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Chart Chat Edition 625 – W/C 13.11.11

Chart Chat Edition 625 – Week Commencing Sunday 13th November 2011

There were seven new entries, one re-entry, five climbers, twenty six songs going down and one non mover on this weeks chart.  Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris resumed their domination at the top of the charts as ‘We Found Love’ climbed back up a place to no.1 while JLS had to settle for second place with ‘Take A Chance On Me’ which was the weeks highest new entry.

Labrinth featuring Tinie Tempah were a non mover at no.3 with ‘Earthquake’ but Professor Green featuring Emeli Sande fell three to no.4 with ‘Read All About It’.  Ed Sheeran went up one to no.5 with ‘Lego House’ and Cher Lloyd featuring Mike Posner fell two to no.6 with ‘With Ur Love’. David Guetta featuring Usher went up three to no.7 with ‘Without You’ and LMFAO fell one to no.8 with ‘Sexy And I Know It’. Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera fell four to no.9 with ‘Moves Like Jagger’ and Pixie Lott featuring Pusha T rounded off the top ten with ‘What Do You Take Me For’ going straight in at no.10.

Three new entries and one climber were to be found in what remained of the top twenty.  Florence & The Machine climbed fourteen to no.12 with ‘Shake It Out’ and Loick Essien went straight in at no.14 with ‘Me Without You’.  Bruno Mars went straight in at no.16 with ‘It Will Rain’ and Maverick Sabre got the other new enty at no.18 with ‘I Need’.

There were two new entries, one re-entry and one climber in the lower half of the chart.  Tinchy Stryder featuring Calvin Harris & Burns went straight in at no.24 with ‘Off The Record’ and Afrojack & Steve Aoki featuring Alyssa Palma got a new entry at no.25 with ‘No Beef’.  Nicki Minaj went up four to no.35 with ‘Super Bass’ and Lady Gaga completed the picture by re-entering at no.37 with ‘The Edge Of Glory’.

If you’ve never seen the video to ‘Shake Me Down’ (which made #51 last year) by American rock band Cage The Elephant then it is well worth looking it up on YouTube as its one of my favourite videos of all time. The band released their second album ‘Thank You, Happy Birthday’ at the start of this year and now they are back with a new single entitled ‘Aberdeen’ which is the second track to be taken from it.  The first, ‘Around My Head’, only reached no.58 on its release earlier this year. Their only top forty hit to date remains ‘Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked’ which reached no.32 back in 2009.  They remain much more popular in the US where their album reached no.2 and they have seen three tracks hit the top of the Alternative charts.  Sadly success seems to elude them this side of the water and I suspect that this track will prove to be no exception. 

The Saturdays are back and are still in search of that elusive number one hit. That said their record of ten top ten hits from their first eleven releases is not to be sniffed at. All three of their albums have also made the top ten with last outing ‘Headlines’ peaking at no.3. Their new single ‘My Heart Takes Over’ is released this week and it comes accompanied by a video directed by Elisha Smith-Leverock. It comes a week ahead of their fourth studio album ‘On Your Radar’ which looks set to be big in the run up to Christmas. Fans purchasing the CD format from the bands own shop can receive a signed copy which features the bonus track ‘So Stupid’. The download also features the Rokstone Mix and anyone who pre-ordered it will also get the Ambient Mix.  It’s a slower song than some of their previous outings but it may be their best single release so far.

Children In Need is a fantastic charity which does so much good every year, yet the musical singles which have accompanied it as fund raisers have sometimes left something to be desired.  In an attempt to raise the stakes this year a “serious” dance ensemble entitled simply The Collective have siezed the mantle. They consist of rap / r’n’b stars such as Mz Bratt, Tulisa, Tinchy Stryder, Rizzle Kicks and Chipmunk and they are performing a cover of the Massive Attack top ten hit ‘Teardrop’.  It is produced by Labrinth and could prove to be a serious contender for next weeks top spot. The track has already been covered by a variety of artists including Elbow, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Simple Minds. For me the sum of all the parts is not as great as the individual talent and based on previous charity singles this might end up dropping short of a berth at no.1.

Irish boyband Westlife recently announced their intention to split next year following a final tour, and that means their long standing bid to overtake The Beatles record of seventeen no.1s for a group looks set to fall short.  However for any boy band to survive thirteen years in an intensively competitive market and to notch up twenty five top ten hits (including their fourteen no.1s) is a rare feat indeed.  New single ‘Lighthouse’ is taken from their forthcoming Greatest Hits compilation and was written by Gary Barlow and Grammy award winning producer John Shanks who also wrote Take That’s ‘Patience’ together. The single also features the bonus track ‘Poets Heart’ and comes accompanied by a video shot in South Africa. This is almost certain to enter in the top three but will face stiff competition from Gary Barlow’s other project The Collective, One Direction and also The Saturdays. 

