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Chart Chat Edition 710 – W/C 30.06.13

Chart Chat Edition 710 – Week Commencing Sunday 30th June 2013 


Welcome to edition 710 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 weeks 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, three climbers, twenty six songs going down and three non movers on this weeks chart.

Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell Williams & T.I. finally gave way as Icona Pop featuring Charlie XCX went straight in at the top with ‘I Love It’ while ‘Blurred Lines’ had to settle for the runners up spot falling one place to no.2. went straight in at no.3 with ‘Bang Bang’ and The Wanted notched up another top five hit as ‘Walk Like Rihanna’ scored a new entry at no.4. Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith fell two to no.5 with ‘La La La’ and Passenger also went down two to no.6 with ‘Let Her Go’. Jason Derulo fell five to no.7 with ‘The Other Side’ and Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams went down two to no.8 with ‘Get Lucky’. Dizzee Rascal featuring Robbie Williams fell four to no.9 with ‘Goin’ Crazy’ and the top ten was rounded off by Olly Murs falling three to no.10 with ‘Dear Darlin”. One new entry and one climber were to be found in the remainder of the top twenty.  Chase & Status featuring Louis M^tters went straight in at no.15 with ‘Lost & Not Found’ while David Guetta featuring Akon & Ne-Yo climbed one to no.19 with ‘Play Hard’.

There were three new entries, one re-entry and two climbers in the lower half of the chart.  The Lumineers once again climbed back up one to no.27 with ‘Ho Hey’ while The Voice winner Andrea Begley made her chart debut at no.30 with ‘My Immortal’.  Leeroy Kesiah featuring Nagla went straight in at no.37 with ‘Can’t Get Enough’ and Rudimental featuring John Newman climbed back up a place to no.38 with ‘Feel The Love’. Kayne West entered at no.39 with ‘Black Skinhead’ while the chart was completed by Evanescence who re-entered at no.40 with their original version of ‘My Immortal’.

New Releases

John Newman – ‘Love Me Again’

Yorkshire based British soul singer John Newman has already topped the charts providing the vocals on Rudimentals’ hit ‘Feel The Love’ while his later collaboration with them on ‘Not Giving In’ made no.14. ‘Love Me Again’ is his first outing as a solo artist andhas been creating a lot of interest online ahead of its release. The digital format of the single contains four new mixes; the Kove Remix, the Gemini Remix, the Ejeca Remix and Love Thy Brother Remix.  The track has started to chart around Europe and has appeared on the Belgian and Netherlands top fifty in recent weeks.  The video was originally posted to YouTube back in May and has been viewed over 2m times since. Many journalists are tipping this to go straight in at the top on Sunday afternoon but there are still some other strong contenders which are being released this week. 

Chase & Status featuring Louis M^tters – ‘Lost & Not Found’

‘Lost & Not Found’ sees the legendary dance duo Chase & Status team up with vocalist Louis M^tters on what looks to be the first taster of material from their eagerly anticipated third studio album.  Their first album ‘More Than A Lot’ failed to set the charts alight, reaching a modest no.49, but the follow up ‘No More Idols’ changed all that peaking at no.2 and yielding five top forty hits. Their biggest hit remains ‘Blind Faith’ which featured Liam Bailey and peaked at no.5 on the mainstream chart while topping the Dance Chart. This latest track is released digitally on the Mercury label and features three new mixes; the Dream McLean Remix, the Kove Remix and the Josh Butler Remix. It’s bound to be a big hit having already made it’s debut at no.15 this week, although I feel The Saturdays or John Newman are a stronger contender for the weeks no.1 single.

The Saturdays – ‘Gentleman’

And talking of The Saturday’s, they finally did it!  Yes they eventually found the magic formula to top the charts with their last single ‘What About Us’ so now all eyes are on them to see if they can repeat the trick with ‘Gentleman’. This looks set to be their fifteenth top forty hit, with all but two of those going on to reach the top ten.  It features on their forthcoming studio album ‘The Chase’ which be aiming to restore them to the top ten after their last long player ‘On Your Radar’ peaked at a disappointing no.23.  The band have had to deal with two baby arrivals in the past year (to Una and Rochelle) while Frankie has recently announced her pregnancy.  Critics have been quick to predict the end of the band, but they are set to continue for the foreseeable future and it would be a shame to see them split just as they have reached the top of their game. 

Fugative – ‘Charlie Sheen’

‘Charlie Sheen’ is the new single by Fugative and follows up his last single ‘O.T.T.’ which was released earlier this year. The digital format of the release comes with four different versions; the Explicit version, the Radio Edit, the Rude Kid Remix and the Runaway Remix. Last month saw his support Tyga on his short UK tour and he also appeared at the Soccer Six tournament which took place at Reading and Bolton Wanderers football grounds. To date he has only notched up one top forty hit which came with ‘Crush’ in 2010 and while it was not a commercial hit he may be best known for his debut single ‘It’s Summertime’ which made no.2 on the UK Urban chart. He has worked with a cross section of artists including Ed Sheeran, Sway and Wiley but now really deserves more recognition in his own right.   As such hopefully this will give him another top forty hit.

