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Chart Chat Edition 731 – W/C 24.11.13

Chart Chat Edition 731 – Week Commencing Sunday 24th November 2013 


Welcome to edition 731 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, three re-entries, eight climbers, twenty songs going down and two non movers on this weeks chart. It’s use on the current John Lewis advert ‘The Bare & The Hare’ helped Lily Allen to climb a place to no.1 with ‘Somewhere Only We Know’.  It gave her a third UK no.1 following on from ‘Smile’ and ‘The Fear’. Her success meant that Bastille had to settle for a new entry at no.2 with ‘Of The Night’. 

Gary Barlow went straight in at no.3 with ‘Let Me Go’ and Ellie Goulding went down one to no.4 with ‘How Long Will I Love You’. Eminem featuring Rihanna fell one to no.5 with ‘The Monster’ and ‘Animal’ went down five places to no.6. Storm Queen fell one to no.7 with the MK remix of ‘Look Right Through’ and Little Mix went down three to no.8 with ‘Move’. Lily Allen went straight in at no.9 with ‘Hard Out Here’ and One Direction fell two to no.10 with ‘Story Of My Life’.

Four climbers and one new entry were to be found in what remained of the top twenty. Katy Perry went back up two to no.13 with ‘Roar’ and Ellie Goulding climbed ten to no.17 with ‘Burn’. Avicii went back up fifteen places to no.18 with ‘Wake Me Up’ and JLS scored a new entry with ‘Billion Lights’. The top twenty was concluded by Ylvis who climbed eight places to no.20 with ‘The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)’.

There were three new entries, three re-entries and three climbers in the lower half of the chart. Rudimental featuring Jay-Z & Emeli Sande climbed thirteen places to no.26 with ‘Free’ and Avicii got a new entry at no.27 with ‘Hey Brother’. Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz went back up seven to no.29 with ‘Talk Dirty’ while Justin Bieber featuring R Kelly got a new entry at no.30 with ‘PYD’.  AWOLNATION re-entered at no.31 with ‘Sail’ and Dizzee Rascal featuring Teddy Sky climbed five to no.35 with ‘Love This Town’.  Eminem re-entered at no.38 with ‘Bezerk’ while Boyzone went straight in at no.39 with ‘Love Will Save The Day’. The final re-entry came at no.40 and went to Lana Del Rey vs Cedric Gervais with ‘Summertime Sadness’.

New Releases

Afrojack featuring Spree Wilson – ‘The Spark’

First up this week is the Dutch DJ and producer Afrojack who teams up with Spree Wilson on his new single ‘The Spark’. The track is released as a single track download this week and is also currently schedule to appear on the ‘Best Mixs’ compilation album. To date he has enjoyed three top forty hits in the UK with his biggest being his Chris Brown collaboration ‘As Your Friend’ which peaked at no.21 earlier this year.  He did however top the charts as a featured artist on Pitbull’s no.1 hit ‘Give Me Everything’ and he contributed to the Beyonce hit ‘Run The World (Girls)’. As a producer he has remixed tracks by Avicii, David Guetta, Lady Gaga, Leona Lewis, Michael Jackson and Psy amongst mant others.  His profile has risen significantly in the UK over the past year and as such I would not be surprised to see this inside the top forty next weekend. 

Breach featuring Andreya Triana – ‘Everything You Never Had (We Had It All)

Breach, aka English DJ and producer Ben Westbeech, released his first album ‘Welcome To The Best Years Of Your Life’ in 2007 but had to wait until this year for his first appearance inside the top ten with ‘Jack’.  The track had a very distinctive music video which was viewed over 5.4m times on YouTube.  He now resides in Amsterdam and owns the record label Naked Naked. This week sees the release of his brand new single ‘Everything You Never Had (We Had It All)’ which features Andreya Triana on guest vocals. The digital format contains three new mixes including an extended version and versions by Joe Goddard and DJ Die while a single track version containing the radio edit is also available. Comparisons have been made with legendary electronic producer Giorgio Moroder and this looks set to give Breach a second top forty hit of the year. 

Calvin Harris & Alesso featuring Hurts – ‘Under Control’

Calvin Harris set the record earlier this year for the most top ten hits to be taken from one album.  His last single ‘Thinking About You’ became the ninth to make the top ten, and ironically was the only one not to go on and make the top five. While he did have six other tracks on the album that could have seen him go for a tenth hit, he has chosen to release a brand new single this week. Entitled ‘Under Control’ it features Alesso and the electronic duo Hurts and the accompanying music video has received an impressive 4.7m views in the first two weeks since it was uploaded to his Vevo account. He has remixed tracks for a huge number of other artists including The Killers, Florence & The Machine, Kelis, Katy Perry and Primal Scream.  Given his recent record he looks certain to make the top ten while he could well put in a challenge for the top spot.

