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Chart Chat Edition 622 – W/C 23.10.11

Chart Chat Edition 622 – Week Commencing Sunday 23rd October 2011

There were seven new entries, six climbers, twenty six songs going down and one non mover on this weeks chart. That non mover came at the very top and went to Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris who spent a third week at the top with ‘We Found Love’. Their success saw off The Wanted who entered at no.2 with ‘Lightning’.

Charlene Soraia climbed four places to no.3 with ‘Wherever You Will Go’ while Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera dropped two to no.4 with ‘Moves Like Jagger’. Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine went down two to no.5 with ‘Stereo Hearts’ and Kelly Clarkson went straight in at no.6 with ‘Mr Know It All’. Christina Perri fell three to no.7 with ‘Jar Of Hearts’ while LMFAO also went down three to no.8 with ‘Sexy & I Know It’. Lana Del Ray scored a new entry at no.9 with ‘Video Games’ while the top ten was rounded off by David Guetta featuring Usher who went up six places to no.10 with ‘Without You’.

Three climbers and a further new entry were to be found in what remained of the top twenty. Sean Paul featuring Alexis Jordan went straight in at no.11 with ‘Got 2 Luv U’ and The Calling continued their resurgence going up nine to no.16 with their original version of ‘Wherever You Will Go’. Nicki Minaj featuring Rihanna went up two places to no.17 with ‘Fly’ and Ed Sheeran climbed twelve to no.18 with ‘Lego House’.

Justin Bieber went straight in at no.21 with ‘Mistletoe’ and Katy Perry made her debut at no.22 with ‘The One That Got Away’. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds re-entered at no.24 with ‘AKA…What A Life’ and Nero climbed five to no.32 with ‘Crush On You’. The final new entry went to Laidback Luke featuring Example with ‘Natural Disaster’ which went straight in at no.37.

British soul singer Beverley Knight has already had a career of which she can be proud of. She has won three MOBO Awards including Best R’n’B act and Best Album (for ‘Prodigal Sista’) and was also nominated for three BRIT Awards. She has enjoyed six top twenty albums including this years release ‘Soul UK’. So far neither of the singles released from it (‘Mama Used To Say’ and ‘Cuddly Toy’) have charted but she will be hoping for better luck with ‘One More Try’ which is a cover of George Michael’s track which featured on his 1987 album ‘Faith’. Across her singles career she has had thirteen top forty hits although only twice making the top ten with ‘Coulda Woulda Shoulda’ in 2002 and ‘Come As You Are’ in 2004. Her last hit came back in 2006 with her cover of ‘Piece Of My Heart’ but I don’t think that this will re-establish her within the top forty.

Canadian rocker Avril Lavigne released her first album ‘Let Go’ back in 2002 when she was just 17. Now almost ten years on she has just seen ‘Goodbye Lullaby’ become her fourth top five album and already the opening single ‘What The Hell’ has peaked at no.16. That was her eleventh top forty hit in her UK career with her biggest single being ‘Girlfriend’ from 2007. That track topped the charts around the world but fell just short in the UK peaking at no.2. The accompanying video was directed by Marc Webb and co-stars David Sciola. Her last single ‘Smile’ only just entered the top 200, peaking at no.189 and with positive sales of her album there is every indication that new single ‘Wish You Were Here’ will do the same. As much as I like this song it is unlikely to win her many new fans although it would be good if it at least gathered some more airplay than its precessor.

‘Give It Up’ is the new single released this week by Indie favourites Hard-Fi. They have set very high standards with their first two albums ‘Stars Of CCTV’ and ‘Once Upon A Time In The West’ both topping the charts but the opening single from new album ‘Killer Sounds’ (entitled ‘Good For Nothing’) only made no.51 and its follow up ‘Fire In The House’ got to no.85. The album only got to no.9 and so has failed to match the success of its predecessors. They have notched up seven top forty hits across their career with ‘Hard To Beat’ (#9) and ‘Suburban Knights’ (#7) being the most successful of those. They have recently completed a successful UK tour which concluded in Wolverhampton at the start of this month. For me this still isn’t as strong as their earlier material so it will be interesting to see how this performs for them.

‘Read All About It’ sees Professor Green team up with Emeli Sande. Her previous collaborations with Chipmunk and Wiley have resulted in top ten hits while her debut solo single ‘Heaven’ went straight in at no.2 on its release earlier this year. She has her album ‘Our Version Of Events’ ready for release early next year and is fast growing in popularity. This is the first track to be released from Green’s second studio album ‘At Your Convenience’ with the lead track already gathering some play as a video had been made and distributed to promote it as a single. His debut album ‘Alive Till I’m Dead’ made no.2 and included the top five hits ‘I Need You Tonight’ and ‘Just Be Good To Green’. ‘Monster’ and ‘Jungle’ were selected as later singles and both made the top forty. I think this will do well for him and should be inside the top ten next weekend.

