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Chart Chat Edition 781 – W/C 09.11.14

Chart Chat Edition 781 – Week Commencing Sunday 9th November 2014 


Welcome to edition 781 of Chart Chat, the music review site which has been running for over fifteen 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 three new entries, four climbers, thirty songs going down and three non movers on this weeks chart. Cheryl went straight in at no.1 with ‘I Don’t Care’ and in doing so became the leading UK female solo artist of all time with five chart toppers to her name.  Her success meant that Ed Sheeran had to make way at the top, falling one place to no.2 with ‘Thinking Out Loud’.

Meghan Trainor fell one to no.3 with ‘All About The Bass’ while John Legend went back up twenty two places to no.4 with ‘All Of Me’. Taylor Swift fell two to no.5 with ‘Shake It Off’ and Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding went straight in at no.6 with ‘Outside’. Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj fell three to no.7 with ‘Bang Bang’ and Jeremih featuring YG went down three to no.8 with ‘Don’t Tell ‘Em’. One Direction fell two to no.9 with ‘Steal My Girl’ and Sam Smith was a non mover at no.10 with ‘I’m Not The Only One’.

There was one new entry and three climbers in the lower half of the chart. Tom O’Dell went straight in at no.21 with his cover of The Beatles ‘Real Love’ and Sia climbed back up six to no.22 with ‘Chandalier’. The Script got a new entry at no26 with ‘No Good In Goodbye’ while Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Drake & Lil Wayne went straight in at no.35

New Releases

Becky Hill – ‘Losing EP’

British vocalist Becky Hill looks set to be the first genuine success story to emerge from the BBC TV show The Voice. She was eliminated at the semi final stage of the first series after being managed by but went on to top the charts with Oliver Heldens on his single ‘Gecko (Overdrive)’ earlier this year. Now this week sees the release of ‘Losing’ as the follow up. The digital bundle features four new mixes; the Joe Goddard Remix, the Grades Remix, the Reso Remix and the Icarus Remix. She uploaded the video to her Vevo account at the end of September and it took less than three weeks to surpass 100k views. She has recently been providing support to Katy B on her UK tour and is also busy working on her debut album.  This is a great tune and hopefully one which will see her back inside the top forty next Sunday afternoon.

Gareth Malone’s All Star Choir – ‘Wake Me Up’

Having worked his magic on the Military Wives to gain them the Christmas no.1 back in 2012 Gareth Malone has now turned his attention to a bunch of celebrities with the aim of securing a hit single to benefit this years Children In Need appeal. The track was originally recorded by Avicii and topped the charts last year, while a cover by Aloe Blacc also became a minor hit. Those featuring on the single include comedian Jo Brand, DJ Alice Lavine, presenter Mel Giedroyc, actor Larry Lamb, Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood former footballer Fabrice Muamba and Eastenders actor Nitin Ginatra. The choir will perform the track live on this years programme and that should help to give the track a push as it heads towards the weekend. This looks certain to become a big hit and should put in a serious challenge at the top end of the charts next weekend.

High Contrast & Clare Maguire – ‘Who’s Loving You’

Next up this week is High Contrast which is the stage name of Welsh drum & bass DJ / producer Lincoln Barrett who is joined by Clare Maguire for his new single ‘Who’s Loving You’. To date he has enjoyed five top 75 singles on the Hospital Records label but his highest peak to date is no.48 for ‘The First Note Is Silent’ which saw him team up with Tiesto and Underworld. His las t album was ‘The Agony & The Ecstacy’ which peaked at no.45 back in 2012 but this is the first taste of new material in 2014. As a producer he has remixed tracks for a cross section of artists including Stevie Nicks, Calvin Harris, Adele, Utah Saints, Streets and Basement Jaxx. Clare Maguire meanwhile has been in the studio working on the follow up to her top ten album ‘Light After Dark’ and this track may just serve to remind us just what a fantastic voice she has.

Kendrick Lamar – ‘I’

The American rapper Kendrick Lamar has enjoyed three top forty hits in the US but has yet to enjoy that level of success in the UK. He has enjoyed three top thirty tracks on the R&B chart but his highest charting single in the UK was ‘Swimming Pools (Drank)’ which peaked at just no.57. That particular track featured on his million selling long player ‘Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City’ which at least managed to reach the top twenty on the album chart. This week sees the release of his new single ‘I’ which marks the first new material seen since that came out. He played a gig at The Institute in Birmingham last month but as yet has no further confirmed appearances in the UK. An audio upload of the track was listened to voer 1.5m times during its first two weeks so there are good indications that this will give him a debut UK hit next Sunday afternoon.

