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Chart Chat Edition 641 – W/C 04.03.12

Chart Chat Edition 641 – Week Commencing Sunday 4th March 2012

There were seven new entries, eight climbers, twenty two songs going down and three non movers on this weeks chart. There was no change at the top as for a third week out of four Gotye featuring Kimbra were no.1 with ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ while Dappy featuring Brian May went straight in at no.2 with their single ‘Rockstar’.

Emeli Sande fell one to no.3 with ‘Next To Me’ and Flo Rida featuring Sia held at no.4 for a second week with ‘Wild Ones’. Nicki Minaj went up two to no.5 with ‘Starships’ and DJ Fresh featuring Rita Ora went down three to no.6 with ‘Fresh Right Now’ .David Guetta featuring Sia fell two to no.7 with ‘Titanium’ but Kelly Clarkson climbed five to no.8 with ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’. Ed Sheeran went up two to no.9 with ‘Drunk’ and Jessie J fell four places to no.10 with ‘Domino’.

Two climbers and two new entries were to be found in what remained of the top twenty. Matt Redman & LZ7 went straight in at no.12 with ‘Twenty Seven Million’ and Chiddy Bang scored a new entry at no.13 with ‘Ray Charles’. Rizzle Kicks climbed one to no.14 with ‘Mama Do The Hump’ and Lil Wayne featuring Bruno Mars went up one to no.20 with ‘Mirror’.

There were four new entries and two climbers in the lower half of the chart. Madeon got a new entry at no.22 with ‘Icarus’ and Arctic Monkeys went straight in at no.23 with ‘R U Mine’. Jason Derulo climbed ten to no.25 with ‘Breathing’ and Jay-Z & Kanye West went up ten to no.27 with ‘N***** In Paris’. Utah Saints v Drumsound & Bassline Smith went straight in at no.28 with the new mix of ‘What Can You Do For Me’ and Demi Lovato got a new entry at no.32 with ‘Skyscraper’.

Crouch End based Indie band Bombay Bicycle Club are back this week with ‘How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep’, the fourth single to be taken from their current album ‘A Different Kind Of Fix’. The song was featured in the Twilight Saga : Eclipse film and was released on the deluxe version of the soundtrack. The first single from the album was ‘Shuffle’ which peaked at no.64, but the subsequent releases missed the top 75. They are yet to taste top forty success on the singles chart with ‘Ivy & Gold’ remaining their highest charting release so far, peaking at no.56. Their albums have enjoyed more success with both ‘A Different Kind Of Fix’ and ‘Flaws’ achieving top ten status. The band are just finishing their US tour ahead of some Australian dates before returning for some UK gigs during April. They are also scheduled to play the Benicassim Festival in July.

Marcus Collins has wisely decided to buck the trend of X Factor contestants who delay releasing any material until a year after the show. He was the runner up in the 2011 series, being pipped to the winning post by Little Mix. He had briefly featured in Eton Road who started out on X Factor but had left the band to pursue a solo career. His debut single is his own take on the White Stripes classic ‘Seven Nation Army’ and so far it has received a mixed reaction. His debut album is released next week and it includes the cover of Jackie Wilson’s ‘Higher & Higher’ which he performed on the show. I actually preferred him in the competition to the overall winners as he does have a genuine stage presence and entertainment value. For me this is a positive step away from covering a ballad which so many contestants seem to do. Hopefully this will chart well next weekend.

Former X Factor runner up Rebecca Ferguson releases her second single ‘Too Good To Lose’ this week. It features a cover of the Longpigs ‘On & On’ as the bonus track and comes with a video which depicts her strolling along Venice Veach in California. She has co-written the track with Ivor Novello Award winning songwriter Eg White who has also worked with a variety of other acts including Adele, Will Young, Duffy and James Morrison. Her first single ‘Nothing’s Real But Love’ was released in December and peaked at no.10 while her album made the top 3 and has been certified Platinum status. She has also advertised Walker’s Sunbites and will headline her own Heaven tour later this year. She has undisputed talent but is perhaps better suited to albums as its hard for some of her tracks to sit as stand alone singles. This will chart, but I don’t think it will challenge the top ten.

Rapper Tinchy Stryder teams up with Pixie Lott for his latest single ‘Bright Lights (Good Life)’. The pair became friends at last years Brit Awards ceremony and decided from there to write a song together. It’s taken from his up and coming fourth studio album ‘Full Tank’ and is part of a two part story. The first part is told from the male perspective (by Stryder) and is released this week as a single. The second part takes on the female perspective and is performed by Lott on her recent album ‘Young, Foolish, Happy’. Tinchy has had a very up and down career which has seen two no.1 hits but his last single ‘Off The Record’ only got as far as no.24 and his last album ‘Third Strike’ peaked at no.48, a far cry from his previous album ‘Catch 22’ that reached no.2. This should do well for him and could even see him back inside the top five.

