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Chart Chat Edition 798 – W/C 08.03.15

Chart Chat Edition 798 – Week Commencing Sunday 8th March 2015


Welcome to edition 798 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 four new entries, one re-entry, two climbers, thirty one songs going down and two non movers on this weeks chart. Years & Years went straight in at the top with ‘King’ and that meant that Ellie Goulding fell to no.2 with ‘Love Me Like You Do’.

Kanye West, Rihanna & Paul McCartney climbed back up two to no.3 with ‘FourFiveSeconds’ and Hozier dropped two places to no.4 with ‘Take Me To Church’. The Weeknd went down one to no.5 with ‘Earned It’ and Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars fell three to no.6 with ‘Uptown Funk’. Marlon Roudette went straight in at no.7 with ‘When The Beat Drops Out’ and James Bay got a non mover at no.8 with ‘Hold Back The River’. Maroon 5 were a non mover at no.9 with ‘Sugar’ and Kelly Clarkson fell three to no.10 with ‘Heartbeat Song’.

A further two new entries were to be found in what remained of the top twenty. Alex Adair got a new entry at no.13 with ‘Make Me Feel Better’ and Kanye West featuring Allan Kingdom, Theophilus London & Paul McCartney went straight in at no.18 with ‘All Day’.

There was one re-entry and one climber in the lower half of the chart. Taylor Swift went up six to no.22 with ‘Style’ while Imagine Dragons re-entered at no.33 with ‘Demons’.

New Releases

The Avener & Phoebe Killdeer – ‘Fade Out Lines’

First up this week is the French Deep House DJ and producer The Avener who releases his brand new single ‘Fade Out Lines’. The track is based around a song called ‘The Fade Out Line’ by Phoebe Killdeer & The Short Straws. It has already been a massive hit topping the charts in Austria and Germany while also reaching the top three in France, Belgium and Switzerland. It has also appeared on numerous compilation albums so some fans may own a copy already. The promotional video was uploaded to his Vevo account on the 20th October and it notched up over 4.4m views during its first four months.  His next public appearance comes at Kugl in St Gallen in early April but he currently has no confirmed plans to visit the UK. This should be challenging for a place inside the top twenty next Sunday afternoon.

Blizzard featuring Shakka – ‘You Came To Mine’

Blizzard first arrived on the scene back in 2012 with his debut EP ‘Sooner Than Ever’ which became a big hit on the Hip Hop charts. Last year he released a seven track EP entitled ‘Testing The Water’ on the Eight In Brackets label which in particular saw the track ‘Kids Of The Night’ attract attention and airplay. He has appeared alongside a number of artists including Jessie J, Naughty Boy and Emeli Sande but now he is taking the limelight himself. He has enlisted the help of West London artist Shakka for his latest single ‘You Came To Mine’ which is released this week. His debut album is pencilled in for release in September this year, and rumours are that his label plan to issue three singles before that comes out. Fans who like this can listen to more of his material on his Soundcloud page but he looks set to be big news during the year ahead.

Eric Prydz vs Chvrches – ‘Tether’

In the UK the Swedish DJ and producer Eric Prydz probably remains best known for his 2004 no.1 hit ‘Call On Me’ but he has also had top three hits with ‘Pjanoo’ and ‘Proper Education’. This week sees him team up with the Glaswegian act Chvrches for his new single ‘Tether’ which is released as a single track download on the Virgin EMI label this week. The stunning video which accompanies the track was uploaded to Eric’s Vevo account on the 19th February and it had been viewed over 500k times within the first two weeks. Eric is confirmed to play this years Creamfields event in August but the closest gig currently in the Chvrches calendar is September’s Electric Picnic in Ireland. This is the kind of track which may be more popular around Europe and might not end up making any significant inroads into the UK.

Florrie – ‘Too Young To Remember’

Having previously written and performed songs with a number of other artists such as The Saturdays and Girls Aloud this week sees British artist Florrie return to her own solo career. She is releasing her latest single ‘Too Young To Remember’ this week and it was given its debut online by fashion retailer H&M. She has her long awaited debut album ready for release later this year but for now fans will have to get by with this track. The promotional video that accompanies it was directed by Matty & Fran who have also worked with a variety of other artists including James Bay, Anna Calvi and Bipolar Sunshine. It was uploaded to her Vevo account on the 26th January and has picked up over 30k views since then. Despite her industry connections she is yet to have a hit and I’m not sure if this will be the single to turn the tide for her.

