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Chart Chat Edition 631 – W/C 25.12.11

Chart Chat Edition 631 – Week Commencing Sunday 25th December 2011

There were five new entries, three re-entries, five climbers, twenty four songs going down and three non movers on this weeks chart.  The Military Wives Choir featuring Gareth Malone were the runaway winners with ‘Wherever You Are’ seeing off an eclectic mix of contenders to secure this years Christmas number one single.
Their success pushed Little Mix down to no.2 with their version of ‘Cannonball’ while the Chris Moyles backed ‘Dominick The Donkey’ by Lou Monte was a new entry at no.3 despite being originally recorded over fifty years back in 1960. Coldplay fell three to no.5 with ‘Paradise’ and Olly Murs went down three to no.6 with ‘Dance With Me Tonight’. Flo Rida fell one place to no.7 with ‘Good Feeling’ while Lloyd featuring Andre 3000 & Lil Wayne went down four to no.8 with ‘Dedication To My Ex (Miss That)’. Avicii fell one to no.9 with ‘Levels’ and the top ten was rounded off by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris going down five to no.10 with ‘We Found Love’. 
One re-entry and one climber were to be found in what remained of the top twenty. Nirvana re-entered at no.11 with ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ following a campaign by the charity Rhythmix while the climber went to Rizzle Kicks who climbed six to no.12 with ‘Mama Do The Hump’.  The highest placed Christmas song was ‘Fairytale Of New York’ by The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl which was a non mover at no.13.
There were two new entries, two re-entries and four climbers in the lower half of the chart. One Direction climbed back up three to no.21 with ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ and Rihanna went up thirteen to no.22 with ‘You Da One’. Olly Murs featuring Rizzle Kicks re-entered at no.25 with ‘Heart Skips A Beat’ and Stacey Solomon went straight in at no.27 with her version of ‘Driving Home For Christmas’. Lana Del Ray climbed eleven places to no.29 with ‘Video Games’ while Christina Perry went up two to no.30 with ‘Jar Of Hearts’. The cast of The Only Way Is Essex went straight in at no.33 with their take on ‘Last Christmas’ with the original version by Wham! dropping six places to no.34.  Chris Rea was the weeks final re-entry with ‘Driving Home For Christmas’ coming back into the charts at no.36.
It does seem a strange choice for Annie Lennox to release ‘The Holly & The Ivy’ on Christmas Day but that is exactly what she is doing. That said it is a special day for another reason as it see the singer celebrate her 57th birthday.  The track originally featured on her 2010 festive album ‘A Christmas Cornucopia’  Her last top forty single came back in 2009 with ‘Shining Light’ which peaked at no.39 though her biggest hit came with ‘No More I Love You’s’ which narrowly missed out on the top spot in 1995. She has notched up ten top forty hits as a solo artist although recent years have seen less success with only one of those hits coming in the past fifteen years, and I can’t see this latest release changing that statistic. As one half of the Eurythmics she scored twenty four hit singles including ‘There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)’ which topped the chart back in 1985. 
‘My Last’ is the new single which sees Big Sean team up with Chris Brown. Sean originally performed the whole track but brought Brown onto the track after he met with him at one of his shows. He remains relatively unknown this side of the water but has a top three album entitled ‘Finally Famous’ to his name in the States. This single peaked at no.30 in the US but topped the rap charts there. The track samples New Edition’s 1988 song ‘Can You Stand The Rain’ which did not chart in the UK but made no.44 in the US. The accompanying music video was shot in West Hollywood, California by TAJ Stansberry and also features appearances by Kid Cudi and Teyana Taylor. He has also notched up a further two hits Stateside; ‘Dance (A$$)’ and ‘Marvin & Chardonnay’. This is likely to launch Sean to the UK market and I can see this doing well across the coming weeks. 
‘If I Had A Gun’ is the third official single by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.  It follows on from ‘The Death Of You And Me’ which was the first single and peaked at no.15 while the follow up ‘AKA…What A Life’ only made no.20 despite appearing in a TV commercial by the car manufacturer Vauxhall. This latest track has already made no.2 in Japan and has made a showing in the lower end of the Indie top forty. The single is to be released on CD and vinyl formats with the new track ‘I’d Pick You Every Time’ featuring as the b side. It was rumoured that it had been picked as the lead single from his self titled album but was passed over as it sounded too much like his former band Oasis.  As with every split there is very rarely a winner and for me Noel needs Liam’s distinctive vocals to truly bring out the spark which is to be found within his songwriting.
Pixie Lott is back with her new single ‘Kiss The Stars’ this week.  Her debut album ‘Turn It Up’ yielded five top forty hits including two number ones ‘Mama Do (Uh Oh Uh Oh)’ and ‘Boys & Girls’. It was later repacked to include her sixth hit ‘Broken Arrow’ along with some new tracks intended to break her to the US market.  Her follow up album ‘Young Foolish Happy’ was released earlier this year and features her third number one hit ‘All About Tonight’.  Her most recent single saw her team up with Pusha T on ‘What Do You Take Me For’ but it only got as far as no.10. This latest release was co-written by Pixie along with Mads Hauge and Phil Thornalley who previously featured in both The Cure and Johnny Hates Jazz. I think this will do well for her in a chart that is more than ready for a clear out but I’m not sure that it has quite enough about it to be her fourth number one.
‘Warzone’ is the new single by British boyband The Wanted and is the fourth single to be taken from their new album ‘Battleground’. They have had six top forty hits to date including the no.1’s ‘All Time Low’ and ‘Glad You Came’. The track was written by band members Max Nathan and George Sykes along with Harry Somerdahl who also produced the track.  The accompanying video was shot in New York City and the track was viewed by many critics to be one of the albums highlights.  I think this will do well for them but runs the risk of repeating their third single ‘Lose My Mind’ which only got as far as no.19 following successful sales of their debut album ‘The Wanted’.  The remain a force to be reckoned with and still hold their popularity ahead of relative newcomers One Direction. Watch out for this somewhere inside the top twenty next Sunday afternoon.
3OH!3 released their new single ‘Bang Bang’ earlier in December, and that was followed by ‘Dirty Mind’ last week and now comes ‘Set You Free’ this week. Both are set to feature on their fourth studio album which is yet to be titled. The band hail from Colarado (where 303 is the dialing code) and consist of Sean Foreman and Nathaniel Motte They have enjoyed three top forty hits across their career with their Katy Perry collaboration ‘Starstrukk’ being their biggest hit, peaking at no.3.   They also guested on Ke$ha’s hit single ‘Blah Blah Blah’ which reached no.11. With the charts often in turmoil around this time of year it may be difficult for the duo to secure a breakthrough with this particularly given the relative lack of success for its two predecessors.  I still think they have more to offer though and could well secure a chart return sometime during 2012.
The Military Wives Choir have such a massive lead that it seems a forgone conclusion that they will top the charts for a second week in a row. Don’t forget to stop by next week for the first releases of 2012 which look set to include new singles by Bombay Bicycle Club, JLS, Rihanna and Taio Cruz.  Until then have yourself a good week.
Ian Anderson

25 December, 2011 - Posted by | ChartChat

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