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Chart Chat Edition 755 – W/C 11.05.14

Chart Chat Edition 755 – Week Commencing Sunday 11th May 2014 


Welcome to edition 755 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, one re-entry, nine climbers, twenty three songs going down and two non movers on this weeks chart. There was a change at the top as Mr Probz went back up one to no.1 with ‘Waves (Robin Schulz Remix)’ while Calvin Harris dropped a place to no.2 with ‘Summer’.

Kiesza was a non mover at no.3 with ‘Hideaway’ but John Legend climbed back up one to no.4 with ‘All Of Me’. Sigma fell one to no.5 with ‘Nobody To Love’ and Pitbull featuring G.R.L. got a new entry at no.6 with ‘Wild Wild Love’. Paloma Faith climbed thirteen places to no.7 with ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’ and Tove Lo featuring Hippie Sabotage went down one to no.8 with ‘Stay High’. Cash Cash featuring Bebe Rexha fell three places to no.9 with ‘Take Me Home’ and Iggy Azalea featuring Charlie XCX completed the picture going down down one to no.10 with ‘Fancy’.

One other new entry was to be found in the remainder of the top twenty which was Foxes with ‘Holding On To Heaven’ which went straight in at no.14.

Justin Timberlake climbed one to no.21 with ‘Not A Bad Thing’ while Gary Barlow re-entered at no.22 with ‘Let Me Go’ follow his When Cordon Met Barlow interview.  DJ Snake featuring Lil Jon climbed one to no.23 with ‘Turn Down For What’ and Michael Jackson climbed three to no.24 with ‘Love Never Felt So Good’.   Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monn & Idina Menzel went up one to no.28 with ‘Do You Want To Build A Snowman’ and Pharrell Williams climbed ten to no.30 with ‘Marilyn Monroe’.  Alicia Keys featuring Kendrick Lamar went up eight to no.31 with ‘It’s On Again’ while Molly went straight in at no.33 with ‘Children Of The Universe’. Jason Derulo featuring Snoop Dogg got a new entry at no.34 with ‘Wiggle’ and Katy Perry went straight in at no.38 with ‘Birthday’.

New Releases

Conchita Wurst – ‘Rise Like A Phoenix’

This started to sell following its Eurovision Song Contest victory, and with a full week of sales this week it is sure to go higher. For those unaware Conchita Wurst was the Austrian entry who gained considerable press attention for teaming his beard with a dress and full make up. The song was a runaway winner, and received 12 points from UK viewers. Other Eurovision tracks picking up downloads in the UK have included ‘Cliche Love Song’ (Denmark), Undo (Sweden), ‘No Prejudice’ (Iceland) and ‘Coming Home’ (Malta). Those of a superstitious nature have been quick to point out that the last time Austria won this contest was the year that England won the football World Cup. However I think that it is unlikely we will see that combination again this year!  This is a decent ballad which will no doubt be a big hit across the whole of Europe.

Dan Sartain – ‘Pass This On’

American rock n roll musician Dan Sartain releases his new single ‘Pass This On’ this week.  While he hasn’t troubled the top forty as yet he has enjoyed some success on the Indie chart where ‘Flight Of The Finch’ was his biggest hit, peaking at no.16. The single is taken from his forthcoming album ‘Dudesblood’ and is released on a digital format containing the bonus track ‘Dust’.  As yet he doesn’t have any confirmed live appearances coming up but it is hoped that he might be on the bill at some of the big festivals later this Summer.  Reaction to the official video has been quite slow with just 2,400 views picked up during its first three weeks of upload. You’re unlikely to hear this on your local commercial station which is jammed full of bland music by numbers, but that’s not an excuse not to listen to this as you might just discover something new.

Jake Bugg – ‘Messed Up Kids EP’

Jake Bugg has nine top 100 singles to his name but just two have made the top forty.  ‘Lightning Bolt’ was the biggest of those, and it also gained him a wider listenership when it was used in a British Airways advert at the end of last year.  His two albums ‘Jake Bugg’ and ‘Shangri-La’ both made the top three with the former topping the charts upon its release in 2012.  His new single ‘Messed Up Kids’ is taken from his ‘Shangri-La’ album and is the lead track of his new EP which also contains three other tracks; ‘A Change In The Air’, ‘Strange Creatures’ and ‘The Odds’.  He recently completed a tour of Japan and will tour the US over the Summer before heading back to the UK to appear at established festivals Glastonbury and T In The Park.  History suggests this will struggle to make any signficant inroads into the top forty but fans will be keen to hear the new material.

Katie Sky – ‘Monsters’

British singer / songwriter Katie Sky releases her brand new single ‘Monsters’ this week.  You may already have heard the version Katie recorded with Timeflies which picked up an impressive 400k views on their Vevo channel during the first two weeks of upload, but this particular take is Katie’s alone.  It is more acoustic that the Timeflies version but that certainly does not necessarily detract from it. Her previous singles ‘Sweet Sweet Melody’ and ‘Only You’ picked up 200k views on YouTube and she is slowly building a solid fanbase.  She will need to sell well over 10k downloads if she is to appear inside the top forty, but at present she has 5k followers on Twitter and just over 8k Likes on Facebook so she will need some mainstream airplay to help her along.  It’s a great song and it would be great to see her inside the top forty next weekend.

