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Chart Chat Edition 634 – W/C 15.01.12

Chart Chat Edition 634 – Week Commencing Sunday 15th January 2012
There were five new entries, two re-entries, nine climbers, twenty one songs going down and three non movers on this weeks chart. It was all change at the top as Jessie J moved up seven places to no.1 with ‘Domino’ while Flo Rida fell one to no.2 with last weeks chart topper ‘Good Feeling’. Rizzle Kicks advanced two places to no.3 with ‘Mama Do The Hump’ while Avicii was a non mover at no.4 with ‘Levels’. Lloyd featuring Andre 3000 & Lil Wayne climbed five to no.5 with ‘Dedication To My Ex’ and Taio Cruz went down three to no.6 with ‘Troublemaker’.  Coldplay fell five to no.7 with ‘Paradise’ and David Guetta featuring Sia went straight in at no.8 with ‘Titanium’.  Olly Murs fell three to no.9 with ‘Dance With Me Tonight’ and Labrinth featuring Tinie Tempah rounded proceedings off going down three to no.10 with ‘Earthquake’.
There were four climbers and one new entry in what remained of the top twenty. Beyonce climbed seven to no.13 with ‘Love On Top’ and Pixie Lott was a new entry at no.14 with ‘Kiss The Stars’. Lana Del Ray went back up ten to no.16 with ‘Video Games’ and Rihanna climbed five to no.19 with ‘You Da One’. Katy Perry completed the top twenty going back up two to no.20 with ‘The One That Got Away’.
There were three new entries, two re-entries and two climbers in the lower half of the chart. ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’ was a new entry at no.21 for Kelly Clarkson while Foster The People re-entered at no.22 with ‘Pumped Up Kicks’. Pitbull featuring Chris Brown scored a new entry at no.23 with ‘International Love’ and Birdy re-entered at no.25 with ‘Skinny Love’. Charlene Soraia climbed twelve to no.26 with ‘Wherever You Will Go’ and Michael Kiwanuka went up eight to no.29 with ‘Home Again’.  The final new entry came at no.37 and went to Gotye featuring Kimbra with ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’.
The often talked about British DJ and songwriter Yasmin first appeared in the top forty on Devlin’s single ‘Runaway’ which she co-wrote.  The track reached no.15 and coincided with a support slot on the UK tour by rapper Example. She then released ‘On My Own’ as her first single in her own right back in January of this year and it instantly became her first top forty hit, peaking at no.39.  The follow up ‘Finishing Line’ came in the Summer and was produced by Labrinth, peaking at no.13. Now comes her third single ‘Light Up (The World)’ which she first played at The Wickerman Festival in Scotland back in July.  The recorded version sees her team up with Ms Dynamite and as such it should give her another top forty hit next weekend.  She is still working on her debut album which should see the light of day sometime later on this year.
The Ting Tings are finally back this week with their new single ‘Hang It Up’. It’s the follow up to ‘Hands’ which was released in 2010 but only reached no.29.  Their debut album ‘We Started Nothing’ topped the charts and featured the no.1 hit ‘That’s Not My Name’ along with its top ten follow up ‘Shut Up & Let Me Go’. A further two top forty hits followed before the band took a hiatus to record the follow up. A whole albums worth of work is rumoured to have been scrapped prior to the duo moving to Spain to work on ‘Nowheresville’. This latest single comes complete with a video directed by Dan Gable and is the first single to be taken from their new album ‘Sounds From Nowheresville’ which is pencilled in for a release in late February. This is a much more commercial outing than ‘Hands’ and so this should secure them a return to the top twenty. 
For those who don’t know Pulled Apart By Horses are an alternative rock band based in Leeds who formed back in 2007. ‘I Punched A Lion In The Throat’ is perhaps the best known song to be taken from their self titled debut album back in 2010 (having been released twice) but it failed to give them a hit single.  Next week sees the release of their follow up album ‘Tough Love’ and from that comes their new single ‘V.E.N.O.M.’.  The video is posted on the fans website while the track itself has been picking up airplay on alternative radio stations. The band are set to play a series of headlining gigs in the UK across February before moving on to play more dates in the rest of Europe. Their fanbase has grown since the release of their debut album and as such this could well see them score a hit single. However many may decide to wait for the album release so it may be a close call.