‘This Isn’t Everything You Are’ is the new single by Snow Patrol and its the second track to be taken from their current studio album ‘Fallen Empires’ which was released earlier this year. The first was ‘Called Out In The Dark’ which peaked at no.11 earlier this year. That was their twelfth top forty hit and although Spiderman 3 soundtrack contribution ‘Signal Fire’ has been their highest charting single they are probably best known for ‘Run’ (which was famously covered by Leona Lewis) and ‘Chasing Cars’.  The latter has spent 106 weeks on the top 75 which is only 16 short of the record set by Frank Sinatra’s classic ‘My Way’.  It would have been much closer had downloads been allowed to count much earlier than they did. This latest offering will do well for them and is likely to make the top thirty but I can’t see this adding to their tally of top ten appearances.

Last years X Factor’s third placed act One Direction have achieved a phenomenal following considering that they have only had one hit single to date.  ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ made its debut at no.1 selling over 200k copies in its first week of release and breaking the Sony Records preorder record in the process. This week sees the release of ‘Gotta Be You’ as the follow up single while next week sees their album ‘Up All Night’ hit the shops which includes tracks written by Ed Sheeran and Kelly Clarkson amongst others.  The level of sales required to top the charts at this time of year starts to increase so eyes will be on next weekends sales figures regardless of what position this ends up entering the charts. They performed the track on ‘Red Or Black’ back in September and will b touring the UK during December.  I think this will make it two no.1s out of two.

‘Boo Shuffle’ is the new single by The Pipettes.  It is produced by the late Martin Rushent and comes accompanied by a video which sees them trapped in a dance class from the 1960’s! It is being released as a limited edition 7″ featuring a remix of previous single ‘Stop The Music’ on the flip side.  The group now comprises of Gwenno Saunders and her sister Ani, though neither featured in the original line up. Gwenno was however present for the bands only two top forty hits ‘Your Kisses Are Wasted On Me’ (#35) and ‘Pull Shapes’ (#26).  Their last album ‘Earth vs Pipettes’ was released last year but failed to contain any hits singles and nor did it chart itself.  The band once promised so much but have ended up falling short, which is a shame as they are a band I really like.  It would be great if this took off and secured them a top forty return. 

The legendary Rolling Stones enjoyed a surprise return to the no.1 spot last year when their reissue of their classic album ‘Exile On Main Street’ matched the success it had achieved thirty eight years earlier.  Next week sees the band reissue another album ‘Some Girls’, and from it comes the single ‘No Spare Parts’.  Their first hit came in 1963 with ‘Come On’ and they have notched up eight no.1 hits across their career. You would have to go back thirty years to uncover their last top ten hit which was ‘Start Me Up’ back in 1981. Their last top forty hit came with ‘Rain Fall Down’ in 2005, a single taken from their most recent studio album ‘A Bigger Bang’. Based on their singles performance, particularly since the age of the download, I don’t forsee this charting but I think that the repackaged version of the album will end up doing quite well for them.

Slow Moving Millie may not be a name familiar to many but that will surely change over the next few days.  She is better known as Amelia Warner, and she has worked more as an actress than a singer.  She was briefly married to Colin Farrell and her previous single ‘Rewind City’ was used in an advertisement for Orange. Her cover of The Smiths classic ‘Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want’ is featured in the latest John Lewis commercial which itself was given permission by Morrissey himself. The track was never a hit for The Smiths as it was the b side of ‘William, It Was Really Nothing’ but it has been covered by several artists including Dream Academy.  The advert is creating a considerable amount of attention and with constant rotation guaranteed on the television it seems certain to become a big hit over the weeks leading up to Christmas.

Also released this week are ‘But I Cannot Lose You’ by Chris Slanton, ‘Lego House’ by Ed Sheeran, ‘Good Feeling’ by Flo Rida, ‘You Will Be Lonely’ by Hyde & Beast, ‘Pretty Girls’ by Iyaz featuring Travie McCoy, ‘Who Are You’ by Jessie J, ‘Shake’ by Little Boots, ‘Shake Up Christmas’ by Natasha Bedingfield, ‘Storytime’ by Nightwish, ‘Dirty Dancer’ by Oh My!, ‘Chase The Tear’ by Portishead, ‘Monarchy Of Roses’ by Red Hot Chilli Peppers, ‘Anticipate’ by Skream featuring Sam Frank, ‘Someone Loves You’ by Tom Vek, ‘Sick’ by The Twilight Sad, ‘Reach A Bit Further’ by Wild Beasts and ‘Frayed Of The Light / Dark Matar’ by X-Press 2.

It looks set to be a close fought battle between Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris and One Direction but I think the boy band may come off second best.  That wouldn’t be a good sign for them so early in their career, but it depends on how big their sales figures are. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Britney Spears, Kasabian, Olly Murs and Will Young.  Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson


14 November, 2011 - Posted by | ChartChat

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