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Chart Chat Edition 713 – W/C 21.07.13

Chart Chat Edition 713 – Week Commencing Sunday 21st July 2013 


Welcome to edition 713 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 now so that individual songs can be picked out rather than having to trawl through paragraphs of texts.

Chart Review

There were seven new entries, three climbers, twenty seven songs going down and three non movers on this weeks chart.  Avicii went straight in at no.1 with ‘Wake Me Up’ notching up some impressive sales of over 250k while Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell Williams & T.I. fell a place to no.2 on their eighth week on the chart.

John Newman fell one to no.3 with ‘Love Me Again’ and Icona Pop featuring Charlie XCX got a non mover at no.4 with ‘I Love It’. got a non mover at no.5 with ‘Bang Bang’ while Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith went back up one to no.6 with ‘La La La’. Sebastian Ingrosso featuring John Martin & Tommy Trash fell four to no.7 with ‘Reload’ and Selena Gomez got a new entry at no.8 with ‘Come And Get It’. ‘Jack’ by Breach went straight in at no.9 and the top ten was rounded off by Passenger falling two places to no.10 with ‘Let Her Go’.

Another new entry and one more climber were to be found in the remainder of the top twenty.  Avril Lavigne went straight in at no.14 with ‘Here’s To Never Growing Up’ while the climber went to Jay-Z featuring Justin Timberlake who went up nine to no.15 with ‘Holy Grail’.

There were three new entries and one climber in the lower half of the chart.  P!nk featuring Lily Allen were the only climber going up fourteen to no.22 with ‘True Love’ while Lucy Spraggan got a new entry at no.26 with ‘Lighthouse’. Calvin Harris featuring Ayah Marar got a new entry at no.28 with ‘Thinking About You’ and Kings Of Leon completed the picture with ‘Supersoaker’ going straight in at no.32. 

New Releases

One Direction – ‘Best Song Ever’

One Direction follow up their Comic Relief fundraiser ‘One Way Or Another’ with their brand new single ‘Best Song Ever’ this week.  It’s the first new track to be taken from their forthcoming third album ‘This Is Us’.  Three of their first seven singles have gone on to top the charts and there is every chance this could make it four out of eight. The digital download contains the Jump Smokers and Kat Krazy remixes of the track alongside a live version of ‘Kiss You’ which features in their motion picture ‘One Direction : This Is Us’. The single is also released on CD which features the WestFunk & Steve Smart Remix.  The band have certainly outperformed Matt Cardle and Rebecca Ferguson who finished ahead of them on X Factor! Single sales can be much lower at this time of year, so if their fanbase really get behind this release then I see no reason why it will not top the charts next weekend. 

Diana Vickers – ‘Cinderella’

Diana Vickers is another act who has continued to perform well despite finishing outside the top three on her series of X Factor.  She had stiff competition from JLS and Alexandra Burke that year, but has gone on to carve out a successful solo career.  Her debut single ‘Once’ topped the charts, as did her album ‘Songs From The Tainted Cherry Tree’.  Her subsequent singles ‘The Boy Who Murdered Love’ (#36) and ‘My Wicked Heart’ (#13) didn’t quite match her early success.  Her new single is ‘Cinderella’ which is taken from her forthcoming album ‘Music To Make Boys Cry’.  She has been working closely with her fans ahead of its release, even challenging them to come up with a design for the cover of the single.  I think this will certainly restore her to the top ten, although I’m not sure that it will be a serious contender for the no.1 spot on Sunday. 

Johnny Marr – ‘New Town Velocity’

Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr releases his new single ‘New Town Velocity’ this week.  It comes with an edited version of the main track alongside ‘The It-Switch’ which features on the b side. While he started out with The Smiths, he has gone on to play with many other groups including The The, Electronic, Modest Mouse and The Cribs.  He recently appeared at the Glastonbury festival where his setlist included a handful of Smiths classics including ‘Bigmouth Strikes Again’ and ‘How Soon Is Now’. He recently released ‘The Messenger’ as his first album as a solo artist and it saw him back inside the top ten, peaking at no.10.  The first single to be taken from the album was ‘Upstarts’ but that ended up dropping short of the top forty.  Sadly I fear that the same fate awaits this latest single, but I would be delighted to be proven wrong. 

Professor Green featuring Miles Kane – ‘Are You Getting Enough’

Another artist who is fresh from putting in an electric performance at the Glastonbury festival is Professor Green who returns with his new single ‘Are You Getting Enough’.  It is the first track to be taken from his forthcoming album ‘Growing Up In Public’ and the digital format contains three new mixes; the Drumsound & Bassline Smith Remix, the Kaos Remix and the If I Was A Fan Of Raf Riley I’d Dig This Mix.  To date he has notched up eight top forty hits including his chart topping collaboration with Emeli Sande on ‘Read All About It’. Miles Kane meanwhile has just seen his album ‘Don’t Forget Who You Are’ make the top ten although he has yet to enjoy a top forty single as a solo artist.  He did however enjoy a number one album and two top thirty singles as part of The Last Shadow Puppets. This single should give him a fourth top ten hit next Sunday afternoon. 

