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Chart Chat Edition 785 – W/C 07.12.14

Chart Chat Edition 785 – Week Commencing Sunday 7th December 2014 


Welcome to edition 785 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 four new entries, three re-entries, nine climbers, twenty songs going down and four non movers on this weeks chart.

Ed Sheeran went back up two places to reclaim the top spot with ‘Thinking Out Loud’ while Union J should be delighted to see ‘You Got It All’ go straight in at no.2 although they might be disappointed to have lost the lead they had at the half way point.

Take That fell two places to no.3 with ‘These Days’ but will be delighted to be at the top of the album charts with ‘III’ while Taylor Swift continued to climb, going up four places to no.4 with ‘Blank Space’. Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy fell two places to no.5 with ‘Wrapped Up’ and Clean Bandit & Jess Glynne went down one to no.6 with ‘Real Love’. Blonde featuring Melissa Steel got a new entry at no.7 with ‘I Loved You’ and One Direction fell two to no.8 with ‘Steal My Girl’. David Guetta featuring Sam Martin found themselves stuck at no.9 with ‘Dangerous’ and Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding climbed one to no.10 with ‘Outside’.

There was one new entry, two re-entries and one climber to be found in what remained of the top twenty. Ella Henderson got a new entry at no.16 with ‘Yours’ and Mariah Carey was the highest new entry of the week with ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ making its annual re-appearance at no.17. Trailing just one place behind were The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl who re-entered at no.18 with ‘Fairytale Of New York’ while One Direction completed the picture by climbing two to no.19 with ‘Night Changes’.

There was one new entry, one re-entry and five climbers in the lower half of the chart. Sia went back up to no.21 with ‘Chandalier’ and George Ezra climbed three to no.24 with ‘Blame It On Me’. Hozier went up five to no.27 with ‘Take Me To Church’ and Sam Smith climbed one to no.28 with ‘Stay With Me’. George Ezra went up eight to no.29 with ‘Budapest’ while Ed Sheeran went straight in at no.38 with ‘Make It Rain’. The only re-entry came at no.39 and went to Wham! with ‘Last Christmas’.

New Releases

Bring Me The Horizon – ‘Drown’

Although British metalcore band Bring Me The Horizon have yet to enjoy a top forty single, their 2013 album ‘Sempiternal’ did reach the top three. The band have stated that this track will not feature on any album and so that may well secure it a much higher chart position than would otherwise be the case. The track was first played on 21st October, although it is alleged that it initially appeared on YouTube as a result of a mistake by their US record company.  It was played by the Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe later that same day and he also interviewed the lead singer Oliver Sykes. Since it was originally uploaded the promotional video which accompanies the track has notched up over 5.4m views. Last week saw the band play at the SSE Arena in London and that marks their last planned concert of the year. I think that this could well give them their first ever UK top ten hit.

Chvrches – ‘Get Away’

To date Glaswegian band Chvrches have only had one top forty single which was ‘The Mother We Share’. It peaked at no.38 on its second release, and featured on the bands top ten album ‘The Bones Of What You Believe’. The band recently recorded the track ‘Dead Air’ for inclusion on the soundtrack of ‘The Hunger Games : Mockinjay (Part 1)’ but this week sees them back with a brand new single entitled ‘Get Away’. The band have just returned from a tour of the Far East where they played to audiences in South Korea, Singapore, Philippines and Malaysia but currently have no confirmed dates in the UK. An audio version of the track was uploaded on the 11th November and picked up over 75k listens during its first week. They have a sizeable fan base and with no album release date forthcoming this could well give them another top forty hit.

Fifth Harmony – ‘Sledgehammer’

Despite being relatively unknown to the UK market, Fifth Harmony are starting to make waves in the US. They formed on the second series of the American X Factor and are due to release their debut album ‘Reflection’ in January next year. This week sees them release their latest single ‘Sledgehammer’, a track which was penned by Meghan Trainor who has dominated the charts in recent weeks via her own hit ‘All About The Bass’. An audio version was uploaded to their Vevo account at the end of October and it reached the 1m mark within three weeks. They are signed to Simon Cowell’s label which is a key factor in this track gaining the airplay that it will need in the coming weeks. It’s a pleasant enough track but for me I don’t think this will launch them to the UK market. However I can see why it performs well in the US market and I’m sure that will make them stars for some time to come.

GRADES – ‘Crocodile Tears’

Since first appearing on the garage scene around a year ago GRADES has been building himself a formidable reputation. This week sees the release of his new single ‘Crocodile Tears’, and it should help to bring him to a broader audience. Last weekend saw him make an appearance at Oval Space in London but fans will have to wait until 23rd January to see him again when he will play at The Twisted Pepper in Dublin. If you like the sound of this then there is still an opportunity to purchase the 12″ of his last EP ‘OITY’ directly from his own store. The audio version of this track was uploaded to his YouTube account and has been listened to over 90k times in the past two months.  It should certainly be a dancefloor hit in the right clubs, and if mainstream radio catch hold of it than a journey into the top forty does not become impossible.