Florence & The Machine were recently asked to open the Harrods sale and its remarkable to see just how far they have come over a short time. They have won a variety of awards including the Critics Choice Award at the Brits in 2009 and ‘Best British Album’ award for ‘Lungs’ at the Brits in 2010 while they have also been nominated at the Grammy’s. Their debut album ‘Lungs’ saw seven singles released with three making the chart.  Ironically it was their cover of ‘You Got The Love’ which first secured them a top five hit before returning with Dizzee Rascal and reaching no.2. New album ‘Ceremonials’ topped the charts and the last single from it was ‘Shake It Out’ which only got to no.12 despite exposure on the X Factor. This week sees the release of ‘No Light No Light’ which is the third single from the album and indications are it could be the first to make the top ten. 
Five piece indie rock band The Rifles first arrived on the scene back in 2005 with their critically acclaimed album ‘No Love Lost’.  Although the album only peaked at no.68 it contained their only three top forty hits to date including ‘Repeat Offender’ which is their only top thirty hit, peaking at no.26. Their follow up album was ‘The Great Escape’ which made no.27 despite any hit singles and their third album ‘Freedom Run’ reached no.37 on its release last year.  ‘Tangled Up In Love’ was the first single to come from that album but if failed to make any inroads into the chart.  This week sees the release of ‘The Sweetest Thing’ as the follow up. They are due to undertake a short UK tour during March starting in Southend and finishing in London. Based upon their recent performance I don’t have high hopes of this becoming a hit but the chart can be a little more unpredictable at this time of year. 
Swedish House Mafia have already enjoyed three top ten hits with the biggest being last years ‘Miami 2 Ibiza’ which peaked at no.4 and saw them collaborate with Tinie Tempah.  The band consists of Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso who have each enjoyed success in their own right and producers and artists. Now this week sees the release of ‘Antidote’ which sees them team up with Knife Party.  It’s taken from their live album ‘One Night Stand’ and has already been released in the US. The single comes with a variety of mixes including the Knife Party Dub, the Swedish House Mafia Dub and the Tommy Trash Remix. The accompanying promotional video has proved to be controversial as it centres around a heist in a strip club. It seems they can do no wrong right now and I fully expect this to add another top ten hit to their growing tally.
‘Neon’ sees Doctor P (aka English dubstep producer and DJ Shaun Brockhurst) team up with Jenna G.  Doctor P has already produced remixes for a variety of artists including Britney Spears, Example, Plan B, DJ Fresh & Sian Evans and Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip. He co-founded Circus Records with Flux Pavillion, DJ Swan-E and Earl Falconer and also records under the aliases Sounds Destructive, Slum Dogz and DJ Picto.  Jenna G meanwhile is perhaps best known for her work as vocalist with the Shapeshifters and Un-Cut. The single has been made available with new remixes from DJ Fresh and Roksonix while the package also contains the radio edit and instrumental versions. I’m not sure whether this is commercial enough to crossover from the dancefloor into the mainstream charts and I think that it may struggle to make an impact without an increase in radio airplay.
The much talked about singer Jodie Marie releases her new single ‘I Got You’ this week.  She is one of a number of artists to be tipped for big things in 2012 so she will need to demonstrate her ability to stand out from the crowd. She is due to play London’s XOYO at the end of this month followed by an appearance at the Jazz Cafe early in February where she features as part of HMV’s Next Big Thing series.  She is then due to release her debut album ‘Mountain Echoes’ during March. The album saw her writing with Ed Harcourt and the title track was written on the day he had heard about the death of his close friend Mark Linkous who fronted Sparklehorse. This single has been receiving extensive play on Radio 2, and fans can also view the accompanying video on her website.  The future does look good although I expect her to ship more albums than she does singles. 
Pop / jazz duo Miss 600 were discovered by former Climax Blues Band member Chris Bucknall and consist of multi instrumentalist David Amar and singer Hannah Gardner. Their debut album ‘Buying Time’ was released last year and this week sees the release of ‘Typically Me’ as a single. It’s release also contains new mixes including the Alternative Jazz Mix, a Blissful Me Chillout Mix and the Sunshine Mix of ‘Is This Love’. It’s the bands third single and follows on from ‘Twist’ and ‘Missing You’ although neither of those came close to the top forty.  They are set to play live at Cafe De Paris in London later this week and then play the Norwich Arts Centre next month.  Few can dispute their talent, and with a bit more luck and exposure they could eventually reach the top forty though for now this feels like it is a release or two too early.
Also released this week are ‘DeerBazan’ by Deerhoof featuring David Bazan, ‘Comeback Kid’ by Sleigh Bells and ‘Car Song’ by Spank Rock,
I’m backing Jessie J to hold on but Rizzle Kicks or Pixie Lott could yet close the gap and make it interesting. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Arctic Monkeys, Lana Del Ray, Nerina Pallot and Professor Green.  Until then have yourself a good week.
Ian Anderson

15 January, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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