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Chart Chat Edition 778 – W/C 19.10.14

Chart Chat Edition 778 – Week Commencing Sunday 19th October 2014 


Welcome to edition 778 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 seven new entries, ten climbers, twenty one songs going down and two non movers on this weeks chart. Meghan Trainor held on at the top with ‘All About That Bass’ while her nearest challenge came from Taylor Swift who climbed two places to no.2 with ‘Shake It Off’.

One Direction went straight in at no.3 with ‘Steal My Girl’ while Ed Sheeran climbed six to no.4 with ‘Don’t’. Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj fell three to no.5 with ‘Bang Bang’ and Jeremih featuring Y.G. went down one to no.6 with ‘Don’t Tell ‘Em’. Sigma, Paloma Faith & Majestic climbed one to no.7 with ‘Changing’ and Calvin Harris featuring John Newman fell two to no.8 with ‘Blame’. The Vamps featuring Shawn Mendes got a new entry at no.9 with ‘Oh Cecelia (Breaking My Heart)’ and Eminem featuring Sia went straight in at no.10 with ‘Guts OverFear’.

There were two new entries and two climbers to be found in what remained of the top twenty. Watermat got a new entry at no.15 with ‘Bullit’ and Ella Henderson climbed nine to no.16 with ‘Ghost’. Ariana Grande went up four to no.19 with ‘Break Free’ and Wilkinson featuring Talay Riley got a new entry at no.20 with ‘Dirty Love’.

There were two new entries and five climbers in the lower half of the chart. Sam Smith went back up four places to no.23 with ‘Stay With Me’ while Krishane featuring Melissa Steel got a new entry at no.27 with ‘Drunk & Incapable’. Ed Sheeran went back up three to no.28 with ‘Don’t’ and he also climbed six to no.30 with ‘Sing’. Hozier went up one to no.31 with ‘Take Me To Church’ and Charli XCX got a new entry at no.35 with ‘Break The Rules’. The final climbed went to Pharrell Williams who went back up three to no.40 with ‘Happy’.

New Releases

Detour City – ‘Merlin (Everybody Knows)’

This week sees the London based singer / songwriter Tabitha Benjamin release her new drum n bass influenced single ‘Merlin (Everybody Knows)’ on the Polydor label under her stage name of Detour City. She lists her influences as including Everything But The Girl, Massive Attack, Chet Baker and Joni Mitchell while she recently teamed up with British DJ and producer Wilkinson on his single ‘Too Close’ but it dropped short of the top forty, peaking at no.55. The accompanying promotional video to this track was uploaded to her Vevo account at the end of July and was able to notch up over 125k views during its first month. While currently very little is known about Tabitha hopefully this will help to break to a much wider audience. Whether this will see her reach the top forty remains to be seen, but this should at the very least be a hit on the dance chart.

Frankie Goes To Hollywood – ‘Relax’

One song which could be due to make a surprise return to the chart this week is ‘Relax’ by Frankie Goes To Hollywood. The song gained notoriety back in 1983 when it was banned by Radio 1 DJ Mike Reid, and he is unintentionally behind its return to popularity in 2014. Mike has recorded a pro UKIP song entitled the ‘UKIP Calypso’, and there is an internet campaign to get that track to the top spot. However every internet campaign has an opposition, and many feel it would be justice to see Mike kept away from no.1 by the very song that he banned thirty one years ago. Apart from hitting the top spot in 1983 it returned to the top ten in 1993 in a remixed form, and it remains one of the biggest selling songs of all time. Regardless of the reason behind its return it would be fantastic to see it back inside the top ten on Sunday afternoon.

Fuse ODG featuring Angel – ‘T.I.N.A.’

So far British rapper Fuse ODG has notched up four top forty hits with three of those going on to make the top ten. Now this week sees the release of his latest single ‘T.I.N.A.’ on the 3Beat Productions label. The title stands for This Is New Africa and is also the title of his new album which is released in the UK during early November. The track sees him team up with West London based rapper Angel who had a top ten hit of his own in 2012 with ‘Wonderful’. The video to the track was uploaded to his Vevo account at the end of September, picking up 100k views during its first week. Last year saw him win Best African Act at the MOBO Awards while his Wyclef Jean collaboration won Afro Pop Song of the Year at the Ghanaian Music Awards.  His chart record over the past year speaks for itself and there is every chance that this will go on and add to his tally of hits.

Hudson Taylor – ‘Chasing Rubies’

Irish folk music duo Hudson Taylor (formerly known as Harry & Alfie) release their eagerly awaited new single ‘Chasing Rubies’ this week.  The track is likely to feature on their forthcoming debut album which is entitled ‘Singing For Strangers’ and is set to be released sometime during February 2015. The official video was first uploaded to their Vevo account at the end of August and picked up an impressive 200k views during its first two weeks on there. It was also selected as Radio 1’s track of the day on 9th September and this helped to bring their music to a much wider audience. Fans who are keen to catch them live can see them supporting Jake Bugg on his October tour of the UK. The signs are very promising for them right now and there is certainly a good chance that this will give them a debut top forty hit on Sunday afternoon.

