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Chart Chat Edition 739 – W/C 19.01.14

Chart Chat Edition 739 – Week Commencing Sunday 19th January 2014 


Welcome to edition 739 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 four new entries, one re-entry, six climbers, twenty five songs going down and four non movers on this weeks chart. Pharrell Williams passed half a million sales of his ‘Happy’ single this week and he celebrated by seeing it hold on to the top spot while its nearest rival Pitbull featuring Ke$ha spent a second week at no.2 with ‘Timber’.

In fact there was no movement in the top four at all with Avicii also staying the same at no.3 with ‘Hey Brother’ and Jason Derulo keeping his place at no.4 with ‘Trumpets’. Elyar Fox went straight in at no.5 with ‘Do It All Over Again’ and Fuse ODG saw ‘Million Pound Girl (Badder Than Bad)’ go down one to no.6. Ellie Goulding fell one to no.7 with ‘How Long Will I Love You’ and Matrix & Futurebound featuring Max Marshall also went down one to no.8 with ‘Control’.  Eminem featuring Rihanna fell one to no.9 with ‘The Monster’ and the top ten was concluded by Sub Focus who climbed five to no.10 with ‘Turn Back Time’.

There was one new entry and two climbers in what remained of the top twenty.  Shakira featuring Rihanna got a new entry at no.11 with ‘Can’t Remember To Forget You’ and Busta Rhymes featuring Q-Tip, Kanye West and Lil Wayne went up twenty four to no.13 with ‘Thank You’.  The other climber went to Vance Joy with ‘Riptide’ climbing seventeen places to no.18.

There were two new entries, one re-entry and three climbers in the lower half of the chart. Chase & Status featuring Jacob Banks climbed four to no.21 with ‘Alive’ while Kid Ink featuring Chris Brown went up nine to no.23 with ‘Show Me’.  Tinie Tempah & Labrinth got a new entry at no.27 with ‘Lover Not A Fighter’ and Idina Menzel climbed five to no.31 with ‘Let It Go’. Beyonce got a new entry at no.38 with ‘XO’ and Bastille were the final mover of any significance re-entering at no.39 with ‘Pompeii’.

New Releases

Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – ‘Rather Be’

Clean Bandit first came to prominence last year with their single ‘Mozarts House’ which peaked at no.17 although the follow up ‘Dust Clears’ managed to drop just short of the top forty at no.43.  Now comes ‘Rather Be’, a collaboration with vocalist Jess Glynne which became Zane Lowe’s ‘Hottest Record In The World’ when it was first heard during early December.  The digital format contains four new mixes of the track; the Magician Remix, the All About She Remix, the Walter Ego Remix and the Affelaye Remix. The official video to the song was uploaded at the start of December and has been viewed over 400k times since. This marks the bands fourth single release although as yet no release date for an album has been confirmed.  Hopefully that will appear during 2014, and the band are likely to line up some live appearances later on in the year.

Franz Ferdinand – ‘Bullet’

It has been five years since we last saw Franz Ferdinand in the singles chart with ‘No You Girls’ but their current long player ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, RIght Action’ did secure them a fourth consecutive top ten album.  It doesn’t seem nine years since they were winning both NME and Brit Awards! This week sees them release ‘Bullet’ as the fourth single from the album, and although it was not a hit the third single ‘Evil Eye’ was featured in an advert for the Nissan Note which aired in late 2013 / early 2014 and it picked up airplay on Radio 2.  While the video to ‘Evil Eye’ has received just short of 1.5m views, the video to ‘Bullet’ has been seen just over 200k times since it was first uploaded two months ago.  Given that this is being released as a single track download there is no incentive for fans to purchase it.  As such I don’t forsee this being one of this weeks top forty new entries. 

