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Chart Chat Edition 629 – W/C 11.12.11

Chart Chat Edition 629 – Week Commencing Sunday 11th December 2011

There were four new entries, five re-entries, eight songs gong up, twenty three songs going down but no non movers on this weeks chart.  On a low sales week Olly Murs topped the chart with ‘Dance With Me Tonight’.  He needed just 46k to achieve pole position so with Little Mix out this week it seems unlikely he will spend a second week at the top.  His success meant that last weeks chart topper ‘Wishing On A Star’ by the X Factor Finalists dropped to no.2 while Lloyd featuring Andre 3000 and Lil Wayne scored the highest new entry of the week at no.3 with ‘Dedication To My Ex’.

Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris fell one to no.4 with ‘We Found Love’ and Flo Rida went down one to no.5 with ‘Good Feeling’. T Pain featuring Wiz Khalifa & Lily Allen went straight in at no.6 with ‘5 O’Clock’. Coldplay climbed five to no.7 with ‘Paradise’ and could go higher still following the singles performance on the X Factor final while Avcii dropped three to no.8 with ‘Levels’. Jessie J went down one to no.9 with ‘Who You Are’ and Ed Sheeran rounded off the top ten with ‘Lego House’ going down three to no.10.

Two festive climbers and one new entry were to be found in what remained of the top twenty. Mariah Carey climbed fifteen to no.12 with ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ while The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl went up eight to no.15 with ‘Fairytale Of New York’.  The new entry came at no.19 and went to Sway featuring Kano with ‘Still Speedin”.

There were five re-entries, one new entry and four climbers in the lower half of the chart. Beyonce went up six to no.22 with ‘Love On Top’ and Justin Bieber re-entered at no.23 with ‘Mistletoe’. Rebecca Ferguson climbed six to no.24 with ‘Nothing’s Real But Love’ and Katy Perry went up one to no.25 with ‘The One That Got Away’.  Wham! re-entered at no.26 with ‘Last Christmas’ and Wizzard re-entered at no.28 with ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’. Amy Winehouse was a new entry at no.29 with ‘Our Day Will Come’ and Example climbed six to no.30 with ‘Midnight Run’. The festive songs kept coming with Slade re-entering at no.33 with ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ and Band Aid re-entered at no.34 with ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’.

Each year we like to keep a track on how the Christmas singles are doing and this week saw fourteen of them in the top 75. Shakin’ Stevens climbed thirty to no.42 with ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ and Chris Rea re-entered at no.59 with ‘Driving Home For Christmas’.  Brenda Lee re-entered at no.62 with ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’ and Elton John was back at no.64 with ‘Step Into Christmas’. Coldplay found themselves at no.66 with last years release ‘Christmas Lights’ while Dean Martin entered at no.70 with ‘Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!’, the first time the song has been a hit. Paul McCartney re-entered at no.72 with ‘Wonderful Christmastime’ and Michael Buble advanced to no.86 with ‘It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas’. Bing Crosby was a re-entry at no.92 with ‘White Christmas’ and John & Yoko & The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir were at no.96 with ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’. Michael Buble featured again at no.99 with ‘Have Yourself A Merry Christmas’ and finally Kylie Minogue’s ‘Santa Baby’ re-entered at no.100.

Now the result of the X Factor final is in we can look at Little Mix and their version of ‘Cannonball’.  The track was originally a hit for Damien Rice in 2003 when it reached no.32 though it returned a year later, making no.19 in a remixed form. It was then a top ten re-entry earlier this year when it was performed in the audition stage by John Adams.  Viewing figures have been down this year, and so while I have no doubt this will take only a few hours sales to guarantee the top spot I’m not sure that it will hang on until Christmas week when the Military Wives Choir seems certain to steal in.  Little Mix’s cover of En Vogue’s ‘Don’t Let Go (Love)’ shows much more of the sound they should be aiming at as for me this just sounds out of place.  It’s a fine song but now may be remembered for the wrong reasons.  I don’t share the optimism that these girls will be the new Spice Girls but time will tell.

