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Chart Chat Edition 727 – W/C 27.10.13

Chart Chat Edition 727 – Week Commencing Sunday 27th October 2013 


Welcome to edition 727 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 ten new entries, eight climbers, twenty two songs going down and no non movers on this weeks chart.  It was a case of all change at the top as Lorde went straight in at no.1 with ‘Royals’ which meant that James Arthur had to be content with his first post X Factor song ‘You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You’ becoming a new entry at no.2.. 

OneRepublic fell two places to no.3 with ‘Counting Stars’ and Katy Perry climbed two places to no.4 with ‘Roar’. Showtek featuring We Are Loud & Sonny Wilson went straight in at no.5 with ‘Booyah’ and Miley Cyrus went down four to no.6 with ‘Wrecking Ball’. James Blunt fell three places to no.7 with ‘Bonfire Heart’ while Union J went straight in at no.8 with ‘Beautiful Life’. Wilkinson went down one to no.9 with ‘Afterglow’ and the top ten was rounded off by Drake featuring Majid Jordan who went back up two places to no.10 with ‘Hold On We’re Going Home’. 

Four further climbers were to be found in what remained of the top twenty.  Ben Pearce climbed back up four to no.12 with ‘What I Might Do’ and Robin Thicke featuring Kendrick Lamar went up thirteen places to no.15 with ‘Give It 2 U’. Ylvis climbed six places to no.17 with ‘The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)’ and Avicii went back up one to no.20 with ‘Wake Me Up’.

There were six new entries and two climbers in the lower half of the chart.  Eminem went straight in at no.22 with ‘Survival’ while Robin Thicke went back up seven to no.26 thanks to his performance of ‘Blurred Lines’ on last weeks X Factor show. Justin Bieber went straight in at no.28 with ‘Hold Tight’ and Jason Mraz climbed five to no.29 with ‘I Won’t Give Up’. Icona Pop got a new entry at no.31 with ‘All Night’ and Reconnected went straight in at no.33 with ‘Time Of Our Lives’.  Rizzle Kicks got a new entry at no.34 with ‘Skip To The Good Bit’ and Sean Paul rounded off proceedings with ‘Turn It Up’ becoming a new entry at no.35.

New Releases

Avril Lavigne – ‘Rock N Roll’

Canadian singer Avril Lavigne releases her brand new single ‘Rock N Roll’ this week and its the second single to be taken from her self titled album which is due to hit the shops next week. It was co-written by her husband Chad Kroger and former Evanescence member David Hall Hodges. It’s the follow up to ‘Here’s To Never Growing Up’ which reached no.14 earlier this year and its looking to become her first top ten hit in six years with her last being ‘When You’re Gone’ in 2007.  She has never had a no.1 in the UK with ‘Girlfriend’ coming closest peaking at no.2 also in 2007.  That particular track is arguably her biggest single to date having topped the charts in Canada, Austria, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the US. For me this isn’t as strong as some of her earlier material but it will still add another top forty hit to her current tally. 

Chris Maloney – ‘My Heart Belongs To You’

Ten months after he made the X Factor final Chris Maloney finally releases his debut single ‘My Heart Belongs To You’.  He was originally rejected by his mentor Gary Barlow at the Judges House stage before securing a return to the show via a wild card voted for by viewers. Despite criticism from some judges and journalists, his 80’s cover versions proved to be a hit with viewers. Following the show and subsequent tour he shunned the major labels and eventually signed up with the Tristar label. The sleeve depicts Maloney in a vest with a tattoed arm, a change from the down to earth image he had on the show. However, whatever image he chooses to go with there is a real risk that the public may have forgotten about him after such a long gap since appearing on the show. As such I’m not sure that this will be a particularly high new entry next weekend. 

Fatboy Slim & Riva Starr – ‘Eat Sleep Rave Repeat’

It’s been seven years since Fatboy Slim last reached the top forty with ‘That Old Pair Of Jeans’ and some fourteen years since he topped the charts with his hit ‘Praise You’.  His music career began in 1985 when he joined The Housemartins as bass player following the departure of Ted Key, and the band went on to top the charts with an acapella cover of the Isley Brothers ‘Caravan Of Love’. This week sees him release his new single ‘Eat Sleep Rave Repeat’ with a little help from Riva Starr. The digital format contains a series of new mixes the Calvin Harris Edit, the Original Mix, the Original Clean Edit and the Acapella Version. This has been selling well on pre-orders so looks certain to secure him a return to the top forty next weekend. He turned 50 this year but can still turn out songs like this which are worth of a place in the charts. 

Tinie Tempah featuring John Martin – ‘Children Of The Sun’

Tinie Tempah has already enjoyed a great start to his career with his debut album ‘Disc-Overy’ yielding eight top forty hits including two no.1s. His second album ‘Demonstration’ is set for release next week and features his new single ‘Children Of The Sun’ which was premiered on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show last month.  It features John Martin who last charted with the Swedish House Mafia on their single ‘Don’t You Worry Child’. It’s the follow up to the massive top three single ‘Trampoline’ which saw him team up with 2 Chainz and will also feature on the new album. At the time of writing the accompanying music video has been viewed almost 1.8m times since being uploaded to his Vevo account last month.  A lyric video has also received 246k views since being uploaded in the same week. This looks certain to be one of the highest new entries next weekend. 

