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Chart Chat Edition 736 – W/C 29.12.13

Chart Chat Edition 736 – Week Commencing Sunday 29th December 2013 


Welcome to edition 736 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 was one new entry, ten re-entries, sixteen climbers, nine songs going down and four non movers on this weeks chart.  Pharrell Williams climbed one place to no.1 with ‘Happy’ while Sam Bailey fell to no.2 with ‘Skyscraper’ after just a week ath the top.

Avicii went up two places to no.3 with ‘Hey Brother’ and Jason Derulo climbed four to no.4 with ‘Trumpets’ Eminem featuring Rihanna climbed four to no.5 with ‘Monster’ and Lily Allen was a non mover at no.6 with her version of ‘Somewhere Only We Know’. Ellie Goulding was a non mover at no.7 with ‘How Long Will I Love You’ while Katy Perry climbed seven to no.8 with ‘Roar’.  One Direction climbed one to no.9 with ‘Story Of My Life’ and OneRepublic went up twelve to no.10 with ‘Counting Stars’. 

A further six climbers were to be found in what remained of the top twenty. Martin Garrix climbed three to no.13 with ‘Animals’ while Little Mix went back up five to no.14 with ‘Move’. Lorde climbed eight to no.16 with ‘Royals’ and Avicii went up ten to no.17 with ‘Wake Me Up’. Ellie Goulding climbed back up twenty places to no.18 with ‘Burn’ and Little Mix also went up twenty to no.19 with ‘Little Me’. 

There was one new entry, ten re-entries and three climbers in the lower half of the chart this week. Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz re-entered at no.21 with ‘Talk Dirty’ while Miley Cyrus re-entered at no.22 with ‘Wrecking Ball’. Storm Queen climbed back up eight places to no.23 with the MK Remix of ‘Look Right Through’ and The Killers went up one to no.28 with ‘Mr Brightside’. Beyonce featuring Jay-Z got a new entry at no.29 with ‘Drunk In Love’ and Rizzle Kicks re-entered at no.31 with ‘Skip To The Good Bit’. Ylvis re-entered at no.33 with ‘The Fox (What Does The Fox Say)’ and One Direction re-entered at no.34 with ‘Best Song Ever’.  The Vamps re-entered at no.35 with ‘Can We Dance’ and James Blunt re-entered at no.36 with ‘Bonfire Heart’. John Newman climbed three to no.37 with ‘Love Me Again’ and Bastille re-entered at no.38 with ‘Pompeii’.  Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams re-entered with the years biggest seller ‘Blurred Lines’ at no.39 and the top forty was completed by Jessie J who re-entered at no.40 with ‘It’s My Party’.

Christmas Songs

Leona Lewis had the highest place Christmas song as ‘One More Sleep’ fell twelve to no.15 while The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl went down ten to no.24 with ‘Fairytale Of New York’. Mariah Carey fell seventeen places to no.30 with ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ and Kelly Clarkson fell twenty five to no.55 with ‘Underneath The Tree’. Wham! went down thirty two places to no.68 with ‘Last Christmas’ and Wizzard fell thirty nine places to no.80 with ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’.  Chris Rea went down thirty eight places to no.91 with ‘Driving Home For Christmas’ while Slade fell forty one places to no.92 with ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’.

New Releases

Fuse ODG – ‘Million Pound Girl (Badder Than Bad)’

This is a traditionally quiet week for sales and new releases so it is an opportunity for an act to secure a higher chart position with slightly lower sales than normal.  Ghanaian born rapper Fuse ODG is just one artist who is hoping to take advantage of this with his new single ‘Million Pound Girl (Badder Than Bad)’. It is released as a single track download while an EP of remixes is also available digitally taking in the new song ‘Come Closer’ (recorded with Wande Coal) alongside the Konshens Remix, the Rymez Remix and the Steve Smart & Westfunk Radio Edit. This year has been very successful for him so far with ‘Antenna’ peaking at no.7 and his Itz Tiffany collaboration ‘Azonto’ also reached the top thirty. This single should go on to make it three hits in a row and it should set him up for 2014 when we may see sight of a full length album from him. 

Little Mix – ‘Little Me’

This track has already charted thanks to it featuring on the bands ‘Salute’ album but now it gets a full release as a single in its own right.  The digital format contains five new mixes of the track; the Single Mix, the Steve Smart & Westfunk Radio Edit, the DE$iGNATED Radio Remix, the Live Xtra Factor Performance and the Instrumental Version. This single marks their seventh top forty appearance since winning the X Factor in 2011.  Their debut single ‘Cannonball’ topped the charts as did the follow up ‘Wings’ but since then they have failed to reach the summit.  Their success has stretched to the album chart where they have seen both of their long players reach the top five.  This is released at a perfect time to take advantage of the post Christmas sales lull and these new mixes should help to push this further up the chart next weekend.

Matrix & Futurebound featuring Max Marshall – ‘Control’

Dance music duo Matrix & Futurebound consist of Jamie Quinn and Brendan Collins and they return this week with their new single ‘Control’ which is released on the 3Beat Productions Ltd label. The digital format contains four new mixes of the track; the Torqux Remix, the Yousef Circus Rework, the Apexx Remix and Matrix & Futurebounds S.T.F.U Remix while a single track download of the normal version can also be found. Their first single was ‘Strength To Strength’ back in 2005 but it wasn’t until their 2012 track ‘All I Know’ that they made the top forty.  That particular single peaked at no.29 while the follow up ‘Magnetic Eyes’ saw them team up with Baby Blue and it reached five places higher at no.24.  The music video to this track was uploaded in early November and has received over 350k views and given the interest I think that this will find its way into the top forty on Sunday afternoon. 

