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Chart Chat Edition 649 – W/C 29.04.12

Chart Chat Edition 649 – Week Commencing Sunday 29th April 2012
There was one new entry, five re-entries, seven climbers, twenty one songs going down and six non movers on this weeks chart.  Still no change at the top though as Carly Rae Jepsen holds on for a fourth week at no.1 :
Top Ten :
(01) 01.Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
(NE)02.Let’s Go – Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo
(03) 03.We Are Young – fun. featuring Janelle Monae
(02) 04.Can’t Say No – Conor Maynard
(05) 05.Laserlight – Jessie J
(16) 06.Too Close – Alex Clare
(06) 07.Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye featuring Kimbra
(07) 08.So Good – B.o.B
(08) 09.Starships – Nicki Minaj
(14) 10.Drive By – Train
Climbers / New Entries 11 – 20
(15) 14.212 – Azealia Banks featuring Lazy Jay
(18) 17.Wild Ones – Flo Rida featuring Sia
(24) 20.Greyhound – Swedish House Mafia
Climbers / New Entries 21 – 40
(33) 25.Take Care – Drake featuring Rihanna
(31) 28.Oh My Goodness – Olly Murs
(RE)29.Dakota – Stereophonics
(RE)34.How To Save A Life – The Fray
(RE)35.Use Somebody – Kings Of Leon
(RE)39.We Found Love – Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris
(RE)40.Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera
Cover Drive release their third single ‘Sparks’ this week.  They have had a great start to their career with debut single ‘Lick Ya Down’ reaching the top ten and their last outing ‘Twilight’ topping the charts.  Their album ‘Bajan Style’ is set for release next Monday and they would dearly love another big hit to give it a promotional push. They are a four piece consisting of Amanda, Barry, T-Ray and Jamar.  They hail from Barbados and they gained their first exposure while opening for Rihanna on her Loud tour. The single comes with the new track ‘What I Like’ and three new mixes including the Wookie Remix, the Alias Remix and the Red Boyz Dancehall Remix. This looks certain to enter inside the top ten next weekend and their infectious Carribean sound looks set to dominate the radio airwaves over the Summer months. 

It’s been three years since the last Proclaimers album ‘Notes & Rhymes’ which became their fourth to reach the top forty.  You would have to go back to 1994 to find their last hit single although they did feature on the Peter Kay comedy remake of their classic ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ in 2007. Their new album ‘Like Comedy’ is released next week and this week sees ‘Spinning Around In The Air’ as the first single from it.  Fans who have pre-ordered the album through the bands website will have already had the opportunity to download the title track for free. It’s hard to believe that it has been twenty five years since ‘Letter From America’ first introduced them to the charts.  They have continued to produce great pop songs ever since even if their success on the singles chart has often been few and far between.

Twenty two year old singer Lianne La Havas releases her new single ‘Lost & Found’ this week. It was originally her first EP on the Labour Of Love label and featured Willy Mason on the main track ‘No Room For Doubt’. Now a year on the title track gets a reissue on the Warner Music label.  The download version contains new tracks ‘Liar’ and ‘Empty’ alongside the Ifan Dafydd Remix and the Lapalux Remix.  She was nominated for the BBC Sound Of 2012 poll but failed to make the top five with Michael Kiwanuka being named the eventual winner. Her album ‘Is Your Love Big Enough’ looks set for release in the Summer and will feature this track alongside her previous single ‘Forget’.  For me she is destined to be an artist who manages to shift albums without ever really needing radio friendly singles to promote her but only time will tell. 

Tulisa will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of fellow N-Dubz member Dappy with her first ever solo single ‘Young’. Dappy went straight in at the top with his debut single ‘No Regrets’ while the follow up ‘Rock Star’ made no.2. The track will feature on her solo album of the same name which will launch in November of this year, perfectly timed to coincide with her appearance as one of the judges in the televised rounds of X Factor. Comparisons will no doubt be drawn with former X Factor judge Cheryl Cole who launched a solo career in similar circumstances but for me she had stronger material than this.  This stands a serious chance of going straight in at the top next weekend but she has someway to go if she is to convince fans and listeners to part with their hard earned cash to buy a whole albums worth of material. 

