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Chart Chat Edition 726 – W/C 20.10.13

Chart Chat Edition 726 – Week Commencing Sunday 20th October 2013 


Welcome to edition 726 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.  

Chart Review

There were seven new entries, nine climbers, twenty four songs going down and no non movers on this weeks chart (to no.3) It was a case of all change at the top but it was a return to no.1 for OneRepublic with ‘Counting Stars’ who were previously on top of the chart two weeks ago.  Last week Miley Cyrus deposed them but she slipped one place to no.2 with ‘Wrecking Ball’. 

Lawson went straight in at no.3 with ‘Juliet’ and James Blunt climbed two to no.4 with ‘Bonfire Heart’. Eminem got a new entry at no.5 with ‘Rap God’ while Katy Perry went back up one to no.6 with ‘Roar’. Eminem went down five to no.7 with ‘Bezerk’ and Wilkinson got a new entry at no.8 with ‘Afterglow’. Conor Maynard fell four to no.9 with ‘R U Crazy’ while the top ten was concluded by Iggy Azalea featuring T.I. who went straight in at no.10 with ‘Change Your Life’.

Two climbers and a further new entry were to be found in what remained of the top twenty. Drake featuring Majid Jordan went back up one to no.12 with ‘Hold On We’re Going Home’ and Ellie Goulding climbed up one to no.17 with ‘Burn’.  The new entry in question belonged to Justin Bieber who went straight in at no.20 with ‘All That Matters’.

There were two new entries and four climbers in the lower half of the chart this week. Ylvis climbed one place to no.23 with ‘The Fox (What Does The Fox Say)?’ and Passenger went back up one to no.24 with ‘Let Her Go’. Cher went straight in at no.25 with ‘I Hope You Find It’ while John Newman climbed back up four places to no.26 with ‘Love Me Again’.  Jason Mraz went back up four to no.34 with ‘I Won’t Give Up’ and the final new entry came at no.39 for ‘You Wanna Know’ by Don Broco.

New Releases

Gavin James – ‘Remember Me’

First up this week is Gavin James who releases his new EP ‘Remember Me’ this week, and it features four tracks; ‘Remember Me’, ‘For You’, ‘Slow’ and ‘Lucky’.  This month sees him support Ryan Keen on his UK tour while he is due to play some headlining gigs in Ireland later this year. His track ‘At Last’ was one of the most downloaded songs on the recent compilation ‘The Shortest Night’.  He had grown a following on the pub circuit but chose to give that up citing the fact that he “didn’t want to be playing Galway Girl” when he was sixty. Fans who go to his Soundcloud page can listen to this new single and also take advantage of a free download of his cover of Daft Punk’s chart topping single ‘Get Lucky’.  His decision to follow his dream and release his own songs is to be commended but I don’t think that we will see him inside the top forty just yet.

Icona Pop – ‘All Night’

Swedish duo Icona Pop topped the charts earlier this year with a little help from British artist Charlie XCX on their single ‘I Love It’.  Although it topped the UK charts this year, its journey around Europe actually started back in 2012.  Their new single ‘All Night’ features on their album ‘This Is…Icona Pop’ and has so far managed to reach the top forty in Canada. The album will also feature their popular track ‘Girlfriend’ which reached the top forty in both Austria and Germany. The official extended version of the video to ‘All Night’ was uploaded to YouTube back in September and has been viewed over 500k times while the edited version has still been seen over 350k times.  Although I can’t really see this matching the massive chart topping success achieved by its predecessor I think that this will still make the top forty next weekend. 

James Arthur – ‘You’re Nobody Til Someone Loves You’

Credit where it’s due and last years X Factor winner James Arthur is back with a great single in the shape of ‘You’re Nobody Til Someone Loves You’.  There is huge interest in this track and it has been viewed over 1.5m times since being uploaded to his Vevo channel back in September.  It has a hard act to follow in that his first single ‘Impossible’ sold an impressive 1.2m copies and narrowly missed out on the Christmas no.1, being overtaken by The Justice Collective and their cover of ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ on the final week.  He has an album ready for release in November and his profile is likely to be boosted by appearances on the show that made him famous.  The expectations on him are high so it will be interesting to see how the next few months pan out for him.  This single should put in a serious challenge for the top spot next weekend.

Little Nikki – ‘Little Nikki Says EP’

Little Nikki releases her new single ‘Little Nikki Says’ this week.  The digital format comes with five new mixes; the Explicit Version, the Grant Nelson Remix, the Westfunk Club Remix, the Jonas LR Remix and the Majestic Remix. The accompanying music video has received almost 600k views since it was uploaded to her Vevo account in July of this year.  She recently appeared on Maxsta’s single ‘Wanna Go’ and was tipped earlier this year on the 4Music Fresh For 2013 list. She recently covered the classic track ‘Right Before My Eyes’ and the result can be heard on her Soundcloud account. This is her first release since ‘Where I’m Coming From’back in April though she may be better known for her 2012 single ‘Intro Intro’. She is certainly building herself a fanbase but at this stage I’m not sure that this will quite make the top forty on the mainstream chart. 

