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Chart Chat Edition 615

There were five new entries, one re-entry, six climbers, twenty seven songs going down and one non mover on this weeks chart. Once again there was a new no.1 as Example went straight in at the top with ‘Stay Awake’ while Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera moved up a place to no.2 with ‘Moves Like Jagger’.

Olly Murs featuring Rizzle Kicks fell two places to no.3 with ‘Heart Skips A Beat’ and Ed Sheeran scored a new entry at no.4 with ‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’. Calvin Harris went down three to no.5 with ‘Feel So Closer’ and Christina Perri was a non mover at no.6 with ‘Jar Of Hearts’. Wretch 32 featuring Josh Kumra went down three to no.7 with ‘Don’t Go’ and Will Young also fell three to no.8 with ‘Jealousy’. Cover Drive went straight in at no.9 with ‘Lick Ya Down’ and ‘Party All Night (Sleep All Day)’ went up eight to no.10 for Sean Kingston.

One new entry and one climber were to be found in the remainder of the top twenty. Adele went up two to no.15 with ‘Set Fire To The Rain’ while David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj went straight in at no.20 with ‘Turn Me On’.

There was one new entry, one re-entry and three climbers in the lower half of the chart. Nicole Scherzinger went up four to no.21 with ‘Wet’ while Adele re-entered at no.27 with ‘Someone Like You’ an impressive achievement consider it has spent thirty two weeks on the chart. Jay Z & Kanye West finally made the top thirty climbing six places to no.28 and David Guetta featuring Flo Rida & Nicki Minaj went back up four to no.32 with ‘Where Them Girls At’. Bad Meets Evil featuring Bruno Mars completed the weeks chart going straight in at no.40 with ‘Lighters’.

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.

With X Factor now back on the TV the stars from the previous series are now queueing up to release their singles so they can take advantage of a lucrative spot on the show. Few can forget the triumph of Leona Lewis who has now had three no.1 hits and a further three top ten hits. Her debut album ‘Spirit’ sold over 3m copies and now ‘Collide’ is the first single to be taken from her as yet untitled third studio album. The track has already courted controversy as the instrumental of the track is thought by some to sound very similar to Avicii’s track ‘Fade Into Darkness (Penguin)’. Syco have responded to this by saying that he now has songwriting credit on the track. The accompanying music video is directed by Ethan Lader and the track has already made a splash in the US where it entered the Billboard Hot Dance Club chart at no.32 three weeks ahead of its release.

‘Arlandria’ is the latest single by Foo Fighters and its aiming to be their twenty second top forty hit. They have never topped the singles chart with ‘Best Of You’ remaining their biggest hit to date, reaching no.4 in 2005. ‘Wasting Light’ is their seventh studio album, and third to top the charts. ‘Rope’ was the first single to be taken from the album and it reached no.22 while the follow up ‘Walk’ dropped short of the top forty, only reaching no.57. They have recently played some live shows in the UK including a gig at the legendary Milton Keynes Bowl. Their success has enabled Dave Grohl to carve out his own place in musical history rather than simply being known as the drummer from Nirvana. I’m not sure that this will add to their top forty tally but with the level of success they are achieving at the minute I don’t think that will worry them too much.

It seems that The Saturdays really can do no wrong at the moment and they are attacking the singles chart this week with a multi format release where two CDs and a 7″ vinyl edition will sit alongside the digital download sales. It looks set to become their tenth top ten hit and could even become their first no.1. They have established themselves firmly in their own right and have already enjoyed half as many top ten singles as Girls Aloud. Ironically this single was produced by Xenomania who have been behind so many of the hits scored by Girls Aloud and fellow rivals Sugababes. They work tirelessly on their promotion and are about to release a fourth studio album. Each of their long players have made the top ten, a feat rarely enjoyed by pop artists. This is a great track and should be challenging at the top end of the chart next Sunday afternoon.

British pop / r’n’b singer Pixie Lott will have her work cut out delivering the follow up to her massively successful debut album ‘Turn It Up’. The first two singles went on to hit the top spot and a further four tracks went on to reach the top twenty. Not bad for a singer who had not even turned 20 years old by that point. Her new single ‘All About Tonight’ is the first taster of what we can expect and its a track that she co-wrote with Tommy Lee James and Brian Kidd. The song received its first play on Chris Moyles Radio 1 show and the video made its debut on YouTube during July. The digital download version of the single will also feature the Acoustic Version, the Mike Delinquent Project Remix and The Alias Remix. I think this will chart relatively high next weekend although I have my doubts that it will become her third no.1 hit.

