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Chart Chat Edition 789 – W/C 04.01.15


Chart Chat Edition 789 – Week Commencing Sunday 4th January 2015

Introduction

Welcome to edition 789 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 two new entries, five re-entries, nine climbers, sixteen songs going down and eight non movers on this weeks chart. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars held on at the top with ‘Uptown Funk’ and in doing so set a new record for most streams in one week (2.56m). Their closest rival was Philip George who went straight in at no.2 with ‘Wish You Were Mine’.

Ed Sheeran found himself with a non mover at no.3 with ‘Thinking Out Loud’ while Ben Haenow went down two places to no.4 with ‘Something I Need’. Taylor Swift fell one to no.5 with ‘Blank Space’ and Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato also went down one to no.6 with ‘Up’. Meghan Trainor got a non mover at no.7 with ‘All About The Bass’ and Take That also stayed the same at no.8 with ‘These Days’. Alesso featuring Tove Lo fell three to no.9 with ‘Heroes (We Could Be)’ and Hozier finally made the top ten as ‘Take Me To Church’ climbed thirteen places to no.10 on its 23rd week on the chart.

A further three climbers were to be found in what remained of the top twenty. Clean Bandit & Jess Glynne went up two to no.14 with ‘Real Love’ and George Ezra climbed four places to no.17 with ‘Budapest’.  George was also responsible for another climber as ‘Blame It On Me’ went back up four to no.20.

There was one new entry, five re-entries and five climbers in the lower half of the chart. David Guetta featuring Sam Martin climbed four places to no.22 with ‘Dangerous’ while Sia went back up five to no.24 with ‘Chandalier’. Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne re-entered at no.28 with ‘Rather Be’ and Calvin Harris featuring John Newman went up three to no.29 with ‘Blame’. Blonde featuring Melissa Steel climbed four to no.31 with ‘I Loved You’ and Mr Probz went back up seven to no.32 with the Robin Schulz remix of ‘Waves’. Sigma featuring Paloma Faith re-entered at no.33 with ‘Changing’ while Pharrell Williams also re-entered at no.34 with ‘Happy’. Kanye West featuring Paul McCartney went straight in at no.35 with ‘One Day’ and LILLYWOOD & Robin Schulz re-entered at no.39 with ‘Prayer In C’.

New Releases

Fuse ODG featuring Killbeatz – ‘Thinking About You’

Next up this week is Fuse ODG who has teamed up with Killbeatz for his new single ‘Thinking About You’. It is released as a digital bundle which features five mixes of the track; the Radio Edit, the TS7 Remix, the Kamaura Radio Edit, the Benny Page Remix and the APEXX Radio Edit. Since first arriving on the scene back in the Summer of 2013, Fuse ODG has managed four top ten hits with his biggest being ‘Dangerous Love’ which peaked at no.3 and saw him team up with Sean Paul. All of those singles along with top thirty hit ‘Azonto’ have featured on his ‘T.I.N.A.’ album and ‘Thinking About You’ will become the sixth single to be taken from it. He is due to undertake a UK tour during March and April next year and will hopefully be working on some new material during 2015. I’m not sure whether this will suffer from the success of the album but it should still reach the top forty.

Kanye West featuring Paul McCartney – ‘Only One’

This week sees the American rapper Kanye West release his Paul McCartney collaboration ‘Only One’ and it looks set to be a huge hit around the world. Kanye already has an impressive 32 top forty hits to his name including his no.1 hit ‘Stronger’ which topped the charts in 2007 and his appearance on Jay-Z’s chart topper ‘Run This Town’. Although his last album ‘Yeezus’ went straight to the top of the charts it only yielded one top forty hit ‘Black Skinhead’. In fact it has been over two years since his last top ten hit ‘N***** In Paris’ which spent 45 weeks on the chart, peaking at no.10. This track was actually recorded early in 2014 but has been released digitally this year with very little notice. This looks certain to be one of the highest climbers on Sunday and it should see Sir Paul back in the top ten for the first time in over twenty five years.

Kindness featuring Robyn – ‘Who Do You Love?’

