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Chart Chat Edition 748 – W/C 23.03.14

Chart Chat Edition 748 – Week Commencing Sunday 23rd March 2014 


Welcome to edition 748 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, one re-entry, five climbers, twenty seven songs going down and one non mover on this weeks chart. It was Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones who went straight in at the top with ‘I Got U’ while Route 94 featuring Jess Glynne fell one place to no.2 with ‘My Love’.

John Legend climbed three to no.3 with ‘All Of Me’ and Pharrell William’s run inside the top three ended as ‘Happy’ dropped one to no.4. Last week’s no.1 ‘Tsunami’ by DVBBS & Borgeous featuring Tinie Tempah fell four to no.5 and Little Mix went straight in at no.6 with their cover of Cameo’s ‘Word Up’. Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne fell two places to no.7 with ‘Rather Be’ and Katy Perry featuring Juicy J went down one to no.8 with ‘Dark Horse’.  Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull fell five to no.9 with ‘I’m A Freak’ and Sam Smith concluded the top ten as ‘Money On My Mind’ was a non mover at no.10.

There were two new entries, one re-entry and two climbers in what remained of the top twenty.  The Chainsmokers climbed eight places to no.11 with ‘#SELFIE’ while Example got a new entry at no.13 with ‘Kids Again’. Avicii climbed ten to no.14 with ‘Addicted To You’ and Human League scored their first chart hit since 1996 with ‘Don’t You Want Me’ re-entering at no.19.  Ironically it is their first top twenty single since a remix of the same track made no.16 in 1995.  It originally reached the top spot in 1981 and has returned to the top forty this time around following Aberdeen’s win in the Scottish Cup Final.  Fans like to chant the song in honour of their player Peter Pawlett and it has topped the charts in Scotland this week. The final new entry went to Trey Songz with ‘Na Na’ at no.20.

There was one new entry and two climbers in the lower half of the chart. OneRepublic climbed eight places to no.22 with ‘Counting Stars’ and Idina Menzel went back up one to no.31 with ‘Let It Go’.  The new entry came at no.37 and went to London Grammar who notched up a third top forty appearance with ‘Hey Now’.

New Releases

5 Seconds Of Summer – ‘She Looks So Perfect’

It seems that many producers seem to think there is a place in the market for another boy band with The Vamps arguably leading the way from the newest pack.  Australian boy band 5 Seconds Of Summer will also fancy their chances of joining that race having enjoyed top five success down under with their new single ‘She Looks So Perfect’ which gets its full UK release this week. The main EP contains the Mikey Demo version of the main track alongside ‘Heartache On The Big Screen’, ‘The Only Reason’ and ‘What I Like About You’ while two other formats pick up on the Ash Demo vocal mix and the Radio Edit.  Their focus seems to be set on world domination with their decision to support One Direction on their American and Canadian tour.  I think that this will take off for them and could well become one of the highest new entries next Sunday afternoon.

Dansson & Marlon Hoffstadt – ‘Shake That’

This week sees Berlin based Marlon Hoffstadt team up with Swiss producer Dansson on ‘Shake That’, a track which has already gone down a storm in Ibiza. Marlon has recently been in the UK with appearances in Southampton and London last weekend but won’t return now until mid May.  Dansson too is scheduled for a UK visit around that time with an appearance due at Lightbox in London on 10th May. This single comes as a single track download along with an EP of remixes which includes the Original Mix, the Blonde Mix, the Shadow Child Mix, the Oliver $ Remix and the Jesse Rose Re-edit.  The official music video was uploaded on the 10th February but has only received just over 50k views during its first three weeks. It can be hard to predict just which of these dances tracks will crossover onto the mainstream charts and I’m not sure that this will become one of them.

Editors – ‘Sugar’

Next up is ‘Sugar’ which is the fourth single to be released from the Editors current album ‘The Weight Of Your Love’. They are fresh from two sold out gigs at the Camden Roundhouse last week and are aiming for their first appearance on the chart since ‘Papillon’ made no.23 in 2009.  That was the last of their ten hit singles with the biggest being ‘Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors’ which reached no.7 back in 2007.  The digital EP features the original album version alongside the Matthew Dear mix of the track, a version which adds a drum & bass feel to it – quite a curious sound for the Indie band to experiment with!  This is undoubtedly my favourite song on the album and I would really love to see it inside the top forty next weekend but taking into account the fact that the three previous singles have missed out I fear that this will also end up dropping short.

Faul & Wad Ad vs Pnau – ‘Changes’

Faul & Wad Ad are a Parisienne deep house duo who have enjoyed considerable success around Europe with this single ‘Changes’.  It’s a track which samples Pnau’s track ‘Baby’, hence the decision to credit them.  It topped the charts in Germany last year and also reached the top ten in Austria, Belgium and Switzerland.  As you would expect it comes with an EP of remixes which includes the Original Mix, the Marlon Hoffstad Remix, the Bontan Remix and the Stefan Dabruck Remix. The official music video was first uploaded back in December 2013 and has been viewed over 6.5m times since then. The duo first met in school and have been producing music together ever since.  For me this is very much the sort of track which could cross over onto the mainstream chart and so I expect to see this landing inside the top twenty on Sunday.

