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Chart Chat Edition 750 – W/C 06.04.14


Chart Chat Edition 750 – Week Commencing Sunday 6th April 2014 

Introduction

Welcome to edition 750 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 six new entries, three re-entries, six climbers, twenty songs going down and five non movers on this weeks chart. Aloe Blacc went straight in at the top with ‘The Man’ and in doing so held off a strong challenge from John Legend who climbed three to no.2 with ‘All Of Me’.

Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones fell one to no.3 with ‘I Got You’ while Route 94 featuring Jess Glynne was a non mover at no.4 with ‘My Love’. Faul & Wad Ad vs Pnau fell two to no.5 with ‘Changes’ but Pharrell Williams got a non mover at no.6 with ‘Happy’. John Martin went straight in at no.7 with ‘Anywhere For You’ and Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne were a non mover at no.8 with ‘Rather Be’. Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull climbed back up two to no.9 with ‘I’m A Freak’ while 5 Seconds Of Summer fell nine to no.10 with ‘She Looks So Perfect’.

A further two climbers and one new entry were to be found in the remainder of the top twenty.  Paolo Nutini went straight in at no.12 with ‘Scream (Funk My Life Up)’ while Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne climbed two to no.13 with ‘Loyal’. The final climber went to Idina Menzel who went up ten to no.17 with ‘Let It Go’.

There were three new entries, three re-entries and two climbers in the lower half of the chart.  Will.i.am featuring Miley Cyrus, French Montana & Wiz Khalifa climbed four to no.24 with ‘Feelin’ Myself’ and Shakira got a new entry at no.25 with ‘Empire’.  HAIM went up six to no.27 with ‘If I Could Change Your Mind’ while the legendary Frankie Knuckles re-entered at no.29 with ‘Your Love’. Tove Lo featuring Hippie Sabotage got a new entry at no.34 with ‘Stay High (Habits Remix)’ and Paloma Faith re-entered at no.36 with ‘Can’t Rely On You’.  Kylie Minogue re-entered at no.39 with ‘Into The Blue’ and Kristen Bell finally got a new entry at no.40 with ‘Do You Want To Build A Snowman’ after seventeen weeks on the chart.

New Releases

Asgeir – ‘Going Home’

Icelandic singer Asgeir releases his new single ‘Going Home’ this week.  The single features ‘Dreaming’ as the b side / bonus track and is released on the One Little Indian label which so famously housed fellow Icelandic artists The Sugarcubes. It can also be found on his current album ‘In The Silence’ which was released in January this year. A version recorded as part of the Here Today Sessions has received almost 300k views while a different version taken from the Toe Rag Acoustic Sessions has been viewed over 300k times. He recently won the European Border Breakers Award which aims to recognise artists who have reached audiences outside their home countries with previous winners including Adele, Caro Emerald and Mumford & Sons. I suspect this will struggle to get close to the top forty but he is a big enough star in his home country to not worry too much about that.

Avicii – ‘Addicted To You’

Avicii has already enjoyed three top ten hits from his album ‘True’ and this is aiming to be the fourth.  It has already charted but this week sees its official release date as a single.  The digital EP contains four new versions; the Avicii by Aviccii version (which also features on the remixed version of his ‘True’ album), the David Guetta Remix, the Albin Myers Remix and the Diplo & Ookay Remix. Although 2013’s ‘True’ was his first official album he has been releasing singles since 2008.  He first charted with ‘Seek Bromance’ in 2010 although that was under the monicker Tim Berg, but later he enjoyed top five success with ‘Levels’ and his Leona Lewis collaboration ‘Collide’ (even if he was only credited after a complaint from his record label).  He has been on a real run of form lately and there is no reason why this won’t end up adding to his growing tally of top ten hits.

Iggy Azalea featuring Charlie XCX – ‘Fancy’

Australian hip hop star Iggy Azalea has shown constantly improving chart placings for her first three singles ‘Work’, ‘Bounce’ and ‘Change Your Life’ which peaked at no.17, no.13 and no.10 respectively.  Now she is back this week with her fourth single ‘Fancy’ which will feature on her forthcoming album ‘The New Classic’ and sees her team up with Charlie XCX.  The album is sure to better the performance of her 2012 debut ‘Glory’ which failed to set the charts alight. The video is a take on the film ‘Clueless’ and has been a massive hit, picking up over 7m views on her Vevo account during its first two weeks.   Last year saw her win the Breakthrough Artist Award at the Attitude Awards while more recently she won the Boombox Fan Choice Award for Video Of The Year for ‘Change Your Life’.  This single looks set to be one of the highest new entries next weekend.

Jakwob featuring Tiffani Juno – ‘Somebody New’

British producer Jakwob is aiming to follow up his 2013 top forty debut ‘Fade’ with his new single ‘Somebody New’.  While ‘Fade’ peaked at no.35 he is setting his sights much higher with this release which sees him team up with vocalist Tiffani Juno.  There are two EPs of remixes; the first contains the Extended Mix, the Seamus Haji Remix, the GoldFFinch Remix and the TCTS Remix while the second features the Shy FX, Need For Mirrors & HLZ Remix, the Dismantle Remix and the Jakwob VIP Mix. He has leant his remixing skills to a variety of artists including Lily Allen, Ellie Goulding, Jessie J and Katie Melua.  The accompanying music video was first uploaded to his Vevo account at the end of January and picked up over 300k views in its first six weeks.  This has been picking up airplay on Radio 1 and looks set to see him back inside the top forty next weekend.

