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Chart Chat Edition 725 – W/C 13.10.13

Chart Chat Edition 725 – Week Commencing Sunday 13th October 2013 


Welcome to edition 725 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 eight new entries, no climbers, twenty nine songs going down and three non movers on this weeks chart.  People have been quick to have their say on Miley Cyrus and some of her recent antics but it appears to be working for her as ‘Wrecking Ball’ went straight in at the top of the singles chart while ‘Bangerz’ topped the album chart.  This made her the first artist in 2013 to do the double, and she can be very pleased with that result.  Not bad for an artist who hadn’t even made the top ten before this year.  Her success saw off a strong challenge from Eminem who made his debut at no.2 with ‘Bezerk’. 

OneRepublic fell two places to no.3 with ‘Counting Stars’ while Conor Maynard got a new entry at no.4 with ‘R U Crazy’. The Saturdays went straight in at no.5 with ‘Disco Love’ and James Blunt got a new entry at no.6 with ‘Bonfire Heart’. Katie Perry fell three places to no.7 with ‘Roar’ while Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz went down five to no.8 with ‘Talk Dirty’. John Newman got a new entry at no.9 with ‘Cheating’ and the top ten was rounded off by The Vamps who fell eight to no.10 with ‘Can We Dance’. The only remaining new entry inside the top twenty went to Justin Bieber with ‘Heartbreaker’ at no.14. 

The rush of new entries at the top end of the chart meant that there were seventeen songs going down this week in the lower half of the chart with only one new entry and two non movers left to complete the picture.  The only new entry came at no.24 and went to Ylvis with ‘The Fox (What Does The Fox Say)’ while the two non movers were Robin Thicke featuring Kendrick Lamar with ‘Give It 2 U’ at no.27 and London Grammar with ‘Strong’ at no.36.

New Releases

Laura Jeanne – ‘Love Is Here’

‘Love Is Here’ marks the fourth release from singer songwriter Laura Jeanne.  Her debut single ‘Coincidence’ was released in 2011 while the follow up ‘Dream Achieve Believe’ was the result of a collaboration with Budweiser where fans were asked to help compose the lyrics to the single.  She featured on the US show The Big Time before releasing a festive single entitled ‘Bells Ring Out (At Christmas Time)’.  Now comes ‘Love Is Here’, and the accompanying music video directed by Ben Simister has been viewed over 16k times already. She is due to appear at The Good Ship in Kilburn on the 25th October before headling at Surya in Kings Cross on 14th November.  She is still continuing to build her fanbase through live shows, while as an actress she has appeared as an extra in such films as Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2 and Sherlock Holmes : A Game Of Shadows.  It would be great to see this inside the top forty next weekend and is well worth 79p of anyones money.

Aston Shuffle – ‘Can’t Stop Me Now’

Australian house duo Aston Shuffle are first up this week with their new single ‘Can’t Stop Me Now’.  The duo have their own radio show in Australia called the Friday Night Shuffle and have been releasing tracks as artists since 2007.  Their remixes regularly appear on Ministry Of Sound compilations and they have worked for a variety of artists including Datarock, Dizzee Rascal, Pnau and Terry Poison.  The digital format contains five new mixes of the track; the Ta-Ku Remix, the Special Features Remix, the Lenno Remix, the Plastic Plates Remix and the Spennu Remix. Last year saw them open for Swedish House Mafia in Sydney as part of their One Last Tour show.  However they have typically not been able to translate their dancefloor success onto the mainstream chart and as such I am not sure that this will do enough to grace the top forty next Sunday afternoon.

Bring Me The Horizon – ‘Can You Feel My Heart’

Sheffield based Metalcore band Bring Me The Horizon return this week with their new single ‘Can You Feel My Heart’. They first appeared in 2004 with their EP ‘This Is What Your Edge Of Your Seat Was Made Of’ and they have showed steadily improving chart returns concluding with their latest album ‘Sempiternal’ which reached the top three earlier this year. The digital format of this single contains new mixes; the Shikari Sound System Remix and the Jakwob Remix. To date ‘Shadow Moses’ has been their biggest hit, peaking at no.2 on the UK Rock Chart but just no.82 on the mainstream chart. The accompanying music video was directed by Danny Todd and has been viewed over 350k times since it was uploaded on the bands Vevo channel.  This is unlikely to become a chart hit but will doubtless be a good publicity tool for their album. 

Depeche Mode – ‘Should Be Higher’

Few would dispute that ‘Delta Machine’ is one of Depeche Mode’s finest albums yet it has not yielded any hit singles. The latest track to try to reverse that trend is ‘Should Be Higher’ which is released across two CDs and a 12″ vinyl format.  The first CD and 12″ come with the Spike Single Mix and the Little Vampire Remix while the maxi CD has three additional mixes; the Jim Jones Revue Remix, the MAPS Remix and the Jim Scalvunos from Grinderman Remix. So far the first single to come from the album ‘Higher’ peaked at no.60, while the follow up ‘Soothe My Soul’ only made no.88.  In fact you would have to go back to 2009 to find their last top forty appearance with ‘Wrong’. The band are currently touring the US but will be playing UK dates during November.  Unfortunately given their recent history I’m not sure that this will be inside the top forty next weekend.