Paloma Faith – ‘Ready For The Good Life’

British actress and singer Paloma Faith is the latest in an increasingly long list of artists who are releasing repackaged albums for the Christmas market.  In her case it is the 2CD Outsiders Edition of her ‘A Perfect Contradiction’ album and from that comes the brand new single ‘Ready For The Good Life’. Last month saw her top the charts when she provided the vocals to Sigma’s latest single ‘Changing’ but I can’t quite see her repeating her success with this track. If it is successful it will become her seventh top forty hit as  a solo artist and it could even go on to become the third top ten hit to come from the album following hot on the heels of ‘Can’t Rely On You’ and ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’. Again the album is also released this week so whether fans will go for the repackage or simply choose to download this as a standalone single remains to be seen.

Ralph McTell – ‘The Unknown Solidier’

Award winning singer / songwriter Ralph McTell is back this week with a brand new four track EP entitled ‘The Unknown Soldier’. It is released on CD and contains the following tracks; ‘The Lamplighter (England 1914 28th June)’, ‘Maginot Waltz’, ‘Canopus’ and ‘The Unknown Soldier’. If successful it would be his first hit since ‘Dreams Of You’ made no.36 back in 1975.  However he is probably best known for the single ‘Streets Of London’ which peaked at no.2 in 1974 and was also recorded eight years later by Punk band Anti Nowhere League although their cover only made no.48.  He also has three hit albums to his name while this year marks his 70th birthday which will be celebrated with a gig a the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, London. It would be great to see him back inside the UK top forty with such a fitting tribute to the first World War.

Ten Ven & Ripley vs Zebra Katz – ‘1 Bad Bitch’

This week sees the release of the massive track ‘1 Bad Bitch’ by producers Ten Ven & Ripley who have teamed up with the rapper Zebra Katz. It is released as a single track download on the MTA Records label. The promotional video which accompanies the track was uploaded back at the start of August and picked up over 350k views during its first two months.  It has been generating attention via the underground clubs in the UK but could yet crossover onto the mainstream charts. Ten Ven has been in demand as a producer and has been working with a variety of different artists including most recently Charlotte OC, Lykki Li and Lana Del Rey on her single ‘West Coast’. This is one of those singles which could well catch on and become a massive hit. I for one like it and would love to see it land inside the top forty next Sunday afternoon.

The Veronicas – ‘You Ruin Me’

Despite making records for almost ten years now Australian twin sisters The Veronicas have only two UK top forty hits to their name. The biggest of those was ‘Untouched’ which made no.8 in the UK, no.2 in their home country and no.1 in Ireland. Their new single ‘You Ruin Me’ is released this week and will feature on their self titled third studio album which is also out this month. It has already given them a first ever no.1 in Australia and hope is high that such success can be replicated in other territories. The five minute promotional video was first uploaded to their Vevo account back on the 18th September and they saw over 1.3m views during its first month. I personally really like this and can see it picking up plenty of national airplay on the mainstream stations. Watch out for this becoming their third UK hit next weekend.

Y.O.U. – ‘Heavy Crown’

Rounding off the column this week is Y.O.U. with his new single ‘Heavy Crown’. The acronym stands for You Own Universe but is really just a pseudonym for the artist Elliot Williams. The main version of this track has been available for a little while but this week sees the release of the EP which also features both the Davidian Remix and the Fantastic Fantastic Remix. Fans who Shazam the track on the bands Soundcloud page / Vevo account can claim a free download of the track by The 1975 who they supported during their UK tour in September. The promotional video to accompany the track was released back on 21st September and it managed to pick up over 25k views during its first month. There are some strong new releases out this week and I’m not sure that this will go on to give Elliot a debut top forty appearance next Sunday afternoon.

Also released this week are ‘Memories EP’ by Bailey McConnell, ‘What Is Love’ by Donae’o, ‘As Old As The Grave’ by Eaves, ‘I Live’ by OneRepublic, ’27’ by Passenger, ‘It Girl’ by Pharrell Williams and ‘Birthday Nature’ by Shy Nature.

Next Week… 

I don’t forsee much change at the top with the same top three likely to battle it out with an outside chance of a challenge from Tom O’Dell. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Clean Bandit, David Bowie, David Guetta featuring Sam Martin and Rixton. Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

9 November, 2014 - Posted by | ChartChat

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