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Chart Chat Edition 712 – W/C 14.07.13

Chart Chat Edition 712 – Week Commencing Sunday 14th July 2013 


Welcome to edition 712 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, five climbers, twenty seven songs going down and one non mover on this weeks chart.

John Newman only enjoyed one week at the top with ‘Love Me Again’. He fell one to no.2 while incredibly Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell Williams & T.I. returned to the top spot with ‘Blurred Lines’ climbed one place to no.1. 

Sebastian Ingrosso, Tommy Trash & John Martin went straight in at no.3 with ‘Reload’ while Icona Pop featuring Charlie XCX went down one to no.4 with ‘I Love It’. fell one to no.5 with ‘Bang Bang’ and Lawson featuring B.o.B went straight in at no.6 with ‘Brokenhearted’. Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith went down two to no.7 with ‘La La La’ and Passenger fell one to no.8 with ‘Let Her Go’. Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams went back up one to no.9 with ‘Get Lucky’ and the top ten was concluded by Jason Derulo falling two to no.10 with ‘The Other Side’. 

Two climbers and one new entry were to be found in what remained of the top twenty.  Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran climbed back up three to no.12 with ‘Everything Has Changed’ and Iggy Azalea got a new entry at no.13 with ‘Bounce’.  Bruno Mars completed the picture going up three to no.14 with ‘Treasure’.

There were four new entries and one climber in the lower half of the chart.  Katy B went straight in at no.21 with ‘What Love Is Made Of’ while Jay-Z featuring Justin Timberlake got a new entry at no.24 with ‘Holy Grail’. Spark Productions climbed nine to no.26 with ‘Wake Me Up’ and Sneakbo went straight in at no.27 with ‘Ring A Ling’. The final new entry came at no.36 and went to P!nk featuring Lily Allen with ‘True Love’. 

New Releases

Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc – ‘Wake Me Up’

First up this week is Swedish DJ Avicii looks to be a strong challenger for the top spot next weekend with his new single ‘Wake Me Up’. He has enlisted the help of vocalist Aloe Blacc who famously had a hit with ‘I Need A Dollar’.  The track has already been a massive hit around Europe and has topped the charts in his native Sweden, Denmark Ireland and the Netherlands while reaching the top three in Australia, Austria and Switzerland.  This will be his sixth UK hit (including ‘Seek Bromance’ which was recorded as Tim Berg) and follows on from his chart topping collaboration with Nicky Romero on ‘I Could Be The One’. At the time of writing there is only a one track download on offer which is a surprising decision given the DJ’s connections.  Equally that shouldn’t prevent the single from going straight in at the top of the charts. 

Avril Lavigne – ‘Here’s To Never Growing Up’

After an absence of two years Canadian singer / songwriter Avril Lavigne is back this week with her brand new single.  It is released as a one track download and comes accompanied by a video directed by Robert Hales and Shane Drake who also worked on the ‘Walk Like Rihanna’ video by The Wanted. She has notched up twelve top forty singles across her UK career without ever topping the charts.  ‘Girlfriend’ was her biggest hit, narrowly missing out on the top spot in 2007. Her first three albums topped the charts but her last release ‘Goodbye Lullaby’ fared less well peaking at no.9. She is now 28 years old, but enjoyed her first hit ‘Complicated’ at the age of just 17. She has maintained a steady output with a fifth studio album due for release later this year. This comes with her trademark sound and will hopefully see her restored to the top twenty next Sunday afternoon. 

Chvrches – ‘Gun’

Glasgow based band Chvrches came fifth in this years BBC Sound Of 2013 poll but have yet to translate that acclaim into commercial success.  They also won the Grulke Prize at the SXSW Festival for Best Developing Non-US act. They are ready to release their debut album ‘The Bones Of What You Believe’ in September and are also set to support Depeche Mode on their ‘Delta Machine’ tour.  In addition they are pencilled in to appear at T In The Park, the Latitude Festival and Leeds / Reading festivals during the Summer. Their last single was the ‘Recover’ EP which peaked at no.91 while ‘Gun’ is their fourth release.  The digital format of the release contains four new remixes; the Jamie Isaac Remix, the Auntie Flo Remix, the Groundislava Remix and the DJ Helix Remix.  Interest is building in them all the time and this could yet provide them with their first top forty hit. 

Ed Drewett – ‘Undefeated’

The name Ed Drewett may not be particularly well known to many people but he has had a hand in writing five top ten hits for other artists.  These included both ‘All Time Low’ and ‘Glad You Came’ by The Wanted along with the recent Olly Murs single ‘Dear Darlin”.  Given this you could forgive him for wanting a piece of the action for himself, and he releases his own single ‘Undefeated’ this week.  He has made the top forty as a credited artist on the Professor Green hits ‘I Need You Tonight’ and ‘Never Be A Right Time’ but his only solo single ‘Champagne Lemonade’ peaked at just no.84 in 2010. The digital release of this single contains four different versions; the Single Version, the Acoustic Version, the DJ Mike D Mix and the Cahill Club mix.  His future is already secured in terms of his songwriting talents but this could help to establish him as an artist in his own right.

