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Chart Chat Edition 647 – W/C 15.04.12

Chart Chat Edition 647 – Week Commencing Sunday 15th April 2012

There were seven new entries, three re-entries, one climber, twenty four songs going down and five non movers on this weeks chart. There was no change at the top though as Carly Rae Jepsen held off top ten new entries from Justin Bieber, Usher, .fun featuring Janelle Monae and Sway.  The other key positions and movers were as follows :


The Top Ten

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

(NE)02.Boyfriend – Justin Bieber

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

(NE)04.Climax – Usher

(04) 05.Starships – Nicki Minaj

(02) 06.She Doesn’t Mind – Sean Paul

(NE)07.We Are Young – .fun featuring Janelle Monae

(NE)08.Level Up – Sway

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

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


Climbers / new entries 11 – 20

(17)16.I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz


Climbers / new entries 21 – 40

(NE)21.Blackout – Breathe Carolina

(NE)26.Lazerlight – Jessie J featuring David Guetta

(RE)27.Ordinary People – John Legend

(RE)35.Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me) – Train

(RE)36.Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus

(NE)37.Too Close – Alex Clare


American producer, singer / songwriter and producer B.o.B. opened his chart account in the UK with both ‘Nothin’ On You’ (which guest starred Bruno Mars) and ‘Airplanes’ (which featured the talents of Hayley Williams) going on to top the charts.  A third single ‘Magic’ (which this time saw them team up with Rivers Cuomo) also charted but failed to peak above no.16. This week sees the release of ‘So Good’ as a single, and it’s the first to come from his new album ‘Strange Clouds’.  While it has been selected as the first single from the new album in the UK, the US has already seen two singles; the title track (#7) and ‘Play The Guitar’ (#98).  This has to be a strong contender to be the highest new entry next weekend and could even go on to notch up a third career no.1.

Despite the title sounding like a band, Marina & The Diamonds is in fact just Marina Diamandis performing as a solo artist with “The Diamonds” referred to in the title actually being her fans.  She first came to the attention of the press when she finished second in the BBC Sound Of 2010 poll but has continued to steadily grow her fanbase since then.  She has achieved top twenty success with her single ‘Hollywood’ while the follow ups ‘I Am Not A Robot’ and ‘Oh No’ also made the top forty.  They all featured on her debut album ‘The Family Jewels’ which reached the top five on its February release. Last year saw her provide support to Katy Perry on her US and she has also been busy working on her second album ‘Electra Heart’.   It’s a little less commercial than her first album and as such I’m not sure if it can match the chart success of her early material. 

San Francisco based band Train are aiming for a third top forty hit this week with their brand new single ‘Drive By’.  It’s the first to be taken from their forthcoming studio album ‘California 37’ and has already gone on to make the top twenty in the US. Although its a little bit AOR in its sound there is something about it which is really catchy about it and it sounds perfect in the recent Spring sunshine. Their first top forty hit in the UK came with ‘Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me)’ which made no.10 in 2001 and then ‘Hey Soul Sister’ reached no.18 some eight years later. They are however slightly more popular across the water in the US where ‘Drive By’ has just become their seventh top forty hit. At Chart Chat we don’t really have a single of the week but if we did this would certainly walk away quite easily with the award.

‘110%’ is the third single so far by British singer Jessica Ware and is the follow up to her critically acclaimed ‘Running’ which gained considerable radio play following its release in February. It’s produced by PMR labelmate Julio Bashmore and is lifted from her forthcoming album ‘Devotion’ which is due for release later this year. It is released as a one track download and will sound perfect on the Summer days which hopefully lay ahead. She is tipped for big things during 2012 and on this showing its not hard to see why.  She has a headlining show planned for the Plan B venue in her home town of Brixton in August and may yet play live at some of this years festivals. For now fans will have to make do with this track while production is finalised on her debut long player.  Her future certainly looks bright. 

