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Chart Chat Edition 730 – W/C 17.11.13

Chart Chat Edition 730 – Week Commencing Sunday 17th November 2013 


Welcome to edition 730 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 nine new entries, three re-entries, two climbers, twenty five songs going down and one non mover on this weeks chart.

Seventeen year old Martin Garrix scored his first no.1 as ‘Animals’ went straight in at the top narrowly edging out a strong challenge from Lily Allen who got a new entry at no.2 with her cover of Keane’s ‘Somewhere Only We Know’. 

Ellie Goulding went straight in at no.3 with this years official Children In Need song ‘How Long Will I Love You’ and Eminem featuring Rihanna went down two to no.4 with ‘Monster’. Little Mix fell two to no.5 with ‘Move’ while last weeks no.1 ‘Look Right Through (MK Remix)’ by Storm Queen went down five places to no.6. Lorde fell three to no.7 with ‘Royals’ and One Direction went down three to no.8 with ‘Story Of My Life’. Lady Gaga featuring R Kelly went straight in at no.9 with ‘Do What U Want’ while the top ten was rounded off by Robbie Williams who got a new entry with ‘Go Gentle’ at no.10. 

A further two new entries and one climber were to be found in what remained of the top twenty. The Poppy Girls went straight in at no.13 with ‘The Call (No Need To Say Goodbye)’ while Celine Dion notched up her biggest hit in over a decade with ‘Loved Me Back To Life’ becoming a new entry at no.14.  Finally Rizzle Kicks climbed four to no.16 with ‘Skip To The Good Bit’.

There were three new entries, three re-entries and one climbers in the lower half of todays chart.  The Killers went straight in at no.23 with ‘Shot At The Night’ while Passenger re-entered at no.25 with ‘Let Me Go’.  Keane re-entered at no.26 with the original version of ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ and Ellie Goulding went back up six places to no.27 with ‘Burn’. Justin Bieber got a new entry at no.34 with ‘All Bad’ while Rudimental featuring Emeli Sande went straight in at no.39 with ‘Free’. The final new entry came at no.40 and went to Dizzee Rascal featuring Teddy with ‘Love This Town’. 

New Releases

Bastille – ‘Of The Night’

Bastille open up proceedings this week with ‘On The Night’, a track which will feature on their forthcoming album ‘All This Bad Blood’ which is effectively a deluxe version of their ‘Bad Blood’ album which topped the charts earlier this year. The track is released as a single track download and is a mash up of the Snap! hit ‘Rhythm Is A Dancer’ and the Corona hit ‘Rhythm Of The Night’. The accompanying music video was directed by Dave Ma and stars the American actor James Russo. It has already exceeded 1m views although it has some way to go if it is to overtake the 43m views notched up for their no.2 single ‘Pompeii’. I am always cynical of repackaged albums appearing just before Christmas when loyal fans will have purchased it in its opening week. However as a standalone single this is pretty good and should see them back in the charts.

Boyzone – ‘Love Will Save The Day’

‘Love Will Save The Day’ is the first single to be taken from the legendary Irish boyband Boyzone’s ‘BZ20’ album.  It is only their fifth studio album and has a lot to live up to with each of the last four going on to top the charts. They have enjoyed nineteen top forty hits with six of those going on to top the charts. Their last no.1 came back in 1999 with ‘You Needed Me’ and they have yet to hit the top spot since their second incarnation which began in 2008. This will be their first album without Stephen Gately whose vocals appeared posthumously on two tracks on their 2010 album ‘Brother’. The ‘BZ20’ album is produced by Brian Rawling and marks the start of a new recording deal with Warner Music and celebrates twenty years in the music business. They remain hugely popular and this should see them securing a place back inside the top ten next Sunday afternoon.

The Dualers – ‘Running Around With Your Head In The Clouds’

Croydon based Ska / Reggae duo The Dualers are back with their new single ‘Running Around With Your Head In The Clouds’. The digital format comes with a cover of Desmond Dekker’s ‘Israelites’ as the bonus track while the single also has a limited pressing of 2,000 CDs. Pre-sales have already seen half of those snapped up, and the band are pushing for a return to the charts through every available avenue of social media. Sales of 6 – 7,000 will be needed to crack the top forty though, so downloads will be crucial to the success of the single. They first charted in 2004 with ‘Kiss On The Lips’ which made no.21 while a year later ‘Truly Madly Deeply’ made no.23. Although the band was formed by brothers Si and Tyber Cranstoun, it was Si who left in 2010 to pursue a solo career.  The band have continued to perform full scale gigs alongside with some busking performances, particularly in South London.

