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Chart Chat Edition 624 – W/C 06.11.11

Chart Chat Edition 624 – Week Commencing Sunday 6th November 2011

Firstly some good news – Chart Chat is twelve years old!  Twelve years of fifty two weeks worth of blogs all adds up to 624 editions.  I’ve loved writing it and hope a few of you enjoy reading it too.

There were four new entries, two re-entries, twenty four songs going down, seven songs going up and three non movers on this weeks chart.  There was no change at the top as Professor Green featuring Emeli Sande held on with ‘Read All About It’ while Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris went back up one to no.2 with ‘We Found Love’.

Labrinth featuring Tinie Tempah fell one to three with ‘Earthquake’ and Cher Lloyd featuring Mike Posner went straight in at no.4 with ‘With Ur Love’. Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera were a non mover at no.5 with ‘Moves Like Jagger’ while Ed Sheeran climbed six to no.6 with ‘Lego House’. LMFAO were the remaining non mover at no.7 with ‘Sexy And I Know It’ and Charlene Soraia fell two to no.8 with ‘Wherever You Will Go’. Kelly Clarkson went down five to no.9 with ‘Mr Know It All’ and David Guetta featuring Usher rounded off the top ten climbing three to no.10 with ‘Without You’.

There was still one new entry and two climbers in the remainder of the top twenty.  Lana Del Ray went back up three places to no.12 with ‘Video Games’ and Lucenzo & Qwote featuring Pitbull & Don Omar went straight in at no.13 with ‘Danza Kudora (Throw Your Hands Up)’.  The other new entry was Nicole Scherzinger who entered at no.18 with ‘Try With Me’.

There was one new entries, two re entries and three climbers in the lower half of the chart. Adele went back up fifteen to no.21 with ‘Set Fire To The Rain’ and Florence & The Machine re-entered at no.26 with ‘Shake It Out’. The Calling went back up a place to no.28 with ‘Wherever You Will Go’ and Birdy went straight in at no.33 with ‘People Help The People’. Beyonce climbed four to no.35 with ‘Countdown’ and Katy Perry featuring Kanye West concluded the chart re-entering at no.40.

JLS have had a stunning start to their career winning four MOBOs and two BRIT awards. So far five of their seven singles have made the top spot including their last single ‘She Makes Me Wanna’. They are on the verge of releasing a third album ‘Jukebox’ and from that comes their new single ‘Take A Chance On Me’. It was written by the band with Chris Braide and the download version includes new remixes from the Wideboys and Soul Seekerz. Their success exceeds that achieved by Alexandra Burke, the eventual winner of the X Factor series where they were runners up.  She has seen three of her five singles reach the top spot.  She is working with the band on a new fashion range called 2KX so there is clearly no animosity between the two!  The band have performed this on the X Factor show last weekend and should secure themselves another no.1.

Full credit goes to Melanie C for not giving up on her music career despite facing an industry which seems increasingly less inclined to give her airplay or column inches. While new album ‘The Sea’ improved on its predecessor ‘This Time’ it still has not made the top forty, peaking instead at no.45. Her last single ‘Think About It’ only got to no.95 and her last of her ten top forty hits came back in 2007 with her cover of ‘I Want Candy’. She has achieved two no.1’s in her career with ‘Never Be The Same Again’ and ‘I Turn To You’ which both featured on her debut album ‘Northern Star’. This week sees her release her new single ‘Weak’ a track written by Melanie along with Norwegian songwriter Ina Wrolsden and Jez Ashurt. Sadly based on the way that the singles chart has gone recently I can’t see this reaching the top forty.

Critically acclaimed twenty one year old Hackney born rapper Maverick Sabre will be hoping to capitalise on the success of his last hit ‘Let Me Go’ with the release of his new single ‘I Need’.  Both tracks feature on the forthcoming album ‘Lonely And The Brave’ which is set for release in January next year. He appeared on Professor Green’s hit single ‘Jungle’ earlier this year and also released his EP ‘The Lost Words’. He first appeared back in 2008 when he appeared on the ‘Sense And Terror’ album by rappers Terawrizt and Nu-Centz. He has slowly seen his fan base grow through an appearance on the TV show ‘Later…With Jools Holland’ and by supporting The Script on their arena tour. He looks destined for big things in 2012 and this should become another hit for him.  Watch out for this appearing somewhere inside the top twenty next Sunday afternoon.

Former Indie favourites The Kooks are back this week with their new single ‘Junk Of The Heart (Happy)’. It’s the title track on their third studio album which peaked at no.10 earlier this year, though thats a far cry the chart topping success of its predecessor ‘Konk’. They have notched up eight top forty hits across their career with their biggest being ‘Always Where I Need To Be’ which peaked at no.3 back in 2008.  They have just completed a series of live concerts in Germany and are about to head off to the States for some further gigs before the end of the year. The single also features a cover of Foster The People’s track ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ alongside acoustic versions of ‘Eskimo Kiss’ and ‘Runaway’. The single did become their biggest hit to date on the US alternative chart but I’m not sure that it will reintroduce them to the UK charts.

