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Chart Chat Edition 650 – W/C 06.05.12

Chart Chat Edition 650 – Week Commencing Sunday 6th May 2012
There were seven new entries, two re-entries, six climbers, twenty one songs going down and four non movers.  After four weeks at the top Carly Rae Jepsen made way for Tulisa who went straight in at the top with her debut solo single ‘Young’.  Other key movements on this weeks chart were as follows :

Top Ten 
(NE)01.Young – Tulisa
(01)02.Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
(03)03.We Are Young – .fun featuring Janelle Monae
(NE)04.Sparks – Cover Drive
(06)05.Too Close – Alex Clare
(02)06.Let’s Go – Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo
(10)07.Drive By – Train
(05)08.Laserlight – Jessie J
(09)09.Starships – Nicki Minaj
(07)10.Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye featuring Kimbra

Climbers / New Entries 11 – 20
(13)11.Primadonna – Marina & The Diamonds
(19)15.Titanium – David Guetta featuring Sia
(24)16.Part Of Me – Katy Perry
(23)19.Turn Up The Music – Chris Brown

Climbers / New Entries 21 – 40
(NE)21.Where Have You Been – Rihanna
(NE)23.Out Of The Blue – Sub Focus featuring Alice Gold
(NE)26.Silhouettes – Avicii featuring Salem Al Fakir
(NE)32.Blue Jeans – Lana Del Rey
(RE)37.Higher Love – Vincent James McMorrow
(RE)38.Hey Soul Sister – Train
(NE)39.Daydreamer – Flux Pavillion featuring Example
‘God Of Loneliness’ is the new single by Emmy The Great and it comes backed with a cover of Mazzy Star’s ‘Fade Into You’.  The track was originally written during sessions for her last album ‘Virtue’ but it did not make the final cut.  Now rerecorded with a new vocal it will now feature on a deluxe reissue of the album.  She is currently in the process of releasing four comics and four remixes, with each comic coming with a mix. This leads up to the release of a short film which has been written and directed by Chris Boyle, and stars Isy Suttie. She has released two albums to date, and collaborated with boyfriend Tim Wheeler on an album of Christmas songs last year.  She has yet to make the top forty and I’m not sure that this will be the single to change that.  Her talent is undeniable and hopefully her next album will break her to a much wider audience.
Engelbert Humperdinck has yet to make the top forty during my lifetime with his last hit coming forty years ago when ‘Too Beautiful To Last’ reached no.14.  His legend has lived on though with his 2000 compilation ‘At His Very Best’ and 2004’s ‘Greatest Love Songs’ both reaching the top five. He has now been selected to represent the UK in the Eurovision song contest and will be singing ‘Love Will Set You Free’ which is released as a single this week. The last UK win at the competition came with ‘Love Shine A Light’ by Katrina & The Waves in 1997 and also won in 1981, 1976, 1969 and 1967.  Recent politcal voting has made it difficult for Western European countries to break through and I’m not sure the leftfield decision to employ Engelbert will do anything to change that.  This should see him back inside the top forty though which itself is some achievement.
‘Man Of Simple Pleasures’ is another single taken from Kasabian’s chart topping ‘Velociraptor’ album. It comes released on 10″ vinyl with the Koan Sound Remix of ‘Days Are Forgotten’ on the flip side. So far only the original version of ‘Days Are Forgotten’ has made the top forty from the album, peaking at no.28.  They have however enjoyed a further eleven top forty hits across their career including four top ten hits.  ‘Fire’ was by far their biggest hit making no.3 back in 2009. They have also won four NME awards, two Q Awards and a Brit Award. They are playing live across 2012 with festival appearances at Leeds / Reading and T In The Park already scheduled in. Given the performance of the last two singles (Re-Wired peaked at no.96 and Goodbye Kiss made no.76) I can’t see this doing enough to add to their top forty tally. 
‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’ is the brand new single by Indie favourites The Subways. It comes with the Radio Mix and Instrumental alongside new track ‘To Your Door’. They have enjoyed four top forty singles, all of which came back in 2005. The highest of those was ‘Rock N Roll Queen’ which peaked at no.22 and also became their only hit in Italy. They have also released three albums with the most recent being ‘Money And Celebrity’ last year (which also features this track). As I write the band are in midst of a UK tour which concludes at the Shepherds Bush Empire in mid May. They are then set to spend the Summer playing gigs around Europe with some sporadic appearances in the UK planned in. Given that fans already own this track on the album I’m not sure that this will return them to the chart next Sunday afternoon. 
