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Chart Chat Edition 718 – W/C 25.08.13


Chart Chat Edition 718 – Week Commencing Sunday 25th August 2013 

Introduction

Welcome to edition 718 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, five climbers, twenty seven songs going down and three non movers on this weeks chart.  There was no change in the battle at the top with Ellie Goulding holding on for a second week at the top with ‘Burn’ while Avicii was also a non mover at no.2 with ‘Wake Me Up’. 

Klangkarussell featuring Will Heard went straight in at no.3 with ‘Sonnentanz (The Sun Don’t Shine)’ and DJ Fresh vs Diplo featuring Dominique Young Unique got a new entry at no.4 with ‘Earthquake’. Lana Del Rey vs Cedric Gervais fell one to no.5 with ‘Summertime Sadness’ while Miley Cyrus went down three to no.6 with ‘We Can’t Stop’. Sean Paul went straight in at no.7 with ‘Other Side Of Love’ and Naughty Boy featuring Emeli Sande got a new entry at no.8 with ‘Lifted’. Lady Gaga fell four to no.9 with ‘Applause’ while Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell & T.I. went concluded the top ten by going down three to no.10 with ‘Blurred Lines’.

Three further climbers and one new entry were to be found in what remained of the top twenty. Drake featuring Majid Jordan climbed four to no.11 with ‘Hold On We’re Going Home’ and One Direction went back up two to no.12 with ‘Best Song Ever’. Matt Cardle & Melanie C got a new entry at no.14 with ‘Loving You’ and OneRepublic rounded off the top twenty climbing ten places to no.20 with ‘Counting Stars’.

There were no new entries and just two climbers in the lower half of the chart.  Le Youth was the first of those climbers going up two places to no.26 with ‘C O O L’ and the other went to Jessie J featuring Big Sean & Dizzee Rascal who went back up two to no.38 with ‘Wild’. 

New Releases

Shane Filan – ‘Everything To Me’

The career of a solo artist who has broken free from a band can often be short lived. In the UK Brian McFadden hit the top spot with ‘Real To Me’ following his departure from Westlife, and quickly followed this up with two other top ten hits. However nothing from the following three albums has charted in the UK although he did top the charts in Australia with ‘Just Say So’. Now comes fellow Westlife member Shane Filan who kicks off his career with the single ‘Everything To Me’. He was declared bankrupt last year following the failure of his property business, and so will be glad to get back to music again.  It is released digitally and on CD with the bonus tracks being ‘Everytime’, ‘Once’ and ‘Todays Not Yesterday’. Westlife fans will be curious to hear his output but I’m not sure that he will be able to add another no.1 hit to the fourteen that he enjoyed with the band.

The 1975 – ‘Sex’

While The 1975 had a big hit with ‘Chocolate’ the follow up ‘The City’ came and went quickly although it did still reach no.30. This week sees them reissue their debut single ‘Sex’, a track which was championed by Zane Lowe on its release last November. On that occasion it failed to chart although it did make no.35 on the US Alternative chart.  It features on the bands debut album which is available from next week and the digital release features four other tracks; the George Daniel mix of ‘Head.Cars.Bending’, the Dream Koala mix of ‘Is The Somebody Who Can Watch You’ and acoustic versions of both ‘Chocolate’ and ‘Sex’. They have supported both Muse and Rolling Stones but they are carving out a career in their own right.  I think this will make the top forty, but we can also expect to see their album inside the top ten come September time. 

A3 – ‘Feel The Light (Endless Sunset)’

‘Feel The Light (Endless Sunset)’ is the brand new single from A3, and it comes with a message.  The vision held by A3 is about “paying it forward” which centres around the idea of “bringing together acts of kindness that touch the heart and soul in places that have been lost or forgotten”. The A3 website offers fans their own chance to “pay it forward” by e-mailing a friend via the site. Alongside a single track download there is a digital EP containing a variety of new mixes including the Radio Edit, the Peak Time Players Remix, the One Foot In The Groove Club Mix, the One Foot In The Groove Gettin Deep Mix and the Radio Edit Instrumental. If A3 is to truly spread his message then this really needs to become a hit next weekend. Airplay has been relatively sparse so far, but this could yet find its way into the lower reaches of the top forty next weekend. 

Bastille – ‘Things We Lost In The Fire’

Next up this week are Bastille who had one of the biggest singles of the year so far in their no.2 hit ‘Pompeii’ but the follow up ‘Laura Palmer’ failed to make the top forty.  That won’t bother the band too much as their Glastonbury appearance and no.1 album ‘Bad Blood’ have ensured that 2013 will be a year for them to remember. They played the Leeds / Reading festival last weekend and are now heading off for a tour of the US and Canada. Now comes the release of ‘Things We Lost In The Fire’ as the sixth single to be taken from the album. It comes as part of a digital EP which also features a live version of ‘Icarus’ alongside both the Torn and Tyde remixes of the main track and a copy of the video which accompanies the track.  This has been slowly climbing outside the top forty but I fear it may suffer the same fate as ‘Laura Palmer’ which stalled at no.42. 

