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Chart Chat Edition 642 – W/C 11.03.12

Chart Chat Edition 642 – Week Commencing Sunday 11th March 2012

There were four new entries, two re-entries, thirteen climbers, eighteen songs going down and three non movers on this weeks chart. Gotye featuring Kimbra continue to make the top spot their own as ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ held on for another week at no.1. The closest challenge came from Emeli Sande who went back up one to no.2 with ‘Next To Me’. 

Nicki Minaj climbed two places to no.3 with ‘Starships’ and Flo Rida featuring Sia were a non mover at no.4 with ‘Wild Ones’.  StooShe featuring Travie McCoy got a new entry at no.5 with ‘Love Me’ and DJ Fresh featuring Rita Ora were a non mover at no.6 with ‘Hot Right Now’. Tinchy Stryder featuring Pixie Lott scored a new entry at no.7 with ‘Bright Lights’ and David Guetta featuring Sia fell one to no.8 with ‘Titanium’. The X Factor runner up Marcus Collins went straight in at no.9 with his cover of White Stripes ‘Seven Nation Army’ and the top ten was concluded by David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj who climbed one to no.10 with ‘Turn Me On’.

A further three climbers were to be found in what remained of the top twenty.  LMFAO climbed one to no.15 with ‘Sexy & I Know It’ and Lil Wayne featuring Bruno Mars went up three to no.17 with ‘Mirror’. The final climber went to Jay-Z & Kanye West who climbed nine to no.18 with ‘N***** In Paris’. 

There was one new entry, two re-entries and seven climbers in the lower half of the chart. Olly Murs went up six to no.24 with ‘Dance With Me Tonight’ while Cover Drive went back up a place to no.25 with ‘Cover Drive’. Coldplay climbed four to no.27 with ‘Paradise’ and Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera went back up six to no.29 with ‘Moves Like Jagger’. Rihanna featuring Jay-Z re-entered at no.31 with ‘Talk That Talk’ and Lana Del Rey went back up two to no.32 with ‘Video Games’. Flo Rida climbed three to no.33 with ‘Good Feeling’ and Taio Cruz featuring Flo Rida went straight in at no.34 with ‘Hangover’. Labrinth featuring Tinie Tempah climbed back up four to no.36 with ‘Earthquake’ and finally Drake featuring Rihanna re-entered at no.37 with ‘Take Care’. 

This week sees the release of ‘1901’, the fourth single to be taken from British singer Birdy’s self titled debut album.  The track was originally performed by French alternative rock band Phoenix and it made the lower reaches of the Billboard 100 back in 2009.  It also topped the US Alternative Chart and went on to make the top three on the Rock Chart.  To date she has enjoyed two top forty hits, ‘Skinny Love’ and ‘People Help The People’.  The former recently enjoyed a second lease of chart life following its performance on ITV’s Dancing On Ice. The album reached no.13 in the UK but made the top five in Belgium and even topped the charts in the Netherlands.  Despite being just 15 she has vocal abilities beyond her years and if this can pick up sufficient airplay then there is no reason why it could not go on to become her third top forty hit. 

‘El Camino’ was the seventh studio album by the American rock band Black Keys but it became their biggest to date, peaking at no.22. It narrowly missed out on the top spot in the US despite their relative lack of hit singles. This week sees them release ‘Gold On The Ceiling’ as the second single to come from the album. The first single ‘Lonely Boy’ wasn’t a commercial success but did top both the Rock and Alternative charts in the US and Canada. You would have to go all the way back to 2004’s ‘Till I Get My Way / Girl Is On My Mind’ to find their highest charting single though that still only got to no.62. Aside from that only ’10 A.M. Automatic’ has also made the top 75, peaking at no.66. Given all of those facts its hard to see this charting particularly well next weekend although its use in the current Cobra beer commercial may help to broaden its appeal. 

Paul Weller has enjoyed quite a solo career following on from his success with The Jam and The Style Council.  Each of his ten studio albums released to date have made the top ten with three topping the charts. He is now back with a new album ‘Sonik Kicks’ and from it comes the single ‘That Dangeous Age’.  It comes released on two 7″ vinyl formats and one CD with the vinyl editions featuring Green Motorik Version and the Matt Helders mix of ‘That Dangerous Age’ while the CD includes the Ladytron remix alongside new track ‘Portal To The Past’. A digitial release will also feature the Devlin version of the main track.  The song was written by Weller following accusations that he was going through a mid life crisis and it features typically tongue in cheek lyrics.  He has lost none of his edge as the years have progressed and this will hopefully see him back in the top twenty.

While Paul Weller has continued to produce great music as a solo artist it seems to me that Noel Gallagher has been below par with his first album since leaving Oasis.  I did enjoy ‘AKA…What A Life’ but this weeks fourth single ‘Dream On’ seems lackluster compared to the material he achieved with the band. Despite this he has been nominated for a Brit Award for Best Male Solo Artist and is also up for four NME Awards. He has yet to reach the top ten with opening single ‘The Death Of You & Me’ remaining the best chart performer, peaking at no.15. The last single ‘If I Had A Gun’ only got to no.95 and despite the accompanying CD and 7″ format releases of this single I don’t see this reaching the top forty. Fans will be interested to know that the formats feature new track ‘Shoot A Hole Into The Sun’ but that might not be enough to tempt me to part with me.

