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Chart Chat Edition 735 – W/C 22.12.13

Chart Chat Edition 735 – Week Commencing Sunday 22nd December 2013 


Welcome to edition 735 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 three new entries, six re-entries, eight climbers, nineteen songs going down and two non movers on this weeks chart (to no.3).  Perhaps no surprises as Sam Bailey triumped with her cover version of ‘Skyscraper’ though with sales of just 149k she will have to go someway to match last years winner James Arthur who sold 622k copies of ‘Impossible’ in its first eleven days.   Pharrell Williams finished in second place with ‘Happy’ though I expect him to take over at the top next weekend.

Leona Lewis got a non mover at no.3 with ‘One More Sleep’ while AC/DC fans celebrated their first ever top ten hit after forty years of trying as ‘Highway To Hell’ re-entered at no.4. Avicii went down three to no.5 with ‘Hey Brother’ and Lily Allen fell five places to no.6 with ‘Somewhere Only We Know’. Ellie Goulding went down two places to no.7 ‘How Long Will I Love You’ and Jason Derulo fell one to no.8 with ‘Trumpets’. Eminem featuring Rihanna climbed one to no.9 with ‘Monster’ and the top ten was rounded off by One Direction who fell one to no.10 with ‘Story Of My Life’. 

There were three climbers and one re-entry to be found in what remained in the top twenty.  The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl climbed one to no.14 with ‘Fairytale Of New York’ and Katy Perry went back up eight to no.15 with ‘Roar’. AWOLNATION climbed two to no.18 with ‘Sail’ and Ed Sheeran rounded off the top twenty with ‘I See Fire’ re-entering at no.20.

There were three new entries, four re-entries and four climbers in the lower half of this weeks chart.  The Big Reunion went straight in at no.21 with their cover of ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’ while Katy Perry climbed nine places to no.25 with ‘Unconditionally’. Chase & Status featuring Jacob Banks went up two to no.26 with ‘Alive’ and The Killers re-entered at no.29 with ‘Mr Brightside’ following their performance of the track on last weeks X Factor final.  Kelly Clarkson entered at no.30 with ‘Underneath The Tree’ and Altern8 re-entered at no.33 with ‘Activ8 (Come With Me)’. Sub Focus climbed one to no.35 with ‘Turn Back Time’ and Wham! went up four to no.36 with ‘Last Christmas’.  Demi Lovato re-entered at no.37 with ‘Skyscraper’ and Little Mix got a new entry at no.39 with ‘Little Me’.  The final re-entry came at no.40 and went to John Newman with ‘Love Me Again’.

Other Christmas Songs

Wizzard dropped ten places to no.41 with ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’ and Slade dropped two to no.51 with ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’. Chris Rea climbed eight to no.53 with ‘Driving Home For Christmas’ while Shakin’ Stevens fell five to no.59 with ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’. Band Aid dropped six to no.63 with ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ and Brenda Lee fell nine to no.72 with ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’. Michael Buble climbed twenty four places to no.81 with his version of ‘It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas’ but East 17 dropped seventeen places to no.85 with ‘Stay Another Day’. Former contenders for the Christmas no.1 Susan Boyle & Elvis Presley fell thirty nine places to no.87 while John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band went up fifteen places to no.88.  The final Christmas song inside the top 100 was The Ronettes with ‘Sleigh Ride’ which climbed six to no.98.

New Releases

This is traditionally a quiet week, and 2013 is no exception!  We would normally attempt to look at the best nine releases, with a summery of any other singles released in that week.  But this week there are just two…

Kele Okereke – ‘Heartbreaker EP’

Next up is Bloc Party singer Kele Okereke who returns this week with his brand new EP ‘Heartbreaker’.  The download format contains the tracks ‘Heartbreaker’, ‘Get Up’, ‘God Has A Way’ along with the Recondite Amiti Mix of ‘Heartbreaker’. His debut solo album ‘The Boxer’ was released back in 2010, and included the top forty single ‘Tenderoni’. Earlier this year he made a guest appearance on the Sub Focus single ‘Turn It Around’ which peaked at no.14 and he has also collaborated with RAC, Chemical Brothers, Martin Solveig and Hercules & Love Affair. Last week saw him play live at Platform 5 in Ashford, Kent which concludes his live appearances for this year.  His Facebook page has over 39,000 likes and he is very much a musician in his own right away from Bloc Party.  This could well chart inside the top forty next Sunday afternoon. 

Sub Focus – ‘Turn Back Time’

It’s always a strange week to release a new single with the first three days taken up with Christmas songs still selling well, while Christmas Day itself is often a quiet time for sales.  After that we often see a resurgence of those tracks featured in end of the year round up shows, so the top forty next weekend could well look very strange.  Hoping to sneak inside somewhere are Sub Focus who release their single ‘Turn Back Time’. The track has already reached the top forty, and became the fifth single to do so from their album ‘Torus’.  However this week sees the release of a digital EP containing four new mixes; the Radio Edit, the Special Request Remix, the Metric Remix and the Bro Safari & ETC! ETC! Remix.  I think this could yet climb the charts still further, so watch out for this being one of the bigger climbers inside the top forty next weekend.

Next week…

With such poor sales for Sam Bailey I think Pharrell Williams can push on and secure the top spot next weekend. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Eliza Doolittle, Enrique Iglesias, J Cole and Pitbull featuring Ke$ha. Until then have yourself a good week. 


Ian Anderson


22 December, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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