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Chart Chat Edition 613

There were five new entries, seven climbers, twenty seven songs going down and one non mover of this weeks chart. It really was a case of all change at the top with the top three all being new entries. Wretch 32 featuring Jossh Kumra went straight in at no.1 with ‘Don’t Go’, edging out Emile Sande into the runners up spot with ‘Heaven’. Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera completed the picture with ‘Moves Like Jagger’ entering at no.3.

Christina Perri edged up one to no.4 with ‘Jar Of Hearts’ while last weeks no.1 ‘Promises’ by Nero fell four to no.5. Ed Sheeran went back up a place to no.6 with ‘The A-Team’ and David Guetta featuring Taio Cruz & Ludacris fell three to no.7 with ‘Little Bad Girl’. Rizzle Kicks were the weeks only non mover with ‘Down With The Trumpets’ holding on at no.8 and JLS featuring Dev went down seven to no.9 with ‘She Makes Me Wanna’. The final piece of the jigsaw was The Wanted who went down four to no.10 with ‘Glad You Came’.

One new entry and one climber were to be found in the remainder of the top twenty. Modestep went straight in at no.16 with ‘Sunlight’ and Bruno Mars climbed ten places to no.18 with ‘Marry You’.

There were four climbers and one new entry in the lower half of the chart. Jessie J went up sixteen to no.21 with ‘Who’s Laughing Now’ and Nicole Scherzinger also climbed sixteen to no.22 with ‘Wet’. Pitbull featuring Marc Anthony went up four to no.28 with ‘Rain Over Me’ while Dev scored a new entry at no.37 with ‘In The Dark’. The final climber went to Jay-Z & Kanye West who went back up one to no.39 with ‘Otis’.

After Beady Eye comes Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds with their debut single ‘The Death Of You & Me’. It comes accompanied with a video shot in L.A. and is released on both 7″ and CD formats through Noel’s own Sour Mash label. It features new song ‘The Good Rebel’ on the b side and is taken from the forthcoming self titled album which is set for an October release. Early feedback from fans has been positive though it remains to be seen in the longer term whether he will miss his brother Liam’s distinctive vocals. Of course Noel sang on some of Oasis’ most famous songs including ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ but the combination of the two brothers singing on different songs worked so well. Equally we must remember that Noel was the main songwriter so he has the advantage in the war of the Gallaghers. It will be interesting to hear the album laeter this year.

Selena Gomez originally found fame in the US as a child actress on the Wizards Of Waverley Place but has since transitioned into a pop star. Despite forming in 2009 Selena Gomez & The Scene have just released their third album ‘When The Sun Goes Down’ in the UK. As with its predecessors it reached the top 15 in the UK and the top ten in the US. However that success has rarely translated to the singles chart where only the no.7 hit ‘Naturally’ has made the top forty. Her debut album sold over 750k in the US with the follow up ‘A Year Without Rain’ clearing 600k. The latest album has just cleared a quarter of that total in the past few weeks so has some way to go to match the success of the first two. I think this may pick up some airplay with it being the school Summer holidays but with fans owning the album already I don’t think it will be a top forty hit for her.

Despite only forming last year London based Indie band The Vaccines have won many plaudits this year with their debut album ‘What Did You Expect From The Vaccines’ which crashed into the charts at no.4. They finished third in the BBC Sound Of 2011 poll and saw their second single ‘Post Break-Up Sex’ make the top forty. This week sees the release of ‘Norgaard’ as the fifth single from the album, which weights in at just 1 minute 38 seconds long. Even that is not as short as their debut outing ‘Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)’ which came in at 1 minute 24 seconds and was performed on the Later…With Jools Holland TV show. Their live appearances have seen them continue to build their fanbase across the year and they have certainly been one of the success stories of 2011. Sadly the success of the album means I can’t see this making serious inroads to the singles chart.

‘Heart Skips A Beat’ is the new single by former X Factor runner up Olly Murs. It is taken from his second album which will be released later this year and also features the British hip hop duo Rizzle Kicks who recently charted in their own right with ‘Down With The Trumpets’. He is set to return to the show that made him famous by co-presenting the spin off ‘Xtra Factor’ on ITV2 which was formerly fronter by Konnie Huq. His debut self titled albums defied the critics, being certified double platinum with strong sales over the lucrative Christmas period. He opened his top forty account with the no.1 hit ‘Please Don’t Let Me Go’ and followed that up with the top five single ‘Thinking Of Me’. Latter singles ‘Heart On My Sleeve’ (#20) and ‘Busy’ (#45) fared less well for him but this has to be a strong contender for a second no.1 hit next weekend.