Friction featuring Arlissa – ‘Long Gone Memory’

Drum n bass act Friction team up with Arlissa on their new single ‘Long Gone Memory’.  The digital EP features six different mixes of the track including the Radio Edit, the Extended Mix, the Instrumental Mix, the Ulterior Motive Remix, the My Nu Leng Remix and the Torqux Remix. Friction is also known as Ed Keeley, a drum n bass DJ based in Brighton who won Best Radio Show for his Radio 1 show at this years Drum & Bass Awards while also becoming the runner up in the Best DJ category. German born Arlissa came close to recording her first UK hit earlier this year when ‘Sticks & Stones’ peaked at no.48 and is set to release ‘Into The Light’ as a single in early December which features in the current Mylene Klass Littlewoods advert. Together the combination of Friction and Arlissa work well and this could crossover from the dance charts into the mainstream.

Gary Barlow – ‘Let Me Go’

In recent years Gary Barlow’s solo career has gone on hold with a Take That revival and a place on the X Factor judging panel taking up his time. As a solo artist he has topped the charts three times including last year when his track ‘Sing’ was one of the official songs recorded to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The accompanying album of the same name also made no.1 despite containing just seven tracks thus making it the shortest running long player to top the chart. His debut album ‘Open Road’ went to no.1 in 1997 and featured his first two no.1 singles ‘Forever Love’ and ‘Love Won’t Wait’ but his second album ‘Twelve Months, Eleven Days’ only reached no.35 and failed to yield any top ten singles.  Interest will be high in his new solo material and ‘Let Me Go’ has every chance of going on to give him a fourth appearance in the top spot.

JLS – ‘Billion Lights’

The X Factor has now been around long enough for some artists to release greatest hits compilations and even split up!  That is certainly the case for JLS who have notched up ten top ten hits including five no.1s.  They became a massive brand encompassing two best selling books, their own clothing range and even branded condoms.  Their first fragrance Kiss sold 100k on its first day making it the biggest celebrity scent in twenty years, and another fragrance entitled Love followed earlier this year.  They first appeared with ‘Beat Again’ in 2009 and now bring the curtain down on their career as a band with ‘Billion Lights’ which is released this week. The video was uploaded to their Vevo account early in October and has been viewed over 500k times since. Each member is likely to go on to other things so I don’t think this is the last we will hear from them.

Luminites – ‘Do Something’

The Luminites won praise from public and critics alike following their appearance on this years Britains Got Talent final.  The band were subsequently signed to the Sony label and now release their debut single ‘Do Something’. If successful they will become the third act from the show to chart following Gabz and Richard & Adam. The digital format contains their version of ‘It Hurts So Good’ which they performed on the TV show and three new mixes of the main track; the TC4 Remix, the Sunship Remix and the Moto Blanco Club Remix. The official music video has been viewed 450k times in a similar time frame to JLS notching up 500k so that bodes well for them scoring a debut hit. They also have over 100k likes on Facebook and interest has been growing in them ever since they left the show.  They do seem to have genuine talent and it would be great to see them progress and make the charts.

Naughty Boy featuring Wiz Khalifa & Ella Eyre – ‘Think About It’

Naughty Boy is back this week with a little help from Wiz Khalifa and Ella Eyre on his new single ‘Think About It. This is the fifth single to be taken from his ‘Hotel Cabana’ album with each of the first four reaching the top ten including his Sam Smith collaboration ‘La La La’ which topped the charts earlier this year. The digital format comes complete with seven mixes; the Wilkinson Remix, the Calix & TeeBee Remix, the East Freaks Remix, the TWRK Remix, the Eagles For Hands Remix, the TORN Remix and the TACHES Remix. The accompanying music video was uploaded to his Vevo account on the 29th October and had over 200k views during its first week.  The indications are that this will give him another hit, and if it can make the top ten perhaps he will consider going for the record set by Calvin Harris earlier this year.

Texas – ‘Dry Your Eyes’

While the current Texas album peaked at a respectable no.4 earlier this year it has become their first long player since ‘Ricks Road’ in 1993 not to achieve Gold status in terms of sales. Neither of the singles released so far (‘The Conversation’ and ‘Detroit City’) have come close to the top forty, peaking at no.73 and no.161 respectively.  Now comes ‘Dry Your Eyes’ as the third single with the digital format also featuring a live version of the track recorded for Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park. The band kicked off their UK tour last week and will conclude in Edinburgh on 29th November. The video to the track was uploaded on the 21st October but was only viewed a total of 20k times during the first week. Given their recent under performance in the singles chart and relative lack of interest in the new video it’s hard to see it appearing inside even the top 100 next weekend.

Also released this week are ‘On Top Of The World’ by Imagine Dragons, ‘PYD’ by Justin Bieber featuring R Kelly, ‘Hard Out There’ by Lily Allen, ‘Fantasy’ by MS MR, ‘Future Vanishes EP’ by Rose Elinor Dougall, ‘Running To The Sea’ by Royksopp and ‘Free’ by Rudimental featuring Emeli Sande. 

Next Week…

The Children In Need effect could have an effect and help Ellie Goulding to her second no.1 of the year but expect big new entries from Bastille and Lily Allen too. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Editors, Manic Street Preachers, McFly and Olly Murs.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

17 November, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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