#BILLCSTop30 #554 – February 4/19

Some new songs make inroads deeper into the chart and there are four debuts.

But it’s once again A-Trak and Todd Terry who dominate the list for a 4th appearance (8 weeks) with “DJ’s Gotta Dance More”.

But “DJ’s Gotta Dance More” (above) should give way next week to the fantastic song that soars 10-2, which is “Closure” by Dutch producer and record label honcho Steve Void.    The original version is above and the new acoustic version is below in its video featuring singer Andy Marsh.

The disco-tastic “Mister Love” by Luxembourg’s White Chocolate (above)advances 8-5, while the pairing of Jax Jones and Years & Years is a winner with “Play” (below) moving up 9-6.

New to the Top 10 are the *rock and roll* of “Siren” by The Chainsmokers (above) – who have more new music coming this week with 5 Seconds Of Summer called “Who Do You Love” – featuring Aazar, rising 14-9, and the fastest riser on the chart from Netherlands-based Emirati duo Revelries in partnership with Sam Smyers and vocalist Oktavian for “Don’t Think Twice” (below), moving 20-10.  The Revelries lads also have new music coming out this week called “Handle” featuring MFLR.  

“Shooting Star” (above) by NYC singer/songwriter/producer Anna Yvette reaches a new peak of #11, while Sam Bluer’s “Bite My Tongue” (19-14) and “Sexual Vibe” (21-15) by Charlie Puth’s younger brother Stephen (both below) are both eyeing the Top 10.

Indie songstress Molly Moore jumps into the Top 20 for the 5th time with “Be Here Now” (22-17, above), while hot newcomer and Milwaukee native of Albanian heritage Amanda Koçi, better known as Ava Max, rises 25-18 with former UK #1 “Sweet But Psycho” (below).

Dance master R3HAB takes it slow and romantic with “All Into Nothing” (26-19, above) featuring Nashville vocalist Mokita.  Once known as Marcy Levy, the incomparable Marcella Detroit graces “Paradise” by Parralox (Eric Kupper remix, below) with her vocals and in its video.

The highest debut on the chart at #22 is one of the most delightful collaborations of 2019 so far.  Who woulda thunk that the music of Lauv and Troye Sivan would be so darned harmonious with “I’m So Tired…”.  It’s Lauv’s 2nd chart entry, following “I Like Me Better” (#3), and Troye’s 7th.  By Spring, this song should be everywhere.

I didn’t care much for the next song until its drawing power convinced me at a concert in November.  I’m talking about San Holo’s “Lift Me From The Ground”, featuring Sofie Winterson on vocals, from San’s acclaimed Album1.  The crowd reaction to “Lift Me” in NYC in November was almost overwhelming, a really defining moment for San Holo with his rock star live show.  “Life Me” arrives at #23.  It’s San Holo’s third chart entry following “Light” (#4) and “Brighter Days” (#12, now #28).

2019 has kicked off with some fun music, and one anthem that should by all rights be played at every festival is “Repeat After Me”.  It premieres at #25 and is by the all stars that are Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Armin van Buuren and W&W.  It’s the first time on the chart for Dimitri, Mike and W&W, but it’s the 5th for Armada Music founder Armin.  He first charted in 2003 with a #1 “Just Another Day” (featuring Ray Wilson) and got another #1 in 2008 with “Going Wrong” (featuring Chris Jones).  Welcome back Armin for the first time since 2013’s “This Is What It Feels Like” (featuring Trevor Guthrie, #6).

The final debut belongs to UK producer Maff Boothroyd with the retro-flavoured deep house of “Take Me Away” at #27. It’s also the second entry for the Strange Fruits label, also at #2 with label owner Steve Void’s “Closure”.

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#BILLCSTop30 #553 – January 21/19

In this new chart, there’s somewhat more movement and four debuts, but in the coming weeks you’ll be seeing the chart shed many of its favourites from late 2018.

Nonetheless, this time around you’ll still find A-Trak and Todd Terry up top with “DJ’s Gotta Dance More” for a 3rd appearance (6 weeks) at #1, with former #1 “Loyal” by Odesza hanging tight right behind.  But that’s where things start to change up.

Mahalo and Le:Blanc’s perky bop “In My Arms” becomes Mahalo’s 4th Top 5 placing song up 8-3 on this chart,  Illenium holds on to #4, albeit with a different song this time, with “God Damnit” in a pairing with Call Me Karizma climbs 9-4, as “Crawl Outta Love” slips down to #18.

The only artist from Luxembourg to ever grace this chart is producer White Chocolate, and his contemporary take on disco, “Mister Love”, moves 14-8.  Right behind is the effervescent pop/dance of “Play” by Jax Jones and Years & Years, climbing 15-9.  

