Saturday, 19 April 2014

Top 20 singles/albums - Week Beginning 21/4/14

Top 20 singles



1. Molly - Children Of The Universe (1) (CR-3-3-2-2-2-1-1)
2. Sigma - Nobody To Love (4) (CR-19-14-7-8-9-12-4-2)
3. RAM & Susana - RAMelia (Tribute To Amelia) (17) (CR-17-3)
4. Sanna Nielsen - Undo (2) (CR-3-3-2-1-1-1-1-1-2-4)
5. Mr Probz - Waves (Robin Schulz Radio Edit) (5) (CR-13-8-5-5)
6. Duke Dumont feat Jax Jones - I Got U (3) (CR-14-5-3-3-6)
7. Ed Sheeran - Sing (6) (CR-6-7)
8. Vilija Matačiūnaitė - Attention (15) (CR-15-8)
9. Clean Bandit feat Sharna Bass - Extraordinary (11) (CR-18-11-9)
10. Ingrid Michaelson feat A Great Big World - Over You (16) (CR-16-10)
11. Andriette & Adam Tas - Ek Sal (20) (CR-20-11)
12. Sheppard - Geronimo (18) (CR-18-12)
13. Sweet California - This Is The Life (7) (CR-4-6-7-7-13)
14. Coldplay - Magic (12) (CR-20-15-OUT-12-14)
15. Seinabo Sey - Younger (10) (CR-8-5-12-OUT-11-9-10-15)
16. Pamela Myburgh - Fool (NEW) (CR-16)
17.
Tove Lo feat Hippie Sabotage - Stay High (13) (CR-13-17)

18. Afrojack feat Wrabel - Ten Feet Tall (19) (CR-19-19-18)
19. Sergej Ćetković - Moj Svijet (NEW) (CR-19)
20. Carl Espen - Silent Storm (NEW) (CR-20) 

Top 20 albums



1. Eurovision Song Contest Copenhagen 2014 (1) (CR-12-12-1-1)
2. Sweet California - Break Of Day (NEW) (CR-2)
3. Shakira - Shakira. (2) (CR-1-1-2-3)
4. Go!Go!Go! - Radio Go!Go!Go! (NEW) (CR-4)
5. Kylie Minogue - Kiss Me Once (3) (CR-1-1-2-2-3-5)
6. Paolo Nutini - Caustic Love (NEW) (CR-6)
7. Ingrid Michaelson - Lights Out (10) (CR-10-7)
8. Now 87 (4) (CR-4-8)
9. The Vamps - Meet The Vamps (NEW) (CR-9)
10. Armin Van Buuren - A State Of Trance 2014 (8) (CR-10-4-8-10)
11. Sanna Nielsen - 16 Bästa (6) (CR-6-6-11)
12. Christina Perri - Head Or Heart (7) (CR-3-7-12)
13. Top Hits (5) (CR-5-13)
14. Helene Fischer - Best Of (9) (CR-3-5-9-14)
15. Swedish House Mafia - One Last Tour: A Live Soundtrack (NEW) (CR-15)
16. Duck Sauce - Quack (NEW) (CR-16)
17. Elisa Lindström - Leva (11) (CR-9-11-17)
18. Engelbert Humperdinck - Engelbert Calling (NEW) (CR-18)
19. Katy B - Little Red (17) (CR-1-1-1-2-2-4-5-11-14-17-19)
20. Trance 100 2014 (NEW) (CR-20) 

Commentary

Molly gets a second week at No.1 with her UK Eurovision entry Children Of The Universe while Sigma climb two places to a new peak of No.2 with the UK chart topper Nobody To Love! Dutch trance DJ RAM and Susana shoot up to No.3 with RAMelia (Tribute To Amelia), Sanna Nielsen dips two places to No.4 with the former chart topper Undo and Mr Probz sticks at No.5 with Waves (Robin Schulz Radio Edit)! 

