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Chart Chat Edition 706 – W/C 02.06.13

Chart Chat Edition 706 – Week Commencing Sunday 2nd June 2013 

There were five new entries, four re-entries, five climbers, twenty five songs going down and one non mover on this weeks chart.  It was the third new number one in three weeks as Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell Williams & T.I. went straight in at the top with ‘Blurred Lines’.  With sales of 190k they easily managed to dispatch their nearest rival Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith who fell a place to no.2 with ‘La La La’. 

Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams fell one to no.3 with ‘Get Lucky’ and Passenger went down one to no.4 with ‘Let Her Go’. Jessie J featuring Big Sean & D Rascal went straight in at no.5 with ‘Get Wild’ and Olly Murs climbed three to no.6 with ‘Dear Darlin”. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton fell three places to no.7 with ‘Can’t Hold Us’ while Rudimental featuring Ella Eyre also went down three to no.8 with ‘Waiting All Night’. 2 Chainz featuring Wiz Khalifa fell three to no.9 with ‘We Own It (Fast & Furious)’ and the top ten was concluded by Demi Lovato who went back up one to no.10 with ‘Heart Attack’. 

Two new entries, one re-entry and one climber were to be found in what remained of the top twenty. Of Monsters & Men re-entered at no.13 with ‘Little Talks’ while Paramore continue to climb with ‘Still Into You’ going up two places to no.15.  Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull went straight in at no.17 with ‘Live It Up’ and Stylo G completed the picture getting a new entry at no.18 with ‘Soundbwoy’. 

There was one new entry, two climbers and three re-entries in the lower half of the chart this week.  Bruno Mars climbed back up two places to no.23 with ‘When I Was Your Man’ while Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz went back up four to no.25 with ‘Thrift Shop’. Daniel Merriweather re-entered at no.29 with ‘Red’ and Bruno Mars got a new entry at no.35 with ‘Treasure’.  The Script re-entered at no.37 with ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’ and the final re-entry went to Ellie Goulding with ‘Anything Could Happen’ at no.39. 

American based four piece Electric Guest release their new single ‘This Head I Hold’ this week.  The track features on their ‘Mondo’ album which was originally released last year but gets a reissue this week in a deluxe format. The album was produced by Brian Burton, who is probably better known under his Danger Mouse pseudonym. The digital format of the single comes with two new mixes; the Rudi Zygadlo Remix and the Nu:Logic Remix. The band first performed this track on the David Letterman show in America as long ago as last April and it was also a minor hit in France where it peaked at no.37. They also went on to showcase the track at their numerous festival appearances which included SXSW, Bonnaroo, Montreux, Sasquatch and Outside Lands. I can’t see this reaching the top forty, but it could well serve to promote the album which is also out this week. 

The critically acclaimed Dutch music producer and DJ Afrojack returns this week with a little help from Chris Brown on his new single ‘As Your Friend’. It has already made the top five in Belgium and the top thirty in his native Netherlands.  It has picked up considerable airplay and has received over 8.5m views since its original upload to YouTube although collaborator Chris Brown does not actually appear on screen. To date he has notched up two top forty hits; ‘Take Over Control’ (#24) and ‘No Beef’ (#25) though he may be better known for his guest appearance on Pitbull’s chart topping hit ‘Give Me Everything’ while as a producer he has worked with a variety of artists including David Guetta, Jay Sean, Inna and even This looks set to be his biggest solo hit to date and will hopefully find its way into the top twenty next Sunday afternoon. 

The success of fellow X Factor boy band products One Direction and JLS is well documented so what will become of the latest contenders, Union J, who release their debut single ‘Carry You’ this week. They were knocked out at the semi final stage by Christopher Maloney who edged into the final by just 0.6% of the public vote. Despite that the band may go on to have the last laugh having been signed up by Sony while Maloney has chosen to go with an Independent label to ensure greater artistic control. The single is released digitally and contains three new mixes; the Karaoke Version, the Steve Smart & WestFunk Remix and the Cutmore Remix. I think this will be a big new entry and it’s bound to come attached with no lack of hype and promotion.  There may well be a gap in the market for a new boy band following the split of JLS and Union J will want to be in poll position.

When you have enjoyed a particularly big hit, as Bastille have with ‘Pompeii’, the follow up can prove to be a difficult choice. The success of their album means they are here to stay but whether their latest release ‘Laura Palmer’ can perform anywhere near as well remains to be seen.  Their three initial singles dropped short of the top forty but they did manage a no.21 placing for ‘Flaws’ prior to the massive success of ‘Pompeii’. Any fans opting to buy the digital EP will find new track ‘Thinking ‘Bout You’ (which features O.N.E.) alongside three new mixes; the RAC Mix, the Imagine Dragons Remix and the Kat Krazy Remix.  My feeling is that with so many fans owning the album, such mixes are unlikely to shift the number of downloads now required to make the top twenty.  That said I can see this sneaking into the lower reaches of the top forty.