Lorde – ‘Royals’

At just 16 years old Lorde has been making waves by being the youngest singer to top the US charts since Tiffany in 1987. She was three years older than the youngest ever chart topper which was Stevie Wonder at the age of just thirteen. The track has sold almost 2m copies in the US and has just replaced Miley Cyrus’ single ‘Wrecking Ball’ in the no.1 position. She has a full length album entitled ‘Pure Heroine’ set for release next week and this week sees her first attempt to crack the UK charts. The track has also topped the charts in New Zealand, where the follow up ‘Tennis Court’ has also made no.1.  The accompanying music video was directed by Joel Kefali who has also worked with Tame Impala and The Naked & Famous. The label may live to regret releasing this on the same week as James Arthur as it seems unlikely that she can replicate her chart topping exploits this side of the water. 

Ms Dynamite & Shy FX – ‘Cloud 9’

Ms Dynamite and Shy FX last teamed up on Yasmin’s single ‘Light Up (The World)’ which peaked at no.50 last year.  Now this week they are reunited on the new single ‘Cloud 9’. In her own right Ms Dynamite enjoyed the peak of her popularity in 2002 when both ‘It Takes More’ and ‘Dy-na-mi-tee’ both reached the top ten while a year earlier had seen Shy FX make the breakthrough with his single ‘Shake Ur Body’ making no.7. He has gone on to work and remix for a variety of artists including Dizzee Rascal and Plan B. Ms Dynamite returned to the top ten in 2010, appearing on Katy B’s no.4 single ‘Lights On’ and she made her last major chart appearance in 2011 when her single ‘Neva Soft’ peaked at no.33. While both have perhaps enjoyed a more popular time they make a formidable team and together they could return to the top forty next weekend. 

Union J – ‘Beautiful Life’

Former X Factor boyband Union J are back this week with their second single ‘Beautiful Life’. It’s the follow up to their debut hit ‘Carry You’ which peaked at no.6 earlier this year and the digital format also includes an acoustic version of the track.  Their eagerly anticipated self titled debut album is due for release on the RCA label next week and could well make the top ten.  Band member JJ Hamblett recently announced that he is to become a father, a move which may not prove popular with all of the bands female fans (though all of us at the Chart Chat offices wish him well!). Earlier this year they opened for Selena Gomez at her Lisbon show and are due to play a series of headlining concerts in the UK over December and January. They will no doubt benefit from the publicity surrounding the new series of X Factor and so I would expect to find this inside the top ten next weekend. 

Cyril Hahn featuring Shy Girls – ‘Perfect Form’

DJ and producer Cyril Hahn was born and raised in Bern, Switzerland but now resides in Vancouver, Canada.  He teams up with Shy Girls on his new single ‘Perfect Form’ which is released this week. The digital format contains the bonus track ‘Raw Cut’ along with two new mixes; the Henry Krinkle Remix and the No Artificial Colours Remix. Although no video has been posted, the track on its own has picked up over 600k views on YouTube and it has been a big hit in the clubs. As you would expect he has remixed tracks by a cross section of artists with his most notable successes including Mariah Carey’s ‘Touch My Body’ and Destinys Child ‘Say My Name’.  I’m not convinced that this will pick up enough airplay to make the crossover to the mainstream chart so my gut feeling is that this will end up missing out on appearing inside the top forty.

Kate Nash – ‘Fri-end?’

‘Fri-end?’ is the third single to be taken Kate’s third album ‘Girl Talk’. So far the album has failed to match the top ten success achieved by its predecessor and it peaked at just no.85, with the first two singles ‘3AM’ and ‘OMYGOD’ both missing out on the chart. She has four top forty hits to her name including most notably ‘Foundations’ which reached no.2. Her debut album ‘Made Of Bricks’ topped the chart and the follow up ‘My Best Friend Is You’ also made the top ten. Having just finished her UK gigs Kate is set to head off for an extensive tour of the US over the next six weeks. The digital EP includes the new track ‘Pink Limo Ride’ alongside five new mixes; the Radio Edit, the Imol Remix 1, the Imol Remix 2, an instrumental version and an acoustic take. There’s nothing wrong with this as a single, but given the record of the past two releases it is hard to see this charting.

Also released this week are ‘Sunflower EP’ by Emma Stevens, ‘Radio PWR’ by frYars, ‘Introducting Jack : The Classical EP’ by Jack Topping, ‘Measures’ by Kove, ‘Do What U Want’ by Lady Gaga featuring R Kelly, ‘Bikini Daze’ by MO, ‘Time Of Our Lives’ by Reconnected, ‘Booyah’ by Showtek featuring We Are Loud! & Sonny Wilson, ‘Badd’ by Stylo G featuring Sister Nancy and ‘Rays’ by To Kill A King.

Next week…

It looks like being a straight shoot out between Lorde with her worldwide hit ‘Royals’ and James Arthur with his first post X Factor single ‘You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You’. My money is on Lorde to edge it but it looks set to be a close fought battle. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Avril Lavigne, Bruno Mars, The Wanted and 2 Unlimited.  Until then have yourself a good week. 


Ian Anderson


20 October, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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