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Chart Chat Edition 610

There were four new entries, four re-entries, seven climbers, twenty five songs going down and no non movers on this weeks chart. That meant a new no.1 for JLS featuring Dev who went straight in at the top with ‘She Makes Me Wanna’ which became their fifth single to reach the summit. That displaced The Wanted who fell one to no.2 following a two week reign at the top for ‘Glad You Came’.

DJ Fresh featuring Sian Evans fell one to no.3 with ‘Louder’ and Ed Sheeran went down one to no.4 with ‘The A Team’. Beyonce also fell one to no.5 with ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ while Loick Essien featuring Tanya Lacey went down one to no.6 with ‘How We Roll’. Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer fell one to no.7 with ‘Give Me Everything’ and Amy Winehouse re-entered at no.8 with ‘Back To Black’ which is the song’s highest placing to date. Katy Perry went back up one to no.9 with ‘Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)’ and Nicki Minaj rounded off the top ten by climbing two to no.10 with ‘Super Bass’.

Three climbers and one new entry were to be found in the remainder of the top twenty. David Guetta featuring Taio Cruz & Ludacris climbed six to no.13 with ‘Little Bad Girl’ while Alexandra Stan went back up three to no.14 with ‘Mr Saxobeat’. Maverick Sabre went straight in at no.16 with ‘Let Me Go’ and Rizzle Kicks climbed two to no.20 with ‘Down With The Trumpets’.

There were two new entries, three re-entries and two climbers in the lower half of the chart. Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull went back up one place to no.25 with ‘On The Floor’ while Amy Winehouse re-entered at no.27 with ‘Tears Dry On Their Own’. Amy’s biggest hit ‘Rehab’ re-entered at no.29 and Tinie Tempah featuring Wiz Khalifah climbed four places to no.31 with ‘Till I’m Gone’. ‘Love Is A Losing Game’ was a new entry for Amy Winehouse at no.33 as the song missed the top forty on its original release, peaking at just no.46, while Six-D went straight in at a disappointing no.34 with the much hyped ‘Best Damn Night’. Amy Winehouse re-entered at no.37 with ‘You Know I’m No Good’

Pop superstar Britney Spears releases ‘I Wanna Go’ this week as the third single to be taken from her current ‘Femme Fatale’ album. The albums opening single was ‘Hold It Against Me’ which peaked at no.6 while the follow up ‘Till The World Ends’ reached no.21. If successful this will be her twenty ninth top forty hit in the UK though it is unlikely to do well enough to add to her tally of five no.1s. The accompanying music video was directed by Chris Marrs Piliero and was shot in Los Angeles. She is bringing her current live tour to the UK later this year where she is likely to court controversy if she lip syncs to enable her complex and energetic dance routines. She will undoubtedly grab the headlines whatever she decides to do! The track has already made the top forty in the US, Canada and Australia so should perform just as well in the UK particularly with the video picking up so much airplay right now.

It was clear from last years X Factor that the most original artist in there was Cher Lloyd. While vocally she may not have been able to match Rebecca, she had that star quality which set her apart from her rivals. Her performance of Shakespeare’s Sister ‘Stay’ was stunning also confirmed that she could actually sing. That makes her debut release somewhat disappointing as for all the flair that she has, ‘Swagger Jagger’ barely gets out of first gear and its ‘Clementine’ based chorus just seems a little odd. There is a lot of hype around her in the papers, and that may get her off to a good start. However its a bit like fast food – fine for now, but pretty soon I might feel like I’m not quite satisfied. I’d like to think that better is to come from her, and her album will hopefully deliver that. She has the raw talent, and I just hope that those who are in control of her musical destiny can ensure that they steer her in the right direction.

American singer / songwriter and part time violin player Joan Wasser is perhaps best known under the monicker Joan As Police Woman. She has released three studio albums and has worked with a vast array of artists including Lou Reed, Elton John, Scissor Sisters, Guillemots and Lloyd Cole. New single ‘Chemmie’ is released this week and is a track taken from her third, and most successful, studio album ‘The Deep Field’ which peaked at no.40 on its release earlier this year. Last week saw her play gigs in both Italy and Poland while August sees  her guest star at the Bootboohook Festival in Hannover.

With no confirmed physical release to back this single up I don’t think it will  make the breakthrough and become her first mainstream hit. Interest in her is  steadily growing through and her fourth album could be the one that sees her  break to a much wider audience.