Gabz – ‘Lighters (The One)’

It’s hardly been a month since the Britain’s Got Talent final and fifteem year old Stevenage based singer songwriter Gabz is keen to keep her momentum up by releasing her track ‘Lighters (The One)’ as a single. She finished 7th in the Grand Final with 3.6% of the vote but impressed the judges by performing her own material which was in contrast to fellow under 16 contestants Arisxandra and Asanda. Simon Cowell is obviously keen to back her as he has ensured the track is released on the high profile Sony label. He also ensured she got to work with producer Graham Stack who has famously worked with a variety of artists including Girls Aloud, Westlife, Take That, Rod Stewart, Kylie Minogue and JLS. Songs such as this tend to either fly straight to the top of the charts or fail abysmally but with Cowell’s backing anything is possible for the young performer.

Samantha Jade – ‘Firestarter’

Next up this week we have Australian singer Samantha Jade who is trying her hand at cracking the UK charts this week with her new single ‘Firestarter’.  She has previously written tracks for artists including Jojo and Ashley Tisdale but last year saw her win the fourth series of Australian Idol. She topped the charts with ‘What You’ve Done To Me’ which she performed in the final while her self titled album made no.1 and was certified three times platinum. ‘Firestarter’ is the first track to be lifted from her forthcoming third studio album and was co-written by Jade alongside DNA Songs.  She still remains relatively unknown in the UK and I’m not sure that this single will do anything significant to change that fact. 

Indiana – ‘Smoking Gun’

Nottingham based up and coming singer songwriter Indiana releases her new EP ‘Smoking Gun’ this week.  The digital format of the single contains four tracks; ‘Smoking Gun’, ‘Swim Good’, ‘Blind As I Am’ and ‘Animal’.  Fans can currently download ‘Animal’ for free from her Facebook page. She performed the EP’s lead track at the Maida Vale studio’s for the BBC Introducing series and since the accompanying music video was uploaded in May it has been viewed over 150k times. She is also due to make an appearance at this years Glastonbury Festival and will doubtless be setting up other live shows across the Summer. Early feedback from critics and journalists have seen comparisons drawn to the music of The XX, Lana Del Rey and even Diana Vickers.  While she is clearly on the right path it may be a little early to predict her enjoying a top forty hit. 

Le Youth – ‘C O O L’

The Cassie sampling ‘C O O L’ is the latest single by Le Youth, aka DJ Wes Jones, and it comes released on the Sony Music licensed Sign Of The Times Records label.  Jones started out in Toledo, Ohio but moved to Los Angeles a few years ago. Last week saw him play shows in Toronto and Vancouver and he is scheduled to play San Francisco next month. The digital format of the single contains three brand new mixes of the track; the ColeCo Remix, the Lane 8 Remix and the Henry Krinkle Remix. A free download of the R & B Edit is also available from the Le Youth Soundcloud page. The accompanying music video has been viewed well over 100k times since it was first uploaded back in April of this year.  While I can see this going down very well in the clubs I’m not sure that it has what it takes to crossover and go on to become a mainstream hit. 

Russ Chimes – ‘Turn Me Out’

The final track under review this week is ‘Turn Me Out’ which is the brand new single by Russ Chimes released on the Sony label this week.  Originally it was due for release in early June but the label delayed until this week. For those unaware of his talents Russ is a twenty five year old DJ and producer who works hard both as a solo artist and as part of the French collective Valerie. Some have been quick to pigeon hole Chimes as having an 80’s sound, a charge that he has been quick to reject. He has already producer remixes for The Millioners, Marina & The Diamonds, Sam Sparro and Chromeo, so is in demand on many fronts. The digital format features the Extended Mix and the Ejeca Remix of the track.  While he is yet to make the top forty in his own right, this could change all that particularly with major label backing from Sony.  It’s bright and breezy and would sound great on a sunny day. 

Also released this week are ‘Every Little Thing’ by Eric Clapton, ‘Alive’ by Empire Of The Sun, ‘Gimme Love’ by Hogan, ‘The War (EP)’ by Josh Record, ‘I’m Alive’ by Kamiliya, ‘Four More Songs’ by Lewis Watson, ‘Close Your Eyes’ by Michael Buble and ‘Steam Train Girl’ by Teleman.

Next Week…

I think John Newman will top the charts but watch out for high new entries from Gabz and The Saturdays too. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Glasvegas, Katy B, Lawson featuring B.o.B. and Placebo. Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

30 June, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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