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Chart Chat Edition 633 – W/C 08.01.12

Chart Chat Edition 633 – Week Commencing Sunday 8th January 2012

There were four new entries, three re-entries, eleven songs going up, twenty two songs going down but no non movers on this weeks chart.  The success of the First Choice advert has undoubtedly helped Flo Rida to climb two places to no.1 with ‘Good Feeling’ while Coldplay fell one place to no.2 with ‘Paradise’.

Taio Cruz went straight in at no.3 with ‘Troublemaker while Avicii, who along with Flo Rida samples Etta James 1962 hit ‘Somethings Got A Hold On Me’, climbed eight places to no.4 with ‘Levels’.  Rizzle Kicks went up five places to no.5 with ‘Mama Do The Hump’ and Olly Murs fell four to no.6 with ‘Dance With Me Tonight’. Labrinth featuring Tinie Tempah climbed one to no.7 with ‘Earthquake’ and Jessie J was the weeks highest climber going up twenty six places to no.8 with ‘Domino’. Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris fell four to no.9 with ‘We Found Love’ and the top ten was concluded by Lloyd featuring Andre 3000 & Lil Wayne with ‘Dedication To My Ex’ which climbed three to no.10.

Two climbers and one re-entry were still to be found in the top twenty.  JLS re-entered at no.16 with ‘Do You Feel What I Feel’ while Drake featuring Rihanna climbed two to no.18 with ‘Take Care’. Beyonce rounded things off by going up two to no.20 with ‘Love On Top’.

There were three new entries, two re-entries and three climbers in the lower half of this weeks chart. James Vincent McMorrow scored a new entry at no.21 with ‘Higher Love’ and Sean Kingston climbed ten to no.23 with ‘Sleep All Night (Party All Day)’. Lana Del Ray went back up ten places to no.26 with ‘Video Games’ and James Morrison featuring Jessie J climbed five places to no.30 with ‘Up’. Skepta was a new entry at no.31 with ‘Hold On’ and Michael Kiwanuka got a new entry at no.37 with ‘Home Again’.  Charlene Soraia re-entered at no.38 with ‘Wherever You Will Go’ and Adele re-entered at no.39 with ‘Rolling In The Deep’.

Nicola Roberts releases her third solo single this week.  ‘Yo-Yo’ will be aiming to match the top forty success achieved by both of its predecessors ‘Beat Of My Drum’ and ‘Lucky Day’.  All three singles have been lifted from her highly rated ‘Cinderella Eyes’ album which peaked at no.17 on its release last year. Despite achieving less success than Cheryl Cole has with her career she has probably enjoyed the most credibility amongst critics. The album itself received largely positive reviews with the Financial Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph and Virgin Media all scoring it 4/5.  I think this single may struggle with so many fans owning the album though the availability of a signed CD single through her own website (which I confess I have ordered) could well serve to boost sales. It would be great to see her back inside the top forty once more.

‘Sweet Tooth Bird’ is the new single by Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny.  Beth is a singer/ songwriter from Newcastle who plays “sweet and gentle folk music”. The NME described her as being “a Joni Mitchell for the anti-folk generation” while The Guardian compared her appearance to “Gwen Stefani with a touch of Brody Dalle”. She signed to Mute Records last year who have been home to artists as Erasure, Depeche Mode and Yazoo.  This is the follow up to last years ‘Dodecahedron’ which was her first single on the label. She is currently recording her first studio album with Ben Hillier whose previous credits as a producer include Blur, Depeche Mode and Elbow. Although acts such as Katie Melua can prove to be the exception it is very rare to see someone such as Beth enjoying success in the singles chart.  As such I don’t think this will make the top forty, but 2012 could still be a good year for her.

Air are back this year with their new album ‘Le Voyage Dans La Lune’ and from it comes the single ‘Seven Stars’.  The track features Victoria Legrand and it’s their first single in almost three years. If successful would become their first top forty hit since ‘Radio #1’ in 2001. That was the last in a run of five consecutive top forty single which started with their biggest hit ‘Sexy Boy’.  They have enjoyed more success in the album chart where ‘Moon Safari’, ’10 000 Hz Legend’ and ‘Talkie Walkie’ all made the top ten with the latter narrowly missed out on the top spot. Their new album takes its title from a 1902 silent film of the same name, a restored version of which is currently doing the rounds at film festivals. This release marks the bands attempt at composing the musical score for the new version of the film.  As a standalone single I’m not sure this will chart but the album will create more interest.

