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Chart Chat Edition 779 – W/C 26.10.14

Chart Chat Edition 779 – Week Commencing Sunday 26th October 2014 


Welcome to edition 779 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, two re-entries, sixteen climbers, fourteen songs going down and four non movers on this weeks chart. Meghan Trainor became the join longest runner at no.1 of 2014 as ‘All About The Bass’ held on for a fourth week at the top. Her closest rival this week was Ed Sheeran who climbed two places to no.2 with ‘Thinking Out Loud’ which spent its eighteenth week on the chart.

Waze & Odyssey & R Kelly went straight in at no.3 with ‘Bump & Grind 2014’ while Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj climbed one to no.4 with ‘Bang Bang’. Jeremih featuring YG got a non mover at no.6 with ‘Don’t Tell ‘Em’ and Calvin Harris featuring John Newman went up one to no.7 with ‘Blame’. Sigma featuring Paloma Faith fell one to no.8 with ‘Changing’ and Fuse ODG featuring Angel got a new entry with ‘T.I.N.A.’. The top ten was concluded by Sam Smith climbing two to no.10 with ‘I’m Not The Only One’.

Seven climbers were to be found in the remainder of the top twenty. George Ezra went up one to no.12 with ‘Blame It On Me’ while LILLYWOOD & Robin Schulz climbed one to no.13 with ‘Prayer In C’. Sam Smith went up eight to no.15 with ‘Stay With Me’ and Ariana Grande featuring Zedd climbed three to no.16 with ‘Break Free’. George Ezra went up one to no.17 with ‘Budapest’ and The Script climbed two to no.19 with ‘Superheroes’ and ‘Magic’ by Rude rounded off the top twenty going up four to no.20.

There were two new entries, two re-entries and five climbers in the lower half of the chart this week. Ed Sheeran climbed six places to no.22 with ‘Don’t’ and he also went back up four to no.26 with ‘Sing’. Maroon 5 got a new entry at no.31 with ‘Animals’ and Sia went back up two to no.34 with ‘Chandalier’. Pharrell Williams climbed two to no.35 with ‘Happy’ and Maroon 5 re-entered at no.36 with ‘Maps’. Mr Probz climbed three to no.37 with ‘Waves’ and Taylor Swift got a new entry at no.39 with ‘Welcome To New York’. The final re-entry came at no.40 and went to Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne with ‘Rather Be’.

New Releases

Alexa Goddard – ‘So There’

First up under review this week is the British r’n’b singer Alexa Goddard who created waves when she signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label in April of this year.  Prior to that date she had just one top forty hit to her name which was ‘Turn My Swag On’ which reached no.20 back in 2010 and almost re-entered the top forty two years later when it stalled at no.42. This Summer she performed a critically acclaimed set at the Birmingham and London Wireless Festivals while this week sees her follow up her last single ‘Marilyn’ with her new track ‘So There’. While ‘Marilyn’ notched up just over 450k views in total this latest single picked up over half of that total during its first two weeks of upload to her Vevo channel. With the signs already looking much better for this single I think that this could well find itself landing somewhere inside the top forty next Sunday afternoon.

Borgeous – ‘Invincible’

American DJ and producer Borgeous is probably best known in the UK for his collaboration with DVBBS on the hit single ‘Tsunami’ which topped the charts in the UK, Netherlands and Belgium. However this week sees him on his own with his brand new track ‘Invincible’ which comes released as both a single track download and a digital bundle of remixes. There are a total of six different mixes on offer on the bundle; the full length version, the Stonebridge Extended Mix, the Dexcell Remix, the Tough Love Remix, the Steerner Remix and Stonebridge Summa Rub. This track has been around for a while and the promotional video first appeared back in January, notching up over 7.5m views since then. I think this has the potential to crossover from the dancefloor to the mainstream and as such could well find itself in the top forty next weekend.

Chicane featuring Bo Bruce – ‘Stay With Me’

Dance legend Chicane (aka producer Nicholas Bracegirdle) teams up with Bo Bruce this week for his new single ‘Stay With Me’. He has been part of a number of successful collaborations over the years including most notably the no.1 hit ‘Don’t Give Up’ which saw him pair up with Bryan Adams.  Other top forty hits have featured D:Ream vocalist Peter Cunnah, Mason, Tom Jones and Maire Brennan from Clannad. This latest single is released as a digital bundle and contains six new mixes; the Andreas van Hoog Radio Mix, the Andreas van Hoog Mix, the Keeno Mix, the Andi Durrant Mix, the Disco Citizens Mix and the Original Drift Mix. If successful this will give him his first top forty hit since 2009 when ‘Poppiholla’ reached no.7. There is every chance of this being a hit for him and it would be a welcome return to the chart for him next weekend.

Darlia – ‘Stars Are Aligned’

Next up under review this week are Blackpool based trio who release their new single ‘Stars Are Aligned’ this week on the B-Unique Records label. They first uploaded the track six weeks ago and it has picked up over 10k listens since then. Some early reviews of the band saw them compared to early Nirvana, while more recently some journalists have mentioned them in the same breath as acts such as Royal Blood. Fans wishing to catch them live can see them at the NME Halloween Ball this week before playing five gigs with Gerard Way during November. Their last single ‘Dear Diary’ saw them widen their fanbase and it featured on the third volume of the Made In Chelsea soundtrack. Hopefully they can build on that success but they are likely to need some more mainstream airplay if they are to make their way into the top forty.

