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Chart Chat Edition 733 – W/C 08.12.13

Chart Chat Edition 733 – Week Commencing Sunday 8th December 2013 


Welcome to edition 733 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 six new entries, four re-entries, eleven climbers, sixteen songs going down and three non movers on this weeks chart. There was a change at the top of the charts as Lily Allen went back up three places to no.1 with ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ with One Direction being her closest rival with ‘Story Of My Life’ which climbed up one to no.2. 

Bastille climbed two to no.3 with ‘Of The Night’ while Calvin Harris featuring Alesso & Hurts fell three to no.4 with ‘Under Control’. Gary Barlow fell three to no.5 with ‘Let Me Go’ and Eminem featuring Rihanna climbed back up one to no.6 with ‘The Monster’. Ellie Goulding went up one to no.7 with ‘How Long Will I Love You’ and Avicii climbed six places to no.8 with ‘Hey Brother’.  Martin Garrix went up one to no.9 with ‘Animals’ and the final position in the top ten went to Lady Gaga featuring R Kelly climbed one to no.10 with ‘Do What U Want’.

Three new entries, two re-entries and one climber were to be found in what remained of the top twenty.  Jason Derulo climbed fourteen places to no.12 with ‘Trumpets’ while Mariah Carey re-entered at no.14 with ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’. Rebecca Ferguson got a new entry at no.15 with ‘I Hope’ and The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl re-entered at no.16 with ‘Fairytale Of New York’. James Arthur went straight in at no.19 with ‘Recovery’ and the top twenty was concluded by All About She who got a new entry with ‘Higher (Free)’.

There were three new entries, two re-entries and two climbers in the lower half of the chart. Rihanna climbed fourteen places to no.25 with ‘What Now’ becoming the fifth single to be taken from her ‘Unapologetic’ album while Pharrell Williams got a new entry at no.30 with ‘Happy’.  Jessie J climbed nine to no.31 with ‘Thunder’ and Mumford & Sons re-entered at no.33 with ‘I Will Wait’ which enjoys a resurgence after it was performed by Luke Friend on X Factor last weekend. Leona Lewis went straight in at no.34 with ‘One More Sleep’ while Wizzard continued the festive re-entries with ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’ returning to chart action at no.37. The final new entry came at no.39 and went to Justin Bieber with ‘Change Me’. 

Other Christmas Songs

There were nine other Christmas songs in the remainder of the top 100 this week. Wham! climbed forty seven places to no.44 with ‘Last Christmas’ while Shakin’ Stevens went up fifty three places to no.56 with ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’. Slade climbed to no.57 with ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ and Band Aid went up sixty places to no.62 with ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’.  Brenda Lee was at no.67 with her version of ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’ and Chris Rea was back at no.72 with ‘Driving Home For Christmas’.  East 17 re-entered at no.89 with ‘Stay Another Day’ and The Killers featuring Dawes got a new entry at no.92 with ‘Christmas In L.A.’.  Andy Williams was responsible for the final Christmas song on the chart as ‘It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas’ went in at no.98. 

New Releases

Arctic Monkeys – ‘One For The Road’

First up this week are the Arctic Monkeys who release their brand new single ‘One For The Road’ this week on 7″ vinyl with ‘You’re So Dark’ featuring as the new track on the b side. This is aiming to be the fourth hit from their current ‘AM’ album following on from ‘R U Mine’, ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High’ and ‘Do I Wanna Know’ all of which have reached the top thirty. They have enjoyed twelve top forty hits so far but they have failed to maintain their early form which saw their first two singles ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor’ and ‘When The Sun Goes Down’ reach no.1. The official video to accompany the track was released at the end of October and has received 1.4m views during its first month. Given that many fans will already own this on the album and vinyl sales will be relatively low I can see this missing out on reaching the top forty. 

Chloe Howl – ‘Paper Heart’

Chloe Howl follows up her ‘No Strings’ single with ‘Paper Heart’ this week. The digital release is on the Sony label and it features the bonus track ‘To My Face’. The accompanying music video was uploaded during October and has received 100k views during its first month. While ‘No Strings’ failed to chart it did gain exposure by featuring on the soundtrack to the movie ‘Kick Ass 2’. Recently she has been working with producer Chris Zane who has also worked with Nelly Furtado, Pacific Air, Holy Ghost! and Mumford & Sons. Next month she is due to support John Newman at his gig at The Concorde in Brighton while in January she will headline her own gig at Dingwalls in Camden. While she has the backing of a major label there is still a risk of this getting caught up in the Christmas rush, and my gut feel is that this won’t appear inside the chart next weekend. 

The Courteeners – ‘Are You In Love With A Notion’

Indie favourites The Courteeners release their latest single ‘Are You In Love With A Notion’ this week on both 7″ vinyl and download. Both versions contain the PSA remix while the download also contains an acoustic version.  The track originally featured on their third studio album ‘Anna’ which made the top ten earlier this year. So far they have had five top forty hits with their biggest being ‘Not Nineteen Forever’ which peaked at no.19 in 2008. The video to the track was uploaded to the bands Vevo account in November and received a modest 30k views in its first two weeks. There are also a handful of live versions of the track which have been uploaded to YouTube over the past few months. The first single from the album ‘Lose Control’ peaked at no.82 and given the relative lack of bonus tracks I don’t see this single performing much better. 

