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Chart Chat Edition 651 – W/C 13.05.12

Chart Chat Edition 651 – Week Commencing Sunday 13th May 2012

There were six new entries, two re-entries, seven climbers, twenty four songs going down and one non mover on this weeks chart. There was a change at the top for a second week at Rita Ora went straight in at no.1 with her track ‘R.I.P.’. Other main positions were as follows :

Top Ten
(NE)01.R.I.P. – Rita Orra
(01) 02.Young – Tulisa
(02) 03.Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
(05) 04.Too Close – Alex Clare
(03) 05.We Are Young – fun. featuring Janelle Monae
(07) 06.Drive by – Train
(NE)07.Live My Life – Far East Movement featuring Justin Bieber
(21) 08.Where Have You Been – Rihanna
(10) 09.Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye featuring Kimbra
(08) 10.Laserlight – Jessie J

Climbers / New Entries 11 – 20
(20) 17.Boyfriend – Justin Bieber

Climbers / New Entries 21 – 40
(38) 25.Hey Soul Sister – Train
(RE)26.Sweet Disposition – Temper Trap
(NE)27.My Kind Of Love – Emeli Sande
(33) 28.Sexy & I Know It – LMFAO
(NE)29.All I Know – Matrix featuring Futurebound & Luke Bingham
(NE)34.Express Yourself – Labrinth
(NE)39.Turn To You – Justin Bieber
(RE)40.I’m Yours – Jason Mraz