Melanie C releases her fifth studio album ‘The Sea’ this month and from it comes the second single ‘Think About It’. Opening single ‘Rock Me’ didn’t trouble the UK charts but did reach the top forty in Germany. The video was directed by Howard Greenhalgh who was also behind the camera for her 2003 top twenty hit ‘The Horizon’. Her career is now more successful elsewhere across Europe where her last album ‘This Time’ peaked at no.15 in Germany and no.8 in Switzerland compared to a lowly no.57 in the UK. It has been four years now since her last top forty hit ‘I Want Candy’ which was a cover version of the Bow Wow Wow classic and also featured on the soundtrack to the film of the same name. That said she has enjoyed considerable success in her solo career with two number ones and four other top ten hits to her name. I still think this will struggle for her though.

‘Holocene’ is the latest single from Bon Iver. The band were formed in 2007 by American indie folk singer songwriter Justin Vernon and they have gone from strength to strength ever since. Their debut album ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’ reached no.42 in 2008 but their latest album ‘Bon Iver, Bon Iver’ peaked at no.4 earlier this year. They have only enjoyed one top forty hit which was ‘Blood Bank’ in 2009. It’s the follow up to ‘Calgary’ which failed to chart and no other single has even dented the top 100. Birdy covered their track ‘Skinny Love’ earlier this year and saw it reach the top twenty while Peter Gabriel did an update on their track ‘The Flume’ which featured as part of his ‘Scratch My Back’ project. They are probably destined to not be a singles band but the fact that their support is growing is encouraging and they continue to consistently get better.

Snow Patrol have achieved eleven top forty hits so far in their career with ‘Chasing Cars’ perhaps being the best known. The single has spent 103 weeks on the UK top 75, selling 505k copies in the process although it has never once made the top five. ‘Run’ was taken to no.1 via a cover version by Leona Lewis but their highest charting single was ‘Signal Fire’ which featured on the soundtrack to the third Spiderman film. They hail from Bangor in Northern Ireland but originally formed at the Univerisity of Dundee although now only singer Gary Lightbody remains from the original line up. They are now set to release their sixth studio album ‘Fallen Empires’ and this week sees the release of ‘Called Out In The Dark’ as the first single to come from it. It’s not picked up too much in the way of airplay but I think it will still chart inside the top thirty for them.

‘Neva Soft’ is the new single by Ms Dynamite. It is produced by Labrinth and is taken from her third studio album which is expected to be released sometime next year. She has been away from the music scene for some time now although she has returned to the top forty via both Katy B’s recent single ‘Lights On’ and last years single by Redlight ‘What You Talkin’ About!?’. Her career opened well in 2003 with the top ten singles ‘It Takes More’ and ‘Dy-na-mi-tee’ coming from the top ten album ‘A Little Deeper’. The follow up long player was ‘Judgement Day’ but it missed the top forty and only the title track made any impact as a single, peaking at no.25. She has since taken a break from the music business to recharge her batteries and this week looks set to get her chart career back on track. Hopefully this will be inside the top forty next Sunday afternoon.

Also released this week are ‘Vida (I Want You)’ by The Answer, ‘Atlas Hands’ by Benjamin Francis Leftwich, ‘Goldstar’ by Cashier No.9, ‘Terrible Angels’ by Charlotte Gainsborough, ‘Big Bad Wolf’ by Duck Sauce, ‘Lines’ by Ghost Poet, ‘World In Union’ by Hayley Westenra, ‘I Owe It All To You’ by John Barrowman, ‘Redemption Days’ by Josh Osho featuring Ghostface Killah, ‘Standing Where You Left Me’ by The Kixx, ‘I Want Somebody (Bitch About)’ by Kristin Chenoweth, ‘The Muse’ by Laura Marling, ‘Big Ship’ by Lindsey Mackie, ‘Record Collection 2012’ by Mark Ronson & The Business Intl featuring MNDR, Pharrell, Wiley & Wretch 32, ‘Your Past Life As A Blast’ by Okkervil River, ‘Song & Dance’ by Peggy Sue, ‘Get It On’ by Shockolady, ‘Hesitate’ by Stone Sour, ‘Call My Name’ by Tove Stryke, ‘Til Death’ by Wynter Gordon and ‘Seekir’ by Zola Jesus.

The Saturdays will fancy their chances of scoring a debut no.1 but Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera look like they might run them close. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Cee-lo Green, Kasabian, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna. Until then have yourself a good week.

5 September, 2011 - Posted by | ChartChat

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