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Chart Chat Edition 703 – W/C 12.05.13

Chart Chat Edition 703 – Week Commencing Sunday 12th May 

There were four new entries, two re-entries, six climbers, twenty three songs going down and five non movers on this weeks chart. Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams held firm at the top with ‘Get Lucky’ but they were run close by Chris Malinchak who went straight in at no.2 with ‘So Good To Me’. 

Passenger climbed one place to no.3 with ‘Let Her Go’ and Rudimental featuring Ellie Eyre went down two places to no.4 with ‘Waiting All Night’. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton fell two to no.5 with ‘Can’t Hold Us’ but Armin Van Buuren featuring Trevor Guthrie went straight in at no.6 with ‘This Is What It Feels Like’. David Guetta featuring Ne-Yo & Akon fell one to no.7 with ‘Play Hard’ and Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding went down three to no.8 with ‘I Need Your Love’. featuring Justin Bieber fell two places to no.9 with ‘#thatpower’ and the top ten was concluded by P!nk featuring Nate Ruess who went down two to no.10 with ‘Just Give Me A Reason’.

Two climbers and one new entry were to be found in what remained of the top twenty. Bastille climbed back up two to no.13 with ‘Pompeii’ while Little Mix featuring Missy Elliot went back up two to no.17 with ‘How Ya Doin”. The new entry came at no.19 and went to Gabrielle Aplin with ‘Panic Cord’.

There was one new entry, two re-entries and three climbers in the lower half of the chart. Disclosure featuring AlunaGeorge climbed back up one to no.23 with ‘White Noise’ while Paramore went up six to no.26 with ‘Still Into You’. Avicii featuring Nicky Romero climbed up three to no.34 with ‘I Could Be The One’ and John Legend re-entered at no.36 with ‘Ordinary People’. Mariah Carey featuring Miguel got the only new entry at no.39 with ‘Beautiful’ while Black Eyed Peas wrapped up proceedings re-entering the chart at no.40.

‘Heart Attack’ is the new single by American actress and singer / songwriter Demi Lovato who so far has three UK top forty hits to her name, without yet reaching the top thirty. ‘Skyscraper’ remains her biggest hit, peaking at no.32 back in 2011 and it was also one of her three top ten hits in the States. The single features on her forthcoming album ‘Demi’ which is released next week and comes with a striking video directed by Chris Applebaum. She remains more popular Stateside where her career has been boosted by appearing as a judge on the latest series of X Factor. She has bounced back from a difficult time during 2010 where she enduring a period in rehab following a diagnosis of suffering from bulimia and self harm.  This is a catchy uptempo song which could well become her biggest UK next Sunday afternoon possibly even making the top ten.

All girl trio StooShe first appeared in the top forty last year with the Travie McCoy collaboration ‘Love Me’ which made the top five.  That was quickly followed by ‘Black Heart’ which reached the top three and found itself nominated for Best British Single at this years BRIT Awards.  All looked positive for the band until they released a cover of TLC’s ‘Waterfalls’ which missed the top ten, peaking at no.21. Now they have an album due for release at the end of the month entitled ‘London With The Light On’ and from that comes their brand new single ‘Slip’ which hits the shops this week. The single comes with a variety of new mixes including the Kat Krazy Remix, the Eyes Remix and the Pantha Remix. This should help to restore them to the top ten but I don’t forsee it making a serious challenge for the top spot. 

Sub Focus is the vehicle for Electronic music producer Nick Douwma who has so far managed three top forty hits.  The biggest of those was hit last hit ‘Tidal Waves’ which saw him collaborate with Alpines and it reached no.12. He first came to public attention back in 2005 when double a sided single ‘X-Ray / Scarecrow’ topped the dance chart and made no.60 on the mainstream chart. He has also remixed tracks for artists including The Prodigy, Dizzee Rascal and Basement Jaxx. This time around he has collaborated with Alex Clare for his new single ‘Endorphins’.  Alex reached the top five with his single ‘Too Close’ and his album ‘The Lateness Of The Hour’ made the top twenty. The digital release comes with three new mixes including the Sub Focus vs Fred V & Grafix Remix, the Tommy Trash Remix and the Dismantle Remix. This should certainly become his fourth hit single next weekend. 