Joy Formidable – ‘Silent Treatment’

Welsh band Joy Formidable remain in search of their first top forty hit but this week release ‘Silent Treatment’ as their latest single. It is taken from their current album ‘Wolf’s Law’ which reached no.41 on its release earlier this year.  The digital release of this EP features the William Orbit Remix of the track along with the track ‘All This Promise’ and a version of ‘Tendons’ recorded live at The Roundhouse in Camden.  Their biggest single to date is probably ‘Whirring’ which made the top ten in both the Canadian and US Alternative charts. The band are back in the UK this week to appear at the Truck Festival in Steventon and and have further festival appearances planned at Standon Calling in Hertfordshire and the Y Not Festival in Matlock.  Sadly I fear their run of missing the top forty is likely to continue but this is still a fine track which should pick up some airplay on the alternative music stations.

Lucy Spraggan – ‘Lighthouse’

Lucy Spraggan looked destined for a top three hit with her song ‘Last Night’ which she performed at the X Factor auditions last year. Sadly for her she was asked to withdraw the track from sale but it still sold enough in the 1 – 2 days that it was available to reach no.11 in the weeks chart. In the end she withdrew from the X Factor competition due to ill health and subsequently chose not to appear on the annual tour which follows the final in December.  Whether that decision to go it alone pays off remains to be seen, but this week sees her release ‘Lighthouse’ as her new single. The digital format also features ‘Butterflies’ and an acoustic version of ”91′. When I say go it alone, she is backed by the might of the Sony Music juggernaut which will usually ensure she gets plenty of airplay and publicity.  Watch out for this inside the top ten next weekend. 

Selena Gomez – ‘Come & Get It’

Selena Gomez is perhaps best known in the UK for her acting in the childrens series Wizards Of Waverly Place and for the fact she is the ex girlfriend of Justin Bieber’.  Her only minor hit to date in the UK was ‘Magic’ which made no.90 but now she is about to release her album ‘Stars Dance’ and from it comes the single ‘Come & Get It’.  The track has been viewed over 72m times worldwide which is a testament to just how popular she is across the pond.  The digital format contains six new mixes of the track; the Jump Smokers Extended Remix, the Robert DeLong Remix, the Cahill Club Mix, the Fred Falke Club Remix, the DJ M3 Mixshow Extended Remix and the Dave Aude Club Remix.  She may struggle to pick up enough airplay for this to break into the UK top forty but she will be pleased to see that it has already made the top ten in both the US and Canada. 

Laura Welsh – ‘Cold Front’

Next up under review this week is the singer songwriter Laura Welsh with her third single ‘Cold Front’ on the Outsiders Recorded Music Limited label. The digital format contains three brand new mixes of the track alongside the main version; the Russ Chimes Mix, the Panda Dub and the CFCF Remix. Fans interested in finding out more about her work can download her previous single ‘Hollow Drum by signing up to her Tumblr site. This week sees her play a live gig at the Africa Center in London and it is hoped more live appearances will follow over the Summer. She was recently interviewed by Sarah-Jane Crawford on Radio 1Xtra and has been busy generating a buzz around this single release.  I think that eventually an album release may generate some reasonable sales but for now I don’t forsee her reaching the top forty with a standalone track. 

The xx – ‘Fiction’

Finally this week comes the new single from The xx, a band who have never really got me that excited.  Although they have only reached the top forty once (with ‘Islands’ in 2009 which peaked at no.34) their self titled debut album made the top three and won the Barclaycard sponsored Mercury Music Prize in 2010.  The follow up ‘Coexist’ was released last year and went on to top the charts while they also received a BRIT Awards nomination for Best British Group where they were ultimately defeated by the equally dull Mumford & Sons. Last year saw them contribute the track ‘Together’ to the soundtrack for the Great Gatsby film, and this new single ‘Fiction’ is their first taster of new material since then. As mentioned earlier they have never been a band who have enjoyed significant singles success and I’m afraid that I expect that trend to continue with the release of this track.

Also released this week are ‘Dance Your Pain Away’ by Agnetha Faltskog, ‘About Farewell’ by Alela Diane, ‘Heartless’ by A*M*E, ‘Jack’ by Breach, ‘Left At The Lights’ by The D.O.T., ‘Just Like Magic’ by Havana featuring Tyga, ‘Dear Marie’ by John Mayer, ‘Untouchable’ by Johnny Ruffo, ‘Supersoaker’ by Kings Of Leon, ‘Resolution’ by Matt Corby, ‘Her Favourite Song’ by Mayer Hawthorne, ‘Perrett’s Brook’ by Oliver Wilde, ‘Right Now’ by Rihanna featuring David Guetta, ‘Zimma Frame’ by Show N Prove, ‘Out Of Time’ by Stone Temple Pilots and ‘Samson’ by VV Brown.

Next week…

The smart money has to be on Avicii going straight in at the top next weekend. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Diana Vickers, Jahmene Douglas, One Direction and Professor Green featuring Miles Kane.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson


14 July, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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