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Chart Chat Edition 621 – W/C 16.10.11

Chart Chat Edition 621 – Week Commencing Sunday 16th October 2011

There were five new entries, five re-entries, seven songs going up, twenty one going down and two non movers on this weeks chart. Despite all the movement there was no change at the top as Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris held on for a second week at no.1 with ‘We Found Love’ while Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera spend a fifth week at no.2 with ‘Moves Like Jagger’.

Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine went straight in at no.3 with ‘Stereo Hearts’ and Christina Perri went back up eight to no.4 with ‘Jar Of Hearts’. LMFAO climbed two to no.5 with ‘Sexy & I Know It’ and Matt Cardle could only get a new entry at no.6 with ‘Run For Your Life’ despite its huge exposure on X Factor. Charlene Soraia went up thirteen places to no.7 with her cover of ‘Wherever You Will Go’ and Sak Noel fell five to no.8 with ‘Loca People (What The F***)’.  Ed Sheeran returned to the top ten climbed four to no.9 with ‘The A Team’ and One Directions rounded off proceedings falling six to no.10 with ‘What Makes You Beautiful’.  Only one other climber was to be found in the top twenty and that went to Calvin Harris who went back up one to no.17 with ‘Feel So Close’.

There were three new entries, five re-entries and two climbers in the lower half of the chart. Nicki Minaj re-entered at no.21 with ‘Super Bass’ while Lady Gaga climbed one to no.23 with ‘You & I’. The Calling re-entered at no.25 with ‘Wherever You Will Go’ and Beyonce climbed eleven to no.27 with ‘Best Thing I Never Had’. Katy Perry re-entered at no.28 with ‘Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)’ and Ed Sheeran went straight in at no.30 with ‘Lego House’. David Guetta featuring Taio Cruz & Ludacris re-entered at no.36 with ‘Little Bad Girl’ and Nero went straight in at no.37 with ‘Crush On You’. Kanye West re-entered at no.38 with ‘Power’ and Timbaland featuring Pitbull went straight in at no.40 with ‘Pass At Me’.

Indie favourites Bombay Bicycle Club have just released their third studio album ‘A Different Fix’ and it became their second to reach the top ten following on from the massive success of ‘Flaws’ which reached no.8 back in 2010. That particular album was also nominated for best album at the Ivor Novello Awards. They have yet to enjoy a top forty hit though with last years ‘Ivy & Gold’ peaking at no.56 while this years ‘Shuffle’ only got as far as no.64. As such the chances don’t look good for their new single ‘Lights Out Words Gone’ to change all that. They are currently drawing to the end of a UK tour which concludes at Brixton later this week. They then move on to Europe with gigs booked in Germany, Netherlands, France and Belgium.  I’m sure that the band will be pleased with their success in 2011 even if having a top forty single has once again managed to elude them.

‘Natural Disaster’ sees the much talked about 36 year old Dutch DJ Laidback Luke team up with Example. Luke has enjoyed success as both an artist and producer and the past twelve months have seen him remix tracks by Benny Benassi, David Jordan, Christina Aguilera and Wynter Gordon. Earlier this year he collaborated with Steve Aoki and Lil Jon on ‘Turbulence’ although his only chart appearance so far came in 2009 when he joined fellow DJ and producer Steve Angello to remix Robyn S’ classic track ‘Show Me Love’.  Example meanwhile is on the crest of a wave right now having seen his last two singles ‘Changed The Way You Kiss Me’ and ‘Stay Awake’ both reach no.1. The track will be accompanied by a 12″ vinyl release and I think that it will certainly make the chart next Sunday although I’m not sure that it will manage to dent the top ten.

‘Got 2 Luv U’ sees Jamaican born rap and reggae star Sean Paul team up with former Americas Got Talent contestant Alexis Jordan. The track has already done well, making the top ten in Belgium, Germany, Poland, Netherlands and France while it has also reached the top spot in Switzerland. It is the first track to be taken from his forthcoming fifth studio album which is the follow up to ‘Imperial Blaze’ and should see the light of day before the end of the year. Sean Paul has notched up ten top forty hits with his first five all making the top ten while Alexis Jordan saw her first two singles ‘Happiness’ and ‘Good Girl’ make the top ten. His last hit came with ‘So Fine’ in 2009 but that only got as far as no.25.  This however should do much better for him and could even end up returning him to the top ten for the first time in almost six years. 

Boyz II Men are on the verge of releasing their tenth studio album entitled ‘Twenty’ which reflects the number of years that have passed since their debut ‘Cooleyhighharmony’. It is set to be a double album comprising of They have notched up eleven top forty hits but none bigger than ‘End Of The Road’ which topped the charts both sides of the Atlantic in 1992. ‘I’ll Make Love To You’ made no.5 in the UK though hit the top spot in the US, New Zealand and Australia. The band are now down to being a trio following Michael McCary’s departure six years ago. It has now been thirteen years since their last hit ‘Can’t Let Her Go’ though their 2007 album ‘Motown : Hitsville USA’ did reach the top ten. This week sees the release of ‘One Up For Love’ as the first single from the new album and it will be interesting to see if this can return them to the top forty.