Electronic duo Goldfrapp release their new single ‘Melancholy Sky’ this week. Although their last album ‘Head First’ reached no.6 it did not feature any top forty hits. ‘Happiness’ became the last of their eleven top forty hits back in 2008, with their real peak coming in 2005 when ‘Ooh La La’ became their biggest single reaching no.4.  The band are about to release a compilation album entitled ‘The Singles’ which features exactly what the title suggests. It also features two new tracks, ‘Yellow Halo’ which is described by the band as a “slow building synth-pop wonder” and this new single which is referenced as being a “defiant new wave ballad”. Alison Goldfrapp remains one of the most charismatic singers on the music scene and it would be great if this single and album help to restore their popularity with the British record buying public.

Sound Of Guns are a Liverpool based five piece act who formed back in 2008. They are perhaps best known for their single ‘Architects’ which topped the HMV 7″ singles chart and was awarded Single Of The Week status by Greg James on Radio 1 and Steve Harris on XFM.  Both that and their other single ‘Alcatraz’ featured on their debut album ‘What Came From Fire’ which was released back in 2010. They have supported various acts on their tours including The Courteeners, The View and Adam Green but are set to play their biggest show to date in April when they headline at Liverpools O2 Academy. The video to this track has been available on the NME website since the start of December and has had a largely positive reaction.  Fans ordering through the bands website can get a signed copy of their new track ‘Silicon’ on a CD format which also features a host of new tracks.

Hannah Louise Clark, or Foe as is her recording name, releases her brand new single ‘Cold Hard Rock’ this week.  It’s her first single since signing to the Vertigo label and its produced by the Entrepreneurs while Dan Grech who has formerly worked with Howling Bells and The Vaccines is at the mixing desk.  It follows on from previous singles ‘Deep Water Heart Breaker’ and the EP ‘Hot New Trash’ which had both served to draw her to the attention of the music industry. Her much anticipated debut album ‘Bad Dream Hotline’ will be released next week and both releases will be backed by a UK tour concluding at London’s Barfly venue at the end of the month. She supported Atari Teenage Riot and Metronomy at concerts last year and is slowly building herself a fanbase although this release may come too soon for her to reach the top forty.

‘The Champ’ sees the return of American r’n’b singer Nelly.  The track first appeared back in the US back in December but only now does it get an official release. It was recorded for American TV channel ESPN’s coverage of Bowl Week and so won’t have the same kind of promotion in the UK. Since first appearing back in 2000 with ‘Country Grammar’ he has notched up sixteen top forty singles in his own right including three no.1 hits (‘Dilemma’, ‘Flap Your Wings / My Place’ and ‘Over & Over).  He also appeared as a featured artist on Notorious B.I.G.’s posthumous chart topper ‘Nasty Girl’ and NSync’s no.2 hit ‘Girlfriend’. His last single was the Kelly Rowland collaboration ‘Move Your Body’ but that stalled at no.58 while his last album ‘5.0’ also underperformed reaching just no.59. With that in mind he will be hoping that this returns him to the UK top forty.

Finally this week comes ‘Drive By’ by Train. The song was first played live back in June last year and will feature on their forthcoming sixth studio album which is due for release later on this year. They first came to the public’s attention with their 2001 single and album ‘Drops Of Jupiter’, both of which reached the top ten. The following two albums (‘My Private Nation’ and ‘For Me It’s You’) failed to chart but then they returned in 2009 with the top forty album ‘Save Me San Francisco’ and the American top three (#18 in the UK) single ‘Hey Soul Sister’.  Curiously, the band have diversified out into making their own wine which is available through their own website and includes the Drops Of Jupiter 2009 Sirah and the Calling All Angels 2010 Chardonnay.  Musically this is one of their more commercial tracks and could become a hit if it gets enough airplay.

It looks as though the fight at the top will be between Jessie J and Flo Rida but with sales increasing so rapidly for the former it would be a brave man to bet against her. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Florence & The Machine, The Rifles, Ting Tings and Yasmin featuring Ms Dynamite.  Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

10 January, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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