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It’s week 10 of the UK top 40 of 2015 and for only the 3rd time this year there is a change at the top.

Ellie Goulding gives way to the electronic trio Years and Years, who with their song ‘King’ get the 1287th different chart topper since the very 1st chart back in November 1952.

Years and Years are Olly Alexander, Mikey Goldsworthy and Emre Turkmen. They formed in London back in 2010, ‘King’ is their 6th single, their previous release ‘Desire’ peaked at Number 22 last year. They have also charted once as featured artist with The Magician last year on the Number 7 single ‘Sunlight’.

You could say that Marlon Roudette was born to do the job as he is the son of top British songwriter/producer Cameron Mcvey and his step mother is Nenah Cherry .He has the 2nd highest new entry on this week’s top 40 at Number 7 with ‘When the Beat Drops. He is already a very successful  artist abroad scoring a Number 1 single back in 2011 with ‘New Age’ in Germany ,Austria and Switzerland and this his 1st UK solo hit has also topped the chart in Gemany. Before going solo Roudette was part of the duo Mattafix with Preetesh Hirji, they had a hit back in 2005 when’ Big City Life’ reached Number 15.

Dance music is the one constant on the UK top 40 and there seems to be new songs of that genre entering the chart every week and this week is no exception. The new entry at Number 13 is from 22 year old Sussex born dance music producer Alex Adair with ‘Make Me Feel Better ‘and this is his first taste of chart success .If you go to You Tube you will be able to find many famous artists songs he has remixed including 2 current chart hits, the Imagine Dragons song ‘I Bet My Life’ and Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’.

Kanye West becomes the 1st artist this year to have 3 hit singles and Paul McCartney the 1st to have 3 hits as featured artist as ‘All Day’ enters the UK top 40 at Number 18, the song also credits Allen Kingdom and Theopilus London as featured artists. The song is the 3rd single release from West’s upcoming 7th studio Album to be called ‘So Help Me God’, all 3 songs (the other 2 were ‘Only One’ and’ Four Five Seconds’) were co written and played on by Paul McCartney. This was the song West performed recently at the Brit Awards where he was joined on stage by UK artists including Skepta and Wiley.

Imagine Dragons are an American Indie Rock band from Las Vegas, the 4 members are Dan Reynolds, Daniel Wayne Sermon, Daniel Platzman and Ben Mckee .To date they have released 2 studio Albums, ‘Night Visions’ in 2012 and ‘Smoke And Mirrors’ in 2015. The current Album which is already a former Number 1 was released on February 17th, so far it has produced 1 hit single, ‘I Bet My Life’ peaking at Number 27. Their debut album Night Visions (UK Number 2) produced 5 top 40 singles including ‘Demons’ which reached Number 13 back in 2013, now in its 71st week in the top 100 it has re-entered the top 40 at Number 33.

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Little stirrings occurring on week 2 of this year’s new top 40 singles chart, on week 1 there were just the 2 new songs and it’s a repeat this week with 2 more.

The big news is that ‘Uptown Funk’ from Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars holds on to the top spot, this now gives the song a 4th non consecutive week as the Number 1 equalling the feats of Meghan Trainor (’All About That Bass’) and Clean Bandit (‘Rather Be’ )from last year. Lasts weeks highest new entry from Philip George with ‘Wish You Were Mine’ holds on to the 2nd spot and Ed Sheeran with his former Number 1 ‘Thinking Out Loud’ stays at Number 3 for a 3rd consecutive week. Olly murs with ‘Up’ the 2nd single from his 4th Album ‘Never Been Better’ climbs 2 to 4 and Hozier with ‘Take Me To Church’ climbs 5 places to Number  5 a new peak in its 24th week on the top 40, it’s his debut chart single .

The highest new entry is at Number 7 for Tchami  ft Kaleem Taylor with ‘Promesses’, Tchami is the stage name of French Dj music producer Martin Bresso and this song is his 3rd single release. Up until this hit he has been best known for remixing other artists tracks most notably a 2013 remix of the Janet Jackson song ‘Go Deep’, he has also toured with the likes of Skrillex, Diplo and Dj Snake.

