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Chart Chat Edition 652 – W/C 20.05.12

Chart Chat Edition 652 – Week Commencing Sunday 20th May 2012

There were seven new entries, one re-entry, four climbers, twenty five songs going down and three non movers on this weeks chart. However one of those non movers was at the top of the chart where Rita Ora held on for a second week at the top.
Top Ten 
(01) 01.R.I.P. – Rita Ora
(05) 02.We Are Young – .fun featuring Janelle Monae
(03) 03.Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
(04) 04.Too Close – Alex Clare
(02) 05.Young – Tulisa
(08) 06.Where Have You Been – Rihanna
(NE) 07.30 Days – The Saturdays
(06) 08.Drive By – Train
(NE) 09.Oliver Twist – D’Banj featuring Skepta & Sneakbo
(09) 10.Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye featuring Kimbra
Climbers / New Entries 11 – 20
(NE) 12.Only The Horses – Scissor Sisters
(34) 17.Express Yourself – Labrinth
(27) 19.My Kind Of Love – Emeli Sande
Climbers / New Entries 21 – 40
(NE) 27.Remedy – Professor Green featuring Ruth Anne
(NE) 29.Make Peace Not War – Skepta
(RE) 30.Princess Of China – Coldplay featuring Rihanna
(NE) 32.Bangarang – Skrillex featuring Sirah
(NE) 37.Only Love – Ben Howard
Paloma Faith makes her long awaited return this week with her new single ‘Picking Up The Pieces’. The download version features an acoustic take, the RacknRuin remix and the Moto Blanco Club Mix. It’s the first single to be taken from her ‘Fall To Grace’ album which is due for release at the end of the month and is the follow up to ‘Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful’. Although the album made the top ten only two of the five singles released from it made the top forty. However those releases did continue to break her to wider audiences through numerous appearances on prime time TV shows. She enjoyed successful live appearances with her quirky but stylish dress sense gaining her many column inches in the tabloids. This single will generate considerable interest and may well give her her biggest UK hit in her career so far. 
Boy band The Wanted have enjoyed a very successful career so far with seven top forty hits including two no.1’s (‘All Time Low’ and ‘Glad You Came’) but have been overshadowed a little by the surprise success of One Direction in America. This week sees them release their new single ‘Chasing The Sun’ and they will be hoping that this can add another chart topper to their increasing tally. It comes as part of an EP which features the Tantrum Desire remix alongside a live versions of Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’ and their own hit ‘Glad You Came’. The band were put together back in 2009 by Jayne Collins who was also responsible for The Saturdays and Parade.  However they have gone on to shed their manufactured tab with a series of massive hits. I’m sure this will be no exception and should be able to challenge for next weeks top spot. 

English based singer / songwriter Newton Faulkner has enjoyed tremendous success early on in his career with his 2007 debut album ‘Hand Built By Robots’ topping the charts and the 2009 follow up ‘Rebuilt By Humans’ making the top three. That success has not been matched in the singles chart with only ‘Dream Catch Me’ making the top 40, peaking at no.7 although it did top the chart in Germany.  His 2010 single ‘I Hate Mondays’ did manage to make the top ten in Australia. This month sees him release his brand new EP ‘Sketches’ which features four tracks; ‘Write It On Your Skin’, ‘From The Bars’, an acoustic version of ‘Bricks’ and ‘Feel’.  The lead track is the title track to his third studio album which is set for release in July. I’m not sure that this will become a big hit for him though with fans likely to await the album release later this year.

