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Chart Chat Edition 611

There were six new entires, eight climbers, twenty two songs going down and four non movers on this weeks chart. It was all change at the top as Cher Lloyd became the second of last years X Factor contestants to top the chart as ‘Swagger Jagger’ went straight in at no.1. That success meant that last weeks no.1 ‘She Makes Me Wanna’ by JLS featuring Dev fell one to no.2.

The Wanted went down one to no.3 with ‘Glad You Came’ while Ed Sheeran got a non mover at no.4 with ‘The A-Team’. DJ Fresh featuring Sian Evans fell two to no.5 with ‘Louder’ while David Guetta featuring Taio Cruz & Ludacris climbed seven to no.6 with ‘Little Bad Girl’. Beyonce went down two to no.7 with ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ and Nicki Minaj continued her steady climb with ‘Super Bass’ going up two to no.8 on its thirteenth week on the chart. Rizzle Kicks went up eleven to no.9 with ‘Down With The Trumpets’ and Loick Essien featuring Tanya Lacey completed the top ten falling four to no.10 with ‘How We Roll’.

There was a further climber and new entry in what remained in the top twenty. Chris Brown featuring Justin Bieber went up seven places to no.15 with ‘Next 2 You’ and Christina Perri made it into the top forty at no.16 with ‘Jar Of Hearts’ after bubbling under the top forty for the past month.

There were four new entries and four climbers in the lower half of the chart. Foster The People went up eight to no.22 with ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ and Benny Benassi featuring Gary Go entered at no.24 with ‘Cinema’. Tinie Tempah featuring Wiz Khalifa climbed six to no.25 with ‘Till I’m Gone’ and Adele went back up two places to no.33 with ‘Someone Like You’. Scouting For Girls went up three to no.35 with ‘Love How It Hurts’ and Eminem scored a new entry at no.36 with ‘Space Bound’. Swede Mason featuring Gregg Wallace & John Torode went straight in at no.37 with ‘Masterchef Synthesia (Buttery Biscuit Bass)’ and Jay-Z & Kanye West featuring Otis Redding got the final new entry at no.38 with ‘Otis’.

‘Life Is Life’ is the brand new single by the popular folk / pop band Noah & The Whale and rest assured it actually bears no resemblance to the song released by European rockers Opus in the 1980’s! It’s the third single to be taken from their highly acclaimed third studio album ‘Last Night On Earth’ which peaked at no.8 on its release earlier this year. Opening single ‘L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.’ was a slow burner but eventually reached no.14 despite its similarity to Tom Petty & The Heartbreaker’s ‘Don’t Come Around Here No More’! The follow up ‘Tonight’s The Kind Of Night’ missed the top forty, and instead could only get as far as no.67. Their only other top forty hit came with ‘5 Year Time (Sun Sun Sun)’ which got to no.7 in 2008. With so many fans already owning this on the album I don’t really expect this to be a hit unless it can really catch on in terms of significant radio airplay.

‘Watch Me Dance’ sees two giants of the dance music scene team up in the shape of Toddla T and Roots Manuva. Toddla T is the stage name of renowned Sheffield based DJ and producer Thomas McKenzie Bell who scored a minor hit with ‘Take It Back’ earlier this year. The track saw him work with Shola Ama, J2k and Ninja Tune and it peaked at no.59 in the charts. He is also the boyfriend of Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac. Thirty eight year old rapper Roots Manuva has enjoyed more commercial success over the years with both ‘Colossal Insight’ and ‘Too Cold’ reaching the top forty back in 2005. This collaboration is taken from Toddla T’s ‘Watch Me Dance’ album which is due for release later on this year. They make a powerful combination and this could see Toddla T reach the top forty in his own right for the very first time. Watch out for this doing well for them both next weekend.

Charlie Simpson started out life as one third of pop / punk trio Busted and then moved on to try for more credibility as part of Fightstar. Now he has turned 25 he has decided to branch out and try out life on his own, and as his talents include playing the guitar, piano and drums he is perfectly cut out for it. As part of Busted he saw all eight of their singles make the top three, with half of those going on to make the top spot. Fightstar’s career then started full of promise with debut single ‘Paint Your Target’ reaching no.9 and follow ups ‘Grand Unification Part 1’ and ‘Waste A Moment’ reaching no.29. Despite charting well on the rock / indie charts none of the bands subsequent singles reached the top forty although the accompanying albums showed a steady improvement with last outing ‘Be Human’ peaking at no.20. He is still popular and this could return him to the top forty with his new single ‘Parachutes’.

The highly acclaimed dubstep duo Nero release their latest single ‘Promises’ this week. The band consists of Daniel Stephens and Joe Ray (with Alana Watson often providing the vocals) and they were nominated in the BBC Sound Of 2011 poll. Their debut album ‘Welcome Reality’ has notched up two hits so far with ‘Me & You’ being their first chart entry, peaking at no.15 and the follow up ‘Guilt’ performed even better reaching no.8. Both of those singles and ‘Promises’ have been received the ‘Hottest Record In The World’ accolade from Zane Lowe on his Radio 1 show. The band have also carved out a reputation for their remixes and have worked with the likes of Beyonce, Calvin Harris, Plan B and Chase & Status. This looks set to be a big hit for them and could provide a good springboard for the albums release next Monday.