Moderat – ‘Last Time’

Moderat release their third single ‘Last Time’ this week, and it is available to buy on two 10″ vinyl singles. They will contain the original version, an Alternate Version, the Instrumental Version and a remix by Jon Hopkins who is due to support the band at their Berlin show at the end of February. Prior to its release as a single the track was only previously available on the deluxe CD edition of their ‘II’ album.  The album is reissued next week as a double CD / DVD tour edition aimed at fans and collectors alike. The band are due to play four gigs in the UK during February which includes two nights at Koko in Camden alongside appearances in Manchester and Glasgow. Whether this single will secure the German trio a debut appearance inside the top forty remains to be seen but I suspect fans are more likely to invest in the repackaged album so I expect this to miss out.

Neon Jungle – ‘Braveheart’

All girl band Neon Jungle release their second single ‘Braveheart’ this week.  It’s the follow up to their debut ‘Trouble’ which peaked at no.12 and received over 1.9m views on YouTube.  The band consists of Shereen Cutkelvin, Amira McCarthy, Jessica Plummer and Asami Zdrenka and were formed following a series of auditions in early 2013.  They took their name from one of their tracks entitled ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ which will feature on their forthcoming debut album.  This single is only released as a single track download but the video has already been viewed over 375k times since it was first uploaded in mid December. They face stiff competition from the likes of StooShe, Little Mix and The Saturdays in the battle to become the biggest girl band around but they do seem to offer something different and with Sony behind them it could be a big year for them in 2014.

Seth Lakeman – ‘The Courier’

Seth Lakeman returns this week with his new single ‘The Courier’.  He is set to release his seventh album ‘Word Of Mouth’ early in February and this is the first track to be taken from it. He is playing concerts in Glasgow and Dublin this week and is due to support the legendary Suzanne Vega on the German leg of her tour next month. His popularity seems to have peaked in 2008 when his album ‘Poor Mans Heaven’ reached the top ten but his 2011 album ‘Tales From The Barrel House’ could only peak at no.63.  The closest he has come so far to a top forty hit was ‘The White Hare’ which made no.47 back in 2006 but I am not sure that this will be the track to see him achieve his first top forty hit.  That said I think there is sufficient interest in the album to see him climb back up the charts again and I think that 2014 could end up being a good year for him. 

Sky Ferreira – ‘You’re Not The One’

Next up this week is Sky Ferreira who is the latest artist to offer a complementary download to those who pre-order her debut studio album ‘Night Time, My Time’. Any purchases made in this manner won’t count towards the mainstream chart although they will inflate its position in the iTunes chart. Fans can purchase the track on its own, and those purchases will count.  All this is her first long player she has previously released the EP’s ‘As If’ and ‘Ghost’ along with the compilation ‘Night Time, My Time B Sides Part 1’. She is currently supporting Miley Cyrus on her Bangerz tour but has yet to enjoy a top forty hit in the UK with ‘One’ being her biggest hit, peaking at no.64. She is also an actress and last year saw year appear in the films The Green Inferno and IRL.  I’m not convinced that this will see her inside the top forty next Sunday afternoon. 

The Vamps – ‘Wild Heart’

The Vamps will have been delighted at the success of their debut single ‘Can We Dance’ which entered the charts at no.2 and only narrowly missed out on the top spot.  One of the digital formats contains the Nashville Mix alongside covers of Arctic Monkeys ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High’, Brian Poole’s ‘Twist & Shout’ and McFly’s ‘Five Colours In Her Hair’ while there are a series of separately released remixes designed to boost the tracks chances of success in the charts.  These include the Digital Dog Remix, the Tristan Animal Version, the James & Connor Version and a take recorded live in Brighton.  The video to the track was uploaded to their Vevo account in early December and has already picked up 1.5m views. With marketing clearly designed to push the band up the charts and no other release likely to challenge them I can see The Vamps going straight in at the top on Sunday.

Next Week…

It looks set to be a close race between The Vamps and Clean Bandit next weekend but I think the boys may find themselves the runners up despite the multiple versions of ‘Wild Heart’ that are currently on sale. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Boy George, Britney Spears, Katie Melua and Katy B.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson


19 January, 2014 - Posted by | ChartChat

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