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Chart Chat Edition 614

There were seven new entries, six climbers, twenty five songs going down and two non movers on this weeks chart. Once again it was case of all change at the top with ‘Heart Skips A Beat’ going straight in at no.1 for Olly Murs featuring Rizzle Kicks while Calvin Harris got a new entry at no.2 with ‘Feel So Close’.

Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera was a non mover at no.3 with ‘Moves Like Jagger’ while Wretch 32 featuring Josh Kumra fell three to no.4 with ‘Don’t Go’. Will Young went straight in at no.5 with ‘Jealousy’ and Christina Perri fell one to no.6 with ‘Jar Of Hearts’. Emeli Sande went down five to no.7 with ‘Heaven’ and Rizzle Kicks were a non mover at no.8 with ‘Down With The Trumpets’. Ed Sheeran fell three to no.9 with ‘The A Team’ and David Guetta featuring Taio Cruz & Ludacris rounded off the top ten going down three to no.10 with ‘Little Bad Girl’.

Two new entries and two climbers were to be found in what remained of the top twenty. Bruno Mars climbed eight to no.11 with ‘Marry You’ while Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds entered at no.15 with ‘The Death Of You And Me’. Jessie J went up five to no.16 with ‘Who’s Laughing Now’ and Sean Kingston got a new entry at no.18 with ‘Party All Night (Sleep All Day)’.

There were two new entries and four climbers in the lower half of the chart. Florence & The Machine went straight in at no.24 with ‘What The Water Gave Me’ while Lady Gaga went back up eight places to no.26 with ‘Edge Of Glory’. Example went back up one to no.28 with ‘Changed The Way You Kiss Me’ and Aloe Blacc climbed two to no.31 with ‘I Need A Dollar’. Jay-Z & Kanye West featuring Otis Redding went up five with ‘Otis’ reaching its highest peak to date and David Guetta featuring Jennifer Hudson went straight in at no.35 with ‘Night Of Your Life’.

My favourite single release of this week is undoubtedly Ed Sheeran’s return with ‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’. It’s the follow up to ‘The A Team’ which reached the top three earlier this year and has remained in the top ever since. The accompanying video is very striking and was directed by Emil Nava and stars 17 year old actor Matthew Morgan signing the lyrics. The digital release comes with several new versions of the track including the Loadstar remix, the Gemini remix and the version featuring Wretch 32 and Devlin. I think it will match the top three success of its predecessor and could even go straight in at the top next Sunday. His debut album ‘+’ is set for release in September and could well become one of the years biggest sellers. He is only 20 years old and would seem destined to have a fantastic future set ahead of him.

Belle Amie are the latest girl band to lead an assault on the charts. Parade looked strong contenders after their debut single ‘Louder’ made the top ten but their follow up ‘Perfume’ only reached no.38. Louis Walsh’s creation Wonderland have not had a top forty hit in the UK, so really no-one is coming close to The Saturdays who recently notched up another top ten hit with ‘Notorious’. The girls first rose to fame when they were put together as a girl band on X Factor having been eliminated from the competition as individuals. Since then they have lost one member (Geneva Lane) but have been working hard in the studio and ‘Girls Up’ is the first fruit of their labour to be released. The girls can certainly sing but whether this has enough about it to stand out from the crowd remains to be seen. I don’t think this will make it into a coveted top ten position.

British soul singer Kenny Thomas notched up eight top forty hits in the early 1990’s including most notably ‘Thinking About Your Love’ which peaked at no.4 in 1991. He featured on the 2005 TV show ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ which aimed to give famous singers a second crack at fame but was unsuccessful, with Shakin’ Stevens running out the eventual winner. He toured with Level 42 in 2006 and released a new album entitled ‘Crazy World’ although that did not match his former level of success. Now five years on he has a new album entitled ‘Breathe’ and from it comes the single ‘The Show Is Over’ which is released this week. The track was co-written with his wife Francisca and sees him move away slightly from his trademark sound. He will need some good promotion behind him if he is to secure airplay, and sadly despite its quality I don’t think this track will relaunch him.

It’s been a while but pop veterans Erasure release their new single ‘When I Start To (Break It All Down)’ and it comes from their fourteenth album ‘Tomorrow’s World’. They have notched up thirty two hits across their career with fifteen of those going on to make the top ten. They have never reached the top spot with their biggest hit remaining 1985’s ‘Sometimes’ which got as far as no.2. They enjoyed a run of four consecutive no.1 albums between 1988 and 1994 but have kept going despite diminishing returns in the charts. Andy Bell recently competed on the reality show ‘Popstar To Operastar’ where he finished in fifth place and he also released a solo album ‘Non Stop’ last year. It’s great to see them back as a duo and I hope that this single secures them a return to the top forty and that the album peaks higher than no.29 where its predecessor ended up.

