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Chart Chat Edition 759 – W/C 08.06.14

Chart Chat Edition 759 – Week Commencing Sunday 8th June 2014 


Welcome to edition 759 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, four climbers, twenty four songs going down and five non movers on this weeks chart. Ed Sheeran notched up his first UK no.1 thanks to some Pharrell Williams stardust on his latest single ‘Sing’. It went straight in at the top while Sam Smith spent another week at no.2 with ‘Stay With Me’. 

Last weeks no.1 ‘I Wanna Feel’ by SecondCity fell two places to no.3 while Mr Probz held steady at no.4 with ‘Waves (Robin Schulez Mix). John Legend climbed back up one to no.5 with ‘All Of Me’ and Klingande went down three to no.6 with ‘Jubel’. Rita Ora fell two to no.7 with ‘I Will Never Let You Down’ and Fuse ODG featuring Sean Paul went down one to no.8 with ‘Dangerous Love’. Jason Derulo featuring Snoop Dogg climbed ten to no.9 with ‘Wiggle’ and the top ten was rounded off by Paloma Faith who went down two to no.10 with ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’.

A further two new entries and one climber to be found in what remained of the top twenty. Coldplay climbed one to no.13 with ‘A Sky Full Of Stars’ and congratulations go to The Neon Brotherhood with ‘Hope Ain’t A Bad Thing’, their tribute to Stephen Sutton, going straight in at no.16. The other new entry came at no.20 and went to Lethal Bizzle featuring Cherri Voncelle with ‘The Drop’.

There were three new entries, one re-entry and one climber in the lower half of the chart this week. Kasabian went straight in at no.22 with ‘Eez-eh’ while Little Mix climbed sixteen places to no.24 with ‘Salute’.  Wilkinson featuring Tom Crane went straight in at no.25 with ‘Half Light’ and R3hab, Nervo & Ummat Ozcan got a new entry at no.37 with ‘Revolution’. Finally there was a re-entry at no.38 for 5 Seconds Of Summer with ‘She Looks So Perfect’.

New Releases

Dario G – ‘Carnaval De Paris (The Rio Remixes)’

First up this week is Dario G first charted with ‘Carnaval De Paris’ in 1998 when it reached the top five.  It returned again four years later in an updated guise whereby it made no.34. Now twelve years on the track could chart for a third time thanks to a set of new mixes. There are five new versions on the digital EP; the JAXXON Remix, the Dzham & Alta Remix, the Owen Westlake Remix, the Jonas Westling Remix and the Dzham & Alta Remix Edit. He has seven top forty hits to his name but the biggest of those remains his debut hit ‘Sunchyme’ which made no.2 back in 1997. Despite starting off as a trio the name now belongs to Paul Spencer who is the only surviving member. The track has always had a link to both football and the World Cup and I think that this could make another appearance inside the top forty next Sunday afternoon.

Denise Pearson – ‘Free Fall’

As a band Five Star notched up fifteen top forty hits between 1985 and 1988.  The band did not chart again after that point, though continued to record on and off until 2001 when the failure of their ‘Eclipse’ album resulted in the break up of the band.  They still do perform together occasionally, but Denise Pearson has been looking to carve out her own solo career.  She appeared on an early series of the BBC series The Voice and last year saw the release of her ‘Freak Dance EP’ while she also supported The Jacksons on the UK leg of their Unity tour.  Now she releases both the single ‘Free Fall’ and the accompanying album ‘Imprint’ this week.  The digital EP of the single contains various new mixes including the Whytepatch Afrobeats Mix, the Radio Edit and the Original Cut while the album is available in standard and deluxe versions.  It’s worth a listen, you might just be surprised.

Disciples – ‘Poison Arrow’

Next up this week are London based DJ and production trio Disciples who are back this week with ‘Poison Arrow’, the follow up to their last single ‘Catwalk’.  An audio upload of the track on YouTube picked up 36k listens during its first month while the Soundcloud version had over 58k listens. While they have yet to reach the charts as artists their remix of John Newman’s ‘Losing Sleep’ has been a recent success for them. Last month saw them appear at the Sankeys opening party in Ibiza and they had a four week residency at Juicebox in London. This has certainly been going down well in the clubs, but whether that can translate into mainstream sales remains to be seen.  It has major label backing in the shape of Parlophone / FFRR and with the interest in them created via the John Newman remix it could do well next Sunday afternoon. 

Ella Henderson – ‘Ghost’

Ella Henderson has taken her time to create her debut album following her appearance on the 2012 series of X Factor where she finished in sixth place. She found herself in the bottom two on week 7 and lost out in the public vote to eventual winner James Arthur following the judges decision going to deadlock.  Her first single ‘Ghost’ was co-written with OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder and is released via Simon Cowell’s own Simco label.  The official video was uploaded to her Vevo account on 22nd April and it exceeded 1m views within its first three weeks.  We have seen other X Factor finalists struggle to translate their onscreen praise into commercial sales but there has been a lot of support for Ella with this single.  I fully expect that this will land inside the top ten next weekend and it could even go on to put some pressure on the top spot. 

