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Chart Chat Edition 632 – W/C 01.01.12

Chart Chat Edition 632 – Week Commencing Sunday 1st January 2012

There were two new entries, thirteen re-entries, eighteen climbers, seven songs going down and no non movers on this weeks chart.  Coldplay took advantage of the festive sales lull to notch up their second no.1 of their career as ‘Paradise’ went up four places this week. They saw off a strong challenge from Olly Murs who also went up four to no.2 with ‘Dance With Me Tonight’.

Flo Rida climbed four to no.3 with ‘Good Feeling’ while the Military Wives Choir featuring Gareth Malone fell three to no.4 with ‘Wherever You Are’. Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris climbed five places to no.5 with ‘We Found Love’ and Little Mix fell three to no.6 with ‘Cannonball’. Ed Sheeran climbed six to no.7 with ‘Lego House’ and Labrinth featuring Tinie Tempah went up eight to no.16 with ‘Earthquake’. LMFAO climbed ten to no.9 with ‘Sexy And I Know It’ while Rizzle Kicks rounded off the top ten going up two to no.10 with ‘Mama Do The Hump’.

A further six climbers and one re-entry featured in what remained of the top twenty. Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera climbed four to no.11 with ‘Moves Like Jagger’, a track which was 2011’s second biggest seller despite never once topping the chart. One Direction went back up seven to no.14 with ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ and Olly Murs featuring Rizzle Kicks climbed ten to no.15 with ‘Heart Skips A Beat’. Rihanna went up six to no.16 with ‘You Da One’ and Ed Sheeran re-entered at no.17 with ‘The A Team’. Katy Perry climbed two to no.18 with ‘The One That Got Away’ and Christina Perri was the final climber going up eleven to no.19 with ‘Jar Of Hearts’.

There was two new entries, twelve re-entries and four climbers in the lower half of the chart.  The Wanted got a new entry at no.21 with ‘Warzone’ and Beyonce climbed one to no.22 with ‘Love On Top’. Professor Green featuring Emeli Sande re-entered at no.23 with ‘Read All About It’ and LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & Goonrock returned at no.24 with ‘Party Rock Anthem’. Jessie J climbed one to no.25 with ‘Who You Are’ and Lady Gaga went up five to no.26 with ‘Marry The Night’.  Adele re-entered at no.27 with ‘Someone Like You’ and Bruno Mars also re-entered at no.28 with ‘Marry You’. Bruno Mars climbed two no.30 with ‘It Will Rain’ and David Guetta featuring Usher re-entered at no.31 with ‘Without You’. Adele re-entered at no.32 with ‘Set Fire To The Rain’ and Sean Kingston returned to the chart at no.33 with his hit ‘Party All Night (Sleep All Day)’. Jessie J got a new entry at no.34 with ‘Domino’ and James Morrison featuring Jessie J re-entered at no.35 with ‘Up’. The Wanted returned at no.37 with ‘Lightning’ and Kelly Clarkson re-entered at no.38 with ‘Mr Know-It-All’.  Jessie J featuring B.o.B. re-entered at no.39 with ‘Price Tag’ and Rizzle Kicks got the final re-entry at no.40 with ‘When I Was A Youngster’.

‘Pelican’ is the new single by London based Indie band The Maccabees. It was first played by Zane Lowe in November and has since been uploaded to YouTube.  It’s probably their best single to date and comes with a hypnotic video which has the viewer captivated. They released their first single back in 2005 but did not taste top forty success until ‘First Love’ a year later. Their 2007 single ‘About Your Dress’ remains their biggest hit, reaching no.33. However their single ‘Toothpaste Kisses’ brought them to a wider audience after it was featured in a series of Samsung TV advertisements although it only made no.70 when released in its own right. Now they are back with their third studio album ‘Given To The Wild’ which is the follow up to their 2009 release ‘Wall Of Arms’ which reached no.13. This could do well in what is traditionally a low week for single sales.

Bombay Bicycle Club are a band who prove that you don’t have to have hit singles to be a success. To date their ‘Ivy & Gold’ single is their biggest hit despite only reaching no.56 in the charts. Despite that both their 2010 album ‘Flaws’ and its 2011 follow up ‘A Different Kind Of Fix’ went on to make the top ten. ‘Shuffle’ was the first single to be released from their current album and gained a respectable amount of airplay before peaking at no.64, while the follow up ‘Lights Out, Words Gone’ could only make no.89.  As such the omens are not good for this weeks release of the third single ‘Leave It’. The band are about to embark on a short tour of the far east before setting off on a more extensive tour of the US and Canada. They will then play some UK dates during the month of April.  Sadly I expect them to have to wait a little longer for their first top forty hit. 

‘Troublemaker’ is aiming to be the tenth top forty hit for Taio Cruz. It has been chosen as a single ahead of Flo Rida collaboration ‘Hangover’ which has topped the Swiss charts and made the top five n Australia. He started his career off modestly in 2006 with ‘I Just Wanna Know’ which made no.29 but really hit the big time when ‘Break Your Heart’ topped the chart in 2009 with ‘Dynamite’ repeating that trick last year.  Two weeks ago he appeared at Chester Rocks alongside The Saturdays, McFly, Eliza Doolittle and Sugababes. His last hit came with his Travie McCoy / Kylie Minogue collaboration ‘Higher’ and he also contributed ‘Telling The World’ as a track to the soundtrack to the animated film ‘Rio’. Despite his single success he has never had a top ten album although his new album ‘TY.O’ might change all that. He looks set to have another big hit with this single and it could even be a third no.1 for him.

