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Chart Chat Edition 784 – W/C 30.11.14

Chart Chat Edition 784 – Week Commencing Sunday 30th November 2014 


Welcome to edition 784 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 seven new entries, one re-entry, four climbers, fifteen songs going down and three non movers on this weeks chart.

It was quite a surprise that Band Aid 30 surrendered the top spot after just one week with ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’. Last week it outsold the top five combined, but this week they lost out to Take That who score their twelfth no.1 single with ‘These Days’.  It was a closely fought battle with just 2,500 copies separating the top two.

Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy got a non mover at no.3 with ‘Wrapped Up’ and Ed Sheeran also found himself staying steady at no.4 with ‘Thinking Out Loud’. Clean Bandit & Jess Glynne fell three to no.5 with ‘Real Love’ and One Direction were a non mover at no.6 with ‘Steal My Girl’. Labrinth went straight in at no.7 with ‘Jealous’ and Taylor Swift climbed one to no.8 with ‘Blank Space’. David Guetta featuring Sam Martin fell four to no.9 with ‘Dangerous’ and the top ten was concluded by Meghan Trainor who went back up one place to no.10 with ‘All About The Bass’.

A further three new entries and one climber were to be found in what remained of the top twenty. McBusted went straight in at no.12 with ‘Air Guitar’ and Sam Smith climbed two to no.13 with ‘Like I Can’. James Newton Howard got a new entry at no.14 with ‘The Hanging Tree’ and James Bay went straight in at no.18 with ‘Hold Back The River’.

There were four new entries, one re-entry and three climbers in the lower half of the chart this week. One Direction climbed two places to no.21 with ‘Night Changes’ while Years & Years went straight in at no.22 with ‘Desire’. David Guetta featuring Emeli Sande got a new entry at no.24 with ‘What I Did For Love’ and George Ezra went up one to no.27 with ‘Budapest’. Ed Sheeran climbed to no.28 with ‘Don’t’ while Kiesza went straight in at no.30 with ‘No Enemiesz’. Nico & Vinz re-entered at no.33 with ‘Am I Wrong’ and Beyonce got a new entry at no.36 with ‘7/11’.

New Releases

Bay City Rollers starring Les McKeown – ‘Rock N Roll It’s Christmas Time’

It has been thirty seven years since the Scottish band Bay City Rollers last appeared inside the top forty with ‘You Made Me Believe In Magic’ but this week looks them trying to secure a return with their festive offering ‘Rock N Roll It’s Christmas Time’. During their mid 1970’s prime they scored nine consecutive top ten hits including back to back no.1’s with ‘Bye Bye Baby’ and ‘Give A Little Love’. This track originated around that time and was recently discovered on a long forgotten demo tape by lead singer Les McKeown. A low budget video has been made to accompany the track and it can be viewed via The Boombox on YouTube. It would be great from a nostalgia point of view to see Les back inside the top forty but without some mainstream airplay or publicity I fear that it may struggle to gain a foothold in this weeks chart.

Big Sixes – ‘The Idles EP’

Buckingham based four piece Big Sixes release their new EP ‘The Idles’ on the Sony label Music this week. The digital bundle features five new tracks including ‘One’, ‘Scared’, ‘Unless I’m Mistaken’, ‘Heaven Sent’ and ‘Dust / Dusk’. A promotional video to accompany the track ‘Heaven Sent’ was uploaded to their Vevo account on the 8th November and it received 16k views during its first month. They were picked up by DJ Huw Stephens back in the Summer of 2013 so their climb to popularity has been a steady one. They are currently in the midst of a twelve date headlining tour of the UK and look to be one of the bands to keep an eye on during 2015. With their constantly growing fanbase they could do well with a full album release but I’m not sure that this will receive enough mainstream airplay to reach the singles chart.

Blonde featuring Melissa Steel – ‘I Loved You’

British singer Melissa Steel has enjoyed three top forty appearances so far, with the biggest of those being her own song ‘Kisses For Breakfast’ which made the top ten. The other two hits came when she featured on singles by Kove and more recently Krishane. Now it is the turn of Blonde to add her vocals to their new single ‘I Loved You’. Blonde are a Bristol based duo who are currently making a series of appearances as part of the Eton Messy tour which also includes fellow acts Bodhi, Just Kiddin and Lancelot. They are still waiting for their first top forty appearance so will be hoping to achieve that next weekend. The video to the track was uploaded on the 17th September and it managed 125k views during its first five weeks. This stands a chance of success next weekend but it may be more at the lower end of the top forty.

George Maple – ‘Vacant Space EP’

Sydney born singer George Maple releases her brand new EP ‘Vacant Space’ this week. Alongside the title track it also contains ‘Call Of The Wild’, ‘Began To Say’, her Kilo Kish collaboration ‘Gripp’ and ‘Talk Talk’ which has already been available to download. In fact there has been official video to accompany ‘Talk Talk’ and it has picked up over 100k views during its first month. This shows great progress when compared to her track ‘Fixed’ which has not reached the 100k mark in a full year. Despite her Australian roots she now lives in London, feeling that the city brings out a new side to her writing.  Fans wishing to catch her live can do so at the Institute Of Contemporary Arts in London on 10th December where she will appear alongside Hawk House. It’s hard to say whether this will gain enough mainstream airplay but she is certainly a vocalist to watch in the coming months.

