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Chart Chat Edition 797 – W/C 01.03.15

Chart Chat Edition 797 – Week Commencing Sunday 1st March 2015


Welcome to edition 797 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, four re-entries, seven climbers, sixteen songs going down and seven non movers on this weeks chart. There was very little change at the top end with Ellie Goulding holding on for a fourth week at no.1 with ‘Love Me Like You Do’ and Hozier still found himself at no.2 with ‘Take Me To Church’.

Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars remained at no.3 with ‘Uptown Funk’ and The Weeknd was still at no.4 with ‘Earned It’. Kanye West, Rihanna and Paul McCartney were non movers at no.5 with ‘FourFiveSeconds’ while David Guetta featuring Emeli Sande climbed fourteen places to no.6 with ‘What I Did For Love’. Kelly Clarkson got a new entry at no.7 with ‘Heartbeat Song’ and James Bay climbed five to no.8 with ‘Hold Back The River’. Maroon 5 fell two to no.9 with ‘Sugar’ and the top ten was rounded off by Chris Brown & Tyga who went down two places to no.10 with ‘Ayo’.

There was one new entry and a further three climbers in to be found in what remained of the top twenty. Sam Smith went straight in at no.15 with ‘Lay Me Down’ while Karen Harding went up two to no.16 with ‘Say Something’.  George Ezra climbed twelve to no.18 with ‘Budapest’ and Sia went up two to no.20 with ‘Chandalier’.

There were four new entries, four re-entries and one climber in the lower half of the chart. Axwell & Ingrosso went straight in at no.22 with ‘Something New’ and Disciples got a new entry at no.24 with ‘They Don’t Know’. Madonna returned to the top 40 with ‘Living For Love’ making its debut at no.26 and Taylor Swift climbed eight to no.28 with ‘Style’. Paloma Faith re-entered at no.32 with ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’ and George Ezra re-entered at no.33 with ‘Blame It On Me’. Ed Sheeran got a new entry at no.35 with ‘Bloodstream’ while his former no.1 ‘Sing’ re-entered at no.38. He also rounded off the top forty with ‘Don’t’ re-entering at no.40.

New Releases

Alex Adair – ‘Make Me Feel Better’

Leading the way this week is Sussex based DJ and producer Alex Adair who has already been making waves with this track which has recently made it on to the Radio 1 A playlist.  The video was first uploaded just before Christmas and has achieved over 900k views since then. As a producer he recently worked on the remix of ‘Thinking Out Loud’ by Ed Sheeran but he also has credits on tracks by Imagine Dragons (‘I Bet My Life’), Ella Eyre (‘Comeback’) and Jessie Ware (‘Say You Love Me’).  This has almost a Summer vibe to it and it will certainly sound great in the clubs of Ibiza this year. He is set to make some festival appearances over the Summer and has already been confirmed as part of the Blissfields Lineup. It looks as though it will become one of the weeks highest new entries next Sunday afternoon so watch out for it landing somewhere inside the top ten.

Brookes Brothers featuring Camille – ‘Anthem’

Brookes Brothers have teamed up with Camille for the release of their latest single ‘Anthem’ on the Viper Recordings label. They recently appeared in Worcester and London, but fans wishing to catch them live during March may have to travel as far as Austria with Graz on the 13th their only confirmed performance at the time of writing. The duo uploaded the video which accompanies the track to their Vevo account in mid February and it picked up over 10k views during its first week. The single is available as a single track download and a digital bundle which contains six brand new mixes; the Extended Mix, the Cyantific Mix, the Brookes Brothers Fusion Remix, the Scales Remix, the Tuff Culture Remix and the Seamus Haji Remix. I can see this being a hit in the clubs but am not sure if it can make the transition over to the mainstream chart next Sunday afternoon.

IYES – ‘Glow’

Iyes are a Brighton based duo consisting of Josh Christopher and Melis Soyaslanova who release their new single ‘Glow’ this week on the Sony label. The track follows on from their 2014 single ‘Breathe’ and they will be hoping that it performs well for them. It starts with a stripped back feel but builds to moments of drama. It is quite different to most of the top forty and would certainly brighten up the chart if it were to succeed. Fans who are new to IYES would do well to visit the bands Soundcloud page where you can find a stunning cover of Beyonce’s ‘Crazy In Love’. The video which accompanies the track was uploaded back in November last year and has received over 20k views since then. Their last live appearance came at the Servant Jazz Quarters in London last November but there should be an opportunity to see them perform again soon.