Mint Royale featuring Willem Dafoe – ‘Ring’

Mint Royale originally formed as a duo but when Chris Baker left in 2004 the remaining member Neil Claxton continued to use the name.  Their biggest hit came with their update of ‘Singin’ In The Rain’ which re-entered at no.1 following its use by Britains Got Talent winner George Sampson in his winning routine.  Excluding their remix of Terrorvision’s ‘Tequila’ (on which they received a credit) they have reached the top forty on five occasions.  This week sees the release of their new single ‘Ring’ on the Warner Brothers label and it is a new track which sees a guest appearance from the actor Willem Dafoe.  Released on New Years Day the digital format also contains the bonus track ‘Grin’. The last release under the name Mint Royale was ‘GTFU’ which missed out on any significant chart action early in 2013 and my feeling is that this will meet the same fate.

Pitbull featuring Ke$ha – ‘Timber’

Pitbull is aiming to kick off 2014 with another huge hit in the shape of ‘Timber’.  The track features a guest appearance by Ke$ha and has already topped the charts in Austria and Canada while also reaching the top five in the US, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Spain and Switzerland.  The track interpolates the 1979 track ‘San Francisco Bay’ by Danish harmonica player Lee Oskar (who formed part of the band War) although on this version the harmonica is performed by Texan musician Paul Harrington.  At the time of writing the accompanying music video had been viewed 32m times and I have no reason to see why this would not replicate its worldwide success in the UK top forty. With so many of the Christmas tracks now falling down the charts there is a big opportunity for a track such as this to walk straight into the top five next weekend.

Polica – ‘Spilling Lines’

Earlier this year Minneapolis based five piece Polica notched up their first top forty album with ‘Shulamith’ which peaked at no.33. It was named after the feminist Shulamith Firestone which lead singer Channy Leaneagh refers to as her muse and They have yet to trouble the top forty singles chart but they will be looking to change that with their new EP ‘Spilling Lines’.  The digital format contains the album version of the main track alongside five new mixes of ‘Chain My Name’.  These include the Perera Elsewhere Remix, the Seams Remix, the Allan Kingdom Remix, the Paper Tiger Remix and the Pony Bwoy Remix. Given their previous chart performance history it’s hard to see this reaching the top forty, particularly considering the fact that the main track here already appears on their exisiting album which their fans will already possess a copy of. 

Also released this week is ‘Walking On Water’ by Eliza Doolittle.

2014 Preview


Things kick off on the 6th with Cher releasing her new single ‘Sirens’ while a week later teams up with Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa, French Montana and DJ Mustard for his new track ‘Feelin’ Myself’.  Gary Barlow achieves his long held ambition to duet with Elton John on their new collaboration ‘Face To Face’ and Franz Ferdinand are releasing ‘Bullet’ as their new single.  The Beatles release a thirteen disc package of their US albums while we can also expect greatest hits compilations from Hard-Fi and Mike & The Mechanics.  Bruce Springsteen is back with his new album ‘High Hopes’ while Sophie Ellis-Bextor is hoping that her success on the recent series of Strictly Come Dancing will revive her fortunes as she releases ‘Wanderlust’ which becomes her first long player in almost three years.  Other artists releasing new albums include Mike Oldfield, Sheryl Crow and David Crosby.


Currently scheduled for release in February are Just Blaze & Baauer featuring Jay-Z with ‘Higher’ and Tinie Tempah teams up with Labrinth for their new single ‘Lover Not A Fighter’.  Selena Gomez looks set to finally release ‘Slow Down’ which has been delayed since the end of Summer and Bombay Bicycle Club bring out ‘Luna’ as a single. Suzanne Vega is back with her album ‘Tales From The Realm Of The Queen Of Pentacles’ while Lisa Stansfield also returns with ‘Seven’.  John Harle and Marc Almond team up for the release of ‘The Tyburn Tree : Dark London’ and The Fall are due to bring out their ‘Live’ album consisting of recordings taken from concerts over the past three years. Other artists who are scheduled to release new albums include former Christians guitarist Henry Priestman, Reverend & The Maker, Philip Phillips Nina Persson and A Great Big World.


Enrique Iglesias collaborates with Pitbull on the single ‘Let Me Be Your Lover’, Big Sean releases ‘You Don’t Know’ and The Weeknd has ‘Wanderlust’ ready for release. Some old faces return with new albums as Kaiser Chiefs release ‘Education, Education, Education & War’ while The Hoosiers are back with ‘The News From Nowhere’. The hugely over-rated Elbow release their new album ‘Carry Her, Carry Me’ and the hotly tipped X Factor prospect Ella Henderson will issue her debut long player although as yet it does not have a title.  Glee star Lea Michelle is releasing her album ‘Louder’ while enough unreleased material has been uncovered to justify another new album by Country legend Johnny Cash.  It will be entitled ‘Out Among The Stars’ and will hit the shops on the 24th.  Other artists planning to release new albums include Angel Haze, Black Lips and Paloma Faith.

Next Week…

The chart is desperate for new blood and so I expect Pitbull featuring Ke$ha to make their debut at the top with ‘Timber’. Don’t forget to stop by next week for the first edition of 2014 when artists releasing new singles look set to include Cher, Crystal Fighters, Henrik B and Ray Foxx featuring J Warner.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

29 December, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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