It’s @PenguinPrison x 3, with vocals for @Gramercysound on “Unbelievable Love” and remixes for @Arizona_music and @FreedomFrymusic

GRAMERCY featuring PENGUIN PRISON, “Unbelievable Love”

ARIZONA, “Electric Touch” (Penguin Prison remix)

FREEDOM FRY, “Junkie” (Penguin Prison remix)

I definitely enjoy my doses of new music by or featuring Penguin Prison in doses of three like this ūüôā ¬†New York’s Chris Glover is back with new music following his second album, 2015’s Lost In New York, featuring on vocals with fellow NYC denizen (but a Canadian in disguise , hehe) Gramercy on “Unbelievable Love” (above) for Spinnin’ Deep no less. ¬†This is particularly fast-paced house that will sound great in clubs at the top of the evening. ¬†And Gramercy, also known as Justin Davey, knows his craft well and who to work with – he’s produced songs by the likes of David Guetta, Jason Derulo and Nicki Minaj. ¬†With fine songs like “Unbelievable Love”, Gramercy is one to watch!

Returning to more familiar territory that sends me back to Penguin Prison’s other remixes, like for Ghost Town’s “Too Young” a few years back, we have French/American duo Freedom Fry with “Junkie” (below). ¬†The catchy song, from an EP of official Remixes, gets a big boost from PP’s funky touches which do all the right things to help make this one a singalong come chorus time.

Penguin Prison also tackles an official remix for on-the-bubble New Jersey group ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†A R I Z O N A on “Electric Touch” (also below). ¬†With more of a regimental rhythm and lots of high end, PP’s remix captures the magic of instant love at first touch. ¬†This one’s an easy grab for club DJ’s to catch on to Arizona’s growing appeal and Penguin Prison’s effortless way of making his interpretations work so well.

#BILLCSTop30 #474 – January 11, 2016

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 ūüôā

  • 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.

Six Debuts!

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

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#BILLCSTop75Songsof2015

Onward and upward to 2016!  However the music in 2015 was really strong compared to other recent years.

Chart: BILLCS Top 75 Songs of 2015

01 BRANDYN BURNETTE I Wanna Be (Free)
02 YEARS & YEARS Shine
03 ADELE Hello
04 COREY NILES F/ ALEX LACASSE Chasing Stars
05 YEARS & YEARS King
06 RIVER TIBER Let You Go
07 BRANDYN BURNETTE Sleeve
08 RIVER TIBER No Talk
09 COLOR THEORY Headphones (Matt Mancid Retro Crossover Mix)
10 DAN TALEVSKI Guilty As Sin
11 DENIZ KOYU VS TWOLOUD Goin’ Down
12 THE CHAINSMOKERS F/ GREAT GOOD FINE OK Let You Go (Tiesto Remix)
13 REIGEN Come Back To Me
14 ERIK HASSLE No Words
15 DNCE Cake By The Ocean
16 NATHAN SYKES Kiss Me Quick
17 CHRIS JAMISON Velvet
18 BRANDYN BURNETTE Life’s A Beach
19 THE KNOCKS & MATTHEW KOMA I Wish (My Taylor Swift)
20 TRIBE SOCIETY F/ KIESZA Pain Told Love
21 JESSIE WARE Pieces
22 SMASHING SATELLITES Waterfall
23 ADAM LAMBERT Ghost Town
24 ERASURE Sacred
25 SANDER VAN DOORN, MARTIN GARRIX & DVBBS F/ ALEESIA Gold Skies
26 JESSIE WARE Champagne Kisses
27 ANTONIO GIACCA Sensation
28 PARRALOX Aeronaut
29 DAN TALEVSKI My Religion
30 PENGUIN PRISON Show Me The Way
31 ERIC SAADE Sting
32 GREAT GOOD FINE OK F/ ST. LUCIA Something To Believe In
33 ELI LIEB Lightning In A Bottle
34 BRANDON FLOWERS Can’t Deny My Love
35 CHIC F/ NILE RODGERS I’ll Be There
36 GRAHAM ALEXANDER She’S A Chameleon
37 BOJANA STAMENOV Beauty Never Lies
38 NERVO F/ KYLIE MINOGUE, JAKE SHEARS & NILE RODGERS The Other Boys
39 LUCIEN DANTE Black Water
40 FRANCESCO YATES Better To Be Loved
41 GIORGIO MORODER F/ SIA Deja Vu
42 ERASURE Reason
43 TYLER SHAW Dizzy
44 FALL OUT BOY Uma Thurman
45 YEARS & YEARS Desire
46 GIORGIO MORODER F/ KYLIE MINOGUE Right Here, Right Now
47 MIKKY EKKO Riot
48 CHARLIE PUTH F/ MEGHAN TRAINOR Marvin Gaye
49 LIFEHOUSE Hurricane
50 DATABOY F/ NIKO THE KID When It Rains, It Pours
51 SHIFT K3Y I Know
52 ANTONIO GIACCA Ignited
53 NEW ORDER Plastic
54 SAM SMITH Writing’s On The Wall
55 KRISTINE W. Love Come Home
56 MARTIN LUKE BROWN Take Out Of Me
57 ANTON EWALD Save The Last Dance
58 DISCLOSURE F/ SAM SMITH Omen
59 JULLY BLACK Fever
60 THE WEEKND I Can’T Feel My Face
61 SAM SMITH Lay Me Down
62 SMASHING SATELLITES What It’s All About
63 GIORGIO MORODER F/ FOXES Wildstar
64 STEVE GRAND Time
65 ELEVEN PAST ONE There’s Nothing Wrong
66 THE WEEKND Earned It
67 BOYCODE It’s A Mistake
68 JAMES BAY Hold Back The River
69 MATTHEW KOMA So F**Kin’ Romantic
70 ADAM LAMBERT The Light
71 LAWSON Roads
72 SAM SMITH Like I Can
73 DANIEL ROBINSON Moonmolt
74 TRISTAN THOMPSON Burn Again
75 MI DISGUISE East Side Bay

