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Chart Chat Edition 772 – W/C 07.09.14

Chart Chat Edition 772 – Week Commencing Sunday 7th September 2014 


Welcome to edition 772 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, six climbers, twenty six songs going down and two non movers on this weeks chart. There was no change at the top as Robin Schulz & LILLYWOOD held on with ‘Prayer In C’ seeing off a strong challenge from Duke Dumont who went straight in at no.2 with ‘Won’t Look Back’.

The Script went straight in at no.3 with ‘Superheroes’ and Iggy Azalea featuring Rita Ora went up three to no.4 with ‘Black Widow’. Sam Smith climbed four to no.5 with ‘I’m Not The Only One’ while Taylor Swift went down two to no.6 with ‘Shake It Off’. David Guetta featuring Sam Martin fell four to no.7 with ‘Lovers On The Sun’ while Maroon 5 went down six places to no.8 with ‘Maps’. MAGIC! fell three to no.9 with ‘Rude’ while Nico & Vinz went down five to no.10 with ‘Am I Wrong’.

Two new entries and one climber were to be found in what remained of the top twenty. G.R.L. scored a debut hit at no.11 with ‘Ugly Heart’ though the band have had an awful week following the death of band member Simone Battle aged just 25. Oliver $ and Jimi Jules got a new entry at no.15 with ‘Pushing On’ and Mr Probz went back up three to no.20 with the Robin Schulz mix of ‘Waves’.

There were two new entries and three climbers in the lower half of the chart this week. Cheryl Cole featuring Tinie Tempah climbed three places to no.22 with ‘Crazy Stupid Love’ while George Ezra got a new entry at no.27 with ‘Blame It On Me’. Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne went up three to no.32 with ‘Rather Be’ and Katy Perry climbed five to no.33 with ‘This Is How We Do It’. The final new entry went to 5 Seconds Of Summer who entered at no.38 with ‘Amnesia’.

New Releases

5 Seconds Of Summer – ‘Amnesia’

It has already been a great year for the Australia band 5 Seconds Of Summer with their debut single ‘She Looks So Perfect’ topping the charts and the follow up ‘Don’t Stop’ reaching no.2. The promotional track ‘Good Girls’ also charted making no.19 and their self titled debut album peaked at no.2. Now comes their new single ‘Amnesia’ which is released as a digital bundle this week. It includes a version of ‘American Idiot’, ‘Daylight’ and a live version of the main track recorded at Wembley. There can be no disputing the popularity of this band with the video to this new single notching up over 6m views during its first ten days of upload. As such we can safely expect this to be inside the top ten next weekend though the success of their album is likely to impact the chances of this track going on to give them a second no.1 single. 

Amelia Lily – ‘California’

Amelia Lily kicked off her career in style with her debut single ‘You Bring Me Joy’ peaking at no.2, but two singles later ‘The Party’s Over’ could only make no.40 and she shelved her debut album to work on some new material. Now comes her new single ‘California’, and the video was released back in July. She lists Kelly Clarkson and P!nk as being among her influences and you can hear that in this track. Interest in the video has arguably been a little slow with 68k views in the first two weeks compared to a total of over 11m views for ‘You Bring Me Joy’ since its original release. She claims that she is pleased with the new rocky edge to her new material but the only question is whether that sets her aside from her rivals. This is a decent pop song but may need a little more promotion and airplay if it is to realise its full potential next weekend. 

Benny Benassi featuring Gary Go – ‘Let This Last Forever’

Next up this week is the Italian DJ and producer Benny Benassi who last teamed up with Gary Go on their joint 2011 top twenty hit ‘Cinema’ but this week sees them reunited on his latest single ‘Let This Thing Forever’. It comes released on a digital EP which contains five brand new mixes; the Sunstars Remix, the MAKJ Remix, the Florian Picasso Remix, the Jochen Miller Remix and the Futuristic Polar Bears Remix. Benny is probably still most famous for his 2003 hit ‘Satisfaction’ which in turn probably attracted more attention for its suggestive video. There are no shortage of bikini clad women in the promotional video to this track either, and it has been picking up plenty of views since being uploaded in mid June. I think that this will secure him a first appearance in the charts in almost three years so watch out for this one next weekend.

Calvin Harris featuring John Newman – ‘Blame’

Scottish DJ and producer Calvin Harris has enjoyed considerable success in his chart career already with six no.1 hits to his name and a record nine top ten hits coming from his last album ’18 Months’. His last two singles ‘Summer’ and ‘Under Control’ have both gone to the top of the charts and there is every reason to expect that this will achieve the same level of success. A tally of sixteen top ten hits in just seven years tell their own story while John Newman is no slouch either having notched up two no.1 hits of his own already. New single ‘Blame’ is released digitally this week on the Sony label and comes with the bonus track ‘C.U.B.A.’. While Australian boyband 5 Seconds Of Summer will certainly fancy their chances of a high new entry next weekend the fact that this is a brand new track should give it the edge in the race to the top spot.

