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Chart Chat Edition 732 – W/C 01.12.13

Chart Chat Edition 732 – Week Commencing Sunday 1st December 2013 


Welcome to edition 732 of Chart Chat, the music review site which has been running for over fourteen 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 twelve new entries, four climbers, twenty two songs going down and no non movers on this weeks chart (to no.3) Calvin Harris can do no wrong lately and his new single ‘Under Control’ went straight in at the top with a little help from Alesso and Hurts. He held off a strong challenge from Gary Barlow and his single ‘Let Me Go’ which climbed one to no.2, the same position which he occupies on the album chart with ‘Since I Saw You Last’, his first long player in over a decade.

One Direction capped off a great week for them by seeing ‘Story Of My Life’ climb back up seven places to no.3 but Lily Allen went down three to no.4 with ‘Somewhere Only We Know’. Bastille fell three to no.5 with ‘Of The Night’ but McFly got a new entry at no.6 with ‘Love On The Radio’. Eminem featuring Rihanna fell two to no.7 with ‘Monster’ and Ellie Goulding went down four to no.8 with ‘How Long Will I Love You’. Breach featuring Andreya Triana went straight in at no.9 with ‘Everything You Never Had (We Had It All)’ and Martin Garrix fell four places to no.10 with his former chart topper ‘Animals’. 

There were two climbers and two new entries to be found in what remained of the top twenty. Lady Gaga featuring R Kelly went back up five places to no.11 with ‘Do What U Want’ and Avicii climbed thirteen to no.14 with ‘Hey Brother’.  Afrojack featuring Spree Wilson went straight in at no.17 and One Direction got a new entry at no.19 with ‘You & I’.

There were eight new entries and one climber in the lower half of the chart. One Direction went straight in at no.21 with ‘Don’t Forget Where You Belong’ while AWOLNATION climbed nine to no.22 with ‘Sail’. Olly Murs got a new entry at no.25 with ‘Hand On Heart’ and Jason Derulo went straight in at no.26 with ‘Trumpets’. Katy Perry got a new entry at no.35 with ‘Unconditionally’ and Justin Bieber kept up his run of top forty hits as ‘Roller Coaster’ went straight in at no.37.  RY X got a new entry at no.38 with ‘Berlin’ and Rihanna went straight in at no.39 with ‘What Now’. The final new entry came at no.40 and went to Jessie J with ‘Thunder’.

New Releases

All About She – ‘Higher (Free)’

London based trio All About She open up proceedings this week with their brand new single ‘Higher (Free)’.  The band consists of vocalist Vanya Taylor alongside producers James Tadgell and Jon Clare and the trio have already written a track for Tinie Tempah and performed remix duties for Jessie J. ‘Higher (Free)’ is released digitally as a single track download and follows up their previous release ‘Bullet’ which saw them team up with VV Brown earlier this year. A Grant Nelson remix of the track is also available for fans to listen to on their Soundcloud account. The accompanying music video was first uploaded to YouTube back in October and it has received over 190k views since then. This time of the year sees single sales slowly start to increase and although I like this song it is hard to see it selling in large enough quantites to secure a top forty placing.

Chvrches – ‘Lies’

It has been a great year for Glaswegian band Chvrhces with their reissued debut single ‘The Mother We Share’ giving them their first top forty hit and their album ‘The Bones Of What You Believe’ made the top ten.  Now comes ‘Lies’ which is the fourth single to be released.  The digital format features a cover of the Whitney Houston hit ‘It’s Not Right But It’s Okay’ alongside four new mixes of the track; the Single Version, the Tourist Remix, the Ikonika Remix and the Lxury Remix. The music video received almost 100k views during its first week of being uploaded while a liver performance of the track posted earlier this year has seen over 350k hits. The band performed the track on the Later…With Jools Holland TV show and it has become a live favourite with fans.  Given those facts there is every chance that this could give them a second top forty appearance on Sunday.

Dan Croll – ‘Home’

Staffordshire born twenty three year old singer / songwriter Dan Croll releases his new single ‘Home’ this week. He featured as The Guardian newspaper’s “Band Of The Day” as long ago as last November and released an EP recorded live at this years iTunes Festival. The song is released as a single track download and the video has received over 150k views since it was first uploaded. He completed a short tour of UK venues during November and this week sees him perform in various cities around Europe including Zurich, Vienna, Madrid and Barcelona. According to a recent radio interview he has his first album ready for release early in 2014. The release of ‘Home’ may come too early for him to record a top forty hit single but it should help to promote him as an artist and interest in his forthcoming album should slowly begin to grow.

The Jive Aces & Three Belles – ‘Christmas Is Where You Are’

It has been twenty four years since The Jive Aces won the BBC talent show Opportunity Knocks but this year sees them return for a crack at the festive chart with some help from the Three Belles on the charity single ‘Christmas Is Where You Are’. They reappeared on the 2012 series of Britains Got Talent but they failed to win despite receiving considerable praise from Simon Cowell. The Three Belles first appeared in 2010 and released their debut album ‘In Full Swing’ earlier this year. The single is released in aid of the Not Forgotten Foundation which helps servicemen both past and present who are wounded, sick or disabled.  So far the video has attracted less than 7,000 views in its first week so it will need to pick up if it is to reach the top forty. However it is for a very good cause so all of us here at Chart Chat wish it well next weekend. 