#BILLCSTop30 #466 – September 21, 2015

The top of the chart continues to be difficult to dislodge though that will likely change in October. ¬†For we have an impressive debut in the Top 10, and a fast riser from one of the last chart’s debuts. ¬†Two debuts are also album cuts where I dive deeper into the album hoping for additional singles ūüôā

The Top 10

  • Uno, dos, tres, quatro… Y&Y, Brandyn, Nathan, and PP, once again all comfortably atop the chart.

I thoroughly enjoyed Years & Years in concert last week. ¬†They were able to pretty much replicate the songs from Communion, with “Shine” (my current #1), “Real”, “King”, “Memo”, ¬†and “Foundation” all standouts, plus a cover of Blu Cantrell’s 2003 UK #1 “Breathe”. ¬†Olly Alexander has a genuine and affecting stage presence that will take him far ūüôā

  • A definite contender for the top of the chart is “Pain Told Love” by Tribe Society featuring Kiesza, which climbs 9-6. ¬†It definitely marks the transformation of the former pop/rock Gentlemen Hall into the darker and thoughtful alt.rock songs of Tribe Society.

  • It baffles me why this song isn’t being played in every club everywhere, but “The Other Boys” by NERVO featuring super-friends Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears, and Nile Rodgers, advances 11-8 from the dance production duo’s album Collateral.

  • Just can’t get enough of songs by The Weeknd right now. ¬†My fellow Torontonian is now at superstar heights, with three almost sold out dates in November at Toronto’s own Air Canada Centre. ¬†“Can’t Feel My Face” climbs 14-9.
  • Another Torontonian, Tommy Paxton-Beesley, definitely has created some of his best music for his brand new EP as River Tiber called When The Time Is Right. ¬†He’s shifting from progressive alt.rocker to an inventive mix of EDM, rock, soul, and hip hop. ¬†No more is that evident on the new River Tiber single “Let You Go” (up top), which bows at #10, following the #2 “No Talk” also included in When The Time Is Right. ¬†“Let You Go” is River Tiber’s 8th BILLCS Top 30 entry which includes two previous #1’s “Someday” and “The City”. ¬†Simply not to be missed – and a contender for #1 on my chart – get When The Time Is Right on iTunes! ūüôā ¬†
    • And now for a bit of BILLCS chart geekery: ¬†“Let You Go” arrives in the Top 10 at the same time as “Let You Go” by The Chainsmokers & Great Good Fine OK is at #5. ¬†It’s the first time two different songs with the same title have been in the Top 10!

Movin’ on Up

  • After a wonderful set at his release party last week for his debut album Yesterday, Tyler Shaw makes no hesitation to weigh in as the Fastest Riser on the chart with “Dizzy” soaring 21-11.

  • While UK brother duo Disclosure continues to unveil new songs from their upcoming album Caracal, their partnership with Sam Smith continues to build with “Omen” rising 18-12.

  • NYC duo (a five piece band in concert though!) Great Good Fine OK are both Top 5 with The Chainsmokers on “Let You Go”, and Top 15 with their pairing with St. Lucia on “Something To Believe In” from the EP 2M2H. ¬†The busy and prolific GGFO premiered their new richly produced song “Take It Or Leave It” on Soundcloud last week (below).

  • I absolutely adore the mystery of a Jane Badler song! ¬†Her latest single from Opus, “Dead Eyes”, is dollied up in a well-matched remix from Eel Eye to put the mystery front and centre. ¬†“Dead Eyes” climbs 22-18.

  • Matthew Koma’s delightfully punkish stab at lovelife, “So F**kin’ Romantic”, moves up 24-19. ¬†The singer’s new album is finished, can’t wait to hear what’s been in the works now for so long.

The Rest of the Debuts

Three additional songs premiere on the chart.

  • Following up the sensual intrigue of “Guilty As Sin”, which peaked at #3, Toronto’s Dan Talevski continues his audio seduction with “My Religion”, which in turn is featured in another sexy video. ¬†Ain’t nuthin’ wrong with that! ¬†And the beautiful Spanish scenery makes a lovely backdrop. ¬†“My Religion” bows at #24.