Just Kiddin’ – ‘Thinking About It’

Kettering based duo Just Kiddin’ release their new single ‘Thinking About It’ this week. It marks their first new material since the release of their ‘Time, Space & Honey’ EP last year and they have received support from Radio 1 DJs B Traits and Rob Da Bank. The lead track from that EP was a huge hit in Ibiza last Summer and has appeared on the Hed Kandi Ibiza 2013 compilation album. The first mix of this track appeared as long ago as April and has had almost 250k listeners since then. They have been playing live during October and also have a total of six gigs lined up this month concluding at The Nest in London on the 22nd. As producers they have remixed Theophilus London, Parachute Youth and Usher but now they will be looking to chart in their own right. I like this but think that they might have to wait a little longer for their first top forty appearance.

Nicky Romero & Anouk – ‘Feet On The Ground’

The Dutch DJ and producer Nicky Romero is best known for his Avicii collaboration ‘I Could Be The One’ which topped the charts back in the Spring of 2013. Aside from the follow up ‘Like Home’ which saw him team up with Nervo he has not returned to the top forty but will now be hoping to do just that with his brand new single ‘Feet On The Ground’ . It also features the talents of the Dutch singer-songwriter / producer Anouk who is already a huge star in her own country with an impressive tally of ten chart topping albums against her name. The official music video was first uploaded to Nicky’s Vevo account back on the 10th September and quickly managed to notch up 250k views before the end of September. I think that this is a feel good tune which could well make it all the way into the top forty come Sunday afternoon.

Oliver Heldens featuring KStewart – ‘Last All Night (Koala)’

Next up is the Dutch DJ and producer Oliver Heldens who is aiming for a second consecutive no.1 this week with his brand new single ‘Last All Night (Koala)’. He secured his first chart topper earlier this year when he teamed up with British vocalist Becky Hill on ‘Gecko (Overdrive)’. This track gets released as a single track download and a digital bundle which features four new mixes; the Toyboy & Robin Remix, the LOW STEPPA Remix, the TC4 Remix and the Reso Remix. The track existed originally as an instrumental entitled ‘Koala’ but it was subsequently adapted to contain lyrics and vocals. The video to the track was uploaded to the FFRR YouTube account at the end of October and was picking up around 75k views per week during its first few weeks. I really like this and I think that it could well see him back inside the top ten next weekend.

Peter Andre – ‘Christmas Time’s For Family’

His Iceland TV ads are rarely off our screens and now he is hoping to secure a chart return with this festive offering.  It’s perhaps hard to believe that it is now eighteen years since he first appeared on the chart with his debut hit ‘Mysterious Girl’. It initially peaked at no.2 but eventually reached the top spot eight years later when it enjoyed a resurgence thanks to his appearance on the ITV reality show ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’. He has enjoyed ten top ten hits but you would have to go back five years to find his last appearance there with ‘Behind Closed Doors’.  He released his latest long player ‘Big Night’ earlier this year and it went on to become his eighth top forty album. For me this isn’t Peter at his best, but funny things happen to the chart at this time of year and it could secure him an overdue return to the singles chart next Sunday afternoon.

Professor Green featuring Mr Probz – ‘Little Secrets’

His last single release was ‘Lullaby’ and that saw him team up with Tori Kelly to notch up a fourth top five hit but this time around it is Mr Probz who guests on the new single by Professor Green. ‘Little Secrets’ is released as both a single track download and a digital bundle of remixes.  New mixes on offer on the EP includes the Tru Fonix Remix, the Seamus Haji Remix, the Wideboys Remix and the Tru Fonix Dub.  The track is the second single to come from his ‘Growing Up In Public’ album which has been his least successful long player to date, peaking at no.12 earlier this year. The promotional video to the track was uploaded to Vevo at the end of October and it managed to notch up over 450k views during its first month. I think that this will become another top forty hit for him next weekend, and it could even reach the top ten.

Also released this week are ‘Nowhere’ by AM Sniper featuring Zahra Palmer, ‘Human EP’ by AQUILO, ‘Love To Me / Move Faster’ by Dimension, ‘American Beauty / American Psycho’ by Fall Out Boy, ‘Crocodile Tears’ by Grades, ‘Happy’ by Marina & The Diamonds, ‘Hope For The Future’ by Paul McCartney, ‘Silent Night (Christ The Saviour Is Born)’ by Paul Potts, ‘Like I Can’ by Sam Smith, ‘All These Years’ by Shivum Sharma, ‘Wasting Our Lives’ by Showtek featuring Tryna, ‘I’m Calling’ by Tennis and ‘Mount The Air’ by The Unthanks.

Next Week…

Bring Me The Horizon look set for a big new entry as does Oliver Helden featuring KStewart but don’t rule out Taylor Swift – the face for the top spot this week is truly wide open. Don’t forget to stop by next week for the final week in the battle for the Christmas no.1. Among those who are aiming to release new singles are Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd, Coldplay, Neon Jungle and this years X Factor winner.  Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

7 December, 2014 - Posted by | ChartChat

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