Thursday, 30 January 2014

Top of the Pops, 30th January 2014

The middle of the chart is quiet this week, so we have some big new entries from the top and some (for now) lower-charting new songs from the outer reaches. Vance Joy returns to reprise 'Riptide' by candlelight and there are precocious turns from Neon Jungle and the Vamps (with a two-song medley), but the evening belongs to a triumphant Clean Bandit, looking indeed like there's no place they'd rather be.

Neon Jungle - Braveheart

In at number 4

Tinie Tempah & Labrinth - Lover Not A Fighter

Up 9 to number 18

Half Moon Run - Full Circle

In at number 60

Vance Joy - Riptide

Up 8 to number 10

Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Young Blood

Highest New Entry - In at number 55

OneRepublic - If I Lose Myself

High Climber - Up 33 to number 22

Vamps - Wild Heart / Can We Dance

In at number 3 / Up 5 to number 42

Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne - Rather Be 

Straight in at number 1


Thursday, 23 January 2014

Top of the Pops, 23rd January 2014

Two performances this week that you won't see anywhere else. Shakira comes without Rihanna but is easily able to swivel hips for two, and Pharrell performs a lovely percussion-only version of Happy for his third week at number 1. Elsewhere we have new TOTP debuts for Elyar Fox, Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip, and a reappearance from friends-of-the-show Bastille performing the evergreen Pompeii.

Elyar Fox - Do It All Over Again

Highest New Entry - In at number 5

Chase & Status ft Jacob Banks - Alive

Up 4 to number 21

Idina Menzel - Let It Go

Up 5 to number 31

Busta Rhymes ft Q-Tip - Thank You

High Climber - Up 24 to number 13

Tinie Tempah - Lover Not A Fighter

Up 15 to number 27

Bastille - Pompeii

Up 2 to number 39

Shakira - Can't Remember To Forget You

In at number 11

Pharrell Williams - Happy

Third week at number 1

PRESENTER: Marvin Humes

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Top of the Pops, 16th January 2014

A couple of rare treats this week. First Beyonce jets in to bring us (most of) not one but two tracks from her barricade-storming new album. Second, the Gaga/Aguilera diva double both appear to sing the revamped version of Do What U Want which is currently giving the track a second wind. Elsewhere there is a high banger concentration; Pharrell isn't here in person so we enjoy the video for Happy.

Hardwell ft. Matthew Koma - Dare You

Highest New Entry - In at number 18

Beyonce - Drunk in Love / XO

Up 17 to number 10 / In at number 45

Little Mix - Little Me

Up 6 to number 14

Sub Focus - Turn Back Time

High Climber - Up 30 to number 15

Bastille - Of The Night

Up 1 to number 11

Vance Joy - Riptide

In at number 35

Lady Gaga ft. Christina Aguilera - Do What U Want

Up 11 to number 12

Pharrell Williams - Happy

Up 1 to number 1

PRESENTER: Kimberley Walsh

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Top of the Pops, 9th January 2014

The first Top of the Pops of the new year sees an influx of shiny new hits spearheaded by the rootin' tootin' number 1 from Pitbull and Ke$ha. Idina Menzel makes her debut as this week's bubbler-under, and some continuity is provided by lively 2013 recurrences from Rizzle Kicks, Wilkinson and Martin Garrix.

Matrix & Futurebound ft Marshall - Control

In at number 18

Martin Garrix - Animals

Up 5 to number 8

Idina Menzel - Let It Go

Up 13 to number 44

Fuse ODG - Million Pound Girl (Badder Than Bad)

In at number 14

Wilkinson - Afterglow

Up 7 to number 34

Rizzle Kicks - Skip To The Good Bit

Up 6 to number 25

Ed Sheeran - I See Fire

Up 2 to number 30

Pitbull ft Ke$ha - Timber

Straight in at number 1

PRESENTER: Marvin Humes

Friday, 3 January 2014

Happy New Year

Hi, viewers, and happy New Year.

There was of course no fantasy TOTP over the Christmas period, because the slot was taken by the real TOTP that were actually broadcast on TV (not in my head) on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. They were pretty good, weren't they?

Normal fantasy TOTP service will resume next week on 9th January at half past seven. Until then, here's a list of the most featured artists and friends-of-the-show of 2013:

Seven appearances: Ellie Goulding
Six appearances: Avicii, John Newman
Five appearances: Lily Allen, OneRepublic, Rudimental, Jason Derulo
Four appearances: Arctic Monkeys, Bastille, Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, One Direction, Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke

All hail Ellie, Queen of the Pops (and she was on both real-life festive editions too). Who will top the list in 2014?