Ghanaian / British rapper Tinchy Stryder is back this week and is aiming firmly for the chart summit with the release of his brand new single ‘Off The Record’. He has had a very up and down chart record with his second studio album ‘Catch 22’ reaching no.2 while the follow up ‘Third Strike’ peaked at just no.48 despite it featuring three top thirty hits.  He returned to form earlier this year with a little help from Dappy on ‘Spaceship’ which peaked at no.5 and this new single sees him team up with Calvin Harris who is fresh from helping Rihanna to the top spot. If successful it will become his ninth top forty hit, a tally which excludes his appearances with Jodie Connor and Young Soul Rebels on their singles ‘Bring It’ and ‘I Got Soul’.  I think this will do well for him and hopefully that will pave the way for him to have a more successful fourth album.

Although he first came to the music industries attention when he featured on Chipmunk’s ‘Beast’ single in 2008 it wasn’t until last year that British rapper Loick Essien released his debut solo single ‘Love Drunk’.  It featured a contribution from Bashy but failed to progress past no.56 in the chart. The follow up was ‘Stuttering’ which featured N-Dubz and became his first to make the top forty, peaking at no.36. ‘How We Roll’ really broke him into the mainstream, featuring Tanya Lacey and entering at no.2 on its release earlier this year.  All three tracks will feature on his debut album ‘Identity’ which is set for release in March next year, as will his new single ‘Me Without You’ which is available from this week. Although it will do very well to match the success achieved by its predecessor it should see him gain another top ten entry next weekend.

Pixie Lott returns this week with a little help from Pusha T on her new single ‘What Do You Take Me For’. Her debut album ‘Turn It Up’ yielded five top twenty singles including ‘Mama Do (Uh Oh Uh Oh)’ and ‘Boys And Girls’ which both topped the chart. A sixth hit ‘Broken Arrow’ was taken from the repackaged version of the album ‘Turn It Up Louder’ which was certified as double platinum. She was nominated for three BRIT awards last year but failed to win any of the categories she featured in. All pretty impressive when you consider that she is just twenty years old!  This is the second single to be taken from her new album ‘Young Foolish Happy’ with the first ‘All About Tonight’ giving her a third no.1. She also has a lucrative career in modelling and has recently branched out into acting. I expect this to be a sizeable hit for her but I don’t quite expect it to reach the top spot.

American r’n’b star Bruno Mars has had a fantastic time in the past twelve months. His ‘Doo-Wops & Hooligans’ saw him score three consecutive no.1 hits while he also appeared on B.o.B’s no.1 hit ‘Nothin’ On You’ and Travie McCoy’s top three single ‘Billionaire’. More recently he has been in the top ten featuring on Bad Meets Evil’s hit ‘Lighters’. His new single ‘It Will Rain’ is taken from the soundtrack to the film ‘The Twilight Saga : Breaking Dawn’ and was produced by The Smeezingtons.  It has already managed to make the top thirty in Australia, Germany, New Zealand and the US and it should achieve a similar level of chart success in the UK.  Mars performed the track on last weeks X Factor show and that usually serves to give the song a lift. As such I would expect to see this at the top end of the chart next Sunday afternoon.

While this years X Factor hopefuls are battling it out for a shot at stardom it’s easy to forget previous winner Joe McElderry.  That said he has had a better career than people give him credit for.  He opened his account with the Platinum selling single ‘The Climb’ which topped the charts the week after Christmas after it was famously denied by Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Killing In The Name Of’. His follow up ‘Ambition’s’ made the top ten and his debut album peaked at no.3. He was dropped by Simon Cowell’s Syco label but signed to Decca after winning ‘Popstar To Operastar’.  His ‘Classic’ album made no.2 and he is now about to release his third album ‘Classic Christmas’, and from it comes the new single ‘Last Christmas’. I can’t see this doing too well although I think that the album will be a good move for him and should sell a few copies over the festive period.

Also released this week are ‘No Beef’ by Afrojack & Steve Aoki featuring Miss Palmer, ‘Stay Gold’ by The Big Pink, ‘Panic Of Looking (EP)’ by Brian Eno, ‘Stuck’ by Caro Emerald, ‘Hexagons’ by Esben & The Witch, ‘Grandad’ by Fron Male Voice Choir, ‘Easy Way Out’ Gotye, ‘Lucky I Guess’ by Jon Allen, ‘Look Up To The Sky’ by Lethal Bizzle featuring Jamal Hadaway, ‘Midnight Blues’ by Liz Green, ‘To The Stars’ by Modestep, ‘When We Stand Together’ by Nickelback, ‘If You Really Really Love Me’ by Steel Panther, ‘Ricochet’ by Sub Jams featuring Cozi, ‘Down’ by Summer Camp, ‘Amor Fati’ by Washed Out, ‘Holy Moses’ by Washington, ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’ by Willy Gordon and ‘Shot In The Dark’ by Within Temptation.

I think it will be down to JLS and Pixie Lott featuring Pusha T battling it out at the top but surely JLS have the edge. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Ed Sheeran, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Saturdays and Snow Patrol.  Until then have yourself a good week.
Ian Anderson

6 November, 2011 - Posted by | ChartChat

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