‘Say Goodbye’ is the new single by former Grammy award winning singer Norah Jones.  Her first three albums suggested she could do no wrong, topping the charts in both the US and UK.  However her 2009 album ‘The Fall’ only reached no.24 in the UK although it did peak at no.3 in the US.  She has had very little success on the singles chart with only ‘Don’t Know Why’ making no.30 in the US and ‘Sunrise’ achieving the same peak in the UK. Only in Italy has she scored hit singles with both ‘Thinking About You’ and ‘Come Away With Me’ reaching the top five. Her brand new album ‘…Little Broken Hearts’ is now due for release in May and this is the first official single from it. Given her past performance its hard to see this making the top forty but if it can gain airplay on Radio 2 it might creep into the lower end of the chart. 

Indie favourites Keane return to the fray this week with their brand new single ‘Silenced By The Night’.  It features the exclusive b side ‘Myth’ and its taken from their fourth studio album ‘Strangeland’. It has a hard act to follow as each of their previous three albums have topped the chart. So far they have had nine top forty hits across their career with ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ and ‘Is It Any Wonder’ both peaking inside the top three. The video depicts the band at a lime salt mine in Austin, Texas and was directed by Christopher Sims. The track was originally only intended for release in the US but has subsequently gained full single status across Europe.  I think that fans will be more inclined to sit and wait for the release of the album so I can only see this reaching the lower end of the top forty at very best. 

‘Seraphim’ is the latest single by the highly rated Simian Mobile Disco.  The band are a duo consisting of James Ford and Jas Shaw who previously featured in the band Simian. The single comes released with the SMD extended mix of the track along with new song ‘Put Your Hands Together’. It samples TV favourite Cilla Black and if successful it could see her return to the chart for the first time since ‘Baby We Can’t Go Wrong’ peaked at no.36 back in 1974. Since forming back in 2005 they have released several singles in their own right while also working on remixes for Inner City, Muse, Bjork and Air amongst others.  Their last album ‘Temporary Pleasure’ reached the top forty and its follow up ‘Unpatterns’ gets its release next month. They have yet to reach the top forty and unfortunately I suspect that this latest release won’t change that.

‘Insane (In Da Brain)’ is the much talked about new single that sees DJs From Mars team up with Fragma. This weeks digital release features a variety of mixes including the UK Radio Edit, the Original Mix, the Defraud Club Mix, the Lockouts Remix, the Riley & Durrant Remix, the Muttonheads Remix and the Kenny Hayes Remix. The DJs From Mars last single release was a collaboration with Rico Bernasconi on ‘Luv 2 Like It’ while Fragma enjoyed seven top forty appearances across their career with three of those coming from ‘Toca’s Miracle’ which originally topped the charts back in April 2000. It has been four years now since they last made the chart so they would welcome another run. It’s not a bad track but possibly not commercial enough to cross over onto the mainstream chart next Sunday afternoon.

‘Can’t Say No’ is the final single to be reviewed this week and it comes from Conor Maynard.  He recently won the MTV Brand New For 2012 with 45% of the public vote beating Lianne La Havas, Lana Del Rey, Delilah and Michael Kiwanuka in the process. The video to accompany this track was released in March and has had over 3m views so far.  He is just 19 years old which has seen some journalists draw comparison’s with Justin Bieber.  The single has received positive reviews including Lewis Corner from Digital Spy who described the track as “playful, fun and immediately leaves you wanting another go”. The EP comes with a variety of mixes including the Lazy J Radio Edit, the Document One Remix, the Drums Of London while an acoustic take on the track is also included.  This should give him his first top ten hit appearance next weekend.

Also released this week are ‘Burn It Down’ by Linkin Park and ‘Sorry For Party Rocking’ by LMFAO. 

Conor Maynard could well provide a stiff challenge but I expect to see Carly Rae Jepsen hold on for another week at the top. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Beyonce, Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo, The Levellers and The Ting Tings.  Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

15 April, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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