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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

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