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Chart Chat Edition 792 – W/C 25.01.15

Chart Chat Edition 792 – Week Commencing Sunday 25th January 2015


Welcome to edition 792 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 was one new entry, eight climbers, twenty three songs going down and eight non movers on this weeks chart.

Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars held on for a sixth week at the top with ‘Uptown Funk’ as the track set yet another new streaming record with 2.562 million streams being achieved during the week. They held off a strong challenge from Meghan Trainor who went straight in at no.2 with ‘Lips Are Movin”.

Hozier held steady at no.3 with ‘Take Me To Church’ while Philip George went down two to no.4 with ‘Wish You Were Mine’.  Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato dropped one to no.5 with ‘Up’ and Ed Sheeran went down one to no.6 with ‘Thinking Of You’. Alesso was a non mover at no.7 with ‘Heroes (We Could Be)’ and Avicii climbed eight to no.8 with ‘The Nights’. Taylor Swift fell three to no.9 with ‘Blank Space’ and the top ten was concluded by Ben Haenow who went down two to no.10 with ‘Something I Need’.

A further three climbers were to be found in what remained of the top twenty. Sia climbed two to no.11 with ‘Elastic Heart’ and Echosmith went up eleven places to no.17 with ‘Cool Kids’. The final climber went to Taylor Swift who climbed seven places to no.19 with ‘Shake It Off’.

There were four climbers to be found in the lower half of this weeks chart. George Ezra climbed one to no.24 with ‘Blame It On Me’ and James Bay went back up two to no.29 with ‘Hold Back The River’. Jeremih featuring YG climbed one to no.31 with ‘Don’t Tell Em’ while Sigma featuring Paloma Faith went up one to no.36 with ‘Changing’.

New Releases

Alle Farben featuring Graham Candy – ‘She Moves’

First up this week is the German DJ Alle Farben who teams up with Graham Candy for his new single ‘She Moves’ which is released this week. It comes released as a single track download and a digital bundle which features a total of seven new mixes; the Hippie Sabotage Remix, the Bakermat Remix, the Lexer Remix, the Goldfish Remix, the Mazego & Vitesse Remix, the Felon Remix and the Club Mix.  He does not have any confirmed appearances yet for 2015 but did play gigs on both Christmas Day and Boxing Day in his native Germany.  The promotional video which accompanies the track was first uploaded on the 10th November and quickly notched up over 200k views during its first month. Alle is a hugely popular DJ in other parts of Europe so now he will be hoping to translate that success into a first ever UK chart hit.

Emmy The Great – ‘S EP’

Singer, songwriter and occasional journalist Emmy The Great releases her brand new EP entitled S this week.  It features four tracks; ‘Swimming Pool’ (which features Tom Fleming), ‘Social Halo’, ‘Solar Panels’ and ‘Somerset (I Can’t Get Over)’.  A video to accompany the track ‘Swimming Pool’ was uploaded to her Vevo account back in November 2014 and it has been viewed over 30k times since. She has two UK dates coming up in London and Brighton before she jets off to the US. Although she claims to have no desire to move into journalism she has written a very interesting article in The Guardian this week regarding the future of pop music. She has over 18k likes on her Facebook page and fans will be keen to download this EP but unless the lead track picks up any mainstream airplay this won’t be appearing inside the top forty next Sunday afternoon.

Fergie – ‘L.A.Love (La La)’

The last time Fergie appeared on her own was back in 2007 when she saw ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal)’ reach no.2 but since then she has guested on Nelly’s top twenty hit ‘Party People’ and David Guetta’s no.1 hit ‘Gettin’ Over You’. She did make a brief appearance in the lower end of the top 100 last year with ‘A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)’ which featured on the soundtrack to The Great Gatsby but now she is back with her new single ‘L.A.Love (La La)’ which has already charted around the world including in Australia, Belgium, Canada and the US. The promotional video was first uploaded to her Vevo account on the 10th November and it has picked up over 19m views since then proving that interest in her remains strong. This looks almost certain to be one of the highest new entries next Sunday afternoon.

