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Chart Chat Edition 716 – W/C 11.08.13

Chart Chat Edition 716 – Week Commencing Sunday 11th August 2013 


Welcome to edition 716 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 five new entries, seven climbers, twenty six songs going down and two non movers on this weeks chart.

Despite never having reached the top ten before Miley Cyrus put in an impressive performance to go straight in at no.1 with her new single ‘We Can’t Stop’ while Avicii had to settle for the runners up spot as ‘Wake Me Up’ fell one to no.2 this week.

Tinie Tempah featuring 2 Chainz went straight in at no.3 with ‘Trampoline’ while Lana Del Rey vs Cedric Gervais held steady at no.4 with ‘Summertime Sadness’. Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell Williams & T.I. went down two to no.5 with ‘Blurred Lines’ and John Newman fell four to no.6 with ‘Love Me Again’. Jay-Z featuring Justin Timberlake went up four to no.7 with ‘Holy Grail’ and Calvin Harris featuring Ayah Marar climbed one to no.8 with ‘Thinking About You’. One Direction fell four to no.9 with ‘Best Song Ever’ and the top ten was rounded off by Icona Pop featuring Charlie XCX who went down four to no.10 with ‘I Love It’.

Four climbers were to be found in what remained of the top twenty.  Rudimental featuring Foxes climbed to no.14 with ‘Right Here’ and P!nk featuring Lily Allen went back up one to no.17 with ‘True Love’.  Of Monsters & Men climbed fifteen places to no.19 with ‘Little Talks’ and Disclosure went up eight to no.20 with ‘F For You’.

There were three new entries and one climber in the lower half of the chart.  Imagine Dragons climbed seven places to no.23 with ‘It’s Time’ while Justin Timberlake scored a new entry at no.29 with ‘Take Back The Night’.  Kings Of Leon went straight in at no.31 with ‘Wait For Me’ and Le Youth got a new entry at no.35 with ‘C O O L’.

New Releases

Axwell – ‘Center Of The Universe’

We have recently seen fellow Swedish House Mafia member Sebastian Ingrosso reach the top ten with his single ‘Reload’ and now its the turn of Axwell to take centre stage with his new single ‘Center Of The Universe’. The digital release contains four different mixes of the track; the Radio Edit, the Extended Mix, the Remode Edit and the Remode. Axwell originally charted back in 2005 with ‘Feel The Vibe (Till The Morning Comes)’ though his biggest hit came two years later with ‘I Found You’ which peaked at no.6. He also achieved success as Supermode where a remixed version of Bronski Beat’s ‘Smalltown Boy’ (entitled ‘Tell Me Why’) reached no.13. His biggest success came as part of Swedish House Mafia who achieved five top ten hits including the chart topping ‘Don’t You Worry Child’.  This should do well for him but is unlikely to replicate his success as part of a group.

Lulu James – ‘Step By Step’

Twenty one year old singer Lulu James releases her brand new single ‘Step By Step’ this week.  She hails from South Shields in the North East of England, home to fellow singers X Factor winner Joe McElderry and Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos. The digital format contains four new mixes; the Radio Edit, the Dvwlx Remix, the Squarehead Remix and the Walter Ego Remix. Fans keen to hear more material by Lulu can sign up to her website and receive a free acoustic version of her earlier single ‘Be Safe’. This week sees her appear at the Beacon Festival in Skipton, and is then pencilled in to perform at Bestival in the Isle Of Wight and the Electric Picnic in Ireland over the next month . She is a developing talent who may not challenge for the top forty on this occasion but is slowly building towards the release of her debut album which may come early next year.

Public Service Broadcasting – ‘Theme From PSB’

Next up is ‘Theme From PSB’ which is the new single from London based duo Public Service Broadcasting. It’s taken from their album ‘Inform Educate Entertain’ and is released digitally this week.  The single contains a live version of ‘Everest’ recorded at Village Underground along with four new mixes; the Single Version, the D/R/U/G/S Remix, the Fold’s Technicolour Remix and the Radio Edit. They are continuing to play gigs around the UK with this week seeing them take in Leamington Spa, Reading and the Green Man Festival in Wales. They are also due to undertake a more comprehensive UK tour during November. They have received a reasonable amount of critical acclaim having twice won the BBC Radio 6 Rebel Playlist but have not been able to turn that into commercial success.  As such I expect this to fall short of the top forty next Sunday afternoon.

Ray Foxx featuring Rachel K Collier – ‘Boom Boom (Heartbeat)’

London based DJ and producer Ray Foxx teams up with Rachel K Collier on his new single ‘Boom Boom (Heartbeat)’ which is released on the Strictly Rhythm Records label this week. Rachel is perhaps best known for her work with Wookie on his single ‘2 Us’ which picked up airplay on both Radio 1 and 1Xtra while Ray achieved minor success with his 2011 track ‘The Trumpeter’ which was described by DJ Target as being his Summer anthem. The digital format of the single contains four new mixes; the Radio Edit, the L Plus Vocal Mix, the Crazibiza Poolside Radio Edit, the Taiki & Nulight Remix and the Rivaz Remix. The accompanying video to the track was uploaded early in July and has been viewed over 100k times since. This looks set to be a big hit on the dance chart but the challenge will be for it to crossover to the mainstream chart at the weekend.

