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Chart Chat Edition 658 – W/C 01.07.12

Chart Chat Edition 658 – Week Commencing Sunday 1st July 2012

There were six new entries, one re-entry, six climbers, twenty four songs going down and three non movers on this weeks chart. took over at the top with his first solo chart topper although he was credited on Usher’s no.1 hit ‘OMG’.  Elsewhere Nicki Minaj and Jay-Z & Kanye West both have two tracks climbing the top forty while Muse go straight in at no.25 with ‘Survival’ which is now the official theme tune behind this years 2012 olympics.  Other key positions and places are as follows :


Top Ten

(NE)01.This Is Love – featuring Eva Simons

(01) 02.Payphone – Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa

(NE)03.Don’t Wake Me Up – Chris Brown

(03) 04.Whistle – Flo Rida

(02) 05.Call My Name – Cheryl

(06) 06.Feel The Love – Rudimental featuring John Newman

(05) 07.Princess Of China – Coldplay featuring Rihanna

(04) 08.Black Heart – StooShe

(07) 09.We Are Young – fun. featuring Janelle Monae

(12) 10.Wide Awake – Katy Perry


Climbers / New Entries 11 – 20

(NE)12.There She Goes – Taio Cruz

(17) 13.Express Yourself – Labrinth

(15) 14.Where Have You Been – Rihanna

(RE)18.N***** In Paris – Jay-Z & Kanye West

(21) 19.Starships – Nicki Minaj


Climbers / New Entries 21 – 40

(NE)25.Survival – Muse

(39) 31.Titanium – David Guetta featuring Sia

(38) 33.Remedy – Professor Green featuring Ruth Anne

(NE)34.Pound The Alarm – Nicki Minaj

(NE)37.No Church In The Wild – Jay-Z & Kanye West


American r’n’b singer Brandy returned to the UK chart earlier this year (with a bit of help from former collaborator Monica) with ‘It All Belongs To Me’.  It only reached no.23 but became her first top forty hit in four years following up on ‘Long Distance’ from 2008. She has reached the top ten on six occasions including ‘Top of The World’ and ‘The Boy Is Mine’ which both reached no.2. Now she releases her new single ‘Put It Down’ which features, and was co-written by, Chris Brown.  It’s the first to be taken from her forthcoming long player ‘Two Eleven’ and features an epic video choreographed by Frank Gatson who has previously worked with artists including Beyonce, Destiny’s Child and En Vogue. Brown’s star is currently rising and his appearance can only help the track to reach the upper end of the chart next weekend. 

Sex Pistols follow up their recent reissue of ‘God Save The Queen’ with ‘Pretty Vacant’ this week.  It’s released on 7″ vinyl picture disc and comes backed with the track ‘No Fun’. It is somewhat frightening that this is released to celebrate thirty five years since the original version first came out! Back in 1977 the track made no.6, and was then reissued in 1992 making no.56.  A live version was released in 1996, peaking at no.18 while a further reissue in 2007 saw it once again climb the chart, this time reaching no.65. This time around it is limited to 2,500 copies being pressed, and its hard to see a run on download sales.  It remains a classic track, from its distinctive intro to Lydon’s sneering intro line of “there’s no point in asking / you’ll get no reply”. Would love to see this back in the top forty, but even a fifth run in the top 75 would be impressive.

‘Clouds’ is the new single by singer / songwriter Newton Faulkner. It is released digitally this week and comes coupled with the new track ‘Crocodile Smile’. So far he has notched up six top 75 singles in his career but has only once managed to make the top forty.  That was with ‘Dream Catch Me’ which peaked at no.7 and made the top five in Australia and no.1 in Gibraltar. This year has seen him return with a third studio album which aims to follow on from the top three successes of its predessors ‘Handbuilt By Robots’ and ‘Rebuilt By Humans’. The first single from the album was the title track ‘Write It On Your Skin’ which made no.54 earlier this year.  He will be hoping to achieve some reasonable airplay with this as otherwise there is a risk that his fanbase will have forgotten some of his past glories.  I expect the album to do more business than the single.

British Indie band Canturbury release their new single ‘Saviour’ this week.  It’s the follow up to their critically acclaimed ‘Ready Yet?’ single which was released earlier this year. According to lead vocalist Mike Sparks the track is about how the band have reacted to having time on their hands.  In a week’s time they will release their album ‘Heavy In The Day’ on Sweet Lime Records. To celebrate its release they are appearing instore at Banquet Records in Kingston at 6pm. They have a handful of gigs planned over the coming weeks and are schedule to play at the Y Not Festival in Matlock, Butserfest and the Underground Festival. Anyone who thinks they might be interested in the band can pick up a free download of their 2009 album ‘Thank You’ directly from the bands website.  So what have you got to lose!

