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Chart Chat Edition 741 – W/C 02.02.14

Chart Chat Edition 741 – Week Commencing Sunday 2nd February 2014 


Welcome to edition 741 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, four re-entries, six climbers, twenty three songs going down and two non movers on this weeks chart. Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne held on for a second week at the top with ‘Rather Be’ while went straight in at no.2 with a little help from Miley Cyrus, French Montana and Wiz Khalifa on ‘Feelin’ Myself’.

Pharrell Williams fell one to no.3 with his former chart topper ‘Happy’ and Gorgon City & MNEK went straight in at no.4 with ‘Ready For Your Love’. Katy B got a new entry at no.5 with ‘Crying For No Reason’ and Pitbull featuring Ke$ha went down one to no.6 with ‘Timber’. Neon Jungle fell three to no.7 with ‘Braveheart’ and Avicii went down two to no.8 with ‘Hey Brother’. Beyonce featuring Jay-Z went up three to no.9 with ‘Drunk In Love’ and the top ten concluded with Jason Derulo falling three to no.10 with ‘Trumpets’.

One re-entry and two climbers were to be found in what remained of the top twenty.  OneRepublic climbed twenty one places to no.11 with ‘If I Lose Myself’ and Katy Perry featuring Juicy J re-entered at no.19 following their performance of ‘Dark Horse’ at the Grammys. The other climber was Idina Menzel with ‘Let It Go’ which went up two to no.20.

There were two new entries, three re-entries and three climbers in the lower half of the chart. Chris Malinchak went straight in at no.23 with ‘If U Got It’ and Lorde climbed four to no.25 with ‘Royals’ following her performance at The Grammys.  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Schoolboy Q & Hollis went up one to no.26 with ‘White Walls’ and Miley Cyrus climbed three to no.30 with ‘Adore You’.  The Weather Girls re-entered at no.31 with ‘It’s Raining Men’ following an internet campaign while Imagine Dragons returned at no.32 with ‘Radioactive’ thanks to the release of a new version which features Kendrick Lamar.  Sophie Ellis-Bextor scored a new entry at no.34 with ‘Young Blood’ and following his stint on Celebrity Big Brother Dappy re-entered at no.40 with ‘No Regrets’.

New Releases

Caro Emerald – ‘One Day’

Caro Emerald has a formidable record in the album charts but has never seen a single reach the top forty.  Her most recent album ‘The Shocking Miss Emerald’ topped the UK charts but the first two singles to be taken from it ‘Tangled Up’ (#77) and ‘Liquid Lunch’ (#70) have failed to take off.  Now comes ‘One Day’ which is released digitally with five new mixes; the Radio Edit, the Single Version, the Instrumental, the Swing Republic Remix and the Swingrowers Remix.  Her biggest hit to date has been ‘A Night Like This’ which peaked at no.65 in the UK but topped the charts in Austria, Netherlands and Romania.  At the time of writing no video has been uploaded but an audio only version of the radio edit has received over 300k views.  This will doubtless generate some airplay in promotion of the album but I don’t forsee it being a standalone hit in its own right.

Diane Birch – ‘All The Love You Got’

Next up this week is thirty one year old American singer / songwriter Diane Birch who releases her new single ‘All The Love You Got’. She has not reached the top forty in her own right but did appear on Devlin’s top ten hit ‘Rewind’ which was based on her song of the same name.  Her debut album ‘Bible Belt’ peaked at no.77 back in 2009 in the UK while the follow up ‘Speak A Little Louder’ has struggled reaching just no.195 in the US and it has yet to chart in the UK. She opened for Stevie Wonder in 2010 as part of the Hard Rock Calling Festival at Hyde Park in London and Nimes in France. The same year saw her track ‘Valentino’ appear as part of the soundtrack to the movie ‘Valentines Day’. After four months on her Vevo channel the video to this track has only been viewed 68k times around the world so my feeling is that this will struggle in the UK. 

DJ Fresh vs Jay Fay featuring Ms Dynamite – ‘Dibby Dibby Sound’

It has been almost eleven years since DJ Fresh first appeared on the charts with ‘Dalicks / Temple Of Doom’.  However it only reached no.60 and he had to wait another seven years for his first top forty hit with ‘Gold Dust’.  A year later he really hit the big time when both ‘Hot Right Now’ and ‘Louder’ reached the top spot.  His last chart hit was his collaboration with DJ Diplo and Dominique Young Unique on ‘Earthquake’, and he will be hoping that this new single matches the top five success achieved by that single.  The digital format of the single contains six new mixes of the track; the Sigma Remix, the Partysquad Remix, the Skitzofrenix Remix, the Majestic Remix, the Codec Remix and the Extended Mix. With Jay Fay and Ms Dynamite also guesting on the track this looks set to put in a strong challenge for the top spot next Sunday afternoon.

Frank Turner – Polaroid Picture

Frank Turner releases a five track EP this week entitled ‘Polaroid Picture’.  Aside from the title track the EP features four other songs; ‘Plea From A Cat Named Virtute’, ‘Sweet Albion Blues’ and Cutting Room Session versions of ‘The Modern Leper’ and ‘Who’s Got A Match’. He only has two top forty hits to his name which were ‘I Still Believe’ in 2010 (#40) and ‘The Way I Tend To Be’ (#33) last year. However his albums have shown slowly improving returns culminating in a no.2 position for 2013’s ‘Tape Deck Heart’. This month sees him undertake the Tape Deck Heart tour with his band The Sleeping Souls which concludes with a sold out date at the Guildhall in Portsmouth. Given that the title track appeared on his most recent album I can’t see that being a hit in its own right. However fans will no doubt be keen to snap up the other new tracks on the EP. 

