody Karey last year when he recorded a slick cover of The Weeknd’s “Earned It”.  Cody is joined in Parallel 3 by fellow Canadian Marc Devigne and American Brett Pruneau thanks to the wonderful ears of producer Trevor Hoffmann.  The mashup of course is a great choice of international pop/dance favourites by Zara Larsson & MNEK and EDM stars The Chainsmokers & Daya.  The trio shows what great songs these are stripped down to their vocal essence.  I’m sure with these kinds of vocals the guys have all kinds of music up their collective sleeves, and if you fondly remember the Canadian vocal group The Nylons, then you will know that there is room in the international market for Parallel 3.  Looking forward to hearing more!!  Watch the video below.

#BILLCSTop30 #468 – October 19, 2015

Despite a bit of a busy spell which meant much less blog posts than usual since the last chart, I hope to make up for that during the next two weeks!  The chart continues to be busy with a new #1 and four debuts.  So without further adieu…

The Top 10

  • “Let You Go”, the R&B-infused single from River Tiber’s When The Time Is Right EP, garners the pole position.  It’s River Tiber’s third jaunt at #1, following 2012’s “Someday” and 2013’s “The City”.  But Tommy Paxton-Beesley is definitely on the right track with his new songs; River Tiber’s recent performance at Adelaide Hall in Toronto to me was a personal best!  Folks, be sure to check out When The Time Is Right on iTunes.

  • Zipping all the way to #6 we go for a new Top 10 entry from Brooklyn’s Great Good Fine OK, who also reside with The Chainsmokers at #3 with the other “Let You Go”.  “Something To Believe In” is the compelling duet with St. Lucia full of gorgeous vocals and instrumentation.  It’s from GGFO’s EP 2M2H.

  • Vancouver’s Tyler Shaw is on point with his current single “Dizzy” from his debut album Yesterday.  You can hear it all across Canada on the radio (all the more reason for international readers to find this out with online radio links).  “Dizzy” climbs to #7.

  • Venturing into my city for a concert with a serious of guest singers is Disclosure, who with Sam Smith glide up to #8 with “Omen”.  It’s their third Top Tenner following last year’s #1 “Latch” (with Sam) and #10 “F For You” (with Mary J. Blige).

  • Also new in the Top 10, following that infectious seductive piece of business called “Guilty As Sin” (which peaked at #3, and falls off the chart) is a soft and sinewy number called “My Religion” by Toronto’s Dan Talevski, climbing 18-9.  Canadians continue to boom in the Top 10, with River Tiber, Tyler Shaw, and Dan all aboard (Dan also co-wrote Tyler’s previous single “House of Cards”).

Movin’ On Up

  • Sugar can get stuck easily but with a little persuasion it can be moved.  After holding at #13, “Sugar” by Robin Schulz and Francesco Yates continues to advance up to #11, with its amusing slapsticky video well worth watching.

  • While Brandyn Burnette’s #1 “I Wanna Be (Free)” had a deservedly phenomenal ride on this chart for the last 20 weeks, it moves down to #2 and will depart the chart, leaving room for the heartfelt and catchy “Life’s A Beach” to continue to rise.  It leaps 22-12.  A reminder – it’s available for free from Brandyn’s website as part of The Bright Side Mixtape.

  • Dance clubs totally get it and the so song is headed for the Top 20 on Billboard’s Dance Club Play chart.  Matthew Koma’s “So F**kin’ Romantic” moves up 17-14 – more Matthew to come!

  • Can you say DNCE?? Well if you like to DNCE then you can say it 😛  Joe Jonas’ new project is well on its way with the carefree “Cake By The Ocean” climbing 25-17.  Check out the new video above, which is light years away from The Jonas Brothers.

  • Like Brandyn Burnette and Great Good Fine OK, Sam Smith has two entries in the chart, the latest being the theme from the upcoming James Bond movie “SPECTRE”, “Writing’s On The Wall”, which moves up 23-19.

