This week, our two highest new entries were about sex, we got the debut single from an X Factor band and the latest single from Lana Del Ray.
100 – Titanium by David Guetta ft. Sia
97 – Freedom by Pharrell Williams
Last year, Happy by Pharrell was the biggest selling single of the year. Freedom, his latest single, has a much edgier sound and message and in my opinion, this makes it an even better song. The groove alone on this song makes it worth a listen. This gospel inspired track is made all the better by the inclusive message about unity and freedom.
92 – Bang Bang by Jessie J ft. Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj
79 – Up by Olly Murs ft. Demi Lovato
91 – Fight Song by Rachel Platten
78 – Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself by Jess Glynne
67 – Do It Again by Pia Mia ft. Chris Brown and Tyga
60 – High by the Beach by Lana Del Ray
High by the Beach is the leadoff single from Lana Del Ray’s new album, Honeymoon. I have never been a Lana Del Ray fan and High by the Beach contains all the elements of what I don’t like about her. The hazy production does fit the tone of the song. The problem is, while the instrumentation may sound relaxed, Lana Del Ray’s vocal delivery in my opinion makes her sound bored rather than high. This ruins any mood that the production previously created. I just want a little more substance from her, as I think she can do a lot better.
53 – I Do by Only the Young
Only the Young are the latest band to come from The X Factor, following in the footsteps of Little Mix, Union J and One Direction. I Do is their debut single, and it appears that they have taken some influence from bands like Mumford and Sons. The addition of the tambourine as part of the percussion is good as well as the prominent guitar line. Like many X Factor bands however, they are very similar vocally and it is hard to tell the individual members apart. Overall, this song isn’t bad and better than quite a lot of X Factor band debuts.
39 – Pony (Jump on It) by Tough Love ft. Ginuwine
23 – Body on Me by Rita Ora ft. Chris Brown
I am not a huge fan of Rita Ora as a vocalist. I have always felt that she could do better. However, I really liked her previous single, Poison. I think that there she finally got her vocal balance right. Body on Me is the follow up single, and it has gone down a much sexier route. The production supports the lyrical content well (unlike songs higher up the chart which we will talk about), even if it is a little weak and repetitive here. However, it also has Chris Brown on the track. He does not seem to be singing at the same song as Rita Ora, as he sounds quite bored. Rita Ora isn’t as good as she was on Poison, but it is still a decent performance. It’s an ok song that would have been far better without Chris Brown.
New Number One
1 – Marvin Gaye by Charlie Puth ft. Meghan Trainor
On the surface, this song seems fine enough. Nice lightweight performance, with hints of retro production that have worked for Meghan Trainor before. However, it is the lyrical content that really annoys me about this track. This is a song about sex that evokes Marvin Gaye, singer of songs such as Sexual Healing. Gaye oozed charisma and charm in his day, and Puth and Trainor have none of that. Marvin Gaye is not even remotely sexy; it sounds like the Kidz Bop version of a Marvin Gaye song. With some better production and maybe more from the vocalists, this could have been a good song.
Best of the Week
Freedom by Pharrell Williams
Worth a Listen
Titanium by David Guetta ft. Sia
Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself by Jess Glynne
Wouldn’t Turn Off
Bang Bang by Jessie J ft. Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj
Up by Olly Murs ft. Demi Lovato
Fight Song by Rachel Platten
I Do by Only the Young
Body on Me by Rita Ora ft. Chris Brown
Would Turn Off
Do It Again by Pia Mia ft. Chris Brown and Tyga
Pony (Jump On It) by Tough Love ft. Ginuwine
High by the Beach by Lana Del Ray
Worst of the Week
Marvin Gaye by Charlie Puth ft. Meghan Trainor