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Chart Chat Edition 793 – W/C 01.02.15

Chart Chat Edition 793 – Week Commencing Sunday 1st February 2015


Welcome to edition 793 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, two climbers, twenty nine songs going down and two non movers on this weeks chart. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars notched up a seventh week at the top with ‘Uptown Funk’, a record which is the best since Leona Lewis had that tally with ‘Bleeding Love’ back in 2007. Their closest rival this week at no.2 was Hozier who continued to see ‘Take Me To Church’ climb some six weeks after it first entered the charts.

Fergie returned to the chart this week going straight in at no.3 with ‘L.A.Love (La La)’ and Meghan Trainor fell two to no.4 with ‘Lips Are Movin”. Paul McCartney got his first top ten hit since 1989 by teaming up with Rihanna and Kanye West on ‘FourFiveSeconds’ which went straight in at no.5 while Philip George fell two places to no.6 with ‘Wish You Were Mine’. Karen Harding went straight in at no.7 with ‘Say Something’ and Ed Sheeran fell two to no.8 with ‘Thinking Out Loud’. Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato went down two to no.9 with ‘Up’ and the top ten was rounded off by Avicii who fell two places to no.10.

There was one new entry and one climber to be found in the remainder of this weeks top twenty. Hannah Wants & Chris Lorenzo went straight in at no.13 with ‘Rhymes’ and James Bay climbed thirteen places to no.16 with ‘Hold Back The River’.

There were three new entries in the lower half of the chart this week. Maroon 5 went straight in at no.22 with ‘Sugar’ while Selena Gomez got a new entry at no.30 with ‘The Heart Wants What It Wants’.  The final new entry came at no.33 and went to The Weeknd with ‘Earned It’.

New Releases

Alex Mytton featuring Julia Biel – ‘Electric’

Made In Chelsea star Alex Mytton has teamed up with British singer / songwriter Julia Biel for the release of his debut single ‘Electric’.  He has been carving out a reputation for his DJ work and has won praise from critics for his remixing skills while Julia won Perrier Vocalist of the Year back in 2000. She has since worked with a number of artists including Oriole, the Unity Collective, Polar Bear and most notably Ben Watt of Everything But The Girl fame. Alex’s biggest success came last year when he remixed the classic ‘Rhythm Of The Night’ which has since appeared in bootleg form around the internet. The audio of ‘Electric’ first appeared in August last year but it has taken this long for it to gain a full release. This should certainly be a big hit in the clubs but whether it can crossover onto the mainstream chart remains to be seen.

Chocolate Puma featuring Kris Kiss, Shystie and Roya – ‘Step Back (Get Down)’

Dutch DJ and production duo Chocolate Puma have only appeared on the UK chart twice. The first time was with the massive top ten hit ‘I Wanna Be U’ which reached no.6 in 2001 and their only other appearance came five years later when ‘Always & Forever’ peaked at no.43. Now they are back with a little help from Kris Kiss, Shystie and Roya on their new single ‘Step Back (Get Down)’.  It is released as a single track download and a digital bundle which includes six new mixes; the Extended Remix, the Friction VIP Remix, the Low Steppa Remix, the Scales Extended Remix, the Loopers Remix and the Friction Remix. A video to the track was first uploaded back in May last year and has received over 150k views since then. I think that this will make the crossover from the dance chart to mainstream chart to give them a third UK hit next Sunday afternoon.

Ellie Goulding – ‘Love Me Like You Do’

Ellie Goulding looks almost certain to be putting in a challenge for the top spot next Sunday with her brand new single ‘Love Me Like You Do’. The video to the track was originally uploaded to her Vevo account on the 22nd January and it had passed the 20m view mark in just ten days. It will become her fifteenth top forty hit so far, and if successful it would become only her second no.1 single in the UK. The track features on the soundtrack to the forthcoming film ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ which also contains tracks by Sia, Rolling Stones, Beyonce, Laura Welsh, Annie Lennox and Jessie Ware. The fact that the video contains glimpses of the film is only adding to the curiosity around the track! It’s a great pop song too and with the additional fuss and promotion which will accompany it this will be dominating the charts over the next few weeks.

Fences featuring Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – ‘Arrows’

Seattle based Indie four piece Fences have teamed up with the American hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for their new single ‘Arrows’ which is released as a single track download this week. Although it carries the band name the collaboration is more between lead singer Christopher Mansfield and Macklemore with only the duo depicted on the tracks cover art. The track has already been a hit in the US, and the promotional video has been viewed 4.3m times since it was first uploaded back in August. It features on Fences forthcoming second studio album ‘Lesser Oceans’ which is released in the UK next week. Fans who can’t wait for it to become available next week are able to download three tracks already ahead of its release date. This looks almost certain to become one of the weeks highest new entries on Sunday afternoon.

