UK Top 40 Recap – 4th May 2014

calvin-harrisLast week saw a number of new entries, including Mr Probz making his debut at the number 1 spot, but new entries are fewer this week.

The first to make an appearance is courtesy of Pharrell Williams at number 40 with Marilyn Monroe, the second single from his number 1 album GIRL. Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar enter at number 39. It’s On Again is taken from the soundtrack for The Amazing Spiderman 2 and is produced by none other than Pharrell Williams. Its On Again marks Keys’ 17th Top 40 entry in a career spanning 13 years. Her biggest seller is the solo version her Jay-Z collaboration Empire State Of Mind (Part II) Broken Down which reached number 4 back in 2010. It’s On Again is only the 2nd appearance in the top 40 for Kendrick Lamar, he featured on Robin Thicke’s Give It 2 U which reached number 34 last year.

The next new entry is the next posthumous single from Michael Jackson, Love Never Felt So Good which makes it to number 27 on just 24 hours of sales. Split across the solo and duet version featuring Justin Timberlake this is Jackson’s 59th appearance in the UK top 40. Expect it to move up the chart in the coming weeks.

Moving up to number 20 we find the next new entry, Only Love Can Hurt Like This from Paloma Faith. The second single from her 3rd album A Perfect Contradiction, it follows on from the top 10 single Can’t Rely On You. It marks her 6th top 20 hit, 7th if you include her contribution to the 2012 Christmas Number 1 He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother by The Justice Collective.

Songs rising up the ranks include Justin Timberlake’s Not A Bad Thing at number 22 which could soon become his 18th Top 10 single if it continues to climb in the coming weeks. DJ Snake and Lil John move up to number 24 and Chris Brown enters the top 10 with Loyal. This becomes Brown’s 11th top 10 hit, while giving featured artists Lil Wayne and Tyga their 5th and 2nd respectively.

Another Coldplay release from their upcoming Ghost Stories album will miss out on sales this week. After a debut on Jools Holland, A Sky Full Of Stars will not be chart eligible, despite residing in the top 3 of the iTunes chart for most of the week. Their number 1 hit Paradise suffered a similar fate, missing out on sales that if counted would make it a million selling single.

The top 10 is largely unchanged, with only 2 new songs, the aforementioned Loyal and our new number 1 from Calvin Harris. Iggy Azalea’s Fancy re-enters at number 9, while Stay High by Tove Lo rises 2 places to number 7. The top 4 songs are all number 1 songs, appearing in the order they were released with Calvin Harris claiming the top spot. Summer is his 6th number 1 single and follows last year’s Hurts and Alesso collaboration Under Control. Summer is only the third number 1 to feature Harris’ vocals, the others being the 2009 single I’m Not Alone and featured vocals on Dizzee Rascal’s Dance Wiv Me.

Predictions for next week:

I don’t expect we will see much change in the top 5 next week, though I do think Mr Probz could return to number 1 with Waves. New entries from Foxes and Pitbull should make a dent in the top 20, while we should see the new songs from Michael Jackson and Pharrell rising up the ranks. The UK entrant for next week’s Eurovision song contest could enter the top 40 as well. Molly’s song Children Of The Universe could make her become the first UK entrant to secure a chart hit since Blue’s I Can reached number 16 in 2011. Here are my predictions for next week’s top 5:

1) Mr Probz – Waves (Robin Schulz Remix)
2) Calvin Harris – Summer
3) Kiesza – Hideaway
4) Sigma – Nobody To Love
5) Pitbull – Wild Wild Love (Feat. G.R.L.)

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