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Chart Chat Edition 636 – W/C 29.01.12

Chart Chat Edition 636 – Week Commencing Sunday 29th January 2012

There were six new entries, two re-entries, nine climbers, twenty two songs going down and one non mover on this weeks chart.  It was all change at the top as Cover Drive went straight in at no.1 with ‘Twilight’ and David Guetta featuring Sia climbed a place to no.2 with ‘Titanium’.

Jessie J fell two to no.3 with ‘Domino’ and Rizzle Kicks also went down two to no.4 with ‘Mama Do The Hump’. Flo Rida featuring Sia went straight in at no.5 with ‘Wild Ones’ and Swedish House Mafia vs Knife Party fell two to no.6 with ‘Antidote’. Gotye featuring Kimbra climbed fourteen to no.7 with ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ while Kelly Clarkson advanced three to no.8 with ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’. Flo Rida fell four to no.9 with ‘Good Feeling’ and Pitbull featuring Chris Brown climbed three places to no.10 with ‘International Love’.

Two new entries and one climber were to be found in the remainder of the top twenty. Labrinth featuring Tinie Tempah went back up three to no.11 with ‘Earthquake’ and Lana Del Ray went straight in at no.14 with ‘Born To Die’. Redlight got a new entry at no.18 with ‘Get Out Of My Head’ and Lana Del Ray’s other single ‘Video Games’ was a non mover at no.20.

There were two re-entries, two new entries and four climbers in the lower half of the chart this week. Katy Perry went back up two to no.21 with ‘The One That Got Away’ while Birdy went back up one to no.28 with ‘Skinny Love’. Ed Sheeran went straight in at no.29 with ‘Drunk’ and Skillrex & The Doors climbed one to no.32 with ‘Breakn’ A Sweat’. M83 went up one to no.34 with ‘Midnight City’ and Professor Green featuring Ed Drewett re-entered at no.35 with ‘Never Be A Right Time’. JLS re-entered at no.39 with ‘Do You Feel What I Feel?’ and the Kings Of Pop went straight in at no.40 with their version of ‘T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)’ which will get its full release by shortly.

Alyssa Reid is an eighteen year old Canadian singer whose main success has been on her own shore. She was a finalist on the Canadian talent show The Next Star and currently lives in Brampton, Ontario. Her top thirty album ‘The Game’ was released last Summer and it featured this single which was originally released back in November 2010.  It eventually went on to achieve platinum sales status, reaching no.11 the following April. It is largely based on the Heart classic ‘Alone’ which made no.3 in 1987 before being covered by Celine Dion twenty years later although her version failed to get above no.85 in the UK charts. The accompanying video was nominated for the Much Music Video Awards Pop Music Video Of The Year. Her follow up single was ‘The Game’ which also made the top forty but now the task will be to see if she can translate that into success over here. 

‘Generation Freakshow’ is the new single by Feeder who formed over 20 years ago.  Between their 1999 release ‘Yesterday Went Too Soon’ and 2008’s ‘Silent Cry’ they enjoyed six consecutive top ten albums including their ‘The Singles’ compilation which peaked at no.2. They have been consistent perfomers on the singles chart too, notching up twenty hits.  However their last album ‘Renegades’ reached no.16 and contained no top forty singles. This week sees the release of ‘Borders’ as the first single to be taken from their new album and they will be hoping that this signals a return to the top forty. Strangely enough the single is to be released on a cassette format along with a 7″ and CD.  This is the first cassette release since ‘Just A Day’ in 2001.  For me this is a good single and deserves to be a hit – I am very much looking forward to the album release.

The Fray have enjoyed three top forty hits but will be best known for their top five single ‘How To Save A Life’. Their album of the same name made no.4 in the UK but the follow up ‘The Fray’ performed less well, reaching just no.8 although it did go on to top the US charts. There are now about to release their third studio album ‘Stars & Scars’ and from it comes this weeks single ‘Heartbeat’. The track was released at the end of last year in the US where it has so far made no.43, and in Canada it has made no.86. It was written by Isaac Slade regarding his experiences of travelling abroad. It comes accompanied by a beach themed video directed by Justin Francis and shot in Los Angeles, California.  The song was first played live by the band last May when they supported U2 on their 360 tour.  It should become their fourth top forty hit next Sunday afternoon.

