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Chart Chat Edition 637 – W/C 05.02.12

Chart Chat Edition 637 – Week Commencing Sunday 5th February 2012

There were just two new entries, one re-entry, twenty two songs going down, nine climbers and six non movers on this weeks chart. David Guetta featuring Sia finally took the top spot with ‘Titanium’ climbing one place though they were pushed hard by Alyssa Reid featuring Jump Smokers who went straight in at no.2 with ‘Alone Again’.

Gotye featuring Kimbra climbed four to no.3 with ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ and Jessie J fell one to no.4 with ‘Domino’. Flo Rida featuring Sia were a non mover at no.5 with ‘Wild Ones’ and Cover Drive went down five to no.6 with ‘Twilight’. Rizzle Kicks fell three to no.7 with ‘Mama Do The Hump’ and Kelly Clarkson got a non mover at no.8 with ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’. Lana Del Ray climbed five to no.9 with ‘Born To Die’ and the top ten concluded with Pitbull featuring Chris Brown who got a non mover at no.10 with ‘International Love’.

Three climbers were to be found in what remained of the top twenty. Pixie Lott went back up eight to no.11 with ‘Kiss The Stars’ and Ed Sheeran climbed fourteen to no.15 with ‘Drunk’.  Finally Lana Del Ray went back up three to no.17 with ‘Video Games’.

There were three climbers, one new entry and one re-entry in the lower half of the chart. Christina Perri climbed fifteen places to no.22 with ‘Jar Of Hearts’ following its performance on ITV’s Dancing On Ice while Birdy went back up four to no.24 with ‘Skinny Love’.  The final climber went to Charlene Soraia who advanced four places to no.29 with ‘Wherever You Will Go’ while David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj re-entered at no.33 with ‘Turn Me On’.  Finally R.I.O. featuring U-Jean got a new entry at no.36 with ‘Turn This Club Around’.

M83 release their latest single ‘Reunion’ this week. The band was formed back in 2001 by Anthony Gonzales and Nicolas Fromageau and they released their self titled debut album later the same year. Their first five albums failed to make any significant impact on the chart but last years double album ‘Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming’ saw them peak at no.44 in the UK while making the top forty in Australia, Canada and Norway.  It also was a surprise success in the US reaching no.15. They have supported a number of more famous bands across recent years including Killers, Depeche Mode and Kings Of Leon. They have also provided remixes to a number of artists including Bloc Party, White Lies, Placebo and Goldfrapp.  I don’t think this will chart inside the forty next weekend although it is clear that the band is enjoying a period of increased popularity. 

‘Unite Us’ is the new single by PNAU and it is released as the follow up to their last single ‘Solid Ground’.  It looks set to feature on their new album ‘Soft Universe’.  They are a duo from Australia consisting of Nick Littlemore (usually of Empire Of The Sun) and Peter Mayes.  Littlemore has kept busy during his bands hiatus writing ‘Whenever’ with Sir Elton John for the travelling Cirque Du Soleil show.  As part of Empire Of The Sun he achieved one top forty hit with ‘We Are The People’ that reached no.14. This latest track comes complete with a variety of remixes including ones from Kris Menace, Tommy Trash, Wideboys, Douster and Savage Skulls. The band are rumoured to be working on an album recreating a selection of Elton John’s hits but details are currently scarce on this project.  For now this will be a dancefloor smash but may struggle to crossover to the mainstream.

The highly rated Irish rapper Maverick Sabre has seen his first two single releases ‘Let Me Go’ (#16) and ‘I Need’ (#18) both reach the top twenty and will be hoping his new single ‘No One’ makes it three in a row. It’s taken from his forthcoming album ‘Lonely Are The Brave’ which is set for release next week.  He has also featured on Professor Green’s top forty hit ‘Jungle’ and appeared on True Tiger’s single ‘In The Air’.  Chase & Status also used his vocals on their album track ‘Fire In Your Eyes’. He has appeared complete with a live band on the ‘Later…With Jools Holland’ TV show and received critical praise for his version of Oasis’s ‘Wonderwall’ which he performed on Chris Moyle’s Comic Relief Show.  He looks to be one of the big artists across the year ahead and I see no reason why this should not become another hit single for him. 

