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Chart Chat Edition 646 – W/C 08.04.12

Chart Chat Edition 646 – Week Commencing Sunday 8th April 2012

There were three new entries, three re-entries, eleven climbers, twenty songs going down and three non movers on this weeks chart.  Carly Rae Jepsen debuted at the top with her reissue of ‘Call Me Maybe’ which left Sean Paul in the runners up spot yet again with ‘She Doesn’t Mind’.  The other significant singles read as follows :

Top Ten

(NE)01.Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen

(02) 02.She Doesn’t Mind – Sean Paul

(05) 03.Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye featuring Kimbra

(03) 04.Starships – Nicki Minaj

(01) 05.Turn Up The Music – Chris Brown

(04) 06.Part Of Me – Katy Perry

(08) 07.Titanium – David Guetta featuring Sia

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

(10) 09.Next To Me – Emeli Sande

(09) 10.Last Time – Labrinth

Climbers / New Entries 11 – 20

(13) 11.Domino – Jessie J

(14) 12.212 – Azealia Banks featuring Lazy Jay

(28) 13.Oh My Goodness – Olly Murs

(NE)15.Lady Godiva – Alex Day

(RE)18.The Man Who Can’t Be Moved – The Script

(22) 19.Mama Do The Hump – Rizzle Kicks

Climbers / New Entries 21 – 40

(31) 21.Earthquake – Labrinth featuring Tinie Tempah

(27) 26.Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson

(29) 28.Take Care – Drake featuring Rihanna

(40) 30.Paradise – Coldplay

(RE)35.Good Feeling – Flo Rida

(RE)36.Lego House – Ed Sheeran

(NE)39.End Of Time – Beyonce

This week sees British hiphop / Grime artist Sway teaming up with Flux Pavillion on his new single ‘Level Up’. So far he has had four top forty hits, most notably with ‘Saturday Night Hustle’ which featured Lemar and peaked at no.17 in 2008. His most recent success came with ‘Still Speedin” which became his second top twenty hit and was taken from his forthcoming album ‘The Deliverance’ which will be released on Akon’s Konvict Muzik label. I expect the album to be his first to crack the top forty following on from ‘This Is My Demo’ and ‘The Signature LP’ which made no.45 and no.51 respectively. He has also guested on singles by a variety of other artists including The Mitchell Brothers, Wideboys, Karl Wolf and Lupe Fiasco. I expect this to make an impact inside the top twenty next weekend.

Cornershop are back with their brand new single ‘Milkin’ It’ this week. They released their first single ‘The Days Of Ford Cortina EP’ back in 1993 but had to wait until 1996 for their first minor hit, ‘Brimful Of Asha’, which peaked at no.60 in 1996.  A year later the Norman Cook remix of that same single topped the charts and opened them up to a whole new audience.  The follow up ‘Sleep On The Left Side’ made no.23 but since then only their 2002 hit ‘Lessons Learned From Rocky I To Rocky III’ has made the top forty. They are on the verge of releasing their eighth album ‘Urban Turban’ which is set to hit the shops in mid May.  It would be great if this release could secure them a first top forty hit in ten years but my suspicion is that fans will wait for the albums full release before parting with their hard earned cash.

‘Guess It Was Me’ is the latest single release by Julian Lennon, who has only reached the UK top forty on three previous occasions across his thirty year career.  His first appearance came with ‘Too Late For Goodbyes’ in 1984.  It reached no.6 and was taken from his debut album ‘Valotte’ which also saw the title track reach the US top ten. A year later ‘Because’, a track taken from the soundtrack of Dave Clark’s time reached no.40 before ‘Saltwater’ also peaked at no.6 in 1991.  Last year saw the release of his latest studio album ‘Everything Changes’ and from that comes his latest single ‘Guess It Was Me’. Unfortunately the chances of this picking up enough mainstream airplay seem slim so I’m not expecting this to appear anywhere inside the top forty next Sunday afternoon.

Monica and Brandy first teamed up together in 1998 for the single ‘The Boy Is Mine’ which reached no.2. Both had enjoyed separate success with Monica notching up five other top forty hits and Brandy enjoying nine.  Brandy was by far the more successful of the pairing as four of hers made the top ten including ‘Top Of The World’ which peaked at no.2. Now almost fourteen years later then join forces on ‘It All Belongs To Me’. The accompanying video was directed by Chris Robinson and draws on influences from ‘Waiting To Exhale’ and ‘Thelma & Louise’. The download version includes the radio edit, the main version and Monica teaming up with Rick Ross on the new track ‘Anything (To Find You)’. While they have suffered some disappointing years of late the combination of them both should see them back inside the top ten.

