#BILLCSTop30 #645, August 1/22

Well in my recent trip to Las Vegas, I simply couldn’t go all beast mode and see all 9 concerts that were part of the package I bought, the schedule was just too relentless with afternoon and late evening shows.  But I did get to see Tiësto (plus openers Luis Torres and Mia Moretti), The Chainsmokers, Dillon Francis, NGHTMRE, and Cash Cash (and opener Esther Anaya) – there were other openers too, but their names were not advertised. By far, Tiësto’s show was the best overall because of the gorgeous venue (Zouk), the effects, and the overall general feel good vibe, plus two outstanding openers – nice to see my fellow Canadian Luis Torres back (formerly of Dzeko & Torres!).  Cash Cash provided an excellent set for a pool party, which included many of their own releases, and Esther Anaya was a great opening DJ, incorporating her own violin playing. NGHTMRE and Dillon Francis brought great energy to their shows, in fact NGHTMRE’s first half hour would have left anyone breathless, and Dillon Francis made DaRude’s classic “Sandstorm” a centrepiece highlight. While it was great to see The Chainsmokers again after 3 years, and for the show not to be exclusively a DJ set, it was marred somewhat by an excessively long wait, likely because the boys were travelling in from Toronto. But event organizers suggested we be there by 11:30 a.m., only to find The Chainsmokers did not come on stage till 3:30 pm!  It was a wonderful experience, and I’ll certainly be back in Vegas again soon.

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I was not a fan of One Direction’s music and they never appeared on my chart. So if you told me more than 7 years ago that Harry Styles would get three #1’s on my chart, I would have thought you had lost your mind. But Harry has proven over three albums now that he is an amazing singer. That is most evident on Harry’s House on “Daydreaming”, which climbs 3-1, to follow “Lights Up” and “Adore You” at the top. “As It Was” just dropped off the chart after reaching #4, and perhaps it would have got to #1 had I not got burned on it through exposure everywhere, but I’m very happy for that song’s success.

I previously announced that “Daydreaming” and “Superstar” by Darin were my personal songs of summer, and fittingly, right in the middle of summer, both songs are back-to-back, with the breezy and effortless-sounding “Superstar” climbing 5-2.

Congratulations to Manila Killa on his top notch album release Dusk! I look forward to seeing him perform again in Toronto in October. Meanwhile, the title song from the album, in collaboration with Canada’s own Lights, rises 9-5.

Conan Gray breaks into the Top 10 for the first time with “Memories” moving up 11-7.

I can’t say that I’m a fan of the Renaissance album, but “Break My Soul” by Beyoncé is still one hot track, climbing 14-8.

Toronto’s Francesco Yates has the Fastest Riser on the chart with the rocking “Jimi” rising 24-11. You can catch Francesco across North America opening for the Backstreet Boys on tour.

Javi’s glorious cover of Sade’s “Cherish The Day” closes in on the Top 10 by climbing 18-12.

Sweden’s Louis Pax have a fun pop bop called “Ophelia”, their second chart entry, moving up 21-15.

As Frankmusik continues to re-record songs from his 2009 album Complete Me, his “completed” new version of “Confusion Girl” moves up 23-17.  It’s his 16th chart entry, which includes one recorded under the pseudonym Vincent Did It.

“You” by UK/Irish producers Menrva and sensational U.S. vocalist MOYA is well on its way, making a nice 29-21 jump.

Providing some Madonna-esque retro vibes is Canadian-German duo Lola Dutronic, whose fun “Let’s All Dance (Our Last Summer)” rises 30-23.

Four new entries are led by veteran NYC vocalist Petawane with his beautiful multi-decade tribute to soul songs and singers called “Music”, which bows at #22.  The song is getting splendid reaction especially in the UK, which continues to have a thriving soul music scene. Watch out for this one!

Next at #26 is “Free Yourself” by Jessie Ware, who continues on the dance/house tip with a new song that once again features an excellent vocal. Maybe the Grammys will recognize her at last next year?  It’s her 12th chart entry, including her initial appearance, a feature on a re-release of Miguel’s “Adorn”.

Orangeville brothers and producers DVBBS return to the chart with the melodic “Summer Nights” at #28. This one is already a Top 30 radio hit in Canada, made especially strong being a collaboration with blog mainstay Brandyn Burnette!  It’s DVBBS’ fourth entry on the chart and first since 2016. It’s Brandyn’s 19th as a lead or featured artist. He’s also had entries under his moniker EMAN8 and as one half of Cosmos & Creature. “Summer Nights” is also DVBBS’ first independent release since before their “Tsunami” days.

The fourth entry is the arpeggio-filled and emotional dance track “Stained Glass” by German producer Severman, Indian producer Arshan Joel, and NYC vocalist Robbie Rosen at #29.  It’s a first time entry for the two producers, and is prolific Robbie’s 9th entry in under two years, which already resulted in a #1 last year with “Sanctuary” with Dutch producer Howen.

