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Chart Chat Edition 612

There were six new entries, nine songs going up, twenty three songs going down and two non movers on this weeks chart. Nero went straight in at no.1 with ‘Promises’ while JLS featuring Dev held on in the runners up spot with ‘She Makes Me Wanna’.

Cher Lloyd dropped two places to no.3 with ‘Swagger Jagger’ while David Guetta featuring Taio Cruz & Ludacris climbed two to no.4 with ‘Little Bad Girl’. Christina Perri went up twelve to no.5 with Jar Of Hearts’ and The Wanted dropped three to no.6 with ‘Glad You Came’. Ed Sheeran also fell three to no.7 with ‘The A Team’ and Rizzle Kicks went up one to no.8 with ‘Down With The Trumpets’. DJ Fresh featuring Sian Evans fell four to no.9 with ‘Louder’ and the top ten was rounded off by Beyonce who fell three to no.10 with ‘Best Thing I Never Had’.

Three climbers and one new entry were to be found in the remainder of the top twenty. Chris Brown featuring Justin Bieber climbed one place to no.14 with ‘Next 2 You’ and David Guetta featuring Sia got a new entry at no.16 with ‘Titanium’. Foster The People went up four to no.18 with ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ and Benny Benassi featuring Gary Go climbed four to no.20 with ‘Cinema’.

There were four new entries and three climbers on this weeks chart. Tinie Tempah featuring Wiz Khalifa climbed one place to no.24 with ‘Till I’m Gone’ and LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & Goonrock went back up a place to no.25. Bruno Mars got a new entry at no.28 with ‘Marry You’ and Pitbull featuring Marc Anthony went straight in at no.31 with ‘Rain On Me’. Eminem climbed two to no.34 with ‘Space Bound’ and Jessie J got a new entry at no.37 with ‘Who’s Laughing Now’. The final new entry came at no.38 and went to Nicole Scherzinger with her new single ‘Wet’.
Tottenham based Grime MC and rapper Wretch 32 almost notched up a first no.1 hit with his single ‘Unorthodox’. Sampling ‘Fools Gold’ by The Stone Roses and with rapper Example helping out on vocals the track peaked at no.2 earlier this year. That followed on from the top five success of his previous single ‘Traktor’ and he will be hoping for another hit with his new single ‘Don’t Go’ which sees him work with Josh Kumra. He often collaborates with other artists and has featured on tracks by Scorcher, Chipmunk and Maverick Sabre. His first solo album was ‘Wretchrospective’ which was released at the end of 2008 with little commercial impact. His second album ‘Black & White’ is set for release later this month and could see him get to no.1. For now this single could very well go the same way and you have to say that he is really on the crest of a wave at the moment.

Former American Idol entrant Jennifer Hudson has carved out a very successful career despite being elimated at the top 7 stage of that show. She is a talented actress and has overcome personal tragedy following an incident which saw her brother and mother shot dead. She has three top forty hits to her name, most notably with ‘Spotlight’ which narrowly missed out on the top ten instead peaking at no.11. She has released two albums; ‘Jennifer Hudson’ and ‘I Remember Me’ which peaked at no.21 and no.20 respectively in the UK though both got to no.2 in the US. This week sees the release of the Rich Harrison penned track ‘No One Gonna Love You’ as a single and it has already made the top forty on the US r’n’b chart. She has never quite enjoyed the same level of success this side of the Atlantic and as such it is hard to predict a big future for this song.

East 17 make a surprise return this week this ‘Secret Of My Life’. It comes twelve years after their last single ‘Betcha Can’t Wait’ which reached no.12. That was taken from their ill fated ‘Resurrection’ album which only reached no.43 and secured their second split. The band achieved eighteen top forty hits across their two incarnations but will perhaps be best known for their Christmas no.1 ‘Stay Another Day’ which always receives airplay around December despite no references to Christmas in its lyrics. This is their third attempt as a band and sees Tony Mortimer return but Brian Harvey has departed to be replaced by Blair Dreelan. Their ‘Back To The Future’ tour is heading out across the UK and a new album is also set to be released later this year. It’s good to have them back although whether they can return to the top of the pop tree remains to be seen.

The new Arctic Monkeys album ‘Suck It & See’ is a real return to form (if you pardon the cliche) so it comes as a surprise that they have chosen ‘The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala’ as their new single. For me ‘Love Is A Laserquest’ is the best track on the album and it would have been great to see that get a release in its own right. Their chart performance has been impressive so far with all four of their albums topping the chart and their first two singles ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ and ‘When The Sun Goes Down’ also achieving that feat. Since then they have added a further three top ten, two top twenty and one top thirty singles. Their last release ‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’ peaked at no.28 and so they will be hoping that this new single can improve on that. I am seeing them live at The O2 later this year and can’t wait to see them in the flesh.

I was lucky enough to catch the reformed Suede at Brixton earlier this year and I have to say that Brett Anderson was on top form. Despite the success of those shows he has pressed ahead with the release of a fourth solo album. His last two albums ‘Wilderness’ and ‘Slow Attack’ peaked at no.161 and no.174 so he has some catching up to do if he is to come anywhere near the success achieved by his band. They notched up three no.1s and a further two top ten albums across their career. The album ‘Black Rainbow’ is due for release at the end of September and ‘Brittle Heart’ is the first single to come from it. So far only his debut single ‘Love Is Dead’ (#42) has come close to reaching the top forty. I think the renewed interest in Suede will bode well for his album but I don’t think he will manage to achieve a commercial mainstream hit along the way.

