Friday, 22 May 2015


No change at the top this week, as OMI's "Cheerleader" reaches three weeks at Number 1, despite not being the best selling single of the week, it has taken top spot due to its 3 million+ streams.

So, for the third week, here is "Cheerleader".

This week's highest new entry (and best selling single of the week) debuts at Number 2, and it's the first UK hit for Miami hip-hop star Gamal AKA "LunchMoney" Lewis.  Both his father and his uncle were in renowned reggae band Inner Circle, who are best know for their 1993 UK top 3 hit "Sweat (A La La La La Long)".

Here is LunchMoney with "Bills".

Down one place to 3 in the UK, but still Number 1 in the US after six weeks, it's the Paul Walker tribute song from FF7, "See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth, while at Number 4 it's the second highest of this week's new entries, and another act celebrating their chart debut.  Galantis are a Swedish electronic music and songwriting duo, whose members are Christian Karlsson & Linus Eklow.  Karlsson is a Grammy winning songwriter, winning the award for Best Dance Recording of 2004 with Britney Spears "Toxic".  He has also co-written tracks by Katy Perry, Kylie & Madonna.  Eklow co-wrote the UK Number 1 from Icona Pop & Charli XCX "I Love It".

Here is their latest effort, "Runaway (U & I)"

Static at Number 5, it's the Skrillex/Diplo collaborsation, Major Lazer along with DJ Snake & M0 with "Lean On", while Carly Rae Jepsen's "I Really Like You" drops three this week to Number 6.

Down one place to Number 7, it's another Skrillex/Diplo collaboration, this time with Justin Bieber, "Where Are U Now", while also down one at Number 8 it's the former Number 1 from Jess Glynne, "Hold My Hand".

At Number 9, it's down five places from last week's debut postion of 4 for "All Cried Out" from Blonde featuring Alex Newell, while we end the Top 10 with another faller, down two at Number 10 it's "Firestone" from Kygo featuring Conrad.

At Number 17, and up 30 places, it's this week's second biggest climber. "Hey Mama" from David Guetta with a little help from Nicki Minaj & Afrojack.  The song gives French DJ Guetta his 25th UK Top 20, Minaj her 15th and Dutch music producer Afrojack (born Nick van der Wall) jsut his 4th.

Here is "Hey Mama".

Up nine places to 29, it's the track which is currently Number 2 in the US, behind Wiz & Charlie, this is New Jersey rapper Willie Maxwell AKA Fetty Wap with "Trap Queen".

This week's highest climber moves up 33 places to Number 41, and is currently Number 9 in the US.  US rapper T-Wayne was born in Houston, Texas and uses the stage name T-Wayne.

This is "Nasty Freestyle".

Back up ten places to Number 50 this week, we have George Ezra's "Budapest", which reaches it's 50th total week on the chart this week.

This is "Budapest".

Still hanging on in the chart at Number 69, Clean Bandit & Jess Glynne's "Rather Be" reaches 69 weeks on the chart, now just one behind the current leader, "Happy" by Pharrell Williams.

Finally, new at Number 73, after two years away from the chart, a track from their latest album "Keeping The Village Alive", it's the 32nd hit from Wales' finest, the Stereophonics.

This is "C'est La Vie".

1 year ago - I Will Never Let You Down - Rita Ora

5 years ago - Nothin' On You - B.o.B. featuring Bruno Mars
10 years ago - Lyla - Oasis
20 years ago - Unchained Melody/White Cliffs Of Dover - Robson & Jerome
30 years ago - 19 - Paul Hardcastle

40 years ago - Stand By Your Man - Tammy Wynette
50 years ago - Where Are You Now - Jackie Trent
60 years ago - Stranger In Paradise - Tony Bennett


1 year ago - All Of Me - John Legend 

5 years ago - OMG - Usher featuring
10 years ago - Hollaback Girl - Gwen Stefani
20 years ago - This Is How We Do It - Montell Jordan

30 years ago - Everything She Wants - Simple Minds
40 years ago - Before The Next Teardrop Falls - Freddy Fender

50 years ago - Help Me Rhonda - The Beach Boys

Well that's another week over, tune in next week to see if OMI can claim a fourth week atop the UK chart, or will Taylor Swift claim her first UK chart topper with "Bad Blood".