 

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Glorious arpeggios grace potential festival banger “Stained Glass” by Germany’s @djSeverman, new Indian producer @ArshanJoel, and singer/songwriter @RobbieRosenlive

SEVERMAN, ARSHAN JOEL and ROBBIE ROSEN, “Stained Glass”

Call it a weakness, but glorious arpeggios will get to me almost every time, provided they are surrounded by the right song, production, and vocals. And “Stained Glass”, which is a co-write by Germany’s Severman, India’s Arshan Joel, and NYC singer/songwriter and former “American Idol” contestant Robbie Rosen, scores in all departments. I’ll forever associate arpeggios with a big room sound that was popular between 2010 and 2015, a sound that some producers wrongly squawk about as being dated. “Stained Glass” is more than suitable as a club or festival anthem, with its lyrics about putting the past behind and seeing the colours of the future through the title object. Though I understand this release was long in the making, it’s rare that you would find Robbie’s vocal associated with a potential festival banger. But everyone’s hard work lifts this song to the next level, and I’m hopeful that the right club DJ and festival programmers’ ears will land on it.

Keeping up with prolific NYC singer/songwriter @RobbieRosenlive: “Purpose” with Florida-based producer @TedBello777, and “D.A.M.N.” with German producer Rolipso and mystery producer Booty Leak

 

TED BELLO and ROBBIE ROSEN, “Purpose”

ROLIPSO, ROBBIE ROSEN and BOOTY LEAK, “D.A.M.N.”

Former “American Idol” contestant and singer/songwriter Robbie Rosen, is someone who lives and breathes music every day. With multiple dance music releases happening all the time, it’s almost impossible to keep up with him, and I do try to catch most of his releases. Today I’ve got two of his best recent ones for you.

“Purpose” is not only a splendid piece of songwriting, but it’s an exceptionally tight collaboration with veteran Florida-based producer Ted Bello. In a timely coincidence, Shawn Mendes echoed the theme of this song with his touching and eloquent speech at Canada’s Juno Awards this past week. “Purpose” is an uplifting song with a bubbly, friendly pop/dance melody with tropical flourishes that reassures the listener that they are enough and have a purpose. It’s one of Robbie’s best recent vocals too.

“D.A.M.N.” is simply too short at only 2 minutes long but Robbie makes the most of it in a crisp, rich deep house production by German producer Rolipso and mystery producer Booty Leak. This one’s about that deep down fascination with someone when they tweak that special spark that you want to pursue. Robbie’s convincing vocal and a concise story keep “D.A.M.N.” crammed with intrigue, but then… it’s over and you mutter to yourself “now, wait a minute”…

It’s “10/10” edition #24: #Klaas @Syenceofficial & @BrittLari @FLouisemusic @_ANIQO @Lornemusic @NightsinStereo #Arden #Engstrom & @RobbieRosenlive @JarodGlawe #henrikz & @DannyDeardenuk

This is my first “10/10” feature since early February. And fine new music still keeps coming in droves, so writing 10 reviews in slightly more bitable chunks is a good way to help bring attention to these songs and their artists. In “10/10”, I write about 10 hot and fresh songs in no particular order, for your kind consideration and attention.  I continue to write individual blog posts about certain songs.  That does not mean that songs in the “10/10” lists are any less than those featured individually.  So you get to learn about more new music that I hear but I wouldn’t otherwise get to write about.  One song featured in the last edition of “10/10”, “Prisoner” by Shadowkey and Jordan Jane is currently on my chart, and some of the artists in this edition have also been included in previous “10/10” features.

  • KLAAS, “First Girl On The Moon”

Hailing from Cologne, Germany, Klaas is the prolific veteran producer who rose to fame when he remixed the 2008 reboot of the late Guru Josh’s 90’s dance hit “Infinity”. His association with other producers such as Like Mike & Dimitri Vegas, The Bodybangers and others have helped keep him busy and in demand, and he scored a #1 Billboard Dance Club hit a couple of years ago with his redux of Londonbeat’s “I’ve Been Thinking About You”. Like many of his other releases, “First Girl On The Moon” is an original, with a particularly beautiful uncredited female vocal, as well as great lyrics which come courtesy of the pedigree of the esteemed Daniel Volpe. “First Girl On The Moon” is imaginative pop/dance that stands out from the rest.

  • SYENCE and BRITT LARI, “don’t you wanna know”

Syence is a California electronic dance production duo who have been honing their craft through releases over the past five years through high profile indie dance labels like Strange Fruits, Lowly Palace, and Seeking Blue. “don’t you wanna know” however is an Armada offering, and despite its American roots it’s got European flavours down pat, especially with its distinct synth hook. Britt Lari is a Peru-born singer and co-writer with the pristine voice that works up the excitement level in this release. “don’t you wanna know” is destined for festival and club play over the next while because it simply doesn’t let up for its three and a half minutes and is befitting for the attention of some great remixers.