Giorgio Moroder & Kylie Minogue – ‘Right Here Right Now’

Legendary Italian producer Giorgio Moroder is back in action this week with a little help from Kylie Minogue on his new single ‘Right Here Right Now’. It combines Kylie’s disco based sound with Giorgio’s synthesizers to great effect and it will surely be a big hit for him. He has worked with some of the biggest stars in the music industry during his career and is now about to launch a new album which is rumoured to include collaborations with Britney Spears, Sia, Charli XCX and Foxes. The last time we heard from him was on Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’ album where he performed on the track ‘Giorgio By Moroder’. This track does not actually get its full release until Friday 30th January, and so may struggle to make too much of an impact on next Sundays chart due to only having the benefit of two full days of sales.

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.

Inspiral Carpets featuring John Cooper Clarke – ‘Let You Down’

Sounding every bit as good as they did twenty five years ago the Inspiral Carpets are back this week with a little help from the legendary John Cooper Clarke on their new single ‘Let You Down’. Clint Boon’s organ remains the distinctive sound, while original vocalist Stephen Holt is back at the front of the band. It is released as a download and 7″ vinyl featuring the radio edit and ‘It’s A Good Job Baby’ as the bonus track. It was recently reviewed on Steve Lamacq’s Roundtable show and got the thumbs up from Mark Nevan, Martyn Ware and Janice Long. It originally featured on their self titled fifth studio album which was released last year and made no.63 in the charts.  It would be great it this could secure them a return to the top forty but the odds are stacked against them.  As much as I love this it doesn’t quite top their collaborations with Mark E.Smith!

Karen Harding – ‘Say Something’

British R&B singer Karen Harding releases her brand new single ‘Say Something’ this week. It is released across three formats which contain a variety of brand new mixes including the hugely popular Zac Samuel remix. She appeared on last years series of X Factor, impressing mentor Nicole Scherzinger with her taken on ‘We Are Young’ by Fun but in the end she lost out on a place at Judge’s Houses to Irish singer Melanie McCabe. Many singers disappear following rejection from the show but Karen has dusted herself off and has got herself a recording contract. She lists her influences as including Mariah Carey, Sade and Whitney Houston and this comes across in her vocal style. The promotional video first appeared at the end of September, and since then it has picked up over 700k views. There is a real buzz around this single and there is every chance that it could make the top ten next weekend.

Moxie Kicks – ‘Soul For You’

Next up this week are Charlie Freeman and Jamie Brown, aka Moxie Kicks, who release their bright and breezy new single ‘Soul For You’.  It comes released as a single track download and a digital bundle which features six new mixes of the track; the Full Intention Remix, the Jose Nunez Remix, the Cutmore Remix, the Deckscar Remix and the Solo Suspex Remix. The promotional video which accompanies the track was first uploaded in June last year and it has picked up over 65k views since then. As such they have been building up to this release for some time and their record label is throwing a launch party this week completed with fire eaters and a plentiful supply of vodka! I’m not sure if this has the legs to reach the top forty, but the guys are in this for the long haul and will hopefully start to increase their following in the coming months.

Selena Gomez – ‘The Heart Wants What It Wants’

Although the American singer and actress Selena Gomez only has two UK top ten hits to her name she has managed to achieve four top twenty albums in her career to date. This week sees the release of the latest compiliation album ‘For You’ and from that comes her brand new single ‘The Heart Wants What It Wants’. The official video was first uploaded to her Vevo account on the 6th November and has achieved an incredible 100m views during its first two months while a version recorded live at the American Music Awards has received over 11m views. If it continues to be viewed at that rate it can go on to match the 306m views achieved by her earlier hit ‘Come & Get It’. While she remains a bigger star the other side of the Atlantic this should certainly do enough to see her back inside the top ten in the UK.

Also released this week are ‘Fire In The Dark’ by Dreadzone, ‘Rhymes’ by Hannah Wants & Chris Lorenzo, ‘Make Your Own Luck’ by Jedward, ‘FourFiveSeconds’ by Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney, ‘Sugar Man’ by Yolanda Be Cool & DCup and ‘Lost You’ by Zeds Dead featuring Twin Shadow & D’Angelo Lacy.

Next Week…

Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars have a strong chance of holding on at the top but Fergie could yet run them close. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Fences featuring Macklemore & Lewis, Nick Jonas, Peking Duk featuring Nicole Millar and Sam & The Womp.  Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

25 January, 2015 - Posted by | ChartChat

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