Jack Savoretti – ‘Sweet Hurt’

Jack Savoretti releases his new EP this week entitled ‘Sweet Hurt’.  Alongside the title track there are three new songs; ‘Broken Glass’, ‘Jack In A Box’ and ‘The Hurt’.  He released his first single ‘Without’ back in 2006 and it remains his highest charting track, peaking at no.90.  His debut album ‘Between The Minds’ followed in 2007 and reached no.70.  His most recent long player was ‘Before The Storm’ in 2012 but that fell short of the top 100. He is about to embark on a seven date tour of the UK which concludes at Thekla in Bristol in early April.  He is set to return to the UK later this year where he will provide support to Neil Young & Crazy Horse at their Hyde Park gig.  He also has confirmed festival appearances at Gold Coast Oceanfest in Devon and Big Feastival in Oxfordshire.  I’m not sure that this will end up run without a top forty hit but it’s a great EP nonetheless.

Martin Garrix & Jay Hardman – ‘Wizard’

The Dutch DJ and producer Martin Garrix may only be seventeen years old but he has already topped the charts with his last single ‘Animals’.  Now he has enlisted the help of Jay Hardman on the follow up single ‘Wizard’ which is released on the Spinnin Records NL label this week.  The video first appeared on YouTube back in November and has received over 28m views since then.  It has aready managed to make the top forty around Europe including in Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland though it hasn’t quite replicated the success of ‘Animals’ which reached the top ten in eight countries. His next single will be the Firebeatz collaboration ‘Helicopter’ so it looks like we will be hearing more from him over the coming months.  Watch out for this putting in a challenge at the top end of the chart at the weekend.

Tia Brazda – ‘Cabin Fever’

Tia Brazda releases her new single ‘Cabin Fever’ on the Pashmount Music label this week having originally issued it back in February 2012.  Last time around it was the lead track of an EP featuring four other tracks but this time it is released along with two remixes (the Deluxe version and the Extended version) and the video.  On its first release it topped the iTunes Canadian Jazz chart but failed to set the worlds charts alight.  She has continued to work hard and has toured many venues though her current focus is on delivering a full length album during 2014. The accompanying music video has been viewed around 15k times in the past two years so it doesn’t appear that interest is going to be high enough to see it becoming a mainstream chart hit. She undoubtedly has talent and I hope that she can grow her fanbase over the coming months.

Tujamo & Plastik Funk featuring Sneakbo – ‘Dr Who’

German producer Tujamo teams up with Plastik Funk and Sneakbo for his new single ‘Dr Who’.  It is released as a single track download alongside an EP of remixes which includes the Futuristic Polar Bear Remixes, the Smooth Remix, the Nu:Tone Remix and the TS7 Remix.  He played the Arches in Glasgow earlier this month but is now off around Europe with appearances in Switzerland, Italy and Germany scheduled during April.  Plastik Funk meanwhile are currently in the midst of an extensive US tour and so are unlikely to be appearing to promote this single in the UK.  An audio upload to YouTube last Summer has received over 2m views but this version received its first play on Mista Jam’s 1xtra show at the start of the year.  This is destined to be a big hit in the Dance Chart but I think it could also make its way up the mainstream chart too.

The Wanted – ‘Glow In The Dark’

Finally this week come boyband The Wanted with their new single ‘Glow In The Dark’.   If successful it could become the sixth top ten hit from their current ‘Word Of Mouth’ album and their eleventh top ten hit in total.  The band are undertaking a world tour during 2014 after which they are to take a break to pursue solo projects.  Despite promises to work together again we have seen many bands over the years who haven’t returned from such breaks!  Some have pointed to the fact that ‘Word Of Mouth’ was their lowest charting album to date as to why the band are splitting, but the band deny this to be the reason. The digital format of the single contains the Karaoke version and the IAmData Sunset Remix of the track alongside the TY Remix of ‘I Found You’. The band have a loyal fanbase and this could well see them back inside the top ten next weekend.

Also released this week is ‘Pilot’ by 50 Cent, ‘Blk & Blu’ by Chase & Status featuring Ed Thomas, ‘Thea’ by Goldfrapp, ‘If I Could Change Your Mind’ by Haim, ‘Take Me To Church’ by Hozier, ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ by Kirk Norcross, ‘Don’t Waste My Time’ by Krept & Konan, ‘The Righteous One’ by The Orwells, ‘It’s Tricky (DJ Fresh Remix)’ by Run DMC, ‘Hot Tonight’ by Tokyo Police Club and ‘Damn’ by Vanquish.

Next Week…

5 Seconds Of Summer look the most likely artists to challenge Duke Dumont for the top spot but I think it will be a second week at the top for ‘I Got U’. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Aloe Blacc, John Martin, Paolo Nutini and Sophie Ellis-Bextor.  Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

23 March, 2014 - Posted by | ChartChat

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