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Chart Chat Edition 728 – W/C 03.11.13

Chart Chat Edition 728 – Week Commencing Sunday 3rd November 2013 


Welcome to edition 728 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 eight new entries, one re-entries, two climbers, twenty eight songs going down and one non mover on this weeks chart.

Eminem featuring Rihanna went straight in at no.1 with ‘The Monster’ which meant that Lorde dropped one place to no.2 with ‘Royals’.  Rihanna has previously had six no.1’s as a solo artist (plus one with Jay-Z (‘Run This Town’)) while Eminem has also had six so they are both celebrating a seventh chart topper.

Fatboy Slim featuring Riva Starr & Beardyman went straight in at no.3 with ‘Eat Sleep Rave Repeat’ but One Direction could only get a new entry at no.4 with ‘Story Of My Life’. OneRepublic fell two to no.5 with ‘Counting Stars’ while Tinie Tempah featuring John Martin went straight in at no.6 with ‘Children Of The Sun’. Katy Perry fell three to no.7 with ‘Roar’ and The Wanted got a new entry at no.8 with ‘Show Me Love (America)’. James Arthur went down seven to no.9 with ‘You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You’ and Miley Cyrus completed the top ten picture by falling four to no.10 with ‘Wrecking Ball’.  The only remaining new entry in the top twenty came at no.12 and went to Foxes with ‘Youth’.

There were two new entries, one re-entry and two climbers in the lower half of this weeks chart. Rizzle Kicks climbed thirteen places to no.21 with ‘Skip To The Good Bit’ while Justin Bieber went straight in at no.28 with ‘Recovery’. Cher went back up one to no.35 with ‘I Hope You Find It’ and Lady Gaga re-entered at no.36 with ‘Applause’. The final new entry came at no.37 and went to M.A.D. with ‘Toyboy’.

 New Releases

 Britney Spears – ‘Work Bitch’

First up this week is ‘Work Bitch’ a track which is undoubtedly Britney’s best song in some time and is taken from her forthcoming studio album ‘Britney Jean’ which is set for release in December of this year. She has enjoyed twenty seven top forty singles in the UK including five no.1 hits.  Her track ‘Ooh La La’ featured in this years Smurfs 2 movie but it failed to get above no.72 although last year did see her top the charts with her collaboration ‘Scream & Shout’.   This has already made the top ten in Canada and France while steadily climbing the Billboard charts in the US. She will be keen to kick start her career again with her most recent ‘Femme Fatale’ album selling just 0.8m copies compared to the 12.1m sales of her debut ‘…Baby One More Time’.  I think this will go on to become her first top UK five hit since ‘Womanizer’ back in 2008.

Justin Bieber – ‘Bad Day’

Canadian singing superstar Justin Bieber keeps up his current one single per week release schedule with ‘Bad Day’.  It follows on from ‘Heartbreaker’, ‘All That Matters’, ‘Hold Tight’ and ‘Recovery’ which have all made the top forty in the past few weeks without really managing to challenge the top ten. Only three of his fifteen top forty singles to date have made the top ten in the UK with ‘Boyfriend’ remaining his biggest hit peaking at no.2, a feat which he also achieved while guesting on’s single ‘#thatPower’ last year. Hard to believe that he is now nineteen years of age, having notched up his very first UK hit all the way back in 2009 when he was just about to turn fifteen.  He has a very loyal fanbase (just look on Twitter!) which should safely see him into the top forty, but I can’t really see this adding to his tally of top ten hits. 

Katy B – ‘5am’

‘5am’ is the new single from Brit school graduate Katy B and is the second to be taken from her forthcoming second studio album ‘Little Red’.  The first single ‘What Love Is Made Of’ only made no.21, a far cry from the three top ten hits which featured on her debut album ‘On A Mission’ which itself peaked at no.2. The video to the track was uploaded to her Vevo channel at the end of September and has been viewed over 650k times. The digital format of the track features new track ‘I Like You’ alongside three new mixes of ‘5am’; the Acapella, the Route 94 Remix and the Leftwing & Kody Remix. Artists often find the second difficult, as has been the recent case with Eliza Doolittle whose album ‘In Your Hands’ didn’t replicate the top three success of her self titled debut. However I do like this song and I think it will see Katy back inside the top twenty.

Little Mix – ‘Move’

Little Mix have fared well in their career so far with two no.1 hits and a top three album to their name.  That said their last two releases both missed out on the top ten although they did pass 100k sales.  This week sees the release of ‘Move’ which is the first single to be taken from their second album ‘Salute’. The track marks a move away from the bands trademark pop sound towards a more mature r’n’b vibe, a development which is to be applauded but one which does not come without an element of risk. The audio alone has had over 500k listens since it was posted onto YouTube, and the track was made available to pre-order before the final art work for the single had been finished.  I don’t think this is as strong as Britney’s single but with some prime time X Factor air time to promote it, it should be one of the weeks highest new entries next Sunday afternoon.