The Eurovision 2014 compilation stays at No.1 for a second week just ahead of Spanish girlband Sweet California who smash in at No.2 with debut album Break Of Day! Shakira's Shakira. dips a place to No.3, British pop group Go!Go!Go! enter at No.4 with Radio Go!Go!Go! and Kylie Minogue falls to No.5 with Kiss Me Once.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Top 20 singles/albums - Week Beginning 14/4/14

Top 20 singles



1. Molly - Children Of The Universe (2) (CR-3-3-2-2-2-1)
2. Sanna Nielsen - Undo (1) (CR-3-3-2-1-1-1-1-1-2)
3. Duke Dumont feat Jax Jones - I Got U (3) (CR-14-5-3-3)
4. Sigma - Nobody To Love (12) (CR-19-14-7-8-9-12-4)
5. Mr Probz - Waves (Robin Schulz Radio Edit) (8) (CR-13-8-5)
6. Ed Sheeran - Sing (NEW) (CR-6)
7. Sweet California - This Is The Life (7) (CR-4-6-7-7)
8. John Martin - Anywhere For You (4) (CR-5-2-4-6-8-7-4-4-8)
9. Shakira - Empire (5) (CR-14-16-OUT-15-5-9)
10. Seinabo Sey - Younger (9) (CR-8-5-12-OUT-11-9-10)
11. Clean Bandit feat Sharna Bass - Extraordinary (18) (CR-18-11)
12. Coldplay - Magic (Re-entry) (CR-20-15-OUT-12)
13. Tove Lo feat Hippie Sabotage - Stay High (NEW) (CR-13)
14. Rita Ora - I Will Never Let You Down (14) (CR-14-14)
15. Vilija Matačiūnaitė - Attention (NEW) (CR-15)
16. Ingrid Michaelson feat A Great Big World - Over You (NEW) (CR-16)
17.
Ram & Susana - Ramelia (Tribute To Amelia) (NEW) (CR-17)

18. Sheppard - Geronimo (NEW) (CR-18)
19. Afrojack feat Wrabel - Ten Feet Tall (19) (CR-19-19)
20. Andriette & Adam Tas - Ek Sal (NEW) (CR-20)

Top 20 albums



1. Eurovision Song Contest Copenhagen 2014 (12) (CR-12-12-1)
2. Shakira - Shakira. (1) (CR-1-1-2)
3. Kylie Minogue - Kiss Me Once (2) (CR-1-1-2-2-3)
4. Now 87 (NEW) (CR-4)
5. Top Hits (NEW) (CR-5)
6. Sanna Nielsen - 16 Bästa (6) (CR-6-6)
7. Christina Perri - Head Or Heart (3) (CR-3-7)
8. Armin Van Buuren - A State Of Trance 2014 (4) (CR-10-4-8)
9. Helene Fischer - Best Of (5) (CR-3-5-9)
10. Ingrid Michaelson - Lights Out (NEW) (CR-10)
11. Elisa Lindström - Leva (9) (CR-9-11)
12. Oscar Zia - I Don't Know How To Dance (10) (CR-10-12)
13. Absolute Music 75 (8) (CR-4-8-13)
14. Aloe Blacc - Lift Your Spirit (Re-entry) (CR-18-OUT-14)
15. Helena Paparizou - One Life (11) (CR-8-11-15)
16. Christopher - Told You So (NEW) (CR-16)
17. Katy B - Little Red (14) (CR-1-1-1-2-2-4-5-11-14-17)
18. Todd Terje - It's Album Time (NEW) (CR-18)
19. The Fooo - Off The Grid (16) (CR-16-19)
20. Kate Miller-Heidke - O Vertigo! (7) (CR-5-7-20)

Commentary

On its sixth week inside the top three Molly finally climbs to the top of the pile with Children Of The Universe, the UK's entry to Eurovision 2014! Sanna Nielsen's Undo dips a place to No.2 after five weeks on top and Duke Dumont stays at No.3 for a second week with I Got U. Sigma's huge drum & bass hit Nobody To Love jumps to a new peak of No.4 and Dutch act Mr Probz climbs to a new peak of No.5 with his smooth international hit Waves! 

