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Chart Chat Edition 617 – W/C 18.09.11

Chart Chat Edition 617 – Week Commencing Sunday 18th September 2011

There were seven new entries, one re-entry, eight climbers, twenty songs going down and four non movers on this weeks chart. One Direction triumphed as expected with ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ though sales of 153k weren’t as off the scale as some had anticipated particularly as it had broken Sony’s pre-order record.  Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera held firm at no.2 with ‘Moves Like Jagger’ while last weeks no.1 ‘All About Tonight’ fell two places for Pixie Lott.

Olly Murs featuring Rizzle Kicks went back up two places to no.4 with ‘Heart Skips A Beat’ and The Saturdays fell two to no.5 with ‘All Fired Up’. Example went down one to no.6 with ‘Stay Awake’ and Calvin Harris was a non mover at no.7 with ‘Feel So Close’. Christina Perri was also a non mover at no.8 with ‘Jar Of Hearts’ and ‘Jealousy’ by Will Young returned to the top ten climbing back up three to no.9 to do so.  The top ten was concluded by Leona Lewis & Avcii who fell six places to no.10 with ‘Collide’.

A further four climbers and one new entry were to be found in what remained of the top twenty. Bruno Mars climbed one to no.13 with ‘Marry You’ and Ed Sheeran went back up four to no.14 with ‘The A Team’. Rihanna climbed eleven to no.15 with ‘Cheers (Drink To That)’ and Jessie J went up three to no.18 with ‘Who’s Laughing Now’.  Noel Gallagher scored the remaining new entry with ‘AKA…What A Life’ going straight in at no.20.

There were five new entries, one re-entry and two climbers in the lower half of the chart. Bad Meets Evil featuring Bruno Mars climbed six to no.22 with ‘Lighters’ and Nicki Minaj went up thirteen to no.25 with ‘Fly’. Kasabian went straight in at no.28 with ‘Days Are Forgotten’ and David Guetta featuring Usher got a new entry at no.31 with ‘Without You’. ‘Go’ was a new entry at no.33 for Delilah and Lady Gaga went straight in at no.38 with ‘You & I’. Damien Rice re-entered at no.39 with ‘Cannonball’ following its performance at an X Factor audition while the final new entry came at no.40 and went to Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse with ‘Body & Soul’.

With N-Dubz having been dropped from their American record label and Tulisa becoming a TV star on X Factor Dappy has taken the chance to launch a solo career.  This week sees him release his debut single ‘No Regrets’ which comes with a promise that he wants to “win the respect of an older audience” and that he is aiming for “back to back no.1 singles’. He has enjoyed success recently featuring on Tinchy Stryder’s no.5 hit ‘Spaceship’ and in fact he now shares the same management company as Stryder. Bandmate Tulisa may be stealing the limelight right now but on this showing  he might be taking some of it back again.  With the low (if you can call 153k low!) sales of One Direction last week Dappy has a strong chance of stealing in and securing a debut solo no.1 hit. Could prove to be an interesting battle over the days that lay ahead.

It’s great to see Cornershop back with an eighth studio album ‘Cornershop and the Double ‘O’ Groove Of’ and from it comes the single ‘Don’t Shake It (Let It Free)’. Things kicked off for them back in 1993 with ‘The Days Of Ford Cortina EP’ but it was the Norman Cook remix of their hit ‘Brimful Of Asha’ which took them to no.1 back in 1998. They returned to the top forty with ‘Sleep On The Left Side’ and ‘Lessons Learned From Rocky I To Rocky III’ but never matched that top ten success again. Their last album was ‘Judy Sucks A Lemon For Breakfast’ which peaked at no.145 in 2009 so they be hoping for a better chart peak this time around.  They have never dropped their standards and on this showing they won’t disappoint this time around either.  Sadly I can’t see this taking hold and making the top forty but if it reminds a few fans of their existence then that can only be a good thing.

Groups are very rarely better in their separate parts (though I’m sure a few artists would like to argue differently) and it seems that the same is true of Girls Aloud.  Nadine’s last download only single ‘Sweetest High’ didn’t trouble the charts, and even Cheryl Cole’s last outing missed the top ten.  Nicola Roberts has aimed for a different sound but still saw her debut single ‘Beat Of My Drum’ limp to no.27, and without her name behind it it may well have missed the top forty.  She doesn’t give up easily and follows that single up with ‘Lucky Day’, another track which features on her debut album ‘Cinderella’s Eyes’. She has often been my favourite member of the band, and she does have a good voice.  She is fortunate that she can release music so experimental as if she was just starting out in her career this kind of track wouldn’t see her last the course.

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.

Death In Vegas are about to return with a fifth studio album ‘Trans-love Energies’ which comes some seven years after its predecessor ‘Satan’s Circus’. The band were originally called Dead Elvis upon their formation in 1994 but subsequently changed that name following legal issues. They have enjoyed four top forty hits across their career with the Iggy Pop collaboration ‘Aisha’ reaching the top ten, peaking at no.9. Their last hit came when they teamed up with Liam Gallagher on ‘Scorpio Rising’ in 2002 and they will be hoping to recreate that kind of success with ‘Your Loft My Acid’. Their UK tour kicks off in Glasgow this December, concluding in London eleven dates later. Dave Neale has joined the band as drummer, with his most recent work coming with Diana Vickers.  It’s good to have them back and I think this will see them back inside the top forty on Sunday.

