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Chart Chat Edition 743 – W/C 16.02.14

Chart Chat Edition 743 – Week Commencing Sunday 16th February 2014 


Welcome to edition 743 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 nine new entries, seven climbers, twenty three songs going down and one non mover on this weeks chart.  As predicted last week Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne held on at the top with ‘Rather Be’ despite trailing at the midweek point. Their continued success meant that Zedd featuring Hayley Williams had to settle for runners up spot with ‘Stay The Night’.

Pharrell Williams fell one to no.3 with ‘Happy’ but David Guetta featuring Skylar Grey went straight in at no.4 with ‘Shot Me Down’. Katy B climbed two to no.5 with ‘Crying For No Reason’ and DJ Fresh vs Jay Fay featuring Ms Dynamite went down three to no.6 with ‘Dibby Dibby Sound’. featuring Miley Cyrus fell three to no.7 with ‘Feelin’ Myself’ while Pitbull featuring Ke$ha went down three to no.8 with ‘Timber’.  Gorgon City & MNEK also fell three to no.9 with ‘Ready For Your Love’ and Katy Perry featuring Juicy J completed the top ten climbing one to no.10 with ‘Dark Horse’. 

Two new entries and two climbers were to be found in what remained of the top twenty.  Le Youth featuring Dominique Young Unique went straight in at no.11 with ‘Dance With Me’ and Vance Joy climbed back up one to no.12 with ‘Riptide’. Dapper Laughs got a new entry at no.15 with ‘Proper Moist’ and Imagine Dragons went up eleven to no.19 with ‘Demons’. 

There were five new entries and three climbers in the lower half of the chart.  Disclosure climbed seven to no.22 with ‘F For You’ and John Legend got a new entry at no.28 with ‘All Of Me’. Lorde went up nine to no.29 with ‘Team’ and Avicii climbed one to no.31 with ‘Wake Me Up’. The Irish Brigade got a surprise new entry at no.33 with ‘Roll Of Honour’ and American Authors finally entered at no.34 with ‘Best Day Of My Life’. Ellie Goulding scored a new entry at no.36 with ‘Goodness Gracious’ and Nina Nesbitt rounded off proceedings going straight in at no.40 with ‘Selfies’.

New Releases

A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera – ‘Say Something’

Christina Aguilera has only appeared once in the UK top forty during the past five years (with her no.16 hit ‘Your Body’ in 2012) but she has provided guest vocals to two top five hits over the same period; Maroon 5’s ‘Moves Like Jagger’ and Pitbull’s ‘Feel This Moment’. Most recently she appeared with Lady Gaga on a re-recording of her ‘Do What U Want’ single but this week sees her team up with A Great Big World on their single ‘Say Something’.  The track has been a worldwide hit and has already reached the top five in the US, Austria, Canada and New Zealand. The video was uploaded to Vevo on 20th November and has received over 33m views worldwide since then.  As for A Great Big World they are a relatively unknown duo but with a top three album in the US and Canada with ‘Is There Anybody Out There?’ they look destined for big things in 2014.

Embrace – ‘Refugees EP’

It’s been eight years since we last heard from Embrace with their ‘This New Day’ album.  It contained their only top three hits ‘Nature’s Law’ and ‘World At Your Feet’ and became their third no.1 album.  Now comes the release of their ‘Refugees’ EP which contains four tracks; ‘Chameleon’, ‘Decades’, ‘Bullets’ and the title track.  If successful it would become their nineteenth top forty hit but the omens are not good as the title track has already been available to download over the past couple of weeks and has yet to make any inroads into the top forty.  The band stated that they were keen to return to their early days when they would consistently release EPs with the aim that each track be as good as the first. As such there should still be a decent fanbase that will snap up these new tracks upon their release this week.  A new self titled album is also due for release later this year.

Kodaline – ‘One Day’

Although the first two singles to be taken from Irish band Kodaline’s top three album ‘Perfect World’ reached the top forty (‘High Hopes’ and ‘Love Like This’), the last two have stalled at no.75 (‘Brand New Day’) and no.74 (‘All I Want’) respectively.  This week sees the release of ‘One Day’ as the fifth single with the digital format containing the brand new tracks ‘Take Control and ‘Common Ground’ alongside a 2014 version of the main track. Next month sees them undertake a seven date sold out tour of the UK concluding at the O2 Academy in Islington, London. Given that this is a new version of ‘One Day’ fans may be more keen to buy it as a single so this could yet see them back inside the top forty.  The can be delighted with the success of their album and tour, and the chart position of this single is unlikely to be any kind of indicator for their future popularity.

M.A.D. – ‘Fame & TV’

There is rarely a shortage of boybands in the chart and M.A.D. are staking their claim for chart glory this week with the release of their second single ‘Fame & TV’ this week.  Their debut release ‘Toyboy’ did make the top forty but could not progress any further than no.37 so this will need to perform much better.  The accompanying music video has been viewed over 100k times during the first week of upload which is already a quarter of the views achieved by their debut single. The track is released as eight separate downloads to maximise its chart position, these being the Radio Edit, Michaels Version, Abs Live Studio Version, the Single Version, the Acoustic Version, the Welsh Language Version, the Piano Version and the Backing Track version.  This tactic worked well recently for The Vamps but I am less certain that it will help the M.A.D. boys into the upper reaches of the top ten.

NONONO – ‘Pumpin Blood’

Next up under review this week is ‘Pumpin’ Blood’, the new single from Swedish trio Nonono. The duo comprises of Stina Wappling alongside the production team Astma and Rockwell who have worked with recent chart starts Icona Pop. The digital format of the release contains four new mixes of the track; the Taken By Trees x Belief Remix, the Wekeed Remix, the Belarbi Remix and the Tony Senghorn Remix. The video was first uploaded to YouTube back in April and has received 3.6m views since. The band describe their genre as Urban-Indie and “melancholy yet hopeful with a bassy beat oriented foundation”.  They are due to undertake an extensive tour of the US during April and May but currently have no confirmed UK performances scheduled.  This has been picking up plenty of airplay and could well go on to provide them with a debut hit in the UK. 

Sam Smith – ‘Money On My Mind’

Next up is Sam Smith has already appeared in the charts courtesy of his vocals on Disclosure’s ‘Latch’ and Naughty Boy’s ‘La La La’. However this year sees him taking centre stage and he has a lot to live up to having already topped the BBC Sound Of 2014 poll and being confirmed as the recipient of this years Brits Critics Choice Award.  This week sees the release of ‘Money On My Mind’ as a single track download and an EP of remixes which include the MK Remix, the Le Youth Remix and the Salute Remix.  His debut album ‘In The Lonely Hour’ has been completed and is currently scheduled in for release at the end of May. The lyric video to the track received over 1m views in its first month while the official video has achieved over 900k views in its first two weeks.  This looks certain to be a big challenger for the top spot next Sunday’s top forty. 

Next Week…

Sam Smith should take over at the top next Sunday but watch out for a big new entry from A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Foxes, Jake Bugg, Paloma Faith and Tiesto. Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

16 February, 2014 - Posted by | ChartChat

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