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Chart Chat Edition 747 – W/C 16.03.14

Chart Chat Edition 747 – Week Commencing Sunday 16th March 2014 


Welcome to edition 747 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 eight new entries, three climbers, twenty nine songs going down and no non movers on this weeks chart.  DVBBS & Borgeous featuring Tinie Tempah were this weeks new no.1 going straight in at the top with ‘Tsunami’.  In doing so they displaced Route 94 featuring Jess Glynne who fell one place to no.2 with ‘My Love’.

Pharrell Williams fell one to no.3 with ‘Happy’ but Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull went straight in at no.4 with ‘I’m A Freak’. Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne fell two places to no.5 with ‘Rather Be’ and John Legend climbed two to no.6 with ‘All Of Me’. Katy Perry featuring Juicy J fell three to no.7 with ‘Dark Horse’ while Flo Rida went straight in at no.8 with ‘How I Feel’.  Pixie Lott got a new entry at no.9 with ‘Nasty’ and the top ten was rounded off by Sam Smith fell five to no.10 with ‘Money On My Mind’.

The remainder of the top twenty contained three new entries. Kylie Minogue went straight in at no.12 with ‘Into The Blue’ and Christina Perri got a new entry at no.14 with ‘Human’.  The other new entry went to Chainsmokers with ‘#SELFIE’ at no.17.

One new entry and two climbers were to be found in the lower half of the chart this week.  Avicii went up twelve to no.24 with ‘Addicted To You’ while OneRepublic climbed two to no.30 with ‘Counting Stars’.  The only new entry went to One Direction with ‘Midnight Memories’ at no.39.

New Releases

Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones – ‘I Got You’

British DJ and producer Duke Dumont topped the charts last year with his single ‘Need U (100%)’ and now follows that up with his brand new Jax Jones collaboration ‘I Got You’.  The track received its first play on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show back in December and has already been receiving plenty of pre-orders ahead of its release this week.  The music video to the track was originally uploaded in mid February and quickly received 900k views during its first week. He released his first EP ‘Regality’ as long ago as 2007 and went on to put out a further four, concluding with ‘For Club Play Only Pt 2’ in 2012.  During that time he also remixed tracks by a variety of other artists including Donna Summer, Mystery Jets, Skunk Anansie and Lily Allen.  This looks destined to be a massive hit next weekend and could well put in a challenge to the top spot.

Example – ‘Kids Again’

Example is due to release his fifth studio album later this year and from that comes his new single ‘Kids Again’. To date he has notched up eleven top forty hits including back to back no.1s with ‘Changed The Way You Kiss Me’ and ‘Stay Awake’.  Along with a one track download of the radio edit there is an EP of remixes available which contains six versions of the track; the Extended Mix, the MOTi Remix, the Zed Bias Remix, the Dimension Remix, the Critikal Ibiza Sunset Remix and the Critikal Miami Sunrise Remix. The track was co-written and co-produced by Fraser T-Smith who has also recently been working with Katy B and Kaiser Chiefs on thier new albums. The video to the track was uploaded to his Vevo account on 12th February and picked up over 500k views during its first two weeks.  He is certainly overdue a top ten hit and this could be the single to do that.

George Ezra – ‘Cassy O”

Twenty year old singer songwriter George Ezra has been tipped for big things in 2014 and was longlisted on the BBC Sound Of 2014 poll.  Last year saw him release his debut EP ‘Did You Hear The Rain’ and now comes the follow up ‘Cassie O” which features a total of four tracks; ‘Get Lonely With Me’, ‘Over The Creek’, ‘Coat Of Armour’ and the title track itself.  He has recently been playing gigs in the UK but this week sees him head off to Germany and then Scandavia to continue his tour.  Fans signing up to his website can claim a free live download of ‘Did You Hear The Rain’ while also watching the video to ‘Cassie O’ which was receiving 30k views a day after it was first uploaded to his Vevo account.  George strikes me as an artist who will sell more albums than singles but this could still find its way into the lower reaches of the top forty next weekend.

Little Mix – ‘Word Up’

It’s time for this years Sport Relief fundraiser and this year former X Factor winners Little Mix have been selected to perform the official single, a cover of Cameo’s hit ‘Word Up’.  To date the band have enjoyed seven top forty hits with the first two (‘Cannonball’ and ‘Wings’) going on to reach the top spot.  They have also recently been enjoying considerable success Stateside with both of their albums reaching the top ten. ‘Word Up’ is released as a single track download along with an EP of remixes which includes the Alias Radio Edit, the Extended Mix and the Instrumental.  The track originally made the top three in 1986 for Cameo while later cover versions from Gun and Melanie G reached no.8 and no.14 respectively.  Given the profile of this release it looks set to be a big new entry but whether it can out perform the original version is open to debate.