Very few bands can say they have been around for fifty years but thats exactly what the Beach Boys can claim.  Their latter years have been somewhat quieter though with a full fifteen years lapsing since their last studio album ‘Stars & Stripes Vol 1′. Now they are back for a new tour, there’s a new album entitled ”Thats Why God Made The Radio’ and this week sees that track released as the first single. You would have to go back to 1988 to find their last hit which was ‘Kokomo’, a track taken from the soundtrack to Tom Cruise’s film ‘Cocktail’. This track is instantly recognisable as the Beach Boys and takes the listener back to the band in their prime.  I think the album will do well for them but as a standalone single I’m not sure that it will do enough so secure them a return to the top forty.

The Voice has been a big hit on the BBC and has already helped The Script back into the top twenty while Jessie J is currently in the top ten with ‘Lazerlight’.  Now it is the turn of Tom Jones with his new single ‘Hit Or Miss’. It was twelve years ago when Tom had top five hits with ‘Mama Told Me Not To Come’ and ‘Sex Bomb’.  Since then he has returned to the top ten with Chicane (on ‘Stoned In Love’) and Rob Brydon & Ruth Jones (on their Comic Relief single ‘Islands In The Stream’).  His last album ‘Praise & Blame’ featured a series of Gospel covers and became a surprise hit, peaking at no.2 on the album chart despite its lack of hit singles. His brand new album ‘Spirit In The Room’ is set for release later on in May and this is the first single to come from it. I expect this to return him to the chart next Sunday.

The highly rated Dubstep producer and DJ Flux Pavillion returns this week with ‘Daydreamer’, a single which sees him team up with Example. His debut single ‘Bass Cannon’ made the Radio 1 playlist and peaked at no.56 while the follow up ‘Superbad’ (which also featured Doctor P) reached no.61. He was worked on remixes for a variety of artists including Jamiroquai, M.I.A., Example and DJ Fresh and was nominated in his own right for the BBC Sound Of 2012 poll. His track ‘I Can’t Stop’ was sampled on the recent Jay-Z & Kanye West album ‘Watch The Throne’ and also featured in the Kony 2012 campaign. He co-founded the Circus Records label with Doctor P, DJ Swan-E and Dyspro.  His fanbase is growing quickly with each release and this could well go on to give him his first top forty hit single. 

‘Children Of The Sun’ is the new single by rockers Feeder.  It’s taken from their brand new studio album ‘Generation Freakshow’ which was released last week.  The first single to be taken from the album was ‘Borders’ but that only peaked at no.52. The single is released as a download and is also available on 7″ vinyl backed with the new track ”Find A Place’. Their first hit came with ‘High’ back in 1997 but it was ‘Buck Rogers’ four years later that saw them score a top five smash. They later returned to the top five with ‘Tumble & Fall’ in 2005 and notched up their last top forty hit in 2008 with ‘We Are The People’. They are set to tour the UK in November and may also take in some festival appearances over the Summer. Fans and collectors will look to snap up copies of this but with positive album sales I can’t see this becoming a standalone hit. 

Finally this week is twenty two year old Swedish DJ and producer Avicii who returns with his latest single ‘Silhouettes’.  His first hit ‘Seek Bromance’ came under the name Tim Berg (he also records under the pseudonyms Tom Hangs and Ashwyn) and reached the top twenty around Europe. ‘Levels’ then topped the charts in Sweden while peaking at no.4 in the UK. He was also credited on Leona Lewis’ single ‘Collide’ after the track was noted to bear more than a passing resemblence to his instrumental ‘Penguin’. The single version features the orignal mix which lasts a full seven minutes alongside a radio edit. As a DJ he was voted no.6 in the top 100 as decided by readers of DJ Magazine.  I think that this will do well for him and should secure him another hit in both the UK and around Europe. 