The Vaccines – ‘Melody Calling EP’

The Vaccines are back this week with a new EP entitled ‘Melody Calling’.  Following on from their second album ‘Come Of Age’ the EP contains four tracks; ‘Melody Calling’, ‘Do You Want A Man’, ‘Everybody’s Gonna Let You Down’ and the John Hill & Rich Costey remix of ‘Do You Want A Man’. To date they have notched up four top forty hits with ‘Post Break-Up Sex’ remaining their biggest, peaking at no.32.  They have been much more successful on the album chart where their debut ‘What Did You Expect From The Vaccines’ made the top five and ‘Come Of Age’ reached the no.1 spot. The band are appearing at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh and the Vital Festival in Belfast before rounding off the week at the V Festival. This should secure them a fifth top forty hit, and I think it could well see them inside the top thirty for the very first time.

The Wanted – ‘We Own The Night’

British / Irish boy band The Wanted are due to release their third studio album ‘Word Of Mouth’ on the 16th September and this week sees the release of ‘We Own The Night’ as the fourth official single from it. While each of the three singles released from the album so far have gone on to make the top five, none have yet to match the chart topping form achieved by earlier singles ‘All Time Low’ and ‘Glad You Came’.  The band are currently in the process of playing a series of gigs Stateside but hope to make some appearances in the UK soon in support of their new album. They have achieved ten top forty hits in their career so far which is two more than their arch rivals One Direction although they are one behind on the count of no.1 hits. I have no doubt that this will add another hit to their tally but I think that it will struggle to make it all the way to the top.

Ellie Goulding – ‘Burn’

Despite the impressive no.2 success of her recent ‘Halcyon’ album it is being reissued and repackaged as ‘Halcyon Days’ at the end of the month.  As well as featuring some brand new tracks it contains her top five collaboration with Calvin Harris ‘I Need Your Love’ and also her new single ‘Burn’. The single has been selling well already thanks to the release of the Alienator Remix a couple of weeks back but the radio friendly version which is out this week should serve to boost sales still further.  She has enjoyed seven top forty hits so far with three of those going on to make the top ten.  The biggest of those singles was her cover of Elton John’s ‘Your Song’ which peaked at no.2 following its use in a TV advert. This will be the fifth single to come from the repackaged version of her album and it looks like it could be challenging for the top spot next Sunday afternoon.

Marc Anthony – ‘Vivir Mi Vida’

For those of you who are not currently familiar with the name, Marc is a multi talented actor, producer and singer songwriter who can boast album sales of more than 12 million worldwide. He appeared as a singer in Al Pacino’s 1993 film Carlito’s Way and was a guest judge on  the American series of X Factor. This single has topped the Latin Charts in the US while also reaching the top 100 on the main Billboard Chart and the top five in Spain. This track began life as ‘C’est La Vie’ by Algerian singer Khaled but was covered in a Salsa style by Marc and features on his current studio album ‘3.0’. Artists such as Gloria Estefan have proved that it is possible to have a hit without singing in English but I am yet to be convinced that it can crossover onto the mainstream charts. As such I expect this to be missing out on the top forty next weekend.

dBridge – ‘Move Way’

Finally under review this week comes ‘Move Way’, the single which sees dBridge team up with Skeptical.  It is released on the Belgian record label R&S with both the 12″ vinyl format and the digital download featuring the bonus tracks ‘Death Of A Drum Machine’ and ‘Plain To See’. It marks his first release of 2013 and has been available to stream on the internet ahead of its full release. dBridge is perhaps best known for his work in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s with Bad Company, though he is also a drum and bass producer in his own right.   I expect this to be a big hit on the dance chart but may well miss out on commercial success with its full running time of six minutes likely to be unappealing to daytime radio producers.  That said I do like this track and would be delighted to be proven wrong about its degree of chart success.

Also released this week are ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High’ by Arctic Monkeys, ‘The Nextwave Sessions’ by Bloc Party, ‘Do You Know Me Now’ by David Sylvian, ‘Breaking Down / Superstar’ by The Establishment, ‘Kids’ by Mikky Ekko, ‘Thinking Of You’ by MS MR, ‘Detroit City’ by Texas and ‘There Goes Our Love’ by White Lies.

Next week…

I think Miley’s days at the top may be numbered and Ellie Goulding should score a debut chart topper with ‘Burn’ although Avicii shouldn’t be discounted as he continues to sell well. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Beady Eye, David Bowie, Sean Paul and Travis.  Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

11 August, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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