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Sep 16

Charts – 14 September 2014

Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by Paul in Music, Uncategorized

Quiet week.  (In the chart.  Not generally.)

And for no particular reason, let’s pause to ask ourselves how each of these tracks did on the Scottish chart.  How different are we, really?

26.  A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera – “Say Something”

Originally released in March, when it made number 4.  Why is it back?  Why, because X Factor is back on the air, and “Say Something” is thoroughly suited for use in X Factor.  And so X Factor is duly hammering it.  It showed up in the midweeks for the previous chart, but vanished by Sunday; this time it shows a bit more staying power.

Scottish chart position: n/a.  Yes, Scotland is less likely to buy X Factor backing music.  We’re off to a good start, Scotland!

22.  Fall Out Boy – “Centuries”


Sep 9

Charts – 7 September 2014

Posted on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 by Paul in Music

I know, I know – I’ve still got to do All-New Doop.  We’ll get to it.  I’m turning it over in my mind.

In the meantime!

38.  5 Seconds of Summer – “Amnesia”


Sep 1

Charts – 31 August 2014

Posted on Monday, September 1, 2014 by Paul in Music

Another quiet week for new releases, while the turnover of number 1 singles continues with another hitherto obscure act.  But first…

38.  Katy Perry – “This Is How We Do”


Aug 27

Charts – 24 August 2014

Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by Paul in Music

This was looking like a busy chart in the midweeks, but it calmed down drastically by Sunday – once again, front loaded sales mean that three singles that looked on track to make the top 40 are gone by the time of the chart proper, including one that was showing as high as 20.  We’re left with…

34.  Saint Motel – “My Type”


Aug 19

Charts – 17 August 2014

Posted on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 by Paul in Music

This would have been a pretty dead chart, were it not for a couple of future hits poking their heads into the bottom of the top 40.  But hey!  Something manages to spend a second week at number one!

40.  Sam Smith – “I’m Not The Only One”


Aug 5

Charts – 3 August 2014

Posted on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 by Paul in Music

This chart ends up rather quieter than the midweeks seemed to promise.  Outside the top 40, it’s worth noting “Home” by Leah McFall featuring, in which the overpunctuated producer nobly attempts to help launch the career of one of the acts he mentored during the last season of The Voice (and who he plainly thought should have won).  Remarkably, Radio 1 hasn’t supported the record even though the BBC1 show could use all the help it can get.  But to be fair, whatever airplay it got on independent radio hasn’t done it much good either.  Result: number 56.  That’s astonishing for a record which really isn’t bad, which was on a major label, and which was promoted by  It tends to suggest that The Voice UK is now an outright toxic brand in terms of mainstream pop music.

37.  Vic Mensa – “Down on my Luck”


Jul 30

Charts – 27 July 2014

Posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 by Paul in Music

A very top-heavy chart this week, with all the new entries landing in the top 20.  Of mild note, Cher Lloyd’s comeback single “Sirens” – you know, her from X Factor - lands at 41, which I guess is actually marginally better than landing at 39, in as much as fewer people will notice it happened.

19.  Jamie N Commons & X Ambassadors – “Jungle”


Jul 23

Charts – 20 July 2014

Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by Paul in Music

We’ve got a pretty dead week here.  Not much in the way of new releases, and what there is, hasn’t exactly sustained its sales.

30.  Kove featuring Melissa Steel – “Way We Are”


Jul 14

Charts – 13 July 2014

Posted on Monday, July 14, 2014 by Paul in Music

It’s the second week to factor streaming into the chart, and the muted start for the new format continues, with one of the dullest charts of the year.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

38.  Matrix & Futurebound featuring Tanya Lacey – “Don’t Look Back”


Jul 7

Charts – 6 July 2014

Posted on Monday, July 7, 2014 by Paul in Music, Uncategorized

Welcome to the brave new technological frontier – the first chart of the streaming era!  And what changes do we see?  Um, not very much.  Because the chart is still heavily weighted towards sales, you’re not going to see things charting on streaming alone – and besides, the streaming chart lags behind the sales chart anyway.  Frankly, the only noticeable impact this week is that some older tracks still hanging around the streaming chart (like “Rather Be”) rebound.  But hey, let’s see what else we have.

39.  The Vamps – “Somebody to You”