The fastest riser on the chart is the fantastic new song by Steve Void featuring Andy Marsh called “Closure”, which soars 19-10. 

 

Keep your eyes on these relative newcomers in the next month or so.  NYC-based singer/songwriter Ryan Gibeau has the enlightening “Flying Away” moving up 22-16, while The Him’s anthemic “Look At Us Now” looks like another winner rising 23-17.  “Bite My Tongue” by Australia’s Sam Bluer (27-19) has a unique charm, while Stephen Puth’s “Sexual Vibe” (28-21) knows exactly what it wants.  Molly Moore’s great vocal helps define the urgency of “Be Here Now”, moving up 25-22.

As Revelries’ “Naked” departs the chart, it’s immediately replaced by what is likely the Netherlands-based Emirati lads’ best of the most recent trio of releases to date.  In collaboration with Sam Smyers and featuring a commanding vocal by Oktavian, “Don’t Think Twice” has the highest debut on the chart at #20.

It’s everywhere and especially in the UK where it’s been #1 for almost a month – soon to be replaced by Ariana Grande methinks – it’s American singer Ava Max at #25 with “Sweet But Psycho”.  Right behind it is a gentle love song for the colder months that could be a pop breakthrough for R3HAB with “All Into Nothing” at #26 in partnership with Nashville singer Mokita. 

And last but hardly least at #30 is “Paradise” by Parralox featuring singer Marcella Detroit.  It’s the flashy house mix by Eric Kupper that reinvents the song to make it fresh.  “Paradise”.  It’s the fourth entry for Australia’s Parralox (aka John von Ahlen and friends), whose previous three songs all reached the Top 10, particularly 2015’s “Aeronaut” (#4).

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#BILLCSTop30 #552, January 7/19

This is the 21st year of the BILLCS Top 30!!  The new year kicks off with its first chart and a shorter chart blog format.  

The Top 5 was excessively played over the holidays and stays exactly the same, with A-Trak and Todd Terry’s house music truth of “DJ’s Gotta Dance More” staying on top.  There’s nothing to challenge it immediately so it will likely be up top two weeks from now as well.

Jessie Ware’s “Overtime” and Hellberg & Leona Lewis’ “Headlights” each reach new peaks of #6 and #7 respectively.  L.A.’s Mahalo gets his 4th Top 10 entry paired with producer Le:Blanc for “In My Arms” (13-8).  The other new entry is the fastest riser on the chart, “God Damnit” by Illenium featuring the song’s writer, Call Me Karizma on vocals.  It climbs 15-9.  The song gives Illenium concurrent songs in the Top 10 (at #4 with the PatrickReza remix of “Crawl Outta Love”), and it matches the peak of Karizma’s previous Top 10 entry “u suck” from 2016.

A lot of songs get caught with small moves in a tight area of the chart that will likely loosen up in two weeks.  “Play”, the infectious new song by Jax Jones and Years & Years, moves up 20-15.  As “This Feeling” peaks at #8, “Siren” by The Chainsmokers and Aazar climbs 23-18.  Steve Void’s “Closure”, featuring a winning vocal by Andy Marsh, rises 24-19.  The rest of last week’s debuts make smaller moves:  “Flying Away” by NYC-based singer/songwriter Ryan Gibeau moves 25-22, and right behind it is the rollicking new song by The Him called “Look At Us Now”, up 26-23.  Check out the duo’s even more recent release, “Unstoppable”, below.  Molly Moore’s heartfelt “Be Here Now” rises 29-25.

Two debuts grace the chart by new performers.  Australia’s Sam Bluer has a catchy and danceable winner with “Bite My Tongue” at #27, which has a Troye Sivan “My My My!” vibe about it (they just happen to be label mates too) and is an even better follow up to last year’s fine “Body High”.  And there’s another Puth about to find his way onto your playlists.  Younger brother Stephen has a grittier, sparse sound with, guitar-spiced 60’s flavoured production on “Sexual Vibe” at #28.

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#BILLCSTop30 #551 – December 24/18

It’s the last chart of 2018 for me, and the new entries continue to be bountiful as 4 more songs are added to the chart.  It’s been a busy, fun-filled year for pop music and 2019 doesn’t look like it will let up.  There’s far too much talent out there and not enough forums in which it can be showcased en masse.

My Christmas #1 though is new to the top and it’s “DJ’s Gotta Dance More” by my fellow Canadian A-Trak and legendary house producer and remixer Todd Terry.  Did you know that Todd was behind the innovative classic mid-80’s slammer “Can You Party” under the name Royal House?  I’m predicting more classic dance music vibes will seep into the mainstream in 2019 to make people feel so good.

The Rest of the Top 10

  • France’s Mercer made some of my most favourite house music of 2018, and “Fireworks” (above), currently #3, is right up there.  The prolific producer just dropped a new one for Armada with ATFC called “Twisted” (below).

