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Chart Chat Edition 623 – W/C 30.10.11

Chart Chat Edition 623 – Week Commencing Sunday 30th October 2011

There were eight new entries, six songs going up, twenty five songs going down and one non mover on this weeks chart. It was a case of all change at the top as Professor Green featuring Emeli Sande went straight in at no.1 with ‘Read All About It’ with their track narrowly edging out another new entry for ‘Earthquake’ by Labrinth featuring Tinie Tempah.

Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris fell back two places to no.3 with ‘We Found Love’ and Kelly Clarkson went up two to no.4 with ‘Mr Know It All’. Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera fell one to no.5 with ‘Moves Like Jagger’ and Charlene Soraia went down three to no.6 with ‘Wherever You Will Go’. LMFAO climbed one place to no.7 with ‘Sexy & I Know It’ while Rizzle Kicks went straight in at no.8 with ‘When I Was A Youngster’. The Wanted fell seven places to no.9 with ‘Lightning’ and the top ten was concluded by Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine with ‘Stereo Hearts’ going down five places to no.10.

There were three new entries and one climber in the remainder of the top twenty. Ed Sheeran climbed six to no.12 with ‘Lego House’ while Coldplay went straight in at no.14 with ‘Paradise’ which is now chart eligible following the release of their album ‘Mylo Xyloto’. ‘You Make Me Feel…’ was a new entry at no.16 for Cobra Starship featuring Sabi and Bruno Mars went straight in at no.19 with ‘Runaway Baby’.

There were three climbers and two new entries in the lower half of the chart. Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds went up two to no.22 with ‘AKA…What A Life’ and Bruno Mars climbed six to no.24 with ‘Marry You’. Coldplay featuring Rihanna went straight in at no.32 with ‘Princess Of China’ and Adele climbed two places to no.36 with ‘Set Fire To The Rain’. The final new entry went to Beyonce with ‘Countdown’ at no.39.

Birdy (real name Jasmine Van den Bodgaerde) may only be 15 years old but she has been growing her reputation very quickly. She first came to public attention when she won the Open Mic competition in 2008. At that time she was just 12 and earlier this year she scored her first hit, a cover of Bon Iver’s ‘Skinny Love’, when she was just 14. It made the Radio 1 B playlist and came accompanied by a promotional video directed by Sophie Muller. The follow up, a cover of The XX’s track ‘Shelter’, performed less well and only got to no.50. She performed on Radio 1’s Live Lounge and covered Ed Sheeran’s ‘The A-Team’. Now comes the third single ‘People Help The People’ which is another cover, this time of a track by Cherry Ghost. Her first long player is due for release at the end of this year so her label will be keen that she enjoys another hit.

Electronic musical duo Monarchy release their new single ‘You Don’t Want To Dance With Me’ this week. It features Britt Love on vocals and is taken from their current studio album ‘Around The Sun’. Aside from their work as artists they have been in demand as producers and have worked on remixes for Marina & The Diamonds, Lady Gaga, Kelis and Jamiroquai. They played live at XOYO in London earlier this months and have gigs planned in Barcelona, Madrid and Milan across the remainder of the year. As with so many releases it looks like being the case that without a physical release to boost sales fans of the band are unlikely to download this track in big enough volumes for it to chart. That said I think they are one of the bands to watch over the coming months so it should only be a matter of time before we hear from them inside the top forty.

Arctic Monkeys are currently in the midst of a UK tour and release their new single ‘Suck It And See’ this week. The band have notched up eight top forty hits including ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ and ‘When The Sun Goes Down’ which both topped the charts. Their last single ‘The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala’ only reached no.167 though any chance it had of charting was diminished when most of the stock was destroyed in the London riots. Each of their four albums have topped the charts with their first outing ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’ becoming the fastest selling debut album of all time with sales of 364k in its first week. This single is also available on 7″ vinyl with ‘Evil Twin’ featuring as the bonus track on the flip side. Even the inclusion of a physical release seems unlikely to propel this into the top forty and is likely to be bought by collectors only.

Last years X Factor bunch seem to be doing very well for themselves with Matt Cardle, One Direction and Cher Lloyd all notching up no.1 hits. Cher will be hoping to be the first of those acts to make it two out of two with her new single ‘With Ur Love’ which also features the talents of Mike Posner. Her debut album ‘Last One Standing’ is due for release next week and the sales of that going into the key Christmas period may help to determine how successful her career will be. Her initial audition and many of her subsequent performances on X Factor showed her to have real talent and so I was a bit disappointed with ‘Swagger Jagger’ which was firmly aimed at a school age market rather than a more mainstream r’n’b / rap audience. This shows a step in the right direction and gives me some hope regarding the album – I want to buy it but just need to be a bit more convinced!

