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Chart Chat Edition 795 – W/C 15.02.15

Chart Chat Edition 795 – Week Commencing Sunday 15th February 2015


Welcome to edition 795 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 six new entries, six climbers, twenty five songs going down and three non movers on this weeks chart. Ellie Goulding held on at the top for a second week with ‘Love Me Like You Do’ and Hozier went back up one to no.2 with ‘Take Me To Church’.

Mark Ronson fell one to no.3 with ‘Uptown Funk’ and DJ Fresh featuring Ella Eyre got a new entry at no.4 with ‘Gravity’. Kanye West, Rihanna & Paul McCartney went down one to no.5 with ‘FourFiveSeconds’ and Chris Brown & Tygo got a new entry at no.6 with ‘Ayo’. Ed Sheeran was a non mover at no.7 with ‘Thinking Out Loud’ and Charli XCX featuring Rita Ora went straight in at no.8 with ‘Doing It’. Avicii fell three to no.9 with ‘The Nights’ and The Weeknd completed the top ten climbing eight to no.10 with ‘Earned It’.

A further new entry and climber were to be found in what remained of the top twenty. Maroon 5 went up three to no.11 with ‘Sugar’ and Ne-Yo got a new entry at no.14 with ‘Coming With You’.

There were two new entries and three climbers in the lower half of the chart. Bakermat got a new entry at no.22 with ‘Teach Me’ while Sam Smith went back up ten places to no.23 with ‘Stay With Me’. Sia climbed one to no.24 with ‘Chandalier’ and Sam Smith appeared again at no.26 with ‘I’m Not The Only One’ going back up five places. The other new entry came at no.27 and went to Imagine Dragons with ‘I Bet My Life’.

New Releases

Bars & Melody – ‘Keep Smiling’

Former Britains Got Talent finalists Bars & Melody are back this week with their new single ‘Keep Smiling’.  While their debut ‘Hopeful’ reached the top five that was released on Simon Cowell’s Simco label while this latest offering is on the 143 Records label. A video of their performance on Britains Got Talent has received over 64m views while the promo that accompanied ‘Hopeless’ notched up over 20m views. Early indications on ‘Keep Smiling’ are positive with the video being viewed well over 100k times during its first week of upload. Most people in the music industry will acknowledge the importance of marketing and without the Simon Cowell bandwagon behind them the boys face an uphill struggle. That said I still think they can do enough to reach the top forty and if they can then a better record deal might be just around the corner.

Cashtastic – ‘808’

South London rapper Cashtastic releases his brand new Distortion produced single ‘808’ on the All Around The World label this week. He recorded his first track aged just ten and has seen his career take off over the past few years. He has been living in Jamaica during recent months and this marks his first release since his 2014 album ‘Alarm Clock’. He has appeared at the Wireless Festival, and achieved a top thirty hit on the iTunes hip hop chart with his mixtape ‘A Little Bit Of Cash’. He has also worked on tracks by other artists including Wiley and Krept & Konan but now is aiming for chart success on his own. This track premiered on Charlie Sloth’s Radio 1Xtra show last November and has been picking up airplay ever since. While I certainly like this track I don’t think this will pick up enough mainstream airplay for it to become a hit single.

Donae’o featuring Lumidee & D Double E – ‘I Want Your Love’

Rapper and singer Donae’o has teamed up with Lumidee and D Double E on his new single ‘I Want Your Love’. To date he has only one top forty hit to his name which was his collaboration with Vato Gonzales and Lethal Bizzle on ‘Not A Saint’ although he did feature on a remix of The Streets ‘Fit But You Know It’.  ‘Not A Saint’ peaked at no.20 back in 2013 while ‘Fit But You Know It’ reached the top five in 2004. Lumidee has more experience of life higher up the chart having reached no.2 with his 2003 single ‘Never Leave You (Uh Oooh Uh Oooh)’ but D Double E has yet to chart in any form. The track received its official premier on Mistajam’s Radio 1Xtra show back in November and Donae’o uploaded an audio version of it in early December. However versions of the song can be found all the way back to 2013. I think this could be a hit for him next weekend.

Europe – ‘War Of Kings’

The last time we saw Swedish rockers Europe inside the UK top forty it was with the 2000 remix of their chart topping hit ‘The Final Countdown’. However the band are far from one hit wonders with their tenth studio album ‘War Of Kings’ about to hit the shops. This week sees the release of the title track from it, and if you haven’t heard any of the bands more recent output then it is well worth a listen. The promotional video to this track was directed by Patric Ullaeus and was uploaded to the internet last week. UK fans wishing to catch them playing live can do so during March when they undertake an extensive fourteen date tour of the UK. The album of the same name comes out in two weeks time but for now fans will have to get by with this one track. Based on this single the fans are in for a treat when the long player comes out.

Jess Mattic – ‘Sweet Harmony’

Last month saw the electronic duo Jess Mattic release their track ‘The Theme’ and now this month it’s the turn of ‘Sweet Harmony’. While its predcessor had more of a 1970’s feel thanks to the funky bassline this latest offering has more of a 1990’s feel to it with its synthesizer backdrop. The video to this track first appeared back in August last year and so fans will be very familiary with the song already. They don’t have to wait too long for the release of ‘Loopin” which is the next single in the series as it comes out on the 17th March. Sadly their last single did not grace the top forty, and I suspect a similar fate awaits this release. However there are plenty more singles coming in the next few months so hopefully their reputation will begin to grow.

Luvbug – ‘Revive (Say Something)’

Last time that we heard from Luvbug was with their Talay Riley collaboration ‘Resonance’ which reached no.13 at the end of last year. Now they are aiming for a second consecutive hit with ‘Revive (Say Something)’ which is released this week. They are a trio consisting of JKAY, White N3rd and former JLS member Marvin Humes. Aside from releasing their own material they have also worked on remixes for various other artists including Leah McFall &, Inner City and Case & Foxy Brown. The accompanying promotional video to the track was originally uploaded to their Vevo account in the middle of December and it has managed to pick up 180k views since then. I feel very confident that this will give them another hit, and the scene is set for an album to be released at some point during this year.

Wulf – ‘Lairs EP’

Indie trio Wulf round off this weeks column as they release their brand new four track EP ‘Lairs’ on the BMG label this week. Alongside the title track it also contains ‘Fire’ (which has been available to download for the past few weeks), ‘Waves’ and ‘Gold’. Fans of the band have been able to hear ‘Fire’ since it was uploaded on YouTube back in November while since then the title track has been featured on both Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show and Dermot O’Leary’s Radio 2 show. Their reputation has been slowly growing over the past few months and if you want to catch them live their only confirmed up and coming live show is at the Social in London on the 10th March but they are likely to add further dates as the year progresses. The future certainly looks bright for the band although I am not certain if they will be able to hit the top forty at their first attempt.

Also released this week are ‘Show Me Love’ by Sam Feldt and ‘Never Gonna Let You Go’ by Si Cranstoun.

Next Week…

It’s hard to see anyone stopping Ellie Goulding notching up a third week at the top of the chart but Kanye West, Rihanna & Paul McCartney could yet narrow the gap on her. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include David Guetta featuring Emeli Sande, Disciples, Le Youth and Madonna. Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

17 February, 2015 - Posted by | ChartChat

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