The highly rated British Grime artist Skepta releases his brand new single ‘Make Peace Not War’ this week. So far he has notched up six top forty hits across his career with the biggest being ‘Rescue Me’ in 2010 which peaked at no.14. His last album ‘Doin’ It Again’ reached no.19 last year and he is looking to build on that with the release of his new album ‘The Honeymoon’ later this year. It has already yielded one top forty hit in the shape of ‘Hold On’ which peaked at no.30 earlier in 2012 and I would expect this latest offering to achieve a similar level of success. It features a variety of new mixes on the download release including the Extended Mix, the Blame Radio Edit, the Blame Mix, the Stinkahbell Radio Edit, the Stinkahbell Mix and the Calvetron Mix. This should see him back inside the the top twenty next weekend. 
Although producer Mark Ronson first appeared with ‘Ooh Wee’ in 2003 it wasn’t until his covers album ‘Version’ that he really became commercially successful.  His cover of the Smiths ‘Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before’ peaked at no.2 as did his famous collaboration with Amy Winehouse on her cover of The Zuton’s ‘Valerie’. The follow up album ‘Record Collection’ saw Ronson gain the confidence to provide his own vocals and secured him a top ten singles return with ‘Bang Bang Bang’. This time around he is back with a new single ‘Anywhere In The World’ which features Katy B on vocals. She has already had three top ten hits from her debut album ‘On A Mission’. The two have teamed up to produce a record for Coca Cola and The Olympics, and so this looks set to be big over the next few weeks. 
The Saturdays will be looking to bounce back from the disappointing performance of ‘My Heart Takes Over’ which became only their second single to drop short of the top ten. The ‘On Your Radar’ album from which it was taken only reached no.23, failing to replicate the top ten success of their first three long players. That said nothing can detract from their ten top ten singles which have seen them perform consistently over the past four years while others have come and gone.  Una has been away giving birth but all five members return on their new single ’30 Days’. The song premiered on Chris Moyles Radio 1 show and is expected to appear on a repackaged / reissued version of ‘On Your Radar’.  This is much more commercial than its predecessor and should see them return to the top ten for an eleventh time.
‘Only The Horses’ is the new single by Scissor Sisters and preceeds the release of their new album ‘Magic Hour’ which is released towards the end of this month. Their self titled debut album yielded five top twenty hits but they really hit the big time with their 2006 single ‘I Don’t Feel Like Dancin” which topped the charts around Europe.  However things did not go according to plan on their third album ‘Night Work’ which missed the top spot and failed to produce any top ten singles. Now they are back once more and this latest release has seen them team up with Alex Ridha and Calvin Harris who they met when working on Kylie Minogue’s ‘Aphrodite’ album.  Their underperformance recently may lead to a lack of press interest in their new material but this is still a decent pop song which deserves a place up inside the top ten.
Madonna’s last single ‘Give Me Some Luvin” disappointed, reaching just no.37.  The presence of M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj made the track too modern for Radio 2, yet Radio 1 seem to have turned their back on the 53 year old singer.  Initial sales were also disqualified as it was given away to fans pre-ordering the ‘M.D.N.A.’ album. However the very fact that that album still topped the charts, becoming her eleventh no.1 in the process, despite minimal airplay is a testament to the fact that she remains as relevant today as she ever has been. Now comes the new single ‘Girl Gone Wild’ and hopes are high that this will restore her to the top ten. The track has already topped the US Dance Chart and has a black and white video directed by Mert & Marcus. Keep an eye out for this towards the top end of next weeks top forty.
‘Saturday’ is the new single by The Enemy.  So far they have had two top three albums and five top forty singles.  Their debut album ‘We’ll Live And Die In These Towns’ topped the chart and achieved platinum sales status while their biggest single remains ‘Had Enough’ which peaked at no.4 in 2007.  This year sees them back with a new album entitled ‘Streets In The Sky’ and this is the first single to be taken from it. They recently gained publicity through their decision to play two songs live from the roof of Wembley Stadium as part of the TV coverage of the FA Cup Final. Fans are able to download the new track ‘Gimme The Sign’ free from the bands website and the success of this single should also help to reestablish them amongst their UK fans. Some live shows are likely to follow and overall its good to have the boys back. 
Demi Lovato is aiming for a fourth top forty single this week with ‘Give Your Heart A Break’.  It’s the follow up to ‘Skyscraper’ which became her biggest UK hit to date, peaking at no.32. Both singles are taken from her current ‘Unbroken’ album which is her best performing release to date having got to no.45.  The track made no.62 in the US but has been a massive success in Belgium where it reached no.2. It was co-written by the legendary Billy Steinberg who has had a hand in many classics over the years including ‘Like A Virgin’, ‘Eternal Flame’, ‘True Colours’ and ‘I Drove All Night’.  The single release features the Alias Club Mix alongside new tracks ‘Aftershock’ and ‘Yes I Am’. Her fame remains much greater in the US and unless she puts in the same promotional energy as last time around I suspect this may miss out on the top forty next weekend.
Melanie C is back with a new EP entitled ‘The Night’ which sees her team up with DJ Jodie Harsh. It features three tracks ‘Set You Free’, ‘Sunrise’ and ‘Walk Away’. Including her Bryan Adams collaboration ‘When You’re Gone’ she has notched up eleven top forty hits as a solo artist although it has been five years since her cover of ‘I Want Candy’ became her last success. It’ a far cry from her Spice Girls days which saw nine of their eleven singles top the charts. Recent years have seen her enjoy more success in Germany where all five studio albums have made the top twenty and ‘First Day Of My Life’ topped the charts with the latter only featuring on the b side to ‘Carolyna’ in the UK. This latest collaboration is an interesting change in direction but not one which will necessarily return her to the mainstream chart. 
Australian Indie band The Temper Trap are so far really only known for one song, ‘Sweet Disposition’, which made no.6 in the UK but it also made the top ten in Belgium, Ireland and on the US Alternative chart. The track featured on their debut album ‘Conditions’ which peaked at no.26 and achieved gold status in the US but silver in the UK. The new single released this week is entitled ‘Need Your Love’ and features new mixes by Fort Romeau and NO CEREMONY /// alongside the new track ‘Rabbit Hole’. It will feature on their self titled second album which is released later this month. Tony Hoffer is on production duties having previously worked with Beck and M83. For me this is not as immediate as ‘Sweet Disposition’ which benefitted from being used as backing music to a number of television programmes. 

Also released this week are ‘Oliver Twist’ by D’Banj featuring Skepta and Sneakbo, ‘Breathe’ by Delilah featuring Liam Bailey, ‘Settle Down’ by Kimbra, ‘Tomorrow’ by Niki & The Dove and ‘Neon / Tears In The Rain’ by Queen Of Hearts, ‘Far Away’ by Tyga featuring Chris Richardson and ‘Silver Tongue’ by Zulu Winter.

It’s hard to see anyone stopping Rita Ora getting another week at the top although The Saturdays will be aiming for a top five new entry. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Martin Solveig, Paloma Faith, Sylver Tongue and The Wanted. Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

13 May, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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