The much talked about Stowaways release their new single ‘Time For Change’ this week. It is released digitally and comes coupled with a remix of ‘Changing Times’. The video has been available to view on their website for the past couple of weeks now. For anyone unaware of them they are a four piece band whose epic soundscapes have seen comparisons drawn to The Police, Bombay Bicycle Club and Friendly Fires. They have also been championed in recent weeks by BBC 6Music DJ Tom Robinson. To celebrate the single’s release they are playing at Proud in Camden this Friday and are also due to play at the Nozstock Festival in Herefordshire followed by the legendary Death Disco at the Notting Hill Arts Club in September. This may come a little early in their career to become a top forty success but they should expect reasonable sales of their forthcoming album. 

Pet Shop Boys premiere their new single ‘Winner’ on the Ken Bruce Radio 2 show this Monday with a digital release following a day later on iTunes.  The single gets a full release on 6th August with two digital bundles containing remixes sitting alongside a CD format. The track was produced in Los Angeles by the band and Andrew Dawson and is the first track to come from their forthcoming ‘Elysium’ album. It has now been twenty seven years since ‘West End Girls’ topped the charts both sides of the Atlantic becoming the first of four UK no.1 singles.  They have enjoyed an impressive forty two top forty singles with their last appearance coming back in 2009 with ‘Did You See Me Coming’. Each of their ten studio albums have made the top ten but only ‘Very’ topped the charts.  They remain popular today and should secure another hit with this single.

‘I Just Want A Lover’ is the new single by the ever popular singer / songwriter Will Young. It’s the fourth track to be lifted from his current ‘Echoes’ album which topped the chart on its release last year.  Although opening single ‘Jealousy’ made the top five, the last two singles ‘Come On’ (#83) and ‘Losing Myself’ (#72) have both missed the top forty.  The single is released digitally with two new mixes; the Extended Remix and the Wideboys Remix Radio Edit. It was written alongside Mima Stilwell and Jim Eliot and was produced by Richard X. To date he has had thirteen top forty hits including four number ones (which came in his first five releases). My suspicion is that this will follow previous singles in failing to chart, but it will allow Young a platform to tour radio and TV stations in promotion of both it and the ‘Echoes’ album.

‘Move In The Right Direction’ is the new single by Gossip. The digital version features a series of new mixes including the CSS Remix, the Seamus Haji Remix, the Kaz James Remix and the Classixx Remix. Their current album ‘A Joyful Noise’ only got as far as no.47 upon its release earlier this year so the band would like this latest single to give the album a kick start. However their popularity is higher elsewhere in Europe with the album topping the charts in Switzerland and peaking at no.3 in France. The band have enjoyed three top forty hits in the UK across their career but have failed to repeat the success of their 2007 single ‘Standing In The Way Of Control’ which peaked at no.7. Early indications are that this will struggle as a standalone single, and I don’t believe this will be the track which secures them a return to the mainstream top forty. 

Finally this week comes ‘Warm Smiles Are Not Welcome Here’ which is the new single by Enter Shikari.  The digital release features four new mixes of the track including the Mosquito Mix, the Tek One Mix, the Azura Dub and the Tyler Mae Mix. It is also being released on a limited edition red vinyl 12″ format which also features the Hamilton Remix of ‘Sssnakepit’ and a blue 7″ vinyl which replicates two of the mixes found on the download version. The single is the fourth to come from their current album ‘A Flash Flood Of Colour’ which peaked at no.4 earlier this year. Despite their popularity since forming in 2003 they have only made the top forty twice with ‘Anything Can Happen In The Next Half Hour…’ remaining their biggest hit, reaching no.27 back in 2007. Despite the additional vinyl formats I don’t forsee this reaching the top forty next weekend. 

Also released this week are ‘Fine By Me’ by Andy Grammer, ‘Everybody Have A Good Time’ by The Darkness and ‘Wildest Moments’ by Jessie Ware.

For me Chris Brown looks the most likely artist to take over at the top from featuring Eva Simons but it looks set to be a closely fought week.  Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Florence & The Machine, Lana Del Rey, P!nk and The Vaccines.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson


1 July, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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