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Chart Chat Edition 619 – W/C 02.10.11

Chart Chat Edition 619 – Week Commencing Sunday 2nd October 2011

There were three new entries, three re-entries, seven climbers, twenty three songs going down and four non movers on this weeks chart.  Once again there was a change at the top with Sak Noel going straight in at no.1 with ‘Loca People (What The F***)’ closely followed (once again) by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera with ‘Moves Like Jagger’ who were still stuck at no.2.

Goo Goo Dolls re-entered at no.3 following the performance of ‘Iris’ by one of this years X Factor UK contestants and Dappy slipped three places to no.4 with ‘No Regrets’. One Direction fell two places to no.5 with ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ and James Morrison went down one to no.6 with ‘I Won’t Let You Go’. Jason Derulo fell three to no.7 with ‘It Girl’ and there was a non mover at no.8 for Olly Murs featuring Rizzle Kicks with ‘Heart Skipped A Beat’. Pixie Lott went down three to no.9 with ‘All About Tonight’ while Bad Meets Evil featuring Bruno Mars climbed three to no.10 with ‘Lighters’.

Four climbers and one new entry were to be found in what remained of the top twenty. Bruno Mars climbed two to no.14 with ‘Marry You’ and Rihanna went up two to no.15 with ‘Cheers (Drink To That)’. Delilah climbed four places to no.17 with ‘Go’ and David Guetta featuring Example went up one to no.18 with ‘Without You’. Finally there was a new entry at no.20 for LMFAO with ‘Sexy And I Know It’.

There was one new entry, two re-entries and two climbers in the lower half of the chart. Emeli Sande went back up six places to no.22 and Nicole Scherzinger climbed one to no.30 with ‘Wet’. Kasabian re-entered at no.36 with ‘Days Are Forgotten’ and Lady Gaga re-entered at no.38 with ‘The Edge Of Glory’.  The final new entry came at no.39 and went to You Me At Six with ‘Loverboy’.

Former Savage Garden frontman Darren Hayes is just about to release his fourth studio album ‘Secret Codes And Battleships’ and this week sees the release of ‘Black Out The Sun’ as the second single to be taken from it.  The first ‘Talk Talk Talk’ was released earlier this year but did not make the top forty. His last hit came with ‘On The Verge Of Something Wonderful’ which made no.20 in 2007. He has notched up seven top forty hits so far although only his 2002 debut ‘Insatiable’ made the top ten. As part of Savage Garden he had nine top forty hits with ‘To The Moon And Back’ (#3) and ‘Truly Madly Deeply’ (#4) reaching the top five. All three of his albums have made the top twenty and his fan base should ensure that success continues but I think he may have to wait a little longer if he is to enjoy another hit on the singles chart.

Welsh singer Marina & The Diamonds critically acclaimed debut album ‘The Family Jewels’ made the top five on its release last year, and three of the five singles to be taken from it reached the top forty.  She was the runner up in the BBC Sound Of 2010 poll and has also won two awards; Best UK & Irish Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards and Best Newcomer at the Virgin Media Music Awards. This week sees the release of ‘Radioactive’ which is the first single to be taken from her second album ‘Electra Heart’. The album is described on her website as embodying the “lies, illusions and death of an American dream” while the single is to tide the fans over until the album is ready.  It has a slighly dancier feel to it than her last album but that shows good progression.  I really like this and it would be great if this were to secure her a first ever top ten hit.

R’n’b singer Skylar Grey has yet to chart in her own right but she has laid some good foundations by appearing on the top ten hits ‘Coming Home’ (with Diddy Dirty Money) and ‘I Need A Doctor’ (with Eminem and Dr Dre). She also co-wrote ‘Love The Way You Lie’ by Eminem & Rihanna and appeared on Lupe Fiasco’s track ‘Words I Never Said’. She released her first solo album ‘Like Blood Like Honey’ back in 2006 but it didn’t trouble the UK charts.  Now comes her second album ‘Invisible’ which will be released later this year, and this week sees the release of the title track as the first single from it. Just like Keri Hilson before her Skylar should be able to make the transition from being in the background to taking centre stage without too much effort.  She has considerable talent and looks set to become a big star in her own right.

Since their first appearance way back in 2001 Canadian rockers Nickelback have notched up a grand total of nine top forty hit singles and four top five albums. That followed a barren first few years with neither their debut album ‘Curb’ nor its follow up ‘The State’ reaching the top 100. They haven’t been seen on the UK singles chart since back in 2008 when ‘Gotta Be Somebody’ peaked at no.20 (a track that was later covered by X Factor winner Shayne Ward) though their biggest hit remains ‘Rockstar’ which reached no.2 and spent fifty consecutive weeks on the top 75. They are set to release their brand new studio album ‘Here And Now’ in November and this week sees the release of ‘Bottoms Up’ as the first single to be taken from it. I think that it will go down well on the radio and should bring them another top forty hit single.