‘Dance Again’ is the new single by Jennifer Lopez which once again sees her team up with Pitbull. He featured on her 2011 single ‘On The Floor’ which topped the charts around the world. She has notched up eighteen hit singles including three no.1 hits while also enjoying a successful acting career. So far this track has reached the top twenty in the US and top ten in Canada with other areas of the world gaining release dates all the time. The single comes with an instrumental version and the accompanying video directed by Paul Hunter.  It’s explicit content raised eyebrows when it was premiered on the US television show American Idol which also features Lopez as a judge.  Some have also commented on the tracks similarities to ‘On The Floor’ although I don’t expect that to impede its potential success.  Watch out for this up inside the top ten next weekend. 
‘The Wave’ is the latest single from Swedish Indie band Miike Snow.  The release features the Thomas Gold Mix, the Brodinski Mix and the Style Of Eye Remix alongside the Radio Edit version. The original version features on their second studio album ‘Happy To You’ which was released earlier this year. They have yet to achieve any top forty successes, with their highest charting single being ‘Black & Blue’ which got as far as no.64. They are in demand as producers and have worked on remixes by I Blame Coco, Peter Bjorn & John, Vampire Weekend and Depeche Mode amongst others. They are set to play live on Manchester and London before the end of the month and plan to return to perform at T In The Park.  I’m not sure this will be a hit for them but their reputation and fanbase continues to grow as the months go by.
Sylver Tongue is the new project by guitarist Charlotte Hatherley.  This week sees the release of ‘Creatures’ as the first single from the project and it is being launched at a party / live show at the Sebright Arms in London this week. Currently the only other planned performance is with Bright Light Bright Light at Village Underground in mid June. She enjoyed two top forty hits as a solo artist (‘Bastardo’ and ‘Summer’ which both peaked at no.31) having formerly played as guitarist in the band Ash before leaving in 2006. She has also toured as part of Client, Bat For Lashes and KT Tunstall with the latter being credited for uncovering the breadth of Hatherley’s vocal ability which led to the Sylver Tongue project.  She certainly has immense talent and it would be great if this opened her music out to a much wider audience. 

The much talked about trio Lonsdale Boys Club release their brand new single ‘Light Me Up’ this week.  The digital download version features several new mixes of the track including the Dems Remix, the Document One Remix, the Grum Remix and a new take of the track featuring Sway. Their sound has been described as a fusion of disco funk, rock, soul and a little bit of 90’s Brit Pop and this year saw them grow their fanbase by supporting Olly Murs on his UK tour. They are signed to Gary Barlow’s Future Records imprint through Universal and they also worked with the Take That frontman on his charity project The Collective who covered Massive Attack’s ‘Teardrop’ to raise money for Children In Need. They look destined for big things during 2012 though it remains to be seen if this is a release too early for them to make the chart. 
Pakistan born British singer Rumer returns this week with her new single ‘PF Sloan’.  Her debut album ‘Seasons Of My Soul’ became a big hit, reaching no.3.  If featured the surprise hit ‘Slow’ which reached no.16 and the follow up ‘Aretha Franklin’ which peaked at no.72.  She released a Christmas EP with Bert Bacharach (who was partially responsible for discovering her) and has now completed work on her second album ‘Boys Don’t Cry’.  Last year saw her win the Mojo Award for Best British Breakthrough Act and the UK Asian Music Award for Best Newcomer and Best Alternative Act. She performed this track on Jools Holland last week and she is due to sing live at St James Church in London this week.  This is certain to gather some airplay on Radio 2 and could well go on to provide her with a second top forty hit. 
Finally this week sees Pitbull release his new single ‘Back In Time’. The track features on the soundtrack to the new Will Smith film ‘Men In Black 3’ and contains a sample of the Mickey & Sylvia track ‘Love Is Strange’.  It’s the first time Will Smith hasn’t sung the lead track as he took ‘Men In Black’ from the original film all the way  to no.1 and then ‘Black Suits Comin” from Men In Black 2 got to no.3. The Cuban rapper has been enjoying his best run in the UK charts with last year seeing him team up with Afrojack and Ne-Yo on his no.1 hit ‘Give Me Everything’.  He also guested on Jennifer Lopez’s chart topper ‘On The Floor’ and Sean Paul’s no.2 hit ‘She Doesn’t Mind’. Given the tie in to the film this looks set to be a big hit and should become one of the highest new entries on the chart next weekend. 

Also released this week are ‘Breezeblocks’ by Alt-J, ‘Brindisi’ by Amore, ‘Dead And Gone’ by Black Keys, ‘Better’ by Bow Wow featuring T Pain, ‘Play Along’ by Dan Le Sac featuring Sarah Williams White, ‘How Do I Know My Plates On Fire’ by Here We Go Magic, ‘The Night Out’ by Martin Solveig, ‘Dirty Paws’ by Of Monsters & Men, ‘Follow Baby’ by Peace, ‘The Night’ by School Of Seven Bells, ‘Celestine’ by Spector, ‘(I Should Be A) Communist’ by This Many Boyfriends, ‘The Harder You Love’ by Vanquish and ‘Juarez’ by We Are Augustines.

My money is on The Wanted to reach the top spot next weekend but Jennifer Lopez could score a big new entry too. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Alexandra Burke, Paul Weller, Rihanna and Ting Tings.  Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

21 May, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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