  • “Wildstar” is a standout song from Giorgio Moroder’s album D√©j√† Vu featuring a charming vocal from Foxes that in some ways recalls Donna Summer in her heyday from my favourite album by her called I Remember Yesterday. ¬†So it’s a no brainer for my chart, whether or not it’s released as a single! ¬†“Wildstar” arrives at #25. ¬†It’s Foxes’ second appearance on the chart following 2013’s #2 “Clarity” with Zedd. ¬†“Wildstar” also follows Giorgio’s chart successes here with the title track featuring Sia peaking at #6, and “Right Here Right Now” with Kylie Minogue landing at #4.

  • There is no doubt that Adam Lambert’s The Original High is one of my most unexpected favourite albums of 2015 so far, with brilliant production nursing Adam’s wide-ranging voice to excellent effect. ¬†It’s so rich in songs yet I don’t see a whole lot of attention being paid to them other than of course “Ghost Town”, which should have done better as a lead off single. ¬†Nonetheless in my chart world that song peaked at #4, and “The Light” is a riveting EDM song that would make a perfect follow up! ¬†“The Light” debuts at #26.

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#BILLCSTop30 #465 – September 7, 2015

A lot of the songs on the chart two weeks ago were stuck on hold… not a bad thing at all and shows staying power! ¬†But the new chart is shaken ‘n stirred but good, with only two debuts, but several favourites finish up their chart run at the lower end of the chart. ¬†

The Top 10

  • It appears that nothing is about to dislodge Years & Years and Brandyn Burnette from the top spots. ¬†“Shine” continues at #1, while former #1 “I Wanna Be (Free)” (which will soon have a hip hop flavoured remix) stays at #2. ¬†The songs in the rest of the year to come are going to need to be pretty special to beat out these two at year end. ¬†Oh, and next week I get to see Years & Years in concert in Toronto. ¬†Just cannot wait to hear the gorgeous songs on Communion in live performance!

  • Both Nathan Sykes’ “Kiss Me Quick” and “Show Me The Way” by Penguin Prison advance a notch to #3 and #4 respectively, but are the #1 and #2 songs going to keep them from moving up further? ¬†You’ll find out in two weeks! ¬†Again, both are very strong songs in 2015 against fierce competition.

  • Formidable NYC producer/DJ’s The Chainsmokers are touring (they play in Toronto on November 7) with a fun cast of performers depending on what city you’re in. ¬†The guys’ collab with Great Good Fine OK in a rollicking Tiesto remix on “Let You Go” climbs 9 to 6. ¬†Oh, and it’s a free download ūüôā

  • Yeah it is all about that sample from the 60’s TV show The Munsters, but “Uma Thurman” by Fall Out Boy also has a wicked, fun vocal by Patrick Stump to carry it home. ¬†The song rises 11 to 8.

  • I have my fingers crossed that Island Records will recognize the emotional power of the fastest riser on the chart this week and release it to radio and as a single. ¬†The gorgeous heartbreak of “Pain Told Love” by Tribe Society (formerly Gentlemen Hall) featuring a stunning turn by Kiesza burns up the chart, soaring 25-9.

Movin’ On Up

  • It’s still a mystery to me why “The Other Boys” by NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears, and Nile Rodgers isn’t all over the dance clubs. ¬†It’s a smash waiting to happen no matter how long it takes! ¬†It climbs 20-11!

  • Eric Saade’s “Girl From Sweden” and Janet Jackson’s “No Sleeep” have been unlikely bookend for the past few weeks, and it continues as they both rise to #12 and #13 respectively. ¬†Janet plays in Toronto on September 15 and I look forward to hearing more from her upcoming Unbreakable album!

  • With The Weeknd’s superlative Beauty Behind The Madness set to debut at #1 this week, it’s fitting that “Can’t Feel My Face” climbs 22-14, even though it’s been #1 everywhere. ¬†Abel (who is from my part of Toronto) is unstoppable right now!

  • “Natural Disaster” by Molly Moore is one true grower, many folks that I’ve played it for have enjoyed it or asked about it, in its original form or delightful Win & Woo remix. ¬†The song moves up 19-15.

  • It’s taking its time to breakout, but I feel that about to happen… the title song from Robin Schulz’s album Sugar, featuring my talented fellow Canuck Francesco Yates, advances 23-16 (Francesco’s own “Better To Be Loved” peaked out at #6 two weeks ago).

  • Nerds, ravers, and dance music lovers unite and support this quirky and fun song! ¬†Quebec producer/DJ’s J-Mi and Midi-D move up 21-17 with their Avril Lavigne-meets-Vengaboys single “So Much For That”.

  • And speaking once again about NYC R&B/pop/dance act Great Good Fine OK, they play in my city at The Drake Hotel once again on September 10, and undoubtedly will perform “Something To Believe In”, their recorded duet with fellow dance act St. Lucia. ¬†From the EP 2M2H, the song climbs 26-19.

