Hello and welcome to Chart Chasers. As always I shall be listening to the new entries in the UK singles chart and deciding if they are any good or not!
Oh and before we start I have news that you can now listen to the song’s on each Chart Chasers post on Spotify! The playlist is above!
First up today are Jay Z and Kanye West with their new track No Church in the Wild. Well obviously there is no church in the wild. It wouldn’t be the called the wild if there was!
Quite to my surprise I quite like this. It’s not really a rap track. I’m not really sure what genre it should be classed as. The backing music is pretty epic and I feel that this is a rare case where the video actually fits the song. 3/5.
Next up is Nicki Minaj with Pound the Alarm. Now I do not recommend pounding alarms as it can be quite detrimental to your health. Alarms tend to be quite hard and so you might hurt your hand and the noise will probably give you a headache. Plus you’re not supposed to use alarms except in an emergency, otherwise you could face a fine. I really hate Minaj’s work so my ears are already in fear. Here we go…
As suspected, that was dreadful. At least it wasn’t too full of Nicki doing her extremely annoying voice like in certain points of “Starships” but instead it had an annoying dubstep-y style to it. I’m not sure it even counts as dubstep but it was similarly horrendous to listen to. 1/5.
I’m pretty excited about the next track as it’s the first new track for some time from one of my favourite bands, Muse. This is called Survival and is the official track of the London 2012 Olympic games. I’ve yet to hear it but hopefully it will be another awesome Muse track.
This is one of those Muse songs which builds up into something epic, which is pretty long and has no chorus. It has a very Queen-like style to it in places which in my mind is no bad thing, especially when done in with a Muse flair. I think this is a pretty decent track for the Olympics, if a little heavy. And it’s a good track in general which I hope I will grow to love on hearing it more! 4/5.
Taio Cruz brings us the next track and he’s decided to let Pitbull feature on it because Pitbull loves appearing on other people’s tracks more than anything else in the world. It’s called There She Goes. Those three words bring up a lot of questions. Where is there? Who is she? Where’s she going? It feels like we’re in the middle of a big mystery. Time for Mr. Cruz to explain.
Fortunately, Pitbull is not here in this video but no doubt a version with him in will soon appear. We didn’t find many answers only that the girl is a “pop star” and a “rock star”. Well which, no-one is both! And as for the song itself… Sigh, Taio haven’t we been through this before? If you keep making songs that sound very similar everyone is going to get bored. I have. This isn’t even good for a generic Taio Cruz song. It’s supposed to be lively and get me dancing but if anything it has the opposite effect. 2/5.
Our penultimate song today is Don’t Wake Me Up by Chris Brown. I have a feeling Chris got annoyed with a noisy neighbour late one night and created this track to shut him up. I like to think that’s how it happened. Song please!
It looks like Chris Brown has set some of this video in Harry Potter’s Wizarding World. The maze looks like the one used in the Triwizard Tournament and the woman even walks through a wall Platform 9 and 3/4 style. The song is pretty damn dreadful. Chris has decided to overuse autotune to make a hideous sounding chorus which I could have recorded myself. Except I wouldn’t because it’s a horrible noise. It worries me that this is number 3 in the UK Chart. The music buying public need seeing to. 1/5.
And finally we have a track by will.i.am featuring a Dutch girl with amazing hair called Eva Simons. It’s called This is Love and it is brilliant.
To me this is the best new song I have heard in a long, long time. As much as I admire will.i.am as a person, I’ve never been a very big fan of his solo work. But this is incredible. It has beautiful piano music, an incredible singing voice from Miss Simons and a great dancey chorus. I can’t tell you enough how much I love this song. And I’m really pleased it got to number one. 6/5 (hey it’s my blog, I set the rules).
Well I very much hope you enjoyed that and don’t forget you can see the UK Chart and my thoughts on every song in it on the Chart page. Please let me know your thoughts on any of these tracks and they’ll be more Chart Chasers next week. See you soon!