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Chart Chat Edition 714 – W/C 28.07.13

Chart Chat Edition 714 – Week Commencing Sunday 28th July 2013 


Welcome to edition 714 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 two new entries, three re-entries, eleven climbers, twenty one songs going down and three non movers on this weeks chart. To the disappointment of their fans One Direction failed to top the charts with Avicii outselling them by a margin of 2:1 as ‘Wake Me Up’ held on at the top.  However One Direction shouldn’t be too disappointed to see ‘Best Song Ever’ go straight in at no.2 with sales of over 75k.

Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell Williams & T.I. fell a place to no.3 with ‘Blurred Lines’ and John Newman also went down one to no.4 with ‘Love Me Again’. Icona Pop featuring Charlie XCX went down one to no.5 with ‘I Love It’ but Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith was a non mover at no.6 with ‘La La La’. Passenger went back up three to no.7 with ‘Let Her Go’ while fell three to no.8 with ‘Bang Bang’. Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams climbed two to no.9 with ‘Get Lucky’ and the top ten was rounded off by Selena Gomez who went down two to no.10 with ‘Come & Get It’. 

Four climbers were to be found in what remained of the top twenty.  Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran climbed back up one to no.12 with ‘Everything Has Changed’ and Calvin Harris featuring Ayah Marar went up fourteen places to no.14 with ‘Thinking About You’. P!nk featuring Lily Allen climbed six to no.16 with ‘True Love’ while the remaining climber went to Arctic Monkeys who went back up three to no.18 with ‘Do I Wanna Know’. 

There was only one new entry, three re-entries and five climbers in the lower half of the chart.  ‘Antenna’ by Fuse ODG climbed two places to no.22 while Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton went back up three to no.24 with ‘Can’t Hold Us’.  Rudimental featuring Ella Eyre climbed up nine to no.25 with ‘Waiting All Night’ and Toploader re-entered after twelve years with ‘Dancing In The Moonlight’ at no.27.  Demi Lovato went back up three to no.30 with ‘Heart Attack’ and Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais got a new entry at no.32 with the remix of ‘Summer Sadness’. Imagine Dragons climbed six to no.33 with ‘Radioactive’ and Armin Van Buuren featuring Trevor Guthrie re-entered at no.38 with ‘This Is What It Feels Like’. Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding completed the picture re-entering at no.40 with ‘I Need Love’. 

Time also for a quick mention for those outside the top forty this week. Scouting For Girls went straight in at no.52 with ‘Millionaire’ while Nina Nesbitt may be disappointed to see ‘Way In The World’ make its debut at just no.55.  Diana Vickers went straight in at no.76 with ‘Cinderella’ which was still way higher than Professor Green who could only manage no.92 with his new single ‘Are You Getting Enough’. Jahmene Douglas got a new entry at no.93 with ‘Titanium’ but he did get the no.1 album this week with his debut ‘Love Never Fails’.  

New Releases

Amplify Dot featuring Busta Rhymes – ‘I’m Good’

Amplify Dot began her career aged just thirteen when she joined Missy Elliot on stage at the Brixton Academy and since then her career has gone from strength to strength.  Her new single ‘I’m Good’ is released this week on the Virgin Records label and features a guest appearance from the legendary rapper Busta Rhymes. The digital format contains three new mixes of the track; the Bobby Tank Remix, the Nutty P Remix and the Hucci Remix. She recently appeared on the Jazz Cafe Stage at Lovebox and has also appeared at Global Gathering and the Wireless Festival.  She is also scheduled to appear at the Sundown Festival at the Norfolk Showground in late August.  I’m not sure that this will be the track to break her to the mainstream chart but her string of successful live appearances should certainly have served to widen her fanbase.

Britney Spears – ‘Ooh La La’

Some of her more raunchy dance routines may not have won her much of a reputation as a family entertainer but that all changes this week when Britney Spears releases ‘Ooh La La’, a track taken directly from the new Smurfs 2 movie. She has notched up an impressive twenty eight top forty hits in the UK including five no.1 hits.  She also recently topped the charts guesting on’s single ‘Scream & Shout’ and has also featured on Rihanna’s top three hit ‘S&M’. Some may feel that her star has faded a little in recent years but last year saw Forbes magazine name her as the highest paid female musician in 2012 with earnings of $58m.  This is quite a different track for her, and it will certainly stick inside the heads of the listeners!  I can see this becoming a hit, particularly over the school holidays, but I don’t think it will challenge for the top spot.

Circuit21 – ‘Love In The Shadows’

Circuit21 release their new single ‘Love In The Shadows’ this week. Fronted by Belfast born Robert Brown they release it on the Division Music label with the digital format containing three new mixes; the Sick Joke Remix, the Cahill Edit and the Cahill Club Mix. A veteran of the music business, Brown’s biggest influence was Gary Numan, and his interest in synthesizers was helped by his friend James Thompson who played the piano beautifully. There is a single launch party being held at the Supper Club / Tree House in Belfast and they may yet make some festival appearances later this Summer. There is a long player to come entitled ‘Eventually’ which was named after the question Brown constantly was getting asked as to when the album would be finished!  For now though I’m not sure that this will find its way into the top forty next Sunday afternoon. 