The Eurovision Song Contest 2014 compilation album follows all of its predecessors since 2001 to the top of the album chart, leaping up from No.12 last week! Shakira's Shakira. drops a place to No.2 after two weeks in control, Kylie Minogue falls a spot to No.3 with Kiss Me Once and the battle of the compilation albums is won by Now 87 which enters at No.4, just ahead of Top Hits at No.5, the first new edition of the Hits series for eight years!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Can Ed Sheeran, Twin Atlantic and Shakira pull off their new musical directions?

Ed Sheeran - Sing



I'm a huge fan of Ed Sheeran. I was willing him to do well right from the turn of the decade when I heard The A Team in 2010 due to his connection to Leddra Chapman, one of my favourite female singer-songwriters. A year and a half later he finally broke into the mainstream and has been unstoppable ever since. It's fair to say that with the exception of You Need Me, I Don't Need You and The City, Ed's debut album + was a bit of a soppy, ballad-heavy affair. But it sold in vast quantities so I was expecting him to come back with something similar to Lego House - I was wrong. Sing, the lead single from Ed's new album X, is a Pharrell Williams produced jam that sounds like a lost classic Justin Timberlake single. Ed's vocals sound stronger than ever with a daring falsetto chorus that soars across the fresh, funky bassline. This is Ed's Rolling In The Deep moment and it will be absolutely huge.

Twin Atlantic - Heart And Soul



Scottish rockers Twin Atlantic showed promise with early heavy material such as Free and Make A Beast Of Myself, so fans had been heavily anticipating comeback single Heart And Soul. The verses are in unmistakably familiar territory with Sam McTrusty's instantly recognisable vocals where you can fully hear his thick accent shining through. But it's the chorus that is the surprise here - it launches straight into One Direction territory with a melody ripped straight out of their latest single Midnight Memories via the Def Leppard classic Pour Some Sugar On Me. It's a bizarre and strange change in sound for Twin Atlantic that seems to represent the sound of them pleading for commerical success, much in the same vein as You Me At Six's notorious Chiddy Bang collaboration Rescue Me, which the band have since disowned. It will no doubt prove to be their biggest selling single to date by winning over chart fans with that hooky pop chorus but early signs show that their core fanbase are unimpressed with the move. If the album proves to be more of the same then they could soon find themselves playing at Party In The Park rather than T In The Park!

Shakira - Empire



Colombian superstar Shakira has never been one to stick to one sound. In the past two decades she's excelled on latin pop anthems La Tortura and Objection (Tango), impressed with quirky pop hits Whenever, Wherever and She Wolf and smashed with colourful party anthems Hips Don't Lie and Waka Waka (This Time For Africa). Her latest self-titled album is even more of a mish-mash of styles than usual with the reggae influenced lead single and Rihanna collaboration Can't Remember To Forget You sitting next to country duet Medicine with Blake Shelton and the Avril Lavigne-esque pop-rock of Spotlight. But it's new single Empire that stands out the most. Already a top 30 hit in the UK due to her impressive performance of it on The Voice, Empire is a Tori Amos meets Alanis Morrissette sounding angsty theatrical pop anthem with a grand chorus that channels Michael Jackson's Earth Song. In short it's like no sound Shakira has ever attempted before, but proving her versatility, she easily pulls it off.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Top 20 singles/albums - Week Beginning 7/4/14