‘Tell Me What You Want’ is the new single by Pajama Club, the latest vehicle for New Zealand’s Neil Finn.   Fans signing up to their website gain access to the track ‘These Are Conditions’  which features alongside the new single on their self titled debut album which is also scheduled for release this week. Finn’s career began in the late 1970s when he joined his brothers band Split Enz. They split up in 1984 and then Finn went on to form Crowded House while also enjoying two hit solo albums during the bands hiatus. The band are set to play three shows in the Southern Hemisphere but at the time of writing have no confirmed shows coming up in the UK. There’s no doubt that Finn knows a good song when he hears one but I expect that fans are more likely to buy the album than download this single.  This will only serve to give focus to any radio play that they may be able to generate.

Jason Derulo has seen five of his singles reach the top forty, with two of those going on to make the top spot. ‘In My Head’ topped both the UK and Australian charts back in 2009 while his last single only made the no.1 spot in the UK.  It was the first single to be taken from his second studio album ‘Future History’ which is released next week. His self titled debut album became a massive hit worldwide, peaking at no.8 in the UK. The single has already made the top three in both Australia and New Zealand so I have every expectation that it will repeat that success in the UK. The accompanying promotional video was directed by Colin Tilley who has also worked with Chris Brown, Mary J.Blige, Chipmunk and Justin Bieber.  The track has already made the B playlist on Radio 1Xtra and should secure a crossover into the mainstream commercial radio stations.

Emmy The Great was born as Emma-Lee Moss and is a London based singer / songwriter who has two critically acclaimed albums to her name so far; ‘First Love’ and ‘Virtue’. Earlier this year saw her collaborate with Ash frontman Tim Wheeler on the track ‘Washington Parks’ to raise money for the MS Society. Her love and admiration for Ash is well documented as she performed with them on their A-Z tour and also covered their track ‘Burn Baby Burn’ which featured as a b side to her single ‘First Love’. This week sees the release of ‘Paper Forest (In The Afterglow Of Rapture)’ as a single and it is the follow up to her last single ‘Iris’.  She is still not that well known to mainstream music audiences and as her album only got as far as no.84 I’m not sure that this will end up doing enough to reach the top forty next weekend.

Miles Kane originally rose to prominence as lead singer of The Rascals before achieving much greater success as part of The Last Shadow Puppets where he shared the limelight with Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner. His solo album ‘Colour Of The Trap’ peaked at no.11 earlier this year but so far none of the three singles taken from it have made even the top seventy five. The original release of ‘Come Closer’ saw it available on a limited run of vinyl singles and digital download.  It peaked at no.85 and came with a video starring model Daisy Lowe who is a close friend of Kane. It was produced by Dan Carey who has worked with Athlete, Franz Ferdinand, Hot Chip, CSS, M.I.A. and many others.  I’m not sure that it will perform any better seven months on from its original release but the record company clearly feel that it is worth giving it a second shot at stardom!

Also released this week are ‘You Got To Go’ by Above & Beyond featuring Zoe Johnston, ‘Up All Night’ by Alex Clare, ‘Flower’ by Amos Lee, ‘Heaven Is A Dancefloor’ by Baby Alice, ‘Best Thing I Never Had (Remixes)’ by Beyonce, ‘Cry (Just A Little)’ by Bingo Players, ‘The Other Woman’ by Caro Emerald, ‘Wake Up’ by Chrome, ‘Coast To Coast (EP)’ by Cody Simpson, ‘Back To Life’ by Doman & Gooding featuring Heather Bright, ‘Touch Me’ by Electric Ladylab, ‘Snakepit’ by Enter Shikari, ‘Arlandria’ by Foo Fighters, ‘Tonight Tonight’ by Hot Chelle Rae, ‘An Argument With Myself (EP)’ by Jens Lekman, ‘Honest Words (EP)’ by King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, ‘You & I’ by Lady Gaga, ‘The Moshi Dance’ by Lady Goo Goo, ‘This Is The Day’ by Manic Street Preachers, ‘I Was Broken’ by Marcus Foster, ‘Missing You’ by Miss 600, ‘Elated’ by Scarlett Fever, ‘Calling’ by Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso, ‘Where I’m Waking’ by Slow Club, ‘Light It Up’ by Stan Walker, ‘Hangover’ by Starboy Nathan featuring Wretch 32 and ‘Fallen’ by Yomanda featuring Toyah.

For me its Dappy all the way to take the no.1 spot next Sunday afternoon. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Dionne Bromfield featuring Tinchy Stryder, Nickelback, Sugababes and You Me At Six.  Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

18 September, 2011 - Posted by | ChartChat

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