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Chart Chat Edition 737 – W/C 05.01.14

Chart Chat Edition 737 – Week Commencing Sunday 5th January 2014 


Welcome to edition 737 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 two new entries, three re-entries, ten climbers, eighteen songs going down and five non movers on this weeks chart (to no.3)  It was out with the old and in with the new as Pitbull featuring Ke$ha made its debut at the top with ‘Timber’ which meant that Pharrell Williams fell one to no.2 with his Despicable Me 2 track ‘Happy’.

Avicii was a non mover at no.3 with ‘Hey Brother’ and Jason Derulo also stayed the same at no.4 with ‘Trumpets’. Ellie Goulding claimed top spot on the album chart this week and also saw ‘How Long Will I Love You’ climb back up two to no.7 while Eminem featuring Rihanna went down one to no.6 with ‘The Monster’. Sam Bailey fell five to no.7 with ‘Skyscraper’ but Martin Garrix went back up five places to no.8 with ‘Animals’. One Direction got a non mover at no.9 with ‘Story Of My Life’ while the top ten was concluded by OneRepublic who also had a non mover with ‘Counting Stars’ at no.10. 

Two new entries and another climber were to be found in what remained of the top twenty.  Fuse ODG went straight in at no.14 with ‘Million Pound Girl (Badder Than Bad)’ and Avicii climbed back up two places to no.15 with ‘Wake Me Up’. Finally Matrix & Futurebound featuring Max Marshall got a new entry at no.18 with ‘Control’. 

There were three re-entries and seven climbers in the lower half of the chart. John Newman climbed fifteen places to no.22 with ‘Love Me Again’ while Lady Gaga featuring R Kelly also went up three to no.23 with ‘Do What U What’.  Rizzle Kicks climbed six to no.25 with ‘Skip To The Good Bit’ and Beyonce featuring Jay-Z went up two to no.27 with ‘Drunk In Love’. Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams climbed eleven to no.28 with ‘Blurred Lines’ while Ed Sheeran continued to profit from the success of the new Hobbit film as ‘I See Fire’ went back up two to no.30.  Bastille climbed six places to no.32 with ‘Pompeii’ and Wilkinson re-entered at no.34 with ‘Afterglow’.  Chase & Status featuring Jacob re-entered at no.35 with ‘Alive’ and Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams completed the picture re-entering at no.39 with ‘Get Lucky’.

New Releases

Armin Van Buuren – ‘Save My Night’

Last year saw the Dutch DJ and producer Armin Van Buuren notch up the biggest hit of his career with his Trevor Guthrie collaboration ‘This Is What It Feels Like’.  The track became his seventeenth top forty hit in his native Netherlands, peaking at no.2 while in the UK it was only his second major hit going on to reach no.6.  This week sees him release the radio edit version of ‘Save My Night’ and the original mix of the track has been available on YouTube now for just over a month, notching up over 125k views. 2013 also saw him perform at the coronation of the new Dutch king while DJ Mag magazine voted him to be no.2 on their Top 100 DJs poll.  He has yet to really crossover onto the British mainstream charts although his tunes remain popular in the clubs.  If this can pick up some commercial airplay this could well go on to give him another top forty hit. 

Avicii – ‘Hey Brother’

Acclaimed Swedish DJ Avicii has been in the charts for a few weeks now with ‘Hey Brother’ but this week sees him release an EP of new mixes.  Included on the digital format are the Extended Version and the Syn Cole Radio Edit of ‘Hey Brother’ while also featured are the EDX Miami Sunset Radio Edit of ‘Wake Me Up’ and the Throttle Radio Edit of ‘You Make Me’. The track has already topped the charts in Sweden, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands and these new mixes could take advantage of the post Christmas charts where the festive tracks have been falling away.  The track features on his current album ‘True’ which peaked at no.2 in the UK while also making the top five in countries all around the world including Austria, Australia, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden and the US. This could put in a challenge for the top spot next weekend. 

Crystal Fighters – ‘Love Natural’

Next up are the electronic band Crystal Fighters who release their new single ‘Love Natural’ this week. The track first surfaced as part of their ‘Cave Rave’ album which reached the top twenty on the Indie charts last year.  The digital format of this single comes with a variety of new mixes including the Radio Edit, the Gold Top Remix, the Touch Tone Remix, the Thefft Remix, the Debian Black Remix, the Carnivals Remix, the Scullious Remix, the Zebra Safari Mix, the Cajoline Remix and the Love Ssega Rework.  While they have failed to reach the top forty in the UK their track ‘Plage’ did reach the top ten in the Netherlands. The video to this track was selected to form part of Vimeo’s staff picks and was viewed over 40k times during its first week of being uploaded.  Despite this being a low sales week I can’t see this breaking their run of singles without a top forty hit.

