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Chart Chat Edition 763 – W/C 06.07.14

Chart Chat Edition 763 – Week Commencing Sunday 6th July 2014 


Welcome to edition 763 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

So this week heralded a new era for the chart with streaming data added to downloads and physical sales. Broadly things did not change too much but there were some big climbers and fallers who did notice the difference. There were five new entries, one re-entry, seven climbers, twenty two songs going down and five non movers on this weeks chart.  Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea took the first number one of the new era as ‘Problem’ made its debut at no.1.  That meant that Ella Henderson had to settle for another week in the runners up spot with ‘Ghost’.

George Ezra moved up two to no.3 with ‘Budapest’ and Ed Sheeran went down one to no.4 with ‘Sing’. Oliver Heldens x Becky Hill fell four places to no.5 with ‘Gecko (Overdrive)’ and Sia got a new entry at no.6 with ‘Chandelier’. Sam Smith fell one to no.7 with ‘Stay With Me’ and Mr Probz went down one to no.8 with the Robin Schulz mix of ‘Waves’. Coldplay climbed five to no.9 with ‘A Sky Full Of Stars’ and DJ Fresh vs TC rounded off the top ten as ‘Make U Bounce’ became a new entry at no.10.

There were two further climbers to be found in what remained of the top twenty. Ed Sheeran went up two places to no.17 with ‘Don’t’ and Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX climbed back up five places to no.20 with ‘Fancy’.

There were two new entries, one re-entry and three climbers in the lower half of this weeks chart. 5 Seconds Of Summer climbed fourteen places to no.23 with ‘She Looks So Perfect’ and Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne went back up eight places to no.24 with ‘Rather Be’. Ed Sheeran climbed one to no.25 with ‘Thinking Out Loud’ and Milky Chance got a new entry at no.32. Sam Smith re-entered at no.37 with ‘Money On My Mind’ and The Vamps completed the picture with ‘Somebody To You’ becoming a new entry at no.39.

New Releases

Andy Bell – ‘I Don’t Like’

Erasure frontman Andy Bell kicks off this weeks column with his latest single ‘I Don’t Like’. It’s taken from his forthcoming studio album ‘Torsten The Bareback Saint’ which is released at the end of the month. It’s his third full album as a solo artist following on from ‘Electric Blue’ in 2005 and ‘Non Stop’ five years later. The album contains a total of twenty two songs including ‘Weston-Super-Mare’, ‘Bingo Hall Baby’ and ‘Fountain Of Youth’. It is designed as a theatrical show and will be previewed in London later this month before running in Edinburgh between the 5th and 16th August. Given that the whole album really needs to be listened to in its entirety it’s hard to release a single but ‘I Don’t Like’ is a great song in its own right. I fully expect his stage show to be a success but I’m not necessarily expecting to see this land inside the top forty. 

Jess Glynne – ‘Right Here’

She has already hit the top spot this year by guesting on singles by both Clean Bandit and Route 94 but this week sees twenty four year old singer Jess Glynne branch out on her own with her new single ‘Right Here’ which is released on the Atlantic Records label. We first got a glimpse of her solo material with the track ‘Home’ which was uploaded to YouTube back in February and has received over 350k views since but this is her first official release since then. An album looks set to follow later this year and it seems like 2014 could be a great year for her. It received its premiere on the Zane Lowe show on 14th May and has been steadily picking up airplay ever since then. Whether this can replicate the no.1 success achieved by the Clean Bandit and Route 94 singles remains to be seen but this should be a strong new entry next Sunday afternoon.

Josh Record – ‘Wide Awake’

Josh Record is set to release his debut album ‘Pillars’ next week and ahead of that comes his third official single ‘Wide Awake’. This week sees him appear at the Goldcoast Ocean Festival at Croyde in Devon while later in the Summer he is booked to appear at various festivals including Somersault, Wakestock and T In The Park.  His last single ‘For Your Love’ received the accolade ‘Hottest Record In The World’ from Zane Lowe which was the second time he had received that award following on from ‘The War’ which got the backing of the DJ in 2013. Receiving the backing of Radio 1 and a major label (Virgin) means that his future looks bright but I wonder if he is more likely to sell albums rather than singles. His live appearances have been helping to cement his growing fanbase but my guess is that this will miss out on top forty action next weekend.

