Thursday, 30 October 2014

Top of the Pops, 30th October 2014

A week of consolidation in the chart sees several songs make micro-climbs, allowing them to come back for a second (or in some cases umpteenth) week. There's an electrifying new entry from Fuse ODG and we dig Tracy Chapman out of the vault, but once again the week is all about that Meghan Trainor (on video though, not in the studio).

Fuse ODG ft. Angel - TINA

In at number 9

The Script - Superheroes

Up 2 to number 19

George Ezra - Blame It On Me / Budapest

Up 1 to number 12 / Up 1 to number 17

Calvin Harris ft. John Newman - Blame

Up 1 to number 8

Sam Smith - I'm Not The Only One

Up 2 to number 10

From the Vault: Tracy Chapman - Fast Car

Back in at number 48

Jessie J - Bang Bang

Up 1 to number 4

Meghan Trainor - All About That Bass

Fourth week at number 1

PRESENTER: Abs from Five

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Top of the Pops, 23rd October 2014

With some spritzes of dance and whatever Ed Sheeran is, pop rules this week. The show is opened by a boyband sandwich with Ella Henderson as the tasty filling, and closed with a duo of personality-rich female pop delights (though Meghan Trainor is not in the studio so we make do with her vid).

Also, Talay Riley achieves a coveted second consecutive week on TOTP by featuring on another track, and friend of the show Paloma Faith and Sigma slow down Changes for an impassioned one-off performance that puts Jay James from the X Factor thoroughly to shame.

One Direction - Steal My Girl

Highest New Entry - In at number 3

Ella Henderson - Ghost

Long Runner - Up 6 to number 16 after 19 weeks

The Vamps - Oh Cecilia (Breaking My Heart)

High Climber - Up 35 to number 9

Wilkinson ft. Talay Riley - Dirty Love

In at number 20

Sigma ft. Paloma Faith - Changes

Up 1 to number 7

Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud

Up 6 to number 4

Taylor Swift - Shake It Off

Up 2 to number 2

Meghan Trainor - All About That Bass

Third week at number 1

PRESENTER: James Masterton

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Top of the Pops, 16th October 2014

Not so much studio time as usual this week. The Goo Goo Dolls (aka The Iris Singers) get a From the Vault slot, the BBC's new multi-artist VT gets an airing and Meghan Trainor is away trotting the globe, so her second week at number 1 is celebrated by playing the video.

Not to worry, though. Here in person we have a Nicki Minaj double-header (with a rare appearance from Usher), fellow RnB guy Jeremih and young guns Ella and LuvBug keeping the British end up as well.

Debuts: LuvBug, Talay Riley, Jeremih, YG.

LuvBug ft. Talay Riley - Resonance

In at number 13

Ella Henderson - Glow

In at number 7

Brian Wilson & Various Artists - God Only Knows

In at number 20

Jeremih ft. YG - Don't Tell 'Em

In at number 5

From the Vault: The Goo Goo Dolls - Iris

Back in at number 66

Nicki Minaj - Anaconda

Highest New Entry - In at number 3

Usher ft. Nicki Minaj - She Came To Give It To You

In at number 16

Meghan Trainor - All About That Bass

Second week at number 1


Thursday, 9 October 2014

Top of the Pops, 9th October 2014

George Ezra aside, there is a whole lotta exciting new music on the show this week. Labrinth, Magician, Ella Eyre and Gorgon City all crash into the chart, but none with as big a splash as Meghan Trainor. Busy as she is, Meghan makes the trip to perform for the TOTP crowd.

Debuts: Magician, Years and Years, Zak Abel, Meghan Trainor.

Magician ft. Years and Years - Sunlight

Highest New Entry - In at number 7

Ella Eyre - Comeback

In at number 12

Jessie Ware - Say You Love Me

In at number 22

Gorgon City ft. Zak Abel - Unmissable

In at number 19

Hozier - Take Me To Church

Up 2 to number 26

George Ezra - Budapest

Up 2 to number 10

Labrinth - Let It Be

In at number 11

Meghan Trainor - All About That Bass

Up 32 to number 1

PRESENTER: Kimberley Walsh

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Top of the Pops, 2nd October 2014

Even into October, the Summer of Heartfeltness continues: we have a second consecutive week without Sam Smith (?!) but his absence is more than made up for by further helpings of George Ezra and friend of the show Ed Sheeran. There's some good old-fashioned pop-dance as well, mind - a trio of pop queens sit at number 1, and Ariana Grande also gets the most out of her plan ticket and performs her own hit Break Free as well. Next week's likely number 1 is not here yet, but Power Music Workout represent the song with their cheeky ripoff, a troupe of hired dancers playing it for laughs.

Not sure why Cilla Black is lurking in the chart's lower reaches, but From the Vault digs her out so that we can speculate.

Debuts: Power Music Workout.

Ariana Grande - Break Free

Up 4 to number 24

George Ezra - Blame It On Me

Up 3 to number 7

Shift K3Y - I Know

In at number 25

Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud

Up 1 to number 18

Wankelmut & Emma Louise - My Head Is A Jungle

Up 5 to number 20

From the Vault: Cilla Black - Anyone Who Had A Heart

Back in at number 47

Power Music Workout - All About That Bass

High Climber - Up 39 to number 13

Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj - Bang Bang

Straight in at number 1