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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

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