The other new entry is at Number 39 for Echosmith with ‘Cool Kids’, Echosmith are an American Indie/Rock band and this track originally appeared on the bands 2013 debut Album ‘Talking Dreams’. The song has tasted success elsewhere, in America  on Billboard it reached Number 13 and in Germany it peaked at Number 9, the songs biggest success’s to date have been in Australia, Denmark and Belgium where it has reached Number 6.Echosmith are all related as they are 3 brothers and a sister, Graham Sierota is the youngest at 16 years old and is the drummer, Jamie at 22 is the eldest and plays guitar, Noah is 19 and is the bass player and Sydney Grace who  is 18 lead vocalist and keyboard player. She has been compared to Ellie Goulding, Echosmith cite The Smiths as a major influence.

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This week on the new top 40 there are just 3 new entries but one of these peaks in the top spot.

The song which becomes the 29th different chart topper this year is called ‘Changing’ and is from Sigma  ft Paloma Faith. Sigma are drum and bass music producers Cameron Edwards and Joe Lenzie who met at Leeds University back in 2006, ‘Changing’ gives them their 2nd Number 1 single this year as ‘Nobody To Love’ topped the chart back in April. Paloma Faith Blomfield is 33 years old and comes from London. To date she has released 3 solo Albums and 13 singles her most successful to date being her latest one which peaked at Number 6 recently called ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’ technically this is her 2nd appearance on a Number 1 single as a featured artist as she was part of the Justice Collective who released the charity single ‘He Aint Heavy He’s My Brother’ back in 2012.

Last week’s Number 1 from Calvin Harris, ‘Blame’ slips back one place to Number 2 and last week’s Number 2 is now the new Number 3 for Lilly Wood with ‘Prayer in C’.

The 2nd highest new entry is at Number 4 for Professor Green ft Tori Kelly with ‘Lullaby’. Professor Green is the stage name of British born rapper Stephen Paul Manderson. His soon to be released 3rd Album is to be called ‘Growing Up In Public’ and this is the 1st single taken from it. This new song gives him his 9th top 40 hit his most successful hit to date was a Number 1 back in 2011 with ‘Read All About It’ which featured Emile Sande. Tori Kelly is 21 years old and comes from California, she has released 4 solo singles to date and has appeared as featured artist on a further 4, this is her 1st appearance on the UK top 40.

The other new entry this week is at Number 35 for Hozier with ‘Take Me to Church’. Andrew Hozier-Byrne is 24 years old and comes from Bray, County Wicklow in Ireland he has just released his debut Album called ‘Hozier’ and has already tasted great success in his home country. ‘Take Me to Church’ reached Number 2 last year and 2 other tracks from his debut Album ‘Sedated’ and ‘Eden’ have both been top 5

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This week there are 5 new entries and 1 re-entry into the top 40.

There is a brand new Number 1 and it is from David Guetta with ‘Lovers on the Sun’. This is his 5th uk Number 1 song  following on from ‘When Love Takes Over’ , ‘Sexy chick’,’Getting Over’ and ‘Titanium’, the song has a featured vocalist in Sam Martin who charts for the 1st time and he along with Avicci are co-writers.

Last week’s chart topper from Nico and Vinz drops 1 place to Number 2 and last week’s Number 2 from Magic drops 1 place to Number 3.

The 2nd highest new entry is at Number 4 for Taylor Swift with ‘Shake it Off’, this is the 11th top 40 single for her and is taken from her forth coming 5th Album  called ‘1989’.

There are 3 entries in total in the new top 5 and at Number 5 is the track ‘My Head is a Jungle’ from Wankelmut ft Emma Louise, Wankelmut is the stage name of Jacob Dillbnerr who is 27 years old and was born in Berlin. In German Wanklemut is a term for being fickle, ‘My head is a jungle’ is his 2nd top 40 hit following on from the 2012 Number 30 single ‘One Day/Reckoning’,  the track was co-written by Emma Louise Lobb who is an Australian singer song writer.

