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On the top 40 this week there are 4 new entries.

The highest to chart is at Number 11 for chart new comers Tough Love with ‘So Freakin Tight’. Pitbull is back with a new entry at Number 24 with his 14th hit as lead artist with ‘Time of Our Lives’, the song features vocals from Ne-Yo.  Norwegian music producer Kygo gets the 3rd new entry with ‘Firestone’ at Number 37, it has already been to Number 1 in his native Norway and the final new song to chart is at Number 38 for MNEK with ‘The Rhythm’, more on him later this week.

Last week’s Number 1 single ‘Lay Me Down’, the Comic Relief charity single for this year holds the Number 1 spot for a 2nd week, it is a collaboration between Sam Smith and John Legend, the solo version from Sam Smith drops 1 place to Number 19. Years And Years with ‘King’ stay at Number 2 for a 2nd week with their ex chart topper and Kanye West with Rihanna and Paul McCartney climb 2 places to Number 3 with ‘Four Five Seconds’. The song making slow but significant headway up the chart is ‘Hold Back The River’ from James Bay, this week it climbs another 6 places to Number 4 in its 17th week, completing the new top 5 is Ellie Goulding with ‘Love Me Like You Do’ dropping 1 place.

The highest new entry on this week top 40 is at Number 11 for dance music producers Tough Love with ‘So Freakin Tight’, there are also a remix of the song from Birmingham based Hannah Wants.

Armando Christian Perez better known as Pitbull is 34 years old and was born in Miami Florida on the 15th of January 1981, he enters this week’s top 40 at Number 28 with ‘Time of Our Lives’. The song features Ne-Yo whom he last teamed up with back in 2010 on the Number 1 single ‘Give Me Everything’, this track is the 14th top 40 single for Pitbull as lead artist he has also had a further 10 as featured artist. ‘Time of Our Lives’ is the 5th track to be released from his 2014 album ‘’Globalization’.

Kygo is the stage name of Norwegian born music producer Kyrre Gorvell Dahil, he scores his 1st UK top 40 single this week at Number 37 with ‘Firestone’. The song has already achieved major success around Europe including peaking at Number 5 in Germany and Number 1 in his native Norway, he is currently one of the most sort after producers when a top artist wants a remix, notable recent remixes include ‘I See Fire’ for Ed Sheeran and ‘Midnight’ for Coldplay.

One of the UKs most talented musicians currently is Uzo Emenike, he is 20 years old and was born in London. Lovers of dance music or UK top 40 chart followers will know him better by his stage name MNEK, this week he has his 1st top 40 single as main artist as ‘The Rhythm’ charts at Number 38. As featured artist last year he reached Number 4 with Gorgon City on the track ‘Ready for Love’, but that is only a very small part of his success. Back in 2011 he had his 1st hit when he wrote and produced the Number 3 song for The Saturdays ‘All Fired Up’. He achieved his 1st Number 1 in 2012 as the producer of’ Wings’ for Little Mix, his 2nd Number 1 came last year when he wrote the song ‘Gecko’ for Oliver Heldens. Apart from his current hit ‘The Rhythm’ he is also the writer of the current chart hit (currently Number 23)’Say Something’ by Karen Harding. His most prestigious moment though is being the writer of Madonna’s current single ‘Living for Love’ on which he also sings backing vocals.

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The power of Comic Relief has helped Sam Smith ft John Legend with ‘Lay Me Down’ to become the 4th different Number 1 single of 2015. This is the 14th chart topper for a Red Nose Day song, dating back to 1986 when the very 1st Comic Relief single from Cliff Richard ft The Young Ones with a version of ‘Living Doll’ hit the top. ‘Lay Me Down’ was the 1st single released from Sam Smiths debut Album (‘In The Lonely Hour’) back in 2013 when it only reached Number 46, after Smith found success the song was re- released as the 5th single release from the Album this time peaking at Number 15. This new version gives John Legend a 1st UK Number 1, ‘All of Me’ peaked at Number 2 last year.

