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Chart Chat Edition 640 – W/C 26.02.12

Chart Chat Edition 640 – Week Commencing Sunday 26th February 2012

There were five new entries, three re-entries, fourteen climbers, thirteen songs going down and five non movers on this weeks chart. Gotye featuring Kimbra reclaimed the top spot with ‘Somebody I Used To Know’ going back up two to no.1 while Emeli Sande had to settle for ‘Next To Me’ spending a second consecutive week at no.2.

DJ Fresh featuring Rita Ora fell two places to no.3 with ‘Hot Right Now’ and Flo Rida featuring Sia climbed one to no.4 with ‘Wild Ones’. Sia featured with David Guetta on his no.5 hit ‘Titanium’ which fell one and Jessie J scored a non mover at no.6 with her former chart topper ‘Domino’. Nicki Minaj went up nine to no.7 with ‘Starships’ and David Guetta appeared again at no.8 this time with Nicki Minaj on his latest single ‘Turn Me On’ which climbed three places. Gym Class Heroes featuring Neon Hitch got the highest new entry at no.9 with ‘Ass Back Home’ and the top ten was rounded off by Will.I.Am featuring Mick Jagger & Jennifer Lopez with ‘T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)’ which fell two to no.10.

A further four climbers were to be found in the remainder of the top twenty. Ed Sheeran went up six places to no.11 with ‘Drunk’ and Lana Del Rey climbed one to no.14 with ‘Born To Die’. LMFAO went back up nine places to no.16 with ‘Sexy & I Know It’ and Ed Sheeran climbed back up twenty places to no.17 with ‘Lego House’.

There were six climbers, four new entries and three re-entries in the lower half of the chart. Lil Wayne featuring Bruno Mars climbed two to no.21 with ‘Mirror’ and Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris went back up twelve to no.22 with ‘We Found Love’ following her paint splattered performance at the Brits. Coldplay were also guests at the Brits and they saw ‘Paradise’ go back up one to no.23 while Cher Lloyd featuring Astro re-entered at no.25 with ‘Want U Back’. Olly Murs climbed two to no.26 with ‘Dance With Me Tonight’ and Emeli Sande went back up eight to no.27 with ‘Heaven’. Adele climbed eleven to no.28 with ‘Rolling In The Deep’ and Coldplay got a new entry at no.30 with ‘Charlie Brown’. Adele re-entered at no.32 with ‘Someone Like You’ spending a 57th week on the chart and Ed Sheeran notched up a third top forty hit as ‘The A Team’ re-entered at no.33. Jason Derulo notched up a new entry with ‘Breathing’ at no.35 and Jay-Z & Kanye West also got a new entry at no.37 with ‘N***** In Paris’. The final new entry went to Nadia Ali with ‘Rapture’ at no.40.

‘No Regrets’ launched Dappy’s solo career in style, going straight in at no.1 late last year. Now comes the follow up single ‘Rock Star’ and it sees him form an unlikely alliance with the highly respected Queen guitarist Brian May. Both tracks are taken from his debut solo album which is set for release later this year. In his own right he also guested on Tinchy Stryder’s no.1 hit ‘Number 1’ and his top five smash ‘Spaceship’. As part of N-Dubz he notched up ten top forty hits with the biggest being ‘I Need You’ which remains the groups only top five hit. He is rumoured to be working with The Wanted sometime soon with Rihanna also said to be interested in hooking up with the singer. This is another good song and one which could secure him a second chart topper and achieve his published ambition of back to back no.1 singles.

The original version of ‘What Can You Do For Me’ by Utah Saints reached no.10 back in 1991. The track mainly samples Eurythmics no.1 hit ‘There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)’ and Gwen Guthrie’s classic ‘Ain’t Nothin’ Going On But The Rent’ and was their first hit in the UK. They have achieved eight top forty hits to date including the 2008 remix of ‘Something Good’ which saw them back in the top ten. The remix saw Kate Bush’s sampled vocals replaced with another vocalist but the song still went on to be a big hit all over again. This week sees the release of an update of their debut hit in partnership with Drumsound & Bassline Smith but whether it can match the top ten success of its predecessor remains to be seen. It’s hard to believe that over twenty years have elapsed since its first outing but it still sounds good in 2012.

American band Chiddy Bang first burst on to the scene last year with their MGMT sampling track ‘Opposite Of Adults’ which reached no.12. Unfortunately the follow up ‘Truth’ failed to replicate that success, instead peaking at no.50. They did make a top forty return guesting on You Me At Six’s ‘Rescue Me’ which got as high as no.21. They release their album ‘Breakfast’ next week while this week sees the release of ‘Ray Charles’ as their new single. It was released in the US last year and has made no.62 in the Australian chart. The accompanying video was directed by Alan Ferguson who has previously worked with Fall Out Boy, Gym Class Heroes, Jay-Z and Panic! At The Disco. The digital EP release of the single comes with remixes by Skeet Skeet and JAKWOB alongside the new track ‘What Did You Do’. I think this will give them another top forty hit next Sunday afternoon.

The Drums are an Indie band hailing from Brooklyn in New York who have promised so much but in commercial terms have failed to deliver. Their debut self titled album was hyped by many but failed to reach the top ten, peaking instead at no.16. Of the singles taken from it only ‘Let’s Go Surfing / Don’t Be A Jerk Johnny’ (a reissue of their debut single) made the top 75, reaching no.63. The follow up album was ‘Portomento’ which was released last year, although so far it has yet to make the top forty. This week sees them release ‘Days’ as another single from it and they will be hoping that this cracks the top forty. The band are set to play gigs in Liverpool, Camden and Oxford over the next week before heading off for further concerts across Europe. Given their past history my suspicion is that this will drop short of appearing in next weekends chart.