Don Broco – ‘You Wanna Know’

Bedford based four piece Don Broco release their new single ‘You Wanna Know’ this week.  The band formed back in 2008 but soon grew and found themselves playing Sonisphere in 2010 while also supporting Enter Shikari the same year.  Bass player Tom Doyle replaced his predecessor Luke Rayner last year and they released their debut album ‘Priorities’ on the Sony Music Entertainment label which peaked at no.25 in the UK chart.  The band are due to undertake an extensive UK tour later this year which kicks off in Leeds and concludes at the Roundhouse in Camden. The digital format of this release also includes the Club Sex Mix of the main track, a cover of AlunaGeorges ‘You Know You Like It’ and acoustic takes on ‘Here’s The Thing’ and ‘Actors’.  They have yet to make the break through into the top forty but as this is a brand new single ot could well go on to make the chart for them. 

Iggy Azalea – ‘Change Your Life’

Australian singer Iggy Azalea has already enjoyed top twenty hits this year with ‘Work’ and ‘Bounce’ and now she is aiming for a third with ‘Change Your Life’. The single features T.I. and will feature on her debut album ‘The New Classic’ which is due for release in November of this year.  The digital format comes complete with three new mixes of the track; the Maddslinky Remix, the Shift K3Y Remix and the Wideboys Remix. She has worked with a vast array of other hip hop artists including B.o.B, Mac Miller, Katy B and Deadmau5 over the past year but is now carving a career in her own right. The video to the track has been a huge hit since it was uploaded to her Vevo channel back at the start of September and it has received over 4.3m views since then. It looks certain to be a big hit for her so we can expect to see it as a new entry somewhere inside the top twenty.

Lawson – ‘Juliet’

Next up are Lawson who release their brand new single ‘Juliet’ this week, and it is aiming to be the fifth of their six singles to reach the top ten. It continues on from their B.o.B collaboration ‘Brokenhearted’ in taking them in a more dance orientated direction. It features on the repackaged version of their debut album ‘Chapman Square’ which originally made no.4 for them. The accompanying music video was directed by Carly Cussen who most recently worked with Little Mix on their last single ‘How Ya Doin”. Since it was uploaded onto their Vevo channel at the start of September it has received over 1.2m views. They are currently in the midst of their Everywhere We Go Tour which concludes at the Ulster Hall in Belfast next month.  This is a great pop song and looks certain to be one of the weeks highest new entries next Sunday afternoon. 

Eliza Doolittle – ‘Let It Rain’

Eliza Doolittle releases ‘Let It Rain’ as a promotional single this week.  It comes only a day ahead of the album meaning that fans are unlikely to download it as a standalone track but it has been viewed almost 500k times on her Vevo channel which should prove invaluable promotion for her new album.  Entitled ‘In Your Hands’ it features her last top twenty hit ‘Big When I Was Little’ and will be aiming to match the top three success of her self titled debut. In terms of singles success ‘Pack Up’ (#5) remains her biggest hit do date, and this is unlikely to challenge that.  She has just announced a one off gig at the Village Underground in London this November, and fans wishing to purchase tickets can do so via her website. The label will be pleased that this track has done its job but it’s my guess that we won’t be seeing this inside the top forty next weekend.

Lissie – ‘Sleepwalking’

American folk rock artist releases her new single ‘Sleepwalking’ this week.  Again its a promotional single which is aimed at publicising her second studio album ‘Back To Forever’ which is also released this week. Her debut album ‘Catching A Tiger’ peaked at no.12 in the UK while she is also known for her cover of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Go Your Own Way’ which featured on her ‘Covered Up With Flowers’ EP. She has worked with some high profile artists in recent years including both Snow Patrol (on the track ‘The Garden Rules’ from their 2011 album ‘Fallen Empires’) and Robbie Williams (on the track ‘Losers’ from his 2012 album ‘Take The Crown’). As with the Eliza Doolittle single its release as a standalone track mean that fans will be likely to simply download it as part of the album.  As such I think that a debut top forty single will continue to elude her. 

Also released this week are ‘Bones’ by Charlie Brown, ‘Womans World’ by Cher, ‘Voices : The Classical EP’ by Gareth Malone, ‘Wanna Be With You’ by GTF, ‘When You Were My Girl’ by Matt Cardle, ‘Better Than That’ by Miles Kane and ‘Afterglow’ by Wilkinson.

Next Week…

Lawson look set to become the weeks highest new entry but OneRepublic and Miley Cyrus look set to battle it out for the top spot. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Icona Pop, James Arthur, Robin Thicke featuring Kendrick Lamar and Union J.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson 

13 October, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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