Michael Kiwanuka just one of the artists who is tipped for big things this year and has already been nominated for the BBC Sound Of 2012 poll. He is a soul singer currently signed to Communion Records who has drawn comparisons with the likes of Otis Redding, Bill Withers, Van Morrison and The Temptations. He was born to Ugandan parents but grew up in Muswell Hill in London. His debut EP ‘Tell Me A Tale’ was released last Summer to critical acclaim and he also toured with Adele.  He also appeared at Hard Rock Calling in London and the iTunes Festival.  This week sees the release of his new single ‘Home Again’ while his debut album of the same name is currently scheduled for release in March. It’s always an exciting time of the year when new talents emerge and it looks like we will be hearing a lot more from Michael in the months to come.

English rapper Skepta first emerged back in 2007 with his boldy entitled ‘Greatest Hits’ album which contained no successful singles.  Although he was part of the successful collective Roll Deep it wasn’t until his third studio album ‘Doin’ It Again’ which was released last year that he enjoyed greater popularity in his own right. It contained three hit singles including ‘Rescue Me’ which was the biggest hit making no.14 and ‘Cross My Heart’, his collaboration with Eastenders actress Preeya Kalidis which peaked at no.31. He has recently signed a four album deal with Island Records and the first fruits of that will be seen on ‘The Honeymoon’ which is set to see the light of day in the first few weeks of this year.  ‘Hold On’ is the first single to be taken from it and is enjoying plenty of airplay.  As such I expect to see it inside the top forty hit next weekend.

Up and coming four piece Indie band Various Cruelties release their brand new single ‘Great Unknown’ this week.  It’s the follow up to their critically acclaimed single ‘Chemicals’ which was released last Summer while fans have also been able to pick up a free download by visiting the bands Facebook page. They supported Lou Reed and Metallica last year and have really gone from strength to strength through their own headlining gigs. The band take their name from a painting by Pop Artist Ed Ruscha and are fronted by singer Liam O’Connell. They are also due to embark on a six date tour of the UK which kicks off in Manchester and then concludes in Leeds. Their debut album looks set for a Spring release but until then this and the live shows will have to keep the fans going. They certainly look like they are going to be one of the bands to watch in 2012. 

‘Work’ is the new single by 2 Bears, a duo consisting of Joe Goddard, formerly of Hot Chip, and Raf Rundell.  Joe Mount from the band Metronomy was originally due to join too and at that point they would have used the monicker 3 Bears, but in the end he backed out. They met while working at the Greco-Roman soundsystem parties and formed as a band back in 2009.  They have released three EPs (‘Follow The Bears’, ‘Curious Nature’ and ‘Bear Hug’) and also have their own show on Ministry Of Sound radio.  They have produced remixes for other dance artists including Toddla T, Metronomy and The View.  They have received support from a variety of Radio 1 DJs including Fearne Cotton, Huw Stephens and Greg James.  They have completed work on their album ‘Be Strong’ and that looks set to be released at the end of the month.  With such strong support this could well become their first top forty single. 

‘Life Goes On’ is the new single by Hungarian singer Kati Wolf.  She represented her native country at least years Eurovision Song Contest singing ‘What About My Dreams’.  Her career began early, singing the title track to the popular Hungarian cartoon Vuk at just age seven. Her big breakthrough came in 2010 when she reached the finals of the Hungarian talent show ‘X Faktor’. Last year her single ‘Szerelem, miert mulsz’ (the Hungarian version of ‘What About My Dreams’) became a minor hit in the UK, reaching no.128, while topping the charts in her home country. Her dream is to sing a duet with Michael Buble while she lists her influences as including Freddie Mercury and Whitney Houston.  Personally I expect this to be a much bigger hit elsewhere in Europe, and I can’t see it selling in big enough quantities to reach the top forty next weekend.

Lianne La Havas is one of the artists to be nominated in the BBC Sound Of 2012 poll and she releases her new single ‘Forget’ this week. Last year saw her release her ‘Lost & Found’ EP which features Willy Mason guesting on the opening track ‘No Room For Doubt’. She appeared on Later…With Jools Holland in October and released a free EP ‘Live From LA’ on her website. She supported folk band Bon Iver on their tour of North America and will release her debut album later this year.  She was born in South London where her mother was of Jamaican descent and her father’s family was from Greece. She is appearing at four consecutive sold out nights at The Social in London and is tipped to enjoy big success during 2012.   The increased interest in her could well push her towards the top forty and this will certainly pick up some airplay in the coming weeks.

Also released this week are ‘Do You Feel What I Feel’ by JLS, ‘Red & Black’ by MJ Cole, and ‘Faith Unfolds’ by S.C.U.M..

It’s hard to see any of the songs listed above making a big impact next weekend so I think it will be the same top three fighting it out.  However I think Coldplay can hang on, with Flo Rida possibly moving up into the runners up spot. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Nicola Roberts, Sound Of Guns and Tribes.  Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson


1 January, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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