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Chart Chat Edition 707 – W/C 09.06.13

Chart Chat Edition 707 – Week Commencing Sunday 9th June 2013 


Welcome to edition 707 of Chart Chat, the music review site which has been running for over thirteen years.  You can find us on Twitter as @ChartChatUK so feel free to follow us and pass comment on the weeks new releases yourselves.  As always we will take a look at the current top forty followed by some reviews of the week’s new releases.  There is a new edition published weekly so if you are new here then I hope you will choose to revisit.  In response to some readers comments there is a slightly clearer layout this week so that individual songs can be picked out rather than having to trawl through paragraphs of texts.

Chart Review

There were five new entries, three re-entries, eight climbers, eighteen songs going down and six non movers on this week’s chart.

There was no change at the top as Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell Williams & T.I. held firm with ‘Blurred Lines’ which in turn meant that there was also no change at no.2 with Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith getting a non mover with ‘La La La’. 

Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams stayed at no.3 for a second week and Passenger scored a non mover at no.4 with ‘Let Her Go’. Olly Murs climbed one place to no.5 with ‘Dear Darlin” and Union J can be pleased that their debut single ‘Carry You’ went straight in at no.6. Fuse ODG went straight in at no.7 with ‘Antenna’ and Jessie J featuring Dizzee Rascal & Big Sean fell three places to no.8 with ‘Wild’. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fell two to no.9 with ‘Can’t Hold Us’ and the top ten was rounded off by Rudimental featuring Ella Eyre who also went down two to no.10 with ‘Waiting All Night’.

Three climbers and one new entry were to be found in the remainder of the top twenty. Chris Malinchak climbed back up one to no.13 with ‘So Good To Me’ and Bruno Mars went up twenty places to no.15 with ‘Treasure’. The Voice contestant Leah McFall went straight in at no.16 after only two days sales following her Friday night performance of ‘I Will Survive’ while the remaining climber went to Disclosure featuring Eliza Doolittle at no.19 with ‘You & Me’.

There were two new entries, three re-entries and four climbers in the lower half of the chart. Afrojack featuring Chris Brown went straight in at no.21 with ‘As Your Friend’ and Kodaline were responsible for the other new entry at no.22 with ‘Love Like This’. Imagine Dragons went back up one to no.25 with ‘Radioactive’ and The Lumineers climbed back up five to no.29 with ‘Ho Hey’. Duke Dumont featuring A*M*E went up two to no.30 with ‘Need U (100%)’ and Disclosure featuring AlunaGeorge climbed back up four to no.34 with ‘White Noise’. Disclosure featuring Sam Smith re-entered at no.37 with ‘Latch’ and John Legend re-entered at no.38 with ‘Ordinary People’.  The final re-entry came at no.39 and went to Goo Goo Dolls with ‘Iris’.

Wiley featuring Angel & Tinchy Stryder – ‘Lights On’

We are now entering the Summer period where the number of high profile artists releasing singles tends to drop off, and of the artists releasing tracks this week Wiley is by far the biggest. His album ‘The Ascent’ peaked at no.26 earlier this year and contains three top ten hits including the chart topping Ms D collaboration ‘Heatwave’. He is no stranger to the top spot having already achieved no.1 success as part of Grime collective Roll Deep. His new single ‘Lights On’ features guest appearances from both Angel and Tinchy Stryder while the digital format of the single boasts a number of new remixes including the Benga I’m Just Tryna Live Mix, the Bot Remix, the Sticky Remix and the Nucleus Brown Remix. Wiley isn’t an artist who has sold so many albums that his singles won’t chart so I still expect to see this inside the top ten next weekend. 

Blake – ‘So Happy’

This week sees the release of the Radio Mix of Blake’s ‘So Happy’ track as a single.  The band famously formed on Facebook and had their first taste of success in 2007 when their debut album topped the Classical Album Chart and reached the top twenty on the mainstream chart. They were nominated at the 2008 Classical BRIT Awards before releasing the follow up ‘And So It Goes’ later the same year.  A third album ‘Together’ followed in 2009 but fans had to wait until last November for a fourth long player in the shape of ‘Start Over’.  The album continued to mix performances of contemporary songs such as ‘Desperado’ alongside traditional classical pieces and included the original version of ‘So Happy’. With fans already owning up the album it’s hard to see this enjoying significant success as a standalone track but I am prepared to be proven wrong!

Mark Owen – ‘Stars’

While he may not have enjoyed the level of success that band mates Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams have, Mark Owen has still notched up six top forty hits including three top five appearances.  Despite that his last solo album ‘How The Mighty Fall’ failed to chart in the UK, and made just no.56 in Germany. It did give rise to his last top thirty single ‘Makin’ Out’ but the follow ups ‘Believe In The Boogie’ and ‘Hail Mary’ both dropped short of the top forty.  This week he is back with his single ‘Stars’, the first track to come from his album ‘The Art Of Doing Nothing’ which is also released this week. The digital release of the single also features two new mixes from Matrix & Futurebound but whether that is enough for fans to buy the standalone single rather than the full album is somewhat open to question.  I expect the album to perform better for him than this single is likely to.