The consistently original Spiritualized have enjoyed seven top forty hits across their career but so far only ‘Stop Your Crying’ managed to pierce the top twenty, peaking at no.18. Their cleverly packaged ‘Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating In Outer Space’ album gave them a break through in 1997 when it reached no.4 and further success came in 2001 when ‘Let It All Come Down’ peaked at no.3.  ‘Amazing Grace’ saw the band lose momentum although ‘Songs From A&E’ restored them to the top 20.  Now four years on comes their new album ‘Sweet Heart Sweet Light’ which in turn contains their new epic single ‘Hey Jane’.  It’s almost nine minutes long in its entirety so is unlikely to feature much on commercial radio.  It is released on 7″ vinyl this week (the download came out a few weeks back) but is likely to see sales limited to collectors only.

‘Climax’ is the brand new single from r’n’b superstar Usher who has so far managed to appear on twenty one top forty hits including four no.1s. The track was written by Ariel Rechtshaid, Redd Stylez and Diplo and comes accompanied by a video shot in Atlanta and directed by Sam Pilling. His most recent top ten hit came when he appeared on David Guetta’s 2011 top ten hit ‘Without You’. He had a run of three consecutive no.1 albums between 2001 and 2008 when ‘8701’, ‘Confessions’ and ‘Here I Stand’ all topped the chart. His last album ‘Raymond vs Raymond’ could only make no.2 though it sold over 2m copies worldwide.  His seventh studio long player should be ready for release later this year but as yet no date has been confirmed. This looks certain to be a the biggest new entry in next weekends chart.

‘Boyfriend’ is the new single by eighteen year old Canadian singer Justin Bieber. He has enjoyed six top forty hits in the UK with his biggest being ‘Baby’ which peaked at no.3 back in 2010. This new single is taken from his forthcoming album ‘Believer’ and was produced by Mike Posner and Mason Levy.  It gave him his first no.1 in his native Canada and he will be hoping for similar success on this side of the water. It has already made the top five in Australia, New Zealand and the US. The video to accompany the track was directed by Colin Tilley who has formerly worked with a variety of artists including JLS, Lil Wayne, Chipmunk and 50 Cent. His popularity in the UK has never quite matched that he has achieved in the US and Canada so this will do well but I can’t see it really challenging for the top spot.

‘Blue Jeans’ is the new single by Lana Del Rey.  It follows hot on the heels of the top ten success of ‘Born To Die’ and ‘Video Games’ while her self titled album has topped the charts around the world in various countries including Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Ireland and Switzerland as well as the UK.  She won the International Breakthrough Act at the recent Brit Awards and the Next Big Thing at last years Q Awards. The digital EP features a series of new mixes including the Gesaffelstein Mix, the Odd Futures the Internet Mix and the Blood Orange Remix. Those will help to promote the track which had formerly appeared as a double a side with ‘Video Games’. It is accompanied by a video directed by Yoanne Lemoine but I still can’t see it going on to replicate the top ten success of its predecessors.

the critically acclaimed Scarlette Fever releases her brand new EP ‘Great Expectations’ this week. It contains four tracks; the live and studio recordings of ‘Hour Of Sunshine’ along with live mixes of ‘Cheatin’ Man’ and ‘Good Day’. The release follows on from a good 2011 which saw her single ‘Crash & Burn’ reaching no.2 on the Billboard Breakout Chart and it was playlisted by Radio 2. Her subsequent single ‘Elated’ also gained airplay and she supported Robbie Williams, Mike & The Mechanics and Caro Emerald.  Her video was directed by Dani Jacobs and has received over 200k plays on Youtube. Something tells me this won’t be a conventional chart hit but if she can continue to build her fanbase in the way she is doing then she will soon become a recognised name in the year that lays ahead. 

Also released this week are ‘You’re Early’ by 2:54, ‘Blackout’ by Breathe Carolina, ‘Line Up The Stars’ by Ivyrise, ‘Lost’ by Joker, ‘Disparate Youth’ by Santigold, ‘We Own The Night’ by Tiesto & Wolfgang Gartner featuring Luciana, ‘Motoring’ by Toy and ‘No One Does It Better’ by You Me At Six.