Highly rated electronic duo The Big Pink released their first album ‘A Brief History Of Love’ in 2009 and it contains their only top forty hit to date ‘Dominoes’.  They also won the coveted Philip Hall Radar Award for Best New Act at the NME Awards later that year. The album reached no.56 while the single did much better peaking at no.27. They are about to release the follow up ‘Future This’ on the 4AD label and from that comes their new single ‘Hit The Ground (Superman)’. It was premiered on the Zane Lowe show and was instantly awarded Hottest Record In The World status. February sees them undertake a short tour of the UK which kicks off in Bristol but then concludes in London. I’m not sure that it will become a hit as the album is also due for release this week but it will serve to be a useful promotional tool in terms of radio and television airplay.  

Up and coming singer Youngman releases his new single ‘Who Knows?’ this week.  The track is produced by Dubstep star Skream and comes released on the Digital Soundboy label.  The video was directed by Steven Agnew and has been available on the internet since before Christmas. Tributes paid to him so far include Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac calling him “the saviour of pop music” while The Guardian described him as a male Katy B. He has received airplay from both Radio 1 and Radio1Xtra and will be looking for a debut top forty appearance this weekend. He has also launched his own clothing range entitled Peng People and has spearheaded a new eduction scheme entitled Music & Life Workshops.  While the future is certainly looking bright for him he may have to wait for his next single before gracing the top end of the chart.

Welsh rockers Lostprophets release their brand new single ‘Better Off Dead’ this week and its the first to be taken from their forthcoming album ‘Weapons’ which is due for release in April. They formed back in 1997 and have notched up twelve top forty hits including two top ten hits; ‘Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)’ (#8 in 2006) and ‘Last Train Home’ (#8 in 2004). Their last three albums have reached the top five with 2006’s outing ‘Liberation Transmission’ reaching the top of the charts.  They have also won six Kerrang Awards, six Pop Factory awards and were awarded Best Metal Band at the NME Awards in 2002.  This new track was premiered on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show and is now available for free from the bands website and so is unable to count towards the official chart but still gives an interesting glimpse into their latest material. 

Essex born rapper Scroobius Pip has enjoyed more success as part of a duo with Dan Le Sac but last year released a critically acclaimed solo album entitled ‘Distraction Pieces’. That album made no.35 and came close to matching the duo’s debut album ‘Angles’ which reached no.31.  As a duo they also enjoyed top forty success with ‘Thou Shalt Always Kill’ which peaked at no.34. This week sees the release of the track ‘Soldier Boy (Kill ‘Em)’ as a single and it is aiming to give him his first solo top forty hit. He was born thirty one years ago as David Meads and was named after the Edward Lear poem The Scroobius Pip. Without the kind of daytime backing that ‘Thou Shalt Always Kill’ received I can’t see this becoming a hit next weekend. For me his best work was when he featured Dan Le Sac and I hope that they both record more material together in the future.

World famous Dutch DJ Ferry Corsten has enjoyed more success as a producer but did notch up three top forty hits under his name with the biggest being ‘Rock Your Body Rock’ which peaked at no.11 back in 2004.  He has also appeared twice in the top twenty under the guise System F.  This week sees him return with his new single ‘Check It Out’ which features on his forthcoming album ‘The Wkend’ which is released at the end of February.  The album includes contributions from Duane Harden, Armin Van Buuren and Ellie Lawson amongst others. He is appearing round the world at present and is planned to stop off in Liverpool on 5th March and Glasgow on 28th April. I’m not sure whether this will pick up enough airplay on the commercial stations to become a hit but its sure to be a success with his vast legion of fans around the country.

Jess Mills releases her new single ‘Pixelated People’ this week. It’s her third single and follows on from ‘Vultures’ and ‘Live For What I’d Die For’.  She did however make the top forty last year through her collaboration with Breakage’.   Their single ‘Fighting Fire’ went on to peak at no.34. She is the daughter of Labour MP Tess Jowell and lawyer David Mills and was famously a teenage friend of Ms Dynamite.  Her growing army of fans include The Cure frontman Robert Smith who was impressed with her cover of ‘A Forest’. She is now signed to Island Records and will be keen to turn the critical acclaim.  She has no gigs planned at present according to her website though is likely to tour closer to her album release.  She has been trying to do as many interviews as possible of late and so we will see next weekend if she is to enjoy a first solo top forty hit.

Also released this week are ‘Oh!’ by Beardyman, ‘Tenderly / Flow’ by Disclosure, ‘On ‘N On’ by Justice, ‘Beyond Magnetic (EP)’ by Metallica, ‘Bad Girls’ by M.I.A. and ‘All Bets Are Off’ by Nerina Pallot.

It looks like being the same two battling it out at the top but David Guetta featuring Sia might just have enough of an edge to steal the no.1 spot. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles include Kelly Clarkson, Kelly Rowland featuring Big Sean, Maverick Sabre and Sub Focus featuring Kenzie May.  Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson


29 January, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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