Top 20 singles



1. Sanna Nielsen - Undo (1) (CR-3-3-2-1-1-1-1-1)
2. Molly - Children Of The Universe (2) (CR-3-3-2-2-2)
3. Duke Dumont feat Jax Jones - I Got U (5) (CR-14-5-3)
4. John Martin - Anywhere For You (4) (CR-5-2-4-6-8-7-4-4)
5. Shakira - Empire (15) (CR-14-16-OUT-15-5)
6. Alcazar - Blame It On The Disco (3) (CR-5-1-2-2-3-3-6)
7. Sweet California - This Is The Life (6) (CR-4-6-7)
8. Mr Probz - Waves (Robin Schulz Radio Edit) (13) (CR-13-8)
9. Seinabo Sey - Younger (11) (CR-8-5-12-OUT-11-9)
10. Eximinds - Phoenix (NEW) (CR-10)
11. Route 94 feat Jess Glynne - My Love (7) (CR-19-18-OUT-9-5-6-7-11)
12. Sigma - Nobody To Love (9) (CR-19-14-7-8-9-12)
13. Firelight - Coming Home (8) (CR-10-8-13)
14. Rita Ora - I Will Never Let You Down (NEW) (CR-14)
15. Christina Perri - Human (Re-entry) (CR-19-OUT-18-OUT-15)
16. Aloe Blacc - The Man (19) (CR-20-OUT-19-16)
17.
Shakira - Dare (La La La) (12) (CR-12-17)

18. Clean Bandit feat Sharna Bass - Extraordinary (NEW) (CR-18)
19. Afrojack feat Wrabel - Ten Feet Tall (NEW) (CR-19)
20. Adam Mišík - Tvoje Světy (NEW) (CR-20)

Top 20 Albums



1. Shakira - Shakira. (1) (CR-1-1)
2. Kylie Minogue - Kiss Me Once (2) (CR-1-1-2-2)
3. Christina Perri - Head Or Heart (NEW) (CR-3)
4. Armin Van Buuren - A State Of Trance 2014 (10) (CR-10-4)
5. Helene Fischer - Best Of (3) (CR-3-5)
6. Sanna Nielsen - 16 Bästa (NEW) (CR-6)
7. Kate Miller-Heidke - O Vertigo! (5) (CR-5-7)
8. Absolute Music 75 (4) (CR-4-8)
9. Elisa Lindström - Leva (NEW) (CR-9)
10. Oscar Zia - I Don't Know How To Dance (NEW) (CR-10)
11. Helena Paparizou - One Life (8) (CR-8-11)
12. Eurovision Song Contest Copenhagen 2014 (12) (CR-12-12)
13. Avicii - True: Avicii By Avicii (7) (CR-7-13)
14. Katy B - Little Red (11) (CR-1-1-1-2-2-4-5-11-14)
15. Sam Bailey - The Power Of Love (6) (CR-6-15)
16. The Fooo - Off The Grid (NEW) (CR-16)
17. The Big Reunion 2014 (9) (CR-8-6-3-9-17)
18. Uh Huh Her - Future Souls (16) (CR-16-18)
19. Mr Little Jeans - Pocketknife (17) (CR-17-19)
20. Foster The People - Supermodel (19) (CR-19-20)

Commentary

It's five weeks on top for Sanna Nielsen's stunning ballad Undo while Molly's Children Of The Universe makes do with 2nd place for the third week in a row! Duke Dumont and Jax Jones climb two places to a new peak of No.3 with their UK chart topper I Got U, John Martin stays at No.4 with Anywhere For You and Shakira leaps to No.5 with new single Empire!

The Colombian superstar also remains on top of the album chart for a second week with Shakira. while Kylie Minogue's Kiss Me Once stays put at No.2! Christina Perri debuts at No.3 with her second album Head Or Heart, Armin Van Buuren's A State Of Trance 2014 compilation soars to No.4 and Helene Fischer dips two spots to No.5 with her Best Of collection.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Top 20 singles/albums - Week Beginning 31/3/14

