One month into Autumn and some change is afoot on the new chart. Besides three new entries, some songs make key moves, and there is a new song on top!
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Australia’s Throttle gets his first #1 with the thoughtful and danceable, Billboard-charting “Dreamer”, ending 4 appearances (8 weeks) at the top for Kazaky’s “Push”. It’s from his new EP of varying styles in the dance music realm called Where U Are, and is meant to be played continuously from beginning to end for best effect. “Dreamer” is the lead off single and it’s the one that stands out the most for me. This is also the first #1 on my chart for the Canadian dance label Monstercat, and such a different one for them too!
UK indie singer/songwriter Lostchild climbs 5-2 with the OKJAMES remix of “Like Like”. It will be neck and neck with “Dreamer” for #1 in two weeks – I’m not even going to speculate on what might prevail! “Like Like” bests the #5 peak of last year’s “Blacklist”.
With eyes firmly planted on the Top 5, “Breaking Hearts” by Benedict Cork, another UK indie singer/songwriter you need to know, climbs 12-7. The singer has been opening on tour for EuroVision winner Duncan Laurence in his native Netherlands.
Also new to the Top 10 – kind of a no-brainer given the performers – is “Dreamland” by Pet Shop Boys and Years & Years, moving up 14-9. It’s Years & Years’ 7th Top 10 entry since 2015, following this year’s collaboration with Jax Jones on “Play” (#3).
“Poolside Vibe” by Pretty Sister and MarcLo keeps us thinking of July and August as it moves up 16-12.
I want to see a club DJ take Anden’s “Flicker” up on what’s intended to happen in the magnetic, progressive dance song – a glittering light show after the pause after “baby all of the lights are turned…. off”. “Flicker”, featuring vocals by the brothers Cuppernull who comprise Anden, climbs 19-13.
“Here U R” is a striking deep house track by Win & Woo featuring vocals by co-writer Sara Skinner, and it rises 17-14.
Led by a pristine vocal by Heather Janssen, “Who’s Gonna Love U” by Canadian producer Ryan Shepherd makes a significant move up the chart, soaring 22-15.
After the #7 success of “Sign Of The Times” two years ago, Harry Styles shifts gears for a short, sweet pop song with one of his best vocals in “Lights Up”. It’s the Fastest Riser on the chart, rocketing 25-16.
Also busting a big move is “Family Affair” by The Disco Fries, which advances 23-17. It’s a fun and peppy retooling of the Mary J. Blige classic, which got to #4 on this chart back in 2001.
Making the highest debut is the glorious and unexpected collaboration of Galantis, Dolly Parton and Mr. Probz on one of the most uplifting songs of the year called “Faith”. It bows at #25 and is the first chart appearance for all involved. After establishing themselves on the dance music scene for the best part of this decade, the Grammy-nominated Swedish production duo Galantis joins other veterans – Don Diablo, Cedric Gervais, Lost Frequencies, Timmy Trumpet, Sultan + Shepard, Kygo – also debuting on the chart this year. And Dolly Parton has flirted with dance music before – her pop hit “Baby I’m Burnin'” was also a big club hit in 1979. She’s also not the oldest person to appear on the chart – that feat belongs to Giorgio Moroder who was 74 when he charted in 2015 with the trio of “Right Here Right Now”, “Deja Vu” and “Wildstar”.
Returning to the chart for the first time since 2016 is Brandon Colbein, formerly known as Brandon Skeie, with the heart-felt ballad “Mad”. Brandon’s “So Bad” reached the top of the chart so “Mad” has its work cut out!
Sam Fender is an intriguing new British rocker who will appeal to those who enjoy singer/songwriters like James Bay and groups like Keane. “Will We Talk”, from his album Hypersonic Missiles, arrives at #29.
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