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Chart Chat Edition 700 – W/C 21.04.13

Chart Chat Edition 700 – Week Commencing Sunday 21st April 2013

 Wow! Edition 700 is upon us, and I had no idea when I started this column / blog (call it what you will) that it would still be going into its fourteenth year. I have tried to take note of what people want, and my reviews of the new albums by The Wonder Stuff, Depeche Mode and Suede were particulary well received so I will be looking to include more reviews as we move forward.  My thanks of course go to John who regularly provides me with the platform to publish my musings, and of course to anyone who has clicked to read this whether it be by accident, via a search engine or as a regular reader.  Single releases are now sometimes midweek, and they can come out with no notice at all (David Bowie being a case in point). I’d love to keep the site going for another fourteen years but such unpredictable release dates and the change to download sales has made life somewhat difficult!  However I still very much enjoy doing it and work on edition 701 is underway.  The site now has its own Twitter feed (@ChartChatUK) so please follow us there and share any musical opinions you may have. So thank you, and here’s to several hundred more editions yet! 

There were eight new entries, one re-entry, four climbers, twenty five songs going down and two non movers on this weeks chart. It was very much all change at the top as ‘Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead’ dropped out of the top forty altogether and the top three was comprised completely of new entries. The highest of those went to Rudimental featuring Ella Eyre who scored another no.1 hit with ‘Waiting All Night’. Their success saw pushed into the no.2 spot with his Justin Bieber collaboration ‘#thatPower’ which was his third hit inside this weeks top forty. 

Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams went straight in at no.3 despite only being released on Friday but Duke Dumont featuring A*M*E fell three to no.4 with ‘Need You (100%).P!nk featuring Nate Ruess fell two places to no.5 with ‘Just Give Me A Reason’ while Nelly was a non mover at no.6 with ‘Hey Porsche’. Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding climbed four to no.7 with ‘I Need Your Love’ and Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera went down three to no.8 with ‘Feel The Moment’. Bastille fell five places to no.9 with ‘Pompeii’ while Psy went straight in at no.10 with ‘Gentleman’. 

One new entry and two climbers were to be found in the remainder of the top twenty.  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis climbed twenty one places to no.12 with ‘Can’t Hold Us’ while Clean Bandit went straight in at no.17 with ‘Mozart’s House’. The final climber went to Iggy Azalea with ‘Work’ which went up one place to no.19. 

There were three new entries, one re-entry and one climber in the lower half of the chart. Little Mix featuring Missy Elliot went straight in at no.23 with ‘How Ya Doin’?’ while Emeli Sande re-entered at no.26 following the use of ‘Read All About It Part III’ by an act in the Britains Got Talent auditions. Mat Zo & Porter Robinson got a new entry at no.28 with ‘Easy’ and featuring Miley Cyrus went straight in at no.34 with ‘Fall Down’. The only climber went to HAIM who went back up three to no.37 with ‘Falling’. 

Amelia Lily’s post X Factor career started well with ‘You Bring Me Joy’ making its debut at no.2.  However the follow up ‘Shut Up (And Give Me Whatever You Got)’ performed less well, and missed out on the top ten altogether peaking instead at no.11.  With her debut album ‘Be A Fighter’ waiting for a May release all eyes will be on her third single release ‘Party Over’ which is released this week.  The digital format of the release contains two new mixes of the track; the Seamus Haji Club Mix and the Andi Durrant & Steve More Club Mix. The accompanying video was directed by Travis Kopach and has been viewed over 850k times on YouTube since it was first put up. She was undoubtedly one of the best vocalists the series produced and I hope this is a significant hit for her. Failure to make the top ten could unforunately affect her long term future with her label. 

Blue have recently been participants in the ITV Big Reunion series and are now about to return with a new album entitled ‘Roulette’ and from it comes the new single ‘Hurt Lovers’. Although the band originally split in 2005 they reunited initially in 2009 to perform at the Silverstone Classic Festival.  A quiet two years followed before they were selected to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest with ‘I Can’. The track finished 11th in the competition and became their lowest UK chart entry, reaching only no.16. That compared to their earlier career which saw them achieve eleven top ten hits including three no.1 hits.  ‘Hurt Lovers’ has already made the top ten in Germany, and the top thirty in Austria and Switzerland. The digital format contains two new mixes and the new track ‘Risk It All’. This could well see them back inside the top ten next weekend.

‘Embrace’ is the new EP by former X Factor contestant Frankie Cocozza and marks the follow up to his debut EP ‘Motorcycle’. While he was selected for the finals of the series and was being mentored by Gary Barlow he was eventually axed for breaking the shows rules. He has gone on to achieve more success as a minor celebrity than for his singing, finishing second in Celebrity Big Brother and presenting My Super Sweet 16 on the MTV Channel.  In comparison his singing career has struggled with  ‘Motorcycle’ getting no higher than no.89, and it’s hard to see this new EP performing much better. It contains four brand new tracks; ‘Embrace’, ‘Gold Getter’, ‘My Friend’ and ‘Stuck In The Grey’.  His voice is not perhaps his strongest asset and with another series of X Factor now passed he is now long forgotten by some journalists. I don’t forsee this peaking inside the top forty.

