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Chart Chat Edition 626 – W/C 20.11.11

Chart Chat Edition 626 – Week Commencing Sunday 20th November 2011

 There were twelve new entries, two re-entries, seven climbers, seventeen songs going down and two non movers.  With over half the chart moving in the right direction it made for an interesting week! Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris continued its domination at the top of the charts with a further week at the top while Flo Rida put in the closest challenge with ‘Good Feeling’ going straight in at no.2.

All of that meant that One Direction could only limp to no.3 with their new single ‘Gotta Be You’ which has to be considered a disappointing performance given its exposure on radio and TV over the past week.  Labrinth featuring Tinie Tempah fell one to no.4 with ‘Earthquake’ and Ed Sheeran was a non mover at no.5 with ‘Lego House’. David Guetta featuring Usher climbed one to no.6 with ‘Without You’ and Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera went back up two to no.7 with ‘Moves Like Jagger’. JLS fell six places to no.8 with ‘Take A Chance On Me’ and Professor Green featuring Emeli Sande went down five places to no.9 with ‘Read All About It’. The top ten was concluded by Christina Perri who went back up seven to no.10 with ‘Jar Of Hearts’.

Three new entries and one climber were to be found in what remained of the top twenty. Drake featuring Rihanna went straight in at no.12 with ‘Take Care’ and Coldplay went back up seven to no.13 with ‘Paradise’. It was a disappointing week for The Saturdays who could only muster no.15 with their new single ‘My Heart Takes Over’ while Lady Gaga went straight in at no.18 with ‘Marry The Night’.

There were seven new entries, two re-entries and three climbers in the lower half of the chart. ‘Teardrop’ by The Collective went straight in at no.24 and One Direction went back up two places to no.25 with ‘What Makes You Beautiful’. Ed Sheeran climbed back up two places to no.26 with ‘The A-Team’ and Jessie J scored a new entry at no.29 with ‘Who You Are’. Despite the publicity surrounding their split Westlife could only get their new single ‘Lighthouse’ to enter at no.32 while Lady Gaga climbed three to no.34 with ‘Edge Of Glory’.  The Glee Cast went straight in at no.35 with ‘Rumour Has It / Someone Like You’ while Slow Moving Millie saw her cover of The Smiths ‘Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want’ enter at no.36. Katy Perry re-entered at no.37 with ‘The One That Got Away’ while Elbow re-entered at no.38 with ‘One Day Like This’.  Christina Perri went straight in at no.39 with ‘A Thousand Years’ and Snow Patrol concluded proceedings going straight in at no.40 with ‘This Isn’t Everything You Are’.

Latin and pop music superstar Enrique Iglesias returns this week with a little help from Pitbull and The Wavs on his new single ‘I Like How It Feels’. The track is taken from ‘Euphoria Reloaded’ with the original version of the album already yielding three top ten singles including his previous collaboration with the Cuban rapper on ‘I Like It’. Enrique directed the accompanying video himself and it features guest appearances from several celebrities including Nicole Scherzinger, Eva Longoria and Serena Williams. He has had fifteen top forty hits with his biggest coming back in 2001 when ‘Hero’ made the top spot. That single came from his biggest album ‘Escape’ which topped the charts and sold over 11m copies worldwide. This has already charted in other regions around the world and could add another top ten hit to his growing tally in the UK.

Long standing pop duo Erasure return with their brand new single ‘Be With You’ this week. They released ‘Tomorrow’s World’ earlier this year, their fourteenth studio album of their long running twenty six year career.  It peaked at no.29 and became their fourth consecutive album to miss out on the top twenty. It’s a world away from their peak which saw them notch up four consecutive no.1 albums between 1988 and 1994. The first single from the album ‘When I Start To (Break It All Down)’ only got as far as no.172 and failed to become their first top forty hit since ‘Sunday Girl’ in 1997. That was their last of thirty two top forty hits which included fifteen top ten hits and their chart topping ‘Abbaesque’ EP.  Despite the release of this on a physical CD format I still think it will end up dropping short of securing them a return to the top forty.

Olly Murs may be carving out a career on TV through his work with Caroline Flack on The Xtra Factor but he is also keen to keep his pop music career on track.  He was originally the runner up to Joe McElderry on Series 6 of the X Factor but has managed to maintain a lucrative career since signing to the Syco label. Earlier this year his Rizzle Kicks collaboration ‘Heart Skips A Beat’ became his second number one and he is about to release his second album ‘In Case You Didn’t Know’. New single ‘Dance With Me Tonight’ is the second track to be taken from that album and if successful it will become his fifth top forty hit. Only ‘Busy’, the fourth single from his debut album, failed to chart and peaked at no.45. His charisma and charm have combined with some radio friendly pop tunes and I can see this doing well for him next Sunday afternoon.

