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Chart Chat Edition 754 – W/C 04.05.14

Chart Chat Edition 754 – Week Commencing Sunday 4th May 2014 


Welcome to edition 754 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 five new entries, eight climbers, twenty four songs going down and three non movers on this weeks chart. Calvin Harris notched up his sixth no.1 hit with ‘Summer’ which went straight in at the top this week.  His total of six chart toppers is equal to the haul achieved by such classic artists as Queen, Rod Stewart and Blondie while just one more would see him level with Kylie Minogue, George Michael, U2 and Michael Jackson.  His success meant that last weeks no.1 ‘Waves (Robin Schulz Remix)’ by Mr Probz fell one place to no.2.

Kiesza went down one to no.3 with ‘Hideaway’ while Sigma fell a place to no.4 with ‘Nobody To Love’. John Legend also went down one to no.5 with ‘All Of Me’ and Cash Cash featuring Bebe Rexha fell one to no.6 with ‘Take Me Home’. Tove Lo featuring Hippie Sabotage climbed two to no.7 with the Habits Remix of ‘Stay High’ and Shift K3y was a non mover at no.8 with ‘Touch’.  Iggy Azalea featuring Charlie XCX climbed two places to no.9 with ‘Fancy’ while Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne & Tyga went up five to no.10 with ‘Loyal’.

There was one new entry and two climbers in what remained of the top twenty.  Idina Menzel went up two places to no.11 with ‘Let It Go’ and Coldplay climbed seven to no.13 with ‘Magic’. The new entry came at no.20 and went to Paloma Faith with ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’. 

There were three new entries and three climbers in the lower half of the chart this week.  Justin Timberlake climbed thirteen places to no.22 with ‘Not A Bad Thing’ and DJ Snake featuring Lil Jon went up eight to no.24 with ‘Turn Down For What’.  Michael Jackson went straight in at no.27 with ‘Love Never Felt So Good’ while David Guetta & Showtek featuring Vassy climbed one to no.35 with ‘Bad’. Alicia Keys featuring Kendrick Lamar got a new entry at no.39 with ‘It’s On Again’ from the new Spiderman movie and proceedings were concluded by Pharrell Williams who went straight in at no.40 with his new track ‘Marilyn Monroe’.

New Releases

2 Unlimited – ‘No Limit’

Opening proceedings this week are Dutch duo 2 Unlimited with the reissue of their classic ‘No Limit’ single. This was the fifth of their eight top ten hits and went on to top the charts for five weeks.  The band were unfairly labelled “no lyrics” but this was a decision taken by their label to remove the raps from their UK releases as their debut hit ‘Get Ready For This’ was an instrumental. They haven’t charted since 1998 when a new line up under the old name made no.38 with ‘Wanna Get Up’. Now they are releasing a new set of remixes including the Zatox Remix, the Big Dawg Remix and the Brasilian Remix. An album entitled ‘Unlimited Hits & Remixes’ is also released this week which includes new versions of ‘Get Ready’ and ‘Jump For Joy’.  It would be fantastic to see it return to the top forty some twenty one years after its first appearance.

Bashy featuring Jareth – ‘Bring The Lights Down’

Next up this week is actor and singer Bashy who teams up with Jareth for his new single ‘Bring The Lights Down’.  As an actor he most notably worked on Noel Clarke’s film ‘’ in 2009 and while later appearing alongside Michelle Ryan in the film ‘The Man Inside’. As an artist he has had three minor hits with ‘Fantasy’, ‘Kidulthood To Adulthood’ and ‘These Are The Songs’ though each has stalled just short of the top 75.  The digital format of this release contains seven new remixes; the Clean Radio Edit, the Dirty Radio Edit, the Clean Club Edit, the Diamond Commercial House Edit, the Diamond Minimal House Remix, the Adiktive Trap Remix and the Adam J Dance Remix.  The video to the track was uploaded at the start of April and picked up over 15k views during its first week.  He has 126k likes on his Facebook page and if he could translate those into sales he would have a major hit on his hands.