Premiering

  • It’s his best single yet, and is culled from his freshly released debut album Yesterday. ¬†British Columbian Tyler Shaw has a real winner with the zippy “Dizzy”, which arrives at #21. ¬†Not to be underestimated, this one! ¬†Tyler’s album release party takes place in Toronto on September 10 at the Virgin Mobile Mod Club.

  • Matthew Koma has blended the best of both of his worlds – EDM and pop with a punk attitude – on his humorous latest solo single “So F**kin’ Romantic”, which bows at #24. ¬†Matthew is a most welcome veteran on my chart – “Romantic” is his 4th solo entry (including two #1’s “Parachute” and “1998”) and he also is featured on 4 others (including #1’s “Spectrum” with Zedd and “Cannonball Earthquake” with Showtek & Justin Prime). ¬†Now he needs to play his own gig in Toronto – soon! ūüėÄ

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 ūüôā

You can hear me online on http://www.planetradio.ca every Monday at 10:00 pm EST counting down a Toronto Top 10 chart from yesteryear!

BILLCS Top 30 #464 – August 24/15

This week’s new chart sees one of my most favourite songs of 2015 yielding to another. ¬†Either way, both songs have a lock on the Top 2. ¬†And strangely enough many songs stay still – probably because I can’t get enough of them, as well as the songs above them on the chart, which also explains why there is so much activity in the Top 10. ¬†There are no bad songs ever on this chart. ¬†Even if a song lands on the chart for one appearance at #30, I still enjoy will enjoy it¬†evermore¬†ūüôā ¬†So on to the new chart…

The Top 10

  • Years & Years score their second #1 with the brilliant “Shine” from the album that is currently stuck in my head, Communion. ¬†Their September 14 Toronto show cannot come soon enough, I’m itching to hear all of what they have to offer in concert. ¬†Watch the excellent video above.
  • Brandyn Burnette’s EP Made of Dreams is coming soon, but “I Wanna Be (Free)” is one of my most played songs right now, and has left #1 after 4 appearances (8 weeks). ¬†It is really in an ongoing battle with “Shine” for the top.

  • “Guilty As Sin” by Dan Talevski has a lot of immediate competition to face below, but still hangs on to #3 for another chart. ¬†I write about Dan’s new song “My Religion” the other day and the intriguing and sexy video has also landed at the top of the Music page at http://www.much.com.

  • In just about any other year, the very hot “Kiss Me Quick” by Nathan Sykes would be at the top of my chart, but currently advances 6-4.

  • Also new to the Top 5, but no surprise, is “Show Me The Way” by Penguin Prison from the sophomore album Lost In New York. ¬†The last time PP was in the Top 5 was three years ago as featured in RAC’s “Hollywood”.
  • Francesco Yates’ debut EP, featuring production and co-writes with Pharrell Williams, is due September 11, also featuring new Canadian single “Call” and another new song “Honey I’m Home” (also below – you can get it instantly when ordering the EP on iTunes). ¬†In the meantime, the well-served “Better To Be Loved” climbs 9-6, and Francesco also features in another song on the chart.

  • “Take Out Of Me” is a¬†soulful slice of energetic R&B Britpop by Martin Luke Brown, and it moves up 11-8.

  • The fastest riser on the chart is the propulsive club-banging Tiesto remix of “Let You Go” by NYC’s The Chainsmokers, featuring fellow NYCers Great Good Fine OK, vaulting 22-9. ¬†The Chainsmokers have launched a new tour which will hit Toronto on November 7, featuring many special guests. ¬†Great Good Fine OK also debuts on this chart with one of their own songs!

  • The last new Top 10 entry belongs to L.A.-based producer Mi Disguise with his unique east side/west side story for dance clubs, “East Side Bay”, up 12-10.

Movin’ On Up

  • Slinking up the chart is “Uma Thurman” by Fall Out Boy (14-11), which is definitely a grower that will stick with you, and that riff from “The Munsters” TV show is a hoot.

  • Despite a lot of the songs in holding below, “Walking Through The Fire” by Cobi Mike climbs a notch up to #12, while his fellow former members of Gentlemen Hall also debut with their new band name.

  • It’s only a very temporary thing when you see the songs by Eric Saade, Janet, Trevor Guthrie, Molly Moore, and J-Mi & Midi-D all holding steady, but it’s also a very good thing! ¬†We’ll see who continues to advance in two weeks.
  • Meanwhile, NERVO’s “The Other Boys” gets stuck as well, moving up 23-20, so look for their guest-filled collaboration – with Kylie Minogue, Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears, and Nile Rodgers – to get un-stuck in two weeks.

  • Both Robin Schulz & Francesco Yates’ “Sugar” and Disclosure & Sam Smith’s “Omen” advance four positions to #23 and #24 – seems like a small start, but watch the chart in two weeks to see what might happen!

Debuts

Watch for great things from these debuts in the coming weeks!