It’s one thing winning a television talent competition but it can be quite another thing creating a lasting music career after the show has finished.  While Gareth Gates is in Panto in Milton Keynes Will Young, his rival from the first series of Pop Idol back in 2001, is releasing another single. Earlier this year ‘Jealousy’ became his thirteenth top forty hit to date, peaking at no.5. His impressive career has already seen four no.1 singles, and three no.1 albums. His debut single ‘Anything Is Possible / Evergreen’ is one of the biggest selling singles of all time, notching up 403k sales in its first day alone and 1.7m in total. Ironically that track was knocked off the top spot after three weeks by Gates’ debut single ‘Unchained Melody’. I suspect that his new single ‘Game On’ won’t quite manage to match that but it should still become a top forty hit for him.

This week ‘International Lover’ sees Cuban rapper Pitbull team up with r’n’b superstar Chris Brown. It’s the fourth single to be lifted so far from his current ‘Planet Pit’ album which peaked at no.11 earlier this year and also features his no.1 hit ‘Give Me Everything’. Over recent months he has become almost as well known for his collaborations, featuring on top ten hits by Alexandra Burke, Usher, Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez. In his own right he has notched up six top forty hits since he first appeared on the UK chart back in 2009 with the track ‘I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)’. He had been around much longer than that though, notching up his first US top forty hit ‘Culo’ as long ago as 2004. This latest single release should do very well for him and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it was to go on and make the top ten next weekend.

There has been no shortage of singles from former X Factor contestants over recent weeks and now it is the turn of last years runner up Rebecca Ferguson to take centre stage.  From last years show Matt Cardle, Cher Lloyd and One Direction have all topped the singles chart so the standard has already been set for her to attain. Her first single is entitled ‘Nothing’s Real But Love’ and it is taken from her debut album ‘Heaven’ which hits the shops next week.  She has also secured an income stream from featuring in the TV adverts for the Walkers crisps range Sunbites. Few can doubt the quality of Rebecca’s voice but for me she sometimes lacked the personality required to become a truly worldwide star.  That said this single is a promising start though she may come off second best in comparison to previous X Factor females Alexandra Burke and Leona Lewis.
It has been over twenty years now since Paul Weller’s first solo single release ‘Into Tomorrow’.  That became the first of thirty one top forty singles with his biggest hit being 1996’s ‘Peacock Suit’ which peaked at no.5. All ten studio albums have reached top ten with three (‘Stanley Road’, ‘Illumination’ and ’22 Dreams’) going on to reach no.1. His last single was ‘Starlite’ which received a limited edition 12″ vinyl run but failed to make the top 100.  Both that, and his new single ‘Around The Lake’, are set to feature on his new studio album which is set for release in 2012. Paul and his wife Hannah have recently confirmed that they are expecting twins so that might mean we have to wait a longer to see him back on stage. This should keep fans going for a little while now and its quite amazing to think that he has been releasing such great songs for almost thirty five years now.
For me ‘Christmas Time’ by Bryan Adams is one of the best festive singles although it only peaked at no.55 when it was released in the UK.  He might have more luck this time around with his new festive offering ‘Merry Christmas’ although you would have to go back to 2004 to find his last top forty appearance with ‘Flying’.  He will probably be best remembered for his 1991 hit ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’ which famously spent sixteen weeks at the top of the charts. He has notched up twenty seven top forty hits across his career which started in 1979 although his first UK hit ‘Run To You’ was released in 1987. His most recent album was last years live release ‘Bare Bones’ with his last studio album ’11’ coming out over three years ago. It still feels a bit early for Christmas songs though there are more and more signs on a daily basis that the season of goodwill is upon us.
Although I personally find her somewhat annoying, Kelly Rowland will be hoping that her slot as a judge on the current series of X Factor will serve to promote her music career.  Despite featuring the hit single ‘Commander’ along with her Alex Gaudino collaboration ‘What A Feeling’ and her guest appearance on David Guetta’s no.1 hit ‘Love Takes Over’ her current album ‘Here I Am’ has failed to make any inroads into the top 100. Her new single ‘Down For Whatever’ is released this week and she has been performing the track on TV shows over the past few days. I think that this may well become a hit for her, and if so it will provide her with an eleventh top forty hit as a solo artist although she has also guested on hits by Tinie Tempah and Trina.  If this becomes a big hit then it may well serve to promote the album in the all important sales month of December.
Also released this week are ‘Levels’ by Avcii, ‘Flashing Lights’ by Chase & Status & Sub Focus featuring Takura, ‘Don’t Wait’ by The Duke Spirit, ‘Re-Wired’ by Kasabian, ‘The Future’s Not What It Used To Be’ by The King Blues, ’25/8′ by Mary J.Blige, ‘Dumbo’ by Peggy Sue, ‘Wishing On A Star’ by Seal and ‘The Lady Is A Tramp’ by Tony Bennett featuring Lady Gaga.Given her appearance on this weeks factor I expect Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris to notch up another week at the top next Sunday. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Christina Perri, Duran Duran, Jay-Z & Kanye West featuring Mr Hudson and Rebecca Ferguson.  Until then have yourself a good week.Ian Anderson

20 November, 2011 - Posted by | ChartChat

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