Essex Young Farmers – ‘Put That Hoe Down’

Novelty records such as this either tend to be big hits or fade quickly into obscurity.  What fate awaits this track remains to be seen but the Essex Young Farmers set themselves a challenge to write, record and release an original song with the aim of getting it into the top forty on the weekend of the National Federation of Young Farmers Club annual convention in Blackpool between 9th and 11th May.  The track was written and produced in conjunction with Audio Network but was recorded at the world famous Abbey Road studios where many famous artists including The Beatles have recorded before them. The video quickly picked up 30k views in the first three days following its upload on 17th April and has begun to creep up the iTunes chart on presales alone. It’s for a good cause (Young Minds and The Farming Community Network) and hopefully will do well for them next weekend.

Fitz & The Tantrums – ‘The Walker’

Although relatively unknown in the UK, American band Fitz & The Tantrums first formed back in 2008.  Last year saw the release of their second studio album ‘More Than Just A Dream’ which became their biggest success to date, peaking at no.26 in the States.  It featured the track ‘The Walker’ reached the Billboard Top 100 and made no.2 on the US Alternative chart.  Now the album gets its full release in the UK next week while ‘The Walker’ is available as a single from this week.  The band are currently in the middle of an extensive US tour which plans to take in some festival appearances later in the Summer including Center Of The Universe and Lollapalooza.  The music video has been available for over six months and is fast approaching the 2m views mark.  I’m not sure if it will recreate its Stateside success in the UK but it if picks up enough mainstream airplay there is no reason why not.

Foxes – ‘Holding On To Heaven’

Foxes notched up her first top ten hit with ‘Let Go For Tonight’ and now comes her third solo single ‘Holding On To Heaven’.  It comes a week ahead of her debut album ‘Glorious’ which should see her enjoy top ten success. The digital download of the single contains a Radio 1 Live Lounge version of ‘Let Go For Tonight’ alongside four new mixes of ‘Holding On To Heaven’; the Radio Edit, the Chainsmokers Remix, the Wideboys Remix and the Kove Remix. Before her solo success she featured as a guest vocalist on the Zedd hit ‘Clarity’, and a live version of that track can be found on the deluxe version of her new album.  The video to this track received over 600k views during its first week though it will have its work cut out if it is to overtake the 7m views notched up by the colourful promo to ‘Let Go For Tonight’.  I love this track and hope that it will become another huge hit for her.

Galantis – ‘Smile’

‘Smile’ is the new single by Galantis, a duo consisting of Christian Karlsson from Mikke Snow and Linus Eklow from Style Of I (who co-wrote Icona Pop’s hit ‘I Love It’). They made their first live performance as a duo at the recent Coachella Festival in the US and this becomes their first commercial release following on from their EP which is free to stream on Soundcloud. The EP featured ‘Smile’ as its lead track but also contained ‘You’, ‘Revolution’, ‘Help’ and ‘Friend’. Alongside the single track download format comes an EP of remixes featuring five new versions of the song; the Kaskade Edit, the Bart B More Remix, the Danny Howard Remix, the Dem Slackers Remix and the Marco V Remix. The official video has received over 250k views since first being uploaded four months ago and with the track picking up similar interest on Soundcloud this could well be their first ever UK hit.

Harvey – ‘Thank You’

Teenage singer Harvey finally releases his eagerly awaited debut single ‘Thank You’ this week.  It comes released on the London Records label which is part of the Universal Music empire.  He should not be confused with former So Solid Crew member Harvey who holds the Twitter name @Harveyofficial and whosemusic is very different! The accompanying music video to the track was first uploaded to his Vevo account back in December and has received over 600k views since then. His following has largely been built up over recent months using the power of social media and he has over 44k followers on Twitter though has only just over 1,000 likes on his Facebook page.  I can’t see this reaching the top ten but the internet is a powerful tool and if he can mobilise some of his Twitter fanbase then there is no reason why he should not sneak into the top forty.

