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Chart Chat Edition 746 – W/C 09.03.14

Chart Chat Edition 746 – Week Commencing Sunday 9th March 2014 


Welcome to edition 746 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, six climbers, twenty three songs going down and five non movers on this weeks chart. (no.3) There was a new number one as Route 94 featuring Jess Glynne went straight in at the top with ‘My Love’ while Pharrell Williams drops from the top spot with ‘Happy’ but still manages to spend a twelfth week inside the top three with the track.

Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne were a non mover at no.3 with ‘Rather Be’ and Katy Perry featuring Juicy J also stayed the same at no.4 with ‘Dark Horse’. Sam Smith went down three to no.5 with ‘Money On My Mind’ and A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera fell one to no.6 with ‘Say Something’. Lily Allen went straight in at no.7 with ‘Air Balloon’ while John Legend climbed one to no.8 with ‘All Of Me’.  Tiesto fell three to no.9 and Coldplay completed the top ten going straight in at no.10 with ‘Magic’.  

Two further climbers were to be found in what remained of the top twenty.  Pitbull featuring Ke$ha went back up one to no.12 with ‘Timber’ and Ellie Goulding climbed ten to no.18 with ‘How Long Will I Love You’.

There were two new entries and three climbers in the lower half of the chart. Idina Menzel went up nine to no.22 with ‘Let It Go’ and Starship climbed a place to no.25 with ‘We Built This City’.  Nick Mulvey went straight in at no.26 with ‘Cucurucu’ while One Republic went up four to no.32 with ‘Counting Stars’.  The final new entry came at no.36 and went to Avicii with ‘Addicted To You’. 

New Releases

Charlotte Church – ‘Four EP’

As the title suggests this is Charlotte Church’s fourth EP and the first release from her since ‘Three’ back in August of last year.  The lead track ‘Entanglement’ is perhaps her finest moment to date, and is certainly her loudest!  The EP also contains five other tracks; ‘Love Alone’, ‘Little Movements’, ‘Death & Mathematics’, ‘Hood Shade’ and ‘Love’.  These others are much more in keeping with the atmospheric feel to the other EPs which has seen comparisons drawn to other female singers including Florence & The Machine and Bjork.  She has recently completed visually stunning launch shows for the EP in both Cardiff and London and is likely to announce further live dates soon.  A fifth EP is also set to follow later in the year and despite the absence of chart hits she continues to produce experimental music of the highest order.

Chloe Howl – ‘Rumour’

Next up this week is Nineteen year old singer songwriter Chloe Howl who was recently nominated for the Critics Choice Award at this years Brits but finished behind Sam Smith.   He charted last year guesting on Naughty Boy’s no.1 hit ‘La La La’ and has recently enjoyed a big hit with ‘Money On My Mind’ but Chloe has yet to make the top forty.  This week she releases ‘Rumour’, a track which originally featured on her debut EP of the same name which was released last year. Her only charting single was ‘No Strings’ which made a lowly no.182 despite featuring on the soundtrack to the movie Kick Ass 2. She is set to support Ellie Goulding on her forthcoming tour and the press attention in recent weeks should serve her well.  I think this will do better than her previous singles, though whether she can reach the top forty for the first time does remain to be seen. 

Christina Perri – ‘Human’

‘Human’ is the brand new single by American singer / songwriter Christina Perri, and it marks the first release from her forthcoming album ‘Head Or Heart’.  The track is co-written and produced by Martin Johnson who has previously worked with Avril Lavigne, Taylor Swift and Jason Derulo. She is perhaps best known for her ‘Jar Of Hearts’ single though her track ‘A Thousand Years’ which appeared on the Twilight Soundtrack has re-entered the charts on numerous occasions. The video to the single was uploaded at the start of January and has already been viewed over 3.5m times. She is due to undertake an extensive tour of the US and Canada during April and May to promote her new album but has yet to confirm any gigs in the UK.  The single has already made the top 100 in both the US and Canada and I think that this will reach the top forty for her next weekend. 

