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Chart Chat Edition 705 – W/C 26.05.13

Chart Chat Edition 705 – Week Commencing Sunday 26th May 

 There were five new entries, one re-entry, six climbers, twenty three songs going down and five non movers on this weeks chart.  Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith got the years fastest selling single with 145k copies sold and hence went straight in at no.1 with ‘La La La’.  They deposed Daft Punk featuring Pharell Williams who dropped a place to no.2 with ‘Get Lucky’ although their ‘Random Access Memories’ did make its debut at the top of the album charts.

Passenger dropped one place to no.3 with ‘Let Her Go’ while Macklemore & Ryan Lewis held firm for a second week at no.4 with ‘Can’t Hold Us’. Rudimental featuring Ella Eyre were also a non mover at no.5 with ‘Waiting All Night’ but 2 Chainz & Wiz Khalifa went straight in at no.6 with ‘We Own It (Fast & Furious)’.  David Guetta featuring Ne-Yo & Akon climbed back up two places to no.7 with ‘Play Hard’ and Armin Van Buuren featuring Trevor Guthrie were a non mover at no.8 with ‘This Is What It Feels Like’. Olly Murs climbed nine places to no.9 with ‘Dear Darlin” and the top ten was rounded off by Chris Malinchak who fell three to no.10 with ‘So Good To Me’.

One new entry and one climber were to be found in the remainder of the top twenty.  Eurovision winner Emmelie De Forest went straight in at no.15 with ‘Only Teardrops’ and Paramore climbed seven to no.17 with ‘Still Into You’.

There were two new entries, one re-entry and three climbers in the lower half of the chart. Lana Del Rey went straight in at no.23 with ‘Young And Beautiful’ while Mariah Carey featuring Miguel climbed three to no.24 with ‘Beautiful’. The 1975 got a new entry at no.30 with ‘The City’ and The Lumineers went back up five to no.32 with ‘Ho Hey’. The Saturdays featuring Sean Paul climbed back up three to no.36 with ‘What About Us’ and the only re-entry went to Evanescence and ‘Bring Me Back To Life’ at no.40. 

Pharrell Williams may have only just finished his run at the top of the charts as guest vocalist on the Daft Punk track ‘Get Lucky’ but he may be returning there very quickly courtesy of the new Robin Thicke single ‘Blurred Lines’. The single also features T.I. and has sold phenomenally well on pre-order with early indications being that it looks set to be one of the songs of the Summer. It has already topped the charts in Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and New Zealand and next weekend I expect it to top the UK charts too. The only area it has underperformed slightly is the US where it has yet to make the top ten. Despite being in the music business over ten years Thicke has only one UK hit to his name which was ‘Lose Yourself’ in 2007. That track only made no.11, but this looks a dead cert to go straight in at the top on Sunday afternoon. 

‘Tonight I’m Getting Over You’ is the new single by twenty seven year old Canadian singer / songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen.  The track has already made the top forty as it features on her current ‘Kiss’ album but this week sees its official release as a single.  To mark this an EP featuring five new mixes has been made available, and they are; the Showtek Remix, the Twice As Nice Remix, the Reid Stefan Remix, the Wayne G & LFB Club Mix and the KoKo Club Mix.  While she is best known for her no.1 single ‘Call Me Maybe’ she has struggled to find a follow up to match that success.  Her collaboration with Owl City on ‘Good Time’ came closest, reaching the top five in the UK while topping the charts in Canada and New Zealand. So far this track has struggled to reach the top twenty and I can’t see the release of these remixes doing anything significant to change that. 

‘Soundbwoy’ is the new single by twenty seven year old Grime MC Stylo G.  While he has yet to achieve any mainstream success he is known for his track ‘My Youth’ which featured Icekid. Alongside his solo career he is also part of the Warning Crew who are growing their reputation on the UK Dancehall scene. He has also released three mixtapes so far including two volumes of ‘Kingsize Ballads’.  This single is released on the 3beat Productions Ltd label and contains four new mixes; the Original Mix, the Di Genius Remix, the Sigma Remix and the Ross Couch Club Mix. He can certainly claim to have friends in high places after he was invited onstage by Usain Bolt last year at PumaYard where Bolt DJ’ed and Stylo performed.  The time is right for him to enjoy a degree of mainstream success and this could secure him a debut top forty hit on this weeks forthcoming chart. 

