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Chart Chat Edition 704 – W/C 19.05.13

Chart Chat Edition 704 – Week Commencing Sunday 19th May 

There were six new entries, two re-entries, six climbers, twenty two songs going down and four non movers on this weeks chart. There was no change at the top as Daft Punk featuring Pharell Williams held on for a fourth week at the top with ‘Get Lucky’ while Passenger climbed one to no.2 with ‘Let Her Go’. 

Demi Lovato went straight in at no.3 with ‘Heart Attack’ and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis climbed back up one to no.4 with ‘Can’t Hold  Us’. Rudimental featuring Ella Eyre fell one to no.5 with ‘Waiting All Night’ and Wretch 32 featuring Shakka went straight in at no.6 with ‘Blackout’. Chris Malinchak fell five to no.7 with ‘So Good To Me’ and Armin Van Buuren featuring Trevor Guthrie went down two to no.8 with ‘This Is What It Feels Like’. David Guetta featuring Ne-Yo & Akon fell two to no.9 with ‘Play Hard’ and the top ten was rounded off by Sub Focus featuring Alex Clare who went straight in at no.10 with ‘Endorphins’. Two other new entries were to be found in the remainder of the top twenty. StooShe went straight in at no.12 with ‘Slip’ while Olly Murs got a new entry at no. 18 with ‘Dear Darlin”.

There was one new entry, two re-entries and four climbers in the lower half of the chart. Tich got a new entry at no.23 with ‘Dumb’ while Paramore climbed two to no.24 with ‘Still Into You’. Mariah Carey featuring Miguel went up twelve to no.27 with ‘Beautiful’ and John Legend climbed six to no.30 with ‘Ordinary People’. The Black Eyed Peas went up five to no.35 with ‘Where Is The Love’ and Birdy re-entered at no.36 with ‘People Help The People’.  The final re-entry came at no.38 for Gabrielle Aplin with ‘Please Don’t Say You Love Me’.

There has been a lot of focus recently on Calvin Harris who has set a impressive new record of eight top ten hits from his current ’18 Months’ album.  However French DJ and producer David Guetta has also enjoyed considerable success over the past couple of years with his ‘Nothing But The Beat’ album.  To date he has managed to achieve nine top twenty hits from it with his latest ‘Play Hard’ being one of seven to make the top ten. It features both Ne-Yo and Akon and this week sees a series of new mixes including the New Edit, the Albert Neve Edit, the R3hab Remix, the Maurizio Gubellini & Delayers In Da House Remix, the Maurizio Gubellini Remix, the Extended Mix and the Spencer & Hill Remix. The track has already performed very well so I’m not sure if even the release of these remixes can help to push it any further up the top ten. 

The Eurovision Song Contest could well have a say in next weekends chart with the winner ‘Only Teardrops’ by the Danish entry Emmelie De Forest looking to be the highest of the songs to enter. Sadly I’m not sure the contest will revive the career of the UK entrant Bonnie Tyler who hasn’t seen the top forty since ‘Holding Out For A Hero’ made no.2 in the Summer of 1985.  Her single ‘Believe In Me’ has been out for a few weeks without getting close to the chart, mainly because it is a fairly weak song. Finnish entry ‘Marry Me’ by Krista Siegfrieds and Swedish entry ‘You’ by Robin Stjernberg stand a chance of charting at the lower end while renewed interest in last years winner ‘Europhia’ by Loreen could yet see it re-enter. It seems the days are gone when even being the British entry would guarantee the singer a chart hit, although the winner will often sneak into the top forty.

‘Blind’ is the latest single by electronic duo Hurts. Their debut album ‘Happiness’ reached no.4 back in 2010 and was certified Gold with sales of over 150k in the UK and over 2m worldwide. This was despite only ‘Wonderful Life’ reaching the top forty out of five singles that were taken from it. They also gained popularity in Europe where both ‘Wonderful Life’ and ‘Stay’ made the top ten in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. The follow up album ‘Exile’ was released earlier this year, peaking at no.9, with ‘Blind’ being the second single to be taken from it. The digital format of the single comes with the Frankie Knuckles & Eric Kupper Classic Extended Mix, the Jan Driver Remix, a version of ‘Wonderwall’ and the video which was directed by Nez Khammal. Although this will pick up airplay I think that the duo are stronger in the album market and as such this may struggle to make the top ten. 

Twenty one year old singer / songwriter Max Milner is another product of the BBC talent show The Voice.  At his audition he  performed a mash up of The Beatles ‘Come Together’ and Eminem’s ‘Lose Myself’ which saw him selected as part of Danny O’Donoghue’s team. He did well, eventually being eliminated in the semi finals where he performed a cover of the Police classic ‘Every Breath You Take’. winner Leanne Mitchell failed to reach the top forty with her debut single, while fellow contest Bo Bruce also fell short of chart glory on the singles chart recently although her album did manage to reach the top ten. Max releases ‘The Acoustic Deleted EP’ this week which features a total of four brand new tracks; ‘All Our Lives (Needy Me)’, ‘Sex Sheets’, ‘Like Me Slightly’ and ‘Harvesting Heart’. I don’t expect to see this inside the top forty, but hopefully an album will follow soon.

