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Chart Chat Edition 630 – W/C 18.12.11

Chart Chat Edition 630 – Week Commencing Sunday 18th December 2011

So Little Mix triumphed with ‘Cannonball’ as expected despite recording sales significantly down on previous winners. Their sales of 210k do not compare favourably to 2010’s winner Matt Cardle who recorded 439k sales in his first week, nor Joe McElderry who notched up 483k sales without even getting to the top. Coldplay were the other weeks X Factor winners as their performance of ‘Paradise’ pushed it to no.2 in the chart, a rise of five places on a week ago.

Olly Murs fell two places to no.3 with ‘Dance With Me Tonight’ while ‘Dedication To My Ex’ by Lloyd featuring Andre 3000 & Lil Wayne went down one to no.4.  Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris fell one to no.5 with ‘We Found Love’ and Flo Rida went down one to no.6 with ‘Good Feeling’. Avicii climbed one to no.7 with ‘Levels’ and Leona Lewis went straight in at no.8 with her cover of Nine Inch Nails ‘Hurt’. Ed Sheeran went up one to no.9 with ‘Lego House’ and the top ten was rounded off by T-Pain featuring Wiz Khalifa & Lily Allen who fell four places to no.10 with ‘5 O’Clock’.

A further five climbers, one new entry and one re- entry were to be found in the remainder of the top twenty.  Mariah Carey climbed one to no.11 with ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ and The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl went up two to no.13 with ‘Fairytale Of New York’. Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera climbed two no.14 with ‘Moves Like Jagger’ while LMFAO went up one to no.16 with ‘Sexy & I Know It’.  Rizzle Kicks scored a new entry at no.18 with ‘Mama Do The Hump’ and Damien Rice re-entered at no.19 with ‘Cannonball’. The top twenty was concluded by Katy Perry who climbed five to no.20 with ‘The One That Got Away’.

There were two re-entries and two climbers in the lower half of the chart. One Direction went back up eleven places to no.24 with ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ and En Vogue re-entered at no.27 with ‘Don’t Let Go (Love)’. Rihanna re-entered at no.34 with ‘You Da One’ and Slow Moving Millie climbed three to no.36 with ‘Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want’.

‘Mr Saxobeat’ by twenty two year old pop singer Alexandra Stan has been one of the biggest hits so far this year and this week sees the release of ‘Get Back (ASAP)’ as the follow up single. ‘Mr Saxobeat’ topped the charts in her native Romania, Austria, Germany, Italy and Switzerland before peaking at no.3 in the UK. This new single has already made the top ten in Romania, Belgium, Finland and Czech Republic and she will be hoping that she achieves a similar level of success in the UK. The track features on her current album ‘Saxobeats’ which has had little success so far despite making no.25 in Austria and no.29 in Germany.  She is demand too for her looks and recently graced the cover of FHM magazine.  This track sounds like it is bound to go down a storm at Christmas parties and should stick around in the charts for a few weeks to come.

If the bookies are to be believed then Military Wives Choir stand a pretty good chance of being the Christmas no.1 this year with ‘Wherever You Are’. The group was constructed by Gareth Malone for a BBC television series which culminated in the group performing at the Royal Albert Hall. No-one would take away what these women have been through, nor the triumph of them performing to such a high standard in such a prestigious venue.  However I must confess that the song didn’t do as much for me as I expected it to and I’m not sure whether it can shift the kind of volumes needed to get to no.1.  Whether it tops the charts or not it should serve as a timely reminder that those of us who have their loved ones around us this Christmas are indeed very lucky and our thoughts should be with those friends and families of servicemen who are on the frontline, or who are no longer with us.  Although its not my cup of tea I wish them the best of luck with this.

If her publicist is to be believed so many people asked if they could buy Stacey Solomon’s update on Chris Rea’s festive favourite ‘Driving Home For Christmas’ that she just had to release it.  Just how many people actually said that may become clear in the next week when we see just exactly where she enters the chart.  With her Essex accent and infectious giggle there is sometimes a chance that she doesn’t get taken seriously but anyone who heard her version of Queen’s ‘Who Wants To Live Forever’ performed when she was a contestant on X Factor will know that she really can sing.  Her debut album is set for release in February 2012 and so further new material will be due very soon.  For now I think this will give her a debut hit single though I suspect those who are tipping it for the very top of the chart tree may be a little wide of the mark.

The Christmas chart always sees a rush of novelty singles which will either fly or sink without trace.  It’s impossible to say which way the cast of The Only Way Is Essex will go with their version of ‘Last Christmas’ but as individuals they have proved to have huge popularity over the past year.  Amy Childs performed well in this years Celebrity Big Brother while Mark Wright came close to winning this years I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here. The track originally charted for Wham! in 1984 when it was denied the top spot by Band Aid with their classic ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’.  It re-entered a year later making no.6 and also returned to the chart in 2007, 2008 and 2009. This may be the last hurrah for the current cast as it is rumoured that there will be a large number of new characters in the fourth series, and a Christmas no.1 would be a great way for them to bow out.