‘Must Be The Feeling / Innocence’ is the new double a sided single to come from the much talked about Dubstep duo Nero. It’s the seventh to come from their debut album ‘Welcome Reality’ with four of the previous six singles achieving top forty success. Their biggest hit remains ‘Promises’ which went on to make no.1 though ‘Guilt’ also made the top ten, peaking at no.8. Their album was certified Gold and topped the charts at the end of last year, a feat rarely achieved by dance music acts. They were also nominated in last years BBC Sound Of 2011 poll which was eventually won by Jessie J with the band not being named in the final top five. I think this single will struggle given the number of previous releases from the album. However they do have a strong fanbase which could yet propel this towards the lower reaches of the top forty.

‘Thank You’ is the new single by the critically acclaimed British r’n’b singer Estelle who hasn’t been seen on the chart since ‘No Substitute Love’ reached no.30 back in 2008. This became her biggest success so far on the US r’n’b chart, peaking at no.21, although it has so far stopped short of the Billboard 100. She has struggled to find the chart in recent months and her underperforming singles ‘Freak’ and ‘Fall In Love’ have been left off the final version of her new album ‘All Of Me’. It’s a far cry from her no.1 single ‘American Boy’ which saw her team up with Kanye West. She has been tipped by some to feature on the judging panel for the new series of X Factor but nothing has been confirmed as yet. Only time will tell if this can become her sixth UK top forty hit to date.

StooShe are a three piece r’n’b group consisting of Alexandra Buggs, Karis Anderson and Courtney Rumbold. They were put together by writer / manager Jo Perry and subsequently signed to the Warner Brothers label. They released their debut single ‘Betty Was Gone’ last October and this week sees them team up with Travie McCoy on the follow up ‘Love Me’. They have been tipped for big things this year and were nominated in T4 Rising Stars Of 2012 and the BBC Sound Of 2012 poll. The track comes accompanied by a video directed by Matt Stawski and will feature on their debut album ‘Swings & Roundabouts’ which is due out later on this year. For me they are a much better girlband than Little Mix and deserve their crack at the charts. The big name guest star will help and this could be a top ten hit next week.

This week sees Loverush UK! team up with legendary Canadian rocker Bryan Adams. It’s been 33 years since he released his first single ‘Let Me Take You Dancing’ although it wasn’t until five years later that he first made the UK chart with ‘Run To You’. He is probably best remembered for his sixteen week run at the top in 1991 with ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’ although he has appeared on twenty seven top forty hits. It’s not his first forray into dance music as he topped the charts with Chicane in 2000 with their single ‘Don’t Give Up’. The video was shot in Southwark, London and the release is accompanied by a series of new mixes including the Proculture Remix, the Steve Smart & Westfunk Remix, an acoustic mix and the Ronski Speed with Stoneface & Terminal Remix. I can’t see this being a massive hit though.

‘Arguing With Thermometers’ is the new single by St Albans based band Enter Shikari. The release comes with a digitial EP which contains the Calvertron Remix, the Taz Buckfaster Remix, the Goth-Trad Remix alongside the main version of the song and the video. The single features on their album ‘A Flash Flood Of Colour’ which was released in January this year. So far they have only seen two singles reach the top forty ; ‘Anything Can Happen In The Next Half Hour…’ (#27) and ‘Juggernauts’ (#28). Both their new album and their first album ‘Take To The Skies’ reached the top five and they have carved out a reputation for their fantastic live shows. Given the positive album sales I can’t see this crossing over to become a mainstream hit but I’m prepared to be proven wrong.

Also released this week are ‘Bada Bing’ by Benny Banks, ‘Love Thine Enemy’ by Cass McCombs, ‘Leaches’ by Deaf Havana, ‘Are You Not Entertained’ by Dot Rotten, ‘Don’t You Ever’ by General Fiasco, ‘Taking A Chance’ by Gilbert O’Sullivan, ”Down In The Valley’ by HAL, Better Than A BMX’ by Herve, ‘Electrify’ by Jakwob, ‘When The Fence Is Low’ by The Lights, ‘Back In Time’ by Liquid Kaos featuring Kirsty Hawkshaw, ‘Go Get It’ by Mary Mary, ‘The Look / Corinne’ by Metronomy, ‘The Crow, The Owl & The Dove’ by Nightwish, ‘Look Around’ by Red Hot Chilli Peppers, ‘Vultures’ by Sennen. ‘Hangover’ by Taio Cruz featuring Flo Rida, ‘Single Blip’ by VCMG, ‘Encore’ by Wallis Bird and ‘Let Love Decide’ by X-Press 2 featuring Roland Clark,

I expect Marcus Collins and StooShe featuring Travie McCoy to be big new entries but I also think that Gotye featuring Kimbra will hold on at the top of the chart. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Alexandra Burke featuring Eric Morillo, Jay-Z & Kanye West, Katie Melua and Paul Weller. Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson


4 March, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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