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Charts – 8 June 2014

Posted on Saturday, June 14, 2014 by Paul in Music

Running horribly behind schedule again, so we’ll probably keep this one quick…

37.  R3hab, NERVO & Ummet Ozcan – “Revolution”

Nothing like subtlety in your video openings, is there?  R3hab is a Dutch DJ who’s been remixing bigger names for years; this is his first UK hit in his own right.  NERVO are Australian twins making their second chart appearance – the first was “Like Home”, a collaboration with Nicky Romero that got to number 33 last May.  They’ve done higher profile work as songwriters, most notably David Guetta’s “When Love Takes Over”.  Ummet Ozcan is another Dutch producer, whose Wikipedia entry is transparently a work of Dutch fandom.  (“His releases may mostly be found in the highest region of the Beatport charts.”)

25.  Wilkinson featuring Tom Cane – “Half Light”

A second hit for producer Mark Wilkinson, who has imaginatively christened himself “Wilkinson” for recording purposes.  I suppose it’s better than “Mark”.  The first was “Afterglow”, which got to number 8 last year.  A previous follow-up, “Too Close”, missed the top 40 in March.  The track has been available on an album for months, but the single promotion has evidently helped it out.

Tom Cane also picks up a second hit – he was the guest singer on “Through the Night” by Drumsound & Bassline Smith, which peaked at 34 two years ago.

24.  Little Mix – “Salute”

Climbing 16 places, and looking set to repeat it next week.  Nice to see it picking up some speed after a slow start.

22.  Kasabian – “eez-eh”

From the “wow, are they still going” file.  Kasabian debuted back in 2004, and their biggest hit came in 2009 when “Fire” got to number 3.  In fact, this is their highest chart place since then.  It’s an synth pop track, which is a surprising change of direction for them, and unusually the midweeks have it holding steady.

20.  Lethal Bizzle featuring Cheri Voncelle – “The Drop”

Seventh hit for Lethal Bizzle, who has still yet to make the top ten.  That won’t be changing here, as this is gone in the midweeks.  Sounds to me like it’s trying to be a crossover radio hit, in which case number 20 ought to be a disappointment.  First hit for Cheri Voncelle, who’s got videos of her own on YouTube going back three years under the name “Cherri V”.

16.  The Neon Brotherhood – “Hope Ain’t a Bad Thing”

This is a grass roots charity single commemorating the death of teenage cancer campaigner Stephen Sutton.  (The artist credit refers to Neon Sound Studios, where it was recorded.)  It isn’t available on YouTube, since it’s a charity release and all, but it’s an unusually rough around the edges recording to wind up in the top 40 – something that feels quite appropriate.

9.  Jason Derulo featuring Snoop Dogg – “Wiggle”

Climbing 10, astonishingly.

5.  John Legend – “All of Me”

We haven’t mentioned this in a while, but the fact that it’s just kind of hanging around shouldn’t lead us to overlook the fact that it’s been hanging around forever – it’s now in its 15th week inside the top 10.

1.  Ed Sheeran – “Sing”

This week’s entry in the endless parade of one-week number 1s.  This is a collaboration with Pharrell Williams, of all people, and at first glance it’s Pharrell’s style that predominates here once you look past the acoustic guitar.  Not that that’s any sort of problem.  But Sheeran used to make records a lot closer to this territory – his second single was “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You”, pointing to an avenue that got quietly dropped from his single releases.

This is his first number 1, his previous peak being number 3 for his debut “The A Team” in 2011.

On the albums chart:

  • “In the Lonely Hour” by Sam Smith spends a second week at number 1.  Remember when singles got to spend second weeks at number 1?
  • “New Eyes” by Clean Bandit, their debut album and collection of stuff that came out over the last few years, at a respectable 3.
  • “More Modern Classics” by Paul Weller at 6.  A greatest hits compilation (and, obviously enough, the follow-up to 1986’s “Modern Classics”).
  • “Led Zeppelin” by Led Zeppelin at 7.  Reissue time.
  • “Hank” by Hank Marvin at 8.  His 15th solo album.  Remarkably he has not previously used the name simply “Hank”, despite having worked his way through “Hank Marvin”, “Hank Plays Cliff”, “Hank Plays Holly” and “Hank Plays Live”.
  • “Led Zeppelin 3” by Led Zeppelin at 10.
  • “La Petite Mort” by James at 11.  They haven’t had a hit single since reforming in 2008, but they fit in just fine in today’s album market.
  • “Led Zeppelin 2” by Led Zeppelin at 12.  Did I mention there was a reissue programme on?
  • “National Treasure – Ultimate Collection” by Vera Lynn at 13.  Neatly timed for the D-Day commemorations.
  • “Animal Ambition” by 50 Cent at 21.  That’s actually one place better than his last album; the UK has kind of lost interest in 50 Cent.

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