Syence plays The Clevelander, Miami South Beach, on Saturday March 25 as part of Miami Music Week

  • FRANCESCA LOUISE, “For Michael”

“For Michael” is a compelling and poignant story of tragic loss by British pop/folk singer/songwriter Francesca Louise. After losing a close family friend suddenly three years ago, “For Michael” became an outlet for Francesca on how to deal with that passing. It’s a quiet record that could easily cause you to shed some tears before it’s over, although I’d recommend you check out the video above which has some uplifting moments. The vocal was recorded without any production, just a microphone in a quiet room, which immediately lends the feeling of isolation to the song, and is helped by an acoustic guitar melody. But as you listen to the words, remember this is a shared story and is intended to help others heal too.  It’s a beautiful song that deserves attention.

  • ANIQO, “Vivre Libre”

“Vivre Libre” is the opening track and the final installment from the new album Birth by Germany’s ANIQO (Anita Goβ). Birth has been several years in the making, and I’ve been happy to write about the songs that I’ve enjoyed along the way that now form parts of the album. “Vivre Libre” is an engaging celebration of life, as is the closing song on the album, “Love Life”. Stylistically, it sometimes reminds me of Florence Welch meets The Cocteau Twins. ANIQO is a chameleon though, and I wouldn’t want to put her in one pop category, though her style overall is often referred to as psychedelic pop. With influences including David Bowie and Nick Drake, and a flair for making inventive, well-made videos (check out “Fear” particularly), all of ANIQO’s music is now on display for you to hear in the 10 songs in the album Birth. There’s something in it for everyone’s pop taste, and that’s how it is being aptly promoted.  And what’s next for ANIQO is anyone’s guess!

  • LORNE, “Bow Out”

“Bow Out” is the first release in five years by UK singer/songwriter and pianist Lorne. Being a classically trained pianist, there’s no getting around the gorgeous structure of the song which keeps you hanging on every piano chord, though some invested added production helps immensely. “Bow Out” is about finding the escape route out of difficult situations, and ultimately ones where you must simply and physically leave. Lorne’s vocal at times reminds you of Coldplay’s Chris Martin without the rough edges, as well as Damien Rice without the rawness, but his songs are mainly inspired by Peter Gabriel, in whose softer songs you will find similarity.  When “Bow Out” hits its most affecting, even exhilarating moments, Lorne is in his element, very reminiscent of Steve Winwood in that way if not stylistically. It’s the kind of song might also suit a full orchestra backdrop.

  • NIGHTS IN STEREO, “Open Door”

Based in L.A., Nights In Stereo is an alt.rock trio and “Open Door” is their first release. What gives the band notoriety is one of its members – actor Ronen Rubenstein, the Israel-born star of “9-11: Lone Star” who also had roles TV’s  in “Orange Is The New Black”, “Dead Of Summer”, and “American Horror Stories”. And he and his band acquit themselves quite well, with a fluid, driving rock sound that could have easily stepped right out of the 90’s, with inspiration perhaps from bands like Weezer, 311, and Red Hot Chili Peppers as channeled through Green Day and Cage The Elephant. “Open Door” is a promising start and I’ll anticipate a follow-up soon.

  • ARDEN, “Room To Climb”

Meet Elliott Meldrum, 19 year-old Londoner otherwise known as Arden, with his debut single “Room to Climb”. What might seem like another slice of British indie bedroom alt.pop to follow the success of artists like Sam Fender or Tom Grennan is based on a superficial first listen. “Room to Climb” is a grower with an enlightening and uplifting story from a young rough-around-the-edges singer/songwriter who offers some wisdom beyond his years. Arden will go a long way creating music like this that’s earnest and from the heart. While “Room To Climb” has a safe and familiar overall sound, it’s solid song and Arden is off to a great start with it.

  • ENGSTROM & ROBBIE ROSEN, “Gives Me Hell”

I’m not sure how I initially missed “Gives Me Hell”, which has been on release for a little while now, but I’m sure glad I fell back deep into the bountiful Robbie Rosen discography to discover it! This time Robbie teams up with Swedish producer Engstrom to deliver a relatable slice-of-life story where one door closes on a relationship and another one opens. And so the title comes from the usually hopeful paraphrasing of what “I wish you well” might really mean at the end of that relationship.  Robbie’s gentle and sincere delivery combined with the dance-bop rhythm and synths from Engstrom make “Gives Me Hell” a worthwhile find.

  • JAROD GLAWE, “Forever”

“Forever” is a sparkling, fast-paced house track that’s timely as Spring begins to unfold. This new tale of contemporary romance is brought to you by Chicago producer Jarod Glawe, who last year released the dazzling “Belong To You” featuring vocalist Robin Vine. This time, the uncredited female singer convincingly expounds all that is wondrous about being in love forever while Jarod directs the synth melody and rhythm with finesse. “Forever” is a great dance floor draw that will waste no time in persuading young lovers to prove their mettle on the dance floor.

