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Chart Chat Edition 723 – W/C 29.09.13

Chart Chat Edition 723 – Week Commencing Sunday 29th September 2013 


Welcome to edition 723 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, four re-entries, eight climbers, nineteen songs going down and five non movers on this weeks chart. There was no change at the top though as Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz held on for a second week with ‘Talk Dirty’ while Katy Perry also stayed steady at no.2 with ‘Roar’.

OneRepublic went up one place to no.3 with ‘Counting Stars’ and Drake featuring Majid Jordan climbed three to no.4 with ‘Hold On We’re Going Home’.  Avicii got a non mover at no.5 with ‘You Make Me’ while Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert went up three to no.6 with ‘Same Love’.  Ben Pearce climbed six to no.7 with ‘What I Might Do’ and Avicii made a second appearance on the top ten as ‘Wake Me Up’ fell two to no.8.  Jessie J went down six to no.9 with ‘It’s My Party’ and the top ten was concluded by Ellie Goulding who fell two to no.10 with ‘Burn’.

A further two new entries, one re-entry and two climbers in what remained of the top twenty.  Demi Lovato re-entered at no.13 with ‘Skyscraper’ and Sub Focus featuring Kele got a new entry at no.14 with ‘Turn It Around’. Haim got their biggest hit to date as ‘The Wire’ went straight in at no.16 while Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell Williams & T.I. went back up one to no.18 with ‘Blurred Lines’. The other climbed went to Passenger who climbed back up six to no.20 with ‘Let Her Go’.

There were two new entries, three re-entries and two climbers in the lower half of the chart this week. Jessie J went straight in at no.22 with ‘Sexy Lady’ while John Newman climbed back up one to no.27 with ‘Love Me Again’. 2 Chainz featuring Wiz Khalifa re-entered at no.28 with ‘We Own It (Fast & Furious)’ and Justin Timberlake got a re-entry at no.30 with ‘Take Back The Night’. Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams went back up four to no.32 with ‘Get Lucky’ and Robin Thicke featuring Kendrick Lamar scored a new entry at no.34 with ‘Give It 2 Me’. The final re-entry came at no.37 and went to Kings Of Leon with ‘Supersoaker’. 

New Releases

Austin Mahone – ‘What About Love’

First up this week is American singer Austin Mahone who releases his new single ‘What About Love’ in an attempt to score his first UK hit. He first appeared posting YouTube videos in 2010 with music videos following in 2011.  He slowly built a following online and now despite being only seventeen he is set to become a world wide star with some even comparing him to Justin Bieber. The track has made the top 100 in both the US and Canada although he remains biggest in the Ukraine where this became his third top three single. It has also charted in the Netherlands and Belgium. He has already opened for fellow artists Taylor Swift and Bridgit Mendler on their tours and he also appeared on the MTV Artist To Watch tour. The track has been viewed over 40m times on YouTube and I expect it to be able to launch his career in the UK. 

Chase & Status featuring Moko – ‘Count On Me’ 

British dance music duo Chase & Status are set to release their third studio album ‘Brand New Machine’ next month but before then comes another single entitled ‘Count On Me’.  It features Moko and is the follow up to their recent top ten hit ‘Lost & Not Found’ which is also set to feature on the album. Their first single ‘Pieces / Eastern Jam’ was released back in 2008 and saw an early collaboration with Plan B though it only reached no.70. Since then they have enjoyed six top forty hit singles with the biggest being their Liam Bailey collaboration ‘Blind Faith’ which peaked at no.5. Their last album ‘No More Idols’ made no.2 and contained five top forty hits with some critics suggesting the follow up could be even bigger. This single looks to be one of the highest new entries next weekend and could well add a fourth top ten hit to their tally. 

Ebony Day – ‘The Beginning’

Bournemouth born singer Ebony Day releases her new EP this week entitled ‘The Beginning’, and it comes with four new tracks; ‘Brush You Off My Heart’, ‘Crazy Over You’, ‘Rules Were Made To Be Broken’ and ‘Good Thing Gone Wrong’. She performed a showcase of her songs at Under The Bridge in London last month at a show that was headlined by former X Factor contestant Aiden Grimshaw. Earlier this year she became the first ever unsigned winner of MTV’s Brand New Artist of 2013 where she controversially defeated Gabrielle Aplin and Kodaline who had both achieved chart hits.  So now the pressure is on Ebony to deliver a chart hit, but I’m not sure that this will see her inside the top forty. She undoubtedly has talent and should have a future in the industry but I feel her album (once released) may secure her more success than standalone singles.

Lucy Spraggan – ‘Last Night (Beer Fear)’

Last year saw Lucy Spraggan audition for X Factor with an original song entitled ‘Last Night (Beer Fear)’.  It was truly original and shortly after her appearance it entered the top three on iTunes before being withdrawn from sale three days into the week due to contractual issues with the X Factor show.  It still sold enough for it to be ranked no.11 at the end of the weeks sales and now this week sees the track get a full release. It follows up her first commercial single ‘Lighthouse’ which peaked at no.26 earlier this year and will feature on her new album ‘Join The Club’.  That will actually be her second long player as her debut ‘Top Room At The Zoo’ was released on an independent label back in 2011, but it charted when interest in her increased following her appearance on the TV show.  This will be a big hit for her, but perhaps not as big as it would have been a year ago.

