These are the top 100 songs that are making gains at mid-month
POS/ARTIST/SONG/POS ON BR250/POINTS
1 KYLIE MINOGUE Say Something 3 3427.95
The lead single from her 19th studio album “Disco”, surprisingly eclipses the surge of Taylor Swift’s “Cardigan” to take the top spot on the Trending chart for August. Both songs were added to 29 charts, but Kylie sneaks out the win. Both also vault into the top 5 on this week’s BR250. In the UK ‘Something’ moves up to #11 on the airplay chart.
2 TAYLOR SWIFT Cardigan 5 3388.25
Swift can claim a victory however as 8 songs from the surprise album “Folklore” make it into the top 60 on the Trending chart. The album is a departure for her, introspective with an Alternative-Folk bent to it, written and recorded during the pandemic. In addition to oft producer Jack Antonoff she enlisted Aaron Dessner of the Alternative band The National as producers.
3 BEABADOOBEE Care 10 2267.2
Like going back to the mid-90’s and listening to Veruca Salt and Liz Phair. Not necessarily a bad thing. After 5 EP releases her debut album “Fake It Flowers” is on track for an October release.
4 TAYLOR SWIFT f/ BON IVER Exile 17 2128
I have never been a fan of Swift or Bon Iver but I will admit that I’ll be giving this and other tracks from the album more time to digest. This debuted at #6 on Billboard’s Hot 100 last week, 1 of 13 songs from the album that debuted in the top 50 (“Cardigan” at #1 and “The 1” at #4). Speaking of not a fan, the current methodology for the Hot 100 makes me a little bit crazy but I am certainly an old school guy.
5 DUA LIPA Hallucinate 4 1791.4
Radio single #4 is another Pop confection from the unstoppable Lipa. Already top 5 on the UK airplay chart, I’m sure it will follow suit in the States. She shows up again at #34 on the J. Balvin song “Un Dia (One Day)”. Her remix of “Levitating” with Madonna and Missy Elliott, just released, should impact on the next BR250 and bring the song back into the top 50 (or higher, it originally peaked at #44). A remix album is lsated for release at the end of the month.
6 KYGO & TINA TURNER What’s Love Got To Do With It 13 1611.3
Now this remix seems to me to be a waste of time. I get that he brought Whitney Houston back from the dead on last year’s “Higher Love” but at least her original version was not well known, appearing on the Japanese version of the album, ”I’m Your Baby Tonight”. This modernizes the song slightly but to me is a big yawn.
7 BASTILLE F/ GRAHAM COXON What You Gonna Do??? 33 1586.1
The rockier edge on the latest Bastille single is a welcome change of pace and Alternative radio is responding, already in the top 20.
8 BILLIE EILISH My Future 37 1521.2
The song starts in familiar Eilish territory and then goes full out “Miss Chatelaine” lounge. It debuted at #6 on the current Hot 100 chart. It is the second animated video on the chart, after “Hallucinate”. It is not vaulting up the airplay charts, so we’ll see how this one plays out. Her song “ilomilo” is also getting Alternative play right now.
9 KATY PERRY Smile 14 1487.35
The title song from her upcoming album is all over TV, featured in the current crop of Target commercials.
10 TROYE SIVAN Easy 41 1392.8
Australian Sivan had released a trio of songs from his upcoming EP, ”In A Dream”. They seem to like him in New Zealand. “Take Yourself Home” reached #9 this spring and this hit #11.
11 LITTLE MIX Holiday 57 1299.35
12 TAYLOR SWIFT Betty 73 1193.8
13 CHRIS CORNELL Patience 39 1100.25
14 MCFLY Happiness 85 1076.6
15 AVA MAX Who’s Laughing Now 88 1045.5
16 DOVES Prisoners 55 1038.5
17 NOTHING BUT THIEVES Real Love Song 9 1031.4
18 JOEL CORRY f/ MNEK Head & Heart 7 1018.95
19 FUTURE ISLANDS For Sure 28 966.35
20 JAMES BAY Chew On My Heart 48 963.25
Beyond Radio Alternative Sub-Genre Charts–August 15, 2020
Each of these charts (top 100’s) now have their own page found on the Monthly Genre Charts Menu
1 1 THE 1975 If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)
new 2 BEABADOOBEE Care
157 3 FUTURE ISLANDS For Sure
new 4 BASTILLE F/ GRAHAM COXON What You Gonna Do???
new 5 BILLIE EILISH My Future
new 6 JUICE WRLD & MARSHMELLO Come & Go
3 7 PERFUME GENIUS On The Floor
196 8 SAINT MOTEL Preach
5 9 BENEE f/ GUS DAPPERTON Supalonely
new 10 GLASS ANIMALS Heat Wave
Retro Soul (R&B, Soul Pop, Jazz Pop, Disco, Throwback Hip Hop)
1 1 JESSIE WARE Save A Kiss
3 2 VICTORIA MONET Experience
7 3 JESSIE WARE What’s Your Pleasure?
new 4 HAIM Don’t Wanna
4 5 ARLO PARKS Black Dog
16 6 ANDERSON.PAAK Lockdown
22 7 LIANNE LA HAVAS Can’t Fight
2 8 DOJA CAT Say So
15 9 JESSIE WARE The Kill
6 10 JESSIE WARE Spotlight
Adult Leaning Alternative
2 1 THE KILLERS My Own Soul’s Warning
7 2 PHOEBE BRIDGERS Kyoto
5 3 DOVES Carousels
78 4 FUTURE ISLANDS For Sure
new 5 CHRIS CORNELL Patience
1 6 THE KILLERS Caution
84 7 DOVES Prisoners
4 8 PERFUME GENIUS On The Floor
52 9 GLASS ANIMALS Heat Waves
6 10 TRAVIS A Ghost