‘Yellow’ is the new single by twenty six year old Anita Blay, aka Cocknbullkid. Her influences stretch far and wide and are said to include Bjork, Celine Dion, Morrissey and Human League. Her highly acclaimed debut album ‘Adulthood’ was released back in May and has so far yielded the singles ‘One Eye Closed’, ‘Hold On To Your Misery’ and ‘Asthma Attack’. None of the previous three have managed any degree of mainstream chart success, and unfortunately I can’t see that changing with this release. She has a busy month in August with appearances booked at the Underage Festival, the Field Day Festival, the Leeds / Reading Festivals and Bestival in the Isle Of Wight. She supported Duran Duran on their tour earlier this year and has also played gigs with Marina & The Diamonds and Kele. She’s one to watch but perhaps not for a little while longer.

The legendary Modfather Paul Weller is back with his latest solo offering ‘Starlite’ this week. It won’t feature on any album, and is available digitally this week with a 12″ vinyl edition due at the end of the month. It has been described as part Balearic beat, poetry and psychadelic music and comes accompanied by remixes by Deadboy, D-Pulse and Drop Out Orchestra. It has now been twenty two years since the demise of his last band The Style Council, while his previous group The Jam famously split in 1982. Each of his ten solo albums have made the top ten with ‘Stanley Road’, ‘Illumination’ and ’22 Dreams’ all going on to top the charts. He has notched up thirty one top forty hits as a solo artist though his highest charting hit was ‘Peacock Suit’ in 1996 which peaked at no.5. I’m hoping this will add another top forty hit to his already impressive tally.

The current Elbow album ‘Build A Rocket Boys!’ peaked at no.2 on its release earlier this year and has so far become the bands highest charting album to date. However neither of the two singles released from it so far have even made the top 100, and despite the release of ‘Lippy Kids’ on a 10″ vinyl format I don’t think that statistic will change. They have never got higher than no.19 on the singles chart, a feat which they achieved with three singles ‘Asleep In The Back / Coming Second’, ‘Fallen Angel’ and ‘Grounds For Divorce’. Despite their lack of major hit singles they have several awards to their name including an Ivor Novello, a Brit, a Mercury Music prize and an NME Award. They are already working on a sixth album although there is no confirmed timescale for its release as yet. To conclude, I don’t expect to find ‘Lippy Kids’ near next weekends top forty.

‘Stronger’ is the new single that brings together Erick Morillo, Eddie Thoneick and Shawnee Taylor. Morillo is perhaps best known for creating the act Reel 2 Real who hit no.5 in the charts with ‘I Like To Move It’ before going on to enjoy another six top thirty hits during the mid 1990s. He has also worked as a remixer on tracks by Whitney Houston, Macy Gray, Enrique Iglesias, LL Cool J and Junior Jack. It’s been almost five years since Eddie Thoneick’s only top forty appearance with his cover of ‘Love Sensation’ though it only reached no.39. Shawnee is perhaps the least known of the three though she has appeared on tracks by Junior Sanchez, Todd Terry and Sandy Rivera. This should chart in the lower end of the top forty but I can’t see it becoming a major commercial hit.

French DJ and producer David Guetta has already had a great year in 2011 and has only just made the top ten this week with his latest single ‘Little Bad Girl’. He has also been occupying the top ten in recent weeks with his Snoop Dogg collaboration ‘Sweat’. However he has wasted no time in releasing the follow up ‘Titanium’ which sees him team up with female singer Sia on vocals. He is also rumoured to be releasing ‘Lunar’ and ‘Night Of Your Life’ across the next two weeks as promotional singles for his forthcoming ‘Nothing But The Beat’ album. He has had eight top ten hits across his career including three no.1’s ; ‘When Love Takes Over’, ‘Sexy Bitch’ and most recently ‘Gettin’ Over You’. For me I don’t think this is as commercial as some of his recent offerings so I don’t think this will quite make the top five.

Also released this week are ‘What I Heard’ by Blondie, ‘Disco Moment’ by Bright Light Bright Light, ‘Come Together’ by Cicada, ‘Plage’ by Crystal Fighters, ‘Blink And You’ll Miss A Revolution’ by Cut Copy, ‘Ocean Floor (EP)’ by Hattie Murdoch, ‘Yes To Running’ by Ivyrise, ‘Animals’ by Kids In Glass Houses, ‘Mirage’ by Ladytron, ‘It Will Not Be Forgotten’ by The Pierces, ‘Take It All’ by Reason4, ‘Blackbird & The Fox’ by The Twilight Singers, ‘Blues Hand Me Down’ by Vintage Trouble and ‘The After Party 2011’ by WAWA featuring Eddie Amador.

I think Cher Lloyd’s run at the top will be short lived and I expect either David Guetta featuring Taio Cruz & Ludacris to claim the no.1 spot or JLS featuring Dev will reclaim their throne. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Brett Anderson, Paul Simon, Two Door Cinema Club and The Wombats. Until then have yourself a good week.

6 August, 2011 - Posted by | ChartChat

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