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Chart Chat Edition 655 – W/C 10.06.12

Chart Chat Edition 655 – Week Commencing Sunday 10th June 2012

There were nine new entries, two re-entries, three climbers, twenty four songs going down and two non movers on this weeks chart. As expected the Diamond Jubilee celebrations had an impact at the top end of the chart as Gary Barlow & The Commonwealth Band climbed ten places to take the top spot. 

Top Ten

(11) 01.Sing – Gary Barlow & Commonwealth Band featuring Military Wives Choir

(NE)02.Whistle – Flo Rida

(02) 03.We Are Young – fun. featuring Janelle Monae

(01) 04.Feel The Love – Rudimental featuring John Newman

(NE)05.Scream – Usher

(NE)06.The Power – DJ Fresh featuring Dizzee Rascal

(05) 07.Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen

(13) 08.Princess Of China – Coldplay

(06) 09.Where Have You Been – Rihanna

(07) 10.Too Close – Alex Clare


Climbers / New Entries 11 – 20

(NE)14.Big Hoops (Bigger The Better) – Nelly Furtado

(NE)15.Overload – Dot Rotten

(18) 16.Express Yourself – Labrinth


Climbers / New Entries 21 – 40

(RE)22.Need You Now – Lady Antebellum

(NE)25.Small Bump – Ed Sheeran

(NE)30.All Around The World – Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris

(RE)32.Domino – Jessie J

(NE)35.Is This Love – Aiden Grimshaw

(NE)38.Whistle – Can You Blow My

As a solo artist Cheryl Cole has notched up five top forty hits including two no.1 hits with ‘Fight For Your Love’ and ‘Promise This’. Her last single ‘The Flood’ was the only one not to make the top ten, dropping short instead at no.18. Since then she has suffered the setback of being dumped from the X Factor US judging panel but she has returned to the public eye in recent weeks including a notable appearance at Cannes in France. Her new single ‘Call My Name’ was written and produced by Calvin Harris and is the first to be taken from her third studio album ‘A Million Lights’. If rumours are to be believed a Girls Aloud reunion is on the cards for later in the year so if this project fails she has a fall back plan in place. This should challenge for the top spot next weekend and with appearances galore on TV right now I see no reason why she won’t top the chart. 

The highly rated electronic duo X-Press 2 release their brand new single ‘In The Blood’ this week. The band started out as a trio but Ashley Beedle left to pursue solo projects. They have hit the top forty on four separate occasions but remain best known for their no.2 hit ‘Lazy’ which saw them team up with Talking Heads frontman David Byrne. Their last top forty appearance came seven years ago with ‘Give It’ which peaked at no.33. This latest track sees them working with vocalist Alison Limerick who started out life as backing vocalist for Style Council and progressed to enjoying five top forty hits including ‘Make It On My Own’ and ‘Where Love Lives’ which both charted twice.  It’s an interesting combination and one which works well although whether it can make it out of the clubs and into the mainstream still remains to be seen. 

Trey Songz is one of a number of artists who have failed to translate their US success across the pond in the UK.  His highest charting single to date in the UK was ‘Bottoms Up’ which saw him team up with Nicki Minaj.  It reached no.71 here compared to no.6 in the US where it achieved triple platinum status. He has made guest appearances on singles by a variety of artists including Chipmunk, J Cole, Diddy-Dirty Money, Drake, Toni Braxton, Ludacris and Mary J Blige.  This week sees him release his new single ‘Heart Attack’ which is the lead release from his forthcoming album ‘Chapter V’. It has reached the top ten on the US r’n’b chart thus becoming his twelfth track to do so.  Sadly his relatively poor chart performance in the UK leads to a lack of airplay which in turn becomes a self fulfilling prophecy.  Can’t see this making the top forty on Sunday.

Although it has already charted on download sales award winning Scottish singer Emeli Sande formally releases ‘My Kind Of Love’ as a single this week.  The digital release comes with five new mixes of the track; the Radio Mix, the Live from Hollywood version, the Gemini Remix, the Machinedrum Remix and the Wideboys Remix. So far her career has seen her make no.2 with both the singles ‘Heaven’ and ‘Next To Me’.  She has also featured on Professor Green’s no.1 hit ‘Read All About It’ and further top ten hits by Wiley and Chipmunk. This is the fourth single to come from her chart topping album ‘Our Version Of Events’ with all of those, including this, making the top thirty. She won the Critics Choice award at this years Brits back in February and is having a fantastic year so far. This could yet make the top ten for her next weekend. 

