February 2015 – Fill Me In


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DCCXLVIII – February 2015

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
8023
7
SAY SOMETHING
Karen Harding
8024
3
FOURFIVE SECONDS
Rihanna featuring Kanye West and Paul McCartney
8025
3
L.A. LOVE (LA LA)
Fergie
8026
8
OUTLINES
Mike Mago and Dragonette
8027
1
LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO
Ellie Goulding
8028
4
EARNED IT
Weeknd
8029
8
DOING IT
Charli XCX featuring Rita Ora
8030
6
AYO
Chris Brown and Tyga
8031
4
GRAVITY
DJ Fresh featuring Ella Eyre
8032
7
SUGAR
Maroon 5

Finally, something decent this year! I like Say Something, so naturally it tumbled down the chart from the moment it arrived. Bloody typical, that is. I have no idea what to make of FourFive Seconds though, is it a demo that got released by mistake? The song itself isn’t bad, it’s just that this recording sounds like it was recorded in someone’s house after a really good evening. I don’t know what sort of evening Fergie had had before going in to record L.A. Love and to be honest, I don’t really care because it’s not a very good song. Still miles better than London Bridge, but that’s possibly the faintest praise I can give it.

Outlines entered the chart at No.8 and tumbled to 25 the following week. This is what happens to songs I like. On the other hand, Love Me Like You Do went straight to the top and spent four weeks there. Make of that what you will.

Earned It doesn’t half plod along. I haven’t seen 50 Shades Of Grey (the movie from whence this song comes), and to be honest I have no intention of ever seeing it, but I’m going to guess that this particular number crops up during one of the scenes in which the main characters indulge in, shall we say, horizontal pleasures. And another thing, by spelling his name that way am I supposed to pronounce it as The Weekend or The Weakened? Tch, pop stars these days. Oh… now this makes a change. Doing It doesn’t come from 50 Shades Of Grey and it doesn’t sound like a relic from the 1990s. It does sound like a relic from the mid-eighties, but if you’re going to mine an era for its sounds, you could do a lot worse than the eighties. Yeah, I like this one. Ayo, meanwhile, is another steaming pile from Chris Brown. I really must be missing something here; according to Wikipedia Ayo has a “catchy chorus, substantial rap verses, and fun-loving pop appeal” but all I hear is distasteful, bragging, insulting crap. Gravity could hardly be any worse than Ayo, so it’s nice to report that it’s actually really good.

Sugar is thoroughly inconsequential, and I’ll hear worse than this from Maroon 5. In fact, I think I already have.