 

  • PatrickReza’s heavy remix of Illenium’s “Crawl Outta Love” is perfectly in sync with the intent of the original song (and Illenium-approved) so it advances 5-4.  Also, in a similar alt.dance mode and with a heavy rock flavour is Patrick’s brief (1:50!) and eerie “Tip Toe”, below.
  • Sam Dickinson scores his biggest chart entry to date with “Wild Sun” in its Handbag House radio edit, climbing 9-5 from his EP From The Glass House: Part One.  Check out the remix up top and the video below.

  • Two very different songs featuring great UK women vocalist move up into the Top 10.  Jessie Ware’s “Overtime” (above) is very Lisa Stansfield-ish with a lot of 80’s funk elements, and it climbs 11-9.  Leona Lewis packs a punch with her vocal on Hellberg’s “Headlights” (below) which jumps 12-10.  It’s Hellberg’s 4th Top 10 entry and Leona’s 3rd.

Movin’ On Up

  • Mahalo and Le:Blanc’s insanely catchy 2:28 ear candy “In My Arms” is on the move and climbs 18-13.

  • Ending 2018 with rave reviews for his live shows, San Holo rises 17-14 with “Brighter Days” from album1 featuring the distinct voice of Bipolar Sunshine.
  • The fastest riser on the chart is the disco-tastic “Mister Love” from Luxembourgeois producer White Chocolate, which soars 25-16.

  • When she’s not providing vocals from many top dance music producers, Anna Yvette is writing and producing her own, and the uplifting “Shining Star” advances 22-18.

  • I’m looking forward to what Brandyn Burnette, now known as EMAN8, has up his sleeve for his debut album in 2019.  “Amen” is a soulful, psychedelic, diverse slice of pop music that climbs 23-19.  Check out the attention-grabbing video above.

  • UK producer Jax Jones turns back the clock a bit to what Years & Years sounded like at the time of their debut almost 4 years ago with the joyous pop/dance vibes of their collaboration “Play”, which rises 24-20.

Four Debuts

  • “Closure” by Steve Void and Andy Marsh, is a hard one to get out of your head, and a song to which so many of us can relate, and to which we can dance away our troubles.  It arrives on the chart at #24 and is talented Dutchman Steve’s 4th chart entry as a performer.
  • A voice to listen for in 2019 is NYC-based singer/songwriter Ryan Gibeau.  His gorgeous voice shows off his lower octaves in “Flying High”, an emotional song written on a plane after a relationship ended.  It’s from Ryan’s new album Quiet Fall and bows at #25.

  • Dutch duo The Him return to the chart after a successful 2018 releasing songs for Spinnin’ and getting to #1 on this chart with “Broken Love”.  Steven and J are at #26 with “Look At Us Now”, with some big synth riffs designed for festivals, their 7th entry since 2016.
  • Molly Moore also makes a welcome return to the chart with “Be Here Now”, which is one of her most passionate and compelling songs in the aftermath of personal tragedy.  It arrives at #29 and is her 5th solo chart entry.  Of course Molly is one half of Cosmos N Creature with EMAN8 and her songs feature prominently with them as well.

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The importance of living in the present is reflected in “Be Here Now” by @missMollyMoore

MOLLY MOORE, “Be Here Now”

L.A.-based singer/songwriter Molly Moore – also one half of Cosmos & Creature with EMAN8 (Brandyn Burnette) – follows up her third EP Third Eye High with the single “Be Here Now”.  In a year compounded by personal loss, “Be Here Now” reflects on the importance of the past but comes to terms with the even greater need to live in the present.  This new found approach for Molly is a great life lesson and I can envision this song being much welcomed and shared by those in similar circumstances.  It features one of Molly’s most compelling, driven vocals, and the adept alt.electronic production by France’s Besnine keeps the song taut and tight and wrapped up in its many big heartfelt moments.  But don’t get me wrong – “Be Here Now” is not sad or overly emotional.  It’s full of positives to allow us to cope with life’s many turns.

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Why yes that’s @JesseMcCartney, back and strong as ever with “Better With You”, full of positive pop vibes

JESSE McCARTNEY, “Better With You”

It’s kind of coming full circle for Jesse McCartney, from his early success as a teenager with pop confection like “Beautiful Soul” and “She’s No You” back in (could it be??) 2004/05.  The New York-born singer/songwriter seems to have found a similar niche with an uptempo song full of positive pop vibes in “Better With You”, which will reacquaint pop audiences with why they fell in love with him in the first place.  As the co-writer of Leona Lewis’ massive “Bleeding Love”, Jesse knows his way around crafting a great pop song, and this time he’s brought in some of my personal favourites, Brandyn Burnette and Molly Moore, to etch out a lovely story which is brought to life in a highly complimentary video above.  It’s Jesse’s first release since 2014 (aside from a wicked appearance in Built By Titan’s 2016 dance track “Dangerous”, which hit #11 on my personal chart), and he has been missing from the pop charts for too long – don’t get me started gushing about his 2008 album Departure, which I still play a lot!  “Better With You” and more like it, as well as perhaps a tour, could spell it all out for Jesse in 2018, and I’ll be watching!