Flo Rida featuring Sage The Gemini & Lookas – ‘G.D.F.R.’

American rapper Flo Rida already has a chart career which speaks for itself. He has hit the top spot five times and has enjoyed eighteen top forty hits. This week sees him team up with fellow rapper Sage The Gemini and Lookas for his latest single ‘G.D.F.R.’ which samples the 1970’s hit ‘Low Rider’ by War. The acronym stands for Going Down For Real and is taken from his new album ‘The Perfect 10’. It has already been a top twenty hit around Europe including Austria, Germany and Sweden so I can see it achieving similar success in the UK. The video to the track was first uploaded on Christmas Eve and it has been viewed well over 9.5m times since then. He is usually guaranteed plenty of airplay on TV and radio despite his sometimes suggestive lyrics and this should find itself inside the top ten next weekend.

G.R.L. – ‘Lighthouse’

This marks the first release for the girls since they went from a five piece to a four following the death of founder member Simone Battle last year.  The track was written to express how the girls were feeling at that time, and the video was filmed in conjunction with Simone’s family. It contains footage of her, and was uploaded to their Vevo account in mid January before picking up over 1.5m views during its first month. This has been a top thirty hit in Australia and New Zealand, and could achieve similar success in the UK next week. So far their only hit in the UK came with ‘Ugly Heart’ although they did also guest on Pitbull’s top ten hit ‘Wild Love’. The band are currently set to continue as a four piece and are likely to release their first album later on this year. For now I think that this poignant song will provide them with another hit on Sunday afternoon.

Stormzy – ‘Know Me From’

Next up is Grime MC Stormzy who is back this week with his latest single ‘Know Me From’. It follows on from his debut EP ‘Dreamers Disease’ which helped him to become the first unsigned rapper to appear on the Later…with Jools Holland TV series. He cites his influences as including Frank Ocean, Lauren Hill, Skepta and Wiley.  Last year he won the Best Grime Act at the MOBO Awards while this year he finished third in the BBC Introducing top five. He is keen to triumph in the charts and has asked his fans  to support this release so he can succeed without the help of a record label. He has the talent and let’s hope he gets that slice of fortune he needs to help break him to a much wider audience.

Usher featuring Juicy J – ‘I Don’t Mind’

We last heard from the American r’n’b superstar Usher last year when his Nicki Minaj collaboration ‘She Came To Give It To You’ reached the top twenty. This time around he has teamed up with Juicy J for his new single ‘I Don’t Mind’. He has twenty five UK top forty hits to his name and there is a good chance that this will become hit number twenty six. Juicy J may be less well known but did appear on Katy Perry’s massive hit ‘Dark Horse’. The audio version of the track was uploaded to his Vevo account back in October and it has received an amazing 28m views since then. He is due to undertake an extensive UK tour which kicks off in Nottingham next month and concludes at The O2 in London twelve days later. For now I expect to see this give him another big hit and it should see him back inside the top ten next Sunday afternoon.

The Vaccines – ‘Handsome’

I was fortunate enough to catch Indie favourites The Vaccines when they supported Arctic Monkeys at The O2 a couple of years back and with a set based largely around their debut album ‘What Did You Expect From The Vaccines’ I was left very impressed. Their second album ‘Come Of Age’ topped the charts, and hopes are high for their third long player ‘English Graffiti’ which is due out later this year. This week sees the release of their latest single ‘Handsome’ which clocks in at just over two minutes in length. The digital download also features the Dave Fridmann edit of ‘Handsome Reimagined’. They haven’t traditionally had any big hit singles but this is a great slice of Indie pop which bodes well for their latest batch of new material. I look forward to that new album and maybe catching them live at one of the big Summer festivals.

Also released this week are ‘King Of The World’ by Blue, ‘The Longest Of Goodbyes’ by BOTH, ‘Pray To God’ by Calvin Harris featuring HAIM, ‘Mirror Man’ by Ella Henderson, ‘Cassie O’ by George Ezra, ‘Paper Light (Higher)’ by Loreen, ‘Let Me Down’ by Sam Smith featuring John Legend, ‘The Fall Line EP’ by Sunset Sons and ‘Let In The Sun’ by Take That.

Next Week…

Flo Rida featuring Sage The Gemini & Lookas look set to go straight in at the top but watch out for Usher notching up a high new entry too. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Bryan Ferry, Erasure, Mark Knopfler and The Script. Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

8 March, 2015 - Posted by | ChartChat

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