Jack Savoretti – ‘Tie Me Down’

Jack Savoretti is set to release his new album ‘Written In The Scars’ early next year and from that comes his latest single ‘Tie Me Down’. It comes released as a digital bundle which also features the demo versions of ‘Jackie Blue’ and ‘Solitude’ alongside the new track ‘Last Beat’.  He has yet to achieve any significant commercial success with his track ‘Without’ remaining his highest charting single, peaking at no.90 in 2006. That was taken from his debut album ‘Between The Minds’ which reached no.70. This week sees him play live at The Tabernacle in London before heading off to Europe where he has gigs in Italy, Spain and the Netherlands over the next two months. History suggests that this will fall short of making the top forty but he does retain a loyal fanbase who may choose to purchase this while they await the full album in February next year.

Kitty Brucknell – ‘Glitter In The Sky’

Kitty Brucknell came to the publics attention following her stint on the eight series of the UK X Factor. She has funded the release of her debut album ‘Glamour & Damage’ through the Pledge Music website, but this week sees the release of ‘Glitter In The Sky’ on a variety of formats on the Whisky Records label.  There are six different versions to choose from, with two of those being remix bundles which takes the total number of mixes available to nine. The six formats are; the Single Edit, the Video Edit, the Instrumental, the Morlando Remixes, the DCM Remixes and the Official Karaoke version. She has also featured on tracks by fellow artists Tiltin and Davis Redfield but her wish is to carve out a career as a solo artist. It would certainly be interesting to see this inside the top forty but I wonder if it will get enough mainstream airplay to be successful.

Laurel – ‘Shells’

19 year old singer / songwriter Laurel releases her new single ‘Shells’ this week. The track originally featured on her ‘To The Hills’ EP but now gets a release in its own right.  It comes as a digital bundle which also contains the Hannes Fischer and Candyland remixes. The official video was first uploaded to her Vevo account back in August and has picked up over 100k views since then. She has supported artists such as MS MR and John Newman but has also headlined her own show. This week sees her perform at the Shacklewell Arms in London while next month she is due to appear at the Royal Albert Hall in an event organised by Amazing Radio which will see her share the bill with Beautiful Boy, The Slow Revolt and Rebecca Clements. She is scheduled to release her debut album in early 2015 and the future certainly looks bright for her regardless as to whether this reaches the top forty or not.

Palace – ‘Lost In The Night EP’

The four piece alternative blues / rock band Palace release their brand new EP ‘Lost In The Night’ this week. It contains five tracks, although ‘Veins’ was made available to download a few weeks back.  A video to accompany that track was uploaded back in July and has picked up over 7,000 views during its first two months. The other four songs featured on the EP are ‘Bitter’, ‘I Want What You Got’, ‘Ocean Deep’ and the title track ‘Lost In The Night’. They have just played two sell out nights at the Old Church in St Pancras, London and are certainly enjoying an increased following. Later this month sees them on their first UK tour where they will play live in Sheffield, Leicester, Southampton, Manchester, Bristol and The Laundry in London. While their reputation continues to grow I don’t forsee them gaining a top forty hit on this occasion.

Rae Morris featuring Fryars – ‘Cold’

Female singer / songwriter Rae Morris has chosen to team up with fellow artist Fryars for the release of her latest EP ‘Cold’. The digital format also contains the Jack Steadman Remix of the title track alongside new songs ‘Skin’ and ‘Eye To The Storm’. September saw her headline a tour of her own while she is currently supporting George Ezra at his October gigs. This new single follows on from her most recent EP ‘Do You Even Know?’ which was released on the Warner Music label back in May. She has yet to reach the top 75 with one of her singles so at this stage it would seem to be a big leap for us to predict a debut top forty appearance for her. That said it is certainly a decent song which is worthy of a wider audience, so if it can break down some of the barriers in commercial radio and go on to pick up some airplay then anything is possible.

Waze & Odyssey & R Kelly – ‘Bump & Grind 2014’

R Kelly’s 1994 single ‘Bump & Grind’ remains a classic of its time. It reached no.1 on the US chart, and no.8 in the UK. Anyone of my generation who went to a club around that time was pretty much guaranteed to hear this at some point during the evening. Last year saw him back inside the top forty, guesting on singles by both Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber.  This week sees the release of the Waze & Odyssey update of ‘Bump & Grind’ and it looks set to be a hit all over again twenty years on. The single comes released digitally and contains three new mixes; the Extended Mix, the Special Request VIP Mix and the Le Youth Remix. If successful this will give him a 37th top forty hit in a career which has lasted 22 years and has seen him notch up three no.1 hits. It will be interesting to see just how well this will do twenty years on from its original release.

Also released this week are ‘Wolves’ by The Blackout, ‘I Don’t Want To Change You’ by Damien Rice, ‘Circles’ by I See Monstas, ‘Tie Me Down’ by Jack Savoretti, ‘Ferocious’ by Jedward, ‘Home EP’ by RHODES, ‘Hunger EP’ by Sam Sure and ‘Sing That Song’ by TIEKS featuring Celeste.

Next Week…

Waze & Odyssey stand a good chance of being the highest new entry with their update of ‘Bump & Grind’ but I still think that Meghan Trainor will be hard to displace. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Alexa Goddard, Borgeous, Jack U featuring Kiesza and TC.  Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

20 October, 2014 - Posted by | ChartChat

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