Naughty Boy has only achieved two top forty hits in his own right, but did guest on Emeli Sande’s no.21 hit ‘Daddy’ and he has also written for numeous other artists including Cheryl Cole, Chipmunk, Devlin, Leona Lewis and Tinie Tempah. He started his career by applying for a Princes Trust grant in 2005 for £5,000 and later on the same year he won £44,000 on the Channel 4 show Deal Or No Deal, an amount which further allowed him to pursue his dreams of a career in the music business. This week sees him release ‘La La La’ a track which also features Sam Smith. The digital format of the release contains four new mixes of the track; the Kaos Remix, the Pale Remix, the DEvolution Remix and the My Nu Leng Remix. The single will feature on his forthcoming debut album which is provisional entitled ‘Hotel Cabana’ and will be released later this year. 

‘Dresden’ is the new single from Orchestral Manouvres In The Dark and comes lifted from their current ‘English Electric’ album. The album made no.12 on its release earlier this year and thus became their highest charting release since 1991’s ‘Sugar Tax’. Although their reformation has resulted in two top forty albums they haven’t recaptured their form on the singles chart which has seen them notch up seventeen top forty hits across their career. Their last hit came with ‘Walking On The Milky Way’ in 1996 which peaked at no.17. They have never topped the charts with their biggest hits being ‘Souvenier’ in 1981 and ‘Sailing On The Seven Seas’ in 1991, both of which made no.3. The digital format comes with the track ‘Time Burns’ alongside five new mixes which includes the John Foxx & The Maths Mix, Mike Jolly’s Architectural Remix, the Bounce Darkside Remix and the Zebra & Snake Remix.

‘IV’ is the brand new EP by Manchester based rock band The 1975 which is the follow up to ‘Chocolate’ (the lead track from their ‘Music For Cars’ EP) which itself has been hanging around the top forty for the past three months. Their fourth EP (hence the title ‘IV’) contains four brand new tracks; ‘The City’, ‘Haunt // Bed’, ‘So Far (It’s Alright)’ and ‘fallingforyou’. The band are fronted by their former drummer Matthew Healy, whose mother is Loose Women presenter and actress Denise Welch. Their eponymous debut album is currently scheduled for release during the Autumn and the band are working with Mike Crossey who has previously worked with the Foals and Arctic Monkeys. There is a lot of excitement around the band right now and I fully expect them to go on and notch up a top forty hit with at very least the lead track ‘The City’. 

Former Britain’s Got Talent winner Jai McDowall releases his new single ‘Got To Let Go’ this week. He won £100,000 for winning the show and was quickly signed to Sony sub division Syco Music.  Sadly his debut album only reached no.54 with sales of just over 11,000 a feat which saw him dropped by Syco. He promptly accused Simon Cowell of being anti Scottish, although Cowell had a cast iron defence in that his Mum is Scottish.  Also his commitment to Susan Boyle was further proof that he had nothing against his friends from north of the border! Despite being dropped he has continued to ply his trade and his new single comes with six different versions of the track.  There is an instrumental, an acoustic version, the Radio Edit, the High Level Club Mix Radio Edit, the High Level Club Mix and the Extended Version. Unfortunately I don’t think it will give him a debut top forty hit. 

Finally up for review this week are Australian four piece San Cisco who release their single ‘Fred Astaire’ on the Fat Possum / RCA label.  They list MGMT, Vampire Weekend and The Flaming Lips as being amongst their main influences. This year they have been busy touring the US and opening for The Vaccines while they are also due to provide support to Darwin Deez on his European tour.  Although import copies are currently available on the internet, their self titled debut album won’t be properly released in the UK until October. Their last major release in this country was the ‘Beach’ EP which came out at the end of 2012 and featured the four tracks ‘Beach’, ‘Golden Revolver’, ‘Reckless’ and ‘Lover’.  The band are still trying to build themselves a following in the UK and so my opinion is that this is likely to come too early for them to reach the top forty. 

Also released this week are ‘SIgned On My Tattoo’ by Army Of Lovers featuring Gravitonas, ‘First Fires’ by Bonobo, ‘What I Like’ by Charlie XCX, ‘Change Your Life’ by Far East Movement, ‘The Art Of Disappearing’ by Herve, ‘I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)’ by Josh Groban, ‘Golden’ by Laura Jansen, ‘My God Is The Sun’ by Queens Of The Stone Age, ‘The Winner Takes It All; by Sarah Dawn Finer, ‘Alaska’ by The Silver Seas, ‘Imagine’ by Sonny & The Sunsets, ‘Wanna Be On Your Mind’ by Valerie June, ‘Material Girl’ by Walk Off The Earth and ‘Bros’ by Wolf Alice.

It looks like being the same two battling it out at the top though Daft Punk could be impacted by the release of their ‘Random Access Memories’ album which looks certain to go straigh in at the top next Sunday. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Carly Rae Jepsen, Muse, Sinead O’Connor and Suede.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

19 May, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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