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Chart Chat Edition 693 – W/C 03.03.13

Chart Chat Edition 693 – Week Commencing Sunday 3rd March 2013

There were four new entries, eight climbers, twenty three songs going down and five non movers on this weeks chart (to no.3).  It was all change in the top two but as predicted by us last week Justin Timberlake climbed three places to no.1 with his new single ‘Mirrors’ while Bastille can be delighted with their new single ‘Pompeii’ going straight in at no.2. 

Last weeks no.1 ‘One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks)’ fell two to no.3 for One Direction while Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz also went down two to no.4 with ‘Thrift Shop’. Avicii vs Nicky Romero were a non mover at no.5 with ‘I Could Be The One (Nicktim)’ and Taylor Swift was also a non mover at no.6 with ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’. Bruno Mars spent another week at no.7 with ‘If I Was Your Man’ but Bauer fell five to no.8 with ‘Harlem Shake’. Wiley featuring Chip went straight in at no.9 with ‘Reload’ and P!nk featuring Nate Ruess climbed six places to no.10 with ‘Just Give Me A Reason’. Two climbers were to be found in what remained of the top twenty.  Adele climbed eleven to no.14 with ‘Skyfall’ and Olly Murs went up four to no.19 with ‘Army Of Two’. 

There were two new entries and four climbers in the lower half of this weeks chart.  Bruno Mars climbed one place to no.25 with ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’ while The Script climbed ten to no.26 with ‘If You Could See Me Now’. Zedd featuring Foxes went up five places to no.29 with ‘Clarity’ and Laura Mvula got a new entry at no.32 with ‘Green Garden’. Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin climbed one to no.36 with ‘Don’t You Worry Child’ and the final new entry came at no.39 and went to Paramore with ‘Now’. 

‘Sticks & Stones’ is the brand new single on London Records by the up and coming hotly tipped r’n’b star Arlissa.  She is half German and half American but was raised mainly in the Crystal Palace area of London. She performed this track on the New Years Eve special of Top Of The Pops, and was also nominated in the prestigious BBC Sound Of 2013 poll. It follows on from last years single ‘Hard To Love Somebody’ which saw her team up with Nas who flew her across the Atlantic to record with her in person. The digital format of this release sees the inclusion of three new mixes; the Joe Goddard Remix, the MJ Cole Remix and the Wookie Remix. The accompanying promotional video has been receiving plenty of airplay and was shot in the swamps of Louisiana. With such impressive backing she will be looking to secure a debut top forty hit next weekend. 

Bridgit Mendler is another American child actress hoping to make the big time in the music business and this week sees her release her new single ‘Ready Or Not’.  She is perhaps best known for her role as Teddy in the series Good Luck, Charlie which has recently entered its fourth series.  She sings ‘Hang In There Baby’, which is the theme tune to the show, and also showed off her vocal talents in the Disney film Lemonade Mouth. She is far from manufactured though as she does get involved in the songwriting process and co-wrote this with Emanuel Kiriakou and Evan Bogart. The digital format of this release contains three new mixes; the Radio version of the DJ M3 Remix, the Extended version of that mix and the DJ Mike D Remix. Her debut album ‘Hello My Name Is…’ gets a release in two weeks time but until then this should see her secure a debut top ten hit.

As the title may suggest ‘Two’ is the second EP by Charlotte Church.  It features a total of five tracks, although lead song ‘Glitterbombed’ was released as a standalone single back in December. Other tracks featured here include ‘Breach Of The Peace’, ‘The Mistress’, ‘Nerve’ and ‘Lasts, or Eschaton’. While she would clearly welcome a return to the top ten, this release is about Church having the freedom to put out the kind of music she wants to, without the shackles of a major label. The lead track ‘Glitterbombed’ is quite stunning, and was performed to good effect on a recent episode of the Jonathan Ross Show.  She has also guest presented on the last series of Have I Got News For You and has been one of the higher profile celebrities behind Hacked Off, a pressure group formed as part of the Leveson Report. More live dates are promised for later this year and a third EP may also follow before the Summer. 

