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Chart Chat Edition 699 – W/C 14.04.13

Chart Chat Edition 699 – Week Commencing Sunday 14th April 2013

 There were six new entries, one re-entry, eleven climbers, twenty songs going down and two non movers on this weeks chart. After a controversial week it was Duke Dumont featuring A*M*E who triumphed with ‘Need U (100%) while Judy Garland went  straight in at no.2 with ‘Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead’, the track which had been hijacked by the anti Margaret Thatcher groups following her death last Monday. The winning margin was just 6k copies after a closely fought battle.  

P!nk featuring Nate Ruess fell one to no.3 with ‘Just Give Me A Reason’ while Bastille climbed back up one to no.4 having spent four consecutive weeks at no.5 with ‘Pompeii’. Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera climbed three to no.5 with ‘Feel This Moment’ and Nelly went up one to no.6 with ‘Hey Porsche’. Justin Timberlake fell four to no.7 with ‘Mirrors’ and The Saturdays featuring Sean Paul also went down four to no.8 with ‘What About Us’. Taylor Swift climbed three to no.9 with ’22’ and Bruno Mars completed the picture falling one to no.10 with ‘When I Was Your Man’. 

Four climbers were to be found in the remainder of the top twenty. Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding climbed eight to no.11 with ‘I Need Your Love’ which looks set to be the eighth top ten hit from his ’18 Months’ album while Imagine Dragons went up six places to no.12 with ‘Radioactive’. The 1975 went back up two to no.19 with ‘Chocolate’ and the top twenty was completed by Iggy Azalea who climbed sixteen places to no.20 with ‘Work’. 

There were five new entries, one re-entry and three climbers in the lower half of the chart. Nina Nesbitt went straight in at no.21 with ‘Stay Out’ while Chris Brown climbed six to no.23 with ‘Fine China’.  The Script went up two to no.24 with ‘If You Could See Me Now’ and Paramore went straight in at no.26 with ‘Still Into You’. AlunaGeorge got a new entry at no.30 with ‘Attracting Flies’ while Nicki Minaj featuring Lil Wayne went straight in at no.31 with ‘High School’. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis climbed five to no.33 with ‘Can’t Hold Us’ and The Notsensibles went straight in at no.35 with ‘I’m In Love With Margaret Thatcher’. The only re-entry came at no.37 and went to Jakwob with ‘Fade’. 

‘Mozarts House’ is the new single by Clean Bandit and is released on the Warner Music label. The band consists of six members, and was originally formed around a string quartet. They fuse elements of classical music along with hip hop and electronica. The digital release of the single features the XXXY Remix, the My Nu Leng Remix and the new track ‘UK Shanty’. They are set to play at Electrowerkz in London later this week but also have several festival appearances planned over the Summer including Latitude, Camp Bestival and Creamfields. They appeared at the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge back in January while promoting their ‘A&E’ single and they chose to perform Labrinth’s ‘Earthquake’ as their cover version.  I’m still not sure this will see them inside the top forty but their music does offer a breath of fresh air compared to some of this weeks new releases. 

British singer / songwriter Jessie Ware returns this week with her new single ‘Imagine It Was Us’. The track is to feature on a reissued format of her debut album ‘Devotion’ which reached the top five upon its original issue back in August. The new release, entitled ‘The Gold Edition’ also sees her A$AP Rocky collaboration ‘WIldest Moments’. She has yet to achieve a top forty single although both ‘If You’re Never Gonna Move’ (#41) and ‘Wildest Moments’ (#46) came close. She has been touring the UK recently with support being provided from up and coming artist Laura Mvula. Last weekend saw her appear at the legendary US festival Coachella after performing a headline gig at The Independent in San Francisco. Again I fear this won’t quite do enough to secure her a debut top forty hit but she has previously come very close so anything is possible for her. 

Twenty two year old British DJ and drum n bass producer Mat Zo teams up with Porter Robinson on his latest single ‘Easy’ which is released on the Ministry Of Sound label. The digital release of the single comes with six separate remixes; the Radio Edit, the Andy C Remix,  the Modek Bright As Day Remix, the Botnek Remix, the Lemaitre Remix and the Extended Mix.  He has worked on remixes for a number of high profile artists including U2 and Kylie Minogue while he has also created mash-ups involving artists such as Eric Prydz, Faithless, Sia and Paul Van Dyk. He has also performed under the pseudonym of MRSA on the Hospital Records label. It’s hard to predict just which dance tracks can crossover into the mainstream on any given week but my personal prediction is that this will end up staying in the club chart and won’t make any inroads into the top forty. 

