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Chart Chat Edition 644 – W/C 25.03.12

Chart Chat Edition 644 – Week Commencing Sunday 25th March 2012

There were five new entries, two re-entries, five climbers, twenty six songs going down and two non movers on this weeks chart. Plenty of changes took place at the top end with four of the top six tracks being new entries. Katy Perry went straight in at the top with ‘Part Of Me’ and the remainder of the significant movements looked like this :

The Top Ten

(NE)01.Part Of Me – Katy Perry

(NE)02.She Doesn’t Mind – Sean Paul

(01) 03.Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotya featuring Kimbra

(NE)04.The Last Time – Labrinth

(02) 05.Starships – Nicki Minaj

(NE)06.Proud – JLS

(06) 07.Titanium – David Guetta featuring Sia

(05) 08.Wild Ones – Flo Rida featuring Sia

(04) 09.Next To Me – Emeli Sande

(08) 10.Turn Me On – David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj

Climbers / New Entries 11 – 20

(16) 15.I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz

(24) 20.212 – Azealia Banks featuring Lazy Jay

Climbers / New Entries 21 – 40

(NE)23.The Swarm – You Me At Six

(29) 28.Talk That Talk – Rihanna featuring Jay-Z

(30) 29.Sorry For Party Rocking – LMFAO

(RE)35.Shake It Out – Florence & The Machine

(40) 39.Rack City – Tyga

(RE)40.Take Care – Drake featuring Rihanna

R’n’B superstar Chris Brown releases his new single ‘Turn Up The Music’ this week and it could well go on to top next weeks chart. It’s the first to be taken from his album ‘Fortune’ which is set for release in May this year. He has enjoyed twelve top forty singles as a solo artist while also featuring on hits by Pitbull, T-Pain and Chipmunk. He has yet to reach the top spot but has had four top five hits with his biggest being his debut single ‘Run It’ with Juelz Santana. Chris co-directed the video with Godfrey Taberez and it was shot in Los Angeles last month. The track has already reached the top ten in the US, Australia and New Zealand with similar success predicted in the UK. There is also a remix of the track featuring his ex-girlfriend Rihanna which marks their first recorded appearance together since they collaborated on a remix of her hit ‘Umbrella’.

British rapper Plan B was undoubtedly one of the breakthrough artists of last year with his ‘Defamation Of Strickland Banks’ album topping the charts and yielding the top ten singles ‘Stay Too Long’ and ‘She Said’. This week sees the release of ‘iLL Manors’ which coincides with the fact that he is working on the film of the same name. Not only is he directing the film but he will also perform all of the songs on the accompanying soundtrack. It is rumoured that upon completion of the film he will move on to complete ‘The Ballad Of Belmarsh’ which itself, along with his last album, is set to be turned into a film. As a serious actor he has appeared in several films including most notably Adulthood and and is due to star in a remake of The Sweeney next year. This should attact a fair amount of attention and as such should become a big hit next weekend.

B.Traits is a DJ who hails from Nelson and who this week releases her new single ‘Fever’. The single sees her team up with Elizabeth Troy who hit the top forty back in 2000 when she guested on the MJ Cole track ‘Hold On To Me’. The track peaked at no.35 but she has continued to make music ever since. B.Traits moved to Vancouver at age 24 where she started to carve out a reputation for herslf and was then recruited by Shy FX in 2007 to become the first Digital Sound Girl on his label. She has made guest appearances on Radio 1 and Ministry Of Sound while also featuring in a variety of magazines including Mix Mag, DJ Mag and Knowledge Mag. She is due to make a one off UK appearance in the Concorde club in Brighton next weekend. I’m not sure whether this is commercial enough to become a mainstream hit but only time will tell. It should do well in the clubs though.

Although American rock band All American Rejects formed back in 1999 they have only achieved three top forty hits. Their 2002 hit ‘Swing Swing’ remains their biggest success peaking at no.13 while ‘Dirty Little Secret’ and ‘Gives You Hell’ both reached no.18. Their first three studio albums all made the top fifty and March sees the release of their fourth album ‘Kids In The Street’. This week sees the release of ‘Beekeepers Daughter’ as the lead single from it, and it is set to feature in an episode of 90210 later this year. The track was written at the end of the bands last tour to promote their album ‘When The World Comes Down’ and is written about a guy who thinks he can get away with anything. It’s bound to feature on heavy rotation on the rock music channels but will need a little fortune if it is to make it into the main top forty.