2 Unlimited – ‘Get Ready (Steve Aoki Mix)’

It is perhaps the week of comebacks with 2 Unlimited aiming to make their return after an absence of fifteen years. You would have to go back three years further to find the last time the original line up of Ray Slijingaard and Anita Doth charted as their last hit in 1998 came with the replacement duo of Roomy Van Ooijen and Marjon van Iwaarden.  Producer Jean-Paul De Coster has always owned the rights to the name (hence how they continued despite the departure of Ray and Anita) and agreed to work with the original line up again last year.  This release is a remix of their original 1991 hit ‘Get Ready For This’ which narrowly missed out on the top spot, peaking at no.2. The fact it was an instrumental laid the basis for future UK hits with rap verses taken off for British releases thus earning the band the nickname “no lyrics” which was in fact unfair as in the rest of Europe it did contain them!

Foxes – ‘Youth’

Next up this week is Foxes who follows up ‘Beauty Queen’ with her brand new single ‘Youth’. It is released on the Sony imprint Sign Of The Times Limited and is available as both a single track download and an EP of remixes. The digital EP contains four new mixes; the Radio Edit, the Breakage Remix, the Seamus Haji Remix and the Danny Howard Remix. The video has already become a huge hit and has received well over 1.5m views since it was first uploaded onto Vevo back in August of this year.  She has already guested on top forty hits by Zedd and Rudimental but this could get her a debut hit in her own right. She recently completed her UK gigs and is now heading over to the US for a series of concerts to promote the singles release over there.  She is undoubtedly a talent to watch and it would be great if this could make the top forty next Sunday afternoon. 

Fossil Collective – ‘The Water EP’

Leeds based folk music duo Fossil Collective have just completed a twelve date tour of the UK where CD copies of this brand new single were available to buy.  However this week sees its release as a digital download and the EP contains four tracks; ‘The Water’, ‘Half Light’, ‘Think Again’ and ‘And If You Go’.  The band have recently been in LA taking part in The Voice project which aims to use music to effect positive change, and for their part they recorded a cover of The Flaming Lips ‘Do You Realize’.  Earlier this year they released their debut album ‘Tell Where I Live’ and during the Summer they won a prestigious award from the Royal Television Society for the animated video ‘Let It Go’. The band are rightly proud of this self produced EP although I’m not sure that it will be putting in a serious challenge to the mainstream charts next weekend. 

Disclosure featuring London Grammar – ‘Help Me Lose My Mind’

‘Help Me Lose My Mind’ is yet another single from Disclosure’s album ‘Settle’ and is aiming to become the fifth to make the top twenty. The main download of this is the Pearson Sound Vocal Remix, but various other mixes have already been available on YouTube including the Paul Woolford Remix while fans can also view a live version recorded at the bands album launch. The single features a guest appearance from London Grammar who have themselves been having a good year with their debut album ‘If You Wait’ peaking at no.2. Aside from their success as artists they are also in demand for their remixing skills and have worked with Emeli Sande, Everything Everything and Crystal Fighters. I wonder if this may be a single too far, as unless the new mixes can lift it I think too many fans will already own it on the album for it to become a big hit. 

Toploader – ‘This Is The Night’

Eastbourne based rock band Toploader enjoyed a surprise return to the top forty earlier this year when ‘Dancing In The Moonlight’ appeared on the charts for a third time. It had initially peaked at no.19 on its first chart run in 2000 but returned later that year with a slight remix this time peaking at no.7. They have notched up four other top forty hits across their career including ‘Achilles Heel’ which made no.8. Now they return with their new single ‘This Is The Night’ which marks the first release of new material since their 2011 album ‘Only Human’. They played the VOT Festival in Sweden earlier this month and have a one off gig scheduled for the Islington Academy in London next month. Their recent chart return may help to put a spotlight back on them but I’m not sure if this can pick up enough airplay from the mainstream commercial stations for it to become a top forty hit. 

Also released this week are ‘Fall From Grace’ by Babyshambles, ‘When Two Worlds Collide’ by Chas & Dave, ‘The Monster’ by Eminem featuring Rihanna, ‘Gaudete’ by Erasure, ‘Evil Eye’ by Franz Ferdinand, ‘Buffalo’ by Gaz Coombes, ‘Girlfriend’ by Icona Pop, ‘Lovesong’ by Javeon, ‘Recovery’ by Justin Bieber, ‘Venus’ by Lady Gaga, ‘All She Knows’ by The LaFontaines, ‘Toyboy’ by M.A.D., ‘All You Had’ by Nell Bryden, ‘Nitrous’ by Nick Mulvey, ‘Story Of My Life’ by One Direction, ‘Skip To The Good Bit’ by Rizzle Kicks, ‘Show Me Love (America)’ by The Wanted and ‘Drink Dance Play’ by Young Kato.

Next Week…

I’m expecting Lorde to hold on at the top but equally Fatboy Slim’s comeback single may run her close. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists set to release new singles include Britney Spears, Katy B, Little Mix and Shane Filan.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

27 October, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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