Kylie Minogue – ‘I Was Gonna Cancel’

At terms I have been uncertain regarding the promotion of the current Kylie album.  ‘Into The Blue’ was the opening single, and despite being in the top ten at the midweek point the biggest selling single track download was withdrawn and the track made no.12. Then came a video to ‘Sexercise’ but no official single release was declared, with a decision to follow up with ‘I Was Gonna Cancel’ which has been produced by the man of the minute Pharrell Williams.  Fans can download an EP of remixes including the Presets Remix, the Maze & Masters Remix, the Moto Blanco Remix and the KDA Remix.  This should go on and give her a fiftieth top forty hit, a tally which has included seven no.1s and eleven no.2s. Despite being denied the top spot by George Michael’s ‘Symphonica’, her ‘Kiss Me Once’ album has been well received.  Hopefully more hits can be taken from it in the coming months.

Nick Mulvey – ‘Meet Me There’

Former Portico Quartet member Nick Mulvey releases his debut album ‘First Mind’ next weekend and while I had little doubt regarding the success of him with the longer format I was pleasantly surprised to see his last single ‘Cucurucu’ chart inside the top thirty.  Now he is aiming to make it two hits in a row with the release of his new single ‘Meet Me There’.  It is released digitally with a live version of ‘Cucurucu’ recorded at the Emanuel United Reform Church in Cambridge as the bonus track.  Last week saw him appear at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival while he is set to support London Grammar on their UK tour in June. A live version of the track was uploaded to his Vevo account and picked up over 45k views in its first three weeks.  I am expecting the album to make a top ten debut next weekend and let’s hope that this will give him a second top forty single.

Paloma Faith – ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This (Remixes)’

Although this has already reached the top forty due to fans downloading the album track, this week sees the official release of Paloma’s new single ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’.  It is released digitally and features two new mixes; the Adam Turner Remix and the MS MR Remix. It marks her sixth top forty hit and comes from her album ‘A Perfect Contradiction’ which has already yielded the Pharrell Williams produced top ten hit ‘Can’t Rely On You’. The official video was first uploaded at the end of April and it received 200k views during its first week.  She has a series of live performances planned for this year including two nights at The Roundhouse in Camden later this month and an appearance at The Royal Albert Hall in September.  This is a great single and hopefully will continue to climb up the charts next weekend.

Rita Ora – ‘I Will Never Let You Down’

Rita Ora has already set some pretty high standards very early in her career.  Her first three tracks all went to the top of the charts (including her guest appearance on DJ Fresh’s ‘Hot Right Now’) and her debut album also made no.1.  A further two top twenty singles came from the album and now comes the first taste of some new material in the shape of ‘I Will Never Let You Down’.  It is set to feature on her forthcoming album ‘O’ and if her Vevo account is anything to go by it is set to be a monster hit as it received 6.5m views during its first three weeks of upload. It has been written and produced by Calvin Harris and he is a man who it seems can do no wrong right now. It certainly stands out as the only real contender for the highest new entry next weekend and my prediction is that it will go straight in at the top of the charts. 

Saint Raymond – ‘Ghosts EP’

Next up this week is Nottingham based singer / songwriter Callum Burrows (aka Saint Raymond) who releases his brand new EP ‘Ghosts’ this week on the Warner Brothers label. Alongside the title track it contains three other new songs; ‘Everything She Wants’, ‘Brighter Days’ and a live version of The Jam track ‘English Rose’ recorded at the Maida Vale Studios for Radio 1’s Zane Lowe.  He released his first EP ‘Escapade’ last year, and followed that up with another EP ‘Young Blood’ earlier this year.  Fans wishing to catch him live will be able to do so next week when he appears at the Scala in London on 14th May while anyone wanting to hear more can pick up a free acoustic track by signing up to his mailing list on Facebook.  In his career so far he has yet to see one of his tracks appear inside the top forty but that will come in time.

Also released this week are ‘Winners Circle’ by 50 Cent featuring Gurodan Banks, ‘I Wish I Could Break Your Heart’ by Cassade Pope, ‘In The Quiet’ by George The Poet & Nick Brewer, ‘Real Girls Eat Cake’ by The Janoskians, ‘G.U.Y.’ by Lady Gaga, ‘Midnight On The Hill’ by Maximo Park, ‘Tension’ by Mike Delinquent Project featuring Terri Walker, ‘Satisfy’ by Nero and ‘Don’t You Dare’ by Taio Cruz.

Next Week…

It’s hard to see anyone stopping Rita Ora from becoming next weeks no.1 but Mr Probz won’t give up without a fight.  Eurovision runners up The Common Linnets could also score a surprise high new entry so anything is possible. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Bombay Bicycle Club, Eminem featuring Nate Ruess, Grouplove and Jedward. Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

11 May, 2014 - Posted by | ChartChat

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