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UK Top 40 Recap – 25th May 2014

Sam SmithLast week saw Rita Ora claim her 4th #1 single, but a host of new entries this week means her short reign at the top may already be over.

There’s plenty of action at the bottom end of the chart with a new entry from X Factor winners Little Mix. Salute enters at 35 and marks their 9th top 40 single and third entry from their album of the same name. Expect it to rise again in the coming weeks following a performance on the Britain’s Got Talent Final. Clarity by Zedd and Foxes re-enters at number 40, off the back of the latter’s debut album Glorious which saw release last week.

The big new entry in the lower end of the chart is courtesy of Nicki Minaj with the debut single from her upcoming third album The Pink Print. Released on Wednesday Pills N Potions was well received by critics who saw it as welcome crossover of the Hip Hop and Pop genres she often switches between. It makes it to 38 in it’s first week, though expect it to rise as the song gains traction on TV and radio. It is Minaj’s 20th entry in the top 40 in just under 5 years.

Songs moving up the chart include Katy Perry with Birthday and Pharrell Williams with Marilyn Monroe, which should continue to rise as his million seller Happy begins to drop. Also moving up the chart to number 18 is Ed Sheeran with One, an instant-grat song from his upcoming second album x. The proper lead single for the album, Sing has seen success across the world and looks to become a big hit in the UK when it sees a release next weekend.

Afrojack enters the chart at number 20 with Ten Feet Tall, the second single from the album Forget The World which also saw a release this week. The final new entry outside of the top 10 is courtesy of Coldplay. Eligible for the first time this week, A Sky Full Of Stars would have made it into the top 10 on its first week of sales, but it enters the chart at 15 alongside the #1 album Ghost Stories. The band’s 6th consecutive #1 album, Ghost Stories sold 168k copies this week to become the fastest selling album of 2014 so far.

The top 10 sees 3 new entries this week, the first of which is Extraordinary by Clean Bandit and Sharna Bass. Though it fails to match the success of previous #1 single Rather Be, Extraordinary enters at number 5 this week to give the Cambridge trio their second top 10 single. Achieving his 3rd top 10 single is Fuse ODG with Dangerous Love at number 3. His highest peaking single to date, it also gives featured act Sean Paul his 11th top 10 single.

With last week’s #1 song, Rita Ora’s I Will Never Let You Down slipping to number 4 we have a new song at the top spot. Stay With Me becomes the third #1 single for Brit’s Critics Choice winner Sam Smith following Money On My Mind earlier this year and Naughty Boy’s million seller La La La. Stay With Me is the first ballad to reach #1 in 2014 following a string of dance records and bodes well for his debut album which is released next week.

Predictions for next week:

New entries from Klingande and Secondcity could both have a chance at #1 this week, a hefty lead on iTunes for latter making it the most obvious pick at this stage. Sam Smith isn’t too far behind though, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he makes it two weeks at number 1 with Stay With Me. Expect the rest of the top 10 to remain much the same, though new entries from Lana Del Rey and Ellie Goulding could rise during the week. Here’s my top 5 prediction for next week:

1) Secondcity – I Wanna Feel
2) Sam Smith – Stay With Me
3) Mr Probz – Waves (Robin Schulz Remix)
4) Klingande – Jubel
5) Rita Ora – I Will Never Let You Down

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