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Chart Chat Edition 653 – W/C 27.05.12

Chart Chat Edition 653 – Week Commencing Sunday 27th May 2012
There were six new entries, two re-entries, eight climbers, twenty one songs going down and three non movers on this weeks chart.  It ended with .fun featuring Janelle Monae climbing a place to the top while The Wanted missed out as ‘Chasing The Sun’ made it’s debut at no.2.
Top Ten
(02)01.We Are Young – .fun featuring Janelle Monae
(NE)02.Chasing The Sun – The Wanted
(03)03.Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
(01)04.R.I.P. – Rita Ora featuring Tinie Tempah
(04)05.Too Close – Alex Close
(06)06.Where Have You Been – Rihanna
(NE)07.Picking Up The Pieces – Paloma Faith
(08)08.Drive By – Train
(10)09.Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye featuring Kimbra
(05)10.Young – Tulisa

Climbers / New Entries 11 – 20
(NE)11.Dance Again – Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull
(13)12.Starship – Nicki Minaj
(15)14.Let’s Go – Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo
(17)16.Express Yourself – Labrinth
(27)18.Remedy – Professor Green featuring Labrinth
(30)20.Princess Of China – Coldplay featuring Rihanna
Climbers / New Entries 21 – 40
(NE)23.Back In Time – Pitbull
(32)24.Bangarang – Skrillex featuring Sirah

(RE)27.I Don’t Wanna Be – Gavin Degraw

(NE)31.Timebomb – Kylie Minogue
(RE)34.N***** In Paris – Jay-Z & Kanye West
(NE)36.The Night Out – Martin Solveig
‘Words And Music By Saint Etienne’ is the first new album by the band of the same name in over seven years. The band have shown diminishing returns since ‘So Tough’ and ‘Tiger Bay’ gave them back to back top ten albums in the 1990’s.  Their last album ‘Tales From Turnpike House’ only reached no.72 though it did contain the top forty single ‘Side Streets’. They have notched up sixteen top forty hits including their only top ten appearance with Paul Van Dyk on ‘Tell Me Why (The Riddle)’ while singer Sarah Cracknell has also enjoyed a top forty solo hit.  Their last single ‘Tonight’ failed to chart with many fans capturing the free download of the track from the bands website.  This week sees the release of ‘I’ve Got Your Music’ which continues their return to form but may still struggle to make inroads into the top forty.
Having returned to the top five recently with ‘Elephant’ former X Factor winner Alexandra Burke is back this week with her new single ‘Let It Go’. The track made its debut on Kiss FM last month and has picked up airplay on commercial mainstream stations. She has reached the top spot three times with her first seven singles including her debut single ‘Hallelujah’ which sold 105k copies in one day (a European record) and became the 2008 Christmas no.1.  She has also appeared as a guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance and also controversially covered for Kelly Rowland while she was sick on last years X Factor. Her second album ‘Heartbreak On Hold’ is set for release next week and follows in the footsteps of her double platinum selling debut ‘Overcome’. This looks like a contender for the top spot next week and should certainly be the weeks highest new entry.
Paul Weller returns with his new single ‘When Your Garden’s Overgrown’ this week. Although his last single ‘That Dangeous Age’ narrowly missed out on the top forty that didn’t stop him notching up another no.1 album with his latest release ‘Sonik Kicks’.  It’s easy to forget that he started out with The Jam who disbanded thirty years ago.  He then moved on to form the Style Council with Mick Talbot before going solo in 1990.  He has since created a steady stream of hits and has had four no.1 albums. For me this isn’t one of the highlights of his new album, but in my opinion some of his finest tracks have never been released as singles (‘Trees’ from his last album ‘Wake Up The Nation’ being a case in point) but that is equally what makes his albums such a please.  Don’t expect to see this near the top ten but do check out his album if you don’t have a copy.
Wretch 32 teams up with Ed Sheeran for his new single ‘Hush Little Baby’.  He first appeared in the top ten with his single ‘Traktor’ last year and soon followed with the no.2 hit ‘Unorthodox’ and the chart topper ‘Don’t Go’ which featured Josh Kumra on guest vocals.  His album ‘Black & White’ made no.4 but his last single, ‘Forgiveness’ which featured Etta Bond, dropped short of the top forty.  This is now the fifth track to be taken from the album and as such may struggle to appeal to those who do not already have his album.  He has also featured on tracks by Angel, Starboy Nathan and as part of Gary Barlow’s The Collective which raised money for Children In Need with their cover of Massive Attack’s ‘Teardrop’. I think this might well make the lower end of the chart although I’m not sure it will do enough to add another top ten hit to his tally.
The Sex Pistols reissue their classic ‘God Save The Queen’ this week in line with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.  The re-release does not have the backing of John Lydon but has gone ahead anyway.  The track was originally released in 1977 when it was the Queen’s Silver Jubilee and it made no.2 on the official top 40, despite topping the NME charts. This sparked accusations that the chart had been fixed to deny it pole position on Jubilee week.  The song got another run at the chart in 2002 when it was the Golden Jubilee, this team reaching no.15.  It also appeared again in 2007 to mark its 30th anniversary but it could only reach no.42 thus missing out on a third top forty appearance.  It’s a classic song and one which is backed by an internet campaign to promote it towards the top ten so anything could happen over the coming seven days.