Jimmy Somerville – ‘Learned To Talk’

It’s been five years since we last heard from Jimmy with his ‘Suddenly Last Summer’ album but now he is back with a brand new long player in the shape of ‘Homage’ and from that comes his new single ‘Learned To Talk’. It’s a beautiful song and Jimmy’s falsetto vocals remain as powerful now as they were when he fronted The Communards. He managed to notch up seven hits as a solo artist with his biggest singles being the cover versions ‘To Love Somebody’ and ‘You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)’. He hasn’t appeared on the singles chart for almost twenty years and it would be great to have him back. Fans wishing to catch him live can do so this Summer when he appears at Lets Rock shows in Bristol and Southampton. His ‘Homage’ album is due out later this week and let’s hope he doesn’t leave it another five years before the next one.

Marlon Roudette – ‘When The Beat Drops Out’

It’s hard to explain why ‘New Age’ by Marlon Roudette wasn’t a hit in the UK.  It was a great pop song, and it topped the charts in Austria, Germany, Latvia and Switzerland. However for whatever reason it didn’t manage to catch on with the music buying public in the UK, but hopefully his fortunes will change with the release of his new single ‘When The Beat Drops Out’. The promotional video to this track first surfaced back in July of last year and it has picked up over 8.5m views since then. He is due to go on an extensive tour of Germany next month but he has yet to confirm any dates in the UK. This track has made the top spot in the Czech Republic and Germany but only time will tell if it can achieve that level of success in the UK chart. Sadly I fear that it may struggle unless the mainstream radio stations really get behind it.

Rene LaVice featuring Ivy Mairi – ‘The Calling’

Next up is DJ, producer and film maker Rene LaVice who teams up with Ivy Mairi for his new single ‘The Calling’. He has carved himself a reputation as one of the hottest drum & bass producers in the North American scene and he can count Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw as being amongst his fans. The single is released as a digital bundle containing the Jason Burns Remix and the Mo Clapz Remix of the main track alongside new song ‘Freudian’. The video to the track was first uploaded back on 13th February and it picked up over 10k views during its first week. Fans wishing to catch him live can do so this weekend when he appears at the Oval Space in London alongside Culture Shock, Rampage and Frankee.  As much as I like this I don’t think that it will become a mainstream hit for him although it could still do well in the clubs.

Stacey Solomon – ‘Shy’

It’s been a long time coming but Stacey Solomon is finally due to release her debut album ‘Shy’ next month, and this week sees the release of the title track as the opening single. She first came to prominence back in 2009 when she appeared in the final stages of the X Factor, and she had a top thirty single in 2011 with her cover of Chris Rea’s ‘Driving Home For Christmas’. Since then she has presented ‘Sing If You Can’ with Keith Lemon and ‘Love Machine’ with Chris Moyles. She has rarely out of the public eye and regularly features on other shows like ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’. It’s easy to forget that she does have a stunning voice, and her performance of Queen’s ‘Who Wants To Live Forever’ was one of the highlights of the 2009 series of X Factor. Its great to hear some new material from her and I hope that the album does very well for her when it is released.

The Veronicas – ‘If You Love Someone’

This week sees The Veronica’s follow up their top ten hit ‘You Ruin Me’ with ‘If You Love Someone’. It has already reached no.5 in their native Australia where it has given them a ninth career top ten hit. It will feature on their forthcoming self titled album which is due for release over here in two weeks time. The video for the track was uploaded to their Vevo account back in December and has been viewed over 500k times since then. This week sees them kick off a five date tour of the UK in Birmingham with the final date being at Heaven in London next week. They may only have three UK hits to their name so far but their last single ‘You Ruin Me’ did see them pick up significant airplay and it certainly brought them to a much wider audience. I think that this will do enough to add to their tally when the charts are announced next weekend.

Years & Years – ‘King’

Every year journalists rush to try and pick out the acts to watch, and in 2015 Years & Years are a name which keeps on coming up. They started off by winning the BBC Sound Of 2015 poll seeing off strong competition from James Bay and they have also been nominated for the Critics Choice Award at the Brits. This week sees them follow up their 2014 hit ‘Desire’ with their brand new single ‘KIng’. It’s an uptempo commercial dance track the same as its predecessor and it should see them back inside the top thirty. The official video was uploaded to their Vevo account on the 19th January and it took just over one month to surpass 3m views. The band are currently in the midst of a UK tour which concludes in Brighton next weekend. With renewed interest in the trio since their poll win this could well end up putting in a challenge at the top end of the charts.

Also released this week are ‘Angel Is Coming’ by Basement Jaxx, ’24 Hours (From Tulsa)’ by Hazel Dean and ‘Kong’ by Julio Bashmore featuring Bixby.

Next Week…

Ellie Goulding could hold on for week no.5 but equally Years & Years may prove to be strong challengers. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include The Avener, Ella Henderson, Peter Doherty and The Vaccines. Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

1 March, 2015 - Posted by | ChartChat

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