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Chart Chat Edition 724 – W/C 06.10.13

Chart Chat Edition 724 – Week Commencing Sunday 6th October 2013 


Welcome to edition 724 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 seven new entries, two re-entries, six climbers, twenty five songs going down but no non movers on this weeks chart. (to no.3)  The Vamps were in the lead all week but fell at the last hurdle as OneRepublic took over at the top with ‘Counting Stars’.  It’s taken ten weeks to get there which is quite a while with the charts as they are now.  However The Vamps can still be proud of going straight in at no.2 with their debut single ‘Can We Dance’.

Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz fell two places to no.3 with last weeks no.1 ‘Talk Dirty’ and Katy Perry also went down two to no.4 with ‘Roar’. Chase & Status featuring Moko went straight in at no.5 with ‘Count On Me’ and Avicii fell one to no.6 with ‘You Make Me’. Demi Lovato climbed six places to no.7 with ‘Skyscraper’ and Drake featuring Majid Jordan fell four to no.8 with ‘Hold On We’re Going Home’. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert went down three to no.9 with ‘Same Love’ while Dizzee Rascal featuring rounded off the top ten with ‘Something Really Bad’ going straight in at no.10.

There was another new entry and two re-entries in what remained of the top twenty. Jason Mraz re-entered at no.14 with ‘I Won’t Give Up’ spending a sixty eighth week on the chart while Lucy Spraggan returned at no.18 with ‘Last Night (Beer Fear)’ which had previously charted last year but was withdrawn from sale following her appearance on the X Factor.  The new entry came at no.19 and went to Nelly featuring Nicki Minaj & Pharrell with ‘Get Like Me’.

Therer were three new entries and four climbers in the lower half of the chart.  Justin Timberlake climbed eight to no.22 with ‘Take Back The Night’ while John Newman went back up two to no.25 with ‘Love Me Again’.  Robin Thicke featuring Kendrick Lamar climbed seven to no.27 with ‘Give It 2 U’ while Rizzle Kicks went back up six to no.29 with ‘Lost Generation’.  Fuse ODG featuring Itz Tiffany went straight in at no.30 with ‘Azonto’ and Jasmine Thompson got a new entry at no.32 with her version of ‘Ain’t Nobody’. The final new entry came at no.33 and went to Two Door Cinema Club with ‘Changing Of The Seasons’.

New Releases

Eminem – ‘Bezerk’

First up this week is Eminem’s new single ‘Bezerk which was originally reviewed four weeks ago, but its release was delayed. It’s the first track to come from his forthcoming album ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2’ (which is set for release in early November) and if successful could go on to become his seventh no.1 hit in the UK. Aside from the no.1’s he has enjoyed a further sixteen top forty hits and has guested on four top ten hits by other artists including Akon’s chart topper ‘Smack That’.  He has also achieved seven no.1 albums with only his 1999 debut ‘The Slim Shady LP’ missing the top spot, peaking instead at no.12. The track samples the Beastie Boys tracks ‘The New Style’ and ‘You Gotta Fight For Your Right (To Party)’ along with Billy Squiers ‘The Stroke’ and was produced by the legendary Rick Rubin. This certainly looks set to put in a strong challenge for the top spot next weekend. 

Alex Metric & Jacques Lu Cont featuring Malin – ‘Safe With You’

British DJ, musician and producer Alex Metric teams up Jacques Lu Cont and Malin on his new single ‘Safe With You’.  Although he has appeared as an artist he has also worked on remixes for a variety of artists including Hard-Fi, Depeche Mode, Ellie Goulding and Sade.  Bootlegs of his mixes of songs for the Beastie Boys, Blur and Cassius have also made it onto the net.  He worked on Robbie Williams most recent album ‘Take The Crown’ and has also produced tracks for Snow Patrol, Scissor Sisters and Infadels. The digital format of the release contains six new mixes of the track; the Single Mix, the Extended Mix, the Mind Vortex Remix, the Henry Krinkle Remix, the Odysseus Remix, the Baskerville Remix and the Dub Mix.  I think that this will be able to make the crossover from dance chart to mainstream chart and should find itself inside the top forty. 

Deathline – ‘Every Dying Breath’

Next up are Deathline who release their four track EP ‘Every Dying Breath’ this week. Alongside the main track there is a demo version of ‘The Death Line’ and two new mixes of ‘Every Dying Breath’; the Shaken Not Remixed By The Dead Zoo Mix and the Holm/Mirland Mix. The single is released on CD, vinyl and download formats and is an update from the version that appeared on the bands album ‘Nova’ which was first released in November last year. The band are a duo consisting of Jennie Werelmar on vocals and bass guitar and Kaoru Sato on guitar and programming whose output sits somewhere between electronica and heavy rock. They have been building their fanbase over the past year and while interest in their next album should be high I’m not sure that this will chart as a standalone single despite all of the critical acclaim.

Frank Hamilton – ‘Summer EP’

Frank Hamilton received press attention last year with his “OneSongAWeek” project which, as the title suggests, saw him release a new song each week. He achieved a top thirty album with a collection of twenty one of the best songs from his project which saw him team up with a diverse range of collaborators ranging from singer Ed Sheeran to former footballer Dion Dublin. He also managed to have his Christmas single ‘Christmas In London’ played back to back on Chris Evans radio show thus becoming the first artist to achieve this on national radio since 1978. The new EP contains the original version and Draper Remix of main track ‘Summer’, new track ‘Circles’ and a cover of ‘Teenage Dirtbag’ which also features a guest appearance from the original artists Wheatus. It’s an interesting collection, but not sure that it will grace the top forty.

