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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

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