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Chart Chat Edition 787 – W/C 21.12.14

Chart Chat Edition 787 – Week Commencing Sunday 21st December 2014 


Welcome to edition 787 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, ten climbers, twenty three songs going down and three non movers on this weeks chart.

Once again it was the X Factor winner who triumphed as Ben Haenow went straight in at no.1 with ‘Something I Need’. His triumph meant that Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars fell one to no.2 with ‘Uptown Funk’.

Ed Sheeran fell one place to no.3 with ‘Thinking Out Loud’ while Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato went straight in at no.4 with ‘Up’. The Wealdstone Raider went straight in at no.5 with ‘Got No Fans’ and Take That went down two to no.6 with ‘These Days’. Taylor Swift fell one to no.7 with ‘Blank Space’ and One Direction went down one to no.8 with ‘Night Changes’. Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding was a non mover at no.9 with ‘Outside’ and Meghan Trainor went down three to no.10 with ‘All About The Bass.

A further one new entry and three climbers were to be found in what remained of the top twenty. Sam Smith went up one to no.13 with ‘Like I Can’ and Gorgon City featuring Jennifer Hudson went straight in at no.14 with ‘Go All Night’. Sam Smith also climbed six to no.19 with ‘Stay With Me’ and Hozier saw ‘Take Me To Church’ reach the top twenty as it went up two places to no.20.

There were six climbers in the lower half of the chart but no new entries. Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj went back up seven places to no.23 with ‘Bang Bang’ while Ed Sheeran climbed up five places to no.27 with ‘Don’t’. Sia went up seven to no.31 and Ella Henderson climbed three to no.33 with ‘Ghost’.  Wham! went up one to no.35 with their classic ‘Last Christmas’ and the final climber went to Ed Sheeran who advanced two places to no.37 with ‘Sing’.

And what happened to the other contenders? Well…

Iron Maiden found themselves at no.36 in the midweeks chart with ‘Number Of The Beast’ but faded later in the week and could only enter at no.44 when the final sales were counted.  However they still performed much better than the Peace Collective who went straight in at no.70 with their cover of The Farm’s ‘Alltogether Now’. Military Voices had a late surge but only made no.101 with ‘1914 – The Carol Of Christmas’ and the Idina Menzel / Michael Buble duet ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ had to settle for no.110. John Otway missed the top 100, but I think it’s fair to say that both he and his fans had some fun along the way.

New Releases

Alesso featuring Tove Lo – ‘Heroes (We Could Be)’

To date Swedish DJ and producer Alesso’s only appearances have come on other peoples singles. He topped the charts on Calvin Harris’ 2013 single ‘Under Control’, featured on One Republic’s hit ‘If I Lose Myself’ and teamed up with Sebastian Ingrosso on his top twenty hit ‘Calling (Lose My Mind)’. Now he is aiming to take the centre stage for himself with his new single ‘Heroes (We Could Be)’ which has already made the top ten in both Sweden and Belgium. It features guest vocals from fellow Swede Tove Lo and the video which accompanies the track has managed to notch up over 5m views since it was first uploaded on the 10th October. He is currently touring Australia but is due to play two nights at the Brixton Academy and one night at the Warehouse Project in Manchester before the year is out.  This should secure him a hit on the UK top ten next weekend.

Echosmith – ‘Cool Kids’

American Indie Pop band Echosmith are up next with their new single ‘Cool Kids’. The band consists of four siblings who list their influences as including Echo & The Bunnymen, The Smiths, U2, Joy Division and Fleetwood Mac. The track has already been a hit around the world, reaching no.13 in the US and making the top twenty in Australia, the Netherlands and New Zealand.  They are currently in the midst of an extensive tour of the US and Canada which will see them play dates until the end of March 2015. Since the promotional video was first uploaded to their YouTube account it has notched up over 12.5m views. The band have chosen to release it on what is traditionally a quiet week for new singles and that could well work to their advantage. It should be able to secure some decent airplay and take advantage of the post Christmas period.

Factor G – ‘Jungle’

Factor G, aka Mauricio Cabrera, releases his new single ‘Jungle’ this week.  He is an Argentinian DJ who resides in Buenos Aires and is aiming for his first UK hit next weekend. He started out as a DJ when he was just 17, and now he has developed his own techno sound both as a solo artist and as part of the duo Cube Monkies.  Fans wanting to listen to this track can do so at his own Soundcloud page where he has also uploaded the original mix of ‘30303’. The download for ‘Jungle’ weighs in at over six minutes in length but does not become available until the 25th, but once released it will also include the track ‘Sk810’ by Darkon. While it is likely to be popular with hardcore techno fans it may not find itself on the playlists of many commercial radio stations! It’s great to have such a young artist releasing his own music and I’m sure he has a bright career ahead.

New World Sound & Thomas Newson – ‘Flute’

Australian DJ and production duo New World Sound have teamed up with Thomas Newson for their new single ‘Flute’. The track has already been a worldwide hit and reached the top ten in both Belgium and France. The track is released as both a single track download and an EP of remixes which includes the APEXX Remix, the Danglo Remix, the Danny Howard Remix, the Just Now Dub mix and the Starstruck Remix. The duo are currently touring Europe and play in Belgium and Sweden this week but currently do not seem to have any confirmed appearances in the UK though that could soon change if this becomes a big hit. The official music video was originally uploaded last November and has picked up over 40m views since then. Given its success elsewhere in Europe I expect that this will perform very well on the UK charts next weekend.

Tiga featuring Pusha T – ‘Bugatti’

Next up this week Canadian producer and musician Tiga with his Pusha T collaboration ‘Bugatti’. To date he has only one top forty hit to his name which is ‘Sunglasses At Night’ which reached no.25 back in 2002, but he has come close on a few other occasions as he has a further four top 75 hits to his name. Pusha T has only previously featured on one previous hit single which was Pixie Lott’s ‘What Do You Take Me For’ back in 2011. The video which accompanies ‘Bugatti’ was released back in October and has picked up over 450k views since then. He has been in demand for his remixing skills and has worked on tracks by a variety of artists including Dannii Minogue, The Prodigy, Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode and Killers. Personally I quite like this track and could see it becoming his first top forty as an artist in over twelve years.

Next Week…

I think that Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars can narrow the gap on Ben Haenow at the top and I expect them to grab the no.1 spot back. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull, Jaques Le Noir, Jessie J and Philip George. Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

21 December, 2014 - Posted by | ChartChat

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