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Chart Chat Edition 742 – W/C 09.02.14

Chart Chat Edition 742 – Week Commencing Sunday 9th February 2014 


Welcome to edition 742 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, two re-entries, ten climbers, twenty two songs going down and two non movers on this weeks chart. There was no change at the top as Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne held on with ‘Rather Be’ while Pharrell Williams moved back up one to no.2 with ‘Happy’. 

DJ Fresh & Jay Fay featuring Ms Dynamite went straight in at no.3 with ‘Dibby Dibby Sound’ while featuring Miley Cyrus & Wiz Khalifa fell two to no.4 with ‘Feelin’ Myself’. Pitbull featuring Ke$ha fell one to no.5 with ‘Timber’ and Gorgon City & MNEK went down two to no.6 with ‘Ready For Your Love’. Katy B fell two to no.7 with ‘Crying For No Reason’ and OneRepublic climbed three to no.8 with ‘If I Lose Myself’. Neon Jungle fell two to no.9 with ‘Braveheart’ and Avicii went down two to no.10 with ‘Hey Brother’. 

There were four climbers to be found in what remained of the top twenty. Katy Perry featuring Juice J climbed eight places to no.11 with ‘Dark Horse’ and Vance Joy went up one to no.13 with ‘Riptide’. Shakira featuring Rihanna climbed twenty three to no.15 following the video release of ‘Can’t Remember To Forget You’.  The final climber went to Tinie Tempah & Labrinth who went up two to no.16 with ‘Lover Not A Fighter’.

There were three new entries, two re-entries and four climbers in the lower half of the chart. Rihanna re-entered at no.21 with ‘What Now’ while OneRepublic went back up one to no.23 with ‘Counting Stars’. DJ Stay The Night got a new entry at no.24 with his cover of the Zedd single ‘Stay The Night’ and Miley Cyrus climbed three to no.27 with ‘Adore You’. Disclosure re-entered at no.29 with ‘F For You’ while Imagine Dragons got a new entry at no.30 with ‘Demons’. Avicii went up one to no.32 with ‘Wake Me Up’ and Katy Perry climbed three to no.33 with ‘Roar’.  The final significant mover came at no.38 with a new entry for Lorde with her new single ‘Team’. 

New Releases

Grouplove – ‘Ways To Go’

American rock band Grouplove are first up this week with their new EP ‘Ways To Go’. It features the bonus track ‘Flowers’ along with three new mixes of the main track; the Everything Everything Remix, the Thom Alt-J Remix and the Grandtheft Remix.  The band have never had a top 75 single in the UK but their track ‘Tongue Tied’ reached no.42 in the US.  ‘Ways To Go’ features on the album ‘Spreading Rumours’ and made no.2 on the US Alternative Rock chart. The band are due in the UK to play gigs in Dublin, Manchester and London during February before heading off to Germany, the Netherlands and eventually returning the US.  The video to the track was originally uploaded back in June of last year and has received an impressive 4.7m views since then. Given their previous track record it is hard to see this charting inside the top forty next Sunday afternoon.

Jennifer Hudson featuring T.I. – ‘I Can’t Describe (The Way That I Feel)’

Jennifer Hudson’s new single ‘I Can’t Describe (The Way That I Feel)’ has the jazz funk feel of a song from the late 70’s / early 80’s and is aiming to provide her with her fourth ever UK top forty hit. She teams up with T.I. who featured on last years biggest selling single ‘Blurred Lines’ by Robin Thicke. Her biggest hit ‘Spotlight’ topped the US r’n’b chart and remains her highest charting single in the UK, peaking at no.11. Despite that success she is perhaps better known for her cover of ‘And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going’ which made no.32 equally the peak achieved by the Jennifer Holliday original some twenty five years earlier.  There is great interest in the track with the music video receiving over 500k views in its first two days. I think that this will provide her with some modest success but I don’t think that it will see her inside the top ten for the first time.

Le Youth featuring Dominique Young Unique – ‘Dance With Me’

American DJ and producer Wes James returns this week under his monicker Le Youth and teams up with Dominique Young Unique on his new single ‘Dance With Me’. His last single ‘Cool’ was named one of Nick Grimshaw’s Records of the Week and it went on to peak at no.26. Alongside a single track download there is an EP of remixes released which features six versions; the Extended Mix, the MK Remix, the TWRK Remix, the Great Good Fine OK Remix, the Jacob Plant Remix and the Tough Love Remix.  The song first appeared in its demo form on YouTube just over a year ago but now gets a full release.  The official video was uploaded in mid January and quickly received over 35k views during its first week.  This looks set to give Wes a second top forty hit in the UK so watch out for this appearing somewhere in the lower half of the top forty next weekend.

Marc Almond – ‘Tasmanian Tiger’

Marc Almond initially found fame as one half of Soft Cell who started their career with five consecutive top ten hits.  Their biggest single remains ‘Tainted Love’ which charted in 1981, 1985 and in a remixed form in 1991.  As a solo artist he has enjoyed ten top forty hits although hasn’t been there since ‘Adored And Explored’ in 1995.  He famously topped the charts in 1989 with his duet with Gene Pitney on ‘Somethings Gotten Hold Of My Heart’. He is currently signed to Cherry Red Records which has overseen many classic reissues by 80’s stars but this week sees the release of Marc’s new EP ‘Tasmanian Tiger’. The EP contains four tracks; ‘Worship Me Now’, ‘Love Is Not On Trial’, ‘Death Of A Dandy’ and the title track ‘Tasmanian Tiger’. It would be fantastic to see Marc back inside the top forty but something makes me feel that that may elude him on this occasion.