It’s been nine years since the last Toploader album ‘Magic Hotel’ which reached no.3. That was the follow up to the triple platinum selling ‘Onka’s Big Moka’ which kick started their career in 2000. They have enjoyed six top twenty appearances on the singles chart including two separate runs for ‘Dancing In The Moonlight’, a cover of the King Harvest song. The track has also featured in the films Four Lions and A Walk To Remember. However their new album ‘Only Human’ has failed to make the chart so far as have the two singles ‘Never Stop Wondering’ and ‘A Balance To All Things’. They have just completed their Only Human tour with a gig in Wrexham, the last of eleven gigs played during October. Sadly I can’t see this being a hit and it seems they are struggling after such a long time out of the public eye though perhaps their tour may help to give them some publicity.

‘How It Ended’ is the new single by The Drums, an Indie band from Brooklyn, New York who have so far struggled to transform the hype into sales. Their self titled debut album made no.16 and was certified Silver. This year saw the release of ‘Portomento’ but it has so far yet to make the top forty, instead stalling at no.44. The lead single from the album was ‘Money’ and that was released back in August. The album received mixed reviews with The Guardian and The Independent scoring it 2/5 while NME gave a more generous 7/10. Across their career so far only their ‘Let’s Go Surfing / Don’t Be A Jerk Johnny’ has made the top 75, peaking at no.63 on its second release having made no.107 as their debut single. With that history its hard to see what will be different about this particular single and as such I don’t think it will do enough to become their first top forty hit.

‘Cemetery’ is the third solo single release from Charlie Simpson. His first ‘Down Down Down’ peaked at no.65 while the follow up ‘Parachutes’ did much better reaching no.44. His album ‘Young Pilgrim’ reached no.6 showing that he has left the ghosts of former bands FightStar and Busted well and truly behind him. Fightstar enjoyed three top thirty albums and three top thirty singles in their short career while Busted saw each of their eight singles reach the top three with four of those getting to the top spot. It was a brave move to leave those bands behind but his recent album has shown that Simpson really doesn’t need anyone else to help him make good music. Fans will already have the album so I’m not sure if this will chart for him but regardless I think that he will reflect on the fact that 2011 has been a very good year for him.

Despite strong rumours that she was to appear on this weeks UK X Factor as a replacement for Kelly Rowland she didn’t feature as a guest judge. She did however perform on the results show and that might have served to be good publicity for her new single ‘Try With Me’ which is the fourth single to be lifted from her album ‘Killer Love’. It has some tough acts to follow as the previous three all made the top three with ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath’ topping the charts. It’s a far cry from the failed start to her solo career which saw debut album ‘Her Name Is Nicole’ scrapped and her first single ‘Baby Love’ reach just no.14. As a guest performer she has also featured on top ten hits by Diddy and Enrique Iglesias while her biggest hits came as part of Pussycat Dolls. I think this latest release may struggle though as it has had a slow start.

We’ve already seen the Michael Buble Christmas album make the chart along with ‘Mistletoe’ by Justin Bieber, and yet it is still the month of October as I write this. Jack Johnson is the latest artist to release a festive tune while we’re still in the midst of Halloween and Bonfire Night celebrations. His’ In The Morning’ single is taken from the compilation album ‘This Warm December : A Brushfire Holiday Vol 2’ which also features contributions by Jack’s label mates Matt Costa, Rogue Love, Paula Fuga and Neil Halstead. To date he has released five studio albums with each of the last three topping the UK charts. Despite that success he has only achieved two top forty singles with ‘Better Together’ performing the best, reaching no.24 in 2006. I suspect fewer people will buy the album and so this could edge up the charts as we narrow in on Christmas day itself.

Also released this week are ‘Coming Back’ by Bluey Robinson, ‘Too Insistent’ by The Do, ‘Space Dust’ by Gruff Rhys, ‘First Note Is Silent’ by High Contrast featuring Tiesto & Underworld, ‘The Blues Remain’ by Juan Zelada, ‘Breathless’ by The Kixx, ‘Little Man’ by Little Dragon, ‘Danza Kudoro (Throw Your Hands Up)’ by Lucenzo & Qwote featuring Pitbull & Don Omar, ‘Tear It All Down’ by Mz Bratt, ‘The Struggle’ by Scroobius Pip, ‘Night Time (EP)’ by Tracy Thorn and ‘Slackerpop’ by The Xcerts.

I think Cher Lloyd will be the weeks highest new entry but my money is on Professor Green featuring Emeli Sande to hold on at the top. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include JLS, The Kooks, Melanie C and Tinchy Stryder. Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

31 October, 2011 - Posted by | ChartChat

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