‘Cinema’ is the new single by Benny Benassi featuring Gary Go. Benny originally came to prominence in 2003 when his single ‘Satisfaction’ got to no.2, though that success was mainly due to its video which featured female construction workers portrayed by models. The follow up ‘No Matter What You Do’ only got as far as no.40 and he did not return until this year when he featured on the Chris Brown hit ‘Beautiful People’. Gary Go by contrast has only reached the top forty once which was with his 2009 single ‘Wonderful’. He also supported Take That on one of their tours but would be glad of a return to the top forty with this track. There are a variety of accompanying remixes from the likes of Alex Gaudino, Laidback Luke, Skrillex, Congorock and DJ Mazza. I think that this will actually do quite well for them both and could well become a hit over what remains of this Summer.

‘Do It In The AM’ is the brand new single by Frankmusik featuring Far East Movement. Frankmusik is better known to his friends and family as Vincent Turner, and he achieved success with his debut album ‘Complete Me’. That yielded two top thirty hit singles in ‘Better Off As Two’ and ‘Confusion Girl’ while he has also gained a reputation as a producer / remixer by working with Alphabeat, Pet Shop Boys and Lady Gaga. He recently featured on the track ‘Fighting For Air’ by Far East Movmement on their ‘Free Wired’ album and now it is their turn to return the favour. This single is also the title track to his forthcoming album of the same name which hits the shops at the end of September. He is currently still in demand and as such is busy working on the new Erasure album which comes out later this year. This should become his third top forty single next weekend.

Mona are just one of a number of bands tipped for the top in 2011 who have yet to turn their critical acclaim into commercial success. They are a four piece  Indie band hailing from Nashville in Tennessee but they are signed to Island Records in the UK. Their debut self titled album was released back in May whereby it made no.39 but ‘Shooting The Moon’ is now the fourth single to be released with none of the previous three coming close to the top forty. It’s hard to explain why they are not bigger as they won the MTV Award in the ‘Brand New For 2011’ category and were nominated in the BBC Sound Of 2011 poll. They have chosen to work with Rich Costey who has previously added his stamp to acts such as Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys and Muse. With existing fans already having this on the album I can’t really see this opening their top forty account for them.

‘Irresistable Force’ is the latest single by Janes Addiction. The band famously contains Perry Farrell as lead singer and first formed in 1985 though they have split and reformed two or three times over that period. The current incarnation has seen them reunite with founding member Eric Avery for the first time since 1991. They have only enjoyed two top forty successes across their UK career, with ‘Been Caught Stealing’ in 1990 and then with ‘Just Because’ in 2003. The latter single also came from their most successful album ‘Strays’. This latest single features on their new studio album ‘The Great Escape Artist’ which is only their fourth to be recorded across that twenty five year period. Without a strong physical format to accompany this release I suspect most fans will just wait for the album to come out, and as such I don’t think this will gift them a third top forty appearance.

The highly acclaimed American electronic artist DJ Shadow is back this week with his new single ‘I’m Excited’. He has had moderate success on the UK singles chart to date with three top forty hits to his name but he hasn’t been seen since there since ‘You Can’t Go Home Again’ which peaked at no.30 in 2002. All three of his studio albums ‘Entroducing…’, ‘The Private Press’ and ‘The Outsider’ have reached the top thirty and now his fourth album ‘The Less You Know The Better’ is set for release in September. His debut album ‘Entroducing…’ consisted entirely of samples, and he is said to possess a record collection of over 60,000 titles. His reputation precedes him and while I have no doubt his album will be a success I don’t see this track charting in its own right without a significant increase in its current level of mainstream radio airplay.

Five piece Indie band My Tiger My Timing hail from New Cross in London and release their new single ‘Endless Summer’ this week. The curious name of the band comes from the title of a song by New York experimental musicial Arthur Russell. Their first single was ‘This Is Not The Fire’ and was produced by Andy Spence from New Young Pony Club. They have seen their reputation grow over the past year and NME labelled them as ‘tribal electro like a South London Gang Gang Dance’. They won the Beck’s European Newcomer Award last year and they made the finals of this years Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent Competition which saw them awarded a slot on the John Peel stage at the event. Their debut album is not far off being released but I think they will have to wait a little longer before they can secure themselves a debut top forty hit.

Also released this week are ‘Black Water’ by Apparat, ‘Seasons Tree / Rose With A Broken Neck’ by Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi, ‘Clump’ by Iamamiwhoami, ‘Shine’ by Joe Cang and ‘Late At Night’ by Kirsty Almeida.

I expect JLS to hold on at the top but Cher Lloyd could yet stage a challenge despite her releasing for me what is a slightly disappointing first single. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Noah & The Whale, Paul Weller, The Pierces and Toddla T & Roots Manuva. Until then have yourself a good week.

1 August, 2011 - Posted by | ChartChat

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