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Chart Chat Edition 744 – W/C 23.02.14

Chart Chat Edition 744 – Week Commencing Sunday 23rd February 2014 


Welcome to edition 744 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, six re-entries, six climbers, twenty two songs going down and one non mover on this weeks chart.  Sam Smith went straight in at no.1 with ‘Money On My Mind’ thus topping off a great week for Sam following his Critics Choice Brit Award win.  His closest rival was Pharrell Williams who went back up one to no.2 with ‘Happy’.

Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne fell two to no.3 with ‘Rather Be’ while A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera went straight in at no.4 with ‘Say Something’.  Zedd featuring Hayley Williams fell three to no.5 with ‘Stay The Night’ and Katy Perry featuring Juicy J climbed four to no.6 with ‘Dark Horse’.  David Guetta featuring Skylar Grey fell three to no.7 with their version of ‘Shot Me Down’ and Pitbull featuring Ke$ha got a non mover at no.8 with ‘Timber’. Katy B went down four to no.9 with ‘Crying For No Reason’ and the top ten was concluded by DJ Fresh, Jay Fay & Ms Dynamite falling four to no.10 with ‘Dibby Dibby Sound’.

There was one new entry, one re-entry and three climbers to be found in what remained of the top twenty.  Beyonce featuring Jay-Z climbed eight to no.12 with ‘Drunk In Love’ and Imagine Dragons went up six to no.13 with ‘Demons’. Tegan & Sara featuring Lonely Island got a new entry at no.17 with ‘Everything Is Awesome’ thanks to the recently released Lego Movie and Idina Menzel climbed five to no.18 with ‘Let It Go’.  The re-entry came at no.20 and went to Bastille with ‘Pompeii’.

There were two new entries, five re-entries and one climber in the lower half of the chart this week. Bastile & Rudimental featuring Ella Eyre went straight in at no.21 with their mash-up ‘Pompeii / Waiting All Night’ and Beyonce re-entered at no.23 with ‘XO’.  Ellie Goulding climbed ten to no.26 with ‘Goodness Gracious’ and M.A.D. went straight in at no.32 with ‘Fame & TV’. John Newman re-entered at no.34 with ‘Love Me Again’ while Ellie Goulding also re-entered at no.35 with ‘Burn’.  Lorde re-entered at no.36 with ‘Royals’ and Arctic Monkeys re-entered at no.39 with ‘Do I Wanna Know’.

New Releases

A3 – ‘Come With Me’

A3 has a mission in life and that is to “pay it forward”, a journey which continues via his new single ‘Come With Me’.  However the message is struggling to get out there as two weeks after the official video was uploaded it has only received 144 views while an audio version of the Oakenfold Extended Club Mix has had just 191 views. That doesn’t give me the impression that the track will be able to sell the 10k it will need if it is to reach the top forty. The digital format contains nine different mixes of the track; the Poet Name Life Radio Edit, the Paul Oakenfold Club Mix, the Paul Oakenfold Radio Edit, the Super Stylers Remix, the Super Stylers Radio Edit, the Super Stylers Dub Edit, the William Green Remix, the William Green Edit and the Candle Light Mix.  Fans who would like to hear the William Green Remix can do so via the A3 website. 

Dario G & Dame Shirley Bassey – ‘We Got Music’

Dario G are best known for their hits ‘Sunchyme’ and ‘Carnival De Paris’ but it has been almost sixteen years since they reached the top five.  They haven’t been seen in the UK top forty since 2003 when ‘Heaven Is Closer (Feels Like Heaven)’ reached no.39 but they are aiming to secure a return this week with a little help from Dame Shirley Bassey on ‘We Got Music’. They began life as a trio but now only founder member Paul Spencer remains.  The download version contains two versions – the original and the 7th Heaven Club Mix. A lyric video to the track was uploaded at the end of January and picked up 2k views during its first week. Although a sample of her appeared on Kayne West’s hit ‘Diamonds From Sierra Leone’ she hasn’t been in the top forty since ‘The Living Tree’ in 2007. This track could end up doing both artists a favour if it can secure a top forty berth next Sunday afternoon. 

Ellie Goulding – ‘Good Gracious’

Fresh from her recent Brit Awards triumph is Ellie Goulding with the single release of ‘Goodness Gracious’, a track which has already charted for her. It is her twelfth top forty hit which impressive considering she has only released two albums to date.  It is the seventh single to come from her revamped ‘Halcyon Days’album and is aiming to be the sixth of those to reach the top ten. The download format also features the Chainsmokers Extended Remix and the Honest Remix of the track.  The video to the track was first uploaded back at the start of January and has been viewed over 7.5m times since then. It’s a great pop song and given her current popularity it is unlikely to be short of airplay.  I think this can still push further up the charts next week and these remixes will help her to do that. Watch out for this landing inside the top ten next weekend.