James Blunt – ‘Bonfire Heart’

Twitter rumours of his retirement from music turned out to be premature and this week sees the return of James Blunt with his new single ‘Bonfire Heart’. It’s the first single to be taken from his ‘Moon Landing’ album which maintains his “one album every three years” release rate. His debut ‘Back To Bedlam’ was released in 2004, the follow up ‘All The Lost Souls’ in 2007 and then ‘Some Kind Of Trouble’ appeared in 2010. He has notched up seven top forty hits in his career so far but none have been as big as ‘You’re Beautiful’ which saw him top the charts in both the UK and US. This latest track was co-written with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder and was the subject of some controversy when his record label e-mailed the wrong mailing list with details of his new single.  If it was a deliberate ploy it certainly worked as there was a big internet discussion regarding him and the single that day.

John Newman – ‘Cheating’

Twenty three year old singer John Newman first came to the public’s attention last year when he provided the vocals on Rudimental’s no.1 hit ‘Feel The Love’ and their subsequent single ‘Not Giving In’ but this year has seen him carve out a career in his own right.  His debut solo album ‘Tribute’ is due to hit the shops next week and already contains his no.1 hit ‘Love Me Again’ which hit the top spot earlier this year.  Now comes the release of ‘Cheating’ as the follow up and it released as a single track download along with an EP of remixes including the Freemasons Club Edit, the DJ Zinc Remix, the Wookie Remix, the Wayward Remix and William Carl Jr Remix. It seems he can do very little wrong at the minute and as such I expect to see this being one of the highest new entries next weekend although it may miss out on the top spot.

The Saturdays – ‘Disco Love’

It’s been a strange year for The Saturdays with ‘What About Us’ finally giving the band their first no.1 hit while the follow up ‘Gentleman’ missed out on the top ten altogether.  Both tracks will feature on their new album ‘Living For The Weekend’ which will also contains this weeks new single ‘Disco Love’.  The digital format of the release contains the Wideboys Radio Edit and Starlab Disco Radio Edit alongside ‘Love Come Down’ and ‘On The Radio’. This marks the bands sixteenth single release, with thirteen of those making the top ten.  Their last album ‘On Your Radar’ became their first to miss out on the top ten, peaking at just no.23, so the record label will be keen to ensure that the follow up is a much bigger hit. This is a more commercial song than ‘Gentleman’ and one which should secure them a return to the top ten next Sunday afternoon.

Scrufizzer – ‘Kick It’

Scrufizzer may not be a name which is particularly familiar to many readers of this publication, but he is known for his combination of grime and rap which he labels as “fizzy flow”. He has been the subject of some media attention with The Guardian newspaper labelling him as one to watch this year. He signed a deal with Black Butter Records, a division of Polydor, back in May and this marks his first release with them. The digital format contains four new mixes of the track; the Extended Mix, the Zed Biass Madd Again! Mix, the Marshall F Remix and the Patrick Hagenaar Remix.  He has previously worked with a number of artists including Dizzee Rascal, Toddlat T and Loadstar.  He has received backing from the likes of Zane Lowe and Annie Mac and looks like he could well make the transition to the mainstream charts with this release.

Stone Temple Pilots featuring Chester Bennington – ‘High Rise EP’

This week sees the return of American rock band Stone Temple Pilots for their first release to feature Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington on vocals instead of Scott Weiland who left the band in February of this year. The band first appeared on the scene with ‘Sex Type Thing’ back in 1992 but they have only made the top forty on one occasion which was with ‘Plush’ in 1993. Their second album ‘Purple’ made the top ten in 1994 but they have achieved relatively little success in the UK since. This new EP contains five songs; ‘Out Of Time’, ‘Black Heart’, ‘Same On The Inside’, ‘Cry Cry’ and ‘Tomorrow’. The band are due to play a couple of concerts in Japan during October before heading back to the States for some further gigs before the year is out. Given their history on the singles chart I can’t see any of these tracks charting inside the top forty.

Wankelmut & Emma Louise – ‘My Head Is A Jungle’

This finally gets a release this week having been delayed since the end of Summer.  Wankelmut is a German techno house DJ and producer whose best known hit to date is his remix of ‘One Day / Reckoning Song’ while this time around he samples the song ‘Jungle’ which was sung by Emma Louise. His previous single hit the top spot in Austria, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland but peaked at just no.30 in the UK. So far this single has performed less well but still reached the top five in Italy and the top forty in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. The track is released as a single track download along with an EP of remixes which features the MK Remix, the Extended Vocal Mix, the Gui Boratto Dub Mix and the Friend Within Remix. I expect this to be a big hit next weekend, and it should eclipse his previous highest peak of no.30. 

Also released this week are ‘Fire’ by Big Sean, ‘Incoming’ by Celsius, ‘R U Crazy’ by Conor Maynard, ‘Every Single Night’ by Dave Stewart featuring Martina McBride, ‘Schools In’ by Death Crush, ‘You Got Me’ by Everyoung, ‘Lovesick’ by The Getaway Plan, ‘Miracle’ by Ghost Beach, ‘Rescue’ by The Feeling, ‘Dirty Lover’ by Joseph Whelan, ‘Heartbreaker’ by Justin Bieber, ‘Magpie’ by Khushi, ‘Wrecking Ball’ by Miley Cyrus, ‘Gardens Heart’ by Natasha Khan & Jon Hopkins, ‘The Best Jewel Thief In The World’ by Prefab Sprout and ‘Nirvana EP’ by Sam Smith.

Next Week…

It looks like being a competitive week with Eminem, The Saturdays, Conor Maynard and Miley Cyrus all vying for new entries inside the top ten, but I expect Eminem to see them off. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Cher, Depeche Mode, Iggy Azalea and Miles Kane. Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

7 October, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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