Critically acclaimed Country group Lady Antebellum have grown steadily into one of the biggest bands in the world. Both of their last two albums have topped the US charts with the most recent ‘Own The Night’ also making no.4 in the UK. So far they have only enjoyed one top forty hit which came with ‘Need You Now’ in 2009.  The track topped the US charts and achieved an impressive five times platinum status but it only peaked at no.21 in the UK. The first single from the album was ‘Just A Kiss’ which made no.7 in the US but failed to get past no.78 in the UK.  Now comes the second single ‘We Owned The Night’ which was written by Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley of the band along with Dallas Davidson. Although the track does have a pop crossover feel to it I’m not sure that it will make it big in the mainstream charts next weekend. 

It’s been a good year for Indie band The Vaccines with their debut album ‘What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?’ reaching no.4 in the charts and last month saw them support the Arctic Monkeys on their UK tour. They have only managed one top forty hit so farwhich was with their second single ‘Post Break-Up Sex’ (#32) but that hasn’t stopped them releasing a steady stream of singles across this year.  This week sees them release ‘Wetsuit’ as the sixth single from the album and it features as a double a side with the Albert Hammond Jr produced track ‘Tiger Blood’. It is available as a 7″ single as well as a digitial download. The latter track does not feature on the album but has become a favourite at their recent live shows.  That might serve to give the single a bit of promotion but I still think that it will struggle to reach even the lower end of the top forty. 

Mick Hucknall has been touring with The Faces since the end of Simply Red last year but is about to release ‘Happy This Christmas’ as his new solo single. His only previous solo outing came with the album ‘Tribute To Bobby’ which peaked at no.18 but contained no hit singles. As the frontman of Simply Red he notched up thirty two top forty singles including their only no.1 ‘Fairground’ which topped the charts in 1995. Their biggest success however came with the 1991 studio album ‘Stars’ which is just 1,100 copies away from being in the top ten best sellers of all time.  It’s total sales of 3.401m are narrowly behind Madonna’s compliation ‘The Immaculate Collection’ and came despite none of the singles reaching the top five.  Mick really has a fantastic voice and hasn’t always been given the credit he richly deserves.  It would be great to see this become a hit next weekend.

Anything goes at Christmas time and this week sees the reissue of The Wombles classic ‘Wombling Merry Christmas’. Their original chart career saw them score eight top forty hits with this single reaching no.2 back in 1974.  ‘Remember You’re A Womble’ and ‘Wombling Free’ both enjoying a second chart run in 1998, making no.13 and no.27 respectively. They also teamed up with Roy Wood in 2000 for ‘I Wish It Could Be A Wombling Christmas’ which saw a medley of their own classic mixed with Roy Wood’s ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’. They reunited to perform at Glastonbury earlier this year despite Michael Eavis describing their booking as a joke and are about to be introduced to a whole new crowd via their new compiliation ‘The W Factor’.  Bookies give this an outside chance of topping the charts this year but personally I’m not so sure.

Foo Fighters release their new single ‘These Days’ this week.  It’s another track lifted from their ‘Wasting Light’ album which topped the charts earlier this year. Of their previous releases from the album only ‘Rope’ (#22) reached the top forty, with ‘Arlandia’ and ‘Walk’ both falling short. This track has topped the Canadian alternative charts and made no.9 in the US rock chart. Butch Vig produced the track and Dave Grohl wrote it, claiming it is his favourite song that he has ever written.  They have notched up twenty one top forty hits across their career with three of those going on to reach the top five. ‘Best Of You’ remains their highest charting single, peaking at no.4 back in 2005. With so many fans owning the album its hard to see this charting well, especially considering that it is now the fourth single release.  As such I don’t expect to see it inside the top forty next weekend.

It has already been quite a year for the rapper Wretch 32.  His single ‘Traktor’ featured L and kicked things off, reaching no.5 before his Example colloboration ‘Unorthodox’ peaked at no.2. The best was still yet to come as ‘Don’t Go’ topped the charts over the Summer and his album ‘Black & White’ reached no.4.  Now comes the release of ‘Forgiveness’, the fourth single from the album and one which sees him team up with Etta James.  The track comes with a variety of new mixes including the Manhattan Clique Remix, the S.P.Y. Remix, the Todd Edwards Remix, the Hatcha & Lost Remix and the Stinkahbell (Day) Remix. The track has been edited for single release to remove the first minute which usually features Labrinth singing his version of the chorus.  This should do well but at this time of year will always run the risk of being caught up in the festive rush of single releases.