The legendary rappers Beastie Boys are back this week with their new single ‘Don’t Play No Game I Can’t Win’ which also features the talents of Santigold. Across their career they have won three Grammy’s and have had five top ten albums in the UK including ‘Hello Nasty’ which topped the charts. They have enjoyed thirteen top forty hits with their biggest coming in 1998 with ‘Intergalactic’ which reached no.5. Their current ‘Hot Sauce Committee Part 2’ saw them back inside the top ten in the UK and it has sold over 250k copies in the US. Despite its success neither of the two singles released so far ‘Too Many Rappers’ or ‘Make Some Noise’ came close to being top forty hits. With that thought in mind I’m not sure that this will do anything to change that fact, particularly considering that the album has enjoyed such strong sales amongst their fan base.

‘Moves Like Jagger’ is the brand new single by rock band Maroon 5 which sees them team up with Christina Aguilera. The track was not featured on the original issue of their current album ‘Hands All Over’ but is set to feature on a reissued and repackaged version which will hit the shops in the coming weeks. Christina Aguilera in particular is in need of a hit with her last album ‘Bionic’ yielding only one minor hit in ‘Not Myself Tonight’. Her ‘Stripped’ album sold over 4m copies in the US compared to less than 300k for ‘Bionic’. Maroon 5 meanwhile have been consistent performers across the years. They have notched up nine top forty singles with their most recent coming last year with ‘Misery’. Their biggest success came with ‘Makes Me Wonder’ which peaked at no.2 in 2007, narrowly missing out on the top spot.

Music legend Elvis Costello releases his brand new single ‘Sparkling Day’ this week and it is aiming to be his first top forty hit since his cover of Charles Aznavour’s ‘She’ back in 1999. That track became a hit partly because it featured on the soundtrack to Hugh Grant’s Notting Hill film and this may benefit from a similar boost as it features in the new Anne Hathaway movie One Day. He has enjoyed seventeen top forty hits across his career although he has never hit the top spot. His highest charting single remains ‘Olivers Army’ which peaked at no.2 in 1979 while his last top ten hit came with ‘A Good Year For The Roses’ in 1981. His main success has come with his albums as he has notched up thirteen top ten albums although he has never topped the charts. ‘Armed Forces’ (1979), ‘Get Happy!’ (1980) and ‘Brutal Youth’ (1994) all came close, peaking at no.2.

Paul Simon released his new album ‘So Beautiful Or So What’ earlier this year and is saw him once more inside the top five. That’s impressive coming almost forty years after his self titled 1972 album which topped the charts. He has consistently shown an ear for a good tune and perhaps his finest moment came in 1986 when he boldly brought South African music to the masses at a time when few musicians would even travel there. The resulting album ‘Graceland’ topped the charts and went platinum five times over. That success has rarely translated back to his singles career with only ten top forty hits achieved across his career. ‘You Can Call Me Al’ has been his biggest hit, peaking at no.4 with the Chevvy Chase video ensuring high rotation on the music channels. This is unlikely to add an eleventh top forty hit but its still a fine track. Should at least pick up some radio airplay.

Also released this week are ‘Velvet Elvis EP’ by Alex Winston, ‘Forget About It’ by All Time Low, ‘Insanity’ by Archer, ‘My Machines’ by Battles featuring Gary Numan, ‘Till I Forget About You’ by Big Time Rush, ‘Kung Fu Fighting 2011’ by Carl Douglas vs Simon Ledger, ‘Going Deep’ by Chicane, ‘Gold Canary’ by Cloud Control, ‘Seasons Tree / The Rose With A Broken Neck’ by Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi, ‘Lunar’ by David Guetta vs Afrojack, ‘In The Dark’ by Dev, ‘Secret Of My Life’ by East 17, ‘Heaven’ by Emeli Sande, ‘Moneygrabber’ by Fitz & The Tantrums, ‘Schwimmhauss Johannesburg’ by Fixers, ‘See No More’ by Joe Jonas, ‘Just A Kiss’ by Lady Antebellum, ‘Stand’ by Lenny Kravitz, ‘Midnight City’ by M83, ‘Reconnection’ by Mama’s Gun, ‘Lie Down In Darkness’ by Moby, ‘Sunlight’ by Modestep, ‘This Time’ by Pia Toscano, ‘Lost’ by Pigeon Detectives, ‘Lonely Heart’ by Radio Killer, ‘Fragments EP’ by Rapids!, ‘It’s A Long Way’ by Seasick Steve, ‘Kids’ by Sleigh Bells, ‘Not Again’ by Staind, ‘Undercover Martyn’ by Two Door Cinema Club, ‘Perfect Disease’ by The Wombats, ‘Nothing Moves Me’ by Wonderland, ‘Machines On Fire’ by Yellowire and ‘Moment In Time’ by The Zombies.

My money is on Nero to hang on at the top but some of the early money seems to be on Emeli Sande running them close. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Calvin Harris, Olly Murs featuring Rizzle Kicks, Saltwater Band and Will Young. Until then have yourself a good week.

15 August, 2011 - Posted by | ChartChat

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