Just think about U2, Enya, The Corrs, The Script, Boyzone, The Cranberries, Van Morrison, and Thin Lizzy… All examples of well-known Irish heritage acts, known worldwide. And in more recent times Fontaines D.C., Hozier, Roisin Murphy, Villagers and Bicep are other good examples. So, it’s not strange that the Irish are currently doing well in conquering Europe with their music – as music is a part of life in Ireland.
But even more impressive is the wide variety of the different musical styles of the new talents currently in the chart. It ranges from commercial dance-pop (Shane Codd at #3) to underground dance (Obskür at #14, For Those I Love at #46, and Rebuke at #48). And we find poppy Barry Moore at #15, while Denise Chaila makes hip-hop at #59 and there are also three indie rock acts (NewDad at #13, Sinead O Brien at #34, and The Clockworks at #60). The Irish music scene is alive and kicking with talent all over the place.
Less exciting is the top 10 of the chart this month, which is nearly the same as last month, led by Spanish dance producer HVME. German rapper Apache 207, last month at #5, was not eligible anymore for the chart as his debut single was released more than three years ago. Hence all other acts in the second half of the top 10 gain one place. At the bottom of the chart, here are five newcomers this month, all with interesting stories.
First up is Belgian singer-songwriter and producer David Numwami at #67. His French song Beats (self-released) is liked in nine countries outside Belgium, as far away as Estonia and Portugal. This is rather special because most of the time songs in French only spread to the French-speaking countries. Maybe his international appeal comes because he has been a touring musician with Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sebastien Tellier, and Nicolas Godin from Air.
It’s not common that the chart welcomes Greek artists, but this month we say hello to Greek pop singer Evangelia at #72. Her song Páme Páme (Sony Germany), which means ‘Let’s Go’, is popular in Switzerland, Germany, and Finland. If you know she lived in Crete and her parents are from New Jersey you can easily spot the American and Greek elements in the song.
Next at #73 we find Swedish singer Brother Leo. In a former life, this Ola Svensson was known as Ola. After joining the Swedish version of Idols in 2005, he found huge success in his home country and also in Italy and America with pop songs such as I’m In Love. Now rebranded since 2018 as Brother Leo, he makes more grown-up pop music. His single Strangers On An Island on his own label is liked in Germany and Switzerland.
Sometimes artists find success after they disband. That is the case for French electro-pop duo Videoclub, new in at #74 thanks to Euphories (Sony), which crosses over to Belgium, Germany, Spain, and Slovenia, despite being sung in French. The young love couple Adèle Castillon en Matthieu Reynaud from Nantes separated just after finishing their debut album.
Finally, a Kurdish refugee who fled to Germany is in at #75: Sarhad, whose rap song Sinne (‘Senses’) on Groove Attack finds success in other German-speaking countries Austria, Switzerland, and Luxembourg.