Paul McCartney’s current album ‘Kisses On The Bottom’ became his first solo outing in almost 15 years to make the top three. The album is McCartney’s attempt to cover songs that he and his family would sing on New Years Eve. You would have to go back to 1987 to find his last top ten single with ‘Once Upon A Long Ago’ and its hard to see his new release ‘Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive’ changing that statistic. The track was written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer and was first published in 1944. It has been recorded by numerous artists including most recently Cliff Richard on his ‘Bold As Brass’ album. The opening single from the album was ‘My Valentine’ but that failed to dent the top 100 and given the download nature of the charts these days its hard to see this becoming a hit next Sunday afternoon.

‘Farmer & His Gun’ is the new single by former Busted frontman Charlie Simpson and its the follow up to last years ‘Cemetery’. While he has yet to reach the top forty as a solo artist his album ‘Young Pilgrim’ did reach the top ten. This single is available in a variety of formats including download, CD and 7″ vinyl. The CD format contains the original demo version alongside the radio edit while two 7″ vinyl editions also feature the tracks ‘Barricades Of Heaven’ and ‘Lost’. He is in the midst of a UK tour at present which kicked off in Ipswich and concludes early next month in Cardiff. He has come a long way since his days as part of Busted, and then Fightstar, and deserves his recognition as a singer / songwriter. This single has clear promotional backing from the label and may yet manage to sneak in at the lower end of the top forty.

‘Bring ‘Em Down’ is the first official single from the new Lostprophets album ‘Weapons’ although ‘Better Off Dead’ was released as a free single earlier this year. They have notched up eleven top forty singles across their career including their two top ten hits ‘Last Train Home’ and ‘Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)’ both of which peaked at no.8. Their last three studio albums have all made the top five with ‘Liberation Transmission’ topping the charts back in 2006. They are about to undertake an extensive UK tour which kicks off in Dublin during April and concludes in London in early May. They will then be continuing on their way with various gigs around Europe. This latest single could well see them back inside the top forty with fans keen to listen to the track ahead of next weeks album release.

Dutch Jazz / Pop singer Caro Emerald releases her new single ‘Dr Wanna Do’ this week. Her debut album ‘Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor’ has seen five singles released so far, all of which have made the top thirty in her native Netherlands but none so far in the UK. That hasn’t stopped the album getting to no.4 in the UK and the top three in Austria and Poland. My personal favourite was ‘Stuck’ but that failed to chart. ‘Dr Wanna Do’ is released as a download and features an acapella and instrumental version of the song alongside the main track. Given those bonus tracks are unlikely to tempt the fans into spending £1.49 I can’t see this charting in its own right but it may provide some additional promotion to the album although it would be nice to see some brand new material from her very soon.

Singer / songwriter James Morrison returns with his latest single ‘One Life’ this week. It comes as a download which features the radio edit, a live version recorded at the Metropolis Studios last year and a cover of ‘Love Is A Losing Game’. He has enjoyed five top ten hits in his career so far including his highest charting single ‘Broken Strings’ which made no.2 in collaboration with Nelly Furtado. His most recent album ‘The Awakening’ has already featured the top five hit ‘I Won’t Let You Go’ and his top 30 duet with Jessie J ‘Up’. With such strong album sales I’m not sure that this will appeal to enough new fans for it to become a top forty hit. That said he has managed to enjoy relatively consistent success across his career so if it can pick up enough airplay then anything is still possible.

Also released this week are ‘The Horizon’ by All The Young, ‘My Baby Left Me’ by Chris Isaak, ‘Shotgun’ by Eugene McGuiness, ‘The Bad In Each Other’ by Feist, ‘Party Like A DJ’ by The Glam featuring Flo Rida, Trina & Dwaine, ‘Back Foot’ by HeavyFeet & Nate James, ‘One Life’ by James Morrison, ‘Devil In Me’ by Jamie N Commons, ‘The Vision Of Love’ by Kris Allen, ‘L.O.V.E. (You Give The)’ by Patrick Hagenaar featuring AMPM, ‘Without You’ by Sarah Atereth, ‘Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)’ by Silversun Pickups, ‘Never Thought I’d See The Day’ by The School and ‘Travelin’ Man’ by Still Flyin’.

I think Katy Perry’s stay at the top looks set to be brief with Chris Brown all set to take over on Sunday afternoon. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Christina Perri, Florence & The Machine, Madonna and Olly Murs. Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

25 March, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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