Leona Lewis – ‘One More Sleep’

When Leona Lewis won the X Factor in 2006 it seemed she would be destined to dominate the music scene. Early signs were good with three no.1 singles and 3m sales of her debut album ‘Spirit’.  The follow up ‘Echo’ topped the charts with sales of 680k and yielded the no.2 hit ‘Happy’.  However her third studio album ‘Glassheart’ only sold 70k copies in the UK despite it featuring the top ten single ‘Trouble’.  Now she is about to release a festive album entitled ‘Christmas, With Love’ which features a combination of new songs and cover versions of festive classics. The album was curiously recorded on the recommendation of Simon Cowell and the first single to come from it is ‘One More Sleep’, a track which was co-written by Leona herself. While Mariah Carey may be the exception to the rule, I can’t see this becoming a massive hit but when Simon Cowell is onside anything is possible.

Linden Jay featuring Ruby Wood – ‘Break The Hold’

Next up is Linden Jay who is indeed a man of many talents.  He is a producer, remixer and engineer who even played drums on Paloma Faith’s single ‘Upside Down’ while Ruby Wood is perhaps best known for her work touring with the Submotion Orchestra. This week sees them team up for the release of their new single ‘Break The Hold’. The digital format contains seven brand new mixes of the track; the Radio Edit, the Rollz Remix, the Ray Foxx Remix, the Kid Massive Remix, the Cause and Affect Remix, the Riddim Commission Remix and the Extended Remix.  The video was uploaded to Linden’s Vevo account back in September and has seen over 150k views since then. Trying to make the transition from clubs to the mainstream charts can prove to be tricky and as such I am not confident that this will go on to make the top forty next Sunday afternoon.

Michael Gray featuring Danielle Senior – ‘Chasing Shadows’

Producer and DJ Michael Gray returns this week, teaming up with Danielle Senior for his brand new single ‘Chasing Shadows’ which is released on the Transmissions Recording label.  He is still best known for his track ‘The Weekend’ which made the UK top ten in 2004 while also charting in countries around Europe.  However he also charted in 2006 with ‘Borderline’, a track saw him team up with Shelly Poole and it went on to peak at no.12 on the UK singles chart.  The digital format of ‘Chasing Shadows’ contains five new mixes of the track; the Radio Edit – Clean Version, the Club Mix, the Dub Mix, the Electronic Youth Dirty Remix and the Electronic Youth Dub Remix. As we talk about often on this site it can be difficult for dance music artists to crossover onto the mainstream chart, but Gray has been able to do this before and could well go on and do it again. 

Morrissey – ‘Satellite Of Love (Live)’

Morrissey’s new single, a cover of Lou Reed’s ‘Satellite Of Love’, is released this week to coincide with the release of his acclaimed ‘Autobiography’ book as an audiobook voiced by actor David Morrissey.  The single is released on download this week with a 7″ and heavyweight 12″ format to follow in January which will feature additional live tracks.  His last single was a reissue of his third single ‘Last Of The Famous International Playboys’ which was released at the same time as the remastered and repackaged version of his ‘Kill Uncle’ album. He has several new songs which have been played live but he has yet to secure a record deal which would see him release a follow up to his 2009 album ‘Years Of Refusal’. 2013 has seen him suffer from ill health and cancelled tours but hopefully 2014 will see him back on top form and possibly even playing live in the UK.

Rebecca Ferguson – ‘I Hope’

Former X Factor runner up Rebecca Ferguson is back with a new album ‘Freedom’ and from it comes her single ‘I Hope’. Despite the top three and double platinum sales success of her debut album ‘Heaven’ it only contained two top forty hits with ‘Nothings Real But Love’ performing the best reaching no.10. The digital format contains two versions of the track, the radio edit and a take recorded live at Air studios.  Since being uploaded to her Vevo account in late October the music video to the single had received over 150k views though it has some way to go if it is to beat the 5.3m views achieved by her debut single. It looks like she is destined to be more of an album artist than a singles one, and unless she can secure some improved commercial airplay statistics I think that this may struggle to make any significant inroads into the mainstream chart.

Also released this week are ‘Christmas Bells’ by Bellowhead, ‘Love This Town’ by Dizzee Rascal featuring Teddy Sky, ‘Change Me’ by Justin Bieber and ‘Christmas In LA’ by The Killers featuring Dawes. 

Next Week…

It looks like being a closely fought battle next weekend as the big guns hold themselves back for Christmas week. We can expect to see Mariah Carey and The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl  making their annual re-appearance but I think that Calvin Harris featuring Hurts & Alesso may well hold on for a second week. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists set to release new singles include Arctic Monkeys, Jessie J, Placebo and Susan Boyle & Elvis Presley.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson


1 December, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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