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Chart Chat Edition 764 – W/C 13.07.14

Chart Chat Edition 764 – Week Commencing Sunday 13th July 2014



Welcome to edition 764 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 three new entries, one re-entry, five climbers, twenty nine songs going down and two non movers on this weeks chart. & Cody Banks went straight in at no.1 with ‘It’s My Birthday’ thus giving the former Black Eyed Peas frontman his fifth chart topper as a solo artist. That matches the total he achieved as part of Black Eyed Peas meaning that he can lay claim to ten UK no.1 hits. As a result of his success Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea fell one to no.2 with ‘Problem’.

Ella Henderson fell one to no.3 with ‘Ghost’ while The Vamps were the weeks highest climbers going up thirty five places to no.4 with ‘Somebody To You’. George Ezra fell two to no.5 with ‘Budapest’ and Jess Glynne went straight in at no.6 with ‘Right Here’. Ed Sheeran fell three to no.7 with ‘Sing’ and Oliver Heldens x Becky Hill also went down three to no.8 with ‘Gecko (Overdrive)’. Sia fell three to no.9 with ‘Chandelier’ and Sam Smith went down three to no.10 with ‘Stay With Me’.

A further two climbers were to be found in what remained of the top twenty. Calvin Harris climbed one to no.15 with ‘Summer’ and Pharrell Williams went up three to no.16 with ‘Happy’.

There were two new entries, one re-entry and one climber in the lower half of the chart. MKTO got a new entry at no.24 with ‘Classic’ and Milky Chance went up six to no.26 with ‘Stolen Dance’. Matrix & Futurebound featuring Tanya Lacey got a new entry at no.38 with ‘Don’t Look Back’ while Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones re-entered at no.40 with ‘I Got U’.

New Releases

Alex Clare – ‘War Rages On’

First up this week is Alex Clare who returns with his new single ‘War Rages On’. His debut single ‘Too Close’ stormed the top five in the UK and also reached no.7 in the US while his album ‘The Lateness Of The Hour’ made the top twenty in the UK. Now he has been away recording his second studio album which is entitled ‘Three Hearts’ and from that comes ‘War Rages On’. It is released as a single track download along with an EP which features the Etherwood Remix and the Switch Remix. The music video to the track was released in late May and notched up over 125k views during its first month. He is set to undertake an extensive tour of Germany later this year but does have UK dates planned in both London and Manchester in November. I expect to see his album inside the top ten when it is released and this should at least make the top forty for him.

Anna Calvi – ‘Strange Weather EP’

English singer / songwriter Anna Calvi may not be familiar to some people who read this column but she has already been nominated for both a BRIT Award and the Mercury Music Prize during her short career. Both of her albums (‘Anna Calvi’ and ‘One Breath’) have reached the top forty but she has yet to achieve any success on the singles chart. This new EP contains the title track (which incidentally features the talents of Talking Heads frontman David Byrne) along with four other new songs; ‘Papi Pacify’, ‘I’m The Man That Will Find You’, ‘Ghost Rider’ and ‘Lady Grinning Soul’. She is currently in the middle of a short French tour before returning to play the Latitude Festival in the UK. While I believe her popularity will continue to grow it is likely that her main success will come with the longer format and as such I cannot see any individual track charting in its own right.

Ben Watt – ‘Forget’

Ben achieved musical fame as one half of the duo Everything But The Girl but is now recording as a solo artist. His new single ‘Forget’ is released digitally this week and the radio edit of the track sits alongside a bonus live recording of ‘The Levels’ which features the legendary guitarist Dave Gilmour. The single features on his most recent album ‘Hendra’ which marked his first solo long player since ‘North Marine Drive’ which was released back in 1983. He still lives with Tracy Thorn, his former partner in Everything But The Girl, although they stopped making new music in 2000. Earlier this year he toured to promote the release of ‘Hendra’ and enlisted the help of former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler who Watt described as being the “perfect counterpoint to bring darkness to the light”. This is an inventive piece of music which deserves to do well for him.

Bipolar Sunshine – ‘Deckchairs On The Moon’

Next up this week is Bipolar Sunshine which is the pseudonym of Adio Marchant who was the vocalist for the Mancunian six piece band Kid British. They split up back in 2012 which then left Adio to pursue his own solo career. He has released three critically acclaimed EPs to date but this week sees new single ‘Deckchairs On The Moon’ being made available as a single track download. As is the case with many artists he is lined up to play several festivals later on in the Summer including Glastonbury, Leeds / Reading and Brownstock before undertaking his own headlining tour during October. The official video to the track was uploaded to his Vevo account early in June and quickly picked up over 200k views during its first two weeks. This kind of music sounds great during the Summertime and hopefully it will pick up some generous amounts of airplay.