Also released this week are ‘Overjoyed’ by Bastille, ‘Bow Wow Wow’ by Bodyrox featuring Chip & Luciana, ‘Noahs Ark’ by David Lynch, ‘Children Of The Sun’ by Feeder,  ‘I Still Believe’ by Frank Turner, ‘Marley’s Chains’ by Honey Rider, ‘Giants’ by Josh Osho featuring Childish Gambino, ‘Speak Up’ by Laidback Luke featuring Wynter Gordon, ‘Youth Without Youth’ by Metric, ‘Drop Dead Gorgeous’ by NVS, ‘Follow Baby’ by Peace, ‘Amber Hands’ by S.C.U.M., ‘Who Am I’ by Starboy Nathan and ‘Out The Blue’ by Sub Focus featuring Alice Gold. 
I’m backing Tulisa to go straight in at the top next weekend – surely Carly Rae Jepsen can’t hold on for week number five? Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing singles look set to include Darren Hayes, Kasabian, Kenny Thomas and Temper Trap.  Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

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

Chart Chat Edition 648 – W/C 22.04.12

Chart Chat Edition 648 – Week Commencing Sunday 22nd April 2012

There were five new entries, one re-entry, six climbers, twenty six going down and two non movers on this weeks chart.  Carly Rae Jepsen held firm for a third week at the top while Conor Maynard came closest to dethroning her by going straight in at no.2 with ‘Can’t Say No’.  Other key movers were as follows :


Top Ten

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

(NE)02.Can’t Say No – Conor Maynard

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

(27) 04.Ordinary People – John Legend

(26) 05.Lazerlight – Jessie J

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

(NE)07.So Good – B.o.B

(05) 08.Starships – Nicki Minaj

(06) 09.She Doesn’t Mind – Sean Paul

(02) 10.Boyfriend – Justin Bieber

Climbers / New Entries 11 – 20

(NE)11.Primadonna – Marina & The Diamonds

(16) 13.I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz

(NE)14.Drive By – Train

(37) 16.Too Close – Alex Clare

Climbers / New Entries 21 – 40

(NE)27.Burn It Down – Linkin Park

(RE)28.Skinny Love – Birdy

(35) 34.Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me) – Birdy

The Cribs are back with their brand new single ‘Come On Be A No-One’ this week. It’s the first track to be lifted from their eagerly anticipated forthcoming album ‘In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull’ which is currently pencilled in for release during early May. They have notched up a total of seven top forty hits in their career so far with their biggest beings ‘Mens Needs’ (#17) in 2007.  Their most successful time came between 2008 and 2011 when legendary former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr formally joined the band.  That time included the release of the ‘Ignore The Ignorant’ album which remains their biggest success peaking at no.8 despite containing no top 75 singles. The album became the third album in a row to be certified Silver for sales of 200k. This could become their eighth top forty hit but I expect fans to wait for the album release.

‘Let’s Go’ sees Scottish DJ and producer Calvin Harris team up with American r’n’b superstar Ne-Yo. A remix of this track was first premiered on Pete Tong’s Radio 1 show while the original was giving its first airing on Kiss FM. It’s the third single to be taken from his forthcoming third studio album which is described by him as containing “epic dance music”. His last two singles ‘Bounce’ (which featured Kelis) and ‘Feel So Close’ have both peaked at no.2 although he did gain a credit on Rihanna’s no.1 hit ‘We Found Love’. He has had eight top forty hits to date but only ‘I’m Not Alone’ has made the top spot. Few can tread the line as well as Calvin between artistic credibility and commercial success so I do expect this to do well for him.  He should certainly be one of the artists who are in with a shout of making the top spot next weekend. 

Former indie favourites The Levellers have enjoyed some fantastic singles over the years, most notably ’15 Years’, ‘One Way’ and ‘Exodus’.  However when I caught them live a couple of years I was a little disappointed and wondered if their best years were behind them.  Trying to prove that not to be the case is their new single ‘Truth Is’ which is released on 7″ red vinyl to celebrate Record Store day and is the first to be lifted from their new album ‘Static On The Airways’.  For me it almost seems to have a more celtic feel to it and lack the rocky edge which made them more commercially successful.  They do not have a formal tour planned yet but are committed to a handful of festival appearances in the Summer months.  I don’t think this will make the top forty but their album should still achieve some degree of success. 

Miles Kane achieved his greatest success by being one half of The Last Shadow Puppets with Alex Turner from the Arctic Monkeys. Their ‘The Age Of The Understatement’ album topped the charts and produced two top thirty singles. His debut solo album ‘Colour Of The Trap’ reached no.11 although none of the singles taken from it reached the top forty. Now he is about to return with the new album ‘First Of My Kind’ and this week sees the title track released as a single. He is set to play a series of gigs across the UK this week and is also pencilled in to perform at various Summer festivals including Benicassim, V Festival, T In The Park and Newcastle Evolution. Fans may want to buy the download of this which features new tracks ‘Night Runner’, ‘Looking Out My Window’ and an acoustic version of ‘Colour Of My Trap’.