Beverley Knight is back with her new single ‘Cuddly Toy’ this week. It features on her current album ‘Soul UK’ which reached the top twenty on its release earlier this year. The track was originally a hit for Roachford back in 1989 when it peaked at no.4 a year after it had only made no.61 on its original release. It has been five years now since ‘Piece Of My Heart’ became the last of her hits to reach the top forty. ‘Come As You Are’ remains her biggest hit to date, peaking at no.9 although she has had three top ten albums including her 2006 compilation ‘Voice’. It takes a special talent to have a career that has lasted so long and her list of awards (including three MOBOs) tell their own tale. I don’t think this will end up being a stand alone hit but it may allow some further promotion of the album and it should secure some airplay on stations such as Radio 2.

Example follows up his debut no.1 hit ‘Changed The Way You Kiss Me’ with his new single ‘Stay Awake’ this week. It’s the second single to be taken from his forthcoming studio album ‘Stay Awake’ should become his fourth top ten hit. Although a relative newcomer to the top end of the charts, he released his first album ‘What We Made’ back in 2007. However that only reached no.125 and it wasn’t until he released the follow up ‘Won’t Go Quietly’ that he achieved success. That album made no.4 and yielded four top thirty singles including the top ten hits ‘Kickstarts’ and ‘Won’t Go Quietly’. He has also featured on hits by Wretch 32, Tinchy Stryder and Professor Green and is one of the most sought after artists to work with. He is at the top of his game right now and this could even go on to become his second no.1 hit single.

Although he has been quiet for a while British soul singer James Morrison returns this week with his new single ‘I Won’t Let You Go’. It’s the first taste of what we can expect from his third album ‘The Awakening’ which is set for release at the end of September. The album is rumoured to include a collaboration with Jessie J. He has notched up six top forty hits across his career including his Nelly Furtado collaboration ‘Broken Strings’ which remains his biggest hit to date, peaking at no.2. His debut album ‘Undiscovered’ topped the charts and sold over 1m copies while the follow up ‘Songs For You, Truths For Me’ made the top three. He also won a Brit award for Best British Male in 2007 when he was at the top of his popularity. I think this will do enough to secure him another top twenty hit but equally I think most fans will wait for the release of the album.

Kaiser Chiefs are back with ‘Man On Mars’ this week. It’s taken from their fourth studio album ‘The Future Is Medieval’ which reached no.10 earlier this year but failed to match the top two success of their first three albums. That may be partly down to their decision to allow fans to create their own version of the album, choosing from a shortlist of 20 tracks. By picking 10 tracks the fans were charged £7.50 for their own unique version. They have had a relatively successful career on the singles chart with five top ten hits to date including their no.1 hit ‘Ruby’ which was famously covered by The Wurzels. ‘Little Shocks’ was the only track to make any showing from the album so far but only peaked at no.179. Their last success was in 2008 with ‘Never Miss A Beat’ which peaked at no.5. They will be hoping that if this becomes a hit it will serve to further promote the album.

This week sees the release of ‘Love City Groove’ by Love City Groove featuring Moxiie. The track was originally the UK entry to the Eurovision back in 1995 when it finished with 76 points leaving the UK in joint 10th with Malta. It remains their only UK hit with subsequent singles ‘Soft Spot’, ‘J.U.M.P.’ and ‘I Found Lovin” failing to make the charts. Stephen Rudden of the band submitted the track ‘When We’re Alone (We Dream)’ for the 1998 Eurovision contest, sung by The Collective, but it did not get selected and it didn’t chart of its eventual release. The band are now doing different things with Jay Williams now completely retired from the music business and working in property. As such it seems a little odd that they have decided to remix and reissue this track. It sold 200k copies the first time around but I can’t see it achieving that kind of success this time around.

Also released this week are ‘End Of The World’ by Alice Gold, ‘Lick Ya Down’ by Cover Drive, ‘Go Outside’ by Cults, ‘I Lay My Head’ by Fallulah, ‘A Hundred Sinners (Come & Get It)’ by The Feeling, ‘How Come You Never Go There’ by Feist, ‘If I Ever Stray’ by Frank Turner, ‘Roll With The Winners’ by Herve featuring Cadence Weapon, ‘Who’s Laughing Now’ by Jessie J, ‘Witches Brew’ by Katy B, ‘Days’ by The Kinks, ‘The Only Hope For You Is Me’ by My Chemical Romance, ‘All Over The World’ by Ola, ‘Half Moon Street’ by Pete & The Pirates, ‘End Of The Night’ by Smith Westerns, ‘Energy’ by Spank Rock, ‘You Got Me’ by Taking Back Sunday, ‘Make You Mine’ by Talay Riley and ‘Aroused’ by Tom Vek.

Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Bon Iver, Foo Fighters, Leona Lewis and The Saturdays. Until then have yourself a good week.

30 August, 2011 - Posted by | ChartChat

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