Pet Shop Boys featuring Example – ‘Thursday’

Earlier this year saw pops most famous electronic duo Pet Shop Boys achieve their highest charting studio album in twenty years with ‘Electric’.  The fact that it was on their own label made it an even bigger victory for them, but despite that success the album has yet to contain a top forty hit.  That could change with the release of their Example collaboration ‘Thursday’ although it is the fourth single to come from the album. The digital EP and physical CD both contain the Tensnake Remix along with new tracks ‘No More Ballads’ and ‘Odd Man Out’. The music industry has changed considerably over their career and they have now gone four years without a top forty single despite their unbroken run of top ten albums continuing unabated.  That run without a hit looks set to continue but they can still be proud with regard to what they have achieved during this year. 

Public Service Broadcasting – ‘Night Mail’

This week sees the musical duo Public Service Broadcasting release their latest single ‘Night Mail’. As with its predecessor ‘Signal 30’ it is taken from their album ‘Inform – Educate – Entertain’. The digital format of the release comes with seven new mixes; the Radio Edit, the Baltic Fleet Remix Radio Edit, the Ben Gomori Redux Radio Edit, the Hejira Remix, the Baltic Fleet Extended Remix, the Ben Gomori Redux 12″ version and then Ben Gomori Redux 12″ version. This week sees them kick off an extensive UK tour in Aberdeen which concludes in Southampton at the end of the month. They remain one of the most innovative and original artists around today, aiming to “teach the lessons of the past through the music of the future”, but their songs rarely pick up the commercial airplay required to turn them into top forty hits. 

Storm Queen – ‘Look Right Through’

Storm Queen release the MK Dub III version of their track ‘Look Right Through’ on the Ministry Of Sound label this week.  The original version of the track first appeared last December but the remix followed later via Beatport. Storm Queen is actually the American DJ and producer Morgan Geist who makes up one half of the duo Metro Arena. MK meanwhile is most famous for his remix of the Nightcrawlers ‘Push The Feeling On’ which became a worldwide hit in 1995. Aside from the MK Dub III version the digital format also contains the Route 94 Sun Comes Up Remix, the Lil Silva Remix, the Danny Howard Remix, the Brookes Brothers Remix and the Original Vocal Mix.  Pete Tong gave the track its premier on Radio 1 and more recently it has topped the Shazam new release chart. This could put in a serious challenge for next weekends top spot.

Shane Filan – ‘About You’

Former Westlife singer Shane Filan returns this week with his new single ‘About You’ and his debut solo album entitled ‘You & Me’. As part of the band he notched up fourteen UK no.1s making them the second most successful band of all time behind The Beatles who have seventeen to their name.  The band split in 2011 and he was declared bankrupt in 2012 following huge losses on his property investments. In addition his solo career didn’t get off to the best of starts with ‘Everything To Me’ reaching just no.14. It is unlikely that this will perform much better as it is released as a single track download on the same week as his album thus meaning that fans are likely to simply purchase the album. The accompanying music video to the track was uploaded to his Vevo account at the start of October and has been viewed over 100k times since. 

Tina Barrett – ‘Makin’ Me Dance’

Next up is former S Club member Tina Barrett who achieved eleven consecutive top five hits as part of the band but who has now branched out on her own solo career. Her single is entitled ‘Makin’ Me Dance’ and the digital format contains three new mixes; the Mirror City Mix, the ADP Mix and the Made In Sweden Mix. She released her first solo single ‘Fire’ last year but it failed to chart although a video to accompany the remix did receive 89k views on YouTube. This particular track was first performed by her last year, but has only recently been chosen as a single.  A short teaser of the accompanying music video was posted to YouTube last month but has only recieved 2k views at the time of writing. Despite it being a decent pop song there does seem to be a lack of interest in her and its hard to see this generating enough sales for a serious assault on the charts. 

Also released this week are ‘Workout’ by Andy C, ‘Rat Race’ by Enter Shikari, ‘Lie There’ by Gabz, ‘Did You Hear The Rain EP’ by George Ezra, ‘Mess Around’ by Indiana, ‘Bad Day’ by Justin Bieber, ‘Dope’ by Lady Gaga, ‘Tornadoes EP’ by Luke Sital-Singh, ‘Sweetest Thing’ by Lulu James, ‘Burn Bright / The Burning Marquis’ by Marc Almond, ‘I Lost Myself’ by Sivu, ‘Fire’ by Steve Mason, and ‘Mother’ by Travis.

Next Week…

It looks like Storm Queen will be fighting it out with Eminem featuring Rihanna, Little Mix and Britney Spears for the top spot next Sunday afternoon. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Cher Lloyd featuring T.I., Ellie Goulding, Laura White and Robbie Williams. Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson 

3 November, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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