Justin Bieber will probably be the weeks highest new entry but I expect Carly Rae Jepsen to hold on for a second week at no.1. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include B.o.B., Marina & The Diamonds, Newton Faulkner and Sak Noel.  Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

8 April, 2012 Posted by | ChartChat | Leave a comment

Chart Chat Editon 645 – W/C 01.04.12

Chart Chat Edition 645 – Week Commencing Sunday 1st April 2012

There were five new entries, one re-entry, eight climbers, twenty one going down and five non movers on this weeks chart.  Once more it was a case of all change at the top with Chris Brown scoring his first UK chart topper with ‘Turn Up The Music’.  His success meant that Sean Paul had to settle for the runners up spot for a second week in a row with ‘She Doesn’t Mind’.  The main movers this week were as follows :

Top Ten
(NE)01.Turn Up The Music – Chris Brown
(02) 02.She Doesn’t Mind – Sean Paul
(05) 03.Starships – Nicki Minaj
(01) 04.Part Of Me – Katy Perry
(03) 05.Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye featuring Kimbra
(NE)06.Ill Manors – Plan B
(08) 07.Wild Ones – Flo Rida featuring Sia
(07) 08.Titanium – David Guetta featuring Sia
(04) 09.Last Time – Labrinth
(09) 10.Next To Me – Emeli Sande

Climbers / New Entries 11 – 20

(14) 13.Domino – Jessie J

(20) 14.212 – Azealia Banks featuring Lazy Jay

Climbers / New Entries 21 – 40
(29) 23.Sorry For Party Rocking – LMFAO
(28) 25.Talk That Talk – Rihanna featuring Jay-Z
(NE)28.Oh My Goodness – Olly Murs
(40) 29.Take Care – Drake featuring Rihanna
(RE)31.Earthquake – Labrinth featuring Tinie Tempah
(33) 32.Dance With Me Tonight – Olly Murs
(NE)35.If You Wanna – The Vaccines
(NE)36.Fever – B Traits featuring Elisabeth Troy

‘Never Let Me Go’ is the new single from Florence & The Machine.  Florence has just completed her UK tour, and a recent run of appearances which has also seen her take in the NME Awards and The Brits. Her debut album ‘Lungs’ yielded seven singles although only three actually made the top forty.  The follow up ‘Ceremonials’ topped the charts and has so far seen another two top forty hits in ‘What The Water Gave Me’ and ‘Shake It Out’.  She is the latest artist to be releasing an MTV Unplugged collection which features her duet with Josh Homme on the Johnny Cash classic ‘Jackson’. The track has a video directed by Tabitha Denholm and is being performed as one of the encore tracks on her current tour.  I’m not sure if it will succeed as a standalone single but it will be good to see this gain radio / TV airplay as for me it is one of the best songs on the album.
Following the disappointing performance of her last release ‘Give Me All Your Luvin” Madonna is back with her new single ‘Girl Gone Wild’.  It can’t be disputed that the success of the single was impacted by the exclusion of sales over the first four days when it was “given” to those pre-ordering the ‘MDNA’ album.  However what had a bigger impact was the decision of both Radio 1 and Radio 2 not to playlist the track with Madonna’s age possibly being an issue to Radio 1 while MIA and Nicki Minaj don’t usually appeal to the Radio 2 crowd.  Just like its predecessor, ‘Girl Gone Wild’ is a decent pop song and shows that she may be slighly out of fashion but her music is as strong as it has been. I think this will do enough to see her back inside the top twenty although its success may depend upon how strong early sales are for ‘MDNA’.
Jar Of Hearts’ gave American singer songwriter Christina Perri a debut top five hit with the song being given a new lease of life following its performance by Craig on the X Factor television programme and a subsequent performance by Christina herself on Dancing On Ice. The track also made the top five in Australia, Finland and Ireland while peaking at no.17 in the US.  The release of ‘Arms’ as the follow up was delayed following the decision to release ‘A Thousand Years’ which featured on the soundtrack to the much hyped ‘The Twilight Saga : Breaking Dawn’.  Her album ‘lovestrong’ has already been a big success and has received Silver status in the UK while making the top five in the US, Australia and Ireland. Her talent suggests she will be much more than a one hit wonder though she finds herself in the midst of a very competitive genre. 

Olly Murs is back this week and is aiming for another big hit with the release of his new single ‘Oh My Goodness’. The track is the third to be taken from his recently released chart topping album ‘In Case You Didn’t Know’ and if successful could go on to become his fourth no.1 hit. He was runner up to Joe McElderry in the sixth series of X Factor TV show but has gone on to bigger success, while the act he edged out into third spot was Stacey Solomon who has also gone on to carve out a career of her own. The single comes accompanied by the Cagedbaby Club Mix, the Live Acoustic performance and a new track ‘Don’t Say Goodnight Yet’. The track was co-written by Murs along with Adam Argyle and Martin Brammer but given the positive album sales I think it will struggle to match the success of his earlier singles. 

