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Chart Chat Edition 620 – W/C 09.10.11

Chart Chat Edition 620 – Week Commencing Sunday 9th October 2011

There were four new entries, one re-entry, seven climbers, twenty two songs going down and six non movers on this weeks chart.  Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris went straight in at the top of the chart with ‘We Found Love’ despite the track only being released on Wednesday.  Their runaway success meant that it was another week in the runners up spot for Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera with ‘Moves Like Jagger’.

Sak Noel dropped two places to no.3 with ‘Loca People (What The F***)’ while One Direction went back up one to no.4 with ‘What Makes You Beautiful’. Goo Goo Dolls fell two to no.5 with ‘Iris’ and Dappy also went down to no.6 with his former chart topper ‘No Regrets’. LMFAO climbed thirteen places to no.7 with ‘Sexy & I Know It’ while James Morrison fell two to no.8 with ‘I Won’t Let You Go’. Jason Derulo went down two to no.9 with ‘It Girl’ and the top ten was rounded off by Bad Meets Evil featuring Bruno Mars with ‘Lighters’.

A further two climbers and one new entry were to be found in what remained of the top twenty.  David Guetta featuring Usher went up three to no.15 with ‘Without You’ and Nicki Minaj featuring Rihanna climbed eight to no.16 with ‘Fly’. Charlene Soraia concluded the top twenty scoring a new entry at no.20 with her cover of ‘Wherever You Will Go’.

There were three climbers, two new entries and one re-entry in the lower half of the chart. Lady Gaga climbed nine to no.24 with ‘You & I’ while Marina & The Diamonds went straight in at no.25 with ‘Radioactive’. Florence & The Machine entered at no.27 with ‘Shake It Out’ and Adele went back up one to no.31 with ‘Someone Like You’. Lady Gaga climbed five to no.33 with ‘The Edge Of Glory’ and the re-entry went to Beyonce at no.38 with ‘Best Thing I Never Had’.

It’s a tried and tested formula.  Each year X Factor winner releases their second single, performs it on the opening live shows and it goes straight to the top of the chart. It’s true that it didn’t work for Joe McElderry, nor did it work for Leon Jackson, and so the focus is turning to last years winner Matt Cardle to see how he will perform with his new single ‘Run For Your Life’. The track was written by Take That frontman (and X Factor judge) Gary Barlow and aside from his opening single ‘When We Collide’ its the only track that he did not co-write on his forthcoming debut album ‘Letters’.  It comes accompanied with a physical CD release and it is released as a joint venture between Simon Cowell’s Syco Music and Columbia Records. I’m not quite sure it will match the 815k sales achieved by its predecessor and it could struggle against Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris whose early sales have been phenomenal.

Alastair Griffin originally auditioned for the first series of Fame Academy in 2002 but didn’t make it on until the second run in 2003.  He controversially lost out to Alex Parks who went on to enjoy a short lived solo career but he has had the last laugh by managing to keep going for much longer. His opening single ‘Bring It On / Lovers Prayer’ made no.5 and the follow up ‘You & Me (Tonight) peaked at no.18. He returned to the charts last year with ‘Just Drive’ which was used at the end of the Formula 1 season by BBC TV alongside a montage of the seasons highlights. He continued his links with the sport by performing a set at this years British Grand Prix. Now he releases another single in the shape of ‘Blinding Lights’ and with his continued popularity there is every chance that this could well end up sneaking in at the lower end of the top forty.

Indie favourites Friendly Fires return with their new single ‘Hurting’ this week. They hail from St Albans in Hertfordshire and saw their debut album ‘Friendly Fires’ nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2009. That album peaked at no.21 but the follow up ‘Pala’ was released earlier this year and has already got to no.6. It has yet to yield a top forty hit though both singles released so far ‘Live Those Days Tonight’ and ‘Hawaiian Air’ managed to reach the top twenty on the Indie chart. They have recent mourned the passing of their trumpet player Richard Turner who sadly died during August following a cardiac arrest while swimming.  Their only UK top forty hit to date was the single ‘Kiss Of Life’ which reached no.30 in 2009.  Again with good album sales I don’t think that this will achieve much success as a standalone single.

It has been fourteen years now since Gina G was last seen on the chart with ‘Gimme Some Love’. That was her fifth hit single achieved between 1996 and 1997, a run which started with her Eurovision entry ‘Ooh Aah…Just A Little Bit’ reaching the top spot.  That track was remixed in 2004 but became only a minor hit in Switzerland and Austria. She formed part of the Reborn In The USA series in 2003 though she lasted just two weeks, singing ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ and ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’. ‘Tonight’s The Night’ was her last commercial release peaking at no.57 in 2006 and now ‘Next 2 U’ is her first single in five years. It sees her team up with Vigilante but I don’t think that it will secure her a chart return. She is busy working on a third studio album but whether she can recapture her former glories still remains to be seen.