Top 20 singles



1. Sanna Nielsen - Undo (1) (CR-3-3-2-1-1-1-1)
2. Molly - Children Of The Universe (2) (CR-3-3-2-2)
3. Alcazar - Blame It On The Disco (3) (CR-5-1-2-2-3-3)
4. John Martin - Anywhere For You (7) (CR-5-2-4-6-8-7-4)
5. Duke Dumont feat Jax Jones - I Got U (14) (CR-14-5)
6. Sweet California - This Is The Life (4) (CR-4-6)
7. Route 94 feat Jess Glynne - My Love (6) (CR-19-18-OUT-9-5-6-7)
8. Firelight - Coming Home (10) (CR-10-8)
9. Sigma - Nobody To Love (8) (CR-19-14-7-8-9)
10. Ace Wilder - Busy Doin' Nothin' (5) (CR-12-9-8-6-5-10)
11. Seinabo Sey - Younger (Re-entry) (CR-8-5-12-OUT-11)
12. Shakira - Dare (La La La) (NEW) (CR-12)
13. Mr Probz - Waves (Robin Schulz Radio Edit) (NEW) (CR-13)
14. Sia - Chandelier (9) (CR-9-14)
15. Shakira - Empire (Re-entry) (CR-14-16-OUT-15)
16. Anastacia - Stupid Little Things (NEW) (CR-16)
17. Faul & Wad Ad vs. Pnau - Changes (NEW) (CR-17)

18. Avicii - Dear Boy (Avicii by Avicii Mix) (NEW) (CR-18)
19. Aloe Blacc - The Man (Re-entry) (CR-20-OUT-19)
20. Cascada - Blink (NEW) (CR-20)

Top 20 albums



1. Shakira - Shakira. (NEW) (CR-1)
2. Kylie Minogue - Kiss Me Once (1) (CR-1-1-2)
3. Helene Fischer - Best Of (NEW) (CR-3)
4. Absolute Music 75 (NEW) (CR-4)
5. Kate Miller-Heidke - O Vertigo! (NEW) (CR-5)
6. Sam Bailey - The Power Of Love (NEW) (CR-6)
7. Avicii - True: Avicii By Avicii (NEW) (CR-7)
8. Helena Paparizou - One Life (NEW) (CR-8)
9. The Big Reunion 2014 (3) (CR-8-6-3-9)
10. Armin Van Buuren - A State Of Trance 2014 (NEW) (CR-10)
11. Katy B - Little Red (5) (CR-1-1-1-2-2-4-5-11)
12. Eurovision Song Contest Copenhagen 2014 (NEW) (CR-12)
13. Girl Thing - Girl Thing (2) (CR-3-2-13)
14. Melodifestivalen 2014 (4) (CR- 2-1-1-2-4-14)
15. Helena Paparizou & Antique - Greatest Hits & Remixes 2014 (NEW) (CR-15)
16. Uh Huh Her - Future Souls (NEW) (CR-16)
17. Mr Little Jeans - Pocketknife (NEW) (CR-17)
18. NONONO - We Are Only What We Feel (NEW) (CR-18)
19. Foster The People - Supermodel (NEW) (CR-19)
20. Karmin - Pulses (NEW) (CR-20)

Commentary

Sanna Nielsen becomes the first act of 2014 to make it four weeks on top as Undo clocks up a month in charge in an unchanged top three. Molly's Children Of The Universe sticks at No.2 for a second week and Alcazar's Blame It On The Disco stays put at No.3! John Martin moves back up to No.4 with the anthemic Anywhere For You and Duke Dumont and Jax Jones climb to No.5 with their UK chart topper I Got U! 

Shakira scores yet another number one album as the almost self-titled Shakira. debuts at the top and pushes Kylie Minogue's Kiss Me Once down to No.2. In an album chart with a record 15 new entries, there are further debuts in the top five from Helene Fischer's Best Of at No.3, Absolute Music 75 at No.4 and Kate Miller-Heidke's O Vertigo! at No.5!

