Chart analysis12 October 2018

Belgian chanteuse Angèle makes waves with her debut album

Three very exciting things in this week’s chart…

First, it’s Belgian pop chanteuse Angèle, who manages something which we’ve never seen before. She self-released her debut album Brol, which means ‘messy situation’, and enters with all her album tracks in the Top 100! 

Angèle had four hits before in the European Border Breakers Chart: La Thune (which reached #12), Je Veux Tes Yeux, La Roi De Murphy and Jealousie. But now she enters with the other eight album tracks at #31, #44, #52, #53, #56, #57, #60 and #62. We’ve seen British acts Superorganism and Goat Girl entering with almost the entire album, but entering with all the tracks is a first. Chapeau! Most notably, her highest new entry Tout Oblier (‘Forget everything’) together with Belgian rapper Roméo Elvis at #31 also crosses over to Poland, where learning French is not a part of normal school classes…
Secondly, the success story for Sigrid never stops. The Norwegian pop singer with the great live reputation dropped her punchy new single Sucker Punch last week, and it crosses directly to twelve countries, from Switzerland to Hungary, and from Ireland to Latvia. It makes the track enter the EBBChart at #4. Meanwhile, she has three other singles in the Top 100 right now: Strangers at #8, High Five at #54 and Schedules at #91 (all Universal).

And thirdly, last but not least: all six other newcomers this week - except one - are female too! First up is Finnish pop singer Alma, who already had three top 5 hits in the European Border Breakers Chart with Chasing Highs, Phases and Dye My Hair. Just before the start of her tour with Danish singer , she dropped the more laidback single Cowboy at #47 (all Universal), which enjoys airplay in the United Kingdom.

Also new in at #84 is a record from Bulgaria, only the fourth entry ever from that country after Kristian Kostov, Equinox and 4Magic. Yoana enters with Da Ne Spim (‘Let’s Not Sleep’) on Virginia. She is na X Factor pop singer who is now also popular in Poland. There is also support for French modern chansonnier Foé at #89 with Bouquet De Pleurs (‘bouquet of tears’), a piano-heavy ballad on the VF Musiques label. The 20-year-old Foé took his name from writer Daniel Defoe, author of Robinson Crusoe and is the only male new entry this week.

Dutch female singer Rimon is one of the two official Dutch radio 3FM supported acts for the ESNS Festival in Groningen. There is a lot of international interest for her, and her r’n’b influenced self-released pop track Realize gets airplay in Belgium and Sweden at #92. Two notches lower, lovers of leftfield dance should check out Norwegian producer Othalie Husøy (Otha), whose self-released One Of The Girls crosses over to Switzerland and the Czech Republic. And finally, down at #96 Dutch talent Nana Adjoa enters with the laidback Down At The Root (Bloomer), her third entry via France.

Meanwhile, Silk City featuring Dua Lipa with Electricity (Sony) is holding steady at the top…

Menno Visser, @menjodepenjo
Music journalist and radio programmer from The Netherlands

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