Duck Sauce – Radio Stereo

It’s been three years since Duck Sauce took over the charts with ‘Barbara Streisand’, a dance track which heavily relied upon sampling Boney M’s hit ‘Gotta Go Home’.  It reached no.3 in the UK and topped the charts in Australia, Austria, Finland, Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland.  It won the Best Underground Dance Track at the 2010 International Dance Music Awards, a feat which they repeated two years later with ‘Big Bad Wolf’, a track which failed to chart in the UK. The digital download comes with four new mixes; the Radio Edit, the Extended Club Mix, the Bingo Players Remix and the Bingo Players Radio Edit. The track samples ‘Radio’, a 1982 song by The Members and the new version has the thumbs up from its songwriter Nigel Bennett.  This could well re-establish themselves inside the top twenty next weekend. 

Eliza & The Bear – ‘It Gets Cold’

‘It Gets Cold’ is the brand new single from Eliza & The Bear, a five piece from London who actually do not contain any members called Eliza!  It is released as a digital download on the Capitol label which also features the new track ‘Hungry Ghosts & Howlin’ Wolves’. The band are set to play a series of gigs in Germany during January before returning to the UK in February for a run of headlining concerts where they will support Luke Sital Singh.  They first came to public attention when they released their first single ‘Brothers Boat’ as a free download back in 2012 and have sinced followed up with the double a side ‘Upon The North / The Southern Wild’ and then subsequently ‘Friends’.  They may well be destined for greatness in 2014 but a lot may depend on the success, or otherwise, of this single. 

Hardwell featuring Matthew Koma – ‘Dare You’

Just why is it that so many of the worlds top DJ’s hail from the Netherlands?  No one can be sure but DJ Hardwell is another one and this week sees him release his Matthew Koma collaboration ‘Dare You’.  The majority of his success has come in his homeland where he has notched up five top forty singles since first appearing in 2010, including this track which reached no.31. Matthew Koma meanwhile is an American singer who derives his inspiration from Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello and who has previously teamed up with dance acts LMFAO and Far East Movement. The digital download features two mixes; the Radio Edit and the Extended Mix.  It’s often hard to predict the success of such singles as they tend to either fly into the top ten or disappear without trace. Only time will tell just what category this will end up falling into.

Henrik B – ‘Echoes’

Fresh from appearing at Goa’s Beach Music Festival over the festive period comes thirty six year old Swedish DJ and producer Henrik B with his new single ‘Echoes’ which comes released on the Virgin EMI label.  He recently celebrated his birthday while out in India performing at the Supersonic 2013 festival where he shared the bill with Nihhil Chinapa, Alvaro and Tristan. The digital format contains six brand new mixes of the track; the Radio Version, the Extended Mix, the Beckwith Remix, the Merk & Kremont Remix, the Spencer Brown Remix and the We Smile Remix. The track also features the talents of Niklas Gustavsson and Peter Johansson and the accompanying music video has received over 330k views since it was originally uploaded back in August.  This could well go on to crossover from the dance chart and become a mainstream hit next weekend. 

Ray Foxx featuring J Warner – ‘Fireworks (Bang Bang)’

This week sees the release of the brand new single from English DJ and producer Ray Foxx which sees him team up with J Warner. Entitled ‘Fireworks (Bang Bang)’, the Radio Edit is released this week while an EP of remixes is due out next week.  That will feature a variety of new mixes including the Koncept Remix, the Club Mix, the Steve Smart & Westfunk Radio Edit, the Ben Mono Remix, the DJ Q Remix and the Kry Wolf Remix. His biggest (and only) hit to date is ‘Boom Boom (Heartbeat)’ which peaked at no.12 and saw him team up with the Welsh vocalist Rachel K Collier.  A lyric video was uploaded to YouTube back in early November and has been viewed over 18k times at the time of writing. This could certainly go on to repeat the success of his previous hit so it is worth watching out for this becoming one of the high new entries next weekend. 

Suzanne Vega – ‘Fools Complaint’

It has been eighteen years since the last Suzanne Vega single ‘No Cheap Thrill’.  It became her fifth top forty single, and now her new release ‘Fools Complaint’ will be aiming to become the sixth.  It features on her forthcoming studio album ‘Tales From The Realm Of The Queens Of Pentacles’ which is her first long player since 2007’s ‘Beauty And Crime’.  That album only made no.127 which was a far cry from the late 80’s / early 90’s when ‘Solitude Standing’ peaked at no.2 and ‘Days Of Open Hand’ reached no.7. Some fans have drawn comparisons with her earlier track ‘When The Heroes Go Down’ but overall the track has received a good reception from fans and critics alike. Whether this can make the top forty remains to be seen with my gut feeling being that fans will be more likely to wait for the album which is due for release in early February.

The only other single released this week is ‘Blow’ by Martin Solveig & Laidback Luke.

Next Week…

Given the lack of big new releases this week I think it will be the same suspects battling it out next Sunday so I expect Pitbull featuring Ke$ha to hold on for a second week at no.1. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Elyar Fox, Newton Faulkner, The Orwells and featuring Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa, French Montana and DJ Mustard.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

5 January, 2014 - Posted by | ChartChat

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