Despite the empty dance floors, dance acts are still doing well, fueled by big radio dance hits like Get Out Of My Head (Universal) by Irish producer Shane Codd and Goosebumps (Sony) by Spanish dance producer HVME. Counted by chart points the current 18 dance acts in the chart have a combined share of 41% – up from 30% before the virus. The pop genre is slightly down from 32% to 29% in chart points, while urban music is up from 11% a year ago to 18% now.
While we have been enjoying the showcases of a lot of rock acts at the ESNS Festival, on a positive note for the genre, British shoegaze rock act NewDad is rising fast to #39, helped by their new single I Don’t Recognise You 14 (Fair Youth), which is doing well in The UK and Luxembourg. Also, British singer-songwriter Holly Humberstone, who performed at ESNS, is moving up to #55.
This month we welcome seven new entries in the Music Moves Europe Artist Chart, only one of them is a rock act. The highest new entry at #63 is British urban act Midas The Jagaban, whose self-released Party With A Jagaban crosses over to Finland, The Netherlands, and France. The masked singer, who is inspired by the old Greek story of King Midas, strikes gold in those countries. If you’re into old-school dance, you should check out Irish duo Obskür, new in at #84. Their cut Bayside (Warner) is doing well in the dance shows in Northern Europe.
British pop singer Charlotte Jane is loved on German radio with her Get It Right (Sony), entering at #88. Paris Boy, new in at #90, is not from France, but Spain. He made an extrapolation of Rihanna’s 2008 hit Umbrella, named it Problemas (self-released), and found success in Italy, Estonia, and The Netherlands. Dutch pop singer Remme, in at #96, crosses over to Germany and Poland thanks to singles like Bittersweet (Universal).
The only new entry in the rock genre this month we find at #97: British indie rock duo Kit Sebastian comes in. It is a success for small British indie label and record store Mr Bongo. Kit Sebastian mixes French and English lyrics with Turkish psychedelic rock and enjoys airplay in Spain, France, Greece, Poland, and Portugal. Finally, British dance producer Fred Again.. comes in at #99. He has built a name as co-writer and producer for the likes of Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, and George Ezra, but his solo work is far more leftfield. His self-released song Julia is popular in Spain, Scandinavia, and North-Eastern Europe.