Scottish Indie band Frightened Rabbit release their new single ‘Late March, Death March’ this week. The single features on their current album ‘Pedestrian Verse’ which made the top ten upon its release earlier this year, and more impressively charted in the US at a respectable no.63. It marks significant progress given it is their fourth studio album since they formed back in 2003. Aside from the lead track, the digital EP also contains four others; the Alternate version of ‘Late March, Death March’, a studio version of ‘Architect’ and recordings of ‘December’s Traditions’ and ‘The Oil Slick’ from their set at Glasgow Barrowlands. I suspect that the hardcore fanbase will snap this up, but I can’t seeing the lead track being a standalone hit.  They can be very proud of the year that they have enjoyed so far, and I’m sure we will be hearing plenty more from them over the coming months. 

Dublin based four piece Kodaline topped the Irish chart with their opening two singles ‘Give Me A Minute’ and ‘High Hopes’ with the latter going on to reach no.13 in the UK. Their track ‘All I Want’ was chosen as the background to Google’s 2012 Year In Review video and also featured in the US TV series ‘Greys Anatomy’. They were nominated in the BBC Sound Of 2013 but failed to make the top five with the eventual winners being Haim. Now comes their third single ‘Love Like This’ which is released as a digital EP featuring three additional tracks; ‘What Is It’, ‘Midnight’ and an acoustic version of the main track.  A full length album ‘In A Perfect World’ is due for release later this month with some journalists comparing their sound to the likes of Coldplay.  I think this single will see them go from strength to strength and could well go on to see them achieve a debut top ten hit, but only time will tell. 

Next under review is ‘Best Party Ever’ which is the latest single by dance act Random Impulse and it is released on the Brille label.  The digital release also features the track ‘Holding Out Till Thursday’ as does a limited edition red vinyl version of the single. To celebrate the release of the single there was a competition on his website involving one lucky winner being treated to an entire house party with a full on live performance thrown in!  He has been working hard to break his music to a wider audience and has been interviewed by both the Huffington Post and Sounds where he featured alongside more established artists such as Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars and Lemar. Whether this single can crack the top forty does really remain to be seen but I do like it and it would be fantastic to see it succeed. 

‘Antenna’ is the latest single release by British / Ghanaian rapper Fuse ODG (with the ODG standing for Off Da Ground in case you were wondering) and it comes released digitally with six brand new mixes; the Radio Edit, the UK Club Mix, the Steve Smart & Westfunk Radio Edit, the Steve Smart & Westfunk Remix, the TS7 Remix and the Wyclef Jean Remix. To date Fuse is best known for the song ‘Azonto’ which featured African artist Tiffany and is based on the Afrobeats dance craze Azonto Dance.  A video teaching the dance has notched up over 10m YouTube views and Fuse has even met with Prime Minister David Cameron to present him with an Azonto t shirt.  That said ‘Azonto’ didn’t go on to make the top forty so he will be keen to achieve at least some degree of commercial success this time around.  

Comedian Leigh Francis has already notched up two hits under his Bo Selecta! alter ego and now he is aiming for further chart success as Keith Lemon.  Bo Selecta! first charted at no.3 with ‘Proper Crimbo’ in 2003 and followed that up a year later with the double a side ‘I Got You Babe / Soda Pop’ which made no.4. Leigh has since channeled his energies into Keith Lemon who hosts the ITV series Celebrity Juice and has made his own film (imaginitively titled Keith Lemon : The Movie).  He is also set to host a revamped version of Through The Keyhole alongside this latest forray into music.  For me this is a relatively poor choice of song and is a far cry  from the catchy Bo Selecta! hits. I can’t imagine it will follow its predecessor in terms of chart performance but sometimes such novelty songs can really take hold.  Given its explicit nature I can’t see it gaining much in the way of airplay!

Also released this week are  ‘This Ones For Love’ by The Chapman Family, ‘Confess To Me’ by Disclosure featuring Jessie Ware, ‘Passenger’ by Emily Wells, ‘Run To The Field’ by Frankyeffe, ‘One Of Those Days / Break The Silence’ by Gaz Coombes Presents, ‘I Wanna Go On You’ by Keith Lemon, ‘Uh / Ok’ by Kode9, ‘Next To You’ by Misty Miller, ‘Panic Station’ by Muse, ‘Home’ by Philip Phillips, ‘Handshake’ by Two Door Cinema Club and ‘The Zoo’ by Vince Kidd.

With such strong sales I expect Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell Williams & T.I. to hold on at the top but Union J will be looking to topple them as the highest new entry. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Bon Jovi, Depeche Mode, Polica and Tegan & Sera.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

2 June, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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