Until then.


Monday, 18 May 2015

IAN CURTIS 15th JULY 1956 TO 18th MAY 1980

It was 35 years ago today that Ian Curtis, lead singer of post-punk band Joy Division, was found hanged at his home in Macclesfield by his wife, Deborah.

It was in 1976 at a Sex Pistols gig, that Curtis met Bernard Sumner & Peter Hook, who decided to form a band.  They then found a drummer, Stephen Morris, and called their band Warsaw.  However, there was another band called Warsaw Pakt, so they became Joy Division, the name deriving from the 1955 novel "The House Of Dolls" in which Joy Division was the sexual slavery wing of a Nazi concentration camp.

Curtis suffered from epilepsy and depression, and his unique dance style on stage was reminiscent of the epileptic seizures he sometimes suffered, sometimes even on stage.

The band were signed by Tony  Wilson's Manchester based Factory Records,  and in July 1979 released their critically acclaimed debut album, "Unknown Pleasures".

By the start of the 1980's, their popularity was growing rapidly, and they were on the verge of comercial success, with a US tour lined up, with the band due to leave on 19th May 1980.

Joy Division's last live show was at Birmingham University on th 2nd May 1980, during which the band performed a new track, "Ceremony", for the first time.  This track would be re-recording by the surviving members of the band later that year, and become the first single by New Order.

On the day before the band were due to leave on their first American tour, Curtis tried to persuade his estranged wife to stay with him, to no avail.  He told her to leave him alone in the house so he could catch the train to Manchester the next morning.

Deborah Curtis found her husband the next morning in the kitchen of their house.  He had used the kitchen's washing line to hang himself.

Six weeks later, a track recorded by the band just prior to Curtis' suicide, "Love Will Tear Us Apart", entered the UK Singles chart, eventually peaking at Number 13.  Their second album, "Closer", became a Number 6 hit later that year.  The rest of the band - Sumner, Hook and Morris, together with Morris' girlfriend Gillian Gilbert, formed New Order who would go on to hughe UK and worldwide success.

So, as a tribute to someone who died far too young, this is Ian Curtis, with Joy Division, and the classic. "Love Will Tear Us Apart".

Saturday, 16 May 2015

RONNIE JAMES DIO - 10th JULY 1942 TO 16th MAY 2010

Five years ago today, one of the greatest rock vocalists of all time passed away at the age of 67.  Ronnie James Dio was the singer of some of the greatest rock bands of the 1970's, including Rainbow and Black Sabbath, as well as his own band Dio.  He is also credited with popuarizing the metal horns gesture in metal culture.

Born Ronald James Padavona in Portsmouth, New Hampshire to Italian-American parents.  He was influenced by the sound of opera when he grew up, particularly the American tenor, Mario Lanza.  His musical career began in 1957, with a number of local bands, and he started of playing bass guitar.  

It is unclear as to where his stage name of Dio came from, one story is that it was a reference to Mafia member Johnny Dio - the other is that his grandmother said he had a gift from God and should, therefore, be called Dio.  He first used it in 1960 when his band changed their name from Ronnie & the Redcaps to Ronnie Dio & the Prophets.

In late 1967, the band became the Electric Elves, and then, after a fatal car accident in which guitarist Nick Pantas died in February 1968, the name was shortened to the Elves.  This lasted until 1972 when they released their first proper album under the name Elf.  Over the next few years, the band became the regular US opening act for rock giants Deep Purple.  Elf recorded three albums, but it was the members' involvement in the recording of the first Rainbow album in 1975 that led to the band splitting up.