‘When We Were Young’ is the new single by Take That and is taken from their ‘Progressed’ album which in itself was a repackaged version of its predecessor ‘Progress’. It’s the follow up to the weak ‘Love Love’ which only got to no.15 despite its inclusion in the X Men : First Class movie. This latest offering is also in a film as it will act as the theme song to the new Paul Anderson update of ‘The Three Musketeers’. They have only recently completed their highly successful Progress Live tour which saw them play an impressive eight nights at Wembley Stadium. They have notched up eleven no.1 hits with three of those coming since their 2006 rebirth. They haven’t topped the singles chart since Robbie’s return but the ‘Progress’ album became the second fastest selling album of all time and now has sales approaching 2m in the UK. Despite that record I think this will struggle for them next week.

‘Feel So Close’ is the new single by superstar DJ and producer Calvin Harris and is the follow up to his Kelis collaboration ‘Bounce’. That single became his fourth top three hit in his own right though didn’t quite match the chart topping exploits of ‘I’m Not Alone’. It’s hard to believe that it is now four years since he made his debut with ‘Acceptable In The 80’s’ which reached the top ten and was closely followed by top three hit ‘Girls’. His skills as a remixer have been deployed on numerous occasions, most recently with Nero and last year with Katy Perry. He also collaborated with Dizzee Rascal on his no.1 hit ‘Dance Wiv Me’ and saw his last album ‘Ready For The Weekend’ make the top of the charts. It seems that he can do no wrong so there is every reason to expect that this will end up inside the top five on Sunday afternoon.

Lindsey Buckingham is back with a new solo album entitled ‘Seeds We Sow’ and in fact he has recorded as many solo albums as he has as part of Fleetwood Mac. He has only enjoyed one top forty hit which was ‘Trouble’ back in 1981. That was also his biggest hit in the US where it made no.9. The title track to ‘Seeds We Sow’ was made available as a free download earlier this Summer and now comes ‘When She Comes Down’ as the next single. The album also contains a cover of the Rolling Stones song ‘She Smiled Sweetly’ which originally featured on their 1967 album ‘Between The Buttons’. While he probably won’t make the top forty with this it is a reminder as to what a great songwriter and musician Buckingham is. His obsession with perfection has created some of the finest songs of the past thirty years and lets hope he keeps recording for some time to come.

Will Young releases his new single ‘Jealousy’ this week although his album ‘Echoes’ also hits the shops this week so fans may be more inclined to just buy that instead. Fans have also been able to download a free track ‘The Way I See’ from Amazon but that is a bonus and does not feature on the CD edition of the album. It’s his fifth studio album and is the follow up to ‘Let It Go’ which was relatively unsuccessful by his own standards with just one third of the album sales of its predecessor and only one top ten hit with ‘Changes’. He has had four no.1 hits across his career including his debut ‘Anything Is Possible / Evergreen’ which sold 400k on its first day of release and is one of the twenty best selling singles of all time. Will is using this release as purely a promotional tool for the album and as such I’m not sure that this will chart particularly well as a single in its own right.

Despite being around for almost eight years now American rockers Evanescence are only just about to release their third album. All six of their singles have made the top forty with ‘Bring Me To Life’ topping the chart in 2003. This week sees the release of new single ‘What You Want’ which first had its Meiert Avis directed video shown on MTV back at the start of July. The track has already made it into the Billboard Hot 100 but it is only just being released in many of the other territories. The song sounds broadly like the first two albums although bands can’t constantly be expected to reinvent themselves. Amy Lee’s vocals set them apart from their rivals and she is certainly on top form here. I think this will do ok for them but I can’t see it making a challenge for the top ten, and many fans may choose to hold on for their self titled album.

Also released this week are ‘I’ll Bite Your Face Off’ by Alice Cooper, ‘Cocoon’ by The Alpines, ‘Kiss Kiss Me Bang Bang’ by Bella Vida, ‘Rebel Love Song’ by Black Veil Brides, ‘Night Of Your Life’ by David Guetta featuring Jennifer Hudson, ‘Beauty School’ by Deftones, ‘Money’ by The Drums, ‘Close’ by Drumsound & Bassline Smith, ‘All The Boyz’ by Duchess, ‘Baggage Claim’ by Miranda Lambert, ‘Turn Me On Again’ by Nerina Pallot, ‘Lesson One’ by Starsmith, ‘Sappho’ by Tribes, ‘As Jungle Drums Rang Across The Amazon (We Held Our Head & Screamed)’ by The Victorian English Gentlemans Club, ‘No Sleep’ by Wiz Khalifa, ‘Red Bricks’ by Young Rebel Set and ‘Cough Syrup’ by Young The Giant.

Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Belle Amie, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran and Panic! At The Disco. Until then have yourself a good week.

22 August, 2011 - Posted by | ChartChat

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