The 2nd highest new entry on this week’s top 40 is at Number 3 for Flo Rida ft Sage The Gemini  with  ‘GDFR’ (abbreviation for Going Down For Real).It is the 1st single release from his forth coming 5th studio Album due in April to be called ‘My House’. Flo Rida,s real name is Tramar Lacel Dillard and he comes from Carol City, Florida, he is 35 years old. His debut single ‘Low’ peaked at Number 2 back in 2007, as main artist he has had 3 Number ‘1s with ‘Right Round’, ‘Club Can’t Handle Me’ and ‘Good Feeling’. He has also been to Number 1 twice as a featured artist on the Alexandra Burke song ‘Bad Boys’ and the Olly Murs hit ‘Troublemaker’. Sage The Gemini whose real name is Dominic Wynn Woods is from California, he is also one of the co writers of the song, this is his 1st UK chart entry.

Usher Raymond is back, his new single entered the UK top 40 this week at Number 8 it is called’ I Don’t Mind ‘and features the services of Juicy J. Usher is one of R and B’s superstars and this single adds even further distinction to his ever growing discography. His 1st UK hit was the 1997 Number 1 ‘You Make Me Wanna’, he has gone on to have a further 3 chart toppers, ‘Yeah’ in 2004,’Burn’ in 2004 and ‘OMG’ in 2010. In total he has now had 23 top 40 singles as lead artist and a further 5 as a featured artist, Juicy j is an American rapper he is best known to date in the UK for providing the rap on Katy Perry’s  2013 Number 4 single ‘Dark Horse’.

Marcus Mumford, Winston Marshall, Ben Lovett and Ted Dwane are better known as British folk rock band Mumford and Sons. To date they have released 2 Albums, ‘Sigh No More (UK Number 1) and’ Babel’ (UK Number 20), the 3rd Album ‘Wilder Mind’ is due out on May 4th. The 1st single from the new Album is called’ Believe’ and it is a new entry at Number 20 this week, music critics say it is a departure from their trademark acoustic sound as this new song features electric guitars. This is the 4th top 40 hit for the band ‘I Will Wait’ back in 2012 achieved their highest placing to date reaching Number 12.

This week Scottish dance music producer Calvin Harris achieved a 6th top 40 hit single from his current Album ‘Motion’ when ‘Pray To God’ charted at Number 36. This is Harris’s 2oth top 40 single as lead artist, he has also had a further 3 as a featured artist. This current track features American Pop/Rock all girl group HAIM who also receive credits as co authors of the song.They have released 1 Album to date called ‘Days Are Gone’ which produced 4 top 40 singles, the most successful being ‘The Wire’ reaching Number 16.

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The most prestigious Number 1 of the year is the Christmas Number 1 and for the 6th time since its invention it is an X Factor winner’s song that tops the chart.

This year’s winner of the 11th series of the X Factor is 29 year old Ben Haenow who comes from Croyden ,England and the song chosen for him to sing is the One Republic Album track from their 2013 Album ‘Native’ called ‘Something I Need’. The song was never released as a single in the UK or America but was Number 1 in Poland, Number 5 in Austria and Number 6 in Australia last year, some of the lyrics of the original have been changed presumably to make Haenows version more family friendly. This song becomes the 38th different Number 1 single of 2014.

Dropping 1 place to Number 2 is Mark Ronson ft  Bruno Mars with ‘Uptown Funk’ and also down one to Number 3 is ‘Thinking Out Loud’ from Ed Sheeran. There are 4 new entries  this week and the 2nd highest is at Number 4 for Olly Murs ft Demi Lovato with the song ‘Up’, it is the 2nd single release from his 4th Album ‘Never Been Better’, the 1st release ‘Wrapped Up’ is still on the chart at Number 12. As well as being a singer Demi Lovato is also an American actress, she came to prominence in 2008 after appearing in the Disney Channel television film ‘Camp Rock’. In the UK she has charted 7 times, 5 as lead artist and twice this year as featured artist when coincidently she also reached Number 4 with The Vamps on their song ‘Somebody To You’.

