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Chart Chat Edition 627 – W/C 27.11.11

Chart Chat Edition 627 – Week Commencing Sunday 27th November 2011

 There were six new entries, three re-entries, seven climbers, twenty one songs going down and three non movers on this weeks chart.  Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris continued their domination of the singles chart hanging on at the top for another week with that success meaning that Olly Murs had to settle for the no.2 spot with ‘Dance With Me Tonight’.

 Flo Rida fell one to no.3 with ‘Good Feeling’ and Avicii went straight in at no.4 with ‘Levels’.  Labrinth featuring Tinie Tempah went down one to no.5 with ‘Earthquake’ while Kelly Rowland got a new entry at no.6 with ‘Down For Whatever’.  Ed Sheeran fell two to no.7 with ‘Lego House’ and Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera went down one to no.8 with ‘Moves Like Jagger’. Drake featuring Rihanna went up three to no.9 with ‘Take Care’ while Rebecca Ferguson rounded things off going straight in at no.10 with ‘Nothing’s Real But Love’.

Three climbers were to be found in what remained of the top twenty. Coldplay climbed two to no.11 with ‘Paradise’ while Bruno Mars went up two to no.15 with ‘It Will Rain’. One Direction climbed back up five to no.20 with ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ which masked the fact that the follow up ‘Gotta Be You’ slipped from no.3 to no.16.

There were two new entries, three re-entries and three climbers in the lower half of the chart. En Vogue re-entered at no.23 with ‘Don’t Let Go (Love)’ and Rihanna featuring Jay-Z went straight in at no.25 with ‘Talk That Talk’. Olly Murs featuring Rizzle Kicks re-entered at no.27 with ‘Heart Skips A Beat’ and Katy Perry climbed six to no.31 with ‘The One That Got Away’. Christina Perri went up seven to no.32 with ‘A Thousand Years’ while Slow Moving Millie climbed two to no.34 with ‘Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want’.  Bruno Mars re-entered at no.35 with ‘Marry You’ and Rihanna scored a new entry at no.39 with ‘You Da One’.

This week sees the now traditional release from the X Factor finalists. In 2008 they recorded a version of Mariah Carey’s ‘Hero’ which topped the charts and sold enough to gain double platinum status.  Then in 2009 they updated Michael Jackson’s ‘You Are Not Alone’ in aid of Great Ormond Street and then last year it was back to the Help For Heroes charity when their cover of David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ went to the top of the charts.  This year they are covering the classic ‘Wishing On A Star’ to raise money for ACT & Childrens Hospices in the UK. The track was originally a hit for Rose Royce but has since returned to the top forty via cover versions by Jay-Z and the Cover Girls.  Although the popularity of the show has faded a little this year its hard to see anything stopping this from entering at no.1 next Sunday afternoon.

Indie favourite The Wombats released their second studio album ‘This Modern Glitch’ earlier this year. It has seen two singles reach the top forty (‘Tokyo (Vampires & Werewolves)’ and ‘Jump Into The Fog’) but the last three releases (‘Anti-D’, ‘Techno Fan’ and ‘Perfect Disease’) have dropped short of significant chart action. However that hasn’t deterred them from releasing ‘1996’ as the sixth single from the album. It’s hard to see it reversing the trend of their recent singles though ‘Techno Fan’ has started to move back up the charts following its use in an advertising campaign by low cost airline easyJet. Their first hit ‘Moving To New York’ remains the biggest of their six top forty hits to date, peaking at no.13 back in 2006 while ‘Lets Dance To Joy Division’ is the only other of their singles to make the top twenty, reaching no.15 in 2007. 

 You know that Christmas is just around the corner when Status Quo are on tour and they have a new single aimed for the charts. They are touring with their new concept Quofest in December which sees them taking in arenas around the country supported by Roy Wood and Kim Wilde. Their most recent album ‘Quid Pro Quo’ became their first top ten release since 1996 when their covers album ‘Don’t Stop’ became a surprise smash peaking at no.2. Their last top forty appearance came last year with their update of ‘In The Army Now’ and that reached no.31. New single ‘Better Than That’ is aiming to become the bands first top ten hit since ‘Anniversary Waltz (Part One)’ in 1990. The odds are stacked against it during such a busy time of the year but its good to have them around and releasing new material when other bands might be content to regurgitate their greatest hits.

 The distinctive looking and sounding Scottish singer Emeli Sande is carving out quite a name for herself in the music charts.  Her debut solo single ‘Heaven’ peaked at no.2 while she has also featured on top ten hits by Chipmunk, Wiley and most recently the massive Professor Green hit ‘Read All About It’.  This week sees her team up with Naughty Boy on her new single ‘Daddy’ which is the second single to be lifted from her forthcoming album ‘Our Version Of Events’ which is currently scheduled for release in February next year.  She has already earned a reputation for her songwriting ability and has written tracks for Cher Lloyd, Susan Boyle, Preeya Kalidis, Tinie Tempah, Cheryl Cole and Leona Lewis. She has maturity and talent beyond her years and 2012 looks set to be a great one for her if she can keep up her current run of form. 

