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Chart Chat Edition 775 – W/C 28.09.14

Chart Chat Edition 775 – Week Commencing Sunday 28th September 2014 


Welcome to edition 775 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 four new entries, one re-entry, seven climbers, twenty six songs going down and two non movers on this weeks chart. As expected Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj went straight in at no.1 with ‘Bang Bang’ which meant that Sigma featuring Paloma Faith fell one to no.2 with ‘Changing’.

Taylor Swift climbed two to no.3 with ‘Shake It Off’ and Calvin Harris featuring John Newman went down two to no.4 with ‘Blame’. LILLYWOOD & Robin Schulz fell two to no.5 with ‘Prayer In C’ and Sam Smith was a non mover at no.6 with ‘I’m Not The Only One’. George Ezra went up three to no.7 with ‘Blame It On Me’ while Professor Green fell four to no.8 with ‘Lullaby’. Iggy Azalea featuring Rita Ora went down two to no.9 with ‘Black Widow’ and MAGIC! completed the picture with ‘Rude’ falling one to no.10.

Power Music got a new entry at no.13 with their cover of ‘All About The Bass’ but this version is likely to drop from the chart next week with Meghan Trainor’s version now available to download. G.R.L. continued to climb back up the chart with ‘Ugly Heart’ advancing three to no.15. Ed Sheeran went up one to no.18 with ‘Thinking Out Loud and the top twenty was concluded by Wankelmut & Emma Louise with ‘My Head Is A Jungle’ going up five places to no.20.

There were two new entries, one re-entry and two climbers in the lower half of the chart. Ariana Grande featuring Zedd climbed four to no.24 with ‘Break Free’ while Shift K3y got a new entry at no.25 with ‘I Know’. Hozier went up seven places to no.28 with ‘Take Me To Church’ and Meghan Trainor became the first artist to reach the top forty on the strength of streaming alone as ‘All About The Bass’ entered at no.33. The final mover went to Kiesza who re-entered at no.40 with ‘Hideaway’.

New Releases

DJ Fresh featuring Ellie Goulding – ‘Flashlight’

English based DJ Fresh returns this week and he is looking for a fourth consecutive top ten with his new Ellie Goulding collaboration ‘Flashlight’. In fact six of his last seven singles have made the top ten with both ‘Louder’ and ‘Hot Right Now’ going on to top the charts. This track first appeared in its original format on Ellie’s ‘Halcyon Days’ album but it now finds itself getting a full release in its new guise. The Cahill remix of the track appeared on the compilation album ‘Electronic Dance Music Euphoria’ which was released last month while this week sees the Radio Edit available as a single track download. An audio version of the track was uploaded to DJ Fresh’s Vevo account in mid July and it managed to pick up over 200k listens during its first two months. Both artists have enjoyed considerable success on the singles chart and so there is every chance that this will reach the top ten next weekend.

Ella Eyre – Comeback

Ella Eyre topped the charts last year alongside Rudimental on their track ‘Waiting All Night’ while earlier this year saw her notch up a solo top twenty hit in the shape of ‘If I Go’. Now she is back with her brand new single ‘Comeback’ which comes released as a single track download, an EP and a digital bundle of remixes. The EP features the new track ‘Bullet For You’ alongside the Stripped version of ‘Comeback’ and the Fred Falke / Ruff Loaderz Radio Edits while the digital bundle contains a total of seven mixes; the Fred Falke Remix, the Ruff Loaderz Bass 22 Remix, the Alex Adair Remix, the Mike Delinquent Remix, the S.P.Y. Jungle Remix, the S.P.Y. Summer Remix and the Waze & Odyssey Remix. For me this is much more commercial than its predecessor and as such I expect to see this landing somewhere inside the top ten on Sunday afternoon.

Gorgon City featuring Zak Abel – ‘Unmissable’

Next up this week are North London duo Gorgon City who burst onto the scene earlier this year with their top five hit ‘Ready For Your Love’. Far from being one hit wonders they quickly followed that up with the Laura Welsh collaboration ‘Here For You’ and now they are aiming for a third consecutive top ten hit with a little help from Zak Abel on ‘Unmissable’. The track is set to feature on their forthcoming album ‘Sirens’ which is due for release next week and it received its premier on MistaJam’s 1Xtra show back in July of this year. The video to the track was first uploaded to their Vevo account at the end of August and it picked up over 200k views during its first week. They seem to have found the key to crossing over from the dance chart into the mainstream and I have no doubt that this will become another big hit for them next weekend.

Jessie Ware – ‘Say You Love Me’

“Am I in the club now?” joked British singer songwriter Jessie Ware after her last single ‘Tough Love’ became her first top forty hit. It didn’t quite maintain its midweek position of no.22 but she can be pleased with it’s no.34 peak. Now she is aiming to follow that up with her brand new single ‘Say You Love Me’ which is released this week. Both tracks will feature on her forthcoming album ‘Tough Love’ which is out next week and will aim to follow on from the top five success of her 2012 debut ‘Devotion’. This week sees her play gigs in London and Manchester before jetting out for appearances across the US and Canada. I think that this will go on to add a second successive top forty hit to her tally and the album should also be a big success. She may have taken some time to get there but she can certainly look forward to a bright future ahead.

