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Chart Chat Edition 616 – W/C 11.09.11

There were seven new entries, one re-entry, four climbers, twenty six songs going down and two non movers on this weeks chart.  Once again there was a new entry at the top as Pixie Lott went straight in with ‘All About Tonight’.  It becomes her third no.1 hit so far and her success meant that Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera were still the runner up as ‘Moves Like Jagger’ held firm at no.2.

The Saturdays seem doomed in their attempts to get a no.1 as ‘All Fired Up’ went straight in at no.3 despite some strong promotional work while Leona Lewis & Avcii scored a new entry at no.4 with ‘Collide’. All of that activity meant that Example fell from being last weeks no.1 to this weeks no.5 with ‘Stay Awake’ and Olly Murs featuring Rizzle Kicks fell three to no.6 with ‘Heart Skips A Beat’. Calvin Harris went down two to no.7 with ‘Feels So Close’ and Christina Perri also fell two to no.8 with ‘Jar Of Hearts’. Sean Kingston went up one to no.9 with ‘Party All Night (Sleep All Day)’ and Ed Sheeran rounded off the top tell falling six to no.10 with ‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’.

One further new entry and one climber were to be found in what remained of the top twenty.  Snow Patrol went straight in at no.11 with ‘Called Out In The Dark’ and Adele climbed back up ten places to no.17 with ‘Someone Like You’.

There were three new entries, one re-entry and two climbers in the lower half of the chart. Rihanna got a new entry at no.26 with ‘Cheers (Drink To That)’ and Bad Meets Evil featuring Bruno Mars climbed twelve places to no.28 with ‘Lighters’. Example went back up four to no.29 with ‘Changed The Way You Kiss Me’ and Ms Dynamite scored a new entry at no.33 with ‘Neva Soft’. Nicki Minaj went straight in at no.38 with ‘Fly’ and Adele re-entered at no.40 with ‘Rolling In The Deep’.

On to the new releases now and it’s strange that One Direction are sometimes labelled as “Britains Biggest Boyband” given that they have yet to have a hit single to their name.  JLS may also have something to say about that label given their stunning performance to date!  One Direction finished in third place on last years X Factor behind Rebecca Ferguson and the eventual winner Matt Cardle. They truly are a man made band as they had each entered the talent show as single artists before being brought together as a group by Nicole Scherzinger. Their debut single ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ is already said to have broken the pre-order record for the Sony Label and seems almost certain to enter the charts at no.1 next weekend.  They have an impressive array of writers working on their album including man of the minute Ed Sheeran who has enjoyed two top three hits already this year.

‘Paradise’ is the latest single from Coldplay and is the follow up to their no.6 hit ‘Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall’. It is the second single to come from their forthcoming ‘Mylo Xyloto’ album which is pencilled in for an October release. They have enjoyed fourteen top forty hits to date with eleven of those making the top ten although ‘Vida La Vida’ remains their only no.1 hit.  Their status as an arena filling band is undisputed and each of their first three albums sold over 2m copies in the UK.  Their last outing ‘Vida La Vida or Death & All His Friends’ also topped the charts and sold over 1m, achieving four platinum awards in the process.  For me I am hoping this is a bit of a grower as it does not feel as strong as some of their earlier material.  It should still be a big hit for them though but I don’t think it will quite make it to be their second chart topper.

Irish singer Imelda May is back with her new single ‘Roadrunner’.  Despite touring with MeatLoaf on his Hang Cool tour and with Jeff Beck she has enjoyed little success in the UK.  That is in contrast to her native Ireland where both ‘Love Tattoo’ and ‘Mayhem’ topped the charts. She also won Album Of The Year for ‘Mayhem’ at the RTE Radio 1 awards and Best Irish Female at the 2009 Meteor Awards. Even in Ireland though she has never really been a singles artist with only ‘Mayhem’ (#24) and ‘Kentish Town Waltz’ (#28) reaching the top thirty. Fans may also be interested to know that she has recorded a cover of ‘I’m Looking For Someone To Love’ for an upcoming Buddy Holly tribute album. Given her past performance it seems unlikely that this will make the top forty but if she can find her way onto the Radio 2 playlist she may finally stop being overlooked.

‘Green Lights’ is the new single by Aloe Blacc who enjoyed big success earlier this year with ‘I Need A Dollar’.  That track topped the charts in Belgium and went top five in Germany, Australia, Switzerland and Ireland. It has been chosen as a single ahead of ‘Loving You Is Killing Me’ which is the second single in some other European territories. He also records as hip hop dud Emanon with producer Exile and they have been making albums since 1998.  They are due to release a new album ‘Birds Eye View’ later this year. His second solo album ‘Good Things’ has made the top ten in the UK which is a far cry from his debut ‘Shine Through’ which did little business on its 2006 release. For me ‘Green Lights’ isn’t quite as commercial but to be fair ‘I Need A Dollar’ was a grower which made slow but steady progress up the charts.