Jack U featuring Kiesza – ‘Take U There’

Jack U is the next artist up this week and they have teamed up with the Canadian singer Kiesza on ‘Take U There’.  Jack U are a duo consisting of DJs Skrillex and Diplo who have both charted in their own right, while Kiesza needs no introduction having topped the UK charts earlier this year. Diplo reached the top ten with DJ Fresh last year, and also guested on Tiesto’s no.13 hit ‘C’mon (Catch Em By Surprise)’ while Skrillex had two top forty hits in 2012 the biggest one being ‘Bangarang’ which made no.24. With the official audio upload of the track picking up almost a million listens in its first three weeks it looks destined to be a big hit next weekend. Fans wishing to catch them live can try to get tickets for their New Years Eve gig in Madison Square Gardens, New York. However for now they will have to make do with a copy of this single on download.

Martin Garrix, DVBBS & Sander Van Doorn featuring Aleesia – ‘Golden Skies’

Martin Garrix was last in the charts over the Summer when he appeared with Dimitri Vegas on his top thirty hit ‘Tremor’. However he is probably best known for his own no.1 hit ‘Animals’ and its top ten follow up ‘Wizard’. This time around he teams up with DVBBS who hit the top spot with Borgeous and Tinie Tempah earlier this year on ‘Tsunami (Jump)’ and Dutch producer / DJ Sander Van Doorn who has remixed tracks for artists such as Killers, Arctic Monkeys, Yello and Depeche Mode. Vocals on the track come courtesy of Canadian singer Aleesia.  The video to the track first appeared back in May but has been a huge hit across Europe and has managed to notch up over 12m views since then. With so many dance giants on the same track it cannot fail to be a big hit next weekend and could even end up landing inside the top ten.

Mallory Knox – ‘Shout At The Moon’

Cambridge based five piece Mallory Knox release their brand new single ‘Shout At The Moon’ this week. The band first uploaded the promotional video to the track back in September and have seen it notch up over 175k views since then. It features on their second studio album ‘Asymmetry’ which is also available this week and aims to follow on from the top forty success of their 2013 debut ‘Signals’ which peaked at no.33. The band are about to undertake an extensive tour of UK venues before heading to the rest of Europe in December. Given the dual release it is likely that this will end up simply being a promotional release with fans likely to opt to download the album in its entirety rather than this as a standalone track. As such I’m not sure we will see this entering inside the top forty, but the album should still end doing well for them.

Parra For Cuva featuring Anna Naklab – ‘Wicked Games’

This track was originally a hit for the American artist Chris Isaak, reaching the top ten in 1990 when the title was not in a plural sense! It then re-entered in 2010 when it made no.48. Now it is set to gain a new lease of life thanks to Parra For Cuva who have teamed up with vocalist Anna Naklab. It has also previously been covered by rock band HIM and singer-songwriter Gemma Hayes. It comes released as a single track download alongside a digital bundle which contains the Tom Misch Remix and the Carl Muren & Etienne Ozborne Remix. It has already achieved success in some parts of Europe, reaching the top ten in the Netherlands and the top thirty in Belgium. I do quite like this version though for me it doesn’t quite beat the original. These kind of covers do tend to perform quite well and as such this is likely to chart next weekend.

Say Lou Lou & Lindstrom – ‘Games For Girls’

Say Lou Lou started out life as Saint Lou Lou and are a duo consisting of twins Miranda and Elektra Kilbey-Jansson. This week sees them release their new track ‘Games For Girls’ which follows up their Summer single ‘Everything We Touch’. It is set to feature on their debut album ‘Lucid Dreaming’ which is due to be released in February 2015. The duo were nominated for the longlist of the BBC Sound Of 2014 poll but did not make the final five. This single sees them team up with Norwegian disco king Lindstrom who has remixed tracks by various artists including Roxy Music, Franz Ferdinand, Doves and LCD Soundsystem.  They have just one live appearance confirmed during the remainder of 2014 and that’s the Fun Fun Fun Festival in Austin, Texas. I’m not sure if this will see them move closer to a top forty hit in the UK but it should certainly go down well in the clubs.

TC – ‘Everything For A Reason’

Bristol based DJ and producer TC has already enjoyed one top ten hit this year thanks to his collaboration with DJ Fresh on ‘Make You Bounce’, but now he will be keen to add a second success to his name.  This week sees the release of his brand new single ‘Everything For A Reason’ on the 3Beat label and if he matches that chart placing he will certainly be very happy. As a producer he has worked on remixes for a variety of artists which include Jess Glynne, Estelle, Sean Paul, Matrix & Futurebound, Cee-lo Green and Example.  The official video to the track was uploaded on the 9th September and it had attracted 63k views during its first three weeks. I don’t think that this will quite manage to replicate the top ten success of ‘Make You Bounce’ but I could certainly see it sneaking in somewhere at the lower end of the top forty.

Also released this week is ‘Bright Eyes’ by Allo Darlin’, ‘Voyager 1’ by Black Rivers, ‘Wolves EP’ by The Blackout, ‘I’m Coming Home To You’ by Christina Marie, ‘The Wild Places EP’ by Liam Frost, ‘Blood I Bled’ by The Staves and ‘No Bad Days EP’ by Sunset Suns.

Next Week…

Meghan Trainor will be aiming for a fifth week at the top but I feel that Ed Sheeran might just edge her out. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists set to release new singles are set to include Eddie Reader, James Blunt, Misty Miller and Sheryl Crow. Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

26 October, 2014 - Posted by | ChartChat

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