Chart analysis23 June 2017

Charity to bridge troubled water

Just over a week ago, residents of the Grenfell Tower in west London saw their apartments go up in flames during a huge fire. 79 people are believed to have died and a further 14 are still in hospital, eight of whom are in critical care at the moment of writing. Reality television judge and producer Simon Crowell lives near the tower and assembled a star-studded cast in no time to record a new version of Simon & Garfunkel’s 1970 classic Bridge Over Troubled Water (Syco). The charity single is meant to raise money for the victims and survivors of the fire.
Among the over 50 Artists For Grenfell are Anne-Marie, BastilleBrian May, Craig DavidDua LipaEmeli SandéJohn NewmanNile Rodgers, StormzyRobbie Williams, The Who and ex One Directioners Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson. Extra impressive is the participation of residents and survivors of the fire-ravaged tower block, who appear as part of a choir led by Gareth Malone.
Bridge Over Troubled Water has been embraced by radio all over Europe, resulting in a #37 entry in this week’s chart, only two days after the release of the track.

Another supergroup comes in at #76: Swedish band Liv consists of Lykke Li (I Follow Rivers), her boyfriend Jeff Bhasker (who produced Mark Ronson, Tame Impala and many others), Andrew Wyatt and Pontus Winnberg (Miike Snow), and Björn Yttling (Peter, Björn & John). Their debut single Wings Of Love was a European Border Breakers Chart hit in the fall of 2016, ending one notch outside the Top 25 and their latest effort Heaven (both Ingrid/Ingsoc) is off to a good start thanks to airplay in Spain, Portugal and Slovakia.

Témé Tan’s real name is Tanguy Haesevoets. The Belgian singer with Congolese roots grew up on the rumba CD’s of his uncles and the zouk cassettes of his nephews, but a Beastie Boys concert sparked his flame to go and make music himself. He mixes minimalistic grooves, funk, soul, and sultry vocals. Nu funk gangsta, he calls it himself. His latest single Améthys (PIAS) enjoyed airplay in the UK and Latvia last week, propelling it into the chart at #87.

Two notches below, at #89, we find Joe Fox’s latest offering. A chance encounter with hip-hop star A$AP Rocky while busking on a London street gave Fox his first big break. Rocky offered him the chance to record some parts for his second album At.Long.Last.A$AP, providing Fox with a considerably larger crowd then he met on the street. Last year the singer-songwriter released his Acoustic Alley Sessions EP (Blue Flowers) and now his new single Aftershow (Universal) is out. Swiss radio likes it already.

Little Cub have been in the European Border Breakers Chart once before. Around the turn of the year, they scored with My Nature. This week, the follow-up single Too Much Love (both Domino) enters at #99. Released the day before Valentine’s Day, the song now gains traction via playlists in Spain, Austria and Slovenia. The track, featuring lyrics like “I’m very sorry, feelings just aren’t my thing” is about cynicism, according to the band.
Too Much Love and ten more songs are on Little Cub’s debut album Still Life (Domino).

The last new song this week, at #100, is Causing Trouble (self-released) by Saint Sister. The Irish duo calls their music ‘atmosfolk’, which is an apt description. The song consists of not much more than the plucks of harp strings, some electronic percussion and the angelic voices of Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty, to great effect. After their home country only Dutch radio discovered the track yet, but I recommend you give it a spin and see what happens…

Werner Schlosser
EBBCharts manager, ex-editor in chief of Dutch trade magazine Entertainment Business

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