Labrinth – ‘Let It Be’

Multi talented singer, songwriter and producer Labrinth’s debut album ‘Electronic Earth’ included the no.1 hit ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’ alongside three other top five singles. Now he is looking to follow that up, and the first taste of his new material is his new track ‘Let It Be’ which is released this week on Simon Cowell’s own Simco label. The video to accompany the track was uploaded at the end of August and picked up almost 500k views during its first week. Having played in Ibiza during September he has no confirmed UK gigs in the rest of the year but hopefully he will plan some live appearances in once his second album is completed. Given those statistics and his reputation I think it’s safe to expect this to be a new entry inside the top three next weekend and it could even go on to give him a second no.1 hit single.

Mark Morrison – ‘2morrow’

Hard to believe that it has been over eighteen years since British R&B star Mark Morrison topped the charts with his massive single ‘Return Of The Mack’. A consecutive run of four top ten hits was to follow for him but he hasn’t managed to visit the top forty since his collaboration with Gabrielle and Conner Reeves on ‘Best Friend’ in 1999. Back to the present day and he has decided to enlist the help of fellow artists Erene, Devlin and Crooked I for his latest single ‘2morrow’ which is released this week. It’s the follow up to his recent seven track EP ‘I Am What I Am’ which was released back in July. The official video to the track was uploaded at the start of August and managed to pick up over 30k views during its first month. It would be great to see him back inside the top forty and so I hope that some of the radio stations out there can get behind this one.

Meghan Trainor – ‘All About That Bass’

American singer songwriter Meghan Trainor unleashes her new single ‘All About That Bass’ on the British audience this week. The track has already topped the charts in Australia, Denmark and New Zealand but narrowly missed out in Canada and the US where it reached no.2. She initially released two albums back in 2011 but it is only with this single that she has enjoyed any significant level of success. Since the video was first uploaded to her Vevo account back in June it has received over 41m views which just goes to demonstrate just what a worldwide phenomenon it has been. Those kind of statistics pretty much guarantee her a decent amount of airplay in the UK and there is every chance that she will be able to add another country to the list of her successes. This should certainly be challenging for the highest new entry on Sunday and could even manage to top the chart.

Steve Angello featuring Dougy – ‘Wasted Love’

It has been five years since the Greek / Swedish DJ Steve Angello reached no.11 with his Laidback Luke & Robin S collaboration ‘Show Me Love’ but since then he has achieved most of his success as part of the DJ super group Swedish House Mafia. They achieved five top ten hits before splitting up including the no.1 smash ‘Don’t You Worry Child’.  However he has found himself in demand as a remixer, providing his own take on tracks by Chase & Status, Depeche Mode, Cheryl Cole and Hard-Fi to name but a few. Now he is back as the lead artist on the new track ‘Wasted Love’ with a little help from Temper Trap singer Dougy. The video to the track was uploaded to his Vevo account in mid August and quickly picked up over 200k views during its first week. He has demonstrated his ability to crossover onto the mainstream top forty and I am backing this to become another hit for him.

Swim Mountain – ‘Swim Mountain EP’

London based four piece band Swim Mountain release their self titled six track EP this week. The lead track is ‘Ticket’ but it also contains five other songs; ‘Yesterday’ (which has received airplay on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show), ‘Ornella’, ‘Dream It Real’, ‘Everyday’ and ‘Nothing Is Quite As It Seems’. The EP is being launched by the band with a gig at the Waiting Room venue in London. Fans who visit the bands Soundcloud page can download ‘Tomorrow’ and also listen to ‘Dream It Real’. Currently they only have just over 300 Likes to their name on Facebook so they need to widen their audience although word about their music is slowly getting round with ‘Yesterday’ recently being Track Of The Day on the Killing Moon website.  This is certainly the sound of a band to keep an eye on even if their debut release is unlikely to reach the mainstream top forty.

Also released this week are ‘Heart Weighs’ by Alex Metric featuring Stefan Storm, ‘Feel For Me’ by Foy Vance, ‘Black Widow (Remixes)’ by Iggy Azalea featuring Rita Ora, ‘Undressed by Kim Cesarion, ‘Yellow Flicker’ by Lorde, ‘Emily’ by Lower Than Atlantis, ‘Sunlight’ by The Magician featuring Years & Years, ‘Pardon Me’ by Naughty Boy featuring Professor Green, Laura Mvula, Wilkinson & Ava Lily and ‘Lost On Me’ by Peace.

Next Week

Given the strength of her streaming sales we can expect to see Meghan Trainor at the top of the charts on Sunday. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Ella Henderson, Example, Kwabs and Nicki Minaj.  Until then have yourself a good week.
Ian Anderson

28 September, 2014 - Posted by | ChartChat

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