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Chart Chat Edition 783 – W/C 23.11.14

Chart Chat Edition 783 – Week Commencing Sunday 23rd November 2014 


Welcome to edition 783 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 eight new entries, one re-entry, four climbers, twenty seven songs going down and x non movers on this weeks chart. It was no surprise that Band Aid 30 went straight in at no.1 with the new version of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ which sold 312k copies – that’s 15k more than the first week sales of Band Aid 20.

It was the first of a top three of new entries with Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne entering at no.2 with ‘Real Love’ and Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy going straight in at no.3 with ‘Wrapped Up’.  Ed Sheeran fell two to no.4 with ‘Thinking Out Loud’ and David Guetta featuring Sam Martin went straight in at no.5 with ‘Dangerous’. One Direction went down three to no.6 with ‘Steal My Girl’ and Gareth Malone’s All Star Choir fell six to no.7 with ‘Wake Me Up’. Wretch 32 got a new entry at no.8 with ‘6 Words’ and Taylor Swift climbed two to no.9 with ‘Blank Space’. The top ten was concluded by Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding who went down four places to no.10 with ‘Outside’.

There was one new entry and one climber in what remained of the top twenty. Rixton went straight in at no.12 with ‘Wait On Me’ and Idina Menzel climbed nine to no.19 with ‘Let It Go’.

There was two new entries, one re-entry and two climbers in the lower half of the chart. One Direction went straight in at no.23 with ‘Night Changes’ while 5 Seconds Of Summer re-entered at no.25 with ‘Good Girls’. Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds got a new entry at no.26 with ‘In The Heat Of The Moment’ and Maroon 5 climbed one place to no.34 with ‘Animals’. The final climber went to Mr Probz who went up one to no.39 with the Robin Schulz remix of ‘Waves’.

New Releases

Erasure – ‘Reason’

First up under the microscope this week are Erasure who release their brand new single ‘Reason’, a track taken from their current album ‘The Violet Flame’ which recently became their most successful release in over ten years when it reached the top twenty. It is released as both a nine track CD and an eight track digital bundle which contains the new track ‘Die 4 Love’, the GRN Remix of ‘Sacred’ and the Jochen Simms Remix of ‘Dead Of Night’ alongside a variety of different mixes of ‘Reason’. The duo certainly haven’t lost their original sound, and this is every bit as catchy as the stream of hit singles which dominated the charts in the 80’s and 90’s. They still have a loyal fanbase and play to sold out arenas but haven’t been seen on the top forty since 2007. That for me is a shame as they still write some cracking tunes.

Iggy Azalea featuring M0 – ‘Beg For It’

Australian born rapper Iggy Azalea has shown a steadily improving chart position with each of her five UK hit singles released so far. They have reached no.17, no.13, no.10, no.5 and no.4 so I wonder if we will see her brand new single ‘Beg For It’ land inside the top three. That looks a possibility although I can’t see it replicating the no.1 success she achieved when guesting on Ariana Grande’s no.1 hit ‘Problem’. The track sees her team up with the Danish singer M0 and it will feature on her  album ‘Reclassified’ which is out this week and is effectively a repackaged version of her album ‘The New Classic’. An audio version of the track was uploaded to her YouTube account and it picked up over 2m listens during its first month so there is clearly considerable interest in the track. Watch out for this riding high on the chart next weekend.

James Bay – ‘Hold Back The River’

James Bay is a singer songwriter who hails from the town of Hitchin in Hertfordshire. His last EP ‘Let It Go’ enjoyed a small degree of chart success when the lead track peaked at no.62 and some people think this could go even higher. This week sees the release of his new EP ‘Hold Back The River’ which contains a live version of the track recorded at the Hotel Cafe alongside new tracks ‘Wait In Line’ and ‘Sparks’. While last month saw him tour in support of Hozier, this month has seen him play his own set of headlining gigs which concludes at Scala in London this week. He is due to play live at Koko in Camden next February and he certainly looks like he will be near the top of a few ‘Ones To Watch in 2015’ lists. This EP has been generating quite some interest so far and could well secure him a debut top forty appearance next Sunday afternoon.

Kid Wave – ‘Gloom EP’

Indie four piece Kid Wave are currently in the midst of a series of live dates alongside the Orwells but now release their brand new EP ‘Gloom’ on the Heavenly label. The lead track was produced by Rory Atwell and has already been available to download over the past few weeks but this week sees the release of the full EP on both download and 7″ vinyl. The EP includes the tracks ‘All I Want’ (their debut single) and ‘Young Blood’ which have been available before alongside brand new track ‘Brimstone’. The EP marks their second single release and should sell more copies than its predecessor in reflection of their growing fanbase. It may come a little too early in their career to reach the top forty but this year has seen them make good progress and hopefully we can look forward to more new material and possibly an album during next year.