American rapper Wiz Khalifa returns this week with his new single ‘No Sleep’. He first came to prominence in the UK with his ‘Black & Yellow’ single which reached no.5.  That featured on his ‘Rolling Papers’ album which made the top forty in the UK but got as far as no.2 in the US and Canada.  The follow up single ‘Roll Up’ peaked at just no.42 and so the pressure is on to secure him another hit.  Upon its release in the US it peaked at no.6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has also entered the lower reaches of the Canadian and French charts. It was written by Cameron Thomaz and Benjamin Levin and features production from Benny Blanco. The video was directed by Colin Tilley and also features appearances by Mac Miller and Wiz’s partner Amber Rose. I think this will perform a little better than its predecessor but equally I can’t see it getting quite as high as ‘Black & Yellow’.

‘Shake It Out is the new single by Indie favourites Florence & The Machine and is the follow up to ‘What The Water Gave Me’.  It’s the second single to be taken from their second album ‘Ceremonials’ which is scheduled for release at the end of October.  It has a hard act to follow as their debut album ‘Lungs’ topped the charts, sold over a million copies and yielded seven singles, four of which made the top forty. Of those the only to make the top ten was her cover of the classic ‘You Got The Love’ which reached no.5 but then also made no.2 in a live version recorded with Dizzee Rascal at the Brit Awards. This latest single first appeared on Indie radio station back in mid September and has been picking up steady airplay ever since. They will never really be a singles band but I expect the album to go straight in at the top upon its release.

German digital hardcore group Atari Teenage Riot are back this week with their new single ‘Black Flags’. They have been around now for almost twenty years having originally signed for Phonogram Records in 1993. However the band spent their advance on setting up their own record label and never ended up delivering a commercially viable demo to Phonogram and eventually they left the label in 1996. Founding member MC Carl Crack died back in 2001 although the exact circumstances around his death have been the subject of some debate.  The band continued afterwards and last year saw them headline the Offset Festival in London. This year sees them release a new album ‘Is This Hyperreal?’ and I expect fans to invest their money in that rather than downloading this single. As such I don’t expect to find them in the top forty next weekend.

‘The Sound Of Swing Part 2 (Oh Na Na)’ sees the Kenneth Bager Experience team up with r’n’b singer Aloe Blacc.  Kenneth Bager is a Danish producer who started his career way back in the 1980’s and in 1994 he released the album ‘Music For Dreams’ which featured appearances from Peter Gabriel and Michael Nyman amongst others. Since then he has released two albums ‘Fragments From A Space Cadet’ in 2006 and its follow up ‘Fragments From A Space Cadet 2’.  Now he releases ‘The Sound Of Swing’ as a single which has featured in the soundtrack to the FIFA 2010 World Cup game, a Cingular Wireless advert and a Renault car commercial. Aloe Blacc has been on the crest of a wave since the success of ‘I Need A Dollar’ earlier this year. However I am still to be convinced that this pairing will be enough to deliver a top forty hit single.

The final release this week comes Swedish DJ and producer Avcii who first appeared on the UK chart last year with his single ‘Seek Bromance’ which peaked at no.13. The track topped the charts in Belgium and peaked at no.2 in Netherlands. He was at the centre of controversy recently when Leona Lewis’s single ‘Collide’ was noted to have an instrumental section almost identical to that in an Avcii track.  In the end both parties settled out of court and the track was eventually credited as a collaboration between the two artists. This week sees the release of his brand new single ‘Fade Into Darkness’ which has already made the top five in Sweden. The song samples ‘Perpetuum Mobile’ by Penguin Cafe Orchestra which was written by Simon Jeffes. Hopefully he can build on his success and secure another top twenty hit single.

Also released this week is ‘Song To The Siren’ by Alfie Boe, ‘Wondrous Place’ by Alice Gold, ‘Insanity’ by Archer, ‘Lilith Immaculate’ by Cradle Of Filth, ‘Talkin’ To You (Is Like Talking To Myself)’ by Daryl Hall, ‘Meantime’ by Givers, ‘Sorry With A Song’ by Josh T Pearson, ‘Josephine Baker’ by Maizie Williams, ‘Got Me Burnin” by RD, ‘I Stand Alone’ by Theophilus London and ‘Time Machine’ by Viva Brother.

My money is on Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera to take over at the top though a rumoured late release from Rihanna could yet steal in. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Cliff Richard with Freda Payne, James Blake, Matt Cardle and Owl City.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson


4 October, 2011 - Posted by | ChartChat

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