Next up this week is ‘Wooden Chair’ which is the new single by Australian singer Angus Stone who is better known to UK audiences for performing with his sister Julia.  The track features on his album ‘Broken Brights’ which made no.2 in his native country while also enjoying top forty success in New Zealand, Switzerland and Belgium. With his sister they have enjoyed two top ten albums in Australia including 2010’s ‘Down The Way’ which reached the top spot. That success has so far failed to translate to the UK chart, so he will be hoping this single will change all that.  For the promotional video he has once again worked with Australian director Kiki Ohe who released the 2008 documentary ‘Part Of The Weekend Never Dies’. Unless this can pick up any significant airplay from commercial stations I can’t see this crossing over to become a mainstream chart hit. 

‘One Thousand Suns’ sees Chicane and Ferry Corsten teaming up with Christian Burns.  The track is lifted from their 2012 long player ‘Thousand Yard Stare’ which became their fourth top forty album to date. They have notched up eleven top forty singles since 1996 when they first appeared on the charts with ‘Offshore’ but their crowing glory came in 2000 when their Bryan Adams collaboration ‘Don’t Give Up’ made the top spot while narrowly missing out on a top forty return in 2004 when a remix made no.43. They have been away from the charts since 2009 when ‘Poppiholla’ reached the top ten so this is a long overdue return. The digital format comes complete with five new mixes; the Soundprank Vocal Edit, the Original Vocal Edit, the Danny Howard Vocal Edit, the Soundprank Extended Vocal Mix and the Danny Howard Vocal Mix. 

Suede made a triumphant return to the music scene in 2013 with their ‘Bloodsports’ album and it became their first to reach the top ten since ‘Head Music’ topped the charts in 1999. Its release was preceded by the free download of ‘Barriers’ and then a video was made to accompany the track ‘It Starts And Ends With You’. Hence it could be argued that ‘Hit Me’ is the first full release to be taken from the album, and it comes as an EP which features four tracks; the Album Version, the Radio Edit and new songs ‘Falling Planes’ and ‘What Violet Says’. If successful it would be their twentieth top forty hit though it is unlikely to challenge their highest charting singles ‘Trash’ and ‘Stay Together’ both of which reached the top three. They remain a force to be reckoned with live and it would be fantastic to see them back inside the top forty on Sunday afternoon.

‘Tumbling / Boys Don’t Cry’ is the double a side by four piece Taffy released on the AC30 label, a group not to be confused with the American singer of the same name who had a hit in the 1980’s with ‘I Love My Radio’. Instead they are a four piece who hail from the far east and who are headed up by vocalist Iris who has a voice to die for. Lead track ‘Tumbling’ is fast and furious and fails to make it to three minutes while their epic cover of The Cure’s ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ is quite the opposite and weighs in at over six minutes. The tracks are released digitally and also on purple vinyl which is limited to a run of just 250 copies worldwide – and I already have one of those reserved! Both tracks will feature on their forthcoming album ‘Lixivate’ which is set to hit the shops in mid June. Not sure that this will make the top forty, but what a single!

‘Old Lady’ is the third single to be taken from Sinead O’Connor’s latest album ‘How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?’ and comes released as a one track download which features the Radio Edit of the song.  The first single ‘The Wolf Is Getting Married’ made the top forty in Ireland, but the second release ‘4th & Vine’ failed to register on any chart. Her last top forty hit as a solo artist came in 1994 with ‘Thank You For Hearing Me’ though she did return to the top forty providing guest vocals on tracks by Massive Attack in 2003 and Ian Brown in 2007. Despite it’s relative lack of hit singles her current album peaked at no.33 marking her best return since ‘Universal Mother’ in 1994. However given the absence of top forty hits in recent years it’s hard to see this breaking that pattern so I’m not expecting to see this enter particularly high next weekend. 

Finally up this week are Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull who team up once more on the single ‘Live It Up’. They first tied up for the no.1 single ‘On The Floor’ while they appeared again on the less successful no.11 hit ‘Dance Again’. To date Lopez has notched up an impressive nineteen top forty hits with fifteen of those making the top ten.  Those stats could have been even more impressive as four of the five that dropped short peaked at no.11! She has also made the top three guesting on the hit ‘T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)’ and the LL Cool J single ‘Control Myself’. The track has yet to really take off worldwide but it has started to move up several charts and will feature on her forthcoming eighth studio album. She has an impressive record in the UK and subject to receiving sufficient airplay this should become her twentieth solo hit.

Also released this week are ‘It Could’ve Been Me’ by The Boy Least Likely To featuring Gwenno, ‘Hungry Like The Wolf (Remix)’ by Duran Duran, ‘Last Minute’ by Josephine, ‘Crazy Kids’ by Ke$ha featuring, ‘Dear Darlin” by Olly Murs.

It looks like a forgone conclusion that Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell Williams & T.I. will debut at the top next Sunday but Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith have set the bar high. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Bastille, Kodaline, The Script and Union J. Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

26 May, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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