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Chart Chat Edition 719 – W/C 01.09.13

Chart Chat Edition 719 – Week Commencing Sunday 1st September 2013 


Welcome to edition 719 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, one re-entry, eleven climbers, seventeen songs going down and six non movers on this weeks chart.  There was no change at the top as Ellie Goulding spent a third week there with ‘Burn’ while Avicii had to once again settle for the runners up spot as ‘Wake Me Up’ was a non mover at no.2. 

Klangkarussell featuring Will Heard were a non mover at no.3 with ‘Sonnentanz (The Sun Don’t Shine)’ while Lana Del Rey vs Cedric Gervais went up one to no.4 with ‘Summertime Sadness’. Miley Cyrus climbed up one place to no.5 with ‘We Can’t Stop’ and Rizzle Kicks got a new entry at no.6 with ‘Lost Generation’. Lady Gaga went back up two to no.7 with ‘Applause’ and DJ Fresh vs Diplo featuring Dominique Young Unique fell four to no.8 with ‘Earthquake’. Drake featuring Majid Jordan climbed two to no.9 with ‘Hold On We’re Going Home’ and Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell & T.I. spent a fourteenth week in the top ten with ‘Blurred Lines’ becoming a non mover at no.10.

One new entry and two climbers were to be found in the remainder of the top twenty.  Shane Filan went straight in at no.14 with ‘Everything To Me’ while OneRepublic climbed three to no.17 with ‘Counting Stars’. Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith completed the picture as ‘La La La’ went up one to no.18.

There were three new entries, one re-entry and five climbers in the lower half of the chart.  Passenger went back up one to no.22 with ‘Let Her Go’ and Justin Timberlake climbed five places to no.24 with ‘Take Back The Night’.  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert got a new entry at no.25 with ‘Same Love’ while Olly Murs went back up two to no.29 with ‘Dear Darlin”. Imagine Dragons climbed back up three to no.31 with ‘It’s Time’ and The 1975 got a new entry at no.34 with ‘Sex’.  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis went up two to no.35 with ‘Can’t Hold Us’ while Bastille went straight in at no.39 with ‘Things We Lost In The Fire’.  The only re-entry came at no.40 and went to Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx with ‘Gold Digger’.

Notable movers outside the top forty included Eminem who re-entered at no.42 with ‘Lose Myself’ while Snow Patrol climbed thirteen places to no.47 with ‘Chasing Cars’.  Florence & The Machine re-entered with her version of ‘You Got The Love’ at no.57 while ‘Listen’ from Beyonce returned at no.66.  R Kelly was back with ‘Ignition (Remix)’ at no.72 while Weebl, Brian May and Brian Blessed got a new entry at no.79 with their 71 second ditty ‘Save The Badger Badger Badger’.  Eagle Eye Cherry re-entered at no.81 with ‘Save Tonight’ but Robin Thicke got a new entry at no.86 with ‘Give It 2 U’ which is due for an official release later in the year. 

New Releases

Katy Perry – ‘Roar’

While Lady Gaga rush released ‘Applause’ after it leaked onto the internet, Katy Perry has firmly delayed the official release of ‘Roar’ to maximise first week sales. It’s a policy which I am convinced will work as this looks set to give her a fourth no.1 hit in the UK and comes five years after she first appeared on the chart with ‘I Kissed A Girl’.  It is the first single to come from her new album ‘Prism’ which is currently scheduled for release during October. Aside from the chart toppers she has eleven other hits to her name including collaborations with Timbaland and 3OH!3.  Many journalists are describing this as a more mature sound, and while it does show a progression from her earlier singles it is really just a good pop single. I can’t see any of the other new releases this week preventing this making its debut at the top of the charts next Sunday. 

Gabriela Cilmi – ‘The Sting’

Australian singer / songwriter Gabriela Cilmi is perhaps best known for her hit ‘Sweet About Me’ which topped the charts in Australia, Netherlands and Norway back in 2008 while also making at no.6 in the UK.  More recently she had a top ten hit with ‘On A Mission’ and now in 2013 she is about to release her third studio album entitled ‘The Sting’. The album marks a new direction for the singer having broken off her relationship with Island Records who wanted her to have a sexy image while recording more electronic based music.  She is now on the Sweetness Tunes label and releases the title track from the album as a single this week. The accompanying music video shows off her new image, complete with short hair, and it has been viewed over 50k times since being uploaded to her Vevo channel.  It will be good to see her back in the charts next weekend.

Neon Jungle – ‘Trouble’

Next up under review are the female four piece Neon Jungle who release their new single ‘Trouble’ this week on the Sony label. The digital format is released with four new mixes of the track; the Fear Of Tigers Remix, the Monsieur Adi Remix, the Patrick Hagenaar Remix and the Sharoque Mix. The video has already been viewed over 500k times since its original upload to YouTube back in mid July.  The track was written by Ben Berry and Anita Blay with some suggesting it bears a resemblence to Icona Pop’s hit ‘I Love It’ but in reality the similarity is minimal. Music and gossip website Pop Justice haven’t been shy in backing them for big things while the major label backing should ensure them plenty of airplay. Their timing is impeccable to get in ahead of any X Factor bands and they should secure themselves a debut top ten hit with this single. 

Editors – ‘Formaldehyde’

Next up are Editors who saw their most recent album ‘The Weight Of Your Love’ become their fourth to reach the top ten even if it failed to match the no.1 status of its two predecessors.  They have enjoyed ten top forty hit singles with ‘Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors’ remaining their biggest hit, peaking at no.7 back in 2007.  This week sees the release of ‘Formaldehyde’ as the second single to be taken from the album and it comes with an acoustic version of ‘A Ton Of Love’ as the b side. The video was directed by Ben Wheatley who has worked on films such as Sightseers, Kill List and A Field In England.  They also played the Leeds / Reading festival last weekend and are now heading out to Europe to play a series of concerts there over the next three months.  Fans will already own this on the album and so I’m not sure it can sell in the kind of volumes needed to make the top forty.