  • I’m not quite sure why Island Records hasn’t dove into this song as a single release, so perhaps it’s a matter of time. ¬†But “Pain Told Love” is the emotional centrepiece and standout on Tribe Society’s debut EP Lucid Dreams, and has Kiesza no less on featured vocal. ¬†The rest of the former Gentlemen Hall have a winner here and it bows at #25. ¬†As the song’s lyrics sink in, expect to find yourself reaching for a tissue every now and then!

  • Arriving at #26 is “Something To Believe In” by Great Good Fine OK from their EP 2M2H (‘too much to handle’ – also a song on the EP). ¬†The song also features the Brooklyn-based (but South Africa born) electronica performer St. Lucia (who is also due for a new record of his own!). ¬†It’s a fine blend of voices and style, the key song on the EP.

  • The last debut marks the third appearance on the chart for the actress, and also singer, Jane Badler. ¬†The original version is from last year’s album Opus (also featuring “Losing You”), but producer/DJ Eel Eye has sparkled up “Dead Eyes” with some early 90’s dance club flavour, which enhances the sinewy, mysterious lyric of the song. ¬†“Dead Eyes” 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.¬†Go on, have a look and listen/watch ūüôā

You can hear me online on http://www.planetradio.ca every Monday at 10:00 pm EST counting down a Toronto Top 10 chart from yesteryear!

#BILLCSTop30 #463 – August 10/15

The amount of posts I write seems to have slowed down, but I do make them count ūüôā And my chart brings some of them full circle and also introduces you to some songs I adore that I haven’t written about (usually major name performers). ¬†So the new chart has five debuts – don’t let the lower chart position belie how well these five will do in the coming weeks ūüôā ¬†As usual, current faves have to give up the ghost first!

The Top 10

  • What more can I possibly say about Brandyn Burnette’s “I Wanna Be (Free)”? ¬†How about a fourth appearance (eighth week) at #1! ¬†Just in time for the remix by The Bravos which I wrote about recently. ¬†It’s going to be very hard to beat the Top 2 songs in this chart at year end!

  • And then there’s “Shine” by UK trio Years & Years. ¬†I can’t understand why radio will not play this one in North America. ¬†There’s a really powerful emotional undercurrent to “Shine”, which didn’t sink in until well after I stopped hearing it with one ear on a similar-sounding melody to Erik Hassle’s “No Words”. ¬†It holds at #2 again, but “Shine” is looking to take over from “I Wanna Be (Free)” whenever that song surrenders #1.

  • It does have an ‘earworm’ of a chorus as my friend David kindly put it. ¬†Toronto’s Dan Talevski has released a follow up called “My Religion” which I have not heard yet (but will in the next while undoubtedly), probably because I’m too wrapped up in “Guilty As Sin”, which rises to #3 for the talented singer.

  • I get the feeling of triumph every time I hear “Beauty Never Lies” by Serbia’s Bojana Stamenov. ¬†The Eurovision finalist climbs up to #5 to anchor the Top 10 midway point ūüôā

  • There is no doubt that “Kiss Me Quick” by Nathan Sykes (which climbs to #1 on Billboard’s Dance Club Play chart this week) has its druthers aimed for the top spot on this chart, and for now it bounds 12-6 while the UK singer continues to promote the song throughout the US.

  • Toronto quartet Smashing Satellites follow up their #3 chart hit “Waterfall” with the very different and ebullient “What It’s All About”, which has taken its time but lands at #8.

  • Rounding out the trio of Torontonians in the Top 10 is star-on-the-rise singer/songwriter/guitarist Francesco Yates with “Better To Be Loved” at #9. ¬†Francesco sings on one of the debuts too!
  • The fastest riser on the chart belongs to Penguin Prison with the effortless-sounding and breezy “Show Me The Way”, soaring 22-10, and the Top 10 is no stranger to PP who have cracked #1 twice before. ¬†In the US, you can catch “Show Me The Way” in the latest Hulu ad ūüôā ¬†Not yet a single, but soon-to-be… I hope… pretty please…

Movin’ On Up

  • I can’t get enough of UK singer Martin Luke Brown’s vocal on “Take Out Of Me”. ¬†This searing piece of soulful pop rises 19-11.

  • Another unique vocal appears in “East Side Bay” by L.A.-based producer/DJ – and yes vocalist – Mi Disguise. ¬†This is one sneaky club track that deserves exposure, and climbs 15-12.

  • Amid fierce competition, Cobi Mike’s thoughtful and affecting “Walking Through The Fire” continues to move up 14-13 – check out the intriguing video (you’ll get past the point that the singer is naked throughout, really, you will).

  • When in doubt gain brownie points by using your country in your latest song title ūüėČ ¬†Seriously, “Girl From Sweden” by Eric Saade is a catchy singalong, and I’m sure you’ll find the singer dancing in the Swedish countryside one day with pretty girls in hand ūüėČ ¬†The song rises 18-15.