Gabz featuring Joe Public Utd – ‘Holiday To Brazil’

While her debut single ‘Lighters (The One)’ reached the top ten on the back of her Britains Got Talent success, the subsequent singles by Stevenage based Gabz (‘Lie There’ and ‘Change The Game’) did not come close to the top forty. So she really needs a hit this time around, and to maximise her chances this is released across five separate downloads; the Single Version, the Karaoke Version, the Rio Mix, the Extra Time Remix and the Instrumental Version.  The track is being released for a good cause though as 25p from every download is set to go to the Make  A Wish Foundation. She is set to be one of the artists appearing on the six date POP-IT tour which will also feature M.A.D. and Sam Callahan. To write and perform your own track on national TV takes some bravery, and while her last two singles have dropped short of the chart you still feel she has a bright career ahead of her.

Jennifer Lopez – ‘First Love’

American actress and singer Jennifer Lopez is about to release her latest studio album ‘AKA’ which represents her first long player in three years.  She was last in the charts last year when the non album single ‘Live It Up’ reached no.17.  She has achieved an impressive thirteen top five hits in her career including three no.1s with her last chart topper coming in 2011 with ‘On The Floor’. Her new single ‘First Love’ is released on the Capitol Records label and comes a week ahead of ‘AKA’. A lyric video to the track was uploaded at the start of May and notched up over 750k listens during its first two weeks.  For me this isn’t quite as commercial as some of her bigger hits, and I think this may do better in the US than it will do in the UK.  It will be interesting to hear her album to see if there are any other blockbuster singles to be released in the coming months. 

Skepta featuring JME – ‘That’s Not Me’

Both Skepta and his brother JME appeared on Wiley’s top three single ‘Can You Hear Me (Ayayaya)’ but this week they are back without him on their new single ‘That’s Not Me’. The video to the track was uploaded in mid April and it received over 200k views during its first month. Skepta has made five top forty appearances as the lead artist with his biggest hit being ‘Rescue Me’ which peaked at no.14 in 2010.  His popularity as an artist is confirmed by his Facebook page which has well over half a million Likes. JME meanwhile appeared on Meridian Dan’s single ‘German Whip’ which peaked at no.13 earlier this year.  They certainly work well together and know what it takes to make a track crossover to achieve mainstream success.  I think this will go on to make the top forty, but may not have quite enough strength to reach the top ten. 

Tiesto featuring Matthew Koma – ‘Wasted’

Dutch electronic DJ and producer Tiesto first charted as DJ Tiesto back in 2001 when his Kirsty Hawkshaw collaboration ‘Urban Train’ reached no.22.  Since then he has made a further six top forty appearances with his biggest hit being his last single ‘Red Light’ which reached no.6. His latest single ‘Wasted’ gets released this week and it also features the talents of Matthew Koma who has already featured on hits by Hardwell and Showtek earlier this year.  The video was published to Tiesto’s Vevo account and due to his popularity around Europe it picked up 2.5m views during its first three weeks of upload. The track is set to feature on his new album ‘A Town Called Paradise’ which is scheduled for release next week.  I think this will pick up plenty of airplay over the Summer and will go on to become a big hit over the coming weeks. 

Zedd featuring Foxes – ‘Clarity’

‘Clarity’ has already made the top forty twice for Zedd featuring Foxes but now a new series of remixes is aiming to propel it night than its current best chart peak of no.29.  The four new mixes on offer are; the Zedd Union Mix, the Tiesto Remix, the Style Of Eye Remix and the Brillz Remix. The track has made the top ten in the US and the top twenty in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. It is the title track from his album of the same name which also includes collaborations with Ryan Tedder, Ellie Goulding, Bright Lights and Miriam Bryant. Zedd’s biggest (and only other) hit in the UK was ‘Stay The Night’ which peaked at no.2 and saw Paramore front woman Hayley Williams making a guest appearance on lead vocals.  Both artists have raised their profile since it made its first top forty appearance and I could forsee this becoming a top twenty new entry next Sunday afternoon.

Also released this week are ‘Dirty Cash 2014’ by Adventures Of Stevie V and ‘Crystallize’ by Kylie Minogue.

Next Week…

The stage is set for Ella Henderson to go straight in at the top with her debut single ‘Ghost’. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include 5 Seconds Of Summer, Kings Of Leon, The Kooks and Toy.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

8 June, 2014 - Posted by | ChartChat

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