Kindness, aka Adam Bainbridge, is back with his new single ‘Who Do You Love?’ this week. He has teamed up with Swedish singer Robyn who already has nine UK top forty hits to her name including her 2007 no.1 hit ‘With Every Heartbeat’. It is taken from his current album ‘Otherness’ which also sees collaborations with Manifest and Kelela. The single is released as a digital bundle containing three new remixes; the Jam City Mix, the Joakim Remix and the Jeremy Sylvester Bump Mix. Fans wishing to catch him action live can do so next week when he plays at Electric Brixton in London before jetting off for an extensive tour of the US. The promotional video to the track was first uploaded on the 11th November and it is currently on course to reach 250k views during its first two months. I’m not sure if this will pick up enough airplay for it to become a hit next weekend.

Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato – ‘Up’

While it has already become a top five hit, this week sees the release of the EP version of Olly Murs current Demi Lovato collaboration ‘Up’. It is made available as a digital bundle which features the Live Acoustic Version, the Wideboys Radio Mix and the Max Sanna & Steve Pitron Radio Mix alongside a live performance of ‘Dear Darlin”. Few could have predicted just how big Olly would become when he finished as the runner up in the 2009 series of X Factor and since then he has notched up thirteen top forty hits already including four number ones. I’m not sure that the release of these new mixes will do much to propel it back up the top ten but stranger things have happened. The video that accompanies the track has already received 4.6m views and so Olly can already be very pleased with the success rate of this single.

Ray Foxx featuring Rachel K Collier – ‘Curious’

This particular duo first teamed up to good effect on Ray’s single ‘Boom Boom (Heartbeat)’ which made no.12 last year and now they are aiming for a second crack at chart glory with their latest track ‘Curious’. Ray is an English DJ and producer while Rachel is a singer hailing from Swansea in Wales. Ray’s last single was his collaboration with J Warner ‘Fireworks (Bang Bang)’ which missed out on the chart last year while Rachel’s 2013 single ‘Predictions’ picked up some airplay from Radio 1Xtra thanks to the Sarah Jane Crawford show.  The video to the track was uploaded on 22nd July only picked up just over 64k views during the months since then thus suggesting that it hasn’t quite managed to crossover onto the mainstream as yet. Ray’s reputation should ensure that this is a big hit in the clubs but unfortunately I wonder if it is destined to stay just there.

Tchami featuring Kaleem Taylor – ‘Promesses’

‘Promesses’ is another track which has been around for some time. An audio version of the track first appeared on the Fools Gold Records YouTube channel back in July 2013 and it has been played over 1.2m times since. Tchami is a Parisian producer who has teamed up with the West London born vocalist Kaleem Taylor to record it. As a producer he remixed the DJ Rob Base & EZ Rock classic ‘It Takes Two’ while also working on tracks by AlunaGeorge, Janet Jackson and Jay Hardway & Martin Garrix. Although this week marks the tracks first release as a single the Dub Mix has already appeared on the 2015 Ministry Of Sound Album while another version was on the Certified Jackin : Underground House Music compilation. This could be one of those tracks that makes the transition from the dance charts to the mainstream, but we will see next weekend.

Tulisa – ‘Living Without You’

Tulisa has been one quite a journey in recent years. She was voted FHM’s Sexiest Woman in 2012 and when her debut solo single ‘Young’ topped the charts it seemed she could do no wrong. However later that year she moved on from her role as judge on the X Factor, and her debut album ‘The Female Boss’ struggled in the charts peaking at just no.35. She found herself in the press for the wrong reasons, with two separate trials dominating the headlines.  Now it looks like she has put all that behind her and is hoping to start 2015 in style with her new single ‘Living Without You’.  The promotional video to the track was uploaded at the end of October and notched up 600k views in its first two months.  She has been performing this track on the TV over recent weeks and I hope that it will see her back inside the top ten next weekend.

Next Week…

I expect Tchami to be the weeks highest new entry, but Tulisa should also make the top ten while Kanye West featuring Paul McCartney should climb substantially from their no.35 place this week. However I expect Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars to hold on for another week at no.1. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Gwen Stefani, Jamie T, Jessie Ware and U2. Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

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4 January, 2015 - Posted by | ChartChat

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