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Chart Chat Edition 756 – W/C 18.05.14

Chart Chat Edition 756 – Week Commencing Sunday 18th May 2014 


Welcome to edition 756 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, one re-entry, seven climbers, twenty four songs going down and no non movers on this weeks chart. Rita Ora scored a fourth career no.1 as ‘I Will Never Let You Down’ went straight in at the top of the charts, while Mr Probz dropped a place to no.2 with the Robin Schulz mix of ‘Waves’.  Rita now equals Geri Halliwell’s record for the UK female artist with the most no.1 hits.

John Legend climbed one to no.3 with ‘All Of Me’ but Calvin Harris went down two places to no.4 with ‘Summer’. Kiesza fell two to no.5 with ‘Hideaway’ while Paloma Faith climbed one to no.6 with ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’.  Sigma went down two to no.7 with ‘Nobody To Love’ and Michael Jackson was the weeks joint highest climbed as ‘Love Never Felt So Good’ went up sixteen to no.8. The Common Linnets got a new entry at no.9 with ‘Calm After The Storm’ and Iggy Azalea featuring Charlie XCX was a non mover at no.10 with ‘Fancy’.

Conchita Wurst went straight in at no.17 with ‘Rise Like A Phoenix’ while Jason Derulo featuring Snoop Dogg got the weeks other joint highest climber as ‘Wiggle’ went up sixteen to no.18.  5 Seconds Of Summer got a new entry at no.19 with ‘Good Girls’ and the top twenty was rounded off by Ed Sheeran who went straight in at no.20 with ‘One’.

There were two new entries, one re-entry and two climbers in the lower half of the chart this week.  Molly climbed ten to no.23 with ‘Children Of The Universe’ and Katy Perry went up ten to no.28 with ‘Birthday’.  The Janoskians got a new entry with ‘Real Girls Eat Cake’ at no.37 and Twista featuring Faith Evans re-entered at no.39 with ‘Hope’ some nine years after it was first a hit.  The final new entry came at no.40 and went to Sanna Nielsen with ‘Undo’.

New Releases

Afrojack featuring Wrabel – ‘Ten Feet Tall’

First up this week is the Dutch music producer and DJ Afrojack who has managed four top forty hits as a solo artist without ever reaching the UK top ten, though he did famously make a guest appearance on Pitbull’s no.1 single ‘Give Me Everything’.  His biggest hit otherwise was his Spree Wilson collaboration ‘The Spark’ which peaked at no.17 last year. According to Forbes magazine he was the 7th highest earning DJ in the world, while DJ Magazine had him placed at no.9 on their Top 100 list for a second year in a row.  He also runs his own label which features fellow Dutchouse DJs such as R3hab, Sidney Samson and Mayaadh.  This single sees him team up with Wrabel and is taken from his current album ‘Forget The World’.  It has become only his second top ten hit in his native Netherlands and could well end up becoming his first top ten single in the UK.

Arches – ‘There’s A Place’

Electronic trio Arches release their brand new EP ‘There’s A Place’ this week.  It features the new track ‘Move On’, which sees them team up with Gustaph, along with three new versions of ‘There’s A Place’; the Radio Edit, the Russ Chimes Remix and the Sinden Presents the Crystal System Remix. The video to the track was first uploaded back in February this year and has picked up over 170k views since. The track was first aired on the Annie Mac show back in January and has been picking up airplay ever since. Fans who want to hear more of their music can pick up a free download of the track ‘It’s Okay’ by signing on to the bands Facebook page.  I suspect that this may fall short of the top forty but their profile is continuing to increase and hopefully we will see them make some festival appearances over the Summer months.

Clean Bandit featuring Sharna Bass – ‘Extraordinary’

Cambridge based four piece Clean Bandit enjoyed extraordinary success with their last single ‘Rather Be’ as it spent eleven consecutive weeks on top of the newly compiled Streaming Chart while also reaching no.1 on the mainstream chart.  This week sees them release the brand new track ‘Extraordinary’ as the follow up and it comes with a little help from Sharna Bass on vocals.  The track will feature on their eagerly anticipated album ‘New Eyes’ which is released in early June and also contains their first four singles (‘A&E’, ‘Mozarts House’, ‘Dust Clears’ and ‘Rather Be’). The video to the track was shot in Cuba and was first uploaded at the start of April and it went on to notch up over 1m views before the end of the month.  This looks set to be one of the weeks highest new entries next weekend and could even end up challenging for the top spot.

Fuse ODG featuring Sean Paul – ‘Dangerous Love’

British artist Fuse ODG has notched up three top forty hits over the past year, with his biggest hit coming with his last single ‘Million Pound Girl (Badder Than Bad)’.  Now he is aiming to add a fourth hit with some help from Sean Paul on his new single ‘Dangerous Love’.  He won the Best African Act at last years MOBO Awards while his single ‘Antenna’ picked up Afro Song Of The Year at the Ghana Music Awards. Although it wasn’t such a big success in the UK, his ‘Azonto’ single did create considerable media attention when Prime Minister David Cameron tried his hand at the dance craze. An audio version of ‘Dangerous Love’ was uploaded to YouTube in early March and it quickly picked up over 700k views in the first six weeks. I see no reason why this should not make the top forty next weekend and I think that it will see him safely inside the top twenty.