Twenty eight year old British Grime artist Lethal Bizzle teams up with Wiley on his new single ‘They Got It Wrong’. He has notched up seven top forty hits across his career, and was only in the top twenty earlier this year with his Vato Gonzales collaboration ‘Not A Saint’. His biggest hit remains ‘Oi!’ which reached no.7 back in 2002 with a little help from the More Fire Crew. Wiley of course needs no introduction and is currently on a rich vein of form which saw him reach no.1 last year with his track ‘Heatwave’ before then going on to notch up a further two top ten hits with ‘Can You Hear Me? (Ayayaya)’ and ‘Reload’. The digital release of the single contains an instrumental, acapella and radio edit version of the main track.  I think that this will enter inside the top forty next Sunday afternoon, but I’m not sure that it will do enough to see him back inside the top ten. 

Next up this week are Loveable Rogues who are another boy band that initially achieved fame through the Britains Got Talent series. They have recently been touring with Olly Murs and they release their brand new single ‘What A Night’ this week. The digital format of the single features the Sonny J Mason Remix, the Supasound Radio Edit and the new track ‘Nuthouse’. They have major label backing in the shape of Sony which is something that fellow contestants The Mend (who missed the top forty with their single ‘Where Were You’) and ReConnected (who peaked at no.32 with ‘One In A Million’) haven’t had. The video has had over half a million views since it was posted on YouTube so the signs are positive that they can achieve a debut hit single next weekend. 

Marcella Detroit is best known for her time with Siobhan Fahey in Shakespears Sister though she did have a minor hit in 1980 with Barry Gibb on ‘Help Me!’. The track reached the top fifty in the States but did not chart in the UK. She achieved five hit singles as part of Shakespears Sister including the no.1 hit ‘Stay’ but she left the band in 1994. She enjoyed a no.15 album ‘Jewel’ later the same year which featured all of her three top forty singles. Since then she has released two albums ‘Feeler’ (1996) and ‘Dancing Madly Sideways’ (2001) but neither made a showing in the charts.  Now she is back with a new single entitled ‘Good Girl Down’ which features on her new album ‘The Vehicle’.  The single features ‘Keep It Warm’ as the b side and fans will be keen to catch her live when she plays four dates in the UK next week.  It would be great to see her back in the top forty but I think she may fall short.

Dutch DJ and producer Nicky Romero teams up with Nervo on his new single ‘Like Home’. His last top forty appearance came on ‘I Could Be The One’ which featured Avicii and hit the top spot for one week earlier this year. The digital format of the single comes with five new remixes; the Radio Edit, the Dannic Remix, the Dillon Francis Remix, the Gregor Salto Remix and the Karetus Remix. The track has already been released elsewhere in Europe and has reached the top forty in Austria and Sweden. While the UK is familiar with Nicky Romero, the Nervo twins are less well known though they co-wrote the David Guetta and Kelly Rowland track ‘When Love Takes Over’. As producers they have worked with Rachel Stevens, Ke$ha, Nicole Scherzinger and Pixie Lott. This looks set to be a big single over the coming weeks on both the mainstream and dance charts. 

‘Love Triangles, Hate Squares’ is the new single and also the title track of the brand new album by The Computers. The digital format of the single features ‘I Don’t Want To Be Alone’ as the b side and is released one week ahead of the album. The band have a series of record store appearances lined up for next week although fans will need to pre-order the album if they are to gain tickets. They then have a nineteen date headline tour scheduled for May which kicks off in High Wycombe and concludes at the West End Centre in Hants. The band have not yet graced the top forty, and I expect fans to wait for the album rather than purchasing this single. The video shot to accompany the release has been viewed over 50k times so there is some interest in this band so they will be looking to have a bright and successful 2013. 

Finally a word on a single which was released on Friday of last week.  Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams look certain to improve their chart placing with a full week of sales and could well hit the top spot with ‘Get Lucky’. It’s the first single to be taken from their forthcoming album ‘Random Access Memories’ which represents only their fifth album in fifteen years. They have managed eight top forty appearances in that time with their highest charting single being ‘One More Time’ which narrowly missed out on the top spot, peaking instead at no.2. Their last release was the soundtrack to the 2010 film ‘Tron Legacy’ which was accompanied by a remix album ‘Tron Legacy Reconfigured’ which also charted. There has been considerable hype around their return and I think this will be a strong challenger for the the top spot next Sunday afternoon. 

Also released this week are ‘Late Night EP’ by Foals, ‘It’s Time EP’ by Imagine Dragons, ‘Q.U.E.E.N.’ by Janelle Monae, ‘You And Beautiful’ by Lana Del Rey, ‘Ashtrays & Heartbreaks’ by Snoop Lion featuring Miley Cyrus and ‘Sacrilege’ by Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Given their phenomenal sales over the first few days of release my money has to be on Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams to move up to the top spot. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Bo Bruce, Bruce Foxton, Jamilia and Misha B.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson


21 April, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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