DVBBS & Borgeous featuring Tinie Tempah – ‘Tsunami (Jump)’

Tinie Tempah has already guested on hits by JLS, Chase & Status, Labrinth, Rita Ora and Calvin Harris and now he is set to add the names of DVBBS and Borgeous to that list.  DVBBS are a Canadian electronic duo who teamed up with American DJ and producer Borgeous last year to record ‘Tsunami’ with the track topping the charts in Belgium and the Netherlands while reaching the top ten in Denmark, France and Sweden.  Now that track gets a 2014 remix with Tinie Tempah and the digital EP contains five new versions of the track; the Friction Remix, the All About She Remix, the Tapesh Remix, the Bill & Will Remix and the LooKas & HLTR$KLTR Remix. The video to this new version has been viewed over 600k times since it was uploaded at the end of January while the original version has had over 15m views.  This should be one of the highest new entries next weekend.

Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull – ‘I’m A Freak’

Enrique Iglesias has teamed up with Pitbull before, firstly on his top five hit ‘I Like It’ and then later on his single ‘I Like How It Feels’ which missed out on the top 100 in the UK.  Now he repeats the trick with his new single ‘Freak’ which is set to feature on his new album ‘Sex + Love’. He has notched up sixteen top forty hits so far with his only no.1 coming back in 2002 with ‘Hero’ which spent four weeks at the top of the charts. It has been almost three years since he was last in the top forty with his hit ‘Dirty Dancer’ so he is certainly overdue an appearance. The accompanying music video was uploaded to Enrique’s Vevo account at the end of January and received over 6.4m views in is first eighteen days.  The video was directed by Colin Tilley who has also worked with artists such as Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj and Usher.  I thinkt this could be the track to restore him to the charts.

Flo Rida – ‘How I Feel’

The American rapper Flo Rida is back in action again this week with his new single ‘How I Feel’.  The track is released as a single track download alongside an EP of remixes which includes six new versions of the track including the Sick Individuals Radio Mix, the SCNDL Radio Mix, the Special Features Radio Mix, the Wolfpack Radio Mix, the Twenty1 Radio Mix and the Bang La Decks Radio Mix.  He has notched up seventeen top forty hits since he first appeared on the charts back in 2008 and has made the top spot on five occasions the most recent of which was his guest appearanced on Olly Murs hit ‘Troublemaker’.  The video to the track first appeared on YouTube as long ago as last November and has received over 4m views since then.  I think this will do big things for Flo Rida and it could well find itself inside the upper reaches of the top ten next Sunday afternoon. 

Kyla La Grange – ‘Cut Your Teeth’

Watford born singer Kyla La Grange releases her new single ‘Cut Your Teeth’ this week.  It is the title track to her album of the same name which is set for release on 14th April. It comes eighteen months after her debut album ‘Ashes’ which yielded four singles but none came close to the top forty.  However her track ‘Catalyst’ did gain some exposure by appearing on the CW Network series Beauty & The Beast.  Her only confirmed live appearance is at the Oslo venue in London on 27th May. Although the track is released as a single track download fans can obtain a free copy of the Hippie Sabotage Remix of the track simply by visiting her Facebook page.  Her page already has over 25k Like’s so she has certainly started to build a good following but my feeling is that her fans are more likely to wait for the album release than download this single in the kind of quantities needed to chart.

Kylie Minogue – ‘Into The Blue’

We haven’t heard from Kylie since her underperforming 2012 single ‘Timebomb’ which peaked at just no.31.  Now she is back with her new album ‘Kiss Me Once’ and a new single ‘Into The Blue’. The track is available as a one track download while a vinyl format may be purchased directly from her website.  Her chart statistics over the years have been nothing short of impressive with seven no.1s and eleven no.2s spread across a twenty six year career.  She has recently enjoyed a resurgence in popularity following her appearance as a judge on the third series of The Voice and as such I expect this single to ensure that she returns to the top ten. She released the music video to the track at the start of February at it quickly racked up 900k views during its first two weeks.  This may not be her finest song but it’s good to have her back and my fingers are crossed for a positive chart placing on Sunday.

