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Chart Chat Edition 709 – W/C 23.06.13


Chart Chat Edition 709 – Week Commencing Sunday 23rd June 2013 

Introduction

Welcome to edition 709 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 seven new entries, one re-entry, four climbers, twenty five going down and three non movers on this week’s chart.

There was no change at the top as Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell Williams & T.I. held on for a fourth week with ‘Blurred Lines’ with the total sales for the track now surpassing the 700k mark. Jason Derulo was the weeks closest challenger going straight in at no.2 with his new single ‘The Other Side’. 

Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith fell one to no.3 with ‘La La La’ and Passenger went down one to no.4 with ‘Let Her Go’. Dizzee Rascal featuring Robbie Williams got a new entry at no.5 with ‘Goin’ Crazy’ and Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams went down one to no.6 with their former no.1 ‘Get Lucky’. Olly Murs fell two to no.7 with ‘Dear Darlin” while Jessie J featuring Big Sean & Dizzee Rascal also went down two to no.8 with ‘Wild’. Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran continued the trend falling two to no.9 with ‘Everything Has Changed’ and the top ten was rounded off by a new entry for Tom Odell with ‘Another Love’. 

One new entry and one climber were to be found in what remained of the top twenty.  Arctic Monkeys went straight in at no.11 with ‘Do I Wanna Know’ while the climber went to Bruno Mars who climbed one to no.12 with ‘Treasure’.

There were three new entries, one re-entry and three climbers in the lower half of the chart.  Mariah Carey featuring Miguel continued their steady climb with ‘Beautiful’ going up one to no.22 while Bastille went back up six places to no.24 with ‘Pompeii’.  London Grammar went straight in at no.31 with ‘Wasting My Young Years’ and Kodaline climbed one to no.34 with ‘Love Like This’. Ke$ha featuring Will.i.am went straight in at no.35 with ‘Crazy Kids’ and The Voice runner up Leah McFall got a new entry at no.36 with ‘Killing Me Softly’. The only re-entry came at no.39 for Rudimental featuring John Newman with ‘Feel The Love’.

New Releases

Biffy Clyro – ‘Opposite’

Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro return this week with their new single ‘Opposite’. As always it comes released as a digital EP featuring three new tracks; ‘Sorry And Thanks’, ‘A Tragic World Record’ and ‘Wooden Souvenier’. The band have released six studio albums to date but it was their fourth outing ‘Puzzle’ that took them to a higher level peaking at no.2 while earlier this year saw them notch up their first ever no.1 with ‘Opposites’. Their last single ‘Biblical’ peaked at a disappointing no.70 thus ending a run of fifteen consecutive top forty hits so they will be keen to get back on track with this release.  They are currently supporting Muse on their gigs in Paris and Nice and will continue to tour Europe over the Summer before returning to the UK to play at the Reading Festival. Normally I would expect to see them inside the top forty but given the performance of ‘Biblical’ I am doubtful.

The Wanted – ‘Walks Like Rihanna’

Already boy band The Wanted are looking for their tenth top forty hit and third no.1 hit. While I think they will comfortably achieve the first of those targets, the second may prove to be beyond them this time around. They first appeared on the music scene three years ago when ‘All Time Low’ topped the charts, and since then they have been regular visitors to the top forty.  They have gone on to notch up two top five albums and have a third due for release in September of this year. While they haven’t quite been able to match the American success achieved by One Direction they did make the top three in the US with ‘Glad You Came’ although the subsequent follow ups dropped short of the top forty. The video to this track has now been viewed over 4.5m times and while it certainly stands a good chance of being next week’s no.1 I think it will end up in the runner up spot. 

Bridgit Mendler – ‘Hurricane’

Few could have predicted just how well Bridgit would have done with her debut single ‘Ready Or Not’ but now the question is can she repeat that success with the follow up single ‘Hurricane’.  She co-wrote the song and this week’s digital release comes with five brand new mixes of the track; the Bit Error Vocal Remix, the Belanger Remix, the Frank Lamboy Remix, the Alex Ghenea Remix and the C&M Remix. The original version features on her album ‘Hello My Name Is’ which made the top 30 in the US but has yet to dent the top 100 in the UK. The accompanying promotional video co-stars actress Naomi Scott who previously featured with Bridgit in the Disney film Lemonade Mouth.  I think that this will go on to make the top forty but I’m not sure that it will make the top ten, nor will it stick around for as long as its predecessor did.

Young Knives – ‘Oh Happiness’

The Young Knives first existed as Simple Pastoral Existence but then changed to their current name in 1999.  They broke through in 2002 with their mini album ‘The Young Knives…Are Dead’ but they achieved their biggest success came in 2006 when their album ‘Voices Of Animals And Men’ reached no.21 and yielded three top forty hits including ‘Weekends And Bleak Days (Hot Summer)’ which remains their biggest single having peaked at no.35. Their 2008 album ‘Superabundance’ made the top thirty despite a lack of hit singles but their 2011 release ‘Ornaments From The Silver Arcade’ reached no.80. Fast forward to 2013 and an album ‘Sick Octave’ is due for release along with this single. The digital format of the single contains three other tracks alongside the lead; ‘Reproduction’, ‘Maureen’ and ‘Signs Of Weakness’. It would be great to see this make the top forty but I’m not sure it will.