One act who is backing the Jubilee celebrations is Gary Barlow and the Commonwealth band who have joined forces to release the track ‘Sing’. He will be hoping the track enjoys more commercial success than his last collaboration which saw The Collective peak at no.24 with ‘Teardrop’ which was set to raise money for Children In Need. It was thought the track would do well following his appearance as a judge on the last series of X Factor, and the song also featured fellow judge Tulisa.  This track was co-written with Andrew Lloyd Webber and will be performed as the opening song of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert on 4th June. It’s the first single to feature Barlow as a solo artist since his collaboration with Robbie Williams on the single ‘Shame’ which made no.2 on its release last year.  This will do well for him but I don’t think it will reach the top spot.

Anne Nolan releases her version of the classic track ‘When I Need You’ as a single this week.  The track is the official single for the Save The Children Build It For Babies Bangladesh Clinics appeal and is released on CD along with her cover of ‘Just When I Needed You Most’. The track first topped the chart when it was recorded by Leo Sayer in 1977 but it made a second appearance in the top five when it was covered by Will Mellor in 1998.  Cliff Richard also recorded a version but that only got as far as no.38 in 2007. As part of the Nolan’s Anne managed to achieve eight top forty hits including three top ten singles but she has yet to achieve any level of solo success. Despite its commendable aims there is a risk that this single will get lost amongst the rush of Jubilee releases and may sadly miss out on a top forty appearance next weekend.

The Ting Tings release their latest single ‘Hit Me Down Sonny’ this week.  It’s the second track to be lifted from their much anticipated second studio album ‘Sounds From Nowheresville’ which was released earlier this year.  The opening single ‘Hang It Up’ missed the top 100 in the UK altogether although it did reach the top forty in Belgium.  The album has so far failed to get higher than no.23 which is a far cry from the double platinum success achieved by their debut album ‘We Started Nothing’ which reached the top of the charts in 2008.  This came after the band scrapped a complete album a year ago following the underperformance of the single ‘Hands’ which made a lowly no.29.  For me this isn’t one of the album’s stronger tracks but it has made it on to the Radio 1 B playlist so may yet see them return to the top forty singles chart for a sixth time in their career.
Michael Kiwanuka was the winner of this years BBC Sound Of 2012 poll which aims to predict which artists will have the most success in the year ahead.  His opening single ‘Home Again’ reached no.29 and that laid the foundations for his album of the same name to reach no.4 in the UK. It has also sold well in Europe with top ten appearances in Belgium, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. His new single is entitled ‘I’ll Get Along’ which was co-written by Michael with Paul Butler. It’s the follow up to ‘I’m Getting Ready’ which was originally released in July last year but got a second outing following the success of ‘Home Again’.  On neither occasion did it reach the top forty despite being playlisted on Radio 1 and Radio 2.  He will be more optimistic that this will be a hit for him though as it is only available as a download there may be little incentive for fans to purchase a track they already own.
Also released this week are ‘La Trompette’ by Aren Suarez, ‘Sunset’ by Avalanche City, ‘Manners’ by Chiddy Bang featuring Icona Pop, ‘Eighteen’ by Daniela Brooker, ‘Mind Control’ by Friends, ‘Wherever I Go’ by Karima Francis, ‘I Learned From The Gaels’ by King Creosote, ‘When She Was Mine’ by Lawson,  ‘God Save The Queen’ by Lissa Hermans, ‘Reunion’ by M83, ‘Went Away’ by The Maccabees, ‘Sign In Dream On Drop Out’ by Poppy & The Jezebels, ‘Where Have You Been’ by Rihanna, ‘Feel The Love’ by Rudimental featuring John Newman, ‘Calling (Lose My Mind)’ by Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso featuring Ryan Tedder, ‘Freud Links The Teeth & The Heart’ by Tellison and ‘My Better Self / Petition’ by Tennis.
Both Rudimental and Lawson look set for big new entries but it looks like Eurovision winner Loreen may well go straight to the top with ‘Euphoria’. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Coldplay featuring Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Marcus Collins and Professor Green featuring Ruth Anne. Until then have yourself a good week.
Ian Anderson

27 May, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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