Tegan & Sera – ‘I Was A Fool’

For those unaware of this duo they consist of two identical twin sisters and they released their sixth studio album ‘Hearthrob’ earlier this year. The album made the top three in Canada and the US while also giving them a first appearance on the UK top forty. ‘Closer’, the opening single from the album also provided them with their biggest success to date reaching no.13 on the Canadian charts and even topping the US Dance Chart. This week sees the release of ‘I Was A Fool’ as their new single, and it comes accompanied by a video directed by Shane Drake who has previously worked with artists including Avril Lavigne, Panic! At The Disco, Lawson and Kelly Clarkson. They very much appear to be a band who are destined to perform better on the album chart so unless this picks up any commercial radio airplay I don’t see this making it as a hit single.

Tunng – ‘The Village’

Since they first appeared on the music scene in 2004, Tunng have released four studio albums and a compilation of their BBC Sessions with a fifth ready and waiting in the wings in the shape of ‘Full Time Hobby’. Before that comes the release of ‘The Village’ as a single, and if successful it would be their first appearance inside the top forty. Given that the track has been available to download for free to fans signing up to their website it seems unlikely to chart but will still prove to be a useful promotional tool. To date their main success has come on the Indie charts where their 2007 singles ‘Bullets’ and ‘Bricks’ both made inroads. Fans wanting to catch the band live can do so early in July when they make two appearances at The Lexington in London. But for now I still don’t forsee them appearing inside the top forty with this release. 

Depeche Mode – ‘Soothe My Soul’

Despite their vast success achieved on the singles chart their last release ‘Heaven’ made just no.60 although it did top the US Dance Chart and made no.2 in Germany. Their latest studio album ‘Delta Machine’ was released earlier this year, and it went straight in at no.2 proving that the band remain very relevant in today’s market. This week sees the release of ‘Soothe My Soul’ as the second single, and it is released across two CD’s and 12″ vinyl. The first CD features new track ‘Goodbye’ while the second contains a variety of new mixes including Steve Angello vs Jacques Lu Cont, Tom Furse (from The Horrors), Billy F Gibbons & Joe Hardy, Joris Delacroix, Black Asteroid and Gregor Tresher. Last single ‘Heaven’ still failed despite a variety of formats so it’s hard for me to be confident that this will restore them to to the top forty for the first time since ‘Wrong’ in 2009.

Caro Emerald – ‘Liquid Lunch’

Dutch jazz singer Caro Emerald has seen a significant rise in popularity over the past year with her most recent studio album ‘The Shocking Miss Emerald’ going straight in at the top of the charts. She has yet to enjoy a top forty hit on the singles chart with her biggest hit being ‘A Night Like This’ which peaked at no.65.  The very same song topped the charts in Romania, Austria and her native Netherlands. ‘Liquid Lunch’ is her new single and it comes released digitially with the Radio Edit and an Instrumental versions sitting alongside the original version. Given her previous chart history and the strong sales of the album I don’t forsee this being a standalone hit next weekend. The official lyrics video has been viewed over 16k times and she has performed the track on This Morning and Later…With Jools Holland so it should at least serve to promote the album if nothing else.

Cantos – ‘Obsession’

This week appears to be relatively quiet for new releases hence why you may not be familiar with all the artists under review! Next up is Electronic Dance music act Cantos aka DJ Sean Canty who releases his brand new four track EP ‘Obsession’ on the Selekta Recordings label.  Alongside the main track the release features three other brand new songs; ‘Deep JazzMaTaz’, ‘Skywalker Boogie’ and ‘Sunday Ride’ with each individual track having a running time of over six minutes. The distinctive cover to the single features photography from Josh Swanson. There seems to be very little information available on the internet regarding DJ Cantos, although his track ‘That’s That S**t’ did feature on the ‘Selekta Lounge Volume 2’ album so if you like this it could be worth downloading that.  I suspect that this will do well in the dance charts but it is probably too underground to crossover and become a mainstream hit.  

Enter Shikari – ‘Radiate’

St Albans based band Enter Shikari formed in 2003 and have enjoyed considerable success on the album charts where both their debut album ‘Take To The Skies’ and their 2012 outing ‘A Flash Flood Of Colour’ peaked at no.4. They have been less prominent on the singles chart where only ‘Anything Can Happen In The Next Half Hour…’ (#27) and ‘Juggernauts’ (#28) have reached the top forty.  However five of their singles have topped the rock charts and four have made the top ten on the Indie charts. Their most recent release was ‘The Paddington Frisk’ which was released earlier this year but it failed to make much of an impact charting at no.128. Their new track ‘Radiate’ is released this week and already it has become Zane Lowe’s single of the week.  I think it will fare better than its predecessor but is still likely to miss out on top forty action.

Polica – ‘Tiff’

Finally this week comes ‘Tiff’ which is the brand new single by Minneapolis based Indie rock band Polica who have enlisted some help from Bon Iver founder Justin Vernon on this track. It’s the first new material to debut following last years release of their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Give You The Ghost’. They remain relatively unknown in the UK although they did perform on the Later…With Jools Holland show last October. The band are due to play Hatfield House later this month, and are also lined up for appearances in the coming months at the Summer Set Festival, End Of The Road in Dorset and Jodrell Bank in Macclesfield. Given their previously poor chart performance on the singles chart it is hard to see this being the track to make the breakthrough for them.  As such I won’t be expecting to see this appearing inside the top forty next Sunday afternoon. 

Next Week…

I expect Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell Williams and T.I. to hold on at the top for another week, particularly after their performance on the Graham Norton Show. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Bruno Mars, Dizzee Rascal featuring Robbie Williams, Jason Derulo and former X Factor contestant Ruth Lorenzo.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

9 June, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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