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Chart Chat Edition 638 – W/C 12.02.12

Chart Chat Edition 638 – Week Commencing Sunday 12th February 2012

There were three new entries, two re-entries, nine climbers, twenty three songs going down and three non movers on this weeks chart. There was a change at the top as Gotye featuring Kimbra completed its climb to the top, going up a place with ‘Somebody I Used To Know’.  That meant that last weeks no.1 ‘Titanium’ by David Guetta featuring Sia fell one to no.2. featuring Jennifer Lopez & Mick Jagger went straight in at no.3 with ‘T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)’ and Jessie J was a non mover at no.4 with ‘Domino’. Alyssa Reid featuring Jump Smokers fell three to no.5 with ‘Alone Again’ while Flo Rida featuring Sia went down one to no. 6 with ‘Wild Ones’. Cover Drive fell one to no.7 with ‘Cover Drive’ and Rizzle Kicks went down one to no.8 with ‘Mama Do The Hump’. Kelly Clarkson fell one place to no.9 with ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’ and Lana Del Rey went down one to no.10 with ‘Born To Die’.  There were still three climbers to be found in the remainder of the top twenty. The weeks highest climber went to David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj who climbed twenty two places to no.11 with ‘Turn Me On’ while Lana Del Rey went back up four places to no.13 with ‘Video Games’. Finally Ed Sheeran went up one to no.14 with ‘Drunk’.

There were two new entries, two re-entries and five climbers in the lower half of the chart. Birdy climbed two places to no.22 with ‘Skinny Love’ while LMFAO went up one to no.24 with ‘Sexy & I Know It’. One Direction climbed twelve to no.26 with ‘One Thing’ and Drake featuring Rihanna went back up two to no.28 with ‘Take Care’. Ed Sheeran climbed one to no.31 with ‘Lego House’ and Rebecca Ferguson re-entered at no.34 with ‘Nothing’s Real But Love’. Madonna featuring Nicki Minaj & M.I.A. got a new entry at no.37 with ‘Give Me All Your Luvin” and Lil Wayne featuring Bruno Mars got a new entry at no.38 with ‘Mirror’.  The final re-entry came at no.39 and went to Maverick Sabre with ‘Let Me Go’.

Next weeks charts look set to be turned on their head by the sad and untimely passing of Whitney Houston aged just 48. She notched up thirty top forty hits across her twenty six year career including three no.1s ; ‘Saving All My Love For You’ (1985), ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ (1987), ‘One Moment In Time’ (1988) and ‘I Will Always Love You’ (1992).  She had undergone a period of ill health from 2002 onwards when her hits dried up.  She made a return to the top five in 2009 with an appearance on X Factor and a new single ‘Million Dollar Bill’. Sadly that was to be her last hit although we can expect a flood of her old singles to return to the chart next weekend with ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ and ‘I Will Always Love You’ selling best based on Sunday download sales.

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. 

French music DJ and producer Martin Solveig last teamed up with Dragonette on his big hit ‘Hello’ and now he joins forces with them again on his new single ‘Big In Japan’.  The ‘Hello’ single went on to top the charts in Australia, Austria and the Netherlands but the follow up ‘Ready 2 Go’ stalled at no.48 in the UK although its performance around Europe was slightly stronger making no.20 in France and no.24 in the Netherlands. The track features on his fifth album ‘Smash’ which made the top twenty in his native France. He is certainly one of the more commercial exponents of dance music and I think that he will achieve a crossover hit with this next Sunday afternoon. As you’d expect the single comes complete with a plethora of remixes including the Les Bros mix, the Denzal Park mix, the Tom Syma mix and the Ziggy Stardust Mix.  Watch out for this in the top twenty or possibly even the top ten. 

One Direction have undoubtedly got their career off to a good start.  ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ topped the charts last year selling over 500k copies in the process and finishing as one of the twenty best selling singles of the year. The follow up ‘Gotta Be You’ only made no.3 and dropped out of the top ten after just one week.  However that didn’t impact sales of their album which topped the chart selling 139k copies in its first week and now almost 500k in total.  Their third single ‘One Thing’ is released this week and its success may be in the balance with such strong sales of the album.  It’s a bit stronger than the previous single and if nothing else will allow them to appear on countless TV and radio shows in promotion of the album.  They can be proud of their achievements and a third top twenty hit would see them outperform the eventual winner Matt Cardle whose third single ‘Starlight’ missed the top 200.

Indie legends Dodgy are back with a new album later this month entitled ‘Stand Upright In A Cool Place’ and from it comes the new single ‘What Became Of You’. The band are set to play a series of live gigs during February before returning with further shows during May.  The last of their nine top forty hits came in 1998 with ‘Every Single Day’ while their most successful single remains ‘Good Enough’ which peaked at no.4 two years earlier.  While the band continued to perform without him, 2007 marked the return of original bass player Nigel Clark after a nine year absence. They successfully played Glastonbury in 2009 before returning to the studio to record their first new material in over ten years.  It’s good to have them back although I suspect that fans are more likely to wait for the album than rush to download the single.