  • Performers who collaborate with their significant others often make fine music together. ¬†Such is the case with Molly Moore, whose “Natural Disaster” climbs 25-19 (Brandyn Burnette is a co-writer). ¬†I wrote about another top notch song by Molly not long ago called “Don’t Believe It”, which saw official release on iTunes last week. Much more new music to come!

  • Canadians J-Mi and Midi-D are off to a great start with their recent single “So Much For That”. ¬†Not only is it loads of fun, with its 90’s Europop backdrop, but these underdogs, remixers and ravers alike, have created a song that absolutely anyone can identify with. ¬†The video is a hoot and the nerd in us all will appreciate it. ¬†“So Much For That” climbs 26-21.

Those 5 Debuts

  • I must admit to have been totally blown away by the collaboration of New York producer/DJ’s The Chainsmokers with fellow New Yorkers Great Good Fine OK on “Let You Go”. ¬†But the song IMO has been immensely improved with a throttling Tiesto remix which is available for free download¬†on Soundcloud!!¬†“Let You Go” is the highest debut, arriving at #22.

  • It was a fine few weeks for dance music and NERVO land their first chart entry with “The Other Boys” at #23 from their new album Collateral. ¬†The powerful mix plus Kylie Minogue and Jake Shears on vocals, carried by propulsive guitar work by Nile Rodgers should send this to the top of the national dance charts in short order. ¬†I wish that pop radio would be open to playing it but alas I expect not.

  • The Weeknd doesn’t need my blog’s help with all of his success, to be seen in December come Grammy Awards nomination time. ¬†His latest single, “I Can’t Feel My Face”, from the upcoming Beauty Behind The Madness (which I predict will be the #1 album of 2015), arrives at #25. ¬†Despite all of his obvious influences, The Weeknd makes every song his own and that’s part of his appeal! ¬†That he comes from my part of Toronto speaks volumes too ūüėÄ

  • Meanwhile, back to Francesco Yates… who sings lead on the latest single from Grammy nominee Robin Schulz on “Sugar”, the title song from Robin’s upcoming album. ¬†The inclusion of lyrics from Baby Bash & Frankie J’s “Suga Suga” is a bonus, but kind of interesting in a roundabout way when you think that Francesco himself (who is 19) was a mere lad when the original came out in 2003. ¬†“Sugar” premieres at #27 and the video is quite slaptsticky-funny if you suspend your disbelief.

  • The final debut belongs to Disclosure featuring Sam Smith once again on “Omen”. ¬†This trio must get into a room and just know when they’ve written a hit. ¬†Although “Latch” did take a while to catch on in North America (eventually climbing to #1 on this chart), “Omen” arrives signed and sealed for success. ¬†It debuts at #28 and comes from Disclosure’s forthcoming album Caracal.

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 ūüôā

You can hear me online on http://www.planetradio.ca every Monday at 10:00 pm EST counting down a Toronto Top 10 chart from yesteryear!

#BILLCSTop30 #462 – July 27, 2015

There’s lots of movement within the Top 10, and four new entries, three by chart newcomers!

The Top 10

  • Brandyn Burnette once again reigns at #1 with the joyous and heartfelt “I Wanna Be (Free)”. ¬†It’s my go-to song on my iPod right now! ¬†Good news for Brandyn fans – the powerful “Stand Down (2150 AD)” will be his follow up single, due for release on August 4, from the upcoming EP Made Of Dreams.

  • If not for “I Wanna Be (Free)”, “Shine” by Years & Years would be at #1, but must settle for #2, perhaps only for now, we’ll see. ¬†The trio’s entire Communion album is fantastic, also watch¬†“Foundation” below.

  • Antonio Giacca’s unusually addictive “Sensation” is one dance song you shouldn’t miss. ¬†It climbs up 5-3.

  • Like with Years & Years, Adam Lambert’s The Original High is one of my favourite albums of 2015. ¬†I have many choices as to what will follow “Ghost Town” on to the chart in the coming weeks, but for now the song moves up 6-4. ¬†Who wants a solo tour from Adam?? ūüôā

  • Another song on a high is Dan Talevski’s “Guilty As Sin”, which soars 8-5. ¬†The Toronto singer recorded the video for his next single “My Religion” in Spain these past few weeks. ¬†Can’t wait to see what’s in store for us. ¬†“My Religion” arrives July 31.

  • “Beauty Never Lies” continues to make its presence known on my chart! ¬†As sung by Serbia’s Bojana Stamenov, the song advances 10-7.

  • UK quartet Lawson obtains yet another Top 10 entry with their latest single “Roads” at #10. ¬†The band has just begun its U.S. tour opening for Australia’s Sheppard.

Movin’ On Up

  • Nathan Sykes managed to take over Times Square in New York City this week for a video shoot. ¬†I’m glad to see his spry song “Kiss Me Quick” is getting so much attention. ¬†It’s the fastest riser on my chart this week, vaulting 20-12!!