Ella Eyre – ‘If I Go’

Last year saw Ella Eyre come to prominence for her vocals on the Rudimental no.1 hit ‘Waiting All Night’. She was the runner up in both the BBC Sound Of 2014 poll and the Critics Choice Award at the BRITs. She has both a striking voice and stunning appearance but she has yet to achieve a top forty hit single in her own right. That looks certain to change with the release of her new single ‘If I Go’. It comes released as a single track download along with an EP of remixes which features the Billon Remix, the TCTS Remix, the Bodhi Remix and the Cadenza Remix. Her first EP ‘Deeper’ was lost in the deluge of releases last December and only peaked at no.72 but this should definitely perform much better. The video to the track picked up over 450k views during its first week and I think that this will become one of the highest charting singles next Sunday afternoon.

Kove featuring Melissa Steel – ‘Way We Are’

Next up this week is drum & bass artist Kove who this week releases his new single ‘Way We Are’ along with a little help from Melissa Steel on vocals. It’s a big piano house production and captures the Summer vibe perfectly, and as such I could see this crossing over and becoming a hit. The single is released as a single track download alongside an EP of remixes which contains the new song ‘Liberator’ alongside three brand new mixes; the Extended Mix, the 174 Mix and the Dub Mix. At present his only confirmed UK appearance is set to come at Creamfields where he will appear alongside Calvin Harris, Deadmau5 and Avicii. He has remixed tracks for a variety of other artists including John Newman, Foxes and Bastille. Now the challenge is whether or not he can achieve a mainstream hit in his own right and on this showing I believe that he can.

Nicole Scherzinger – ‘Your Love’

Nicole Scherzinger is aiming for her eleventh solo top forty hit this weekend with ‘Your Love’. It’s the second single to be taken from her forthcoming studio album and comes after the first track ‘Boomerang’ peaked at no.6 despite initially being ignored by some of the major radio stations in the UK. It had been expected to perform better and led to Nicole taking a step back for a year before pushing on with releasing some new material. It will be interesting to see if her popularity fades a little now she is no longer part of the X Factor judging panel though her face is still regularly on TV screens heading up the advertising campaign for Muller yogurt. The video to the track was uploaded on 9th June and it received over 2.5m views during its first ten days. This looks set for big things next weekend and should certainly add another top ten hit to her current tally.

Rixton – ‘Me and My Broken Heart’

Despite being a British four piece band Rixton have achieved greater success in the US where this track has already made no.14. It has also reached the top twenty in Canada and the top forty in Sweden. They have opened shows for Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande and will play live at festivals on both sides of the Atlantic this Summer. The official music video to the track has received over 9m views during its first three months and now the question comes as to whether they can translate that success to the UK. The single is released as a one track download along with a digital EP of remixes which incorporates the Love Remix, the Pnau Remix, the 3 Kings Remix and the VEVO US Acoustic Remix. If they can go on and secure a no.1 hit in the UK next weekend then it will complete an impressive chapter for the band.

Sheppard – ‘Geronimo’

Australian rock band Sheppard originally formed five years ago and initially consisted of just siblings Amy and George Sheppard. The band eventually expanded to a six piece and also now includes another sibling in the shape of sister Emma. Their self titled EP reached the top twenty in their native Australia while their new single ‘Geronimo’ has already topped the charts there. The international version of the video has been uploaded to their Vevo account and is set in a warehouse which is very reminiscent of the OK Go! promo to their single ‘Writings On The Wall’. This is a catchy tune which could well end up picking up some airplay for them on commercial radio. UK fans wishing to hear more from them will need to catch their appearances at the V Festival during August. It will be interesting to see how well this performs for them next weekend.

Also released this week are ‘After All’ by Billy Ray Martin, ‘Hopeless’ by Clockwise featuring Holly Valance, ‘All This Could Be Yours’ by Cold War Kids and ‘URL Badman’ by Lily Allen.

Next Week…

Although some have said that Rixton’s ‘Me And My Broken Heart’ bears a passing resemblence to ‘Lonely No More’ by Rob Thomas it looks destined to make its debut at the top next weekend. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists who look set to release new singles include Cher Lloyd, Cheryl Cole featuring Tinie Tempah, Maverick Sabre and The Xcerts. Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

13 July, 2014 - Posted by | ChartChat

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