European Border Breakers Charts

Emerging EUROPEAN ARTISTS
breaking borders
across Europe
CHART ANALYSIS: IT'S A GAME OF FIVE DIRECTIONS
Emerging EUROPEAN ARTISTS
breaking borders
across Europe
CHART ANALYSIS: IT'S A GAME OF FIVE DIRECTIONS
Chart analysis21 April 2017

Broken weeks will fix new hits

Don’t you have this expression printed on a tile on the wall?

This time of year in between Easter and Labour Day with its broken weeks, scattered public holidays on the calendar, and school holidays thrown into the mix, is a chance for people at record companies and on-air talent to take a well-deserved break. But on the other hand, radio is a 24/7 business always hungry for new sounds. 

So, a perfect time to break the baby acts for majors or create opportunities for indies. This week’s chart reflects this with no less than eight sparkling new entries, while British producer Jax Jones spends a sixth consecutive week at #1 with You Don’t Know Me (Universal).

Fy Faen! You could easily say this outside Scandinavia without someone else raising an eyebrow, but the translation is ‘damn’. Hkeem is 19-year old rapper from Oslo and Temur an r’n’b singer from the same town. Together they had some help from famous Norwegian producer Erik Smaaland, who scored hits on his own and as part of the production team GoToGuy with acts like Mohombi, Gabrielle, Alexander Rybak and Sandra Lyng. The rest of Scandinavia is stepping in on Fy Faen (Universal) with its catchy tropical house beats, making it the highest new entry at #45.

Belgian indie act J. Bernardt is the following new entry at #73 with Wicked Streets. The prospects for the electronic solo project of the Balthazar singer Jinte Deprez, who had already a border breakers hit with Calm Down (both PIAS), are looking good. There is already airplay for the single in Austria, Denmark, Switzerland and Luxembourg.

An upbringing in a musical family surrounded by cassette tapes full of jazz, soul, and funk leads to the new entry at #81. Here we find Dutch DJ and producer Jarreau Vandal with Someone That You Love on the independent Hear This Records. The Dutchmen teamed up with promising London singer Olivia Nelson for this fresh funky spring tune, already played in Belgium and Poland.

One notch down at #82 there’s a record you should definitely check out. You won’t believe your ears if I tell you that British singer George van den Broek is only seventeen years old. His timeless modern blues track Gap In The Cloud under his nickname Yellow Days (Good Years Records) is the soulful tune music blogs are raving about and is picked up on by Portuguese radio right now.

The governing body of the football association may not be too happy with the new entry at #88. The FIFA criticising song by British newcomer Declan McKenna gets airplay in Denmark and The Netherlands, now it is re-released in the lead up to McKenna’s James Ford produced debut album What Do You Think About The Car in July. His The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home is still in the chart at #32 (both Sony).

Flødeklinikken, anyone? ‘Cream clinic’ was the former band of Danish singer Soleima. A couple of weeks ago, her collab with LA producer Hoodboi called Breathe entered the top 100, and now this solo single repeats the feat at #95. Cracks (both Warner) is another forward thinking electronic singer-songwriter track and is liked in Germany and Norway.

Selling out medium sized venues already because of the streaming success is British singer-songwriter, Tom Walker. His well-crafted soulful and relaxed Just You And I (Sony) is in at #96 and detected on radio in Finland, Poland, and Estonia. Interesting detail: the Scotsman shared a bedsit innManchester with twelve other musicians before going on tour.

Finally, at #97 we’ll find the French answer to Milky Chance. Broken Back’s Better Run (Sony) indie-dance with some electro sounds a bit like that and is played a lot already on Belgian radio.

Menno ‘Fixer’ Visser
Radio programmer on Dutch national radio and ex-chart researcher at Music & Media, Billboard’s former European radio magazine

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