Kiesza – ‘No Enemiesz’

It has already been quite a year for the Canadian singer / songwriter Kiesza with ‘Hideaway’ topping the charts and the follow up ‘Giant In My Heart’ reaching the top five. Now it’s time for the third single ‘No Enemiesz’ to take centre stage and she will be hoping it will secure her a third consecutive top ten hit. The track will feature on her album ‘Sound Of A Woman’ which is set for release in early December. A promotional video to accompany the track was released on the 24th October and has been steadily picking up views since then. Last week saw her play gigs in London and Manchester but anyone wanting to catch her playing live in 2014 will now have to head Stateside. Although this deep house track is a little less commercial than its predecessors I still think that it has enough about it to continue her unbroken run of top ten hits.

Labrinth – ‘Jealousy’

Labrinth has already achieved four top five hits in his own right and a further two with Tinie Tempah and so there is every reason to expect that this will be amongst the highest new entries next weekend. Both the song and its stripped back video have been attracting plenty of attention during recent weeks and it picked up just under 250k views per week during its first fortnight of upload. His last single ‘Let It Be’ missed out on the top ten so he will be hoping for an improved performance with this.  Both tracks are set to appear on his forthcoming album ‘Take Me To The Truth’ though no release date has yet been confirmed. It will have its work cut out if it is to match the huge success of his debut album ‘Electronic Earth’ which contained four top ten hits and his only no.1 to date ‘Beneath The Beautiful’. This should easily be inside the top three on Sunday.

McBusted – ‘Air Guitar’

With an album due next month this is the first chance for fans to buy material from the boy band supergroup McBusted. Busted had a short but impressive career with all eight singles reaching top three and half of those making the top spot while McFly notched up twenty one top forty hits including seven number ones. ‘Air Guitar’ is an uptempo rocky number which perhaps leans more to a Busted sound than a McFly one so it will be interesting to see if both sets of fans can come on board for this project. They have certainly got themselves off to a good start with over 330,000 likes on their Facebook page and a similar number of followers on Twitter. I have no doubt that this will be a top ten hit next weekend but I wonder how long it will stick around.  It will certainly be interesting to see how well the album performs during the coming weeks.

Stylo G – ‘Call Mi A Leader’

Jamaican born reggae artist Stylo G is back this week with his brand new single ‘Call Mi A Leader’ on the 3Beat Productions label. To date he has only made the top forty with one track, ‘Soundbwoy’, which made no.13 last year but that has subsequently helped to spread his name by appearing on a number of different compilation albums. He came close to a second hit when he guested on the Clean Bandit single ‘Come Over’ but that ended up dropping just short of the top forty, peaking at no.45. The official promotional video to accompany the track was uploaded to his Vevo account back on the 5th September and it notched up over 130k views during its first five weeks. That is a decent showing and if he can pick up some mainstream airplay in the coming week then we could yet see him crossing over into the top forty very soon.

Take That – ‘These Days’

‘These Days’ marks the first release from Take That as a trio. It is the first single to be taken their new album ‘III’ which was recorded with a “big space” for Jason Orange but in the end he decided not to join his former band mates. Their chart history needs no introduction with eleven no.1s from their twenty five top forty singles achieved across a twenty three year period. While a five piece can often sustain the loss of one member, to be without two must put pressure on the line up. However that doesn’t seem to bother the Take That boys and this seems to find them sound as fresh as ever. It’s a great pop song and is sure to pick up plenty of airplay on the radio and TV stations. My prediction is that it won’t quite add a twelfth chart topper to their tally but it should certainly find itself landing somewhere inside the top five.

Also released this week are ‘Santa Tell Me’ by Ariana Grande, ‘Missing You’ by Cedric Gervais featuring Rooty, ‘Water’ by China Drum, ‘Thinking Out Loud’ by Ed Sheeran, ‘Last Chance To Dance’ by Ekkah, ‘Animals’ by Maroon 5 featuring J Cole, ‘Hate To See Your Heart Break’ by Paramore featuring Joy Williams, ‘Put You On’ by Perplexus, ‘Medicine Chest Dub / Skeletons Dub’ by Prince Fatt Meets Nostalgia 77, ‘City Lies’ by R3action, ‘Ten Tonne Skeleton’ by Royal Blood, ‘Shore’ by Sylas, ‘Vultures EP’ by Vault, ‘Fade To Grey’ by Visage, ‘Desire’ by Years and Years and ‘Til It’s Gone’ by Yelawolf.

Next Week…

It’s hard to see anyone toppling Band Aid 30 but Take That should claim the runners up spot. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Bombay Bicycle Club, Nico & Vinz, SecondCity featuring Ali Love and Union J. Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

23 November, 2014 - Posted by | ChartChat

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