Curiously Welsh Indie band The Joy Formidable seem to just keep reissuing the same set of singles at regular intervals. ‘Austere’ and ‘Whirring’ were originally featured on the bands 2010 EP ‘A Balloon Called Moaning’ but got a re-release this year when they formed part of the bands debut album ‘The Big Roar’. The second outing of ‘Whirring’ managed to make some inroads in the US where it made no.12 in the Canadian Alternative Charts and no.21 on the US Rock Chart. Now ‘Cradle’ is the latest track to get a second release following on from its original 2009 vinyl only release. The band have had a busy Summer playing the Leeds / Reading festivals and also opening for Foo Fighters at a secret gig at The Metro.  None of their previous singles have come close to gracing the top forty and I suspect that that story will be repeated once more with this release.

Kelly Clarkson was one of the very first stars to appear from the American Idol TV franchise (she won it in 2002 and was the World Idol runner up in 2003) and has had ten top forty hits in the UK so far. Six of those made the top ten including ‘My Life Would Suck Without You’ which topped the charts back in 2009.  Her fifth studio album ‘Stronger’ is released next week and is aiming to become her fourth consecutive long player to reach the top three.  This week sees the release of ‘Mr Know It All’ as a single from it. It comes accompanied by a video directed by Justin Francis who has previously worked with a variety of artists including 50 Cent, Gwen Stefani, Eminem and The Black Eyed Peas.  Airplay for this seems to have been much slower than some of its predecessors and while I expect it to chart I’m not sure that it will make a serious challenge on the top ten next Sunday afternoon. 

This weeks release of ‘Take Forever’ sees The Japanese Popstars working with The Cure frontman Robert Smith.  It’s been a while since he worked with his own band as his last single saw him team up with Crystal Castles on ‘Not In Love’. For those not aware of their existence The Japanese Popstars are an electronic trio who hail from Northern Ireland and who have released two studio albums to date.  Their first, ‘We Just Are’ peaked at no.89 but the follow up ‘Controlling Your Allegiance’ failed to make the top 100 on its release earlier this year.  Their last single ‘Song For Lisa’ saw them team up with Damien Rice’s former vocalist Lisa Hannigan and they have received their share of critical acclaim.  Working with such a high profile singer is sure to give them publicity but whether it does enough to give them a debut top forty hit remains to be seen. 

Devon based four piece Metronomy are slowly started to make a name for themselves after their third studio album ‘The English Riviera’ peaked at no.17 and was nominated for the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize. That is a big step forward from its predecessors ‘Pip Paine (Pay The £5,000 You Owe)’ (2006) and ‘Nights Out’ which both dropped short of the top 100.  Despite their new found success they have still yet to have a top forty hit to their name but they are hoping to change that with the release of new single ‘Everything Goes My Way’. It already features on the album and so may suffer from the fate that too many fans already own it to download it. In fact its the fourth single to be lifted from the album with only ‘The Look’ (#190) making any kind of reading on the UK chart.  As such the omens are not good for this making the top forty but they will still be pleased with their recent progress.

It’s been quite a year for the critically acclaimed London based dubstep band Nero.  They consist of Daniel Stephens and Joe Ray (though singer Alana Watson is responsible for much of the vocal work) and have carved a reputation as producers and remixers with them taking duties behind the desk for Example’s recent hit ‘Stay Awake’. They kicked off 2011 with ‘Me & You’ becoming their first top forty hit making no.15 and then ‘Guilt’ broke the top ten peaking at no.8.  Things then got even better with their single ‘Promises’ and album ‘Welcome Reality’ both hitting the top spot. They are now about to release ‘Crush On You’ as the fifth single from the album and with the success of the album I can’t see this coming close to giving them a second number one hit. Should still make the top forty and if aided by some clever remixes it could yet progress to the higher levels. 

Also released this week are ‘Heaven Knows I Miss Him Now’ by Acid Kings featuring Dan Treacy, ‘Why Can’t We’ by Asa, ‘Trellick’ by Baxter Drury, ‘Deconstruction’ by Fanfarlo, ‘Just In Love’ by Joe Jonas, ‘Don’t Start Lying To Me Now’ by Joss Stone, ‘Video Games / Blue Jeans’ by Lana Del Ray, ‘The Drummer (EP)’ by Niki & The Dove, ‘Second Last Chance’ by Overtones, ‘Brighter Day’ by Sam Gray, ‘#1 Hit’ by Spank Rock, ‘Streets So Warm’ by Toddla T featuring Wayne Marshall & Skream, ‘Garden’ by Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, ‘Sirens (Novocaine)’ by Vision Of Trees and ‘Lightning’ by The Wanted.
I think it could be quite close between Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris and The Wanted but I think Rihanna may just cling on for a third week despite The Wanted appearing on last weeks X Factor show. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Beverley Knight, Hard-Fi, Professor Green featuring Emeli Sande and Rizzle Kicks.  Until then have yourself a good week.
Ian Anderson

17 October, 2011 - Posted by | ChartChat

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