Rainbow was former by disillusioned Deep Purple guitarist, who had left the band due to creative differences over the band's new direction.  Dio's operatic vocals had come to Blackmore's attention, and he brought the American in as lead vocalist for his new project.  Dio recorded three studio albums with Rainbow, as well as one live album, before leaving to replace Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath.

His first album with Sabbath, "Heaven And Hell" became a commercial success, reaching the Top 10 in the UK, and also spawning (a rare) Top 30 hit single with "Neon Knights".

However, frictions within the band came to a head in 1982, and led to Dio and drummer Vinnie Appice leaving to form their own band, the eponymous, Dio.  Their first album "Holy Diver" reached the Top 20 in the UK, and spawned minor hit single, "Rainbow In The Dark".

The band continued recording and touring until 2004, releasing ten albums in total, although by 1990 Dio was the only original member still in the band.  In 1992, Dio and Appice briefly rejoined Black Sabbath to record the UK Top 40 album, "Dehumanizer", although Dio and Appice soon left the band again, citing an inabilty to work with band members Tony Iommi & Geezer Butler.

In 2006, Dio & Appice teamed up with Iommi and Butler again to tour under the name Heaven And Hell.  At the same time Iommi and Butler were still in Black Sabbath with teh recently rejoined Ozzy Osbourne, so decided to us Heaven And Hell, the name of the first Dio/Sabbath as the name of the project, to separate themselves from their Black Sabbath work.

The new band toured in 2008, and released one album, "The Devil You Know", to both critical and commercial acclaim.  A follow up album was due to be recorded in 2010, but would, tragically, never see the light of day.

On 25th November 2009, Dio's wife and manager, Wendy, announced that the singer had stomach cancer, but he was receiving treatment, and that he would be back on stage when he had recovered. However, Ronnie would never recover, and he died of the disease on the 16th May 2010.

Here is my own tribute to one of rock's greatest vocalists, this is Dio at his finest with teh title track from the first Dio album.  This is "Rainbow In The Dark".  RIP Ronnie.



BB KING - SEPTEMBER 16th 1925 TO MAY 14th 2015

The world of music this week lost a true legend this week as Mr B B King, lost his battle for life at the age of 89.

Born Riley Ben King on a small cotton plantation in Mississipi on the 16th September 1925, from a young age he sang in the local gospel choir before getting his first guitar at the age of 12.  

In 1949, he made his first recordings under contract with Los Angeles based RPM records.  Many of these early recordings were produced by the legendary Sam Phillips, who later founded Sun Records, where he produced, amongst others, Elvis Presley & Johnny Cash.

King's recording contact was followed by nationwide US tours, and it during one show, in Twist, Arkansas that a fire broke out after two men started fighting.  Everyone was evacuated, but King went back in to retrieve his guitar.  He later found out that the two men, who both died in the blaze, were fighting over a woman called Lucille.  From that moment on he called his guitar, Lucille.

He toured well into his 70's and won 16 Grammy Awards in his lifetime.  He was also a qualified pilot and often flew himself to his own gigs, until he gave up, on doctor's advice, at the age of 70.

Cited as an influence by virtually every guitarist of the last fifty years, including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix & Keith Richard, King was regularly voted as one of the top guitarists of all time.

BB King passed away at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 14th, 2015 in his sleep from a series of small strokes caused by his diabetes.

As a tribute, here is the man himself at the Crossroads festival in Chicago in 2010, performing his 1971 Grammy winning song "The Thrill Has Gone".

RIP BB King.




Friday, 15 May 2015


No change in this week's Top 3, as "Cheerleader" from OMI claims a second straight week at the top, with "See You Again" static at Number 2 (but is Number 1 in the US for the fifth week), and Carly Rae Jepsen, with a little help from Tom Hanks, stays at last week's debut position of Number 3.

Here is the Number 1 video.

This week's highest new entry is the second consecutive Top 10 hit for Bristol house music duo Jacon Manson and Adam Engerfield AKA Blonde.  "All Cried Out" features vocals by Glee star Alex Newell and is the follow up to their Number 7 hit from late last year, "I Loved You".

Here is "All Cried Out".