‘Fighting For Love’ is the new single by Matt Goss who most famously was part of the 1980’s group Bros.  They began as a trio with Craig Logan but eventually slimmed down to being just a duo with his brother Luke Goss. They notched up eight consecutive top ten hits including ‘I Owe You Nothing’ which topped the charts in 1988. Since going it alone he has enjoyed four top forty hits with his biggest being ‘I’m Coming With Ya’ which peaked at no.22 in 2003.  His last top forty appearance came with ‘Fly’ in 2004 though he did release the album ‘Gossy’ in 2009. Despite being part of a “boy band” few can deny his vocal abilities and that is backed up by the fact he is currently playing every Friday and Saturday to sell out crowds at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. He would dearly love to secure a return to the UK chart though picking such a busy week may prove to be his downfall.

Leo Sayer is another singer on the comeback trail this week. His career kicked off way back in 1973 with ‘The Show Must Go On’ which peaked at no.2 and it wasn’t until 1977 that he topped the chart with ‘When I Need You’.  He famously returned to the top spot in 2006 when Meck remixed his classic track ‘Thunder In My Heart’ which had only made no.22 on its original release in 1977.  This week sees him release his new single ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ and it could become his first hit since he became a naturalised Australian citizen in 2009. The track is being released on Cooking Vinyl and tells the tale of a soldier on the frontline in Afghanistan.  All proceeds from the single will be donated to the Help For Heroes charity. He is planning to tour in the UK and Europe again next year and is far from calling time on his long running career.

For me The Wurzels have missed a trick by not releasing their version of The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl’s classic ‘Fairytale Of New York’ and it is probably the best cover of that track recorded to date.  Instead they have gone with a double a side featuring ‘Sleigh Ride / White Christmas’. Their main commercial success came in 1976 when ‘Combine Harvester (Brand New Key)’ topped the charts prior to ‘I Am A Cider Drinkier’ reaching no.3. ‘Farmer Bills Cowman’ added a further top forty hit a year later but since then only the 2001 remix of ‘Combine Harvester’ has returned them to the charts.  However they continue to record and perform around the country.  ‘White Christmas’ originally charted in 1952 for Mantovani but the most famous version is by Bing Crosby who took it into the top five in 1977 and then the top thirty again in 1998.  These boys will do well if they are to replicate that success.

London based singer / songwriter Emmy The Great released her second studio album ‘Virtue’ to critical acclaim earlier this year.  She is dating Ash frontman Tim Wheeler and has recently recorded a festive album with him entitled ‘This Is Christmas’. This week sees the release of ‘Home For The Holidays’ as the first official single from it. Other tracks featured on the album include ‘Christmas Day (I Wish I Was Surfing)’, ‘Don’t Call Me (Mrs Christmas)’ and ‘Jesus The Reindeer’.  Unless this manages to drum up some airplay on the more mainstream stations its hard to see this selling in the kind of volumes required to reach the top forty.  That said it certainly stands up as an alternative Christmas anthem and it may well find some popularity on the likes of London based Indie station XFM.  Both are true talents and it is great to hear them on the same album together.

It does seem curious that amongst all of the novelty records comes ‘Mama Do The Hump’ by the highly rated British rap duo Rizzle Kicks. They scored their first ever top forty hit earlier this year with ‘Down With The Trumpets’ which peaked at no.8 while their debut album ‘Stereo Typical’ reached no.9 following its release at the end of October.  They collaborated with Olly Murs on his no.1 hit ‘Heart Skips A Beat’ and also added another top ten hit of their own with ‘When I Was A Youngster’ (which also made no.8). They also featured on the BBC Children In Need collaboration The Collective who covered the Massive Attack track ‘Teardrop’. The track was produced by Norman Cook and comes accompanied by a video directed by Jordan Stephens. I think this will do well form them but may well have achieved a higher placing had its release been delayed slightly until the new year.

Also released this week are ‘Dirty Mind’ by 3OH!3, ‘Parade’ by Air, ‘Isobel’ by Baxter Drury, ‘Lonely Boy’ by Black Keys, ‘See That Girl’ by Cast, ‘Titanium’ by David Guetta featuring Sia, ‘Love You So’ by Delilah, ‘Imperial Goddess Of Mercy’ by Fixers, ‘Atheist Xmas (EP)’ by Gruff Rhys, ‘Mr Perfect’ by Helen Paparizou, ‘Christmas Medley’ by Il Volo, ‘Happy New Year’ by Jamie Hartman, ‘Shells Of Silver’ by The Japanese Popstars, ‘Be Mine This Christmas’ by Jason Noble, ‘Hey Hey Hey (Pop Another Bottle)’ by Laurent Wery featuring Swift Kid & Dev, ‘B-Roads And B-Sides’ by The Milk, ‘Reaching Out’ by Nero, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ by Nirvana, ‘Happy In Bits’ by Prinzhorn Dance School, ‘Through The Night’ by Ren Harvieu, ‘Gabriel’ by Smoove & Turrell and ‘Grey Shirt & Tie’ by Spector.

I have to say that the Military Wives Choir should walk the Christmas no.1 spot next weekend but surprising things happen at this time of year. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Annie Lennox, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Pixie Lott and The Wanted.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

19 December, 2011 - Posted by | ChartChat

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