Curtis Moore featuring Scorcher – ‘Lipstick’

It’s credit to British r’n’b singer Curtis Moore that he is still going.  He originally appeared on the 2009 series of X Factor where his rude retort to Simon Cowell during the auditions saw him hit the headlines for the wrong reasons.  Now four years further on and we find that he has matured into a credible artist and has already appeared on the BBC 1Xtra Introducing feature.  He managed to hit the top twenty on the Commercial Club Chart with his debut single ‘Number 1 Girl’ and this week sees the release of his new track ‘Lipstick’.  The singles features Scorcher and comes with five new mixes of the track; the Sunshine Radio Mix, the Da Beat Freaks Original Mix, the Cutmore Radio Mix, the Andi Durrant Club Mix and the Q-Block Radio Mix. He has received airplay and backing from radio stations such as Capital so he could well find himself with a debut mainstream hit on his hands. 

Kodaline – ‘Brand New Day’

It has already been a good year in 2013 for the band Kodaline who have seen their album ‘In A Perfect World’ reach the top three while singles ‘High Hopes’ and ‘Love Like This’ both made the top thirty. They have performed even better in their native Ireland where they have enjoyed a no.1 single and album. Now they are set release ‘Brand New Day’ as their latest single, and the digital format includes acoustic versions of ‘Perfect World’ and ‘Brand New Day’ alongside ‘Gabriel’ and the Radio Mix of the main track.  Along with so many other artists releasing singles this week they have just appeared at the Leeds / Reading festival and have just announced a headlining tour of the UK scheduled for November. This should serve to maintain their consistent chart performance although I don’t see it challenging to become their first ever top ten hit. 

Mausi – ‘Move’

Finally up this week are Newcastle based four piece Mausi who are releasing their brand new single ‘Move’. It comes released digitally and contains three new mixes; the Original Mix, the Friend Within Remix and the Armeria Remix.  They won critical acclaim for their appearances at the Lovebox, Wireless and Leeds / Reading Festivals earlier this Summer while this week sees them at the Lodestar Festival in Cambridge before they make a headlining appearance at the Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen next Tuesday.  Fans of the band can now see a version online of the track ‘Somewhere’ which was recorded at Maida Vale studios and an interview with them can also be uncovered on their Vevo channel. They are slowly but surely growing their fanbase but unfortunately I don’t really forsee them reaching the top forty with this track next weekend. 

Nina Nesbitt – ‘Don’t Stop’

Nina Nesbitt entered the top forty for the first time earlier this year when ‘Stay Out’ peaked at no.21 but the follow up ‘Way Of The World’ fell short of the top forty and only made no.55.  Now comes her cover of the Fleetwood Mac classic ‘Don’t Stop’ which features in the current TV advertisement for John Lewis Home Insurance. The original version featured on the hugely successful ‘Rumours’ but only peaked at no.32 on the UK singles chart. She is due to play live this week at Jersey Live and the Electric Picnic Festival in Dublin.  She then has a eleven date headlining tour of the UK during October.  Previous singles released in conjunction with John Lewis advertisements have including Gabrielle Aplin’s chart topping cover of ‘The Power Of Love’ and Slow Moving Millie’s version of ‘Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want’

Rizzle Kicks – Lost Generation

Finally up this week are Rizzle Kicks with their new single ‘Lost Generation’. They appeared on Olly Murs no.1 single ‘Heart Skips A Beat’ and enjoyed three top ten hits in their own right including the no.2 hit ‘Mama Do The Hump’ which was produced by the legendary Norman Cook.  Their debut album ‘Stereo Typical’ did well to reach the top five and they have the follow up album ‘Roaring 20s’ ready to go. This single was premiered on Radio 1xtra back on the 10th July and comes accompanied with a video which was made as a result of a competition held with their fans. While it is the first official track to come from the album another one entitled ‘That’s Classic’ was a released as a taster back in June.  This looks set to be one of the highest new entries inside the top ten next weekend although I’m not sure it can quite put a challenge in for the top spot. 

Also released this week are ‘The Thing’ by Atumpan, ‘Bend And Break’ by Basto vs Keane, ‘Without The Pain’ by Be Like Pablo, ‘No Strings’ by Chloe Howl, ‘Party Hard’ by Donae’o, ‘Face Like A Skull’ by Drenge, ‘Third Man’ by Duckworth Lewis Method, ‘Amor’ by Emin, ‘Never Say Goodbye’ by Hardwell & Dyro featuring Bright Lights, ‘Made To Love’ by John Legend, ‘Adorn’ by Miguel featuring Jessie Ware, ‘Right Place Right Time’ by Olly Murs, ‘See Right Through’ by Tensnake, ‘Flying’ by Wiley and ‘Doing Ok’ by Wretch 32 featuring Jacob Banks.

Next week…

I’m not sure that any of this weeks new releases can put a serious challenge in against Ellie Goulding so I am backing her to stay top for a third week in a row with ‘Burn’. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Editors, Gabriella Cilmi, Goldfrapp and Pet Shop Boys.

 

Ian Anderson

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25 August, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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