#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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The name is Puth, but this time it’s Stephen – that’s @StephenPuth with gritty “Sexual Vibe”

STEPHEN PUTH, “Sexual Vibe”

Another Puth has quietly emerged in 2018 – following award-winning older brother Charlie’s massive success, this time it may be Stephen’s turn with his introduction of “Sexual Vibe” being part of the revival of the Arista label for Sony.  If Charlie is the likable Shawn Mendes of the family – who can still get his own sexy on just fine thank you, if you’ll recall “Attention” – then Stephen is the grittier, Michael Hutchence-inspired one who takes things a few steps further.  Thus, “Sexual Vibe” doesn’t beat around any bushes.  It’s a mid-tempo alt.rocker with Stephen comfortably resting in his chest voice, recalling Jakob Dylan of The Wallflowers at times.  The second verse of “Sexual Vibe” will have you sold when Stephen croons “your efforts are effortless, so don’t move too fast, cause I like it when you …… fuck with me reck-ol-less [my emphasis]” to the song’s sparse, 60’s sounding melody, which is a real toe-tapper.  “Sexual Vibe” shouldn’t be an inauspicious start to another career but appears to be so for Stephen Puth – just for now.

 

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