Travie McCoy has been venturing out on his own lately with last year seeing his Bruno Mars collaboration ‘Billionaire’ reaching no.3.  However this week sees him return to business with his group Gym Class Heroes.  ‘Stereo Hearts’ sees them team up with Adam Levine, the Maroon 5 frontman, on the first single to be taken from their forthcoming fifth studio album ‘The Papercut Chronicles’. It comes accompanied by a video directed by Djay Brawner and starring Breana McDow who has also appeared in videos for Arctic Monkeys and Christian TV. They have achieved sporadic success in the UK, reaching the top ten with three tracks; ‘Cupids Chokehold’, ‘Clothes Off!’ and ‘Cookie Jar’.  Their last album ‘The Quilt’ missed the top forty and it is 50/50 as to whether the British public will take this track to their hearts, but I think that it will become a hit.

James Blake was tipped to be big in 2011 from the very outset having finished as runner up in the BBC Sound Of 2011 poll.  He had seen his single ‘Limit To Your Love’ reach no.39 at the end of 2010 and his debut self titled album made no.9 on its release earlier this year. That album received a nomination for the Mercury Music Prize but lost out to the eventual winner PJ Harvey.  This week sees the release of ‘Enough Thunder’ EP which features six tracks including ‘Fall Creek Boys Choir’, which has already been streamed online and features Bon Iver, and a cover of Joni Mitchell’s  ‘A Case of You’.  He is returning to Europe for a short tour in October / November which sees him perform four UK shows. I’m not clear whether this will be eligible for the singles chart due to the number of tracks but each individual track can appear if they are downloaded enough times.

‘Pass At Me’ is the new single by Timbaland and it sees him team up with Cuban rapper Pitbull. While initially carving out a career as a producer, the ‘Shock Value I’ album saw him hit the top spot twice with ‘Give It To Me’ and ‘The Way I Are’ while OneRepublic collaboration ‘Apologize’ also made the top three. The follow up ‘Shock Value II’ saw a further three top ten hits through collaborations with Nelly Furtado, Justin Timberlake and Katy Perry. Now comes ‘Shock Value III’ and this is the first track to be taken from it. His career as a producer dates back to 1993 and over that time he has worked with the greats of r’n’b and rap including Aaliyah, Janet Jackson, Jay-Z, Missy Elliot and 50 Cent. Few can doubt his pedigree and his ear for a good tune is well documented. As such I predict that this will be a big hit for him next weekend.

Following on from her ‘Directors Cut’ album where new light was shed on old classics Kate Bush is about to release her new studio album ’50 Words For Snow’. She released her first album back in 1978 when she was just 20 and then had released six further albums including ‘The Red Shoes’ in 1993.  She had at that point intended to take a year out after she had become a mother but that changed into a hiatus of twelve years before 2005’s ‘Aerial’. All nine of her albums have reached the top three with 1980’s ‘Never Ever’ and 1985’s ‘Hounds Of Love’ reaching the top spot. She has enjoyed twenty four top forty hit singles including her only no.1 ‘Wuthering Heights’ which was her debut single released thirty three years ago.  She remains as creative now as she ever has been and while new single ‘Wild Man’ might not make the top ten I’m sure the album will sell well.

Mobo nominated singer Dionne Bromfield may be just 15 years old but she is fast carving out a career for herself in both music and television. Earlier this year she made the top forty with her Diggy Simmon collaboration ‘Yeah Right’ and she has also recorded ‘Spinnin’ For 2012′ with Tinchy Stryder.  Her debut album ‘Introducing Dionne Bromfield’ peaked at no.33 though its follow up ‘Good For The Soul’ has only reached no.53.  This week sees the release of ‘Get Up Offa That Thing’ as a single, a track which does not feature on her current album. Much is made of the fact that Amy Winehouse is her Godmother but few should doubt that she is a star due to her own talents, and not merely because of who she knows in the. It remains a mystery as to why she is not a bigger star than she is but perhaps this will help to launch her to a bigger audience.

Also released this week are ‘Au Revoir’ by Cascada, ‘Crawling Back To You’ by Daughtry, ‘Behold A Raccoon In The Darkness’ by Deerhoof, ‘When Angels Sing’ by Donae’o, ‘Honey Bunny’ by Girls, ‘Must Be A Reason Why’ by J Pearl featuring Shayne Ward, ‘We Don’t Eat / Higher Love’ by James Vincent McMorrow, ‘The Baron (EP)’ by Jamie N Commons, ‘Albatross (EP)’ by Kirsty Almeida, ‘It Must Be Love’ by Newton Faulkner, ‘All Over The World’ by Ola, ‘When My Day Comes’ by Tribes, ‘Bad Feeling’ by Veronica Falls and ‘Forever’ by Wolfgang Gartner featuring

Matt Cardle is bound to get a boost from his X Factor performance but I think Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris will hold on at the top with the benefit of seven days of sales this week.  Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Bombay Bicycle Club, Joss Stone, Kelly Clarkson and Nero.  Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

10 October, 2011 - Posted by | ChartChat

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