The 3rd new entry on the Christmas chart is at Number 5 for The Wealdstone Raider with ‘Got No Fans’, The Wealdstone Raider whose real name is Gordon hill is an English internet celebrity who supports the football team Wealdstone FC. He first came to attention when a video of him heckling opposing supporters of Whitehawk FC  went viral, The Daily Mirror have got behind him in an attempt to get the Christmas Number 1, all profits from the single will go to charities including Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The final new entry this week is at Number 14 for Gorgon City ft Jennifer Hudson with ‘Go All Night’, this is the 4th single release from their debut Album ‘Sirens’ and also their 4th top 20 hit this year, ‘Ready For Love’ being the most successful (Number 4). Jennifer Hudson rose to prominence in 2004 as a finalist on the 3rd season of American Idol, in the UK she has had 3 hits as lead artist the most successful being ‘Spotlight’ (Number 11)in 2008.

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Ed Sheeran returns to the top of the chart for a 2nd time with his song ‘Thinking Out Loud’ this week. It is already a record breaker in that no other song has ever entered the top 40 before and taken 19 weeks to get to Number 1 a feat it achieved on November 6th and now a full 5 weeks later it goes back to the top. It was the 3rd single released from his 2nd studio Album ‘X’ which is also the biggest selling Album of this year so far.

In total there are 4 new entries this week with the highest being at Number 2 for Union J with ‘You Got It All’. Union J were originally a trio consisting of Josh Cuthbert ,Jaymi Hensley and JJ Hamblett who auditioned for X Factor in 2012, George Shelley also auditioned as a solo artist but was persuaded to join the group, together they went on to finish 4th in that years competition. This current hit is their highest chart placing to date they have had 3 previous top 10 singles.

The other song to enter the top 10 is at Number 7 for Blonde featuring Melissa Steel with ‘I Loved You’. Blonde is a British duo who are tasting chart success for the first time, Bradford born Melissa Steel has now appeared on the top 40 4 times this year as lead artist, on her Number 10 hit ‘Kisses For Breakfast’ and as featured artist on the Kove song ‘Way We Are’ (Number 30) and the Krishane song ‘Drunk And Incapable (Number 27).

New in at Number 16 is Ella Henderson with the 3rd hit from her debut Album ‘Chapter One’, the song is called ‘Yours’, the previous 2 songs ‘Ghost’ and ‘Glow’ peaked at Number 1 and Number 7 respectively. Henderson was born Gabriella Michelle Ella Henderson on 12th January 1996 and finished 6th on the 9th series of X factor in 2012.

Ed Sheerans chart dominance looks set to continue, not only has he this week’s Number 1 single he also is at Number 30 with ‘Don’t’ which is now in its 24th charting week and he also has this week’s final new entry which is at Number 38 with the song ‘Make It Rain’. The track has been specially recorded to feature in the 7th and final series of the American television drama ‘Sons of Anarchy’.

Also this week there are 3 re-entries which all keep popping up at this time of year. Back with us at Number 17 is Mariah Carey with ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’, it was originally the Xmas Number 2 single of 1994 beaten to the top spot by East 17 with ‘Stay Another Day’. The song has gone on to be Mariah Careys most successful single selling to date in excess of 14 million copies worldwide, this is the 10th different year it has now charted. One place lower at Number 18 we welcome back another old friend in the form of The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl with ‘Fairytale of New York’, the song was the Xmas Number 2 single of 1987 beaten to the top that year by the Pet Shop Boys with their version of ‘Always on My Mind’. The Pogues return Fairytale to the chart for the 11th time, it is the most played xmas song of the 21st century. The xmas hatrick is completed by Wham new in at Number 39 with ‘Last Christmas’, this song was the xmas Number 2 of 1984 beaten to the top spot that year by the original Band Aid song ‘Do They Know Its Christmas’ which George Michael also appeared on. The song ‘Last Christmas’ was a double a side in its original format with ‘Everything She Wants’ on the flip side, it is the biggest selling UK single to have never got to Number 1.