Last year saw Indie favourites The King Blues release their third album ‘Punk & Poetry’ and it did well, peaking at no.31 in the charts.  Their music blends ska with punk and their influences are said to include Public Enemy, The Clash, The Specials and Minor Threat. They have yet to come close to the top forty with ‘Save The World, ‘Get The Girl’ (#68) and ‘Headbutt’ (#72) being their only top 75 hits to date. My favourite track of theirs remains ‘My Boulder’ although that failed to make any inroads into the top 100. This week sees them release their new single ‘Does Anybody Care About Us?’ and it would be great if it was to give them a debut top forty appearance. They do not have any live shows planned at this stage though as with many other bands they may well put in some appearances over the Summer festivals.

Pop / disco band Scissor Sisters have achieved nine top forty hits in their chart career so far with their biggest hit undoubtedly being ‘I Don’t Feel Like Dancin” which reached the top spot in Australia, Austria, Germany, Norway and Sweden. It featured on their million selling album ‘Ta-Dah’ although the band achieved less success with their last album ‘Night Work’ which became their first not to top the chart, nor did it contain any top ten hits.  This week sees them back with their new single ‘Shady Love’ which also features Krysal Pepsy (better known as Azealia Banks). The track was co-written and produced by Alex Ridha who has previously worked with Depeche Mode and Snoop Dogg.  Even the hard to please journal NME gave this the thumbs up and I think this could be just the track to return the band inside the top ten.

The multi talented soul singer Beverley Knight has already enjoyed a long and successful career which has seen her release seven studio albums and win three MOBO Awards. This week sees her release two new singles, ‘Round And Around’ and ‘The Love Soul EP’. The first features a new series of mixes of that track while the ‘Love Soul’ EP features live versions of her versions of ‘Always & Forever’, ‘Say I’m Your Number One’, ‘Round And Around’ and ‘Damn’. To date she only has two top ten hits to her name; ‘Shoulda Woulda Coulda’ and ‘Come As You Are’ but she has made the top forty on a total of thirteen occasions. She is a consistent performer who has seen her last six albums make the top twenty. It is testament to her popularity that she is still going today and I hope she has many more years ahead of her yet. 

‘Next To Me’ is the new single by Scottish r’n’b singer Emeli Sande. Its her third single release so far and follows on from her no.2 hit ‘Heaven’ and the follow up ‘Daddy’ which reached no.21. All three tracks are set to feature on her debut album ‘Our Version Of Events’ which is released this month. She has also featured on top ten hits by Chipmunk and Wiley while taking a starring role on Professor Green’s no.1 hit ‘Read All About It’. She is the winner of the 2012 Critics Choice Award at the Brit Awards where she is also nominated for the Best British Breakthrough Act. She also has nominations at the Virgin Media Music Awards (Best Newcomer and Best Collaboration) and the MOBO Awards (Best Newcomer).  With so much critical acclaim the pressure will be on her to deliver commercial success but with material such as this she shouldn’t have too much trouble.

Finally this week sees The Kills release their single ‘The Last Goodbye’.  The duo consist of Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince who is now perhaps most famous as being Kate Moss’ husband. The track features on their top forty album ‘Blood Pressures’ and comes accompanied by a video directed by Samantha Morton. The album was their biggest to date, and peaked at the anchor position of no.40. In the UK their only top forty hit was ‘The Good Ones’ which made no.23 back in 2005 and with two singles released already from this album its hard to see this achieving significant success on its own.  That is unlikely to bother the duo too much as they have been together for the best part of ten years and have achieved consistant album chart placings.  They are renowned for their live performances and hopefully we can expect a brand new album from them very soon.

Also released this week are ‘Capricornia’ by Allo Darlin’, ‘Reckless (With Your Love)’ by Azari & III, ‘Sun God’ by Cut Copy, ‘Forgot About Yesterday’ by Daniela Brooker, ‘Hot Right Now’ by DJ Fresh featuring Rita Ora, ‘If This Ain’t Love’ by Erick Morillo & Eddie Thoneick featuring Skin, ‘Emmylou’ by First Aid Kit, ‘Hands In The Air’ by Gracious K, ‘So Many’ by Kcat, ‘The Last Goodbye’ by The Kills, ‘Get A New One’ by Kosheen and ‘We’re A Crowd’ by The Twang. 

The battle for the top spot looks interesting with DJ Fresh likely to be the highest new entry with ‘Hot Right Now’ while Gotye featuring Kimbra are no flash in the pan and will plan to hold on.  Whitney Houston sales will be high, but whether one specific track can return her to the top spot remains to be seen. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Cher Lloyd featuring Astro, Grouplove, James Morrison and Kasabian.  Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

12 February, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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