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Chart Chat Edition 618 – W/C 25.09.11

Chart Chat Edition 618 – Week Commencing Sunday 25th September 2011

There were four new entries, seven climbers, twenty eight songs going down and one non mover on this weeks chart. Dappy kept up the recent turnover at the top of the charts as ‘No Regrets’ went straight in at the top while Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera stayed as the runners up once again with ‘Moves Like Jagger’.

Last weeks chart toppers One Direction fell two places to no.3 with ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ and Jason Derulo scored a new entry at no.4 with ‘It Girl’. James Morrison went straight in at no.5 with ‘I Won’t Let You Go’ and Pixie Lott fell three to no.6 with ‘All About Tonight’. Ed Sheeran climbed back up seven to no.7 with ‘The A-Team’ while Olly Murs featuring Rizzle Kicks fell four to no.8 with ‘Heart Skips A Beat’. Damien Rice climbed thirty places to no.9 with ‘Cannonball’ while Will Young dropped a place to no.10 with ‘Jealousy’.

Two further climbers were to be found in what remained in the top twenty. Bad Meets Evil featuring Bruno Mars went up nine places to no.13 with ‘Lighters’ and David Guetta featuring Usher climbed twelve places to no.19 with ‘Without You’.

There were three climbers and one new entry in the lower half of the chart. Deliah climbed twelve places to no.21 with ‘Go’ and Nicki Minaj featuring Rihanna went up three to no.23 with ‘Fly’. Lady Gaga climbed five to no.33 with ‘You & I’ while the only new entry came at no.40 and went to Nicola Roberts with ‘Lucky Day’.

Dionne Bromfield may get more press for being the Goddaughter of Amy Winehouse, but actually its important to respect her and to remember that she is an artist in her own right. Her debut album made the top forty when she was just 13 while her current album ‘Good For The Soul’ saw her Diggy Simmons collaboration ‘Yeah Right’ become her first top forty hit.  This week sees her team up with Tinchy Stryder on the track ‘Spinnin’ For 2012′.  It is one of the first songs released in relation to next years London Olympics and was originally recorded by Speech Debelle though this version has seen the lyrics rewritten. She currently fronts the BBC TV show Friday Download and surely has a bright future ahead of her.  I’m not sure this Olympic tie in will be the making of her but there is clearly still much more to come from this developing talent.

Spanish DJ Sak Noel looks set for a big hit next weekend with his self written track ‘Loca People’. The track sees him team up with Mexican DJ Aaron Atliano and features vocals from Esthera Sarita. It has already topped the charts in Belgium, Netherlands and Denmark and could well perform just as well here.  The iTunes version of the single includes remixes from XNRG and Liam Keegan alongside the Original Mix and Radio Edit of the track. The accompanying video was also directed by Noel himself and was filmed by Roger Martin Sole at various locations around Spain. A version by the CDM Chartbusters had shown well in last weeks midweek charts but quickly faded as the week went on with people waited for this original version.  It’s “what the f***” refrain may restrict airplay to the 2min 13secs radio edit but that won’t affect its progress up the charts.

For anyone unaware The Rifles are a five piece Indie band based in Chingford who have enjoyed three top forty hits so far. All three of those came from their 2006 debut album ‘No Love Lost’ which itself peaked at no.26 on the album chart. ‘Repeated Offender’ became the biggest of those hits, reaching no.26 in the singles chart.  The follow up album ‘Great Escape’ performed well, getting to no.27, despite its failure to contain any hit singles. This week sees the release of ‘Tangled Up In Love’ which is the first track to be lifted from their third studio album ‘Freedom Run’. They are scheduled in for an extensive UK tour which kicks off in late October in Cambridge before concluding in London in mid November.  It’s good to have them back and it would be nice if they could grace the top forty although I think that fans will just buy the album instead.

You Me At Six have showed steady progress over the past few years with their debut album ‘Take Off Your Colours’ peaking at no.25 back in 2007 but last years follow up ‘Hold Me Down’ performed much better and got to no.5. Their third album ‘Sinners Never Sleep’ is now due for release next week and before that comes the new single ‘Loverboy’. They have been working with Garth Richardson on their new material who has previously guided both Rage Against The Machine and Biffy Clyro in the studio. They have only made the top forty twice, once with ‘Finders Keeper’ (#33) in 2009 and then more recently with ‘Rescue Me’ (#21) which featured Chiddy and charted earlier this year. I expect that this will add a third top forty hit to their tally, and I also think that the new album should be able to push for a top three placing upon its release next week.

