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Chart Chat Edition 711 – W/C 07.07.13

Chart Chat Edition 711 – Week Commencing Sunday 7th July 2013 


Welcome to edition 711 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 now a slightly clearer layout so that individual songs can be picked out rather than having to trawl through paragraphs of texts.

Chart Review

There were five new entries, one re-entry, five climbers, twenty six songs going down and three non movers on this weeks chart. 

Again it was all change at the top as John Newman went straight in at no.1 with ‘Love Me Again’ while Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell Williams & T.I. held firm at no.2 with ‘Blurred Lines’.

Icona Pop featuring Charlie XCX fell two to no.3 with ‘I Love It’ and went down one to no.4 with ‘Bang Bang’. Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith were a non mover at no.5 with ‘La La La’ while Gabz got a new entry at no.6 with ‘Lighters (The One)’. Passenger went down one to no.7 with ‘Let Her Go’ and Jason Derulo fell one to no.8 with ‘The Other Side’. Chase & Status featuring Louis M^tters climbed six places to no.9 with ‘Lost & Not Found’ while Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams fell two to no.10 on their twelfth week on the chart with ‘Get Lucky’. 

One new entry and one climber were to be found in the remainder of the top twenty. The Saturdays went straight in at disappointing no.14 with ‘Gentleman’ failing to follow up their no.1 hit ‘What About Us’.  The climber was David Guetta featuring Ne-Yo & Akon who edged up one to no.18 with ‘Play Hard’. 

There were two new entries, one re-entry and three climbers in the lower half of the chart. The Lumineers climbed back up two to no.25 with ‘Ho Hey’ and Ke$ha featuring went up eight to no.27 with ‘Crazy Kids’.  Mumford & Sons re-entered at no.31 with ‘I Will Wait’ following their Glastonbury appearance while Kanye West climbed five to no.34 with ‘Black Skinhead’. Spark Productions got a new entry at no.35 with their version of the forthcoming Avicii single ‘Wake Me Up’ while the top forty was concluded by Russ Chimes who went straight in at no.40 with ‘Turn Me Out’.

New Releases

Beth Rowley – ‘Wretched Body’

First up under review this week is the Bristol based (though originally born in Peru) singer / songwriter Beth Rowley who releases her new EP ‘Wretched Body’ this week.  It contains four new new tracks; ‘Wretched Body’, ‘Can’t Stop Tomorrow’, ‘Steal Away’ and ‘Princess’.  She released her first self titled EP in 2004 and further EP’s ‘Sweet Hours’ (2006) and ‘Violets’ (2007) followed.  Her only album to date was 2008’s ‘Little Dreamer’ which made its debut at a very respectable no.6 and this latest EP marks the first release of any new material since then.  While there is nothing currently listed on her website I hope that she will make at least some festival appearances across the Summer.  I’m not really sure that she is the sort of artist who will shift singles, with her biggest success likely to come if she can make a second long player before the year is out.

Katy B – ‘What Love Is Made Of’

She first burst onto the scene back in 2011 with her album ‘On A Mission’ and now Katy B is back with the first taste of some new material.  She already has three top ten hits to her name with the biggest being ‘Lights On’ which featured Ms Dynamite and peaked at no.4. Last year saw her work with Mark Ronson on the Coca Cola Olympic song ‘Anywhere In The World’ although it failed to make the top forty, reaching just no.55. The digital release of this latest single features three new mixes of the track including the MK Remix, the Felix Da Housecat Remix and the Brackles Remix.  Fans who provide their e-mail to her website can also receive a free four track download featuring the tracks ‘Danger’, ‘Aaliyah’, ‘Got Paid’ and ‘As Light As A Feather’. The video to the track was uploaded to YouTube at the end of May and has received around 1m views since.  

Fenech-Soler – ‘Magnetic’

Northamptonshire based electropop band Fenech-Soler are due to release their second studio album ‘Rituals’ in September, and this week sees the release of ‘Magnetic’ as the first single to be taken from it.   They are already pencilled in for a number of festival appearances over the Summer starting with Tramlines in Sheffield on the 20th July, then Boardmasters in Newquay before making it to Reading & Leeds at the end of August.  They will then end the year in style with a full UK tour in November which takes in twelve different venues concluding at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London. The band are also in demand for their remixing skills and have already worked with a variety of artists including Example, Everything Everything and Marina & The Diamonds. This is a great single which could very well see them in the top forty next Sunday afternoon. 

Glasvegas – ‘If’

Scottish band Glasvegas have friends in high places with U2 singer Bono once describing their single ‘It’s My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry’ as one of the best songs he had ever heard. Their self titled debut album reached no.2, and the follow up ‘EUPHORIC /// HEARTBREAK \\\’ also reached the top ten. Now comes the release of their third studio album ‘Later…When The TV Turns To Static’ and from it comes the single ‘If’. Alongside the main track the digital release contains the additional songs ‘Press <Play>’, ‘The Words That Maketh Murder’ and a demo version of ‘Finished Sympathy’.  It is actually the second single to be taken from the forthcoming album with the first (‘I’d Rather Be Dead (Than Be With You)’) failing to make the top forty. In my opinion they are a fantastic band and hopefully this will be more successful for them. 