  • HENRIKZ & DANNY DEARDEN, “Mind Of Mine”

Danish producer henrikz and British singer/songwriter Danny Dearden follow up their previous collaboration “Arcade” with the deep house bounce of “Mind Of Mine”. The pair don’t waste a moment of the song which includes an intriguing first minute to pull you in, some smart if brief progressions, and Danny’s absolutely gorgeous high register which will help to leave the song stuck in your head for days. In fact there are moments in the song where Danny isn’t even singing lyrics that shows his strength in carrying a song. But as a producer hendrikz is also a talented foil which makes “Mind Of Mind” such a double-pronged success.

#BILLCSTop30 #633 – February 14/22

As was anticipated from the last chart two weeks ago, this new edition of the BILLCS Top 30 gets shaken down pretty significantly. A lot of favourites leave or are about to leave the chart, and others slip down to make room for new ones. And surprisingly, there are another four debuts. But with the fast pace of the music industry it is next to impossible to keep up with all of the new songs that are released each week. I like to think that this blog offers some highlights that you should hear, but I still hear songs months after their release for the first time. And it’s only fair to independent performers who have been pushing out their songs as quickly as they can, to give them a chance for a review up to six months after their songs are released. I’ve seen it happen before, and all it takes sometimes is one door to open, and the song gets a new lease on life.

Just a reminder about my New Music Pick of the Week online radio segment: It now airs on four separate online radio stations! These are segments that usually last between four and a half and seven minutes, depending on the length of song being featured. If you participate in or own an online radio station, feel free to connect with me if you’re looking for additional programming like this!

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“Bad Things” (above) by Swedish indie pop/rock quartet Louis Pax has been flying up my chart for the last month of so, and it’s only fitting that the song advances 4-1 this week. It’s a bright, feel good song with an amusing video and a terrific guitar solo that screams 80’s influences but sounds contemporary in its own lane.  The band released a new softer new single recently, you can check out “Spanish Rain” below.

I can’t rave enough about Years & Years’ Night Call album. I think it’s now passed The Weeknd’s Dawn FM as my favourite album of 2022 so far (and it’s still early, mind you). So while “Sweet Talker” (with Galantis above) stays put at #2, the title song (below) advances 28-20.  

Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to spread the love about Darren Hayes’ solo return to the pop music world after 10 years. And the song has been released without any expectations and any designs on radio play. So do take the time to enjoy “Let’s Try Being In Love”, which leaps 10-3. And your eyes will definitely be moist at the end.  His vocal contribution on Louis La Roche’s “Cold To Me” gives Darren two songs in the Top 10, just like old times, as it climbs 12-9.

Kylie Minogue and Jessie Ware offer up everything that was fun and memorable about disco music in “Kiss Of Life”, which climbs 9-6.

And speaking of The Weeknd, both of my featured songs from Dawn FM move up in fine fashion. First we have “Less Than Zero” (above) climbing 16-7, while current single “Sacrifice” (below) rises 22-15.

Rounding out the Top 10 in a big way this week is the punchy rock-flavoured “Pulling Me Down” by Emirati producers Revelries, which soars 19-10. It’s the duo’s third visit to the Top 10, following “Don’t Think Twice” (#2) and “Fall-Out” (#7).

The sound of Martin Garrix is evolving eight years after “Animals” created a defining moment in electronic dance music history. Now one of the richest producer/DJ’s in the world, he can write his own ticket, and working with Russian producers Matisse & Sadko and vocalist John Martin has given him one of his best recent singles, a natural for play at upcoming festivals called “Won’t Let You Go”, and it moves up 21-14. And is that Zedd collaboration actually coming soon? Hopefully all of the photo teasing of them together means that the song is on its way.

Given that The Chainsmokers have had 3 #1’s on my chart and 3 #2’s too, it’s no surprise that the incredibly infectious “High” flies up the chart as the Fastest Riser, moving 26-16.

Lifehouse’s rocking “Cut and Run” is wasting no time proving that a straight-ahead rock track still kicks ass in today’s music world.  It climbs 24-17 and is culled from the EP Goodbye Kanan.

Arriving on the chart at #24 as the Highest Debut for the first time since 2014 is L.A.-based British electronic artist Frankmusik, and it’s with a song he didn’t even write. But the production and vocal here are outstanding so be sure to check out “The Half Moon Came Up In The Sky”.  It’s Frankmusik’s 14th chart entry, which all began back in 2009 with “Confusion Girl” (#9).

L.A.’s Mahalo returns to the chart with his 11th chart entry, the piano-house track “Careless” at #25. It’s his second collaboration with Poland’s Milkwish – they previously charted together with “Alone Again” (#11) in 2019. The vocalist on the track is the fantastic Lena Leon. Mahalo’s last two entries, “Not Watching Anymore” and “Got That Love”, both went to #1 and were both in My Top 10 of 2021.

NYC singer/songwriter Victor Perry is also back on the chart with his 13th entry under his name (which includes the #1 “Myself In You” plus one entry under his project as a duo called Labrose) with German producers Saxity with the dance rave up “Oxygen” at #26. It’s Victor’s sixth time working with Saxity, previously charting with “You Found Me” (#8) and “Fantasy” (#4), and it’s Saxity’s 5th entry. I love hearing whatever they come up with together!