  • In case you missed it, Canadian singer Francesco Yates is the featured vocalist on Robin Schulz’s excellent new single “Sugar” (below). ¬†In the meantime, Francesco’s “Better To Be Loved” (above) climbs 16-13. ¬†Yesterday in concert in Toronto, he dropped some songs (including a few written with Pharrell) that are going to pop big time!

  • “Walking Through The Fire” by Cobi Mike rises 17-14. ¬†It’s accompanied by a compelling and thought-provoking video too.

  • L.A. based producer Mi Disguise is recording more music for his album which will be on its way this Fall. ¬†Do check out his unique EDM single “East Side Bay” which climbs 19-15.

  • You want to dance like “Uma Thurman” too, don’t you? ūüėõ ¬†The fun single by Fall Out Boy continues to advance, with that surfin’ groove from the 60’s TV show “The Munsters” used to great effect. ¬†It moves up 21-16.

  • Janet Jackson fans are soaking in her first single in 7 years in advance of her tour and the Unbreakable album. ¬†The sexy quiet storm ballad “No Sleeep” rises 25-20.

  • The good-natured and energetic “Summertime” by Vancouver’s Trevor Guthrie is well on its way, climbing 27-21.

The New Stuff

  • It was released last March but one of the reasons my chart is here is to bring you new found talent that I enjoy. ¬†And such is “Take Out Of Me” by UK singer Martin Luke Brown, which is certain to grab your ears from above just like it did me. ¬†It bows on the chart at an impressive #19. ¬†Also take a look at the video below for the emotional follow-up single “Scars On Scars”. ¬†Think Mikky Ekko meets Sam Smith!

  • Penguin Prison’s concert in Toronto a few weeks back reinforced that “Show Me The Way” is my favourite new song from his new album Lost in New York, bowing at #22 on my chart. ¬†The crowd reacted to it most favourably on the dance floor – as much as Penguin’s encore cover of Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long”. ¬†It’s Penguin Prison’s 10th chart entry summarized as follows: ūüôā
    • Something I’m Not, #2, 2010
    • The Worse It Gets, #1, 2010
    • Golden Train, #1, 2010
    • Multi-Millionaire, #7, 2011
    • Fair Warning, #6, 2011
    • Don’t Fuck With My Money, #3, 2011
    • Hollywood (with RAC), #5, 2012
    • Hang On To Your Love, #19, 2014
    • Calling Out, #13, 2015

  • I’ve already written about L.A.-based singer Molly Moore a number of times this year. ¬†But I’m pleased to say that her song that I wrote about back at the top of 2015 has now received official release. ¬†“Natural Disaster” (co-written with her guy, Brandyn Burnette) is a winner both in its original and laid back, tropical Win & Woo remix, and arrives on the chart at #25!

  • Canadian producers/remixers (as well as ravers and gamers) J-Mi and Midi-D debut at #26 with their move-on-let’s-party anthem “So Much For That”, which I wrote about on its day of release last week. ¬†Check it out for a lot of 90’s Swedish dance-pop inspiration!

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 ūüôā

@PenguinPrison previews new album with “Never Gets Old” and “Try To Lose”

PENGUIN PRISON, “Never Gets Old” and “Try To Lose”

It’s seemed like forever since DJ/producer/multi-instrmentalist Penguin Prison’s self-titled debut dropped in 2011, though Chris Glover has kept plenty busy with touring, remixing, and guesting on other performers’ songs (like RAC’s “Hollywood” for example). ¬†Following up the delightful confection “Calling Out” are “Never Gets Old” and “Try To Lose” from PP’s sophomore album Lost In New York, due on May 5. ¬†“Never Gets Old” plays just like a lost 70’s timeless pop gem, while “Try To Lose” has that slick funk groove that PP acquainted us with so well on songs like “Multi-Millionaire” or “Golden Train”. ¬†With Chris’ engaging vocals, they all sound like they’re part of a logical continuation from PP’s first album, though as fans know, Chris¬†is always full of surprises (and can transform them into club smashes too), so I definitely can’t wait to hear the full new album, which you can sample on his You Tube channel. ¬†Right now, at least in Canada, you can purchase both¬†“Never Gets Old” and “Calling Out” on iTunes.

BILLCS Top 30 #447 – December 29, 2014

The new chart is actually the first one that counts towards 2015! ¬†There’s a new number one and this post won’t be too long (though I may lie :P), focusing on the five songs which debut ūüôā