Editors – ‘Honesty’

Birmingham based five piece Editors are back in action this week with their new single ‘Honesty’. It is taken from their most recent album ‘The Weight Of Your Love’ which has failed to match the chart topping success of its two predecessors but still peaked at no.6. Their last appearance on the top forty chart came with ‘Papillon’ some four years ago, while their biggest hit remains ‘Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors’ which peaked at no.7 back in 2007.  The video to the track was uploaded to their Vevo channel and has received 60k views in its first two weeks which is someway short of the level of attention attracted by Calvin Harris for his new single. They have been on an extensive eighteen date tour of the UK this month which concludes this week in Nottingham.  Although I love the track I just can’t see this adding to their tally of ten top forty hits. 

Empire Of The Sun – ‘DNA’

Named after the 1984 novel by J.G.Ballard, Australian duo Empire Of The Sun return this week with ‘DNA’. It’s the second single to be taken from their second album ‘Ice On The Dune’ which peaked at no.24 on its release earlier this year. To date they have only achieved one top forty hit in the UK which was ‘We Are The People’, a track which topped the charts in Germany and made no.14 over here. The digital format of the single contains six different mixes; the Calvin Harris Remix Edit, the Alex Metric Remix, the Brodinski Remix, the Yuksek Remix, the Ta-Ku Remix and the Aston Shuffle Remix.  The video to the track was uploaded to their Vevo account in early September and has been viewed over 1.1m times since. Their last single made no.83 and with the fans already possessing the album I can’t see this selling enough copies to become a hit.

Janet Devlin – ‘Wonderful’

Little has been heard from Janet Devlin since she finished fourth on the 2011 series of X Factor.  She set up on the Pledge Music website to help fund her debut album where she received 4,159 pledges achieving 180% of her goal.  This week sees her release her debut single ‘Insomnia’ as a single track download on the Insomnia label. The accompanying music video was uploaded to YouTube on 1st November and received over 100k views in the first two weeks. The track was first played on the Graham Norton radio show in late October and will appear on her forthcoming debut album ‘Hide and Seek’. The album consists entirely of original material co-written by Janet with Newton Faulkner also assisting on a couple of the tracks.  Given that she has been away for two years recording this material there is a risk that she will have been forgotten by the public, so this may struggle to chart.

Manic Street Preachers – ‘Anthem For A Lost Cause’

‘Anthem For A Lost Cause’ is the second single to be taken from the current Manic Street Preachers album ‘Rewind The Film’.  The album peaked at no.4 and in doing so became their seventh long player to reach the top five. The digital EP features three bonus tracks; ‘See It Like Sutherland’, ‘Death Of A Digital Ghost’ and a live version of ‘She Is Suffering’ recorded at The O2 arena in London.  It comes accompanied by a stunning short film directed by Kieran Evans and stars Tori Lyons who also appeared in the award winning music video to previous single ‘Show Me The Wonder’. To date they have notched up thirty three top forty singles but despite the release of the digital EP I’m not sure that this will add to that tally. That is a reflection upon how music is sold now rather than the track which is both dramatic and beautiful. 

McFly – ‘Love Is On The Radio’

Next up is ‘Love Is On The Radio’ which marks the first release of new material from boyband McFly since ‘Love Is Easy’ which featured on their 2012 compilation ‘Memory Lane’.  They have twenty UK top forty hits to their name including seven chart toppers. Their popularity remains strong but has faded in recent years with their last studio album ‘Above The Noise’ making just no.20 back in 2010. The single is available as a one track download and a digital EP which contains the Radio Edit, the full length version and a ten minute version of ‘McFly the Musical’ recorded at the Royal Albert Hall. The music video was uploaded to their Vevo channel on 3rd November and received over 150k views on its first day. I have a feeling that this will see them back inside the top ten next weekend although they will face strong competititon if they are to come close to reaching the top spot. 

Olly Murs – ‘Hand On Heart’

Olly Murs is just one of a number of artists who are releasing repackaged versions of their albums in time for Christmas.  In support of that his new single ‘Hand On Heart’ is released this week and it is aiming to become the fifth top thirty hit from the album.  The digital format contains four new versions; the Radio Mix, the LuvBug Remix, the Moto Blanco Remix and a take recorded from his show at The O2 Arena. Since leaving the X Factor he has notched up ten top forty singles including an impressive four no.1 hits. His last album ‘In Case You Didn’t Know’ topped the charts selling a million copies and being certified 3x platinum while the follow up (and soon to be reissued) ‘Right Place Right Time’ is well on its way to matching those sales.  His singles are always guaranteed positive airplay and so I’m sure that this will make an appearance inside the top forty next weekend. 

Also released this week are ‘Satisfy Me’ by Aiden, ‘Iz Rite / Soul Love’ by Beady Eye, ‘In Your Car’ by Bright Light Bright Light, ‘Taste Of Me’ by Gala, ‘Party Animal’ by Ghetts featuring Kano & Mykl, ‘Somewhere In The Distance’ by The Hoosiers, ‘Christmas With Jai McDowell EP’ by Jai McDowell, ‘Bones’ by Josh Record, ‘Rollercoaster’ by Justin Bieber, ‘Harder They Fall’ by Kosheen and ‘You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover’ by The Strypes.

Next Week…

My money has to be on Calvin Harris & Alesso featuring Hurts to enter at the top on Sunday afternoon. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Chvrches, Leona Lewis, Morrissey and P!nk. Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

24 November, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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