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Top 20 singles/albums - Week Beginning 24/3/14

Top 20 singles



1. Sanna Nielsen - Undo (1) (CR-3-3-2-1-1-1)
2. Molly - Children Of The Universe (3) (CR-3-3-2)

3. Alcazar - Blame It On The Disco (2) (CR-5-1-2-2-3) 
4. Sweet California - This Is The Life (NEW) (CR-4)
5. Ace Wilder - Busy Doin' Nothin' (6) (CR-12-9-8-6-5)
6. Route 94 feat Jess Glynne - My Love (5) (CR-19-18-OUT-9-5-6) 
7. John Martin - Anywhere For You (8) (CR-5-2-4-6-8-7) 
8. Sigma - Nobody To Love (7) (CR-19-14-7-8)
9. Sia - Chandelier (NEW) (CR-9) 
10. Firelight - Coming Home (NEW) (CR-10)
11. Martin Garrix & Firebeatz - Helicopter (4) (CR-8-5-4-11)
12. Gaia - Empire Of Hearts (10) (CR-10-12)
13. Kylie Minogue - Kiss Me Once (NEW) (CR-13)
14. Duke Dumont feat Jax Jones - I Got U (NEW) (CR-14) 
15. Kylie Minogue - Into The Blue (17) (CR-9-5-6-4-8-8-10-17-17-15) 
16. Tove Lo - Not On Drugs (9) (CR-15-10-9-16)
17. Aram MP3 - Not Alone (NEW) (CR-17)
18. Kiesza - Hideaway (18) (CR-19-18-18) 
19. Calvin Harris - Summer (20) (CR-20-19)
20. Helene Fischer - Atemlos Durch Die Nacht (12) (CR-19-6-2-3-2-1-3-7-12-20)

Top 20 albums



1. Kylie Minogue - Kiss Me Once (1) (CR-1-1)
2. Girl Thing - Girl Thing (3) (CR-3-2)
3. The Big Reunion 2014 (6) (CR-8-6-3)
4. Melodifestivalen 2014 (2) (CR- 2-1-1-2-4)
5. Katy B - Little Red (4) (CR-1-1-1-2-2-4-5)
6. Enrique Iglesias - Sex And Love (15) (CR-15-6)
7. Paloma Faith - A Perfect Contradiction (5) (CR-5-7)
8. Absolute Dance Spring 2014 (NEW) (CR-8)
9. Melodifestivalen - 1958-2013 (8) (CR-1-2-2-3-3-4-8-9)
10. Tensnake - Glow (7) (CR-7-10) 
11. Beldina - Opening Act (NEW) (CR-11)
12. Helene Fischer - Farbenspiel (11) (CR-7-5-6-3-6-4-7-11-12)
13. John Legend - Love In The Future (NEW) (CR-13)
14. Katie Cole - Lay It All Down (9) (CR-3-9-14)
15. Yohio - Together We Stand Alone (NEW) (CR-15) 
16. Beyoncé - BEYONCÉ (13) (CR-10-1-2-3-2-3-4-7-10-7-9-7-9-13-16) 
17. Skrillex - Recess (NEW) (CR-17) 
18. Madeline Juno - The Unknown (NEW) (CR-18)
19. The Pretty Reckless - Going To Hell (NEW) (CR-19)
20. American Authors - Oh, What A Life (NEW) (CR-20)

Commentary

It's a third week on top for the incredible Sanna Nielsen with the beautiful ballad Undo and just behind is Molly's Children Of The Universe which climbs a place to No.2! Alcazar fall a spot to No.3 with Blame It On The Disco and Spanish girlband Sweet California debut at No.4 with the Avicii-esque This Is The Life! Ace Wilder completes the top five with her Melodifestivalen runner-up Busy Doin' Nothin' climbing a place to a new peak of No.5! 

Kylie eases to a second week atop the album chart with Kiss Me Once while Girl Thing climb a place to No.2 with their eponymous album. The Big Reunion 2014 compilation moves up to No.3, Melodifestivalen 2014 is down to No.4 and Katy B's Little Red dips to No.5.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Britney Jean winner announced!

Thank you to all who took part in the competition to win the Deluxe Edition of the new Britney Spears album, Britney Jean. The competition is now closed and the correct answer to the question asked was 'Work Bitch'!



The randomly selected winner from the entrants who submitted the correct answer is...

Jade from Northampton! 

Congratulations to you Jade and thank you to everybody else who entered. Keep your eyes peeled for further competitions!