English folk singer Laura Marling releases her new single ‘All My Rage’ this week. She has never made the top forty as a solo artist but did gain a credit on Noah & The Whale’s top ten hit ‘5 Years Time (Sun Sun Sun)’ and Mystery Jet’s no.34 hit ‘Young Love’. Despite this she has made the top five with her last two albums ‘I Speak Because I Can’ and ‘A Creature I Don’t Know’. She is currently on tour supporting Andrew Bird before playing the Coachella Festival later this month. She will then head off to the US and Canada before returning closer to home to appear at the Latitude Festival.  Given the albums success it seems unlikely that this will win enough new fans for it to make the top forty.  The low cost of issuing download singles mean she can’t lose and if this gains some airplay in promotion of the album then it can only be a good thing.

While she has only had relatively modest success in the UK, Country music singer Taylor Swift was the most financially successful artist of 2011 with earnings of more than $35m. To date she has only reached the UK top forty on three occasions, most notably with her no.2 hit ‘Love Story’. She has however reached the top ten with her last two albums ‘Fearless’ and ‘Speak Now’. This week sees her release her new single ‘Safe & Sound’ which is taken from the soundtrack to the forthcoming sci-fi film ‘The Hunger Games’.  It comes accompanied by a video directed by Philip Andelman which also features The Civil Wars who are guesting with her on this single. The film will help to bring this track more publicity and so could end up with it becoming a fourth top forty hit for her. 
To date The Horrors have only made the top forty once and that was with ‘Gloves’ back in 2007 which reached no.34. They are a five piece who hail from Southend and originally formed back in 2005. Their popularity has been steadily growing and last years album ‘Skying’ reached the top five. They recently provided support to Florence & The Machine on her UK tour and release their brand new single ‘Changing The Rain’ this week. They are set to play their own headlining tour in May culiminating in two dates at London’s Brixton Academy. So far they have released two previous singles from the album but only ‘Still Life’ reached the top 75, peaking at no.63. Although they are clearly making good progress I can’t see this single being a hit in its own right although their live performances could serve to grow their fan base still further.
Former Pulp member Richard Hawley releases his brand new solo single ‘Leave Your Body Behind You’ this week.  It’s the first to be taken from his greatly anticipated forthcoming album ‘Standing At The Sky’s Edge’ which is released early on in May. He has enjoyed two top twenty albums to date but has been much less prolific on the singles chart where only ‘Tonight The Streets Are Ours’ has been the only real success to date reaching no.40 in 2007.  He is due to perform a live show at the Forum in London in early June and also plans to perform at festivals over the Summer including No Direction Home, Mouth Of The Tyne and Latitude.  He also has appearances secured in Spain and Belgium. There will be some interest in this single but I’m not sure that it will secure him a return to the top forty next weekend.
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (sometimes shortened to TEED) is known to friends and family as Orlando Higginbottom.  He is an electro producer and DJ and set to release his self titled debut album in May this year. Before that comes the release this week of his new single ‘Tapes & Money’. He is currently in the midst of a German tour before heading back off to the US. He is set for various festival appearances this Summer including Love Saves The Day, Evolution, The Parklife Weekender, Rockness and Camp Bestival. As a producer he has remixed various tracks including most notably ‘Marry The Night’ for Lady Gaga and ‘Firework’ for Katy Perry but has yet to enjoy any siginficant commercial success on the singles chart in his own right.  That could all change next Sunday afternoon with this latest track.

Also released this week are ‘Lady Godiva’ by Alex Day, ‘Blackout’ by Breathe Carolina, ‘Call Me Maybe’ by Carly Rae Jepsen, ‘Hotter Than Fire’ by Eric Saade featuring Dev, ‘Black Gold’ by Esperanza Spalding, ‘Love Will Eat You Alone’ by LostAlone, ‘Broke Up The Family’ by The Milk, ‘Starting To Fly’ by Pint Shot Riot, ‘Love After War’ by Robin Thicke, ’17 Girls In A Row’ by Steel Panther and ‘Corner Of An English Field’ by Tribes.
Carly Rae Jepsen seems to be picking up significant airplay and it looks like it might well debut at no.1 next weekend. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Julian Lennon, Lana Del Ray, Usher and You Me At Six.  Until then have yourself a good week.
Ian Anderson

8 April, 2012 Posted by | ChartChat | Leave a comment