Of the six singles released to date by Alexandra Burke three have made the top spot so few can dispute she has had a good start to her career. Her debut album hit the top spot and included her debut million selling hit ‘Hallelujah’. Her second album ‘Domination’ is set for release at the end of this year but this week sees her return with the new track ‘Elephant’. It sees her team up with Colombian / American DJ and producer Erick Morillo who has previously worked with Jocelyn Brown, P Diddy and Eddie TIhoneick while also being the brains behind Reel 2 Real who famously had a big hit with ‘I Like To Move It’. A remix of the track was featured on Pete Tongs Radio 1 show earlier this year and it is now picking up radio airplay ahead of its full release.  It’s a great track and could well see her back at the top of the charts for a fourth time.

Hue & Cry haven’t been seen inside the top forty since 1993 when a remix of their hit ‘Labour Of Love’ made no.25.  In its original guise back in 1987 it had given the band their biggest hit They did however notch up six top thirty albums including ‘Remote’, ‘Bitter Suite’ and ‘Stars Crash Down’ which all made the top ten between 1988 and 1991. They have continued to release music and featured in the final of the 2005 competition ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ where they evenutally lost out to the series winner Shakin’ Stevens. This week they are back with a new single entitled ‘Duty To The Debtor’ and its taken from their forthcoming album ‘Hot Wire’. The band are taking to the road again in April where they will play a series of stripped down gigs which sees them go truly back to basics.  I’d love this to be a bit but I can’t this being played on Radio 1 I’m afraid.

The multi talented Georgian born singer / songwriter Katie Melua released her new album ‘Secret Symphony’ last week and from it comes her new single ‘Better Than A Dream’. To date she has enjoyed seven hit singles with her posthumous collaboration ‘What A Wonderful World’ with Eva Cassidy going on to top the charts.  Other than that only ‘Nine Million Bicycles’ has reached the top ten, peaking at no.5. Her main success has come from the album chart where her first two albums ‘Call Off The Search’ and ‘Piece By Piece’ both hit the top spot. Subsequent albums ‘Pieces’ and ‘The House’ also reached the top five. With ‘Secret Symphony’ already released I can’t see enough fans buying this track as a single for it to become a hit. As such I’m afraid this looks destined to miss out on reaching the top forty next Sunday afternoon.

It’s been just over twenty five years since electronic duo Erasure had their first hit with ‘Sometimes’.  They have had thirty three top forty hits since then although their last one ‘Sunday Girl’ came back in 2007. Between 1988 and 1994 they were unstoppable, notching up four consecutive no.1 albums and their only no.1 single ‘Abbaesque EP’. They have continued to turn out top thirty albums including their latest release ‘Tomorrow’s World’ which came out last year. This week sees them release ‘Fill Us With Fire’ as the third single from the album but if it performs anything like the previous two then it is unlikely to come too close to the top forty. The second single ‘Be With You’ did however make the top ten in the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart. This may enjoy similar success that side of the water, and its a shame that it won’t be matched in the UK as this is a great pop single. 

Saint Etienne return to action this week with ‘Tonight’.  The single is enjoying a limited edition vinyl pressing and is taken from their first studio album in seven years ‘Words and Music by Saint Etienne’. It was available to fans as a free download for a short period of time and so that will impact its ability to become a top forty hit. They have enjoyed fourteen top forty hits across their twenty year career although their last came seven years ago with ‘Side Streets’ (#36).  Their biggest hit in their own right was ‘He’s On The Phone’ although they did gain a credit on Paul Van Dyk’s no.7 hit ‘Tell Me Why (The Riddle)’. Singer Sarah Cracknell has also tasted success as a solo artist with her single ‘Anymore’ peaking at no.39.  Given the nature of its release I don’t think this will restore them to the top forty but I hope that the forthcoming album is a real success for them.

Also released this week are ‘Vacation’ by Alphabeat, ‘Pointless’ by Brilliant Things, ‘Mayhem’ by Clement Marfo & The Frontline featuring Kano, ‘Iron Deer Dream’ by Fixers, ‘Sheena Is A T Shirt Salesman’ by Future Of The Left, ‘Girlwise’ by Jamie Hartman, ‘I Will Dance (When I Walk Away)’ by Katzenjammer, ‘Chaos Lives In Everything’ by Korn, ‘Stronger As One’ by Laura Wright, ‘Bad Medicine’ by Liz Green, ‘Feel To Follow’ by The Maccabees, ‘I’m Getting Ready’ by Michael Kiwanuka,’Paddling Out’ by Miike Snow, ‘We’re All On One’ by Nervo featuring Afrojack & Steve Aoki, ‘Needing / Getting’ by Ok Go and ‘Joyful Reunion’ by Sweet Billy Pilgrim.

While I forsee Alexandra Burke featuring Erick Morillo becoming the highest new entry I think that Gotye featuring Kimbra can hold firm at the top of the chart. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Coldplay, JLS, Nicki Minaj and Will Young.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

11 March, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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