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Chart Chat Edition 715 – W/C 04.08.13

Chart Chat Edition 715 – Week Commencing Sunday 4th August 2013 


Welcome to edition 715 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 four new entries, three re-entries, six climbers, twenty five songs going down and two non movers on this weeks chart.  There was no change at the top as Avicii held on for a third week at the top with ‘Wake Me Up’ while their nearest rival was John Newman who climbed back up two places to no.2 with ‘Love Me Again’.

Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell Williams & T.I. were a non mover at no.3 with ‘Blurred Lines’ while ‘Summertime Sadness’ climbed twenty eight places to no.4 for Lana Del Rey vs Cedric Gervais. One Direction fell three places to no.5 with ‘Best Song Ever’ and Icona Pop featuring Charlie XCX went down a place to no.6 with ‘I Love It’. Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith fell one to no.7 with ‘La La La’ and Passenger went down one to no.8 with ‘Let Her Go’. Calvin Harris featuring Ayah Marar climbed six places to no.9 with ‘Thinking Of You’ helping to set a new record of nine top ten hits from one album and the top ten was rounded off by going down two to no.10 with ‘Bang Bang’.

Two climbers and one new entry were to be found in the remainder of the top twenty.  Jay-Z featuring Justin Timberlake climbed up six places to no.11 with ‘Holy Grail’ while Eliza Doolittle went straight in at no.12 with ‘Big When I Was Little’.  The other climber went to Arctic Monkeys who went back up three to no.15 with ‘Do I Wanna Know’.

There were three new entries, three re-entries and two climbers in the lower half of the chart.  Toploader climbed four to no.23 with ‘Dancing In The Moonlight’ while Rudimental featuring Foxes scored a new entry at no.24 with ‘Right Here’.  Disclosure got a new entry at no.28 with ‘F For You’ and Imagine Dragons re-entered at no.30 with ‘It’s Time’.  Imagine Dragons appeared again on the chart at no.32 with ‘Radioactive’ climbing one place while Of Monsters & Men re-entered at no.34 with ‘Little Talks’.  Kanye West re-entered with ‘Black Skinhead’ at no.37 while AlunaGeorge completed the picture with a new entry at no.39 with ‘You Know You Like It’.

New Releases

The Answer – ‘Spectacular’

Although they have yet to really trouble the singles chart, Northern Irish rockers The Answer have enjoyed a good career to date. They supported AC/DC on their Black Ice tour in 2008 / 9 while their last two studio albums ‘Everyday Demons’ and ‘Revival’ reached the top forty.  The band describe the “impact date” for the single as being the 16th September but it is available to download from this week.  Fans purchasing it will also be able to get the acoustic version of ‘Speak Now’. It is the first track to be taken from their forthcoming studio album ‘New Horizon’ which is set for release at the end of September. The band are then off on an extensive European tour which sees them head to the UK during October. It’s unlikely to reach the top forty but fans will be keen to get their first taste of new material ahead of the albums forthcoming release.

Charlene Soraia – ‘Broken’

London based singer songwriter Charlene Soraia achieved top three success back in 2011 with her cover version of The Calling’s ‘Wherever You Will Go’ which followed its use in a commercial for Twinings tea.  She then went on to achieve minor success with her album ‘Moonchild’ which peaked at just no.59.  This week sees the release of her one track download single ‘Broken’ which features on her soon to be released second album. It follows on from her last single ‘Ghost’ which failed to chart, and I fear that this will do the same. She has an eleven date tour planned for October this year which kicks off in Glasgow and concludes in Southsea. While she is undoubtedly a talented artist she looks set to sell more albums than singles, and without the aid of a television commercial to promote it I expect it to struggle in the mainstream charts.

Freemasons featuring Katherine Ellis – ‘Tears’

Dance music duo Freemasons are back this week looking for their first hit as artists since their 2009 collaboration with Sophie Ellis-Bextor on ‘Heartbreak (Make Me A Dancer)’. That was the sixth of their top forty hits although their biggest single remains ‘Uninvited’ which saw them team up with Bailey Tzuke and peaked at no.8. They have been responsible for numerous remixes over the past few years and have most recently worked with Hurts, Depeche Mode, Rizzle Kicks and Adele.  As you would expect this single comes with a variety of new mixes including the Radio Edit, the Club Mix, the Futureretro Club Mix, the Pegasus Club Mix and the Acapella version. They remain one of the few dance acts who can crossover and pick up airplay on the commercial radio stations and as such I expect this to propel them back into the top twenty next Sunday afternoon.

Imagine Dragons – ‘It’s Time’

‘Radioactive’ spent over six months on the chart for Imagine Dragons without ever reaching the top ten, and now they follow it up with their new single ‘It’s Time’.  The track has already reached the top forty once, peaking at no.40 on the week their album ‘Night Visions’ was released. This time around the digital release features three brand new mixes of the track; the Passion Pit Remix, the JailBreaks Remix and the Penguin Prison Remix.  It has already made the top twenty for them in the US and Germany, while it has also reached the top forty in Canada, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. The video to the track has been viewed over 35m times on their Vevo channel so this week will tell us if it can replicate that success in the UK.  It is already inside the top thirty and looks set to climb again this week with the release of these remixes but I still suspect that it will miss out on making the top ten.