The Top 10

  • Color Theory scores the top spot with the Matt Mancid Retro Crossover remix of “Headphones” from the album Adjustments Part 2. ¬†I’ve got to hand it to Brian Hazard (aka Color Theory) for this one. ¬†He’s created a song that draws heavily from 80’s new wave, spiced it up with cutting edge sounds, and written a song that anyone who listens to their music with their headphones on can identify with. ¬†Look for it to stay at #1 in two weeks too.
  • The Top 5 remains Party City with both “Goin’ Down” by Deniz Koyu vs Twoloud and “Gold Skies” by Sander van Doorn, Martin Garrix and DVBBS moving up to #3 and #4 respectively. ¬†Both songs are culled from the growing and diverse Spinnin’ Records stable!
  • It’s kind of hard to believe but Erasure scores its biggest hit on my chart since I started it in 1998 with “Reason” from the album The Violet Flame. ¬†The latter is easily their best album since 1997’s Cowboy.
  • Look for the beautiful “Come Back To Me” by New York City singer Reigen to advance in a big way in the coming month. ¬†It climbs 11-8.
  • Also scoring a Top 10 berth for the first time in my chart’s history is Kristine W. with the retrotastic “Love Come Home”, vaulting 15-9.
  • The last new Top 10 entry belongs to 16 year old Canadian Tristan Thompson with the ballad “Burn Again” moving up 12-10. ¬†It’s Tristan’s second Top 10 hit here following “Tidal Wave”, which got to #1 for a single appearance.

Movin’ On Up

  • We are all anxiously awaiting the debut album from Steve Grand, which has now officially wrapped and is on its way ūüôā ¬†“Time” will be included on the album and this fine piece of storytelling jumps 14-11.
  • Eli Lieb’s glowing tribute to a special someone “Lightning In A Bottle” has a positive message for everyone to hear, and this infectious slice of pop advances 20-12 on the chart.
  • The fastest riser on the chart belongs to producer/DJ Antonio Giacca with “Ignited”. ¬†While the song follows a particular formula of songwriting, its passion and soaring chorus drive it home, and it makes its presence known, rising 22-13.
  • I can’t wait to hear what Penguin Prison (aka Chris Glover) has in store for us in 2015, and he’s off to a great start with the poptastic “Calling Out”, rising 17-14.
  • Another song with a much needed positive message and a great vocal too is “Someday” by Toronto’s Neverest, which advances 27-22.

Five Debuts

  • While I like the latest single “You and I (Forever)”, it’s not the strongest song on Tough Love in my estimation, so after “Say You Love Me” departs #1, I’m debuting the stunningly emotional “Pieces” by Jessie Ware at #20. ¬†It’s also one of my favourites from her concert performance.
  • “Thanks For Nothing” leaves the chart after the standard 10 appearances (20 weeks), but I’m glad Brandyn Burnette made “Sleeve”, his ode to love of family, a brief free download last week, because that allowed it to qualify for my chart (yeah, stupid rules ūüėõ ). ¬†You can read all about my thoughts about “Sleeve” as well as Brandyn’s exclusive back¬†story about the song¬†right here. ¬†It’s one of Brandyn’s best songs, and I don’t know if it will be on his upcoming album, but in any event “Sleeve” bows on my chart at #21.
  • Nope, I haven’t had enough Sam Smith in 2014. ¬†His latest official single “Like I Can” continues his streak on the chart and debuts at #24.
  • While their latest single “I’m Ready” has a worthy message about bullying, I mentioned in my post about Canadian band Eleven Past One’s new EP The World Is Ours that their ballad “There’s Nothing Wrong” is the EP’s secret weapon and it’s wow moment. ¬†I really think it should be the follow up single, and I found out that it was produced by none other than Goo Goo Dolls’ John Rzeznik!! ¬†You can’t hear more than a snippet of it on either Amazon or iTunes, so I’d recommend you stream the EP to hear it on a source such as Spotify.
  • It’s long been a favourite of mine since I heard the unreleased original back earlier in the decade, but Belgium vocal quartet Boycode have full custody of “It’s A Mistake” now and this top notch record bows on my chart at #26.

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 HEADPHONES (Matt Mancid Retro Crossover Mix) Color Theory
01 02 SAY YOU LOVE ME Jessie Ware
04 03 GOIN’ DOWN Deniz Koyu vs Twoloud
05 04 GOLD SKIES Sander Van Doorn, Martin Garrix & DVBBS featuring Aleesia
03 05 SMILE Mikky Ekko
06 06 ARMS OF ANOTHER Bright Light Bright Light
09 07 REASON Erasure
11 08 COME BACK TO ME Reigen
15 09 LOVE COME HOME Kristine W.
12 10 BURN AGAIN Tristan Thompson
14 11 TIME Steve Grand
20 12 LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE Eli Lieb
22 13 IGNITED Antonio Giacca
17 14 CALLING OUT Penguin Prison
16 15 YELLOW FLICKER BEAT Lorde
21 16 HOUNDS Smashing Satellites
07 17 BRANDO Semi-Precious Weapons
08 18 STAGE FRIGHT Jake Barker
13 19 SUPERHEROES The Script
New 20 PIECES Jessie Ware
New 21 SLEEVE Brandyn
27 22 SOMEDAY Neverest
10 23 LOSING YOU Jane Badler
New 24 LIKE I CAN Sam Smith
New 25 THERE’S NOTHING WRONG Eleven Past One
New 26 IT’S A MISTAKE Boycode
23 27 RESTART Sam Smith
24 28 THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID The Janoskians
25 29 I WON’T LET YOU GO (Aron Friedman remix) Adam Tyler
26 30 PLAY FOR ME Chromatone

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Bill's Top 30 of 2014

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