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Chart Chat Edition 753 – W/C 27.04.14

Chart Chat Edition 753 – Week Commencing Sunday 27th April 2014 


Welcome to edition 753 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 nine new entries, six climbers, twenty three songs going down and two non movers on this weeks chart.  Mr Probz went straight in at the top with the Robin Schulz remix of ‘Waves’ which meant that Kiesza had to make way falling one place to no.2 with ‘Hideaway’.

Sigma fell one to no.3 with ‘Nobody To Love’ while John Legend got a non mover at no.4 with ‘All Of Me’. Cash Cash featuring Bebe Rexha went straight in at no.5 with ‘Take Me Home’ and DJ Cassidy featuring Robin Thicke & Jessie J got a new entry at no.6 with ‘Calling All Hearts’. Neon Jungle went straight in at no.7 with ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ while Shift K3y went down five to no.8 with ‘Touch’. Tove Lo fell three to no.9 with ‘Stay High’ and the top ten was rounded off by Pharrell WIlliams who went down three places with ‘Happy’. 

There were three climbers and one new entry in the remainder of the top twenty. Idina Menzel continued to yo-yo up and down the chart as ‘Let It Go’ climbed two to no.13 while Indiana got a new entry at no.14 with ‘Solo Dancing’. Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Too $hort went up one to no.15 with ‘Loyal’ and Coldplay climbed back up four to no.20 with ‘Magic’. 

There were four new entries and three climbers in the lower half of the chart this week. Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monn & Idina Menzel climbed four to no.26 with ‘Do You Want To Build A Snowman’ and DJ Snake & Lil Jon climbed six places to no.32 with ‘Turn Down For What’. Joel Compass got a new entry at no.34 with ‘Forgive Me’ and Justin Timberlake went straight in at no.35 with ‘Not A Bad Thing’.  Idina Menzel & Kristen Bell climbed two to no.38 with ‘For The First Time In Forever’ while Lana Del Rey got a new entry at no.39 with ‘Gods & Monsters’.  The final new entry came at no.40 and went to The Kooks with ‘Down’. 

New Releases

Calvin Harris – ‘Summer’

Calvin Harris’ last single ‘Under Control’ became his fifth chart topper while it is well documented that his last album ’18 Months’ set a new record for top ten hits with an amazing nine being lifted from the album.  With rumoured earnings of $46m last year it appears that he can do no wrong and he will be hoping for further success this week with the release of his new single ‘Summer’.  It has already reached the top ten in Australia while also charting inside the top thirty of Canada, Denmark, Netherlands and New Zealand. An audio version of the track was uploaded to YouTube and was listening to over 13m times during its first month while the promotional video was picking up close to 1m views per day shortly after it first appeared on his Vevo account.  On a quiet week for new releases it would be a brave man to back against him notching up a sixth no.1 single next weekend.

Fish – ‘Blind To The Beautiful’

Fish’s last top forty appearance came with ‘Credo’ back in 1992 though his 1990 single ‘Big Wedge’ was his biggest hit, peaking at no.25. He has continued to tour and make music with his most recent album ‘A Feast Of Consequences’ being released through his own site last year.  Now that same album is getting a commercial release and ahead of that comes ‘Blind To The Beautiful’ as the first official single.  It comes released on two digital bundles with the first containing the Radio Edit, the Demo Version and a a live recording from Karlsruhe while the second bundle features the full length version of the track alongside a live version of album opener ‘Perfume River’. He is hoping to release more of his back catalogue digital over the coming months and he also has a UK tour scheduled for May this year.  It would be great to see this gain some radio airplay over the next few days and weeks.

Johnny Borrell & Zazou – ‘The Artificial Night EP’

Next up is singer / songwriter Johnny Borrell who is arguably most famous as the frontman of the band Razorlight but his solo work has failed to match the bands success.  Journalists were quick to sieze upon first week sales of 594 copies of his solo album with many describing it as a flop.  It was produced by Trevor Horn, and averaged a score of 46% on reviews webside Metacritic.  This week sees him team up with Zazou for an EP entitled ‘The Artificial Night’, and alongside the title track it features three other songs; ‘Cacambo’s March’, ‘The Camera Song’ and ‘Man Gave Names To All The Animals’.  He is set to play a series of live dates in the UK later this year and also has various festival appearances in the pipeline.  I think this is a great collection of songs, and at £2.49 its good value. Whether it can return him to the chart however remains to be seen.

Manik – ‘Because Of You’

New York producer Manik recently signed to the award winning label Black Butter Records and ‘Because Of You’ marks his first European release having previously appeared on other underground dance labels including Ovum, Culprit and Anjunabeats.  The digital format contains two other tracks; ‘Wanna Feel’ and ‘Boardcut’.  An audio version of the track was uploaded to YouTube ahead of the singles release and it managed to pick up 17k listens in just over a week. He is set to tour Europe during May and June while more EP’s are planned to be released ahead of the Summer. He lists his influences as including Mobb Deep and the Notorious BIG but also says he likes more acoustic based artists such as James Blake.  While I have little doubt that this will become a hit in the clubs I don’t think that it will crossover onto the mainstream charts next weekend.  