London Grammar – ‘Hey Now’

This week sees the award nominated trio London Grammar release their new single ‘Hey Now’.  The digital EP also contains the studio recording of ‘Metal & Dust’ along with three new mixes of the track; the Arty Remix, the Tensnake Remix and the Bonobo Remix. This marks the bands fifth single with two of the previous four reaching the top forty. The track was first uploaded to the internet in December 2012 and was responsible for some of the early attention which surrounded the band.  The band’s debut album ‘If You Wait’ reached no.2 and this success was one of the main drivers behind their nomination for Best British Breakthrough act at this years Brit Awards.  With the album now being so successful there is a risk that subsequent singles will achieve diminishing returns and so I wonder if this can sell enough copies to make the top forty.

Nicholas McDonald – ‘Answerphone’

Sometimes an artist can wait too long and fail to capitalise on their raised profile following X Factor but that doesn’t look to be the case for Nicholas McDonald who releases both his new single ‘Answerphone’ and his album ‘In The Arms Of An Angel’ this week. In doing so he is stealing a march on the eventual X Factor winner Sam Bailey who doesn’t release her debut album ‘The Power Of Love’ until next week. Interest in Nicholas’ debut single has been lukewarm compared to some previous contestants with only 90k listening to the audio version in its first three weeks of upload and just 78k viewing the video in its first week.  This track is really a promotional tool for the album as fans buying the long player in its first week will already own this track and so will not buy it as a standalone track.  I think he will need a little luck if he is to avoid fading into the background very soon.

Picturehouse – ‘Rules Of Science EP’

The first guise of Irish band Picturehouse existed from 1996 to 2004 before going their separate ways. They didn’t make the UK charts but did enjoy five top forty hits in their native Ireland, the biggest of which was ‘Everybody Loves My Place’ which peaked at no.17. After a gap of nine years they reformed in 2013 and released a new album entitled ‘Evolution’ and now this week sees their new EP ‘Rules Of Science’ hit the shops.  The title track has already featured on the album while the other songs featured include a live version of ‘Some Night She Will Be Mine’ recorded on Today FM, ‘You & I’ recorded live in Dublin and ‘Hello’ recorded live in RTE. Historically the band have struggled to make inroads into the UK charts and with fans already owning the album I’m not sure this can sell in large enough quantities to secure a place on next Sunday’s chart.

Toy – ‘It’s Been So Long’

Brighton based psychadelic rock band Toy release their new single ‘It’s Been So Long’ this week. The track is released digitally and comes with the new b side ‘Not On Your Own’.  The track also features on the bands second album ‘Join The Dots’ which peaked at no.126 last year, a disappointing performance considering their self titled long player reached no.48 a year earlier. The band completed an extensive tour of the UK during February but are due to make a one off appearance at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire next month.  A low budget video to accompany the track was uploaded to YouTube at the end of January but has only been viewed just over 9,000 times since then. Given that this is the third single to be taken from their album and their fanbase is relatively small compared to some other bands I can’t see this coming close to giving them a debut top forty hit.

Trey Songz – ‘Na Na’

American r’n’b artist Trey Songz releases his new single ‘Na Na’ this week.  His last album ‘Chapter V’ provided him with his only top forty hits to date – ‘Heart Attack’ peaked at no.28 while ‘Simply Amazing’ reached no.8.  His new album ‘Trigga’ is set for release at the end of June and this is the first single to be taken from it.  He has made guest appearances on many other artists singles including most recently the remix of Mariah Carey’s new track ‘You’re Mine (Eternal)’.  Although he has only recently come to the attention of the UK market he has been making music for ten years and this years ‘Trigga’ is in fact his sixth album.  As an actor he has appeared in numerous films including Queen Of Media, Texas Chainsaw 3D and Baggage Claim.  A lot will depend on what kind of airplay this track can pick up from commercial stations and that alone may determine its success.

Also released this week are ‘Surfboard’ by Cody Simpson, ‘Blue Smoke’ by Dolly Parton, ‘Weapons’ by Hudson Taylor and ‘Faith’ by VV Brown featuring Kele Okereke.

Next Week…

My money is on Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones to go straight in at the top with ‘I Got You’ but don’t expect DVBBS & Borgeous to give up without a fight. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Celine Dion, Jason Derulo, Robbie Williams and The Wanted.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

16 March, 2014 - Posted by | ChartChat

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