‘T.H.E.’ sees team up with both Mick Jagger and Jennifer Lopez. As a solo artist has only enjoyed one top ten hit which was his collaboration with Cheryl Cole on ‘Heartbreaker’.  He has however appeared on top ten hits by Busta Rhymes (‘I Love My Chick’), Pussycat Dolls (‘Beep’), Cheryl Cole (‘3 Words’) and the no.1 hit by Usher (‘OMG’).  His main success has come through his work as part of the Black Eyed Peas who have notched up five no.1 hits across their career so far. His last album release was ‘Songs About Girls’ but that only made no.68 in the UK. It’s biggest success came in Russia where it peaked at no.7.  He is set to release his new studio album ‘#willpower’ next week and will be looking for top ten success.  Mick Jagger who guests on this track famously made the top spot when collaborating with David Bowie on ‘Dancing In The Street’ but I’m not sure that this will match that success.

‘John Taylor’s Month Away’ is the new single by the Mercury Music Prize nominated duo King Creosote & Jon Hopkins. It features ‘Missionary’ on the flip side and only 500 copies of the single are being pressed. The track features on their album ‘Diamond Mine’ which was released last year to critical acclaim. It saw the two of them revisit tracks from early on in King Creosote’s career and was a surprise hit. This looks like being the last release that captures the duo together with King Creosote himself now returning from his solo tour of the UK.  Sadly this is not likely to chart particularly high, especially given the limited number of copies.  It would be great to see them collaborate again once more in the future, but only time will tell it seems. I look forward to hearing more of their creative output in the year ahead, whether that be together or apart.

Singer Jo Birchall releases her second single ‘Don’t Let It Go To Your Heart’ this week.  It’s taken from her album ‘Something To Say’ which is currently available to download on iTunes.  Although her name may not be familiar she did reach the semi finals of the first series of Pop Idol.  She sent a demo to Gary Barlow who then signed her to True North, the production company he runs with Elliot Kennedy. She has toured with Westlife and had originally been due to put out an album on the Decca label but her plans were scuppered by a restructure and Barlow’s departure to reform Take That.  Her career got back on track after she met Craig David’s ex manager while out walking and the rest as they say is history. This is a pleasant enough tune which should sit well on radio playlists but she faces stiff competition if she is to chart ahead of her peers. 

Reel People featuring Tony Momrelle release their new single ‘Golden Lady’ this week.  It’s a cover of the Stevie Wonder track which featured on his ‘Innervisions’ album and is released with five mixes on the single; the Album Version, the Louie Vega Roots Mix, the Louie Vega Roots Instrumental mix, the Golden Keyapella and the Golden Boddhi Beats mix. It also features on the album ‘Reel People Present Golden Lady’ which also features contributions from Simon Grey, Renn, Restless Soul Fun Band and BSTC. The band were launched in 2001 by then teenager Oli Lazarus and now just over ten years later the band are set to appear for two nights at the legendary Ronnie Scotts in April. I’m not sure that this can gather enough momentum to reach the top forty and is more likely to gain its popularity in the dance / club chart rather than the mainstream chart.

We have seen Jack White notch up hits as part of The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and more recently Dead Weather but this week sees him branch out on his own with the release of his single ‘Love Interruption’.  It is released digitally and on 7″ vinyl and also features the exclusive track ‘Machine Gun Silhouette’.  It is the first track to be taken from his debut solo album ‘Blunderbuss’ which is scheduled for release at the end of April. It is released on Third Man Records whose roster also includes Tom Jones. There is currently no full scale tour planned but he is due to appear at Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend event which takes place in June. While it was sad to read about the demise of the White Stripes, Jack White is an immensely talented musician and it will be fascinating to hear him recording without the shackles and responsibility of being in a band. 

Finally this week sees the release of ‘Try Again’, the latest single release by veteran Swedish Rock band The Soundtrack Of Our Lives. It features on their brand new studio album ‘Throw It Into The Universe’ which is due for release around mid April. The band formed in Gothenberg back in 1995 but write all their songs with English lyrics. So far only their 2001 outing ‘Behind The Music’ has been even a minor success, reaching no.95. Their only Top 75 single came with ‘Heading For A Breakdown’ in 2005 which peaked at no.70. They have no live shows currently in the pipeline but it is possible that they make some UK festival appearances in support of their forthcoming album. Given their unsuccessful chart history it is hard to see this single turning it around single handed and as such its hard to expect to see them inside the top forty next weekend.

I think that featuring Mick Jagger & Jennifer Lopez looks set for the highest new entry but it might be a straight fight between Gotye featuring Kimbra and David Guetta featuring Sia at the top. Also released this week are ‘Can’t Love You Anymore’ by Babybird, ‘Battleships’ by I’m From Barcelona and ‘What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)’ by Kelly Clarkson.

Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Arcade Fire, Blink 182, Dappy featuring Brian May and Jess Mills.  Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

5 February, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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