Demi Lovato has so far enjoyed two top forty hits with ‘This Is Me’ (#33) and ‘La La Land’ (#35). She is much more popular in the US where her albums ‘Don’t Forget’ and ‘Here We Go Again’ made #2 and #1 respectively compared to #192 and #199 in the UK. This week sees her release her new single ‘Skyscraper’ which is taken from her current album ‘Unbroken’ and has already made the top ten in both the US and New Zealand. It comes with a video directed by American film director Mark Pellington who has previously worked with Public Enemy, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Keane and The Fray. Overall she is probably better known in the UK for her appearances as an actress in the Camp Rock movies. She has won numerous awards but sadly major success in the UK continues to elude her, and I don’t think that this will be the single to change all that.

‘Breathing’ is the brand new single release by American r’n’b superstar Jason Derulo and it’s taken from his current studio album ‘Future History’. The track will be hoping to add to his already impressive UK career tally of five top five hits including two no.1 hits (‘In My Head’ and ‘Don’t Wanna Go Home’). The track has already made the top thirty in both the Netherlands and New Zealand while reaching the top ten in Australia. The video was directed by Colin Tilley and was first shown on PopCrush’s website back in November. The digital EP comes with a variety of remixes including the JRMX Radio Edit, the TRC Remix and an Instrumental version of the song. For me this is not as immediate or commercial as his previous singles but it is still picking up significant radio airplay. As such this could well make progress within the top twenty next Sunday afternoon.

‘The Wolves’ was originally the second full single release by singer and musician Ben Howard and it reached no.97 in the chart. The follow up ‘Keep Your Head Up’ saw him break into the top 75 for the first time, and now ‘The Wolves’ gets a second bite of the cherry. Both tracks feature on his ‘Every Kingdom’ album which reached no.7 upon its release last year. He signed to Island Records due to its heritage with great folk singers such as Nick Drake and John Martyn. He has an extensive nineteen date tour planned for November this year which kicks off in Brighton and concludes in Brixton. He played a live version of the single on Zane Lowe’s show earlier this month but with so many fans already owning it on the album I’m not sure that it will become a success on the singles chart. His popularity has increased though and he can look forward to a bright future regardless of hit singles.

Former Savage Garden frontman Darren Hayes returns this week with his new single ‘Bloodstained Heart’. He has notched up seven hit singles as a solo artist although only once has he made the top ten. That was with his first single ‘Insatiable’ which featured on his debut album ‘Spin’ which compares to the four top ten hits he achieved as part of the band. His most recent album was ‘Secret Codes & Battleships’ which was released last year, peaking at no.29. His last single to be taken from it was ‘Black Out The Sun’ but that only got as far as no.101. The track was written with Swedish producer Carl Falk and the digital release comes with new mixes by Monsieur Ad and Kryder Club alongside the new track ‘Ending Before I Begin’. The single reached no.80 on its release down under but will be hoping for a better performance in the Northern Hemisphere.

Sinead O’Connor returns this week with her new single ‘The Wolf Is Getting Married’ and it comes released on both 7″ vinyl and download formats. It’s taken from her ninth studio album ‘How About I Be Me (And You Be You)’ and she will be hoping that it sees her return to the higher end of the charts as each of her last four albums have missed the top fifty. The commercial highpoint in her career came back in 1990 when her Prince cover ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ topped the charts along with her album ‘I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got’ which went double platinum. The last of her five top forty hits came all the way back in 1994 with ‘Thank You For Hearing Me’ which peaked at no.13. While some may be drawn to the tabloid headlines she lets her music do the talking and this is evidence that she is back at the top of her game.

Also released this week are ‘You’re Early’ by 2:54, ‘Matilda / Fitzpleasure’ by Alt-J, ‘Heart Attack’ by The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, ‘Not Your Fault’ by AWOLNation, ‘If I Die Young’ by The Band Perry, ‘The Chambers & The Valves’ by Dry The River, ‘Can’t Get You Off My Mind (Crazy)’ by East 17, ‘Drunk’ by Ed Sheeran, ‘Led Astray’ by Friction, ‘What It’ll Take’ by Graham Coxon, ‘Electrify’ by Jakwob, ‘Running’ by Jessie Ware,’Trycolour’ by Jezabels, ‘Let’s Forget All The Things That We Say’ by Julia Stone, ‘Yawn’ by Kid Massive, Sam Obernik & Jay Colin, ‘Black White & Blue’ by Ladyhawke, ‘Icarus’ by Madeon, ‘Andrew In Drag’ by Magnetic Fields, ’27 Million’ by Matt Redman & LZ7, ‘DJ Ease My Mind’ by Niki & The Dove, ‘Stuntin” by Novo featuring Scorcher & Starboy Nathan, ‘New France’ by Orbital featuring Zola Jesus, ‘Hey Jane’ by Spiritualized, ‘Origins’ by Tennis and ‘We Should Be Swimming’ by Zulu Winter.

Dappy featuring Brian May look the most likely act to challenge Gotya featuring Kimbra but they could yet hold on for another week at the top. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Bombay Bicycle Club, Foster The People, Marcus Collins and Tinchy Stryder featuring Pixie Lott. Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

26 February, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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