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UK chart round-up: Robin Thicke and Jessie J fail to meet hype with DJ Cassidy as Mr Probz wins No1

Shaun Kitchener
28 April 2014
UK chart round-up: Robin Thicke and Jessie J fail to meet hype with DJ Cassidy as Mr Probz wins No1
Jessie J and Robin Thicke in 'Calling All Hearts'

There's absolutely no shame in getting a single to No6 in the UK Singles Chart if you're a previously unknown producer like DJ Cassidy, but I can't be the only one who expected his breakthrough single 'Calling All Hearts' to do much better.

It's probably just a victim of its own hype after being labelled the big #songofthesummer by commercial radio stations who have been playing it about ninety-seven times an hour, but with stars like Jessie J and Robin Thicke - the latter of whom scored the best-selling single of 2013 and the most-downloaded track of all time with 'Blurred Lines' - as well as a spectacularly cheesy chorus that has SMASH HIT written all over it, No6 actually seems quite quiet. It seems it perhaps won't be the all-conquering #songofthesummer after all.

The artist who does make it all the way to No1, though, is Mr Probz. The Dutch hitmaker's song 'Waves' has made, er, waves since it almost came out of nowhere to become the country's most popular song of the week. And with a sales tally nearing 127,000 in seven days, it's quite an impressive arrival for a man whose name a couple of weeks ago made 99% of Brits say "who?".

Also this week, big congrats to Neon Jungle for netting their second Top 10 single of the year so far. 'Welcome To The Jungle' (no, not THAT 'Welcome To The Jungle') gave them their first taste of strong Radio 1 support and charges in to No7, three places lower than last effort 'Braveheart' but five higher than their storming debut 'Trouble' in 2013. It seems that promoting their big club sound over their individual identities (they have yet to appear in person on any of their single covers, for example) is turning out to be a wise move. 'WTTJ' is entering just one place below the last Little Mix single ('Word Up!' was No6 last month) and twelve places higher than the last Saturdays single ('Not Giving Up' entered at No19 a fortnight ago) - so do we finally have another big girlband on our hands?

Over on the album chart, Paolo Nutini spends a comfortable second week at No1, with the biggest new entry coming from Iggy Azalea. Her The New Classic LP makes an arrival at No5, behind John Legend at No2, The Vamps at No3 and Paloma Faith at No4. Other new entries come from Eels at No7 and Kelis at No20.

Shaun Kitchener is a freelance journalist and playwright. Follow on Twitter @ShaunKitchener.

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