Pet Shop Boys – ‘Love Is A Bourgeois Construct’

The Pet Shop Boys are already have a great year which has seen them return to the top three with their recent album ‘Electric’.  You would have to go back twenty years to ‘Very’ to find their last appearance there. This week sees them release the track ‘Love Is A Bourgeois Construct’ as the follow up to their last single ‘Electric’. According to the band’s website the track was musically inspired by Michael Nyman’s ‘Chasing Sheep Is Best Left To Shepherds’. Sadly they have been absent from the top forty singles chart for four years now, and even the release of this single on a CD format (with a 12″ version due too) may not be enough to secure them a return.  Their last hit came with the single ‘Did You See Me Coming’ which peaked at no.21. The formats of this new single contain the bonus tracks ‘Entschuldigung’ and ‘Get It Online’ so fans will be keen to snap up a copy.

London Grammar – ‘Strong’

‘Wasting My Young Years’ gave the critically acclaimed English art rock trio London Grammar a debut top forty hit when it peaked at no.31 earlier this year.  Now comes the follow up ‘Strong’ which is another track that is set to feature on their debut album ‘If You Wait’ which is released next week.  The digital format contains the new track ‘Feelings’ and four new mixes of the track; the Edit, the High Contrast Remix, the Hackman Remix and the Fracture Remix.  Singer Hannah Reid has been singled out for particular praise by the music press for her distinctive vocals, but the musical element to the band should not be underestimated. The accompanying video to the track has already been viewed over 250k times and it looks set to provide them with another hit. The band are about to head to the US but will return to the UK in October for their very own headlining tour.

Frightened Rabbit – ‘The Woodpile’

Scottish indie band Frightened Rabbit are perhaps one of the surprise packages of this year with their album ‘Pedestrian Verse’ giving them their first top ten outing at their fourth attempt and after ten years together.  It’s predecessor ‘The Winter Of Mixed Drinks’ had only made no.61 in the UK but did break the US top 100 for them peaking at no.84.  This week sees them release a brand new EP entitled ‘The Woodpile’. Alongside the title track comes three other new tracks; ‘Default Blues’, ‘Radio Silence’ and ‘Candlelit’. They have yet to enjoy any top forty success on the singles chart, and I suspect that this release will do little to change that with fans of the band already owning the lead track as part of the album. They are another band who is heading off to the US but they do have some UK based concerts booked in for the month of November. 

Jutty Ranx – ‘I See You’

Jutty Ranx are a relatively unknown American electronic dance music band who finally release their debut single ‘I See You’ in the UK this week on the BestBoy Music label  The track has already been a hit around Europe, most notably in Italy where it peaked at no.3 and was certified platinum. It has also been a minor hit in other countries including the Czech Republic, France, Switzerland and Belgium. The digital release of the track comes with four brand new mixes; the Oliver Nelson Extended Vocal Remix, the Bit Funk Remix, the Tobtok Remix and the Milk & Sugar Radio Edit. It’s taken from their self titled debut album which is being released across Europe during the Summer. The video which accompanies the track has been viewed over 6.7m times on YouTube and it looks set to find itself inside the UK top forty next weekend. 

Goodie Mob featuring Janelle Monae – ‘Special Education’

‘Special Education’ is the brand new single by the critically acclaimed Atlanta based hip hop group Goodie Mob and it features a guest appearance by Janelle Monae.  It is released just a day ahead of their new album ‘Age Against The Machine’ and comes in both clean and explicit versions.  The groups most famous member is undoubtedly Cee-lo Green who has latterly achieved success as a solo artist and with Gnarls Barkley. The band released their first album ‘Soul Food’ back in 1995 but have not put out any new material since their fourth album ‘One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show’ came out in 2004. The band have been on speaking terms since 2006 but this album has been in the making since 2007.  I suspect that this will get a bigger reaction in the States than over here but I don’t rule out seeing this inside the mainstream top forty in the UK. 

LZ7 – ‘Give Out The Love’

The final artists under review this week are Manchester based rap and dance act LZ7 who are back with their new single ‘Give Out The Love’.  They are well known for their Christian beliefs and were formed in 2005 by Lindz West who was formerly in The Tribe.  They enjoyed their first hit ‘This Little Light’ in 2010 but enjoyed their best chart placing in 2012 when their Matt Redman collaboration ‘Twenty Seven Million’ peaked at no.12. Their latest single is available as a one track download and looks set to appear on their up and coming fourth studio album ‘#Aftershow’ although a date has yet to be confirmed for its release. The title track was released as a taster single and the video received over 30k views on YouTube.  They have a tremendous fanbase and must believe that this will give them a third top forty hit on Sunday afternoon. 

Also released this week are ‘Break My Heart’ by Blue, ‘Dance Apocolyptic’ by Janelle Monae, ‘Come Walk With Me’ by M.I.A., ‘Just Don’t Open Your Eyes Yet’ by Polarsets and ‘Right Here (Remixes)’ by Rudimental featuring Foxes. 

Next week…

My money is on Katy Perry to go straight in at the top with her new single ‘Roar’, and I don’t see any other contenders strong enough to stop her. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Alex Gaudino featuring Nicole Scherzinger, Coldplay, Example and Manic Street Preachers.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

1 September, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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