Matrix & Futurebound featuring Tanya Lacey – ‘Don’t Look Back’

Next up are Drum & bass production duo Matrix & Futurebound who have enlisted the help of vocalist Tanya Lacey as they aim for a fourth consecutive top forty hit with ‘Don’t Look Back’. Their last, and biggest, hit was ‘Control’ which peaked at no.7 and saw them teaming up with Max Marshall. It is released as a single track download on the 3Beat Productions Ltd label and comes accompanied by an EP of mixes which contains the Koncept Remix, the Stadiumx Remix, the APEXX Remix and the Artful Vocal Remix. The duo are currently touring venues down in Australia but will return to appear at Global Gathering later in July.  August will also then see them play at events such as Creamfields, Brownstock and the Beautiful Days Festival. They are very much on the crest of a wave right now and I expect this to add another crossover hit to their growing tally. 

MKTO – ‘Classic’

American duo MKTO release their brand new single ‘Classic’ this week. It features on their self titled album which is currently scheduled for a UK release in October this year. The track has already gone on to make the top ten in Australia and New Zealand while it has also reached the top twenty in the US.  It has also seen them nominated for the “Catchiest New Song” at the 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards. Their biggest success so far has come in Australia where four of the singles to come from their ‘MKTO’ album have reached the top forty. The track itself has been around for over a year with the video being uploaded to YouTube in June last year. Since then it has picked up an impressive 20m views around the world. I think that it will also become a success in the UK and should end up sticking around the chart during the long Summer months.

Peppermint Heaven – ‘Plenty Of Time’

Peppermint Heaven release their new single ‘Plenty Of Time’ across two digital bundles.  The first features the Moto Blanco Radio Edit and the Full Intention Radio Edit while the remixes EP contains the Moto Blanco Club Mix, the Full Intention Club Mix, the Full Intention Dub, the Kris Di Angelis Remix and the Eric Kupper Remix. Their sound hails back to the 1980’s when the synthesiser was king but these remixes give a more 2014 sound. I personally prefer the original version, but that is included on the first bundle so everyone is happy. Judging by the response to the lyric video this track may have its work cut out if it is to make the mainstream chart but it has already made the top ten of the Commercial Pop chart.  I enjoyed ‘So Unbelievable’ and ‘Into Gold’ and so will look forward from hearing further material from the duo later on this year.

Temples – ‘Shelter Song’

Kettering based band Temples have released ‘Shelter Song’ before, and it features on their current album ‘Sun Structures’ which saw the band in the top ten earlier this year.  However this week sees it get another shot at glory courtesy of an EP of remixes which includes Justin Robertson’s Deadstock 33s Remix, the Leftside Wobble Rocks The Discoteque Remix, the Society Remix and Jagwar Mar Jono’s Wrong Mix. The original video was first uploaded to YouTube in October 2012 and has picked up over 1m views since then. The band are due to perform at the Latitude Festival later this month and will also appear at Bestival and the Leeds / Reading Festival later on in the Summer. The track is a great example of their psychadelic sound, but given its previous releases and the positive sales of the album I’m not sure that it will go on to become a standalone hit. 

The Vamps – ‘Somebody To You’

The Vamps seem doomed in their attempts to reach the top spot with two of their first three singles and their debut album all stalling in the no.2 position. So they are aiming to go one better with the release this week of their fourth single ‘Somebody To You’. The track was written by Swedish producers Kristian Lundin and Carl Falk along with American producer Savan Kotecha. Alongside the single track download comes an EP which features the Durrant & More Club Remix of the track, a version of ‘Can We Dance’ recorded live at The O2, and covers of ‘She Looks So Perfect’ and ‘Sweater Weather’. With so many fans already owning the album that would appear to dent its chances of becoming their first ever no.1 next weekend. That said sales trends do often dip in the Summer months and this is something that their loyal fanbase may be able to take advantage of. & Cody Wise – ‘It’s My Birthday’ notched up an impressive tally of five top forty hits from his ‘#thatpower’ album but his new single ‘It’s My Birthday’ is a brand new track. It sees him team up with fellow American artist Cody Wise who is signed to Interscope Records, a label which is home to artists such as Eminem, OneRepublic, Robin Thicke, U2 and Madonna. It will become his twelfth top forty hit as a solo artist but I don’t expect it to add a third no.1 to his tally. The track samples the traditional Tamil track ‘Urvasi Urvasi’ which featured on the soundtrack to ‘Kadhalan’ whose score was composed by A R Rahman. The official video was uploaded to his Vevo account at the end of May and was initially picking up 300k views per day. There is always a big buzz around any new material from him and so I fully expect to see this appearing somewhere near the top of the charts on Sunday. 

Next Week…

My money is on & Cody Wise taking over at the top but let’s see how streaming affects things for them. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Alex Clare, Anna Calvi, A Great Big World and Nicole Scherzinger. Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson


6 July, 2014 - Posted by | ChartChat

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