Miley Cyrus – ‘We Can’t Stop’

There has been a lot of hype around the new Miley Cyrus single, and as a result it looks set to be a big new entry next weekend. A more adult image was suggested on her last ‘Can’t Be Tamed’ album in 2010 and this single completes that transformation with alleged references to the drug MDMA in the lyrics and a sexy video to boot. She has yet to enjoy a top ten single in the UK despite having peaked at no.11 on three separate occasions but she is pretty much guaranteed to end that record. It has already given her only her second top three hit in the US and has made the top ten in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Norway and even New Zealand where it has made the top spot.  At the time of writing the video has been viewed over 94m times on Miley’s Vevo channel and has truly become a worldwide phenomenon.  Will certainly be top five hit, but can it make the top spot?

Tinie Tempah featuring 2Chainz – ‘Trampoline’

Next month sees Tinie Tempah try to follow up his massive selling ‘Disc-Overy’ album with his new long player ‘Demonstration’. His debut album saw an impressive total of eight top forty hits including ‘Pass Out’ and ‘Written In The Stars’ which both hit the top spot.  As a solo artist he also appeared on Rita Ora’s no.1 hit ‘R.I.P.’ and other top ten hits by JLS, Calvin Harris and Labrinth. This week sees the release of ‘Trampoline’ as the first single to be taken from it.  It features the American rapper 2Chainz who made the top ten earlier this year with  the single ‘We Own It (Fast & Furious)’. The digital format contains the MONSTA Remix and the Shift K3y Remix alongside an instrumental version of the track. This certainly looks to be the closest challenger for the highest new entry next weekend, and Tinie can expect to find himself inside the top five at the very least.

MK1 – ‘Let Go’

MK1 are another group who originally came to prominence on X Factor but are now trying to make it on their own. So far from last years show Jahmene Douglas has released an album without a single while Union J made the top ten with their hit ‘Carry Me Home’. Lucy Spraggan peaked at no.26 with her debut single ‘Lighthouse’ while we have yet to hear from the hotly tipped Ella Henderson and James Arthur hasn’t followed up his million selling winners single ‘Impossible’. They were originally a trio but third member Will Baker left after being advised by the judges that they could only advance as a duo.  The single is released on the Shamazing label and comes with the Skripture Remix and Radio Edits of the main track alongside ‘Footsteps’.  With even runner up Jahmene not releasing a single and Lucy Spraggan missing the top twenty MK1 will have their work cut out to make the top forty.

Primal Scream – ‘Invisible City’

This year saw Primal Scream release their tenth studio album ‘More Light’, but it became the first long player since their self titled 1989 effort to miss the top ten. They have notched up sixteen hits across their career but haven’t been seen inside the top forty singles chart since ‘Dolls (Sweet Rock N Roll)’ in 2006 which was the same year they achieved their biggest ever hit ‘Country Girl’.  They first tasted success in 1990 when ‘Loaded’, a remix of their earlier track ‘I’m Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have’, reached the top twenty.  It featured on their critically acclaimed ‘Screamadelica’ album and launched them to a much wider audience. This week sees the release of ‘Invisible City’ which has its work cut out if it is to secure them a chart return. The digital format also contains the Daniel Avery Kill Light Remix but whether that will enough to see it inside the top forty remains to be seen.

Disclosure – ‘F For You’

Finally this week comes dance act Disclosure and their new single ‘F For You’.  The band have had a great year already with their Sam Smith collaboration ‘Latch’ kicking off their chart run followed by the no.2 hit ‘White Noise’ which featured AlunaGeorge and their recent top ten hit ‘You & Me’ which saw Eliza Doolittle on vocals.  So far this is the fourth single to be taken from their chart topping album ‘Settle’ and the digital format features the TEED Remix. They won critical acclaim for their recent Glastonbury appearance and have really gone from strength to strength during 2013.  This week sees them play live in the US, Sweden, Spain and Norway but they are due to return to the UK to play the Leeds / Reading Festival at the end of the month. This is already inside the top thirty on the strength of download sales from the album version and it should go higher still next Sunday.

Also released this week are ‘Carry Me On’ by Brookes Brothers featuring Chrom3, ‘Thinking About You’ by Calvin Harris featuring Ayah Marar, ‘Building Skyscrapers’ by Colour The Atlas, ‘The Love We Had (Stays On My Mind)’ by Joss Stone, ‘Further Away (Romance Police)’ by Lissie, ‘Fred Astaire’ by Mr Hudson, ‘Lifetime’ by Noah & The Whale, ‘My Story’ by R Kelly featuring 2 Chainz, ‘King City’ by Swim Deep and ‘Not Listening’ by Times Red.

Next week…

The smart money has to be on a debut chart topper for Miley Cyrus but Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais could yet run her close. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Axwell, Bloc Party, Rudimental featuring Foxes and White Lies.  Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

4 August, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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