Australian born singer / songwriter Darren Hayes releases his brand new single ‘Stupid Mistake’ this week.  It’s the fourth track to be lifted from his ‘Secret Codes & Battleships’ album which reached no.29 on its release last year. He is set to play The Secrets Out Tour later this year which takes in seven dates including Dublin and London before concluding in Brighton. He has enjoyed seven top forty singles with his debut ‘Insatiable’ remaining the only one to make the top ten. So far the previous three releases from this album have failed to make the top 100 and you would have to go back to 2007 to find his last top forty appearance with ‘On The Verge Of Something Wonderful’.  His biggest UK success was achieved as part of the now defunct Savage Garden and I don’t think this will add another solo hit to his total. 
‘Falling Down’ is the latest single release by the twenty three year old British Grime artist Mz Bratt which sees her team up with Khalaeliah.  It features a series of new mixes including the Radio Edit, Shogun Audio Mix, the T Star Remix (featuring Krept and Konan) and the Donaeo Remix. She has not yet enjoyed a top forty hit as a solo artist but she did feature as part of The Collective last year who raised money for Children In Need by recording a cover of Massive Attack’s ‘Teardrop’. She comes from a talented family and is the sister of Booty Luv vocalist Cherise Roberts and is the daughter of MC Scallywag from acid house outfit Spiral Tribe.  This is a great track which could see her transition to the mainstream chart though it will need some commercial airplay if it is to achieve that. Watch out for this inside the lower end of next weekends chart. 
Rita Ora last appeared on the chart guesting on DJ Fresh’s no.1 hit ‘Hot Right Now’ but this week she is back back in her own right with her new single ‘R.I.P.’. It comes with three new mixes ; the Gregor Salto remix, the Seamus Haji remix and the Delta Heavy Dubstep remix while the accompanying video was shot by Emil Nava. Her first appearance came on Craig David’s ‘Where’s Your Love’ but that dropped short of reaching the top forty back in 2008.  A year later she auditioned to represent the UK at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest but eventually withdrew from the competition which was eventually won by Jade Ewen.  She featured in Jay-Z’s music video for ‘Forever Young’ and Drake’s ‘Over’. Some are tipping this to go all the way to the top of the charts on Sunday so all eyes will be on this track to see just how it performs. 
Garbage will be hoping to add to their sixteen top forty hits this week with the release of their new single ‘Blood For Poppies’. A limited edition vinyl edition of the track was released to mark Record Store Day which featured the Heads Down Here We Come Mix by Butch Vg on the flip side. Prior to its commercial release it was made available for free on the bands website so that may impact its ability to chart next weekend. It features on their forthcoming album ‘Not Your Kind Of People’ which is due for release next week. Their biggest hit came back in 1996 with ‘Stupid Girl’ which made no.4.  They were asked to record the theme to the James Bond movie ‘The World Is Not Enough’ but the resulting single narrowly missed out on the top ten. It’s good to have Shirley and the guys back although I’m not sure this will see them back in the singles chart.
The Gossip first came to prominence with the title track to their third studio album ‘Standing In The Way Of Control’.  The single made no.7 and the album reached no.22 though the band gained as much press attention for their charismatic singer Beth Ditto as they did for their music.  Second top forty hit ‘Listen Up!’ also came from the same album.  The follow up album ‘Music For Men’ made the top twenty and also contained their only other hit ‘Heavy Cross’. Their new album ‘Joyful Noise’ is due for release in two weeks time and will contain this weeks new single ‘Perfect World’. The digital download contains the radio edit and the full length version although that is only 14 seconds long. I don’t think its as commercial as some of their top forty hits and as such might struggle a bit though the album should still be popular.
Also released this week are ‘Only Love’ by Ben Howard, ‘Good Girl’ by Carrie Underwood, ‘Live My Life’ by Far East Movement featuring Justin Bieber, ‘Perfect World’ by Gossip, ‘Rock-Paper-Scissors’ by Katzenjammer, ‘Baby It’s You’ by Kenny Thomas, ‘One Vision’ by Kimberley Walsh & Alfie Boe, ‘All I Know’ by Matrix & Futurebound, ‘Show Me A Sign’ by Modestep, ‘It’s All Love’ by Scorcher featuring Talay Riley, ‘Yeah Yeah’ by Willy Moon and ‘Money In Heaven’ by Zebra & Snake.
My money is on Rita Ora to go straight in at the top next weekend, displacing Tulisa in the process. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include The Fray, Madonna, The Saturdays and Scissor Sisters.  Until then have yourself a good week.
Ian Anderson

7 May, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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