  • “Bow Tie” by Diego Gomes (another Canadian!) gets far too easily stuck between your ears thanks to a snappy vocal and clever lyrics.  It rises 27-21.

Premiering

  • Leading the debuts is “I Wish (My Taylor Swift)”, a special pairing off DJ/producers The Knocks and singer Matthew Koma at #24.  Despite its title and subject matter, it’s a really clever song with a laid back, dreamy melody.  It’s the second appearance for The Knocks on this chart, following their 2013 cover of M83’s “Midnight City” with Mandy Lee (#8).

  • Arriving for the first time since 2005’s “Krafty” (#5) on this chart is enduring UK quintet New Order, one of my favourite bands of all time who have recorded many must-have’s in my book – “Blue Monday”, “The Perfect Kiss”, “Fine Time”, the list goes on and on.  Their latest album and first for Mute Records is Music Complete – their best IMO since 1989’s Technique.  “Plastic” is the second single, which bows at #25.  It’s New Order creating dance music at its best, drawing from numerous influences through the 70’s to their own music and perhaps even Bernard Sumner’s 90’s side project Electronic.  Turn it up loud and move those feet!

  • Bowing at #28 is a duet between 17 year old Swedish star Zara Larsson and new UK sensation MNEK with “Never Forget You”.  The pairing is just dynamite, and I predict great things for both song and singers.  Readers of this blog know that I’ve written about MNEK several times since 2012, when the talented singer/writer/producer – who recently co-wrote and sang on Madonna’s “Living For Love” (!) – was also just 17.  He’s since been similarly behind the scenes for UK #1’s by Oliver Heldens, Little Mix, and Duke Dumont, too.

  • Rounding out the chart at #29 is the latest single from Years & Years’ still-stunning debut album Communion.  The gorgeous ballad “Eyes Shut” debuts as long-lasting #1 “Shine” leaves the chart.  It’s the group’s fourth chart entry also following “King” (#1) and “Desire” (#7).

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@ChrisMalinchak and @MNEK Serve Up UK House Music with “Happiness”

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CHRIS MALINCHAK featuring MNEK, “Happiness”

If you thought pairing up New York producer/DJ Chris Malinchak with star-on-the-rise Mikky Ekko for the American funk of “Stranger” was sheer bliss, then how about UK soul wunderkind MNEK?  “Happiness” is the best kind of emotional, mid-tempo house music, and it’s an honest and catchy throwback to late 80’s hitmakers like Terence Trent D’Arby, Sydney Youngblood, and Colonel Abrams.  Can’t wait to get this one once it’s released but for now, give a listen below.

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Breaking Through: @MNEK with “Every Little Word” and a Cool Cover Tune

MNEK, “Every Little Word” and “Never Leave You”

It’s been about a year and a half since I last wrote about British singer/producer/remixer MNEK being someone to watch for, and 2014 could see that breakthrough given the quality of his new single “Every Single Word”.  Back in 2011 he was somewhat of a whiz kid on the scene at only 17.  Now at 19 and signed to Virgin, it looks like his own recordings and performances could be poised for great things.  “Every Little Word”, supported by a colourful Lamar & Nik video, has a really 80’s new jack swing retro vibe but with a vocal quality that will put him in the same leagues as fellow Brit Sam Smith, but with more rhythmic songs.  An equal joy to listen to, and as a free download available below, is his ‘refix’ of a song that would be considered now as a guilty pleasure to some – Lumidee’s 2003 Top 5 hit “Never Leave You”.  But the singer nails it and brings out a convincingly fun vibe to make the song his own.  You can get “Every Little Word” on iTunes now.

 

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Adam Tyler’s video for “Like A Drug”, “Somebody” by Vincent Did It, and New Faces: MNEK, Fallulah, Liquid Diet, and Chromatone

Well my Monday certainly kicked off with a blast, with the arrival of the video for Adam Tyler’s “Like A Drug”, and more new music from Vincent Did It (formerly Frankmusik) with “Somebody”.  I’ll throw in songs and/or videos from four new faces as well.