‘Best Friends’ is the first single release by the childrens television character Rastamouse & Da Easy Crew. Rastamouse is voiced by Radio 1 DJ Reggie Yates and has come under criticism in some quarters for the characters use of Jamaican slang with some even suggesting the show has racist overtones. This would appear to be taking things all a little too seriously as the show is aimed at the under six age group! He performed in the Kidz field at this years Glastonbury Festival which also saw a performance by The Wombles. Other childrens characters have made the transition into pop stars including Bob The Builder who himself notched up a Christmas no.1 single with ‘Can We Fix It’. This single is either likely to take off and become a major hit or it will fall short and end up in obscurity. My suspicion is that the latter scenario is most likely to be the one that becomes true.

Britney Spears releases her new single ‘Criminal’ this week, a track chosen for single release by an online poll of her fans.  It follows on from her recently successful UK tour and is the fourth single to be taken from her current ‘Femme Fatale’ album. She has enjoyed twenty seven top forty hits in the UK with five of those making the top spot. Her last single ‘I Wanna Go’ was not released on a physical format and failed to reach the top forty and I suspect the same fate will await this release.  It comes with a video directed by Chris Marrs Piliero which caused controversy when it was shot on the streets of Stoke Newington in London. It was accused of glamorising gun crime by portraying Spears with a replica gun.  Despite that the video has received largely positive reviews and has enjoyed a high rotation on the music video channels.

Former Black Box Recorder singer Sarah Nixey returns this week with a one off festive single entitled ‘Nixey’s Merry Christmas’. It’s the first new material to be released following her critically acclaimed album ‘Brave Tin Soldiers’. She captures the essence of Christmas present with the lyric “you could save your cash for what the future might bring / but the children want a laptop and diamond ring” although any cynicism in the lyrics is balanced by the line “raise a glass to absent friends and family”, an acknowledgement that this should a sentimental time of year. The band have never officially split up though Nixey cannot see any likelyhood of new material soon.  This is a fine effort for now though, and one which should take its place amongst the great Christmas tunes over recent years.  Despite its quality the pessimist in me isn’t sure that it will grace the top forty though.

Also released this week are ‘Anyway’ by Cee-lo Green, ‘Imperial Goddress Of Mercy (EP)’ by Fixers, ‘The Shrine / An Argument’ by Fleet Foxes, ‘Superbad’ by Flux Pavillion & Doctor P, ‘Wessex Boy’ by Frank Turner, ‘Blue Cassette’ by Friendly Fires, ‘December Song (I Dreamed Of Christmas)’ by George Michael, ‘Galaxy’ by Jessica Mauboy featuring Stan Walker, ‘It’s Skiffle Time’ by Jive Aces Skiffle Combo, ‘Can’t Slow Down / Black Is The Colour’ by Katherine Jenkins, ‘Get A New One’ by Kosheen, ‘Hurt (EP)’ by Leona Lewis, ‘Hi-a Ma Pata Pata’ by Milk & Sugar featuring Miriam Makeba & Jungle Brothers, ‘The Right Thing’ by Moby featuring Inyang Bassey, ‘Moshi Twistmas’ by Moshi Monsters Jingle Crew, ‘No Way’ by Naked & The Famous, ‘Unknown Face At Father James Park’ by The Phenomenal Handclap Band, ‘I Wanna Roo You’ by Rumer, ‘Chains Of Love’ by Ryan Adams, ‘Sweet Christmas’ by Shonen Knife, ‘Just Like Tiger Woods’ by Steel Panther, ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’ by Willy Moon and ‘Jackie Is It My Birthday’ by Wolfmen featuring Sinead O’Connor.

Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Baxter Drury, The Japanese Popstars, Lil Wayne featuring Bruno Mars and the cast of The Only Way Is Essex. Until then have yourself a good week. 

Ian Anderson


14 December, 2011 - Posted by | ChartChat

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