UK’s Top 40 Countdown – Chart Review NOW! justin timberlake

Congratulations to Justin Timberlake who tops the UK charts this week. “Mirrors” seals JT’s comeback in style and is only his second number one, following “Sexyback” from September 2006. An 8 minute epic, “Mirrors” is Justin Timberlake on autopilot and even though I find nothing wrong with that I was expecting a far more mature sound from the former N*Sync front-man, now in his 30s. “Mirrors” evokes 2006 as if the following years never happened; nevertheless this sleek mid-tempo pop ballad will keep his fans anticipating his long awaited follow-up “The 20/20 Experience” to drop out on the 15th of March. Quite frankly he remains the only Justin that matters!

Breakthrough act Bastille score their second top 40 hit with “Pompeii” at number 2, a whole 19 slots higher than their debut “Flaws”. This song builds over a sing-along chant, a twinkling keyboard riff reminiscent of New Order’s “Temptation”, and some sparse drumming ala Vampire Weekend into one of the biggest choruses of 2013 so far. “Pompeii” marks a welcome return for organic music at the top echelons of the chart. Here’s hoping this is the first of many more!

Dubbed as one of the pioneers of UK’s underground music, Wiley returns at number 9 with “Reload”. Collaborating with Chip, his new single has all the makings of a spring-time dance-floor filler.

Relatively unknown until a couple of weeks ago, it is worth noting that since winning 2 Brit awards, Ben Howard has been enjoying a chart resurgence. “Only Love” maintains its Top 20 position for a second week running with its whole chart run now spanning 27 weeks! A gentle, stripped down folk ballad “Only Love” is finally receiving the success it deserved almost a year ago! Hail the Brits!

Speaking of awards, Adele ricochets back inside the hottest 20 with “Skyfall” after winning “Best Original Song” at the 85th Academy Awards while also noteworthy is Pink’s ascent inside the top 10 with “Give Me Just A Reason”. Lower down the chart there are new entries from American trio Paramore and the up-and-coming Laura Mvula.