The fourth debut is NYC singer/songwriter Robbie Rosen’s 8th entry in less than two years, this time with Finnish producer Foxela, called “Think About You” at #28. With “To The Top” still hanging in at #30, “Think About You” continues Robbie’s unbroken streak of regular chart entries which began with last year’s “When I Lost You” on the March 15, 2021 chart.

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Radio GTA – listen to The Big 20 from 10pm to Midnight EST as “The Musicman” James Rogers and I bring you the latest in new songs.  And on Saturdays and Sundays from Noon to 6pm I bring you “Your Weekend New Music Mix” six hours of commercial-free music from the 2000’s including many song choices from this blog.

Halton Hills Online – “Your Weekend Music Mix” has a second home on Saturday and Sunday evenings from 8pm to Midnight! It’s a different mix from Radio GTA’s show, and like that one it is also commercial free, proudly brought to you by Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge in Georgetown, Ontario!

The 3D Variety Show by Planet Radio Canada –  I’m featured Tuesdays between 7 and 7:30 pm with my New Music Pick of the Week on the “3D Variety Show” with “The Musicman” James Rogers, and I also join occasionally for looks at music from our past through some live segments.  The “3D Variety Show” now repeats on Friday evenings at 9pm EST on Radio GTA .

My New Music Pick of the Week also now airs on Radio GTA Wednesdays at 11:15 pm EST, Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm EST, on Halton Hills Online on Saturdays and Sundays at 10pm EST, and now on Mix88.ca‘s “Addictive Energy” show with Hunter Wilbur on Saturdays at 9pm EST.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finnish producer #Joysic and the prolific @RobbieRosenlive adapt @TheFray’s “How To Save A Life” as an electronic ballad

JOYSIC and ROBBIE ROSEN, “How To Save A Life”

It’s already hard to believe when you see the song title that The Fray first arrived on the scene back in 2006 with “Over My Head (Cable Car)” and “How To Save A Life”, both pop hits that endure to today.  “How To Save A Life” in its original incarnation is a sometimes explosive and emotional release, but Finnish producer Joysic and New York singer/songwriter and man of many releases Robbie Rosen have scaled back the intensity somewhat in their new take on the song. And it works well – Robbie’s vocal still captures the emotion of the song with a much gentler interpretation. The production is big where it needs to be and otherwise is highly complimentary to Robbie’s vocal. “How To Save A Life” is an ear-catching surprise for club patrons to hear in that setting.

Singapore teen producer @Foxelamusic has a reprise with @RobbieRosenlive for the deep house of “Think About You”

FOXELA and ROBBIE ROSEN, “Think About You”

Following up their Fall 2021 release “Six Feet Under”, 19 year old Singapore producer Foxela and the immensely talented Robbie Rosen return together with the wickedly fun deep house of “Think About You”. Both artists are extremely prolific, but “Think About You” manages to stand out thanks to a spicy story (in a co-write with Jessica Lattman) and deft, creative production which effectively pitches down Robbie’s voice in spots, which would really resonate well on huge nightclub speakers. The deep house groove of “Think About You” packs a wallop, and it holds up well next to any darker house track that is meant to stake its claim and keep a DJ set thriving.

#BILLCSTop30 #630, January 3, 2022

Last year’s songs have been put to bed, time to move forward with more great new music for 2022!  A bunch of favourites departed the last chart after reaching the maximum of 10 appearances (20 weeks), so I have four debuts for you. Let’s see what music trends and perhaps revivals 2022 has in store for us.

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While there’s plenty of movement on this new chart, the Top 3 songs remain the same.  Darin’s beautiful ballad “Holding Me More” (above) has a third appearance (sixth week) at #1, after finishing #6 for 2021.  It’s followed by “To The Top”, the formidable anthem by Natixx, Lyonbrotherz and singer/songwriter Robbie Rosen at #2, after finishing #19 for 2021, and “Play It Cool” (below) by Menrva and Island Banks steady at #3 after finishing #31 for 2021.

Positioning itself accordingly up 5-4 is TELYKast’s national dance radio number one song “Unbreakable” featuring singer/songwriter Sam Gray.  Will it crack through the Top 3 in two weeks? Stay tuned!

The first of three arrivals in the Top 10 is the second Top 10 for Bay area producer Jay Bird who is teamed with fellow producers TWSTD ZOO and vocalist Harley Bird for “Float”, which zips up the chart 14-6. Jay Bird’s first Top 10, “Escape”, finished #34 for 2021.

Brandyn Burnette & Charlotte Sands’ heartfelt duet “Everything” continues into 2022 after finishing #78 for 2021, by rising 10-7 on the chart.

Up 13-8 is “Out Of The Dark”, the third Top 10 on this chart for Austin electronic dance music favourites Tritonal.  Their electronic ballad “Broken” (with Adam Lambert on vocals) reached #4 in 2016, while “Shivohum” (with Henry Dark) was #1 exactly two years ago.  “Out Of The Dark” features vocalist EMME in a Morgin Madison remix.