‘Days Are Forgotten’ is the first single from Kasabian’s new album ‘Velociraptor’ which is aiming to be their third no.1 album following on from the success of ‘Empire’ and ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’. They formed in Leciestershire in 1999 and since then their career has seen them notch up eleven top forty appearances including four top ten hits. ‘Fire’ remains their highest charting single reaching no.3 in 2009. They won Best British Group at the 2010 Brit Awards, Best Album (for ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’) at the NME Awards and ‘Fire’ won Song Of The Year in 2010 at the Mojo Awards.  They are undertaking a UK tour at the end of the year and will be looking to add more silverware to the trophy cabinet in the 2011 awards season.  For me this doesn’t quite represent their best work but it still head and shoulders above many of this weeks releases.

Indie favourites The Kooks are about to release their third studio album ‘Junk Of The Heart’ which follows on from the no.2 success of their debut ‘Inside In/Inside Out’ and its chart topping follow up ‘Konk’. This week sees the release of ‘Is It Me’ as the lead single from it and there is every indication that this will see them return to the top twenty. Across their career they have enjoyed a total of eight top forty appearances, including six hit singles from their debut album. Their biggest success came with ‘Always Where I Need To Be’ which made the top three back in 2008 though both ‘Naive’ and ‘She Moves In Her Own Way’ also made the top ten. The band has recently seen Paul Garred join as their drummer, the third since the band started. They are about to undertake a UK tour and will be hoping that they can recapture their previous level of success.

When your debut album sells over 3m copies, the only way for an artist to go is backwards so James Blunt can be forgiven for not being able to maintain that level of success. He has enjoyed seven top forty hits with his crowning glory being ‘You’re Beautiful’ which topped the charts back in 2005.  His most recent album ‘Some Kind Of Trouble’ peaked at no.4 upon its release last year but has so far only seen one single, ‘Stay The Night’, reach the top forty. This week sees the release of ‘Dangerous’ as the fifth single to be taken from the album, and based on the performance of its predecessors I can’t see it making the top forty.  Many of the fans will already have it on the album, and without a physical release this will only serve to generate some radio / TV play.  That in some ways is a shame as for me it is one of the better tracks on the album.

The Subways release their new single ‘We Don’t Need Money To Have A Good Time’ this week.  It precedes the release of their third studio album ‘Money & Celebrity’ which hits the shops next weekend. They have notched up four top forty hits so far with ‘Rock & Roll Queen’ remaining the biggest of those, peaking at no.22 in 2005. That was taken from their debut album ‘Young For Eternity’ which reached no.32 and was certified Gold. Although the follow up ‘All Or Nothing’ peaked at no.17 in 2008 it failed to yield any hit singles. They are currently in the middle of an extensive UK tour which sees them tackle thirteen dates before heading to Europe for gigs in Norway, France, Belgium and Germany.  I think this may secure them a return to the top forty although I’m not sure that it matches the excitement generated by their debut album.

You would have to go back forty six years to find Tony Bennett’s last top forty hit with ‘The Very Thought Of You’. It was the last of eight singles to chart for him though none matched the no.1 success which ‘Stranger In Paradise’ achieved in 1955. He has continued to record albums and returned to the charts in 2003 with his KD Lang collaboration ‘A Wonderful World’ which peaked at no.33. 2006 saw him record his first ‘Duets’ album and the second volume is due for release later this year.  It includes his duet with Amy Winehouse ‘Body And Soul’ which is one of her last recordings and is released in its own right as a single this week.  The album also sees him collaborate with Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Sheryl Crow and Aretha Franklin among others.  I’m not sure how well this will do as a single but its a timely reminder of both Amy and Tony’s respective talents.
Also released this week are ‘Suzanne & I’ by Anna Calvi, ‘Good Love’ by DEVolution, ‘We Can Change The World’ by Disney’s Friends For Change featuring Bridgit Mendler, ‘Surrender’ by The Duke Spirit, ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (Remix)’ by Fredrika Stahl, ‘Tongue Tied’ by Grouplove, ‘Winter Beats’ by I Break Horses, ‘Wonderful’ by Jo Birchall, ‘Lookin’ 4 Luv’ by Julian Lennon, ‘Gucci Gucci’ by Kreayshawn, ‘Determinate’ by Lemonade Mouth, ‘Homeless’ by Maria Mena, ‘Earth Division (EP)’ by Mogwai, ‘Free’ by Natalia Kills featuring, ‘AKA…What A Life!’ by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, ‘Your Past Life As A Blast’ by Okkervil River, ‘Time Of My Life’ by Patrick Wolf, ‘Spotlight’ by Suzi Quatro, ‘On A Rainbow (Official London 2012 Mascot Song)’ by West Leigh Junior School Choir, ‘Link Up’ by Wiley and ‘Vision In Rags’ by Young Knives.

It would be a brave man who would bet against One Direction being no.1 next week as it looks like a foregone conclusion. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Death In Vegas, Jason Derulo, Miles Kane and Nicola Roberts.  Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

12 September, 2011 - Posted by | ChartChat

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