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Apr 14

Charts – 13 March 2014

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

Hey, I haven’t reminded you about our live show for a couple of posts!  Buy tickets here!  May 31!  It’s for charity!

Meanwhile, on the charts: re-recorded remixes, film soundtracks, and somebody gets a hit single after The Voice UK final!

40.  Paolo Nutini – “Better Man”


Apr 9

Charts – 6 March 2014

Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by Paul in Music

I’m late enough that the midweeks for next Sunday’s chart are out – it’s been a while since that’s happened, so let’s get this one done.

And don’t forget to buy tickets for our live show on 31 May – all details are at this post, including the online ordering details.

We kick off with something unexpected…

40.  Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monn & Idina Menzel – “Do You Want To Build A Snowman”

This is not officially on YouTube, though Disney must be turning a blind eye, giving that there are versions with millions of views up there.  It’s presumably in the chart because of the Frozen DVD release.  ”Let It Go”, which is still hanging around the top 40 after all these weeks, climbs up to a new high of 17 this week.  ”Do You Want To Build A Snowman”, while a lovely scene, isn’t exactly the obvious track for people to be cherry picking – but here it is, and it’s actually climbing in the midweeks, which show a third Frozen song – “For The First Time in Forever” – set to join them.  It’s only at 38, though, so it might not be there on Sunday.  Obviously this wasn’t possible until the download era, but the download era has been going long enough that Frozen stands out as doing something truly odd.


Apr 1

Charts – 30 March 2014

Posted on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Paul in Music

The parade of plugs continues – once again, I direct your attention to the post about the upcoming live show, and where to buy tickets!

Coming up sooner or later, a look at Marvel Knights: X-Men, but first…

33.  Haim – “If I Could Change Your Mind”


Mar 24

Charts – 23 March 2014

Posted on Monday, March 24, 2014 by Paul in Music

If you haven’t seen it already, cast your eyes one post down for the details of the special House to Astonish live episode, which will be taking place on 31 May!


37.  London Grammar – “Hey Now”


Mar 17

Charts – 16 March 2014

Posted on Monday, March 17, 2014 by Paul in Music

Since the UK music industry likes promoting records for weeks before they’re released, but doesn’t much care for promoting records over Christmas or the early new year, it’s round about this time that we start seeing a deluge of new releases.  And lo and behold, there’s a lot of very forgettable stuff out this week…

39.  One Direction – “Midnight Memories”


Mar 10

Charts – 9 March 2014

Posted on Monday, March 10, 2014 by Paul in Music

What you might call a quiet week.

36.  Avicii – “Addicted To You”


Mar 4

Charts – 2 March 2014

Posted on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Paul in Music

A quiet week for new releases, coupled with a surprise number 1 that breaks a few records…

35.  Kid Ink featuring Chris Brown – “Show Me” 

Rebounding from last week’s number 75 to get a third run in the top 40.  Not sure what’s going on here.  It’s certainly hung around a while for a song that never made it above 23.

26.  Starship – “We Built This City”


Feb 25

Charts – 23 February 2014

Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 by Paul in Music

It’s time for the annual Brit Awards chart.  This has become a regular feature of the download era, as the primetime awards show reminds people of records they’d forgotten to buy, or actually allows them to download live performances that duly propel songs back into the chart.  Even though the ratings were the lowest in years, they’re still enough to have some impact on the lower half of the top 40.

For example…

39.  The Arctic Monkeys – “Do I Wanna Know” 

Originally a number 11 hit last June.  The Arctic Monkeys won Best British Group.  Oddly, this isn’t the song they performed on the show – that was 2012′s “R U Mine?”, which re-enters at 55.


Feb 18

Charts – 16 February 2014

Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Paul in Music

An interesting day for the charts, as the BBC has just announced that streaming services are going to be incorporated into the top 40.  There are obvious questions of weighting here, but the basic idea of counting audiences on streaming services is plainly right.  Judging from the OCC’s existing streaming chart, the main impact will be to slow the charts down; it’ll be interesting to see how they do the weighting.

As for this week’s chart, we may be a first – a top 40 with two records deemed completely unbroadcastable by the Radio 1 chart show.

40.  Nina Nesbitt – “Selfies”


Feb 10

Charts – 9 February 2014

Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 by Paul in Music

Time for another quiet week, then.  One big new release, and that’s pretty much it for the upper end of the chart.  Thankfully, there’s a bit more going on at the lower end, and on the album chart…

38.  Lorde – “Team”