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Another bumper week for new entries with 9 brand new songs and one re-entry on this the 5th last chart of 2014.

There is a brand new Number 1 for the 36th time this year as Take That record what is there 12th Number 1 single since they first entered the chart 23 years ago when their 2nd single release ‘Promises’ peaked at Number 38. They now have a total of 26 top 40 singles, this new song is called ‘These Days’ and is taken from their new Album ‘3’.

Band Aid slip down one place to Number 2 and Olly Murs with ‘Wrapped Up’ holds steady at 3. The second highest new entry is at Number 7 for Labrinth with ‘Jealous’, this is the 2nd song released from his 2nd Album called ‘Take Me To The Truth’, the previous single ‘Let It Be’ peaked at Number 11.

The 3rd new entry is at Number 12 for Mcbusted with ‘Air Guitar’, Mcbusted is a collaboration of two groups Mcfly and Busted. The only original member of either group not to be part of Mcbusted is Busted singer Charlie Simpson who has chosen to pursue a solo career, on their own Mcfly have had 21 top 40 singles and Busted have had 8 all of which peaked inside the top 3.

New in at Number 14 is James Newton Howard with  ‘The Hanging Tree’, the song is taken from the motion picture ‘The Hunger Games,Mockinjay-Part 1’. The vocals on the song are provided by academy award winning actress Jennifer Laurence.

The final new entry into the top 20 is at Number 18 for James Bay with ‘Hold Back the River’. Bay is an English singer songwriter from Hitchen Hertfordshire, this is his 2nd single release, his debut ‘Let It Go’ peaked at Number 62 earlier on this year.

The 6th new song to enter the chart is at Number 22 for Years and Years with ‘Desire’, they are Olly Alexander, Mikey Goldsworthy and Emre Turkman. They have been together since their formation in 2010, this is their 1st chart entry. Alexander has tasted chart success previously having sung lead vocals on The Magicians Number 7 single from earlier on this year called ‘Sunlight’.

David Guetta now has 2 songs in this week’s top 40 as ‘What I Did For Love’ enters at Number 23, his other current charting song is ‘Dangerous’ at Number 9, ‘What I Did For Love’ is the 6th single from his current Album ‘Listen’, vocals on the track are provided by Emeli Sandi who has now charted 8 times as a featured artist.

Canadian singer songwriter Kiesa Rae Ellestad better known by her stage name Kiesza charts for the 3rd time this year this time with ‘No Enemiesz’ at Number 30, her big success earlier on this year was the Number 1 ‘Hideaway’, the other hit ‘Giant In My Heart’ reached Number 4…

Ex Number 1 single ‘Am I Wrong’ from Nico And Vinz is the re-entry at Number 33, it has now been on the top 100 for 22 weeks. The final new entry is at Number 36 for Beyonce with ‘7/11’, it is one of  2 new tracks added to Beyonces self titled latest Album which is now called ‘The Platinum Edition’’the other new song is called ‘Ring Off’.

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This week there are a massive 9 new entries, more than on any other week so far this year and all the new top 3 are brand new songs.

One charity song makes way for another as Gareth Malone’s All Star Choir with ‘Wake Me Up’ makes way for Band Aid 30 with ‘Do They Know Its Christmas’. This is the 4th incarnation of the song, it originally topped the chart and was the Christmas Number 1 in 1984. Five years later in 1989 it was re-recorded and again became the Christmas chart topper. The only two artists to appear on both of these recordings were Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward of Bananarama, in 2004 the song was once again re-recorded this time Bono and Paul McCartney who had sang on the 1984 version were the only two to sing on the 1st and 3rd versions joined by big names of the day. The song was the Christmas Number 1 for a 3rd time in 2004, this time to benefit Sudans troubled Darfur region, it became the biggest selling song of that year. This new version with some different lyrics recorded under the name of Band Aid 30 is to raise money, with all contributions going towards battling the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. Bono performs for a 3rd time on a band aid single and it was recorded at the Sarm West Studios in Notting Hill London the same venue as the original 30 years ago.