Icona Pop featuring Charlie XCX – ‘I Love It’

Swedish synth pop duo Icona Pop team up with British singer / songwriter Charlie XCX on their new single ‘I Love It’. The track has already been a massive hit around the world reaching the top ten in Sweden, Austria, Australia, Germany and New Zealand. The digital format of the track features four new mixes; the Jakwob Remix, the Fix8 Remix, the Bobby Champs Remix and the Style Of Eye Remix.  The success of this track may well help to give some publicity to Charlie XCX who saw her album ‘True Romance’ enter the charts at no.85 back in April.  Originally this track was set for release next week (having originally been delayed from March of this year) but my suspicion is that it has been moved forward to avoid a clash with John Newman’s single ‘Love Me Again’ which many think will go straight in at the top.  This looks set to be the highest new entry, but can it topple Robin Thicke? 

Court Yard Hounds – ‘Sunshine’

The Court Yard Hounds are a country / folk music duo consisting of two thirds of the Dixie Chicks.  They released their self titled debut album in 2010 which went on to peak at no.7 in the US but just no.79 in the UK.  Now this week they are back with a new album entitled ‘Amelita’ and from it comes the single ‘Sunshine’. The digital format of the release features three other songs alongside the main track; ‘Amelita’, ‘Aimless Upward’ and ‘Are You Man Enough’.  The Dixie Chicks are still performing together, although they have not released a studio album in seven years.  Their last album ‘Taking The Long Way’ was their biggest success in the UK peaking at no.10 while in the US it gave them a third consecutive no.1. This genre of music rarely finds its way on to the singles chart but their album should do well upon its full release next month. 

Ben Montague – ‘Sweet Amelia’

Singer songwriter Ben Montague releases his new single ‘Sweet Amelia’ this week. It’s taken from his current studio album ‘Tales Of Flying & Falling’ which is his third long player to date.  His career kicked off in 2010 when the singles ‘Can’t Hold Me Down’ and ‘Broken’ from his debut album ‘Overcome’ picked up airplay on the Radio 2 A list. He followed up the album with ‘Unknown Reward’ in 2012 before enlisting Manic Street Preachers producer Dave Eringa to work on his third release. The second single from it was ‘Another Hard Fall’ and that saw him on the Radio 2 B playlist.  Last year he toured with The Wanted and Lawson as part of the Code Tour while previously he has supported Stereophonics and Lighthouse Family.  This single is released as a one track download, and given that it already features on his album I think it is unlikely to make the top forty.

Dharma Protocol featuring Boy George – ‘Coming Home’

It has been seven years since Boy George last graced the charts guesting on Antony & The Johnsons single ‘You Are My Sister’ while his last appearance as a solo artist came with his cover of ‘The Crying Game’ back in 1992.  As part of Culture Club he achieved twelve top forty hits including the no.1’s ‘Karma Chameleon’ and ‘Do You Really Want To Hurt Me’. That was the last of his seven top forty hits, a run which kicked off with his only chart topper ‘Everything I Own’. Now he is working with producers Mikey and Youth on a new album but before that comes the release of ‘Coming Home’ as a single.  It is released on the Very Me label and features eight remixes including the Psychemagik Remix, the Juan Kidd Wierdo Club Mix, the Marc Vedo Remix, the Maze & Masters Remix and the Kinky Rowland Remix.   This is likely to be a bigger hit on the dance charts than the mainstream chart. 

Backstreet Boys – ‘In A World Like This’

Last but very definitely not least this week are the Backstreet Boys who return with their new single ‘In A World Like This’.   It’s the title track from their first album in four years, and is aiming to become their first UK hit since ‘Inconsolable’ in 2007.  The band have enjoyed nineteen top forty hits so far, including sixteen top ten hits and ‘I Want It That Way’ which remains their only no.1 hit to date.  The track was written by Max Martin along with Kristian Lundin and Savan Kotecha and is released simulataneously around the world this week. Their popularity in the UK has faded in recent years, with their last album ‘This Is Us’ reaching just no.39 and yielding no top forty hits. Their biggest popularity came in the late 90’s when the albums ‘Backstreets Back’ and ‘Milennium’ made no.2, with the latter going on to sell 30m copies worldwide.

Also released this week are ‘It’s You’ by Duck Sauce, ‘I’m Alive’ by Kamaliya and ‘Bang Bang’ by Will.i.am.

Next Week…

There should be a few big new entries next weekend from The Wanted, Will.i.am and Icona Pop featuring Charlie XCX while the final of The Voice could also mean that some contestants find themselves in the top forty. However all will have their work cut out if they are to overhaul Robin Thicke! Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Eric Clapton, Fugative, Michael Buble and The Saturdays.  Until then have yourself a good week.

 

Ian Anderson

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23 June, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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