Moby & Damien Jurado – ‘Almost Home’

Moby teams up with Damien Jurado on his new single ‘Almost Home’.  The digital format features ten new mixes of the track including the Agoria Remix, the Liars Remix, the Washed Out Remix, the Maps Remix, the Still Corners Remix, Mobys B Minor Mix, Mobys Cabin Remix, Mobys Doom Remix, Mobys Doom Remix 2 and Mobys Remix 10.  He has achieved nineteen top forty singles but has not had any hits since ‘Life Me Up’ in 2005. He has had three top ten hits with his biggest hit being ‘Porcelain’ which peaked at no.5 in 2000. This track features on his current long player ‘Innocents’ which became his eighth top forty album upon its release last year. Last year he announced a partnership with Genero TV where film makers were given the opportunity to submit their own video for the track with Moby selecting the eventual winner.  Not sure that it will secure him a top forty return though. 

Nina Nesbitt – ‘Selfies’

Nineteen year old singer songwriter Nina Nesbitt releases her new single ‘Selfies’ just a week ahead of her new long player ‘Peroxide’. It is only released as a single track download so there is always the risk that fans may just wait for the full album next week.  It has already been possible to purchase the tracks ’18 Candles’ and ‘The Hardest Part’ in their own right while the album also features her cover of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Don’t Stop’ which featured in the John Lewis insurance advert. The accompanying music video has been viewed over 700k times since it was uploaded over a month ago but I am still not convinced that it will match the top forty success achieved by last years single ‘Stay Out’ which peaked at no.21. I think her album will do well and her forthcoming live concerts should be worth attending but sadly I think this may miss out on the charts.

Peter Andre – ‘Kid’

It’s hard to believe that it has been twenty two years since Peter Andre released his first single ‘Drive Me Crazy’ and nineteen since ‘Mysterious Girl’ first appeared inside the top ten.  He has notched up fifteen top forty hits including three no.1s although his most recent album ‘Angels And Demons’ missed the top ten and failed to yield any top forty hits.  This week sees him release his new single ‘Kid’, a track which features on the soundtrack to the movie Mr Peabody & Sherman. If successful then it will go on to become his first top forty hit since ‘Defender’ back in 2010. The accompanying music video was only uploaded at the end of January but has been the subject of some interest.  He has just become a father for the third time and is now the host of 60 Minute Makeover on ITV. It would be great if this secures him a return to the top forty next weekend. 

Selena Gomez – ‘Slow Down’

Next up this week is Selena Gomez who is aiming to become the latest in a long line of actresses who have looked to make the transition to becoming pop singers.  So far it seems to be going pretty well though with her single ‘Come & Get It’ going on to make the top ten in both the US and UK.  Her album ‘Stars Dance’ has also topped the US charts although it has yet to get above no.14 in the UK.  This week sees the release of ‘Slow Down’ as the follow up single.  Alongside the main track the digital format contains three other songs; ‘Lover In Me’, ‘I Like It That Way’ and the Cosmic Dawn Club Mix of ‘Come & Get It’. The official video was uploaded to her Vevo channel back in July and is has been viewed over 86m times since.  This looks certain to pick up a decent amount of airplay and as such should find itself into the top ten next Sunday afternoon. 

Zedd featuring Hayley Williams – ‘Stay The Night’

Pre sales have already been positive for this track and it looks set to be a big hit next weekend.  German / Russian electronic music producer and DJ Zedd reached the top forty last year when he teamed up with Foxes on the track ‘Clarity’.  This time around he is working with Paramore lead singer Hayley Williams on the track ‘Stay The Night’. The digital remixes EP contains six new versions of that track; the Zedd & Kevin Drew Remix, the DJ Snake Remix, Tiesto’s Club Life Remix, the Schoolboy Remix, the Nicky Romero Remix and the Henry Fong Remix. The video to the track was first uploaded back in September and has been viewed over 30m times since.  It has already reached the top twenty in Australia, Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the US and there is every reason to expect that it will repeat that success in the UK over the coming weeks.

Also released this week are ‘Russian Kiss’ by Annie featuring Bjarne Melgaard, ‘Between The Bars EP’ by The Civil Wars, ‘Proper Moist’ by Dapper Laughs, ‘Shot Me Down’ by David Guetta featuring Skylar Grey, ‘Roll Of Honour’ by The Irish Brigade, ‘Remember When It Rained (Live)’ by Josh Groban featuring Judith Hill, ‘Automatic’by Miranda Lambert and ‘Occupy Your Mind’ by Villagers.

Next Week…

Zedd featuring Hayley Williams looks set to be the highest new entry but I am backing Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne to continue their run at the top. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera, Cage The Elephant, Kodaline and Lorde.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson


9 February, 2014 - Posted by | ChartChat

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