Lea Michele – ‘Cannonball’

Lea Michele is best known for her role in Glee but she is about to branch out as a solo artist in her own right. This year saw her lose her on and offscreen boyfriend Cory Monteith and few will forget her performance of ‘Make You Feel My Love’ as the cast said their farewells.  She now has her own album ‘Louder’ ready for release later this year, and ‘Cannonball’ is the first single to be taken from it. The track made no.75 in the US and the video has been seen over 6.5m times since it was first uploaded at the start of January. The Glee Cast notched up an incredible thirty top forty hits between 2009 and 2012 with a further seventy songs reaching the top seventy five.  It’s hard to see any other act matching achieving such a prolific period!  So Lea has her work cut out to match that success but she has a great voice and ‘Cannonball’ is a decent song.

One Direction – ‘Midnight Memories’

This week sees the release of ‘Midnight Memories’ as the third official single to be taken from One Direction’s album of the same name.  It will become the fifth top forty hit after album tracks ‘You & I’ and ‘Don’t Forget Where You Belong’ charted straight after the albums release.  They have enjoyed eleven top forty hits so far with three of those going on to reach the top spot. This EP contains three other tracks; ‘Story Of My Life’ (Live X Factor performance) and live versions of ‘C’mon C’mon’ and ‘Rock Me’ both of which feature in their film ‘One Direction : This Is Us’.  The first two singles from the album both made no.2 and it’s hard to see this going one better with so many fans owning the album.  That said there is always a fuss around any One Direction release so fan power alone is bound to guarantee this a good chart placing next Sunday afternoon. 

Pixie Lott – ‘Nasty’

After a two year wait since her last release Pixie Lott returns this week with her new single ‘Nasty’.  The track is released across four formats; the first features just the main track, another sees a version which features The Vamps, one features a version recording live at The Pool and finally one which also contains live versions of ‘Wake Me Up’ and ‘When You Were My Man’ alongside a cover of Jackie Wilson’s ‘(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher’.  She has had nine top twenty hits so far with three of those going on to reach the top spot.  Her last album ‘Young, Foolish, Happy’ only made no.18 despite containing three top ten hits so she will be hoping for better from her forthcoming self titled third album.  There are some big new releases which are also out this week so she will need to be careful not to miss out on a top ten spot with this track. 

Also released this week are ‘Battle Cry’ by Angel Haze featuring Sia, ‘Spring’ by Ben Watt, ‘Grace’ by Chasing Grace, ‘Recover’ by Chvrches, ‘Sic Them Youngins On Em’ by Ice Cube, ‘Get Down’ by James Arthur, ‘Liars EP’ by Laura Aquilina, ‘Cryin’ To You’ by Lisse,  ‘Horny’ by Lonnie Gordon, ‘Adore You’ by Miley Cyrus vs Cedric Gervais, ‘Can’t Say No’ by Natives, ‘Subsequently Lost’ by Polly Scattergood, ’36’ by Redlight featuring Lotti, ‘My Lighthouse’ by Rend Collective, ‘Love Sublime’ by Tensnake featuring Nile Rodgers & Fiora and ‘Lookin’ For That Girl’ by Tim McGraw.

Next Week…

I think Route 94 featuring Jess Glynne could well hold on but DVBBS & Borgeous featuring Tinie Tempah could run them close. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing singles look set to include Chase & Status featuring Ed Thomas, Example, George Ezra and Little Mix who are covering Cameo’s ‘Word Up’ as this years official Sport Relief song.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

9 March, 2014 - Posted by | ChartChat

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