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Sunday, February 03, 2013

UK Chart Roundup: Diane Birth Pulls A Sia, Finally Lands A Hit Thanks To British Rapper Devlin

Awwww. Good ol' Diane Birch. I interviewed her back in spring 2009 for a trashy gay site that's since had the plug pulled on it, and the thing I remember most about her is that our scheduled 15-minute chat turned into an hour-long conversation about vinyl records and different old albums we both liked.

That was also the year that, by December, had her name being mentioned repeatedly as a sure thing for a Best New Artist Grammy nomination, thanks to her stunning, Brill Building-esque debut LP Bible Belt. Alas, that never happened. She quietly released an EP of covers, The Velveteen Age, in late 2010, then seemed to slip out of sight — until now.

Her misty Bible Belt track "Rewind" has been reworked into a rap jam that premiered in December last year by Devlin. Diane appears in the video and (re-)sings the chorus, et voila — the song is now a Top 10 hit in the UK. Just call Diane Birch the new Skylar Grey/Dido/Sia?

The UK Top 10:

1. "Get Up (Rattle)" - Bingo Players feat. Far East Movement *2 weeks*
2. "Thrift Shop" - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz
3. "Scream And Shout" - will.i.am feat. Britney Spears
4. "I Knew You Were Trouble" - Taylor Swift
5. "Stay" - Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko
6. "Drinking From The Bottle" - Calvin Harris feat. Tinie Tempah
7. "Animal" - Conor Maynard feat. Wiley
8. "Clown" - Emeli Sande
9. "My Life" - 50 Cent feat. Eminem & Adam Levine
10. "Rewind" - Devlin feat. Diane Birch *new*

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