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Chart Chat Edition 738 – W/C 12.01.14

Chart Chat Edition 738 – Week Commencing Sunday 12th January 2014 


Welcome to edition 738 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 five new entries, two re-entries, eleven climbers, nineteen songs going down and three non mover on this weeks chart. At the top Pharrell Williams reclaimed the no.1 spot with ‘Happy’ swapping places with ‘Timber’ by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha which in turn fell one place to no.2.

Avicii got a non mover at no.3 with ‘Hey Brother’ while Jason Derulo was also a non mover at no.4 with ‘Trumpets’.  Fuse ODG climbed nine places to no.5 with ‘Million Pound Girl (Badder Than Bad)’ and Ellie Goulding fell one to no.6 with ‘How Long Will I Love You’. Matrix & Futurebound featuring Max Marshall went up eleven to no.7 with ‘Control’ but Eminem featuring Rihanna went down two places to no.8 with ‘Monster’. Martin Garrix fell one to no.9 with ‘Animals’ while the top ten was rounded off by Beyonce featuring Jay-Z who climbed seventeen places to no.10 with ‘Drunk In Love’. 

One new entry, one re-entry and four climbers could be found in what remained of the top forty. Bastille went back up one to no.11 with ‘Of The Night’ while Lady Gaga climbed eleven to no.12 with ‘Do What U Want’ thanks to the release of a new version with Christina Aguilera on vocals.  Little Mix went up six to no.14 with ‘Little Me’ and Sub Focus re-entered at no.15 with ‘Turn Back Time’.  AWOLNATION climbed fourteen places to no.17 with ‘Sail’ and Hardwell featuring Matthew Koma went straight in at no.18 with ‘Dare You’.

There were four new entries, one re-entry and three climbers.  Ed Sheeran climbed back up six to no.24 with ‘I See Fire’ while Chase & Status featuring Jacob Banks went up ten to no.25 with ‘Alive’. Wilkinson climbed three to no.31 with ‘Afterglow’ and Kid Ink featuring Chris Brown got a new entry at no.32 with ‘Show Me’.  Breach featuring Andreya Triana re-entered at no.33 with ‘Everything You Never Had (We Had It All)’ and Vance Joy got a new entry at no.35 with ‘Riptide’.  Idina Menzel entered at no.36 with ‘Let It Go’ which is taken from the Disney movie Frozen while Busta Rhymes featuring Q Tip, Kanye West & Lil Wayne got a new entry at no.37 with ‘Thank You’.

New Releases

American Authors – ‘Best Day Of My Life’

This is a band that started out being called The Blue Pages but changed their name to the American Authors in 2012.  Their latest single ‘Best Day Of My Life’ has gathered significant exposure through its use in the current UK Hyundai advert and the trailer to the new Vince Vaughn film Delivery Man.  It also appears as the title music to Sky Sports News ‘My Special Day’ feature and is also included as part of the soundtrack to Ben Stiller’s new movie ‘The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty’.  The track made the top forty in the US Billboard chart while also reaching the top ten on the Adult chart and the Rock chart. The track forms part of an EP which includes the track ‘Hit It’ which features in the FIFA 14 video game. So although it is not officially a new release single its no surprise that it is slowly climbing the charts and could even appear inside the top forty next Sunday afternoon,

Elyar Fox – ‘Do It All Over Again’

Eighteen year old Elyar Fox releases his new single ‘Do It All Over Again’ this week on the Global Talent Music Ltd label. He was discovered on YouTube where his cover versions of ‘Whistle’, ‘Boyfriend’ and ‘Wide Awake’ had seen him notch up several million views and he has also supported Union J on their live dates. He has been in the studio recently working with Ed Drewett who wrote ‘All Time Low’ and ‘Glad You Came’ for The Wanted.  The video to this track was uploaded a month ago and has received over 350k views since then.  He has 378k Likes on his Facebook page at the time of writing and fans have the chance to sign up for his newsletter online.  If just a quarter of those fans bought the single in its first week it would probably top the charts but the recent internet campaign to get AC/DC to the Christmas no.1 highlighted some of the difficulties in turning Likes into actual sales.