Kodaline – ‘Honest’

Irish rock band Kodaline enjoyed two top forty hits back in 2013 and are now aiming for a chart return with their new single ‘Honest’. Their debut album ‘In A Perfect World’ reached the top three and this is the first track to be taken from the follow up ‘Coming Up For Air’ which is due out next week. They are about to undertake a ten date tour of the UK after which they jet off to the States  for the “Ones To Watch North American Tour” which is sponsored by Skype. A lyric video to accompany the track was first released just before Christmas with the full promotional film following on their own Vevo channel a couple of weeks later. It has been viewed over 400k times since then and is picking up plenty of airplay too. This is a decent enough track and I think that this will do enough to secure them a third top forty hit single next weekend.

Mike Mago & Dragonette – ‘Outlines’

Canadian synthpop band Dragonette have teamed up with Dutch DJ Mike Mago on his new single ‘Outlines’. The track first surfaced last Summer and the promotional video has achieved over 3m plays since then. An instrumental version of the track has appeared on two Ministry Of Sound compilations while the Chris Larenzo remix has also featured on a separate album. This week sees the release of the Radio Edit and if successful it will be the first time that either act has appeared inside the UK top forty. Dragonette however do have two Canadian hits to their name, but have yet to better the no.92 peak achieved by their 2007 single ‘I Get Around’. This is one of those commercial dance tracks which stands a good chance of being able to make the transition over to the mainstream chart on Sunday afternoon.

Peking Duk featuring Nicole Miller – ‘High’

Australian electronic music duo Peking Duk have enjoyed top five success in their home country with their latest single ‘High’ and now they are hoping to replicate that performance in the UK charts. It also achieved top twenty status in neighbouring New Zealand while the follow up single ‘Take Me Over’ also reached the top forty there and in Australia. The track features vocals from Nicole Millar and the promotional video which accompanies the track has notched up over 1.4m views since it was first uploaded to YouTube back in February 2014. Their career went from strength to strength as following the track’s success in Australia they signed a worldwide distribution deal with Sony Music Entertainment in August. This time of year is often a good time for new acts to achieve hit singles and that could well be the case for Peking Duk next weekend.

Sam & The Womp – ‘Zeppelin’

British based trio Sam & The Womp resume their quest to avoid being known as one hit wonders this week with the release of new single ‘Zeppelin’. The band consists of singer Lady Oo, trumpeter Sam Richie and Aaron Horn who is the son of famous producer Trevor Horn. While ‘Bom Bom’ was a runaway hit, reaching no.1 and spending 22 weeks on the chart the follow up ‘Ravo’ missed the top 100 altogether. As you might expect this track has everything going on from a ska beat to a full on brass band. The official video was uploaded at the end of November last year but has only managed to pick up 30k views since then. Fans wishing to catch them live can do so at the London Remixed Festival later this month and the Sunrise Festival in Bristol during May. For now I fear this will miss the top forty unless it can pick up some much needed airplay on the commercial stations.

Shystie featuring Jalissa – ‘Let Me Go’

Shystie has teamed up with Jalissa once again for the release of their new single ‘Let Me Go’.  They previously teamed up on ‘Stop’, a track which featured the hookline from the Diana Ross hit of the same name. To date her only biggest hit came when she featured on Alesha Dixon’s 2010 hit single ‘Lipstick’ but she has also featured on tracks by Ms Dynamite, Azealia Banks and Estelle.  Her own track ‘One Wish’ reached the top forty back in 2004, while ‘Make It Easy’ narrowly missed out peaked at no.59 later the same year. She has also featured as the lead actress in the series ‘Dubplate Drama’ before also appearing in Noel Clarke’s film ‘Adulthood’. A lyric video to accompany the track was released in October last year while it has also received airplay on Radio 1Xtra. It would be fantastic if this could secure her a return to the top forty next Sunday afternoon.

Also released this week are ‘Ain’t Nobody’ by Fekky featuring Splurgeboys and  ‘The Lucie Silvas EP’ by Lucie Silvas.

Next Week…

Surely Ellie Goulding can end the reign of Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars next weekend but expect Mike Mago & Dragonette to be a high new entry. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Bakermat, DJ Fresh featuring Ella Eyre, Luvbug and Ne-Yo. Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

1 February, 2015 - Posted by | ChartChat

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