The Fastest Riser for the second chart in a row is an exuberant song that just sparkles, and I hope will get more attention with the start of 2022.  It’s “Sweet Talker” by Years & Years and Galantis, which leaps 18-9, becoming Y&Y’s 8th Top 10 and Galantis’ 2nd.  Watch for Y&Y’s new album Night Call before the end of the month!

Keep your eyes and ears on “i don’t wanna talk about love” by L.A. singer/songwriter Michael Medrano, as it climbs 20-13.

Buffalo NY native Grabbitz offers a happy mix of dark electronic synths with brooding alt.rock vibes on “Pain Killer”, which rises 25-17.

It’s a classic ballad in many shapes and forms, which is what makes it work so well.  British electronic producer Louis La Roche got best bud Darren Hayes to sing “Cold To Me”, which moves up 26-19, from Louis’ recent album We’re Not So Different.

Georgia electronic producer Paraleven had his recent album Apollo released by Rüfüs du Sol’s new label, Rose Avenue. Along with vocalist Fractures, a standout track from the album is “In My Head”, which climbs 27-20.

The Highest Debut on the chart is by Swedish pop/rock band Louis Pax, bringing back a lot of 80’s flavours (including saxophone) on their new single “Bad Things”, whish arrives at #24.

As if one song wasn’t enough, Karen Harding gets a second song on the chart this week with the riveting house track that is also the title of her recent EP, Sweet Vibrations, and it debuts at #26.  Karen had four songs in my Top 100 of 2021, so she will undoubtedly continue to be a regular visitor to the chart!

If you enjoy Paraleven’s “In My Head”, then you’ll also like the similarly dreamy “Locked Out” by Boston duo Tall Heights, from their recent EP Flyin’ Overhead, and “Locked Out” bows at #27.

Rounding out the debuts at #29 is the edgy rock-flavoured dance track “Pulling Me Down” by Emirati duo Revelries.  It’s the guys’ fifth appearance on the chart, which includes two Top 10’s.

 

View the full BILLCS Top 30 right here!  Click on the hyperlink on the song titles to hear the songs or watch the videos!

Listen to the BILLCS Top 30 Songs on Spotify! You can also follow me on Spotify at the following link:  BILLCS Top 30 Songs.

Check out and ‘like’ the BILLCS Music Projects Facebook page 🙂

ONLINE RADIO AFFILIATES

Radio GTA – listen to The Big 20 from 10pm to Midnight EST as “The Musicman” James Rogers and I bring you the latest in new songs.  And on Saturdays and Sundays from Noon to 6pm I bring you “Your Weekend New Music Mix” six hours of commercial-free music from the 2000’s including many song choices from this blog.

Halton Hills Online – “Your Weekend Music Mix” has a second home on Saturday and Sunday evenings from 8pm to Midnight! It’s a different mix from Radio GTA’s show, and like that one it is also commercial free, proudly brought to you by Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge in Georgetown, Ontario!

Planet Radio Canada (returning on January 4)–  I’m featured Tuesdays between 7 and 7:30 pm with my New Music Pick of the Week on the “3D Variety Show” with “The Musicman” James Rogers, and I also join occasionally for looks at music from our past through some live segments.  

My New Music Pick of the Week also now airs on Radio GTA Wednesdays at 11:15 pm EST, Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm EST, and on Halton Hills Online on Saturdays and Sundays at 10pm EST! The segment has also been picked up by Mix88.ca and details about when it will be played will be coming soon!

 

 

#BILLCSTop30 #629, December 20/21

The end of 2021 is upon us, and edition #629 is my last chart of the year, with the next one coming on January 3.  At the very end of this year, I will have the BILLCS Top 100 of 2021 for you.  This is the first year I’ve compiled a Top 100 since the mid-90’s. There was simply a lot of great music this year and I want to highlight my 100 favourite songs.  I’ll do that not only through a blog post, but also through a pre-recorded radio program.  My year end BILLCS Top 30 will be broadcast on a few of my online radio station affiliates, and I will confirm which ones and when in my socials!  I’m truly blessed to be able to have the time and the access to so much fine music which I have written about during the year. I’m always here for the underdogs. There are so many artists who should be signed to major record label deals that it makes my head spin.

Make sure you read about my ONLINE RADIO AFFILIATES (see details after the post) – all kinds of online radio announcing projects now keeping me busy!

Darin’s “Holding Me More” easily gets a second appearance at #1. Not many ballads ever make it to the top of my chart, but you can be sure that when they do, they are top notch!

The Top 5 has got crowded to see which song will succeed “Holding Me More” at #1 when that happens. “To The Top” (above), the fanciful anthem by Natixx, Lyonbrotherz and Robbie Rosen, rises 3-2, while “Play It Cool” (below), featuring the slick deep house style of UK/Irish producers Menrva and the snappy vocal by Island Banks, climbs 8-3.