Lawson featuring B.o.B. – ‘Brokenhearted’

Lawson have certainly kicked their career off in style with their ‘Chapman Square’ album reaching no.4.  It contained four top twenty hits including ‘Taking Over Me’ which remains their biggest single, peaking at no.3. Now they have teamed up with American rapper B.o.B. for their new single ‘Brokenhearted’ which is set to appear on a repackaged version of ‘Chapman Square’.  Alongside the traditional one track download there is another digital release which contains five new versions; the No Rap Version, the Acoustic version, the Steve Smart & Westfunk Radio Edit, the Seamus Haji Radio Edit and the Queenie & Duke Remix. The band have signings to promote the single in Chelmsford, Manchester and Edinburgh. Their ‘Everywhere We Go’ tour sees them head off to the US before  returning for more gigs in the UK. They should certainly have another hit on their hands with this one.

Kat Dahlia – ‘Gangsta’

Next up this week is twenty two year old Cuban American singer songwriter Kat Dahlia with her new single ‘Gangsta’.  It is released on the newly established Vested In Culture label which is a joint venture with Epic Records set up by Record Executive Sylvia Rhone who has described Dahlia as “more than just a pop artist”.  The digital format of the release contains two brand new mixes; the Balistiq Remix and the Omeguh Remix.  The video to the track was directed by Samantha Lecca and has been viewed an impressive 5.5m times Worldwide since it was originally uploaded back in March of this year.  The single will feature on her eagerly awaited debut album ‘My Garden’ which is currently scheduled for release in September.  Few can dispute her talent as a rapper but I’m not sure if this will be able to crossover from the clubs onto the mainstream charts next weekend. 

Jonas Brothers – ‘Pom Poms’

Despite their superstar status the other side of the pond, the Jonas Brothers have found the UK market much tougher to crack.  They are currently working on their fifth studio album but have only enjoyed three top forty singles, with only their 2007 single ‘SOS’ making the top twenty, peaking at no.13.  Their last studio album was ‘Lines, Vines and Trying Times’ which topped the charts in the US and got to no.9 over in the UK. They are by no means just puppets though as they have a hand in writing the vast majority of their material. This week sees the release of their lastest single ‘Pom Poms’ and their huge worldwide popularity is certainly outlined by the fact the video to this track has received over 11m views since its upload to YouTube back in April. Despite that I think that this will still struggle to make much of an impact on the UK charts. 

Kendrick Lamar – ‘Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe’

Kendrick Lamar is back with his single ‘Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe’ this week. It’s another track taken from his current album ‘Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City’ which has also yielded ‘Swimming Pools (Drank)’ and ‘Backseat Freestyle’ which both reached the top twenty on the UK R&B charts (although neither reached the mainstream top forty). He has also guested on singles by A$AP Rocky and The Lonely Island but neither has made significant inroads into the UK charts. The digital format of the release contains four versions of the track; the Edited version, the Explicit version, the Remix featuring Jay-Z and the International Remix which features Emeli Sande.  The track has given him a third top forty hit in the US, reaching no.32, and it is hoped it will provide him with similar success.  I think this may pick up some airplay but am still unsure it will manage to give him a debut top forty hit. 

Sebastian Ingrosso featuring Tommy Trash & John Martin – ‘Reload’

Sebastian achieved the majority of his UK chart success as one third of the now defunct Swedish House Mafia but this week he is back branching out on his own with a little help from Tommy Trash and John Martin on his brand new single ‘Reload’. In his UK career he has made just one appearance on the chart in his own right which came with ‘Calling (Losing My Mind)’ which peaked at no.19 last year. He has however received credits for remixing tracks for a variety of other artists including Justin Timberlake, Robyn, Hard Fi, Miike Snow and Eric Prydz. The digital EP comes with four different mixes; the Radio Edit, the Extended Mix, the Tiedye Remix and the Instrumental. With the popularity of Swedish House Mafia still fresh in peoples minds I think there is every possibility that this could crossover from the dance charts into the mainstream next Sunday afternoon. 

Also released this week are ‘Bounce’ by Iggy Azalea, ‘My Time’ by K Koke featuring Bridget Kelly, ‘My Love Took Me To The River To Silence Me’ by Little Green Cars, ‘Waste Of Time’ by M0, ‘Lovesick’ by Peace, ‘Too Many Friends’ by Placebo, ‘Lootin’ In London’ by RDGLDGRN, ‘U Should Know Better’ by Robyn featuring Snoop Dogg and ‘Ring A Ling’ by Sneakbo.

Next Week…

The top spot is a hard one to call with John Newman likely to hold on, but Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell Williams & T.I. continues to sell phenomenally well. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Agnetha Faltskog, Avril Lavigne, Gabrielle Aplin and Justin Timberlake.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

7 July, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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