Not to be confused with the Vera Lynn song of the same name ‘We’ll Meet Again’ is the title of the debut EP from Mayer which actually contains a total of four tracks; ‘My Letter’, ’10 More Minutes’, ‘Hotel Nights’ and the title track itself.  The video made to accompany the title track first appeared on YouTube a couple of weeks back and has been viewed several thousand times since. Very little is known about Mayer, though he shares a management company with Faith Hill, Alicia Keys, Steve Angello, Damien Marley, Tim McGraw and Miley Cyrus amongst many others. This release will help to build his reputation in the business as his voice is a thing of great beauty to listen to and the songs included her are very good. However it may not quite receive enough airplay or attention for him to get inside the top forty at his very first attempt.  

Manchester based three piece bassline vocal group Platnum return this week with their new single ‘Love You Tomorrow’.  They are perhaps best known for appearing on the H “Two” O hit ‘What’s It Gonna Be’ which peaked at no.2 although they did achieve top twenty success with their own single ‘Love Shy (Thinking About You)’ which made no.12. They toured with N-Dubz in 2009 but then their profile slowly seemed to decrease. Last year saw them team up with Black Eyed Peas producer DJ Poet and now their reputation has been growing on the UK assline scene. The digital release of the single comes with three brand new mixes; the Andi Durrant & Steve Moore Club Mix, the Sticky Remix Extended and the Big Ang Remix Extended. This should do well for them and could well see them back inside the top forty next weekend. 

‘Fire Blaze’ is the brand new single by Rascals featuring Professor Green. The band are not to be confused with the Alex Turner led group of the same name and instead are a four piece urban outfit who supported Kendrick Lamar on his recent UK tour.  They made seven PA’s at O2 Academy venues during March and now finally release their single this week.  The digital release contains five new mixes; the Dot Rotten Remix, the Nat Powers Remix, the Baxta Remix, the MRK1 Remix and the Kodi Starr Remix. Professor Green only appears on the Nat Powers Remix, with Scrufizzer & Dot Rotten, Amplify Dot and Jahmiel & Propa Fade appearing on the other versions.  Since the video was posted onto YouTube it has attracted considerable interest and has received well over 600k views. I think this could secure them a place inside the mainstream chart on Sunday.

Next up this week come Rudimental who release their new single ‘Waiting All Night’ this week with Ella Eyre providing the vocals.  They remain best known for ‘Feel The Love’ which featured John Newman and topped the charts last year though the follow up ‘Not Giving In’ also made the top twenty. The track forms part of an EP which also contains ‘Baby’, ‘Right Here’ and ‘Hell Could’ alongside the Kidnap Kid and Clean Bandit Mixes of ‘Waiting All Night’. The band also release their album ‘Home’ later this month which features collaborations with Emeli Sande, Foxes and Becky Hill. The track is already starting to climb the charts around Europe, most notably in Austria and Belgium. I have no doubt that this will provide them with a third hit single, and is likely to challenge for the top spot but their label will be keen to shift albums too.

London based five piece Brand New Heavies team up with N’Dea Davenport on their new single ‘Sunlight’. However as it comes in at just over seven minutes long it isn’t particularly radio friendly! While this is released as a standalone single, a further set of remixes are being released under the title ‘Dunk Your Trunk Remixed’ in early May. N’Dea first joined the band in 1990, but left five years later before rejoining in 2005. Back in the early 1990’s they led the Acid Jazz movement and achieved fourteen top forty hits across their UK career although their last came all the way back in 1999 with their cover of ‘Apparently Nothing’. Their biggest hit came two years earlier in 1997 when ‘You’ve Got A Friend’ (which was another cover) reached no.9. It would be great to see them back inside the top forty on Sunday but I fear this will end up dropping short. 

Finally under review this week comes the phenomenon that is Psy. ‘Gangnam Style’ took over the world and became an internet sensation, eventually becoming the most viewed video of all time on YouTube.  Such was the success of that single that the release of his follow up ‘Gentleman’ has been receiving coverage on the news.  It was released last Friday and after just two days sales it entered at no.61, the exact position that ‘Gangnam Style’ also entered at on its first chart week. That track went 61-37-3-1 so still took a few weeks to get into its stride, but I expect this to make a quicker appearance inside the top ten. There are no remixes or gimmicks on this release but that is unlikely to effect its chart peformance.  Competition for top ten new entries is strong next week but he has no shortage of publicity over the past few weeks. 

Also released this week are ‘Young Rapunxel’ by Azealia Banks, ‘Love Tonight’ by Dennis Hercules featuring T’Mara, ‘Face Off’ by Joker, ‘Modern Hearts’ by The Knocks featuring St Lucia, ‘Deep Down’ by McMahon, ‘A Little More Love’ by Moya, ‘Gentleman’ by Psy, ‘I Wanna Dance (But I Don’t Know How)’ by Skaters, ‘Shameless Fashion’ by Visage and ‘#thatPOWER’ by featuring Justin Bieber. 


I think Rudimental will have the top spot sewn up next weekend, but Psy will be keen for a high new entry and the funeral of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher could yet see some unusual buying patterns. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Amelia Lily, Lana Del Ray, Lethal Bizzle featuring Wiley and Rihanna.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson


14 April, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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