Then there’s “Angel” (above) by Sonny Fodera and Clementine Douglas, which reaches a new peak by moving up 6-4.  And bounding into the Top 5 up 12-5 is “Unbreakable” (below) by TELYKast and Sam Gray, which reached #1 on the national dance radio tracks this week.  And even better – it’s one of a few independent releases on the radio chart.

UK dance chanteuse Karen Harding gets her fifth consecutive Top 10 on my chart with “You & I (All I Need)” (above), which rises 11-8.  Check out this fun banger, the title track from her recent EP Sweet Vibrations, below.

“Everything” by Brandyn Burnette & Charlotte Sands (15-10) becomes Brandyn’s 14th Top 10 on my chart (including features and one under his other performing name EMAN8), and his second this year, following “Airplane Mode” (#9).

The three debuts from the last chart all make nice moves and should likely move up the chart swiftly in the coming month.  The Fastest Riser is “Sweet Talker” (above) by Years & Years and Galantis, which soars 26-18.  Toronto’s Scott Helman has a radio hit in the making with “Pretty” (also above), which moves up 27-21.  And Kylie Minogue and Jessie Ware’s new disco anthem “Kiss Of Life” (below) climbs 28-22. 

Four songs make their debuts.  The Highest Debut belongs to Buffalo, New York’s Grabbitz with his alt.electronic track “Pain Killer” (above) at #25.  It’s Grabbitz’s second appearance on my chart. He first appeared last year with Rezz on the alternative radio and dance smash “Someone Else” (#5).  Next, at #26 is “Cold To Me” (also above) by British producer Louis La Roche, who recruited none other than Darren Hayes to sing this pensive ballad, which comes from Louis’ album We’re Not So Different.  Darren has now appeared 17 times on my chart as a solo artist, but this is his first appearance since his delightful cover of Madonna’s “Angel” (#11) – the flip side of his 45 of “Talk Talk Talk” – charted in the summer of 2012.

At #27 is “In My Head” (above) by chart newcomers Atlanta producer Paraleven and Australian vocalist/songwriter Fractures. This is culled from the first release from Rüfüs Du Sol’s label Rose Avenue, Paraleven’s album Apollo, which is well-worth checking out.  And Norway’s Matoma returns to the chart for the first time since 2018 and as an independent artist with “Never Surrender” (#28, below), which features Kodaline vocalist Steve Galligan in a fresh and powerful anthem.  It’s Matoma’s fourth chart entry.

View the full BILLCS Top 30 right here!  Click on the hyperlink on the song titles to hear the songs or watch the videos!

Listen to the BILLCS Top 30 Songs on Spotify! You can also follow me on Spotify at the following link:  BILLCS Top 30 Songs.

Check out and ‘like’ the BILLCS Music Projects Facebook page 🙂

ONLINE RADIO AFFILIATES

Radio GTA – listen to The Big 20 from 10pm to Midnight EST as “The Musicman” James Rogers and I bring you the latest in new songs.  And on Saturdays and Sundays from Noon to 6pm I bring you “Your Weekend New Music Mix” six hours of commercial-free music from the 2000’s including many song choices from this blog.

Halton Hills Online – “Your Weekend Music Mix” has a second home on Saturday and Sunday evenings from 8pm to Midnight! It’s a different mix from Radio GTA’s show, and like that one it is also commercial free, proudly brought to you by Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge in Georgetown, Ontario!

Planet Radio Canada –  I’m featured Tuesdays between 7 and 7:30 pm with my New Music Pick of the Week on the “3D Variety Show” with “The Musicman” James Rogers, and I also join occasionally for looks at music from our past through some live segments.  

My New Music Pick of the Week also now airs on Radio GTA Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm EST, and on Halton Hills Online on Saturdays and Sundays at 10pm EST!

#BILLCSTop30 #628, December 6/21

I fully admit I don’t listen to commercial radio anymore. Radio lost my interest years ago when it steered away from being a discovery place for new music for me.  And now it is proving even more that it’s way more about the profit and less about the music. Radio missed its opportunity recently to make “Easy On Me” by Adele or her follow up “Oh My God” or “Cold Heart” (Pnau remix) by Elton John & Dua Lipa event records. Radio could have used its still significant platform to dazzle audiences again by getting behind three songs that are very good for any pop radio format. Instead, it treated the Adele songs just like any release by a major perform, and Top 40 radio in particular has been reluctant to play an Elton John record because he is outside of their under 40 demographic. So until radio can prove to me again that it is interested in music again, I will do without.

Make sure you read about my ONLINE RADIO AFFILIATES (see details after the post) – all kinds of online radio announcing projects now keeping me busy!

Obtaining his second #1 of 2021 is Sweden’s Darin with the beautiful ballad “Holding Me More”, an ideal song to cuddle up with during the winter months. This and previous #1 “Can’t Stay Away” are big comeback songs for Darin, whose last English-language release was in 2013. Both mark complete shifts in direction after many years of success in Sweden, and I’m just loving it! It’s also the 14th #1 song of 2021 on my chart, the most in any year since I began the chart in 1998.