Down one place to Number 5 is the music project set up by American DJ Diplo in 2008, Major Lazer, this time with assistance from fellow US artists DJ Snake & with vocals by Danish singer M0, while up 12 places to Number 6, it's Diplo again, this time aided by Skrillex and Justin Bieber.  "Where Are U Now" It becomes Srillex' first UK Top 10 single, and returns Canadian Bieber to the UK Top 10 for the first time in 2 years.

This is "Where Are U Now".

Down two places to Number 7 this week, the former Number 1 from Jess Glynne, "Hold My Hand", while spending a third week stuck at Number 8, it's Kygo featuring Conrad with "Firestone".

Finally, we complete the Top 10 with two fallers, down 2 at Number 9 it's Iggy & Jennifer with "Trouble", and down 1 to Number 10, Maroon 5's "Sugar".

Claiming her third UK hit with a new entry at Number 17 this week, Swedish singer Ebba Tove Elsa Nilsson AKA Tove Lo, is also enjoying success as a songwriter for other artists, as she co-wrote Ellie Goulding's recent massive Number 1, "Love Me Like You Do".  But here she is performing her latest hit.

This is "Talking Body".

Back up 17 places to this week's Number 29 goes the latest single from Mumford & Sons, no doubt boosted by the release of their third album "Wilder Mind" which debuted at Number 1 on the Album Chart this week, giving the band their second successive chart topper.

This is "Believe" (as featured on Jools Holland)

This week's biggest climber comes from Ariana Grande as "One Last Time" finally makes the Top 40 after 8 weeks on the chart. Up 27 places to this week's Number 36, this is Ms Grande with "One Last Time".

Also moving up more than 20 places this week, it's the track which is currently Number 2 behind Wiz & Charlie in the US.  Up 22 places to Number 38, this is Fetty Wap with "Trap Queen".

There are quite a few big climbers this week, as up 21 places to this week's Number 47, we find French DJ David Guetta with a little help from Nicki Minaj & Afrojack.

This is "Hey Mama".

"Rather Be" by Clean Bandit/Jess Glynne & "All Of Me" by John Legend are slowly eroding Pharrell Williams' lead in the longest chart run list.  With 68 and 66 weeks respectively they are both now within sight of "Happy"'s total of 70 weeks.

Finally, you may see some dramatic changes on my page dedicated to the Top 50 artists with the Most Weeks on the chart, as I have now tidied up the list to exclude songs where teh artists performing are not credit.  The biggest loser is Jay-Z, who has lost nearly 30 weeks, due to him not being credited on Mariah Carey's 1999 Top 5 hit "Heartbreaker".  I had originally listed it as Mariah Carey featuring Jay-Z.

And finally, finally, today we had the sad news that Blues legend BB King passed away at the age of 89.  Credited with influencing artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton & the Rolling Stones, his guitar playing created a whole new sound and was eagerly followed by many of the guitar legends that followed.

Here is the master with only other UK hit, apart from "When Love Comes To Town".

This is Mr King, with the late, great Gary Moore and the Ivory Joe Hunter classic, "Since I Met You Baby" from 1992.

1 year ago - Waves - Mr Probz

5 years ago - Good Times - Roll Deep
10 years ago - Lonely - Akon
20 years ago - Unchained Melody/White Cliffs Of Dover - Robson & Jerome
30 years ago - 19 - Paul Hardcastle

40 years ago - Stand By Your Man - Tammy Wynette
50 years ago - King Of The Road - Roger Miller
60 years ago - Stranger In Paradise - Tony Bennett


1 year ago - All Of Me - John Legend 

5 years ago - Not Afraid - Eminem
10 years ago - Hollaback Girl - Gwen Stefani
20 years ago - This Is How We Do It - Montell Jordan

30 years ago - Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds
40 years ago - Shining Star - Earth, Wind & Fire

50 years ago - Ticket To Ride - The Beatles

Well that's another week over, tune in next week to see if OMI can claim a third week atop the UK chart.

Until then.