Clean Bandit – ‘Dust Clears’

Clean Bandit notched up their first top forty hit with ‘Mozarts House’ which peaked at no.17 and this week sees the release of new single ‘Dust Clears’ as the follow up on the Warner Music UK label. The digital format of the release contains the new track ‘Rihanna’ alongside three new mixes; the Russ Chimes Remix, the Thom alt-J Remix and the Jack Savidge Remix.  The band are a four piece who first formed back in 2009 when they met as undergraduates at Jesus College in the University of Cambridge. They are due to make appearances at a number of festivals including Kendall Calling, the Secret Garden Party, Camp Bestival, Boardmasters, Leeds & Reading and Creamfields. They will then be touring the UK at the end of October. There is currently a lot of interest in the band and I can certainly see this adding a second hit to their tally.  

Eliza Doolittle – ‘Big When I Was Little’

Eliza Doolittle has been a little quiet since she first burst onto the scene in 2010.  Her self titled album reached the top three and yielded two top forty hits ‘Skinny Genes’ (#22) and ‘Pack Up’ (#5) but we have heard relatively little in the three years since then. She has recently returned to the charts guesting on the Disclosure top ten hit ‘You & Me’ but this week sees her return in her own right with ‘Big When I Was Little’.  The single is released digitally with a piano version of ‘You & Me’ on the b side. The video to the track was posted to YouTube and has been viewed over 650k times since then. It’s a bright and breezy tune which will sound perfect on the radio over the Summer months.  She plays live in Islington this week and has a couple of further appearances to come in Liverpool and Blackpool during August.  It’s great to have her back and this will surely be another hit for her. 

Johnny Hates Jazz – ‘Man With No Name’

Johnny Hates Jazz could do little wrong in 1988.  Their ‘Turn Back The Clock’ album topped the charts and contained no less than four top twenty hits.  Fast forward to 1991 and frontman Clark Datchelor had left the band and the remaining members failed to chart with the second album ‘Tall Stories’.  They then went on to disband in 1992 but later in 2009 Datchelor met up with original member Mike Nocito and the two decided to reform the band as a duo.  They recorded a new album entitled ‘Magnetized’ and the title track reached the Radio 2 playlist when it was released back in May.  That exposure was not enough for them to return to the top forty for the first time in twenty five years, and I fear the same will be true with this latest single ‘Man With No Name’. They still have a strong fanbase and have announced a four date tour which will take place in October of this year. 

Mark Morrison – I Am What I Am’

It has been a while since we last heard from Mark Morrison but he returns this week with ‘I Am What I Am’, the title track to just his third album in his seventeen year career.  His first album ‘Return Of The Mack’ reached no.4 and featured the chart topping title track amongst a run of five consecutive top ten hits. His 1997 EP ‘Only God Can Judge Me’ featured the top twenty hit ‘Who’s The Mack’ but it wasn’t until 2006 that his second album ‘Innocent Man’ was released. It reached just no.50 and contained only one top forty hit, ‘Best Friend’ which saw him collaborate with Gabrielle and Conner Reeves.  The digital format of this new single contains five new mixes including the Mark Sparks Remix, the Silvastone Remix, the Luke Larrell 4×4 Remix, the Bassmonkeys Classic House Mix and the Bimbo Jones Remix. It would be great to see him back inside the top forty. 

Pet Shop Boys – ‘Vocal’

The Pet Shop Boys may have performed less well in the singles chart over recent years (it has been four years since their last top forty appearance with ‘Did You See Me Coming?’) but each of their twelve studio albums have made their top ten including their current album ‘Electric’.  They have notched up over forty hit singles since they first appeared back in 1985 and can be considered true legends of the music industry. This week sees the release of ‘Vocal’ from it, a track which has already been climbing the US dance chart. There are no less than eight remixes on the digital format including the Rektchordz Remix, the Armageddon Turk Tear Gas Remix, the Curcharachas Remix, the Jrmx Club Mix, the Nacho Chapado & Ivan Gomez Mix and the Wawa Extended Mix.  Despite such an array of mixes and the release of a physical format I still think this may struggle to return them to the top forty.  

Wilkinson featuring P Money & Arlissa – ‘Heartbeat’

Finally under review this week comes Wilkinson featuring P Money & Arlissa who have collaborated together on the single ‘Heartbeat’. It is taken from Wilkinson’s debut album ‘Lazers Not Included’ which is currently scheduled for release in October. While guest star P Money remains relatively unknown over here he has two no.1 singles to his name in his native New Zealand. The digital format of the single contains four new mixes; the Calyx & TeeBee Remix, the Torqux Remix, the Mind Vortex Remix and an instrumental version. The track was ‘The Hottest Record In The World’ on Zane Lowe’s radio show when it was taken over by Skream and Benga. It looks certain to perform well on the dance chart but it remains to be seen as to whether it can pick up enough airplay to crossover and become a success on the mainstream chart next weekend.  

Also released this week are ‘You Know I Like It’ by AlunaGeorge, ‘Give It All’ by Don Diablo featuring Alex Clare & Kelis, ‘Drive’ by Kids In Glass Houses, ‘Awkward’ by San Cisco, ‘Soon Come’ by Shy FX featuring Liam Bailey, ‘My Man Music’ by StooShe, ‘King City by Swim Deep and ‘See Right Through’ by Tensnake featuring Fiora.  

Next week…

Avicii continues to sell well with cumulative sales of over 400k and I think that he will hang on for a third week at the top. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Blue, Calvin Harris featuring Ayah Marar, Primal Scream and Tinie Tempah featuring 2Chainz. Until then have yourself a good week. 


Ian Anderson


28 July, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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