Some people might say that Peter Grant has gone about things the hard way as he declined to appear on the final stages of X Factor despite winning through the early stages.  That decision may have been brave but it seems to have paid off as his debut album ‘New Vintage’ made the top ten while its follow up ‘Traditional’ peaked at no.29.  He was only sixteen when he signed to Universal Records having been spotted by a music industry manager who saw that he recorded his demos at Abbey Road studios with a 50 piece orchestra. This week sees him return with the single ‘Too Close’ which is the title track from his album of the same name.  That will be released on his own PGMusic label later this year and should follow its two predecessors into the higher reaches of the chart. That said I don’t think he is really a singles artist so I think fans are more likely to wait for the albums release.

The start of this year saw the release of ‘Ritual’ as White Lies second studio album. It peaked at no.3 and thus failed to match the chart topping success of its predecessor ‘To Lose My Life…’.  It has yet to yield any top forty hits with ‘Bigger Than Us’ dropped just short, peaking at no.42. Since then they have released the tracks ‘Strangers’ and ‘Holy Ghost’ as singles but neither came close to making the top 100.  Now comes the release of ‘The Power And The Glory’ as the fourth single but there is no reason to expect this to perform better than its predecessors. The release sees a new edit of the track sat alongside remixes of the track by Wax Stag and Bibio. The band are set to end the year with a series of European gigs including Wolverhampton, Glasgow, Manchester and London. However they are unlikely to find themselves inside the top forty next weekend.

Duck Sauce really hit the big time at the end of last year with ‘Barbara Streisand’, a track which heavily sampled Boney M’s ‘Gotta Go Home’.  It topped the charts in both Austria and the Netherlands before reaching the top three in the UK. It even featured in the second season of the American TV show Glee. It showed a big improvement on their opening single ‘aNYway’ which stalled at no.22 having sampled the track ‘I Can Do It’ by Final Edition.  Now the duo, better known as DJ duo Armand Van Helden and A-Trak, release their third single ‘Big Bad Wolf’ on Fools Gold Records. It has another singalong / chanting chorus which is sure to make the all important crossover between clubs and commercial radio stations. However I don’t forsee it matching the success of its predecessor so it may have to just settle for a place inside the top twenty.

Ben Folds Five notched up five top forty hits in the late 1990’s kicking off with ‘Underground’ (#37) in 1996 and concluding with ‘Brick’ (#26) in 1998 with the latter matching the highest charting single ‘Battle Of Who Could Care Less’. The band broke up in 2000 but reunited earlier this year to record three tracks for the compilation album ‘The Best Imitation Of Myself : A Retrospective’.  This week sees them aiming for a sixth hit with the release of one of those new tracks, ‘House’, as a single. As it is only available as a download I fear that this may end up falling someway short of the top forty unless it picks up significant airplay. There has been speculation that this reformation may lead to the recording of a new album later this year and that could only be seen as good news.  However for now don’t expect to see much of this inside the top forty next Sunday afternoon.

Finally it’s not often we comment on a single that hasn’t been released, but when it involves an act as big as the Sugababes that makes it worth a mention.  The band recently split from their long term label Island Records and instead signed a three album deal with RCA. The band have spent considerable time of late promoting their new single ‘Freedom’ with publicity stunts including a shoot in lads mag Loaded.  It received its first play on Radio 1 and has featured in the Nokia N8 advertising campaign.  Despite that a very late decision was taken last week to pull the single from commercial release and instead make it a free download from Amazon.  Radio airplay for the track had been weak with some experts expecting it to miss the top twenty.  It’s cancellation after such a long campaign doesn’t bode well for their future, so all eyes will be on what happens next.

Also released this week are ‘Song Of Los’ by Apparat, ‘Sail’ by Awolnation, ‘House’ by Ben Folds Five, ‘High’ by Cleo Sol, ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ by Curtis Moore, ‘Welcome to St Tropez’ by DJ Antoine vs Timati featuring Kalenna, ‘Karma’ by Geneva, ‘Gopuru’ by Gurrumul, ‘Audio Video Disco’ by Justice, ‘Big Ship’ by Lindsey Mackie, ‘La Musica (The Trumpeter)’ by Ray Foxx featuring Lovelle, ‘Gonna Get Over You’ by Sara Bareilles, ‘Whitechapel’ by S.C.U.M., ‘Make A Beast Of Myself’ by Twin Atlantic, ‘Medicine’ by We Were Promised Jetpacks and ‘Follow U’ by Yogi featuring Ayah Marar.

My money is on Sak Noel but I don’t expect him to run away with it as some people are predicting. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles include Birdy, Darren Hayes, Laidback Luke vs Example and Marina & The Diamonds.  Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

25 September, 2011 - Posted by | ChartChat

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