The Orwells – ‘Dirty Sheets’

Next up are The Orwells who release their new single ‘Dirty Sheets’ this week.  The track is released on the Atlantic label and the digital format features the new track ‘Always N Forever’ along with a live version of ‘Dirty Sheets’. The band are an American five piece who appeared on the Later…With Jools Holland TV show back in November and have been recently named as the support act to Arctic Monkeys on a series of their US dates.  Although they originally formed in 2009 it took until August 2012 for them to release their debut album ‘Remember When’. Two EPs (‘Other Voices’ and ‘Who Needs You’) followed last year and they will be hoping to build their fanbase in the UK still further when they play live across the country during February.  However I’m not sure that this will be able to give them a debut top forty appearance but hopefully interest in the band will continue to grow.

Newton Faulkner – ‘Indecisive’

Despite having two no.1 albums (and a further two which made the top ten) to his name Newton Faulkner has only reached the top forty once.  That was with ‘Dream Catch Me’, a track which made no.7 in 2007 though it did become a minor hit again five years later when it peaked at no.59.  Last year saw the release of his least successful album ‘Studio Zoo’ which disappeared after just two weeks on the chart though it still made the top ten.  From that comes his brand new single ‘Indecisive’, the second track to be lifted from it. The official video to the track was uploaded almost two months ago but has received just 38k views since then.  Given that he is more of an album artist and taking into account the relative lack of interest in the video it seems unlikely that this will chart next weekend, despite the relative lack of new releases this week. 

Nina Nesbitt – ‘The Hardest Part’

Anyone who pre-orders Nina Nesbitt’s new album ‘Peroxide’ can receive a copy of her new track ‘The Hardest Part’.  However those sales are likely to be disqualified as they count as an incentive to purchase the album.  The track can be downloaded separately so there is still a chance that it will be allowed to chart in the same way that David Bowie did last year with ‘Where Are We Now’. Despite releasing four singles in her career her only top forty hit to date came with ‘Stay Out’ which peaked at no.21 although her cover of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Don’t Stop’ did garner her some exposure thanks to its use in a commercial for John Lewis. She is set to undertake a short headlining tour during March which will see her take in London, Edinburgh and Manchester.  The ‘Peroxide’ album is due for release in February but fans will have to make do with this for now.

Tinie Tempah featuring Labrinth – ‘Lover Not A Fighter’

This is the third single to come from Tinie’s current album ‘Demonstration’ and follows in the footsteps of the top ten smashes ‘Children Of The Sun’ and ‘Trampoline’.  So far ‘Demonstration’ has yet to match the outstanding success of his debut long player ‘Disc-Overy’ which topped the charts and yielded eight top forty hits.  It’s not the first time that the duo have teamed up as Labrinth featured on Tinie’s no.2 hit ‘Frisky’ while Tinie returned the favour appearing on Labrinth’s massive hit ‘Earthquake’. Although it hasn’t been released separately as a digital single it has been promoted and the video has received 140k views since it was uploaded to Vevo at the end of October. They performed the track on Graham Norton’s BBC TV show and it is now starting to pick up airplay and could well find its way into the top forty next weekend. 

X-Press 2 – ‘Remixizum (The Jordan Peak Remixes)’

X-Press 2 are back in action this week and the ‘Remixizum’ remix package contains two tracks remixed by Jordan Peak; ‘I Want You Back’ and ‘Smoke Machine’.  Both tracks featured on the bands 2001 album ‘Muzikizum’, hence the title of the EP. The band started as a trio but Ashley Beedle left to pursue a solo career in 2009, leaving DJ Rocky and DJ Diesel to continue the name on their own. Their first top forty hit came with ‘Say What!’ in 1993 but they are probably best known for their 2002 single ‘Lazy’ which saw them team up with Talking Heads lead singer David Byrne.  It peaked at no.2 and only narrowly missed out on the top spot before being followed up by ‘I Want You Back’ which on that occasion only made no.50. ‘Give It’ gave them their fourth and so far final top forty appearance back in 2005. These will go down well in the clubs but am not sure it will see them back in the mainstream chart.

Next Week…

With no major releases out this week it looks as though Pharrell Williams will hold on for another week at the top. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Franz Ferdinand, Gary Barlow & Elton John, James Blunt and The Vamps.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

13 January, 2014 - Posted by | ChartChat

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