Matt Cardle – ‘Hit My Heart’

Far from fading away, former X Factor winner Matt Cardle has maintained his music career and narrowly missed notching up a third top ten album when ‘Porcelain’ peaked at no.11.  Last year saw him return to the singles chart for the first time since ‘Run For Your Life’ as his Melanie C duet ‘Loving You’ reached no.14.  The follow up ‘When You Were My Girl’ failed to chart but this week sees ‘Hit My Heart’ as the third single to be taken from the album. It is released as a single track download and as part of an EP which also includes acoustic takes of ‘Loving You’ and ‘This Trouble Is Ours’ alongside the new track ‘It’s All Just Talk’.  April sees him undertake an extensive eighteen date tour of the UK and that shows that he still has a strong fanbase.  I think with so many fans owning the album this will struggle to secure him a return to the mainstream chart.

The Saturdays – ‘Not Giving Up’

This weekend sees girlband The Saturdays aiming for a seventeenth top forty hit with ‘Not Giving Up’, the fifth single to be taken from their ‘Living For The Weekend’ album.  It follows up ‘Disco Love’ which became their eighth top five hit towards the end of last year.  It is available as a four track CD single and a five track digital EP which features the Extended 12″ Remix, the TKNIK Radio Edit and the Cahill Remix Radio Edit alongside new track ‘Bigger’ and an acoustic version of ‘What About Us’ recorded at Transmitter Studios earlier this year. The video to the track was first uploaded in mid February and quickly secured 1.4m views during its first month. While its a great pop song I fear that it may suffer from too many fans owning the album.  Although I think that it will reach the top forty I don’t think it will add to their impressive tally of top ten hits.

Tich – ‘Breathe In Breathe Out’

British singer songwriter Tich charted last year with her single ‘Dumb’ (which peaked at no.23) but the follow up ‘Obsession’ stalled at no.56.  Now she will be hoping to secure a return to the chart with her new release ‘Breathe In Breathe Out’ which is out this week. The track was co-written by Tim Powell and Nick Jonas and gets released as a single track download.  The video to the track was uploaded to her Vevo account in early March and picked up over 100k views over its first two weeks. She is set to make two live appearances later this month, one in Shrewsbury and one in Manchester. Although she has released two EPs it is hoped that we may see her first long player later this year, although the record label will doubtless by keen to ensure that this is a hit.  I think this may well chart on Sunday but it is more likely to be at the lower end of the top forty.

The Vamps – ‘Last Night’

Next up are four piece boy band The Vamps who have become one of the biggest successes so far in 2014 with their last single ‘Wild Heart’ peaking at no.3, following on from ‘Can We Dance’ which narrowly missed out on making the top spot last year.  Now comes the release of ‘Last Night’ as their third single and as you would expect it is available across a number of formats.  Alongside the main version comes Connors version, Tristans Animal Remix, a version recorded live at The O2 and an EP which features the Gospel Mix, the Westfunk Club Mix and new tracks ‘Oh Cecilia’, ‘Lovestruck’ and ‘What About Love’.  A combination of very clever marketing and a sizeable fan base should ensure that this lands inside the top three but with a following wind and a little bit of good fortune this could even go on to top the charts next weekend.

Wallis Bird – ‘Hardly Hardly’

Finally this week Wallis Bird releases her new single ‘Hardly Hardly’ ahead of her fourth studio album ‘ARCHITECT’ which hits the shops next Monday. The digital format contains three new mixes of the track; the Vinne & Rebscher Remix, the LaRochelleBand Remix and the Sebastian Leger Remix.  She has had two top twenty albums in Ireland and some minor success in Austria but so far any significant success in the UK has eluded her.  Later this month sees her undertake a tour of Europe which starts off in Ireland and features a one off appearance at The Garage in London during May.  Fans can pre-order various different formats of the album ahead of its release including a double CD box set which features a set of playing cards, a bag and a sticker.  Such marketing will boost the album but I suspect the single will end up dropping short of the top forty.

Also released this week are ‘Bad’ by David Guetta & Showtek featuring Vassy, ‘Fresh Strawberries’ by Franz Ferdinand, ‘Uncertainty’ by Jagwar Ma, ‘Out Of My Head’ by John Newman, ‘First Date’ by Rajan, Mo & Terry Turbo, ‘Nobody To Love’ by Sigma, ‘Hackney Parrot’ by Special Request featuring Camille and ‘Footnotes EP’ by Ward Thomas.

Next Week…

Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Birdy, Gary Barlow, Kelis and Kiesza. Until then have yourself a good week.

 

Ian Anderson

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6 April, 2014 - Posted by | ChartChat

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