Adam Tyler, “Like A Drug”

Adam Tyler has been whetting our appetites for the last while with picture previews of stills from the video for “Like A Drug”.  It dropped yesterday and serves as an eyebrow-raising calling card for the talented L.A. based Missouri native.  We’ve already seen videos for 2010’s “Friction” and last year’s first single from the Shattered Ice album “I Won’t Let You Go”.  This time though it’s an all out assault on our senses, as this well-directed video takes us into a cavernous warehouse where naughty and/or naasty things may happen depending on your temptation.

The video is both persuasive and compelling, not knowing what to expect… But throughout it we see snippets of some dancing, and Adam gets up close and personal with most of the cast as the tension builds.  It ultimately leads to the best part of the video – a group dance to some truly magnificent 30 seconds of choreography, which may even stick in your head more than the rest of the video.  Then, boom – it’s over.  I hope “Like A Drug” opens more doors for Adam.  The song had to grow on me more than some of the others in Shattered Ice as I’ve listened to the album for the past five months.  The quality in its video has been worth the wait – well done everyone! 🙂

Vincent Did It, “Somebody”

Vincent Frank is back in his element.  He may be about to make the best music of his career if recent songs “Dynamo”, “So You’re Alive” (video is below), and “Somebody” are any indication.  The singer is in his best voice with some of his best lyrics, not without some humour, as well on “Somebody” as he encourages everyone “don’t let the bastards bring you down”.  The singer himself has had to rise above so much himself over the last year and I’m glad that he can release it through his songs.  Keep it coming – can’t get enough!  And it’s only January!!

MNEK, “If He’s The One” 

MNEK is 17 year old British singer Uzoechi Osisioma Emenike, who has already risen to cutting edge prominence with a Top 5 UK hit under his songwriting belt, “All Fired Up” by The Saturdays.  He’s remixed for Graffiti 6, Frankmusik, Colette Carr, Tinie Tempah, Olly Murs, and Simon Curtis.  And he’s recording his debut album, to be released next year.  In the meantime, he’s offered up the cheery and soulful “If He’s The One” with a big voice way beyond his years.  Watch out for this talented lad and download “If He’s The One” below for free.

Fallulah “Out Of It”

26 year old Maria Apetri is Fallulah, and hails from Denmark, where “Out Of It” has already topped the charts recently.  The singer compares at times to Florence Welch but has a softer quality about her.  I’ve been listening to a remix of “Out Of It” for a while now, which brings out the eerie undercurrent of the song better than its original video (above).  That’s definitely owing to the talented remixing of Monsieur Adi, who you’ll know this past year from remixing Darren Hayes’ “Bloodstained Heart” as well as producing his own songs as well, such as “Chariot”.  Listen to the Adi remix of “Out Of It” below and mix it up with songs like “Ghosts ‘N Stuff” by Deadmau5.

Liquid Diet “Hand Dance”

New York trio Liquid Diet comprises Georgia, Billy, and Jonathan, and with the entertaining video for “Hand Dance” they join in some very good company – Divinyls, Cyndi Lauper, The Vapors, and others – who have all sang hits about the thrills of self-pleasure.  Not so guilty pleasure?  You bet!  Great fun that goes well with a song like Databoy’s “Stupid”.  Download it for free below for a limited time.

Chromatone, “One Half”

Chromatone is the performing name for German-born London-based singer/guitarist Philipp Cerny, who has meshed up rock, jazz, funk and soul, for a slick and danceable affair with “One Half”.  Like some other recent singers from the UK, Chromatone will remind you of some of the best US and UK soul/pop singers of the last 20 years, like Terence Trent D’Arby, Andrew Roachford, Remy Shand, and Jay Kay of Jamiroquai, with obvious influences from masters like Stevie Wonder.  It’s that classic jazzy guitar playing though that makes you notice.  Songs like “One Half” signal more energetic delights to come.  Download it for free below.

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