Roll Deep – ‘All Or Nothing’

English Grime collective Roll Deep have already achieved two no.1 hits in their UK career with ‘Good Times’ and ‘Green Light’ but can this new single ‘All Or Nothing’ provide them with a third? Their last single ‘Picture Perfect’ made just no.169 while their ‘X’ album failed to chart so they will be looking to get back on track with this release. The digital format contains four new mixes of the track; the Extended Mix, the Steve Smart & WestFunk Remix, the TS7 Remix and the Instrumental version. Grime star Wiley still heads up the group that has enjoyed multiple line up changes with previous members including both Tinchy Stryder and Dizzee Rascal. Current members include Scratchy, Flow Dan, Tanya Foster, Breeze, Brazen and Manga.  I can see this returning them to the top forty but I think it will struggle to threaten the artists at the very top of the charts. 

Big Deal – ‘Dream Machines’

Next up under review this week are Indie duo Big Deal who release their brand new single ‘Dream Machines’ this week, a track which is set to feature on their forthcoming long player ‘June Gloom’. It follows on from their earlier singles ‘In Your Car’ and ‘Teradactol’ which showed a far more developed sound when compared to their 2011 debut album ‘Lights Out’. Fans may also be keen to note that it features another new track ‘Locked Up’ as the b side.  Last week saw them play live at the Lovebox Festival while next week sees them make an appearance at The Secret Garden Party Festival in Cambridge. They have also agreed to be the support to Local Natives at gigs in Brixton and Cambridge later this year.  I can’t quite see them making a challenge for the singles chart just yet but their album ‘June Gloom’ should perform well for them. 

Nina Nesbitt – ‘Way In The World’

Nina Nesbitt may only just have turned 19 years of age but she has already enjoyed top forty success on the singles chart with ‘Stay Out’ which was actually the title track from the fourth EP she had released.  This week sees her release ‘Way In The World’, an EP which contains three new songs alongside the title track; ‘Spiders’, ‘Not Me’ and the demo version of ‘Brit Summer’. Last week saw her appear at the Splendour Festival in Nottingham while next week she will be at Kendall Calling in the Lake District.  In celebration of the release of this single she is playing a free acoustic gig on Brighton beach while she also has a headlining tour planned for later in the year.  She has been picking up airplay on Radio 1 and I think this will add a second hit to her tally. 

Charlie Brown featuring Misha B – ‘Floodgates (Part 2)’

British singer songwriter Charlie Brown notched up a top ten hit with ‘On My Way’ and now follows that up with his new single ‘Floodgates (Part 2)’.  He has enlisted the help of Misha B who has already enjoyed three top forty hits in her own right. Brown is well connected and has previously written with The Script and Jay Sean. His debut single ‘Dependency’ was co-written by Fame Academy winner David Sneddon, and he has also toured the UK with Dappy.  He appeared at the recent Wireless Festival and has two headline shows in London and Manchester planned for the end of September.  A lyric video to accompany the track was posted to YouTube back in June and has been viewed almost 20k times.  Brown has been writing songs since 2004 and it is high time that he gained some recognition as an artist in his own right. I can see this being a hit but I don’t think it will replicate his earlier top ten success. 

Hurts – ‘Somebody To Die For’

Finally this week comes electronic duo Hurts with their new single ‘Somebody To Die For’.  It is taken from their current ‘Exile’ album and the digital format contains three new mixes of the track alongside a Freemasons Club Mix of ‘Exile’. The new versions include the Radio Edit, the Franz Novotny Remix and the Unplugged version. To date only their ‘Wonderful Life’ single has reached the top forty peaking at no.21 back in 2010 while ‘Exile’ yet to yield anything which has reached the top 100 though ‘Miracle’ did manage to make the top thirty in Switzerland and Germany. Both of their albums released so far have made the top ten so it seems their relative lack of hit singles has done nothing to harm their career.  However given that history I can’t really see this making the top forty but hopefully it can still pick up some airplay in promotion of the album. 

Also released this week are ‘Baby I’ by Ariana Grande, ‘Mind Ur Step’ by Dennis Ferrer, ‘Ray Of Sunshine’ by Guru Josh, ‘Sinners (EP)’ by Lauren Aquilina, ‘Millionaire’ by Scouting For Girls and ‘Dreamer I Know’ by Visage. 

Next week…

I can’t see any of this weeks new releases putting in a challenge to Avicii’s supremacy so I expect ‘Wake Me Up’ to hold on. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Britney Spears, Eliza Doolittle, Johnny Hates Jazz and Pet Shop Boys.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson


21 July, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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