Grouplove – ‘Shark Attack’

‘Shark Attack’ is the latest single from the American band Grouplove, and it is a track which has already made the top twenty on the US Alternative charts.  The group are currently in the midst of a UK tour but are set to play gigs in Dublin, London and Manchester later this month.  The track is taken from their brand new album ‘Spreading Rumours’ which gets its full commercial release on the Atlantic label next week. ‘Shark Attack’ first surfaced at the end of last year, and the video to the track has been viewed over 500k times since its original upload in December. They haven’t enjoyed much mainstream success and have yet to reach the top forty, with their single ‘Tongue Tied’ remaining their biggest hit to date peaking at no.84 in the UK and no.42 in the US.  That statistic is unlikely to change with the release of this single, but I expect the album to do well for them.

Jedward – ‘Free Spirit’

Although they have achieved comparitively less success in the UK, Jedward have notched up three no.1 albums and five top ten singles in their native Ireland.  Compare that to the UK where they have had just two top forty singles and two top forty albums. It’s too their credit that they are still going many years after critics had written them off as a novelty act following their appearance on the 2009 series of X Factor. Their brand new single ‘Free Spirit’ is released digitally this week and contains the full five minute version of the track alongside a radio edit. Various audio versions have been available on YouTube including a lyric video, but they have not been picking up significant levels of interest.  I think that this will continue their Irish success but will not do enough to restore them to the charts in the UK for the first time since ‘Lipstick’ in 2011.

Kwabs – ‘Pray For Love’

Ghanaian-British singer / songwriter Kwabs is next up this week with his single ‘Pray For Love’ which follows up his ‘Wrong Or Right’ EP which came out in February. It is produced by Ben Drew, who is better known by his stage name Plan B. The digital format comes with three other tracks; ‘Into You’, ‘Something Right’ and ‘Brother’. A couple of years ago he appeared on the BBC 2 show ‘Goldie’s Band : By Royal Appointment’ where he received considerable acclaim for his performance of ‘Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child’. Kwabs appeared on MistaJam’s 1Xtra show back in March and performed a version of this track which can now be found on YouTube.  He really does have a fine voice and he looks destined for big things in the years ahead.  We will find out next weekend whether or not this will see him secure a debut top forty hit.

Longfellow – ‘Kiss-Hug-Makeup’

I really wanted to include a review of this next track as it is one my favourite tracks around at the minute!  Entitled ‘Kiss-Hug-Makeup’ it is by a band called Longfellow and it has recently been added to the Radio 2 playlist. It would be fantastic for them if it was to go on and make the top forty.  They recently appeared at BBC Introducing’s showcase at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas and they recored a cover of Spandau Ballet’s ‘True’ for the station while they were there. The single is released digitally on the Fierce Panda label (where Coldplay first started out) and also contains the bonus track ‘Wolf Cry’. Their only confirmed appearance in the UK will be at the Camden Barfly this week where they will be part of XFM’s X-posure Fierce Panda show. With some nationwide backing in the shape of Radio 2 this could yet become a surprise hit for them next Sunday.

Sam Smith – ‘Stay With Me’

Sam Smith has already appeared on Naughty Boy’s no.1 hit ‘La La La’ and his own chart topper ‘Money On My Mind’ so this week will see if he can add a third with his new single ‘Stay With Me’.  The track received its first play on the Zane Lowe radio show and the video picked up 3.5m views during its first month of uploaded to his Vevo account. Alongside the single track download comes an EP of remixes which feature three new versions; the Darkchild Version, the Shy FX Remix and the Wilfred Giroux Remix.  It will feature on his album ‘In The Lonely Hour’ which is released next week and also includes his debut single ‘Lay Me Down’. He has already won the BBC Critics Choice Award and the BBC Sound Of 2014 poll so far this year so it seems he can do little wrong.

Also released this week are ‘Twisted’ by 50 Cent featuring Mr Probz, ‘Let It Go (Remixes)’ by Indina Menzel, ‘Blu Magic’ by Ill Blu featuring Max Marshall, ‘Stolen Dance’ by Milky Chance, ‘Unstoppable’ by R3hab featuring Eva SImons, ‘Wanderlust’ by The Weeknd and ‘A Simple Beautiful Truth’ by Wild Beasts.

Next Week…

My backing goes to Sam Smith to enter at the top of the charts next weekend with ‘Stay With Me’. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Arcade Fire, Janet Devlin, One Direction and Twin Atlantic.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson


18 May, 2014 - Posted by | ChartChat

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