Fall Out Boy – ‘Centuries’

Chicago based rockers Fall Out Boy enjoyed the second biggest UK hit of their career last year with ‘My Songs Know What You Did Last Summer’ which reached no.5. Now this week sees them release ‘Centuries’ which is the first taste of what we can expect from their sixth studio album which is in the process of being completed. The track is not released until Wednesday which means a possible three days of sales are lost and that can only work against their chart position. If successful it will become their eleventh top forty hit although it is unlikely to better the no.2 peak achieved by their highest charting single ‘This Ain’t A Scene It’s An Arms Race’. No video has been uploaded prior to the tracks release so the fan base will be keen to snap up a copy as soon as possible. Despite the reduced days I think this will still add a further top forty hit to their tally. 

The Kooks – ‘Forgive & Forget’

Indie favourites The Kooks seem to have discovered their hit making form in recent weeks with their last two singles ‘Down’ and ‘Around Town’ both reaching the top forty. This contrasts significantly with their 2010 album ‘Junk Of The Heart’ which yielded no hits despite reaching the top ten itself. This week sees the release of their new single ‘Forgive & Forget’, and the lead track will feature on their new album ‘Listen’ which is also released this week. The digital bundle contains a demo version of ‘She Don’t Love You’ alongside the Oliver Nelson Remix and the Yarin Lidor Remix of the main track. The band recently played the Leeds / Reading Festival but are currently undertaking a tour of the States. I think more fans may opt to buy the album and so this single may struggle but that does not detract from this being a great track. 

Kongos – ‘Come With Me Now’

Kongos are a South African band consisting of four brothers and they release their brand new single ‘Come With Me Now’ this week. It sold over 600k copies in the US where it reached no.31 while in Canada it reached the top ten. The track is set to feature on their new album ‘Lunatic’ which gets its release next week. The band have been supporting Kings Of Leon on their recent tour of the US while later in this year they will play a series of gigs in the UK as the opening act for OneRepublic. It has been over two years since the video to the track first surfaced, and it has picked up over 10m views since then. It’s certainly a catchy tune which sticks in the head after just a couple of listens, and is mainstream enough to pick up some commercial airplay. As such we could well see them inside the top forty for the first time next Sunday afternoon. 

Ten Walls – ‘Walking With Elephants’

It was originally reviewed in edition 753 but was then subsequently delayed, but now finally this week we see Ten Walls release his brand new single ‘Walking With Elephants’ on the Boso Linija label.  It follows on from the previous singles ‘Requiem’ and ‘Gotham’ and comes released digitally along with the bonus track ‘Nochnoy Dozor’.  It is another track which samples a brass instrument – something there has been a trend towards in the top forty of late! There has been much discussion recently about just who was behind the monicker Ten Walls but recently it was discovered to be DJ and producer Mario Basanov.  He has released several tracks and EP’s in his own name but has yet to make an appearance inside the UK top forty. He will be hoping that having delayed the release by some time that the additional exposure and airplay will lead to a hit single but only time will tell.

Train – ‘Angel In Blue Jeans’

Train have only achieved three top forty hits from their seven studio albums but they have all been huge.  ‘Drops Of Jupiter’ has charted on three occasions, notching up 16 weeks on the chart, while ‘Hey Soul Sister’ has also charted three times clocking up 39 weeks on the chart. Their most recent hit was ‘Drive By’ which made no.6 and spent 27 weeks on the chart becoming their biggest hit peaking at no.6. This week sees the release of their new single ‘Angel In Blue Jeans’ which is the first track to be taken from their forthcoming album ‘Bulletproof Picasso’. The video was uploaded to their YouTube channel on 14th July and it had no problem picking up over 1.25m views during its first month. The track doesn’t break any new ground for the band, but that means that it is likely to pick up plenty of airplay on daytime radio. I think this will become their fourth top forty hit on Sunday.

Also released this week are ‘Blue Sky Action’ by Above & Beyond featuring Alex Vargas, ‘Oblivion’ by Bastille, ‘Let Her Run’ by Bellowhead, ‘New Flame’ by Chris Brown featuring Usher & Rick Ross, ‘Centuries’ by Fall Out Boy, ‘Are You What You Want To Be’ by Foster The People, ‘The “In” Crowd’ by Gregory Porter, ‘Greenlight’ by H-Town, ‘Leh Now’ by Jus Now featuring Blaxx, ‘Keep It To Yourself’ by Kacey Musgraves, ‘Pretty Girls’ by Little Dragon, ‘Breeze’ by //MDNGHT//, ‘Your Love’ by Moko, ‘Summer Girl (Samba)’ by Mr 2Kay, ‘Sundream’ by Rufus, ‘Tick Tock’ by Solange Hilario, ‘You Set Fire To My Life’ by Tina Arena and ‘First Time’ by Vance Joy.

Next Week…

Sales of Robin Schulz & LILLYWOOD remain strong but Calvin Harris featuring John Newman look to have the best chance of catching them. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Cris Cab, Iggy Azalea featuring Rita Ora, Lily Allen and Sigma featuring Paloma Faith. Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

7 September, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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