The other new entry into the top 10 is ‘Tonight [We Live Together]’ from boy band Union J, the song is the 1st track to be taken from their upcoming  2nd and as yet not named new  Album, Union J finished 4th on the 2012 series of the X Factor and this is their 3rd top 10 single.

The 5th and final new entry this week is at Number 34 for Saint Motel with ‘My Type’, they are an American Indie Rock band and come from Los Angeles, they recorded their debut Album back in 2012 called ‘Voyeur’ and even so it didn’t produce  any hits it was critically well received .

Finally this week the Vance Joy track ‘Riptide’ re-enters the top 40 for the 2nd time at Number 38.

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They have already topped the chart in America and now they have done it also in the UK, the brand new Number 1 single is ‘Rude’ by Magic. This is the debut song released by the Canadian band who climb from last week’s Number 2, in fact they exchange places with Cheryl Coles ‘Crazy Stupid Love’ which was last week’s Number 1.

The highest of 5 new entries this week is at Number 3 for ZHU with the track ‘Faded’. Little is known of ZHU as the artist is keen on keeping their identity a secret for the moment at least stating that they want to let the music do the talking. The song is electro dance based, the previous release from this artist was a cover of the outkast song ‘Ms Jackson’.

New in at Number 5 is ‘Hopeful’ from Bars and Melody, they took part in the 8th series of Britians got talent in 2014 eventually finishing 3rd they were signed by Simon Cowell to his Syco label in a reported 500,000 record deal. The song ‘Hopeful’ is based around the 2005 song by rapper Twista called ‘Hope’, the song is a protest against bullying. The 2 members of Bars and Melody are 15 year old Charlie Lenehan and 13 year old Leondre Devries who becomes the youngest person to have a top 40 single so far this year.

The other top 10 entry is at Number 10 for Melissa Steel ft Popcaan with ‘Kisses for Breakfast’. Melissa Steel is from Bradford and recorded the video for the song in Jamaica along with local artist dancehall DJ Popcaan. This is the 2nd time Steel has now charted having been the featured artist on the Kove hit ‘Way We Are’ recently.

The endless stream of Dutch dance music producers making hits continues apace with lodewijk fluttert under his recording name of bakermat being the latest his song ‘One Day [Vandaag]’ features samples from the ‘I Have a Dream’ speech by Martin Luther King Jr.

The final new entry is at Number 37 for Vic Mensa with ‘Down on My Luck’, he is a 21 year old rap artist from Chicago Illinois and this is his 1st solo single, he was previously a member of Indie band Kids These Days who split in 2013.

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For the 1st time in 17 weeks a song has managed to hold on to the top spot for a 2nd week that honour belongs to Ella Henderson with her debut single ‘Ghost’.

There are 5 new entries with the highest entering at Number 2.

Back with their 2nd hit and following on from the March Number 1 ‘She Looks So Perfect’, 5 Seconds of Summer are a new entry at Number 2 with ‘Don’t Stop’.

It‘s always welcome to see new talent and music of different genres on the chart and the new entry at Number 4 gives us both. George Ezra is 21 years old and comes from Hertford, his music is described as Folk, Blues and Rock. He cites his major influences as Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, the single is called ‘Budapest’ and his debut Album due on June 30th is called ‘Wanted on Voyage’.

The other top 10 new entry is at Number 7 for North London electronic duo Gorgon City with ‘Here for You’.  They had a Number 4 hit earlier on this year with ‘Ready for Your Love’.

American singer Demi Lovato charts for the 5th time in the UK with ‘Neon Lights’, her most successful single to date was ‘Heart Attack’ which peaked at Number 3 last year.

Finally The Kooks released their 4th Album ‘Listen’ last month and the 2nd single release from it called ‘Around Town’ is new in at Number 35.

As always enjoy the music.