Clean bandit featuring Jess Glynne are a new entry at Number 2, two members of the group  Grace Chatto (chello) and Milan Neil Amin Smith(drums) play on the Band Aid 30 single. This is the 7th track to be released from the deluxe edition of their debut Album ‘New Eyes’ and the 4th to go top 20. This combination of Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne have been to Number 1 back in February with one of the year’s biggest hits ‘Rather Be’. Also this year ‘Extraordinary’ peaked at Number 5, their other hit was ‘Mozarts House (Number 17) last year.25 year old Jess Glynne is from  Muswell  Hill in London, she too has  had a very successful year with 2 Number 1’s as featured artist, the aforementioned ‘Rather Be’ and also as vocalist on Route 94’s ‘My Love’. She has also charted as a solo artist when reaching number 6 earlier on this year with ‘Right Here’.

New in at Number 3 is Olly Murs ft  Travie Mccoy with ‘Wrapped Up’, it is the lead single from his upcoming 4th Album ‘Never Been Better’. Olly Murs also sings on the Band Aid single. As main artist he has now had 12 hit singles, this is his 5th top 3 song the other 4 all made Number 1.Travie Mccoy is from New York, as well as being a solo artist in his own right he is also the lead singer of the Gym Class Heroes. This is his 4th hit as featured artist, as main artist he is best known for the 2010 UK Number 3 single ‘Billionaire’ which featured Bruno Mars.

The 4th new entry is at Number 5 for David Guetta , the song is the 4th track from his 6th studio Album’ Listen’ .Of the 3 previous tracks ‘Lovers On The Sun’ was the most successful reaching Number 1 earlier on this year, Guetta has now charted an impressive 27 times with a host of different vocalists.

The 5th new entry into the top 10 is at Number 8 for Wretch 32 with ‘6 Words’. He was born Jermaine Scott Sinclair in Tottenham London in 1985, his mother was from Jamaica where Wretch means slim or skinny. She called him Wretch as a child, he states that the Number 32 is his lucky Number (pronounced three two) and thought it would be fun to have it as a surname. This is his 6th top 40 hit, ‘Don’t Go’ ft Josh Kumra was Number 1 back in 2011.

Manchester based boy band Rixton follow up their debut hit ‘Me And My Broken Heart’ which was  a  Number 1 single with ‘Wait On Me’ which enters at Number 12. Rixton are Jake Roche, Charley Bagnall, Danny Wilkin and Lewi Morgan.

One Direction release the 2nd track from their current Number 1 Album ‘Four’, it is called ‘Night Games’.’Steal My Girl’ is still riding high at Number 6 having peaked as high as 3 earlier on this month, this is their 13th top 40 single and they also appear on the current Number 1 from Band Aid 30.

Another boy band also have a new entry this week as Australia’s 5 Seconds Of Summer chart for the 4th time this year, this time with ‘Good Girls’ at Number 19. All 4 hits appear on their self titled debut Album ,they are ‘She Looks So Perfect’ (Number 1) ‘Don’t Stop’ (Number 2) and ‘Amnesia’(Number 7).

The 9th and final new entry this week is at Number 26 for Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds with ‘In the Heat of the Moment’, it is the 1st track to be released from their 2nd Album to be called ‘Chasing Yesterday’. Their self titled debut Album back in 2011 produced 2 hit singles, ‘The Death of You and Me’ (Number 15) and ‘Aka What A Life’ (Number 20).

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