Loveable Rogues – ‘Honest EP’

This trio first surfaced on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent back in 2012 and they went on to enjoy a top ten hit with their debut single ‘What A Night’. They had been signed to Simon Cowell’s own Syco label and they went on to support Olly Murs on his UK tour.  Everything looked great for the band but last year saw them dropped from the label thus forcing them to go it alone.  This week sees them release their new EP ‘Honest’ on the Super Duper Records label.  The band first peformed the track on the final of Britains Got Talent where they finished fourth. Alongside the title track the EP also features an acoustic cover of ‘Would I Lie To You’, a live recording of ‘Say You Love Me’ and a collaboration with Tich on ‘The Only One Who Knows’. I hope that they can carry on their early success and that this becomes their second top forty hit next weekend.

Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake – ‘Love Never Felt So Good’

Few would dispute the genius of Michael Jackson, and just how good his main trilogy of albums (‘Off The Wall’, ‘Thriller’ and ‘Bad’) were.  However ‘Invincible’, the final studio album before his death, was disappointing and his first posthumous outing ‘Michael’ failed to set the charts alight when released in 2010.  Now comes another ‘new’ album in the shape of ‘XSCAPE’, and from that comes the lead single ‘Love Never Felt So Good’ which sees Michael team up with Justin Timberlake.  It is well produced and nods its head to Michael’s musical past but also falls someway short of his material from the mid 1980’s.  For some it is interesting to hear these songs which existed as demo versions prior to his death, for others they would rather just be left with the memories of his great recordings and performances.  I think I fall into the latter category.

Paul Stone – ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’

In recent years there has been a trend towards swing versions of popular hits and the Simple Minds classic ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’ becomes the latest track to get that kind of treatment courtesy of Paul Stone.  He recently received tremendous interest following an interview with Paul O’Grady on Radio 2 and has a complete album entitled ‘Reprise Of Swing’ available through his own website  The album contains new takes on songs such as ‘Englishman In New York’, ‘Sex On Fire’, ‘Wicked Game’ and ‘Long Train Running’.  He has previously performed with the Osmond Family and given half a chance could go on to big things. With some national airplay behind the single this could do well though if nothing else it should help to draw attention to his album which will hopefully get a wider release very soon.

Pitbull featuring G.R.L. – ‘Wild Wild Love’

Pitbull is just as famous for his appearances on other artists singles but this week he is back in his own right with a little help from G.R.L. on his new track ‘Wild Wild Love’.  To date he has notched up eleven top forty hits in his own right including two number ones but he has appeared on a further eleven top forty hits by other artists including Jennifer Lopez, Taio Cruz, Usher, Alexandra Burke and Qwote.   He has been in the studio working on ‘We Are One (Ole Ola)’ which is the official songs to this years FIFA World Cup and it sees him team up once more with Jennifer Lopez. So it looks like a successful year will lay ahead for the Cuban / American rapper. The track has already made the top ten in Australia and could well do the same in the UK next weekend although I don’t think it will end up following his previous single ‘Timber’ to the top of the charts.

Also released this week are ‘No Limit’ by 2 Unlimited, ‘Irregular Heartbeat’ by 50 Cent featuring Jadakiss and Kidd Kidd, ‘You Know My Name / Wedding Day’ by Courtney Love, ‘Looking For Real Love’ by Hollie Cook, ‘Girl / Sleep Around’ by Jamie XX, ‘Blink Again’ by John Dahlback & Benny Benassi, ‘Still’ by Katy B and ‘Nicotine’ by Panic! At The Disco.

Next Week…

It looks to me that it will be the same two songs battling it out at the top and its quite possible that Mr Probz could regain his crown. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Kylie Minogue, Lady Gaga, Paloma Faith and Rita Ora.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

5 May, 2014 - Posted by | ChartChat

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