Erasure – ‘Make It Wonderful’

Last year saw electronic duo Erasure release their fifteenth studio album ‘Snow Globe’ which was a collection of original songs and festive hits. Peaking at no.49 it became the bands lowest charting album since ‘Union Street’ which featured country and western reinterpretations of their earlier songs. They have been absent from the top forty since 2007 when ‘Sunday Girl’ peaked at no.33 and it was over twenty years ago that they topped the chart with their EP of Abba cover versions ‘Abbaesque’. The single is available as a download bundle and a maxi CD which contains eight new mixes; the Noel Sanger vs Koishii & Hush Club Remix, the Morlando Club Mix, the Bright Light Bright Light Remix, the Chad Valley Remix, the Morlando Club Dub, the Bright Light Bright Light Dub and the Noel Sanger vs Koishii & Hush Club Instrumental Remix.  It has a great video but I’m sadly not expecting this to chart for them.

Foxes – ‘Let Go For Tonight’

Southampton based singer / songwriter Foxes scored her biggest hit to date with her last single ‘Youth’ which peaked at no.12.  That was her first solo hit and followed on from guest appearances on hits by Zedd and Rudimental.  ‘Clarity’, the single recorded with Zedd, peaked at no.8 in the US and won a Grammy at this years awards for Best Dance Recording. Both ‘Youth’ and her new single ‘Let Go For Tonight’ will feature on her debut album ‘Glorious’ which is set for release in May. The colourful video that accompanies the track was uploaded to her Vevo channel at the start of January and has received over 2.25m views since then. Fans anxious to get hold of more material ahead of her album can download the track ‘Shaking Heads’ while they await its release.  The eyecatching video will certainly help to promote this and will surely secure her a first ever top ten hit. 

Hobbie Stuart featuring Ghetts – ‘Still Here’

Twenty one year old Brighton based singer Hobbie Stuart is aiming for a debut top forty appearance with a little help from Ghetts on ‘Still Here’.  Although Ghetts has previously teamed up with other artists he has yet to secure a top forty hit in his own name. He is set to release his new album ‘Rebel Without A Cause’ later this year. Fans can elect to order a signed copy of the CD or download the digital bundle which includes four other tracks; ‘Mirrors’, ‘Counting Stars’ ‘Put A Movie On’ and another version of ‘Still Here’. The official music video has picked up a quarter of a million views during the first three weeks that it has been uploaded but it still may have its work cut out if it is to beat his cover of Miley Cyrus’ ‘We Can’t Stop’ which has picked up almost 900k views. His Facebook page has generated 122k likes and with the might of the Sony empire behind him it seems he cannot fail. 

Paloma Faith – ‘Can’t Rely On You’

Singer songwriter (and occasional actress) Paloma Faith returns after a short absence from the charts this week with the first single to come from her new album ‘A Perfect Contradiction’.  Entitled ‘Can’t Rely On You’ it is aiming to become only her fifth top forty hit to date.  She has tended to perform better on the album charts where both of her albums have successfully made the top ten.  Her only top ten hit on the singles chart so far was ‘Picking Up The Pieces’, the lead track to be taken from her second album ‘Fall From Grace’.  In fact ‘Can’t Rely On You’ was co-written by Pharrell Williams with some suggesting there is a similarity between this and the Robin Thicke track ‘Blurred Lines’ which he also co-wrote.  The video was uploaded to YouTube on the 13th January and notched up over 800k views during its first three weeks.  I think that this will certainly do well for her and could yet secure her a second top ten hit. 

Tiesto – ‘Red Lights’

Dutch DJ and producer Tiesto returns this week with his latest single ‘Red Lights’, a track which has already been a hit on the US dance chart and on the mainstream charts Austria.  He first hit the UK charts back sixteen years ago with ‘Gouryella’ which peaked at no.15 but his biggest hit came in 2011 with ‘C’mon (Catch ‘Em By Surprise)’ which peaked at no.13 and saw him team up with Diplo and Busta Rhymes. He hasn’t returned to the top forty since then. Over his career he has also produced remixes for a number of different artists including Beyonce, Ellie Goulding, Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake. An upload of the track when it was given its debut on Pete Tong’s radio show has notched up over 1m views on YouTube while various remixes (including the Fred Falke Remix, the Afrojack Remix and the Blame Remix) have also been uploaded.

Wilkinson featuring Detour City – ‘Too Close’

Finally in this weeks column this week comes London based British drum & bass / dubstep producer Wilkinson who teams up with Detour City this week for his new single ‘Too Close’.  The digital format contains four new mixes of the track; Wookie Remix, the Catching Flies Remix, the Frankee Remix and the Askery Remix.  He scored his first hit at the end of last year with ‘Afterglow’ which peaked at no.8.  Both that and ‘Too Close’ feature on his album ‘Lazers Not Included’ which reached the top fifty upon its release last year and also includes collaborations with Arlissa, P Money, Tom Cane and Iman. The accompanying video to this track was first uploaded to his Vevo account on 22nd January and received over 325k views in its first two weeks.  This should do well and there is every indication that this could end up following its predecessor into the top ten. 

Also released this week are ‘Tear It Down’ by Aston Shuffle, ‘Pork Soda’ by Groove Armada, ‘Peppermint’ by Julio Bashmore, ‘Powerless’ by Rudimental featuring Becky Hill and ‘Miss Teen Massachussets’ by Skaters.

Next Week…

For me it looks to be the same two tracks fighting it out for the top spot but expect big new entries from Foxes, Tiesto and Paloma Faith. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Bruce Springsteen, Damon Albarn, Lily Allen and Mike Oldfield.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

23 February, 2014 - Posted by | ChartChat

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