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UK Top 40 Recap – 11th May 2014


Calvin Harris entered the chart at #1 last week with Summer, but a drought of new entries in the top 10 means things hardly change near the top this week.

Continuing the trend of new entries at the bottom of the chart we have Katy Perry who enters at 38 with Birthday and Jason Derulo with Snoop Dogg at 34 with Wiggle. Following 3 top 5 hits from parent album Tattoos, Wiggle marks the first single from the album’s recent Special Edition re-release and becomes Derulo’s 12th UK Top 40 hit. Katy Perry debuted her video for Birthday last week, which sees her in disguise at various birthday celebrations.

Following 2 years of the UK entrant missing out on the top 40, Molly enters at 33 with her Eurovision entry Children Of The Universe. Despite home support, she didn’t far as well as predicted last night, finishing in 17th place with 40 points. This was a noticeable improvement on recent years but still a long way behind the 290 points of overall winner Conchita Wurst of Austria. Expect to see lots more Eurovision entries in next week’s chart, with both the winner and second place entrant from The Netherlands scaling the iTunes chart following the show.

Songs making a climb in the chart include Pharrell Williams with Marilyn Monroe and Alicia Keys with It’s On Again. Other songs moving up outside the top 20 include Michael Jackson’s Love Never Felt So Good and Justin Timberlake’s Not a Bad Thing. Gary Barlow’s Let Me Go re-enters the chart at 22 thanks to a documentary with James Corden which aired on BBC One last Monday. Barlow has also made headlines this weekend due to the massive £20 million bill he must pay after becoming involved in a Tax avoidance scheme.

Foxes enters the chart at number 14 with Holding Onto Heaven, which marks her fourth top 20 hit, a tally that includes Rudimental collaboration Right Here. Her last single Let Go For Tonight made it to number 7 in March, while her debut album Glorious is released tomorrow.

Entering the top 10 is Only Love Can Hurt Like This by Paloma Faith which becomes her joint successful single yet, matching her number 7 peak with Picking Up The Pieces. Written by Diane Warren, it becomes the second top 10 single from Paloma’s third album A Perfect Contradiction. If it continues to rise up the ranks next week it could become her first top 5 single.

The only new entry in the top 10 is courtesy of Pitbull and G.R.L. who make their UK chart debut with Wild Wild Love at number 6. It’s Pitbull’s 13th Top 10 single following his number 1 hit Timber with Ke$ha earlier in 2014 which remains in the top 40 at number 36. Pitbull also appears on I’m A Freak by Enrique Iglesias at number 40.

There’s little change at the top end of the chart this week, despite Mr Probz reclaiming the number 1 spot from Calvin Harris with Waves. John Legend’s All Of Me remains the only song in the top 5 not to have made it to number 1, despite climbing to number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US this week. Mr Probz is only the second act to have 2 non consecutive weeks at the top spot this year, the other being Pharrell Williams who returned to the top spot twice in 2014 with Happy. It also ends a 9 week run of brand new number 1 entries.

Predictions for next week:

It’s pretty safe to assume that Rita Ora will score her 4th number 1 single with I Will Never Let You Down. The Calvin Harris produced track sees the couple collaborate for the first time, though it surely won’t be their last chart hit together. Be sure to look out for more Eurovision songs entering the top 40 too. Calm After The Storm and Children Of The Universe could make the top 10, while the winner Rise Like A Phoenix might make the top 20. Here are my predictions for the top 5:

1) Rita Ora – Never Let You Down
2) Mr Probz – Waves (Robin Schulz Remix)
3) Kiesza – Hideaway
4) Calvin Harris – Summer
5) The Common Linnets – Calm After The Storm

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