Next up are Birmingham based Indie four piece Swim Deep who release their latest single ‘She Changes The Weather’ this week. It’s the fourth single to be released from the band and it comes ahead of their debut album ‘Where The Heaven Are We’ which is due to come out at the end of June. The album was produced by Charlie Hugall who has previously worked with a number of artists including Florence & The Machine, The Maccabees and Lucy Rose and was recently awarded the Breakthrough Engineer Of The Year by the Music Producers Guild. The digital format of the single comes with the new track ‘Simmer’ and versions of ‘The Sea’ and ‘She Changes The Weather’ taken from the Stripped Sessions. NME magazine have tipped the band as being on the verge of stepping into the big league, and their live shows have left them with many admirers. 

Tich follows up her ‘Candlelight EP’ which was released last year with her new single ‘Dumb’. It is released digitally as a one track single with no other remixes and the accompanying video has been viewed over 450k times since being uploaded onto YouTube in the middle of March. The track was co-written by Mushtaq (who has worked with Amy Winehouse and Mis-Teeq) and Nick Atkinson (who has worked with Gabrielle and Rooster). Recently she has been touring with Olly Murs and has backing from One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson and fellow chart newcomers Loveable Rogues amongst others. She is appearing in concert at The Buttermarket in Shrewsbury later this week but has a five date tour of UK cities planned for October.  It remains to be seen whether all of this activity can propel her into the charts, but I think that she will score a debut top forty hit with this. 

‘Graffiti On The Train’ is the title track from the latest Stereophonics album and is released as a limited edition 10″ vinyl single on the Stylus Records label this week. The album saw them back in the top three upon its release earlier this year for the first time since their ‘Decade In The Sun’ compilation in 2008 as their last album ‘Keep Calm & Carry On’ dropped short of the top ten and failed to yield any top forty hits. To date they have notched up an impressive twenty seven top forty hits with ‘Dakota’ providing them with their only chart topper to date back in 2005.  Their last single ‘Indian Summer’ peaked at no.30, and its possible that this could yet achieve a similar kind of peak. The track has been picking up plenty of airplay and has started to move up the charts of its own accord prior to the official single release date. 

This week sees the return of Wretch 32 with his new single ‘Blackout’ which features Shakka. The video was uploaded at the end of March and has received over half a million views since. The digital format includes a variety of mixes including the Clean Edit, the T Williams Remix, the Bobby Tank Remix and the Petit Noir Remix. Wretch first graced the chart with the top five hit ‘Traktor’ back in 2011 and soon followed that up with ‘Unorthodox’ which made no.2.  His biggest hit and only no.1 single came with ‘Don’t Go’ which saw him team up with Josh Kumra. His second studio album ‘Black And White’ reached no.4 and spawned another two singles although only the Ed Sheeran collaboration ‘Hush Little Baby’ reached the top forty with ‘Forgiveness’ only making no.49. This latest single will do well for him and should see him back inside the top ten for a fourth time.

‘Somewhere To Hide’ is the latest single from American rock band Shiny Toy Guns. The band formed back in 2002 and have been consistently making music ever since. The digital release of the single includes five different versions of the track; the Album Version, the Andy Caldwell – Radio Edit, the Illium Brooklyn Dubstep Mix, the IAM Tekk Retro Tek Mix and the full version of the Andy Caldwell Remix. The original version of the song can be found on their 2012 release ‘III’ so called because it was their third studio album. Their only minor UK hit came in 2007 when ‘You Are The One’ peaked at no.94.  That track was also one of their five to make the US Alternative Chart.  Given their lack of popularity in the UK it is hard to see this performing particularly well and so don’t expect to see this inside the mainstream top forty next weekend. 

‘GTFU’ is the latest single from the long running dance act Mint Royale. The band started off as a duo but now only Neil Claxton remains using the name for his musical output. The digital format of the single also contains the Bobby Tank Remix alongside new tracks ‘Whip’ and ‘Bone’. Although they released their first single ‘Deadbeat’ in 1998 they first came to prominence in 1998 when they remixed Terrorvision’s single ‘Tequila’, taking it to no.2 in the process. Their first hit in their own right came with ‘Don’t Falter’ in 2000 which saw Lauren Laverne on vocals. However their big break came when their update of ‘Singin’ In The Rain’ re-entered at no.1 following its use by Britains Got Talent winner George Sampson in his winning routine.  That was in 2008 and they have not been seen on the charts since. This could well see them back inside the top forty next weekend. 

Also released this week are ‘Free’ by Dot Rotten, ‘Fight The Fight’ by Michael Ball, ‘Ball Of Fire’ The Orb featuring Lee Scratch Perry and ‘The Conversation’ by Texas.

I expect  Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams to retain their chart crown but Demi Lovato could yet run them close. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Hurts, Jake Bugg, Ocean Colour Scene and OMD.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

12 May, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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