Not to be confused with the actor of the same name, DJ and producer Paul Rudd releases his new single ‘Trust In Me’ this week. The track features Amanda Wilson on vocals and the digital format comes with an impressive seven different mixes; the Late Sessions Mix, the Radio Edit, the Late Sessions Instrumental Mix, the Extended Club Mix, the Andi Durrant & Steve More Remix, the Mikael Wills Remix and the Loverush UK Remix.  It follows on from recent singles which saw him collaborate with Eighties icon Jaki Graham and respected vocalist Kelly-Anne. The official video to accompany the track was released back at the start of February and has received several thousand views since. The track has been climbing the Club Chart but has the appeal to crossover into the mainstream so watch out for this landing inside the top half of the chart on Sunday.

The hotly tipped four piece band Swim Deep are just one of many bands laying claim to be “one of the ones to watch” in 2013. This week sees them release their new single ‘The Sea’ which follows on from previous releases ‘Honey’ and ‘King City’. The NME believe the band to be on the verge of stepping into the big league and this single has been picking up considerable airplay. They have been working away with Charlie Hugall on their debut album and he comes from good stock having previously worked with Florence & The Machine and 2:54 amongst others. They have major label backing in the shape of Sony and so stand a better chance of charting on Sunday than some of the other bands releasing this week on Indie labels. This is a great song with a killer chorus and it would be fantastic to see them make a debut top forty appearance with this track. 

‘Far From Heaven’ is the new single from five piece Indie band Echotape. The digital release contains the Radio Edit and Alternative Mix of the main track alongside a remix of ‘Constellations From Heaven’. They are set to release their debut album ‘Collective’ at the end of March and will embark on an eight date UK tour to promote it. The band are playing a one off concert at The Music Box in Salisbury this Wednesday to celebrate the release of this single. They first arrived on the music scene a year ago with the release of their ‘Sky About Quarley Hill’ EP with musical influences coming courtesy from the likes of M83, Mogwai and The Horrors. Now they are continuing to build on their fanbase and will be hoping to secure a good showing with their album. That said I suspect they won’t sell the kind of quantities required to reach the mainstream top forty next weekend. 

Daniela Brooker releases her new single ‘Heartbreaker’ this week. She has notched up over 100 live gigs and has supported other pop acts including most notably The Saturdays. She also featured on the Hard Rock Cafe Pinktober tour in 2011 and has since released a handful of songs digitally. Fans visiting her website can pick up a free download of the track ‘Chasing The Waves’ while a full length album should appear later in the year. She wrote her first song aged twelve, and now seven years on she continues to display a maturity beyond her years.  She is truly dedicated to her cause and admits to having an almost OCD compulsion to rehearse.  The hardest thing for her will be to somehow stand out from the crowd of other female singers in the charts right now.  This is a fine song but she might have to wait just a little longer if she is to achieve her first commercial breakthrough. 

Next up this week is American singer / songwriter and producer Rachael Sage who releases her new single ‘California’ this week on the MPress label. It is taken from her tenth studio album ‘Haunted By You’ and the digital release of the single features both the album and acoustic versions of the track. While she may be relatively unknown to UK audiences she released her first album ‘Morbid Romantic’ back in 1995. Performing Songwriter magazine named her as being amongst the Top 100 Independent Artists of the past 15 years and she won Best Story Song at the 10th Annual Independent Music Awards for her track ‘Brave Mistake’. She is a self taught pianist who also trained as a ballet artist. While she has a solid fan base in the UK they will be more focused on her album and are unlikely to purchase this as a stand alone single. 

The final single under review this week is ‘If I Lose Myself’ which is the new single by the American rock band OneRepublic. The track is taken from their ‘Native’ album and has already charted in the top forty in both New Zealand and Germany. It was written about being in an aeroplane crash with writer / singer Ryan Tedder aiming to capture “that moment of sheer panic looking out the window and seeing your life pass before you”. The band have failed to match their early form in the UK which saw ‘Apologize’ and ‘Stop And Stare’ both reach the top five. Since then only ‘All The Right Moves’ has charted, peaking at no.26. Despite their popularity across the Atlantic they have only seen one single in five years reach the top forty, and I suspect that this single will do nothing to amend that statistic. I fear this will end up missing out on next weekends top forty chart. 

Bruno Mars looks set to climb following an appearance on the Jonathan Ross TV show and Bridgit Mendler should get a top ten entry but I expect Justin Timberlake to hold on at the top. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Hurts, Nicole Scherzinger, Olly Murs and Robbie Williams.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

4 March, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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