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.
As always enjoy the music.