Despite his success as the lead singer of Indie favourites Suede, Brett Anderson has never really seen his solo career take off.  Although his first album did reach no.54 (and featured his only minor hit to date, ‘Love Is Dead’ which peaked at no.42) none of the subsequent three releases have managed to break the top 100.  That includes his most recent release ‘Black Rainbows’ which also contained the single ‘Brittle Heart’.  He recently played two live shows, one in London and one in Manchester, in promotion of the album. This week sees the release of ‘Crash About To Happen’ as the second single from the album although it is only getting a digital release.  There remain rumours as to whether Suede will now return to the studio to record some new material but Brett is only keen to do this if he could produce a truly “amazing record” so we may have to wait and see how that one pans out. 

 Sunderland based band Frankie & The Heartstrings release their new single ‘Everybody Looks Better (In The Right Light)’ this week.  The single was produced by Bernard Butler who was formerly in the band Suede and it features a new b side ‘The Way That You Kiss’ which was produced by Ryan Jarman from The Cribs. Although they have yet to enjoy a top forty single their debut album ‘Hunger’ did reach no.32 and the title track was used on a commercial for Domino Pizzas. Their sound has seen comparisons with the likes of Dexys Midnight Runners and Orange Juice. They are currently on an extensive UK tour supporting The Vaccines who in turn have just got back from supporting Arctic Monkeys. At the end of the year they are planning a one off gig in their home town and could well be celebrating a debut top forty hit if this does well for them. 

Lady Gaga seems to be getting into the Christmas spirit with the release of her ‘A Very Gaga Holiday (EP)’.  The lead track is her version of the standard ‘White Christmas’ while the second is an update on the Nat King Cole classic ‘Orange Coloured Sky’.  The other two tracks are live versions of ‘You & I’ and ‘The Edge Of Glory’, and as with the covers they were all recorded as part of her ‘A Very Gaga Thanksgiving’ show.  This year alone she has notched up six top thirty hits all of which were taken from her chart topping album ‘Born This Way’. Most recently she has charted with ‘Marry The Night’ but her biggest hit this year has been ‘Born This Way’.  That made no.3 but did not add to her four no.1 hits which she has achieved across the past three years. I don’t think that this will quite reach the top but these versions show another side to her already versatile musical character.

The Puppini Sisters release their new single ‘Hollywood’ this week. It’s the title track from their new album which is set for release on Boxing Day. It’s their third studio album and follows on from ‘Betcha Bottom Dollar’ and ‘The Rise And Fall Of Ruby Woo’. They have yet to enjoy a top forty hit and I suspect that statistic may remain unchanged following this release. The trio also feature on Michael Buble’s new version of ‘Jingle Bells’ which can be found on his new ‘Christmas’ album. Despite their title they are not in fact sisters, and consist of Marcella Puppini, Stephanie O’Brien and Kate Mullins. Their influences come from wide and far and include Marlene Dietrich, Kate Bush, The Smiths and Tom Waits. The band has starred in an episode of the BBC drama ‘Jonathan Creek’ and has seen its song used in Greys Anatomy and Chuck.

Morning Parade are a five piece band who hail from Harlow in Essex and record at Damon Albarn’s ’13’ studios. They have released five singles so far but none have yet made the top forty. Now signed to EMI Records they are finally due to release a full album entitled ‘Us & Ourselves’ and this week sees the release of the title track as part of an EP. ‘Us & Ourselves’ was released on its own back in October but this weeks EP features the track ‘Youth’ along with a live version of the main track and the St Lucia remix. They are currently in the midst of a UK tour which concludes at The Barfly in Camden.  They then take a short break at the start of 2012 before playing live at Heaven in London. I’m not sure whether this release will do anything to win them new fans but I like what they do and it would be great to see them inside the top forty.

Also released this week are ‘City Grrrl’ by CSS, ‘Girls On Film 2011’ by Duran Duran, ‘Lawrence’ by Girls, ‘Push’ by Lenny Kravitz, ‘Ain’t Nobody Like You’ by Sincere, ‘Memory’ by Steve Smart and ‘Better Was Gone’ by StooShe.
It looks like it could be a close battle this week with the X Factor Finalists, Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris, Flo Rida and Olly Murs all in the mix.  I think Flo Rida might be the surprise winner from that pack with sales of Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris and Olly Murs surely set to fall. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Estelle, Example, Matt Cardle and Plan B.  Until then have yourself a good week.
Ian Anderson

27 November, 2011 - Posted by | ChartChat

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