Fynnjan – ‘The Spirit Of Christmas’

Fynnjan Leach-Verhoeven is an eleven year old schoolboy from Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire.  He has Aspergers Syndrome and has written ‘The Spirit Of Christmas’ to raise money for the National Autistic Society.  The digital format contains an extended version of the song alongside an instrumental take on the track. The music video was uploaded to YouTube at the end of November but has only a few thousand views to its name so far.  He has undertaken an extensive tour of radio stations in order to promote the single and this week we will see if that has paid off. Jameela Jamil and Scott Mills mentioned Fynnjan as one of the contenders for this years top spot but I am a little less confident that he will put in a strong challenge.  That said this is a fantastic achievement for a singer / songwriter who is so young and we wish him well in his bid to score a Christmas hit.

Jessie J – ‘Thunder’

While this track has already charted thanks to people buying the album version, ‘Thunder’ gets its full release as a single this week. It originally featured on her top three album ‘Alive’ but has been edging up the charts since it started to receive radio airplay. The digital format of the single contains four brand new mixes; the Full Crate Remix, the Erik Arbores Remix, the Erik Arbores Dub and the Instrumental. This represents her tenth top forty hit, with eight of the previous releases reaching the top ten and two making the top spot (‘Domino’ and ‘Price Tag’). The accompanying music video was uploaded two weeks ago and has since received over 1.7m views on her Vevo account.  Jessie is a hugely popular artist with a strong fanbase and the release of this as a single with new mixes should serve to push this still further up the charts next weekend.

London Grammar – ‘Nightcall’

It’s been a great year for London Grammar with their album ‘If You Wait’ peaking at no.2 while yielding two top forty hits in the shape of ‘Strong’ and ‘Wasting My Young Years’.  They also teamed up with Disclosure on their single ‘Help Me Lose My Mind’ though that dropped just short of the top forty.  This week sees the release of ‘Nightcall’ as their latest single and the digital format features the track ‘Everywhere You Go’ along with four new mixes; the L-G Edit, the Freemasons Pegasus Club Mix, the Raaja Bones & Fyfe Dangerfield Remix and the Special Request VIP Mix. The band recently completed a series ok UK gigs and this week have been performing at Rennes in France. I’m not sure how big this single will be given the success of the album and the fact that many more tracks are released at this time of year.  As such it may end up struggling. 

Marika Hackman – ‘Sugar Blind EP’

Critically acclaimed singer / songwriter Marika Hackman releases her latest EP ‘Sugar Blind’ this week on the Dirty Hit label. The lead track is ‘Cinnamon’ which has been available on its own for a few days but the EP also contains ‘Itchy Teeth’, ‘Wolf’ and ’81’. It’s the follow up to her seven track EP ‘That Iron Taste’ which was released back in February of this year and is released ahead of her forthcoming UK tour which takes in five dates this week.  Her Facebook page has received over 10,000 likes and fans signing up to her mailing list can receive a free covers EP which sees her take on tracks by a variety of artists including Nico, Nirvana, Warpaint, The Knife and Dusty Springfield.  While she is certainly building a sizeable fanbase I think this release may come too early for her to secure a chart hit.  However if she releases a full length album in 2014 I could see it doing well for her. 

Susan Boyle & Elvis Presley – ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’

At the time of writing this single is the third favourite for this years Christmas no. 1 behind AC/DC and the as yet unknown winner of this years X Factor series. Already Susan is releasing her fifth album ‘Home For Christmas’ with three of the previous four topping the charts. She has seen relatively little success on the singles chart however with only three tracks reaching the top forty.  Her biggest hit was her cover of Rolling Stones ‘Wild Horses’ though she also teamed up with Peter Kaye on his Comic Relief version of the classic duet ‘I Know Him So Well’. Now using the power of technology she has teamed up with Elvis Presley who left this earth some thirty six years ago.  My feeling is that either this single will be inside the top three in Christmas week or it will fail altogether. For now I jsut cannot make my mind up just which way it will end up going!

Tich – ‘Candlelight EP II’

Last year saw twenty year old singer / songwriter Tich release her first Candlelight EP and this year she follows that up with her second. The EP contains four tracks; ‘Love On Christmas Eve’, ‘When It Was Beautiful’, ‘Prince In Disguise and ‘Like Stars’. This year saw her notch up her first top forty hit in the shape of ‘Dumb’ which made no.23 though the follow up ‘Obsession’ could only peak at no.56.  Next year sees her perform in Paris before taking on a short tour of the UK in February.  She has been busy in the studio working with Nick Jonas (who wrote ‘Breathe In Breathe Out’ on last years EP) and hopes to have her debut album completed during 2014. She will need to pick up some mainstream airplay if she is to see any of these tracks inside the top forty, and unfortunately she may struggle to achieve that. As such I don’t forsee this making the top forty next Sunday afternoon. 

Also released this week are ‘And Anyway It’s Christmas’ by !!! (Chk Chk Chk), ‘Raising Hell’ by Bullet For My Valentine, ‘Pacifier’ by Catfish and the Bottlemen, ‘Superlove’ by Charli XCX, ‘Confident’ by Justin Bieber featuring Chance The Rapper and ‘I Hate You This Christmas’ by Kate Nash.

Next Week…

With the John Lewis TV advert still running I expect Lily Allen to hold on at the top but One Direction could yet topple her. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include The Big Reunion, James Arthur, Katy Perry and Lucy Spraggan.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

8 December, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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