Maximo Park – Give, Get, Take

Although Maximo Park have top forty hits to their name they haven’t been seen inside the top forty since 2007 when ‘Girls Who Play Guitars’ reached no.31. This week sees the release of ‘Give Get Take’ which also features the Cooly G remix as part of the digital bundle. The track features on their current album ‘Too Much Information’ which became the third studio album to reach the top ten upon its release earlier this year. The video that accompanies the track was uploaded to the bands Vevo account on the 20th October but it only had 17k views during its first three weeks. The band are set to play a one off gig at the Newcastle Arena on the 9th December but that looks like being the only chance fans will get to see them in concert during the remainder of 2014. Recent history suggests this may struggle to secure a top forty placing but only time will tell.

Nico & Vinz – ‘In Your Arms’

Next up under review this week are the Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz who managed to top the charts with ‘Am I Wrong’ earlier this year but now the challenge is for them to follow that up with another hit single. They have selected ‘In Your Arms’ to do just that, and it has already reached the top five in Norway. Elsewhere in Europe they started life under the name Envy, but subsequently changed their name to simply Nico & Vinz. It is over a year since the promotional video to this track was first uploaded to their Vevo account and it has notched up over 4.5m views. The track features on their new album ‘Black Star Elephant’ which is also released this week. Sometimes the dual release of an album and single can lead fans to simply buy the album on its own and so for that reason this might struggle to replicate the success of its predecessor.

Secondcity featuring Ali Love – ‘What Can I Do’

This week sees American born DJ and producer Secondcity (aka Rowan Harrington) follow up his huge no.1 hit ‘I Wanna Feel’ with ‘What Can I Do’.  It seems him team up with Ali Love who is less known but he has reached the top forty twice with ‘Benediction’, a collaboration with Hot Natured which peaked at no.40 in 2012 and 2014.  The video to the track is set in an office and was first uploaded to his Vevo account on the 17th September but was slow in terms of picking up interest. He has made a few appearances in the UK but this week will see him head off to Rotterdam to play at Maassilo. After this release it is expected that Rowan will continue to work on his debut album though we are likely to have to wait until 2015 to hear it. For now this should become another hit but I don’t see it putting in a challenge at the top end of the charts.

Shadow Child & Doorly – ‘Climbin (Piano Weapon)’

DJ and producer Simon Neale releases his new single ‘Climbin’ (Piano Weapon)’ under his pseudonym Shadow Child. He also uses the name Dave Spoon, but this track sees him team up with Doorly. It was under the name Spoon that he secured his only UK hit to date ‘Baditude’ which peaked at no.29 in 2008 and was recorded as Spoon, Harris & Obernik. This latest single is released as a single track download alongside a digital bundle which features four new mixes; the Riva Starr Remix, the Toyboy & Robin Remix, the Nicky Night Time Remix and the Kry Wolf Remix. The promotional video to the track was uploaded at the end of October and picked up just over 40k views during its first fortnight. It looks like it will be one of those dance tracks which can make the crossover onto the mainstream chart and so watch out for its appearance inside the top forty next weekend.

Union J – ‘You Got It All’

Although Union J only finished fourth in the 2012 series of X Factor they have seen all three of their singles and their debut album reach the top ten. Their debut single ‘Carry You’ remains their biggest hit, reaching no.6 and notching up almost 9m views of its promotional video. Now they are aiming for four hits in a row with their new track ‘You Got It All’ and the video to first appeared on their Vevo channel on the 20th October and it had passed the 500k marks within its first three weeks. The single is released in two different versions with one seeing the boys perform on their own whereas the other version sees them team up with fellow boy band The Vamps. The two bands will also share a tour in April / May next year. This looks certain to add another hit to their growing tally and we can expect them to land somewhere inside the top ten next Sunday afternoon.

Also released this week are ‘Am I Not A Weaker Soldier’ by Alexis Taylor & Bonnie Prince Billy, ‘Can’t Let You Go’ by The Amazing Snakeheads, ‘Can’t Hold Us Down’ by Axwell & Ingrosso, ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll It’s Christmas Time’ by Bay City Rollers, ‘Semi Precious’ by Bobby Tank featuring Cass Love, ‘Flashlight’ by Bonobo, ‘Treading Water’ by Breakage featuring Detour City, ‘A Rush Of Blood’ by Coasts, ‘The Way I Live’ by Ed Harcourt, ‘Something New’ by Faul, ‘I Wonder Where He Is Now’ by Gary Chilton, ‘Wild One’ by Johnny Altman & JOANovARC, ‘Business Pleasure EP’ by Little Boots, ‘Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry 1 EP’ by Mogwai, ‘Originators’ by P Money, ‘Good Day’ by Suzerain and ‘Light Years Away’ by Tiesto featuring DBX.

Next Week…

I expect Blonde to be the highest new entry, but I suspect that the no.1 spot will see a three way battle between Take That, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Bring Me The Horizon, Peter Andre, Professor Green featuring Mr Probz, Sam Smith.  Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

30 November, 2014 - Posted by | ChartChat

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