Cobra Starship first appeared to the UK public with their soundtrack single ‘Snakes On A Plane (Bring It On)’ which featured a guest appearance from Gym Class Heroes frontman Travis McCoy though it only reached no.98. Their third studio album ‘Hot Mess’ became a minor hit, peaking at no.188, and it yielded the bands only top twenty hit to date in ‘Good Girls Go Bad’ which saw them team up with Leighton Meester. This week they have collaborated with Sabi on their new single ‘You Make Me Feel…’ and the track has already topped the charts in New Zealand and reached the top ten in the US and Canada. It’s taken from their fourth album ‘Night Shades’ and I think that it could well give them a second hit single. The video includes a cameo by Robin Williams and has been picking up airplay on the satellite channels which is important if this is to become a hit.

Twenty five year old Romanian singer Inna made an impressive debut with her first single ‘Hot’ reaching no.6 and she has since successfully returned to the top twenty with both ‘Amazing’ and ‘Sun Is Up’. Her debut album ‘Hot’ peaked at no.32 last year and made the top ten in France and now she has released her second studio album which is curiously entitled ‘I Am The Club Rocker’. Her latest single ‘Un Mumento’ is taken from that album and also features the talents of Spanish DJ and producer Juan Magan. The video has been directed by Alex Herron who also worked on the promotional clips behind ‘Sun Is Up’ and ‘Club Rocker’. The single has reached the top twenty in her native Romania and has also gone on to be a minor hit in the Netherlands. I’m not sure that it will be able to repeat some of her earlier successes but only time will tell.

English rap duo Rizzle Kicks have already had a great year so far with their Olly Murs collaboration ‘Heart Skipped A Beat’ topping the chart and their own single ‘Down With The Trumpets’ reaching no.8. Only their debut single ‘Prophet (Better Watch It)’ failed to make any impact on the chart. The duo first met at BRIT school and formed the band soon after. They have also remixed ‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’ for Ed Sheeran and ‘Price Tag’ for Jessie J over the past twelve months. Next week sees them release their debut album ‘Stereo Typical’ and that is preceded by their new single ‘When I Was A Youngster’. The track has a video directed by Tony Lockerbie who also worked on the promo for ‘Down With The Trumpets’. It seems they can do no wrong right now and so I forsee this being another top ten hit for them next weekend.

‘Earthquake’ is the new single from Labrinth which sees him team up with Tinie Tempah. The two have an impressive history with their previous collaborations ‘Pass Out’ (#1) and ‘Frisky’ (#2) both reaching the top three. Both of those saw Tinie take the lead billing while ‘Let The Sun Shine’ saw Labrinth take centre stage on his own and again this made the top three. Now comes the long awaited new single which sees a variety of remixes available to download including the Benny Benassi Remix, the Gareth Wyn Remix and the Noisia Remix. He is also set to guest on the new charity single ‘Teardrop’ which sees him appear alongside Tulisa, Tincy Stryder, Ms Dynamite and Chipmunk. ‘Earthquake’ looks set to be big but I’m not sure it will quite reach the top three on what looks like being a competitive week at the top end of the chart.

Finally this week comes ‘Not In This World’, the new single from Kids In Glass Houses. The band are a five piece hailing from Cardiff where they form part of the developing music scene there. It’s another track taken from ‘In Gold Blood’ which for me is one of the best albums released this year. It was their third album in three years and it also become the third of those to make the top thirty. They have yet to make the top forty with their biggest hit coming with their collaboration with Frankie Sandford though that only reached no.62, a feat also achieved by their earlier single ‘Give Me What I Want’. Unfortunately the two previous singles have failed to chart and despite the success of the album I can’t see this doing any better for them. As such I would be surprised (but pleased) to see it inside next weekends top forty.

Also released this week are ‘Ecstatic Dancer’ by Fujiya & Miyagi, ‘Wonder Why’ by Julian Perretta, ‘Don’t Cry’ by Kid Massive, ‘Don’t Make A Fool Out Of Me’ by Kitty Daisy & Lewis, ‘Narcissistic Cannibal’ by Korn featuring Skillrex, ‘Dust On The Dancefloor’ by The Leisure Society, ‘Riding Home’ by Marlon Roudette, ‘Time To Move On’ by Paul Carrack, ‘Kissing You Goodbye’ by The Pierces, ‘I’ve Got To Get A Message To You’ by The Soldiers featuring Robin Gibb, ‘Red Rose’ by Sons & Daughters, ‘Earthquakey People’ by Steve Aoki featuring Rivers Cuomo, ‘Strict Machine’ by Suzi Quatro, ‘Move It’ by Twenty Twenty and ‘Back To Love’ by Wolf Gang.

It looks set to be a closely fought battle between Professor Green featuring Emeli Sande and Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris. My money is on Professor Green but anything could happen! Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Arctic Monkeys, Beyonce, Cher Lloyd featuring Mike Posner and Toploader. Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

25 October, 2011 - Posted by | ChartChat

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