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Chart Chat Edition 780 – W/C 02.11.14

Chart Chat Edition 780 – Week Commencing Sunday 2nd November 2014 


Welcome to edition 780 of Chart Chat, the music review site which has been running for fifteen years.  In fact today is our fifteenth birthday!  Time has flow by over that time but it’s still great fun to write the column. 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, two re-entries, eleven climbers, nineteen songs going down and five non movers on this weeks chart. Ed Sheeran set a new record for the longest journey to no.1 as ‘Thinking Out Loud’ climbed one place on its nineteenth week on the chart. His success left Meghan Trainor tied for the longest run at the top with Clean Bandit as ‘All About The Bass’ dropped one to no.2.

Taylor Swift went back up two to no.3 with ‘Shake It Off’ as ‘1989’ went straight in at the top of the album charts. Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Jessie J got a non mover at no.4 with ‘Bang Bang’ and Jeremih featuring YG climbed one to no.5 with ‘Don’t Tell Em’. Parra For Cuva featuring Anna Naklab went straight in at no.6 with their cover of ‘Wicked Games’ and One Direction climbed back up four to no.7 with ‘Steal My Girl’. Waze & Odyssey & R Kelly went down five to no.8 with ‘Bump& Grind 2014’ and Calvin Harris featuring John Newman fell two to no.9 with ‘Blame’. The top ten was rounded off by Sam Smith who got a non mover at no.10 with ‘I’m Not The Only One’.

Two further climbers were to be found in what remained of the top twenty. They went to Ed Sheeran who climbed eight to no.14 with ‘Don’t’ while George Ezra went back up one to no.16 with ‘Budapest’.

There were two new entries, two re-entries and five climbers in the lower half of the chart. Ed Sheeran climbed four places to no.22 with ‘Sing’ and Calvin Harris featuring Big Sean got a new entry at no.23 with ‘Open Wide’. Maroon 5 climbed five to no.27 with ‘Animals’ while Sia went back up six to no.28 with ‘Chandalier’. OneRepublic got a new entry at no.29 with ‘I Lived’ and Pharrell Williams went back up two to no.33 with ‘Happy’. Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne climbed five to no.35 with ‘Rather Be’ and Idina Menzel re-entered at no.36 with ‘Let It Go’.  OneRepublic completed the picture as ‘Love Runs Out’ re-entered at no.38.

New Releases

The Anchoress – ‘One For Sorrow’

An anchoress is described as “a person who lives in seclusion, especially a religious recluse” but in this case it is the pseudonym for the new musical project by Welsh multi-instrumentalist Catherine Anne Davies. Earlier this year she released the single ‘What Goes Around’ and now she follows it up with ‘One For Sorrow’. It is released this week on 12″ vinyl and as a digital bundle which also contains the bonus tracks ‘Long Year’, ‘Once Upon A Lie’ and the Philip Reach Requiem Mix of ‘One For Sorrow’. The video to the track was uploaded to YouTube early in October and has been picking up views since then. Musically Catherine describes her style as revenge pop, and it has picked up many admirers along the way including Steve Lamacq. It would be great if this could pick up enough airplay to secure it a place inside next weeks top forty.

The Chainsmokers featuring SirenXX – ‘Kanye’

First up this week are the New York based DJ / producer duo The Chainsmokers who are aiming to follow up their hit single ‘#Selfie’ with their new track ‘Kanye’. It sees them team up with Siren but it has a hard act to follow with ‘#Selfie’ reaching the top three in Australia and Sweden along with top twenty appearances in countries such as the US, Austria, Canada and the Netherlands. The promotional video to the track was uploaded to their Vevo account at the end of August and picked up an impressive 750k views during its first two weeks. It would have been easy for the band to have become one hit wonders but this single shows that there is more to come from them. It may be their fourth official release but it should certainly become their second chart hit next weekend. Watch out for this landing inside the top twenty next weekend.

Cheryl – ‘I Don’t Care’

Since her first appearance as a solo artist with ‘Fight For This Love’ back in 2009 former Girls Aloud singer Cheryl has notched up an impressive four no.1 hits and a further four top twenty hits. She has been able to translate that into album sales with her first two studio albums ‘3 Words’ and ‘Messy Little Raindrops’ both topping the chart.  Her comeback single ‘Crazy Stupid Love’ went straight to no.1 following its release earlier this year and now this looks set to follow the same path to the top. The track does however contain some strong lyrics, and both a clean and explicit version of the video are available.  With her current status as X Factor judge guaranteeing her prime time television exposure every weekend it seems like she can do no wrong. Watch out for this putting in a challenge at the top end of the chart next Sunday afternoon.