Molly – ‘Children Of The Universe’

The past two attempts by the UK to win the Eurovision Song Contest have been frankly embarassing.  Engelbert Humperdinck is a true legend but was always up against younger or more quirky competition while to choose a contestant like Bonnie Tyler who hadn’t charted in her home country since 1985 was nothing short of ridiculous.  This years entry comes courtesy of Molly Smitten-Downes (who simply goes by her first name) with ‘Children Of The Universe’ and early signs are positive. She is aged just 26 and has already charted courtesy of her vocals on Sash’s 2008 hit ‘Raindrops (Encore Une Fois)’, while the song she has been given is certainly different enough to stand out from the crowd.  If you rate her chances you can currently get 14/1 on her winning the competition outright with Armenia being the early bookies favourites at Evens.

Nerina Pallot – ‘Free As You Wanna Be’

London born Ivor Novello nominated singer / songwriter Nerina Pallot is keeping up with her promise to release a new EP every month as May sees ‘Free As You Wanna Be’ hit the shops. Alongside the title track comes four new tracks; ‘Free Man’, ‘Love Is Blind’, ‘Never Had A Single Original Thought’ and ‘Happy Birthday To Me’. She has one live appearance planned which is at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall in July. Following on from last December’s ‘We Made It Through Another Year’ have come four EP’s so far; ‘The Hold Tight’, ‘We Should Break Up’, ‘When The Morning Stars Sang Together’ and now ‘Free As You Wanna Be’. With five tracks featuring on each it has been a treat for fans to see almost two albums worth of material released already.  Sadly chart success has not been forthcoming but it would be nice if one of the tracks from this made the top forty.

Sevyn Streeter featuring Kid Ink – ‘nEXt (Remix)’

Sevyn is already big in the US where her EP ‘Call Me Crazy, But…’ reached the top ten.  The EP featured both the Chris Brown collaboration ‘It Won’t Stop’ and this track ‘nEXt’ which features the talents of Kid Ink. She was formerly in the bands TG4 and RichGirl where she was known by the name Se7en before changing her stage name in 2012.  She has carved out a reputation as a songwriter and has written songs for several established artists including Chris Brown, Brandy, Kelly Rowland and Ariana Grande. The official video for ‘nEXt’ was uploaded on the 26th March and has picked up over 2m views during its first month. It made the top twenty on the US r’n’b chart shortly after its release and it looks set for dance chart success in the UK.  Hopefully this will also manage to crossover onto the mainstream chart where it will become her first success in the UK.

Ten Walls – ‘Walking With Elephants’

Ten Walls releases his brand new single ‘Walking With Elephants’ this week on the Boso Linija label.  It follows on from the previous singles ‘Requiem’ and ‘Gotham’ and comes released digitally along with the bonus track ‘Nochnoy Dozor’.  There has been much discussion recently about just who was behind the monicker Ten Walls but recently it was discovered to be DJ and producer Mario Basanov.  He is scheduled to appear at St Judes in Glasgow on 23rd May, but as things stand this is his only confirmed UK appearance though he is confirmed to play in Spain, Russia and Lithuania later on this Summer.  He has released several tracks and EP’s in his own name but has yet to make an appearance inside the UK top forty. That statistic seems unlikely to change with this single though the change of name has at least helped to create a buzz around the track.

You Me At Six – ‘Cold Night’

Earlier this year Surrey based rock band You Me At Six soared to the top of the album chart with their fourth long player ‘Cavalier Youth’.  The album also featured their fifth, and so far highest charting, hit to date ‘Living A Lie’ which narrowly missed out on the top ten peaking at no.11.  The second single ‘Fresh Start Fever’ missed out on the top forty, but this week sees them release ‘Cold Night’ as the third track to be taken from the album.  The digital EP format features brand new live versions of those first two singles from the album alongside a cover of The Beatles ‘Come Together’. They performed the track for Radio 1’s Live Lounge earlier this year and it has become a live favourite with fans.  Given the failure of their last single to make the top forty I fear this may suffer a similar fate, particularly with no new mix of the track being available.

Also released this week are ‘Everytime I Come Around’ by 50 Cent featuring Kidd Kidd, ‘I Walk Alone (Remixes)’ by Cher, ‘Heavy Seas Of Love’ by Damon Albarn, ‘Everybody In The Place’ by Hardwell, ‘It Knows It’ by Kagoule, ‘Eez-Eh’ by Kasabian, ‘Sheezus’ by Lily Allen, ‘Because Of You’ by Manik, ‘Brand New Toy’ by Paul Weller and ‘Take Me’ by RUFUS.

Next Week…

My money is on Calvin Harris to make his debut at the top next Sunday with only Mr Probz likely to run him close. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Bashy featuring Jareth, Foxes, Harvey and Shakira.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

27 April, 2014 - Posted by | ChartChat

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