Drum n bass DJ / producer Adam F has achieved four top forty singles across his UK chart career with ‘Smash Sumthin” being the biggest of those making no.11 in 2001. He comes from good stock as his father is 1970’s singer Alvin Stardust. Recent years has seen him diversify into acting with appearances in the crime thriller ‘The Heavy’ and ‘Cuckoo’ where he starred alongside Richard E.Grant. This week sees him return with his new single ‘When The Rain Is Gone’ which could give him his first top forty hit in almost ten years. The single comes complete with a variety of new mixes including the Radio Edit, the Original Mix, the Subscape Mix, the Delta Heavy Mix, the Michael Woods Mix, the Adam F & Cory Enemy VIP Mix, the Burns Mix and the Siege Mix. This could well end up in the lower end of the top forty next weekend.

‘The Ghost In Daylight’ is the new album by Gravenhurst (aka Nick Talbot) and this week sees the release of ‘The Prize’ as the first single from it.  To celebrate Record Store Day the track is being made available as a silver and white marbled 10″ vinyl single with a cover of Tim Buckley’s ‘Song To The Siren’ on the flip side. It had originally been discussed as being pressed on 7″ vinyl but the song was actually too long to fit on such a format. Fans can already hear the track at his Facebook page and it has been gaining plenty of critical acclaim. He played a solo set at Rise Records in Bristol last week and is due to play at St Pancras Old Church and Bristol again this week. This is unlikely to generate enough sales to reach the top forty but will hopefully serve to grow his fanbase and promote the forthcoming album.

Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny release their new single ‘Atlas’ this week.  It’s taken from their debut album ‘Yours Truly, Cellophane Noise’ and features ‘Catalogue’ as the bonus track. It’s the follow up to ‘Sweet Tooth Bird’ which was released earlier this year. They are set to play live at a series of festivals over the Summer including The Great Escape in Brighton, The Apple Cart Festival in London, No Direction Home Festival in Nottingham and the Deer Shed Festival in Thirsk. Beth herself is 21 and hails from Newcastle and has been described by The Guardian as “Gwen Stefani with a touch of Brody Dalle” but describes herself as an “anti folk songstress”.  Given that fans already own the album I’m not sure this will secure enough download sales to ensure that it reaches the top forty.

Django Django are a British psychadelic quartet consisting of David Maclean, Vincent Neff, Jimmy Dixon and Tommy Grace.  They met at arts school in Edinburgh back in 2009 and released their self titled album earlier this year.  The Guardian gave it 5/5 while the NME rated it 8/10.  It went on to reach no.33 and this week sees the release of the track ‘Storm’ as a single.  It comes with the Adrian Sherwood On U Dub Sound version of ‘Skies Over Cairo’ as the bonus track. It’s their third single and follows on from ‘Waveforms’ and ‘Default’. They are currently touring France but are confirmed to play live in the UK at the end of May and into June. As with so many artists this week I expect them to be a more of an albums band and as such I don’tt think that this will come too close to reaching the mainstream chart. 

Finally this week sees the release of ‘Open Up Your Arms’ by Ren Harvieu. It is taken from her forthcoming album ‘Through The Night’ which is set for release in early May. She was nominated in the BBC Sound Of 2012 poll but did not make the top five. This week sees her play an acoustic show at the Ruby Lounge in Manchester and then another at King Tuts in Glasgow. During the Summer she is scheduled to play the Blue Balls Festival in Switzerland, Camp Bestival in Dorset and Bestival on the Isle Of Wight. The single features three bonus tracks ; ‘For You’, ‘Sister Morphine’ and ‘The Train Song’ which sees her team up with Karen Elson. There is a growing interest in Ren and her music but I think that the album will perform better than this single though the inclusion of the bonus tracks may sell this to fans. 

Also released this week are ‘Dance With You’ by Lucien featuring Mann, ‘Lift Your Head Off’ by Ruffloaderz & Cutmore featuring Inaya Day and ‘Motoring’ by Toy.

I think Calvin Harris is in a good position to end Carly Rae Jepsen’s reign at the top but it looks set to be a closely fought battle. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Feeder, Cover Drive, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly and Snow Patrol.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

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