Maxsta featuring Little Nikki – ‘Wanna Go’

Maxsta teams up with Little Nikki on his new single ‘Wanna Go’, a track which samples the Inner City hit ‘Good Life’. The digital format comes with three mixes including the Show & Prove Trap Mix. Maxsta first appeared on the music scene back in 2009 when he released ‘East London Is Back’, a track which saw him pick up airplay on Radio 1xtra.  That paved the way for his 2010 mixtape ‘The Maxsta’ which a year later he signed to Just Jam Records, a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment.  He went on to feature in an advert for Google Chrome and the Adidas We Are London campaign before releasing his debut single ‘I Wanna Rock’ last year.  It peaked at no.67 but gained widespread exposure including being named as Nick Grimshaw’s Record Of The Week.  There is every indication that this could yet be even bigger and should certainly give him a debut top forty appearance. 

Nelly featuring Nicki Minaj & Pharrell – ‘Get Like Me’

It’s been thirteen years since Nelly made his debut on the UK charts with ‘Country Grammar (Hot S***)’ and this week sees him return with a little help from Nicki Minaj and Pharrell on his new single ‘Get Like Me’.  He has topped the charts three times, firstly with ‘Dilemma’ in 2002 and then ‘Flap Your Wings / My Place’ and ‘Over And Over’ in 2004.  He saw his ‘Hey Porsche’ single peak at no.6 earlier this year and that will feature on his new album ‘M.O.’ alongside this single. The accompanying music video was uploaded to his Vevo channel back in August and has received almost 1.5m views since. It was directed by Colin Tilley who has also working with Chris Brown, Mary J Blige, Jason Derulo and 50 Cent among others.  The combination of three such big stars is bound to result in a massive hit and this could well make the top ten next weekend. 

The Other Tribe – ‘My Girl’

Bristol based six piece The Other Tribe were once described as “an Indie band you can dance to” by Guardian critic Paul Lester with comparisons drawn to the likes of The Shamen and Meat Beat Manifesto. They are back in action with their new single ‘My Girl’ this week and the digital format contains three versions; the Radio Edit, the Extended Mix and the Dub Mix. The accompanying music video was uploaded to their Vevo channel last month and has been seen over 100k times since. The band are about to undertake a five date tour of the UK, concluding at the Deaf Institute in Manchester on 11th October. Fans who sign up to receive the bands newsletter will be able to receive a free download of their track ‘We Should Be Dancing’. They have yet to enjoy any top forty success but that could be set to change with the release of this latest single. 

Basement Jaxx – ‘What A Difference Your Love Makes’

Basement Jaxx return this week with their new single ‘What A Difference Your Love Makes’ which features a contribution from Sam Brooks on vocal duties. The digital format features new track ‘Mermaid Of Salinas’ along with three new mixes; the Miguel Campbell Remix, the Huxley Remix and the Extended Mix. The video was released on their Vevo channel back in August and has received almost 450k views since. Their first hit came all the way back in 1997 with ‘Fly Life’ but it has been four years since they last appeared on the chart with ‘Raindrops’. They have notched up seventeen top forty hits across their career with their biggest being ‘Rendez-Vu’ in 1999.  Their ‘Singles’ compilation saw them top the charts in 2005 while their first five studio albums all reached the top forty. It’s good to have them back and it would be great to see them back inside the top forty. 

Dizzee Rascal featuring – ‘Something Really Bad’

The final artist under review this week is the rapper Dizzee Rascal who teams up with on his new single ‘Something Really Bad’. It’s the second single to be taken from his new album ‘The Fifth’ which is also released this week. The album sees him collaborate with a variety of artists including Jessie J, Angel, Tinie Tempah, Sean Kingston and Calvin Harris.  The album’s lead single was ‘Goin’ Crazy’ which saw Dizzee collaborate with Robbie Williams and it peaked at no.5 earlier this year. He has sixteen top forty hits to his name including four no.1 singles while he also appeared on chart topping hits by the charity ensembles Band Aid 20 and Shout For England.  This is designed as a promotional single and with the album hitting stores this week I wouldn’t necessarily expect to find this inside the top ten next weekend. 

Also released this week are ‘ATM JAM’ by Azealia Banks featuring Pharrell, ‘Time To Save Your Love’ by Brian McFadden, ‘LA Calling’ by Crystal Fighters, ‘Broken’ by Daley, ‘Last Forever’ by Fenech-Soler, ‘Azonto’ by Fuse ODG, ‘After All’ by Michael Buble featuring Bryan Adams, ‘Love Is A Borgeois Construct’ by Pet Shop Boys, ‘Cut Me Up’ by Stanton Warriors, ‘Changing Of The Seasons’ by Two Door Cinema Club, ‘Can We Dance’ by The Vamps and ‘Your Body Is A Weapon’ by The Wombats.

Next Week…

While Chase & Status are likely to be the weeks highest new entry my money is on Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz to spend a third week at the top although Katy Perry is still selling well enough to put in a challenge. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Big Sean, Conor Maynard, James Blunt and John Newman.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson


29 September, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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