Despite being just 20 years of age Josh Osho is making rapid advances in the music industry. He performed at a Young Voices concert in Manchester’s MEN Arena and has also supported the Rizzle Kicks on their UK tour. His debut album ‘L.I.F.E.’ has been produced by RZA from Wu Tung Clan and this week sees the reissue of his debut single ‘Redemption Days’ which also features the vocals of Ghostface Killah. Originally the track featured on the B playlist on Radio 1-Xtra and is likely to do so again. It follows on from his April single ‘Giants’ which saw him team up with Childish Gambino. He cites his influences as including Ben Harper, Tracy Chapman, Lauren Hill and Wyclef while he originally came to the attention of Darcus Beese from Island Records through his appearance on the TV show Debutantes. This could well become his first top forty appearance.

The much talked about pop duo Lilygreen & Maguire release their new single ‘Ain’t Love Crazy’ this week. The single features two new bonus tracks in the shape of ‘Falling Out Of Love’ and ‘Domino’. It’s the follow up to their last single ‘Come On Get Higher’ which was released back in February. One half of the duo Jon Lilygreen joined forces with the band The Islanders to represent Cyprus at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest.  However, their track ‘Life Looks Better In Spring’ failed to impress and it ended up in 21st place. He also features in the band Editions when he is not performing with Jon Maguire.  As a duo they toured with Olly Murs and are now also set to appear with Westlife.  Both of those tours will help to grow their fanbase but it is my gut feeling that this single release will still come too early for them to reach the top end of the charts.  

‘Sing For Tomorrow’ is the new single by rapper Sneakbo, and it sees him team up with L Marshall.  The single is released as a download on Play Hard Records and features four versions of the track including the Radio Edit, the Instrumental and the Time Takers Remix alongside the Dancehall Mix and Club Mix of ‘Fire’.  It’s the follow up to his last single ‘The Wave’ which was released last August. He has also previously performed with G.I.Doe on his 2010 single ‘London City’. He has recently gained critical acclaim for his remix of D’Banj’s top ten hit ‘Oliver Twist’. The video to ‘Sing For Tomorrow’ was uploaded onto YouTube over a month ago and has had almost 250k views since. His reputation and popularity are slowly growing and as such there is a good chance that this will become his first top forty hit. 

‘No Church In The Wild’ by Jay-Z & Kanye West is the sixth single to be taken from their critically acclaimed album ‘Watch The Throne’. So far three of the previous five have made the top forty with ‘N***** In Paris’ being by far the biggest hit, peaking at no.10 earlier this year. The track samples three other songs; ‘K Scope’ by Phil Manzanera, ‘Sunshine Help Me’ by Spooky Tooth and ‘Don’t Tell A Lie About Me And I Won’t Tell The Truth About You’ by James Brown. The track features vocals from Frank Ocean and The Dream although the latter was not officially credited.  For me this is certainly one of the best tracks on the album and deserves success as a single.  It has also featured in trailers for the film Safe House and this years update on The Great Gatsby which may have made it known to a wider audience. Could well be a big hit next weekend.

It may be unlikely to pick up much commercial radio but this week sees legendary folk singer June Tabor team up with Oysterband to cover the classic ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’.  In fact this is not actually a new collaboration and in fact it dates back to 2004 when they performed together as part of The Big Session. She has released three albums with Oyster Band including last years Ragged Kingdom. Her first solo album came back in 1976 and featured her take on the Eric Bogle classic ‘And The Band Played Waltzing Mathilda’ which was later also covered by The Pogues. Her popularity amongst critics has remained firm and this year saw her win Folk Singer Of The Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Music Awards.  It would be nice for this to give her a top forty hit but something tells me that the odds are stacked against her from the start.

Other singles also released this week are ‘Stronger’ by Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and ‘Dearly Departed’ by Young Guns. 

The smart money has to be on Cheryl to go straight in at the top of the chart next Sunday. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing singles next week look set to include Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa, Spiritualized, StooShe and 2:54.  Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

10 June, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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