One song that is a unique change of pace for pop/dance music this year is “To The Top” by German producers Natixx and Lyonbrotherz with vocalist/songwriter Robbie Rosen, which climbs 5-3. The contrast between such deep rich bass synths and a medieval sounding flute creates an interesting effect in this anthem that will have you cheering in your own way.

“Play It Cool” by UK/Irish duo Menrva and vocalist Island Banks rises 11-8 with its slick, infectious beats and a Craig David-ish vocal that matches its title quite aptly!

The other new entry to the Top 10 is the second for Vancouver’s Young Bombs, following last year’s #3 “Better Day” (with Aloe Blacc), called “Summer In Brooklyn” (with Jordy, above), moving up 12-10. You can also check out Young Bombs latest single with Stondon Massey called “U Up?”, below.

Heading for the Top 10 are two bona fide dance radio hits.  Karen Harding’s “You & I (All I Need)” (above), from her EP Sweet Vibrations, climbs 14-11, while the independent release “Unbreakable” by L.A. trio TELYKast and Nashville vocalist Sam Gray (below) soars 17-12.

The haunting single “sicc” by Georgia-based alt.electronic singer/songwriter stef continues to flourish, rising 18-14.

Ballads are not often seen on my chart, but besides Darin’s #1, we’ve got Brandyn Burnette and Charlotte Sands serenading us in the gorgeous “Everything”, which moves up 19-15.

The last chart’s Highest Debut is this chart’s Fastest Riser as “Out Of The Dark”, a song glowing with positive vibes, leaps 25-18 for Austin duo Tritonal and vocalist EMME in a Morgin Madison remix.

In fact all of the last chart’s debuts are making their marks on the chart, each rising 6 points.  “Float” (above) by Jay Bird, TWSTD ZOO and Harley Bird rises 26-20, while the astute pairing of The Knocks and singer/songwriter Parson James allows “River” (below) to rise 28-22, and Michael Medrano’s telling but fun “i don’t wanna talk about love” (also below) moves up 29-23.

The Highest Debut at #26 belongs to Years & Years in collaboration with Swedish production duo Galantis with the smashing retrotastic arpeggios of “Sweet Talker” from the upcoming Years & Years album Night Call.  It’s the 9th chart entry for Years & Years (now simply an Olly Alexander project), which has included #1’s with “King” and “Shine”, and it’s the first one in two years, despite some good releases in-between that were also collaborations – the cover of Pet Shop Boys’ “It’s A Sin” with Elton John, and “Starstruck” and “Second To Midnight”, both with Kylie Minogue. It’s also Galantis’ second entry following their hit “Faith” (with Dolly Parton and Mr. Probz) which reached #5 in 2019.  Watch Olly perform the song in his recent appearance on “BBC Strictly Come Dancing” above.

Next at #27 is “Pretty” by Toronto’s Scott Helman, which is his first chart entry. I saw Scott perform in concert a number of years ago and he is an engaging performer full of stories. I like the, good-naturedness, softer edges and gender neutrality of “Pretty”, reminding me somewhat of some of Conan Gray’s releases, and a lot of young folks will relate to this one. 

And at #28 is the aforementioned Kylie Minogue, with her 10th chart entry and first since 2015 with “Kiss Of Life”, in which she is partnered with Jessie Ware on what is her 11th chart entry. “Kiss Of Life” is a not quite over-the-top dance floor filler that appears on the “Guest List Edition” version of Kylie’s album titled Disco.  It’s a whole lotta fun, so dig out your dancing shoes for it!

View the full BILLCS Top 30 right here!  Click on the hyperlink on the song titles to hear the songs or watch the videos!

Listen to the BILLCS Top 30 Songs on Spotify! You can also follow me on Spotify at the following link:  BILLCS Top 30 Songs.

Check out and ‘like’ the BILLCS Music Projects Facebook page 🙂

ONLINE RADIO AFFILIATES

Radio GTA – listen to The Big 20 from 10pm to Midnight EST as “The Musicman” James Rogers and I bring you the latest in new songs mixed with classics and songs you haven’t heard in a while.  And on Saturdays and Sundays from Noon to 6pm I bring you “Your Weekend New Music Mix” six hours of commercial-free music from the 2000’s including many song choices from this blog.

Halton Hills Online – “Your Weekend Music Mix” has a second home on Saturday and Sunday evenings from 8pm to Midnight! It’s a different mix from Radio GTA’s show, and like that one it is also commercial free, proudly brought to you by Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge in Georgetown, Ontario!

Planet Radio Canada (currently on hiatus until January)–  I’m featured Tuesdays between 7 and 7:30 pm with my New Music Pick of the Week on the “3D Variety Show” with “The Musicman” James Rogers, and I also join occasionally for looks at music from our past through some live segments.  

My New Music Pick of the Week also now airs on Radio GTA Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm EST, and on Halton Hills Online on Saturdays and Sundays at 10pm EST!