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“Tough Love” is jazzy pop diversity at its best from @missMollyMoore

MOLLY MOORE, “Tough Love”

The lush sounds in “Tough Love” shouldn’t be overly surprising considering L.A. based singer/songwriter Molly Moore has dabbled in classics like “Come Fly With Me” on one of her EP’s and contributed to trumpeter Ryan Svendsen’s “Orange Tree Leaves” last year.  “Tough Love”, her first offering of 2018, does go heavy on alt.jazz flavour amid synth flourishes and a crisp vocal that’s more akin to a rock recording.  This is why Molly’s talents are so in-demand, through her other quite different work with beau Brandyn Burnette on his songs and their Cosmos & Creature project, as well as for others, including K-POP sensations EXO.  “Tough Love” is not about throwing everything into a recording but the kitchen sink.  It’s a consciously diverse offering that once again showcases Ryan Svendsen’s recognizable trumpet playing.  Rest assured that it’s a complex and fine introduction to what will come next in 2018 for Molly Moore – as always I am completely engaged 🙂 Add “Tough Love” to your Tasty and Diverse pop playlist using the Spotify link above.

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K-Pop Stars @weareoneEXO feature @BrandynBurnette/@missMollyMoore song “Been Through” in new album “Universe”

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EXO, “Been Through”

K-Pop stars EXO break away from their pop roots with the alt.rock flavoured “Been Through” in their new album Universe.  The song has the real potential for a North American breakthrough, though, thanks to being written by none other than BILLCS Music Blog favourites Brandyn Burnette and Molly Moore!  Though sung entirely in Korean, it’s a darker, more reflective song than the others on the Universe album, which also feature some lyrics in both English and Chinese.  BTS clearly are not the only K-Pop group on the international breakout scene.  With more song choices like these, you can expect EXO to appear on more than just K-Pop charts.  And word to Brandyn and Molly:  I, and many others I suspect, would love to hear the English language version of “Been Through” too!!  But way to go on this one to everyone involved 🙂  Listen below!

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“Ride The Wave” is positive pop power from @CosmosnCreature

COSMOS & CREATURE, “Ride The Wave”

Following up their more-than-terrific second single as Cosmos & Creature as lead artist, “Bad Drug”, the ever-busy Brandyn Burnette and Molly Moore continue with “Ride The Wave”.  It is indeed positive pop power to get you moving to make the most of your day by seizing it and not sit back to wait for things to happen.  For the most part, success, even if it’s on ones own terms, comes with drive, and you have to choose the right times to let things come to you.  It’s a fine balancing act but “Ride The Wave” instigates the art of making things happen for yourself starting with you.  The song has a great arrangement, musically and vocally, and it’s hard to think of what Brandyn and Molly cannot do.  Check out “Ride The Wave” above and purchase it online at your favourite music store.

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Tasty alt.pop/jazz “Orange Tree Leaves” by Ryan Svendsen (@musicbefore) feat. @missMollyMoore and @UnoHype

RYAN SVENDSEN featuring MOLLY MOORE and UNO HYPE, “Orange Tree Leaves”

Combining pop, jazz and hip hop in this decade continues to sound fresh with well-produced songs like “Orange Tree Leaves”. It’s brought to us by L.A. producer and trumpeter Ryan Svendsen, with principal vocals by Molly Moore of Cosmos & Creature and hip hop flavour from Maryland-born Uno Hype.  It’s music for a sunny, laid back day on a patio with friends.  Fans of Molly know that she is no stranger to the jazzier side of music, having interpreted Frank Sinatra’s “Come Fly With Me” on her debut EP Shadow Of The Sun.  Uno Hype’s rap meshes beautifully with the song, not too heavy but just edgy enough to give the song a different kind of boost.  Ryan Svendsen clearly set out for a high-quality recording here which highlights his trumpet work.  You can easy play it back to back with songs by Canadians BADBADNOTGOOD among others. You’ve actually already heard Ryan on songs I’ve written about here, notably Cosmos & Creature’s new “Bad Drug” and the Pluto remix of Molly Moore’s “Imaginary Friends”.  He also happens to be the manager of film soundtracks for no less than Lionsgate so obviously has a great set of ears.  I’m glad he’s chosen to work with independent performers like these and look forward to hearing more.  Check out “Orange Tree Leaves” at the link above.

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