808s / UK Top 40 Recap

UK Top 40 Recap – 27th April 2014


Kicking this week’s chart off we have a new entry from The Kooks at number 40. Down marks their 9th top 40 hit and manages to sneak into the chart by a narrow margin after slipping down the iTunes chart throughout the week. Other new entries between 40-31 include Not A Bad Thing for Justin Timberlake at 36 and Joel Compass at 34 with Forgive Me, the first charting track from the up and coming singer.

The most unexpected new entry has to be Lana Del Rey with Gods & Monsters a track taken from her 2012 EP Paradise. The song has earned plenty of airplay on BBC1 after being used on an advert for EastEnders to promote the current Lucy Beale murder storyline. Del Rey recently debuted the first single from her upcoming second album Ultraviolence. West Coast has already become a hit across the world and will be receiving a UK release on 18th May. Given the unexpected success of Gods & Monsters perhaps West Coast could go on to become Lana Del Rey’s biggest single yet?

Looking further up the chart new entries are more scarce, with only a few tracks moving upwards in the list. All 3 tracks from the Frozen soundtrack continue their ascent, with Do You Want To Build A Snowman reaching a new peak of 26. Let It Go resides just outside of the top 10 after 16 weeks in the top 40. The Frozen soundtrack continues to dominate charts across the Atlantic, last week scoring its highest sales week yet, marking it’s 11th non consecutive week at #1 on the Billboard 200 thanks to 259,000 copies sold. Surpassing The Lion King as the longest running #1 for an animated film soundtrack, Frozen looks to continue to break records for the foreseeable future.

The only other songs to move up the chart are DJ Snake & Lil Jon with Turn Down For What at number 32 and Chris Brown with Loyal at 15. Magic by Coldplay also moves back into the top 20. Coldplay released promotional single Midnight to iTunes this week, with parent album Ghost Stories arriving on 16th May. We don’t see another new entry until number 14 where Indiana makes her UK chart debut with Solo Dancing.

The top 10 begins with Happy from Pharrell Williams scoring its 20th week in a row in the top 10. In the last 50 years there have only been 2 other songs to spend 20 weeks or more in the top 10, Wet Wet Wet’s Love Is All Around and Bryan Adams’ Everything I Do (I Do It For You) scoring 20 and 21 consecutive weeks respectively. Happy is the longest running track in the current top 40 and it hasn’t left the top 10 since it rose to number 4 on 8th December.

More new entries come from Neon Jungle and DJ Cassidy. After debut single Trouble and the number 4 peaking Braveheart, Welcome To The Jungle enters at number 7 for Neon Jungle. Their debut album is scheduled for a release later this year. DJ Cassidy’s Calling All Hearts enters at number 6 with help from Jessie J and Robin Thicke. Calling All Hearts is Jessie’s 9th top 10 single and Thicke’s second, both acts have scored a million seller in the UK with Price Tag and Blurred Lines respectively.

Now looking to the top end of the chart, Cash Cash enter at number 5 with Take Me Home featuring Bebe Rexha. Originally released back in July of 2013 Take Me Home is the first chart hit for the American dance trio. The song has already reached Platinum certification in Australia and it gives both artists their first top 5 single. Moving down a place to number 2 is last week’s number 1 Hideaway by Kiesza. The song replaced Sigma’s Nobody To Love at the top spot and sold 136,000 copies last week to be the third fastest selling song of 2014 so far.

Kiesza moving down means that we have a new number 1, courtesy of Mr Probz with Waves (Robin Schulz Remix). Released last year across Europe, it wasn’t until the remixed version emerged that the song began to gain traction in the UK. The song has already topped the charts in Sweden, Germany and Austria, and becomes the first chart hit for the Danish artist in the UK after sales of 127,000 copies. Waves is the 8th consecutive new entry to top the charts, following the aforementioned Kiesza and Sigma as well as acts like Aloe Blacc and Route 94.

Predictions for next week:

Calvin Harris looks set to replace Mr Probz at number 1 with Summer. Already at number 1 on iTunes, Summer could go on to become Harris’ 6th number 1 following Dizzee Rascal collaboration Dance Wiv MeI’m Not Alone, Rihanna’s We Found Love, Sweet Nothing and Under Control. If it makes it to the top spot it will only be the second of his #1 singles to feature his own vocals. The top 5 doesn’t look to change much, a top 4 of #1 singles in the order of release is looking increasingly likely. Expect to see John Legend retain his spot in the top 5 as well. Idina Menzel might finally sneak into the top 10 with Let It Go from Frozen, which would be one of the longest rises to the top 10 in recent memory. Here is my predictions for the top 5 songs for next week’s chart:

1) Calvin Harris – Summer
2) Mr Probz – Waves (Robin Schulz Remix)
3) Kiesza – Hideaway
4) Sigma – Nobody To Love
5) John Legend – All Of Me

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