Future & Miley Cyrus featuring Mr Hudson – ‘Real And True’

You just never know where Miley Cyrus will turn up next, and just a week after guesting on the latest single she is back teaming up wtih Future and Mr Hudson on their single ‘Real And True’.  Future is relatively unknown in the UK but he is an American hip hop artist who is currently dating fellow singer Ciara, who in turn is pregnant with his fourth child.  He first collaborated with Miley Cyrus on the track ‘My Darlin” which featured on her ‘Bangerz’ album and now she returns the favour.  The track was produced by Mike Will Made It who has previously worked with Miley Cyrus on his single ’23’. YouTube often provides us with a good guide as to how popular a track is and with the video achieving over 17m views on the Vevo channel in the past two months we can say with some certainty that this will be a massive hit over the coming weeks. 

Kwabs – ‘Wrong Or Right’

Kwabs releases his new EP ‘Wrong Or Right’ this week.  The title track has already featured on MistaJam’s Radio 1xtra show where it received the honour of being the Jam Hot record of the week while the digital format also contains three other songs; ‘Last Stand’, ‘Spirit Fade’ and the Ben Pearce mix of the main track.  His Facebook page has over 10k likes and fans who sign up to his mailing list can receive live versions of ‘Spirit Fade’ and ‘Calling Out’ recorded at Blue Flowers in London. Interest has been growing in Kwabs of late with his cover of James Blake’s ‘The Wilhelm Scream’ receiving over 200k hits on YouTube while he has also posted his appearance in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge where he covered Blackstreet’s ‘Don’t Leave’.  He may be destined for big things but I remain unsure as to whether he will shift singles or whether there will be more interest in an album further down the line.

Mike Delinquent Project featuring Wiley – ‘Wiggle (Movin’ Her Middle)’

Mike Delinquent was once referred to by Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac as the main who single handedly brought back UK garage. Whether that is true or not remains open to debate, but he did achieve considerable acclaim for his remix of Wretch 32’s ‘Traktor’.  This week sees him return under the name Mike Deliquent Project and he teams up with Grime star Wiley on his brand new single ‘Wiggle (Movin’ Her Middle)’.  The digital format of the release contains three different versions; the Radio Edit, the Extended Club Mix and the Instrumental. There are plans for an EP of remixes but this is not currently scheduled for release until 2nd March.  This will feature the President Beatz Remix, the M.D.P. Vip Mix, the Chris Gresswell Remix and the N:Fostell Remix. I think that this will do well for him and could well secure him a hit single under his own name.

Sean Paul featuring Konshens – ‘Want Dem All’

Although Jamaican artist Sean Paul has never topped the UK charts in his own right he has managed to appear on no.1 hits by both The Saturdays and Blu Cantrell.  He has however notched up thirteen top forty hits as a solo artist with seven of those reaching the top ten.  His new single ‘Want Dem All’ sees him team up with Konshens and it will feature on his forthcoming studio album ‘Full Frequency’.  The album also sees him perform collaborations with a variety of respected artists including Damien Jr Gong Marley, 2 Chainz, Nicki Minaj and Prince Royce.  The previous two tracks from the album have also charted well with ‘Other Side Of Love’ peaking at no.7 while the follow up ‘Turn It Up’ made no.35. An audio version of the track was uploaded to YouTube three months ago and has received over 225k plays so the omens are positive that this will become another big hit for him. 

Yolanda Be Cool featuring SYF & Fritz Helder – ‘All That She Wants’

Yolanda Be Cool are best known for their D Cup collaboration ‘We Speak No Americano’ which topped the charts in the UK and countries around Europe including Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. They are an Australian duo who take their name from a scene in the film Pulp Fiction where Samuel L. Jackson’s character Jules tells a robber named Yolanda to “be cool”. They released an album back in 2012 entitled ‘Ladies And Mentalmen’ which also featured their Crystal Waters collaboration ‘Le Bump’. This week sees them return with the help of SYF and Fritz Helder on their new single ‘All That She Wants’. The digital format contains three new mixes; Human Life Remix, the Walker & Royce Remix and the Walker & Royce Dub.  If this can translate success in the dance charts into mainstream radio play then this could become a sizeable hit for them.

Also released this week are ‘Mother’ by Algiers, ‘Broken / Ayo’ by Blue, ‘Once Upon A Dream’ by Lana Del Rey, ‘I Need My Girl’ by The National, ‘Too Much / Happens’ by Sampha and ‘Lover Not A Fighter’ by Tinie Tempah featuring Labrinth. 

Next Week…

DJ Fresh vs Jay Fay featuring Ms Dynamite looks set to be the strongest challenger next weekend but Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne could yet hold on for a third week at the top. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Boyzone, Marc Almond, Selena Gomez and Zedd featuring Hayley Williams.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

2 February, 2014 - Posted by | ChartChat

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