Eddi Reader – ‘Back The Dogs EP’

Scottish singer / songwriter Eddi Reader originally found fame as the lead vocalist with Fairground Attraction who topped the charts with ‘Perfect’ in the late 1980’s. However she went on to carve out a solo career which saw her achieve four top fifth albums including a top five placing for her self titled 1994 effort.  This year saw her release her eleventh studio album ‘Vagabonds’ and it included ‘Back The Dogs’, the lead track to her new EP which is out this week.  The version here is a new mix, and it sits along four other tracks; ‘Juxtaposed With U’, ‘Love Is A Losing Game’, ‘Mona Lisa’ and ‘Moon River’. October saw her undertake an extensive thirteen date tour of the UK which concluded in Kendal on the 25th. Despite its quality it seems unlikely to get her her first UK top forty appearance since ‘Town Without Pity’ reached no.26 some eighteen years ago.

The HeavyTrackerz featuring Yana Toma – ‘Old Habits’

The HeavyTrackerz have teamed up with Yana Toma for their new single ‘Old Habits’ which is released this week. The band consist of record producers, songwriters and instrumentalists from Walthamstow in London while vocals on the track come courtesy of Yana Toma who has worked with a variety of other artists including both Labrinth and Krept & Konan. This latest song is made available as a single track download via their own record label and follows on from their catalogue of releases to date which include the ‘Spontaneouz EP’ and the ‘MouseTrapz EP’ which centred around purely instrumental tracks. ‘Old Habits’ has already received airplay from MistaJam on his Radio 1Xtra show and they will be hoping to capitalise on that. My gut feeling is that this may become a bigger club / dance chart hit but sometimes these tracks can become surprise top forty hits.

Henry Krinkle – ‘Stay’

Next up is Henry Krinkle who releases his latest single ‘Stay’ this week. This track has been around for a while without ever charting in the UK. The video first appeared way back in June 2012 and has notched up over 32m views since then. It is released as a digital bundle containing six new mixes; the Radio Edit, the Justin Martin Remix, the Kolsch Remix, the Adesse Versions Remix, the Three Bar Remix and the Zoo Station Remix. The track typically runs for around six minutes but has been halved in duration for the Radio Edit. His name was taken from the film Taxi Driver where it was an alias used by the films main character Travis Bickle, played by Robert De Niro. This time around there is likely to be significantly more airplay for this track, particularly taking into account its international success so watch out for this appearing in the top forty.

James Blunt – ‘When I Find Love Again’

It’s very frustrating for fans to rush out and buy a deluxe copy of their favourite artist’s album only to see a ‘Special Edition’ appear later on.  James Blunt cannot be held responsible, but his record label are about to put out a ‘Special Apollo Edition’ of his ‘Moon Landing’ album and from that comes his new single ‘When I Find Love Again’. The new edition sees some bonus tracks added along with a bonus DVD of live tracks. He has achieved eight top forty hits to date including his huge no.1 hit ‘You’re Beautiful’ which spent five weeks at the top of the chart back in 2005. A lyric video to accompany the track was uploaded on 22nd September and it quickly notched up 175k views during its first fortnight. I’m not sure this can match the top five success of ‘Bonfire Heart’ but it’s a decent enough track and deserves to reach the top forty next Sunday afternoon.

Michael Woods featuring Laura Dyson – ‘In Your Arms’

English producer and DJ Michael Woods is next up and he has teamed up with Laura Dyson for his new single ‘In Your Arms’. It is released this week as a single track download and a digital bundle which features seven different mixes; the Club Mix, the CLMD Remix, the ilan Bluestone Remix, the Out Of Office Remix, the Plastic Funk Remix, the Dave Winnel Remix and the Acoustic Mix. While he hasn’t reached the top forty under his own name he was the man behind Warrior who made the top twenty with ‘Warrior’ in 2000. The promotional video to the track was first uploaded at the start of October and picked up over 500k views over it’s first month. This looks to be on course to give him his first chart appearance in over ten years and certainly has what it takes to make the transition from the dance floor onto the mainstream

The Voyeurs – ‘Stunners’

Finally this week The Voyeurs release their new single ‘Stunners’ this week.  It is available on 7″ and download along with the b-side ‘Orgy #2’. The track is set to feature on their forthcoming ‘Rhubarb Rhubard’ album which is set for release next week. The band also have a UK tour scheduled for later this month before heading off to other venues in Europe ahead of Christmas. The promotional video to accompany the track was directed and edited by Kenichi Iwasa and was uploaded to YouTube at the end of September. Since then momentum has been building behind the single ahead of its release this week. They have yet to reach the mainstream top forty, and that target may be beyond their reach with this one. However their album will hopefully sell well upon its release next week and fans can look forward to their tour dates over the next few days.

Also released this week are ‘No Mans Land (Green Fields Of France)’ by Joss Stone, ‘Imperium’ by Madeon and ‘Only’ by Nicki Minaj featuring Lil Wayne & Chris Brown.

Next Week…

It seems likely that Cheryl will go straight in at the top with ‘I Don’t Care’ although don’t expect Ed Sheeran to surrender without a fight. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Becky Hill, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams and Stylo G. Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

2 November, 2014 - Posted by | ChartChat

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