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Chart Chat Edition 659 – W/C 08.07.12

Chart Chat Edition 659 – Week Commencing Sunday 8th July 2012

There were two new entries, two re-entries, fifteen climbers, eighteen going down and three non movers on this weeks chart.  Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa reclaimed the top spot with ‘Payphone’ while Nicki Minaj scored the highest climber and Blur were the highest new entry.  The main positions were as follows :


Top Ten

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

(03) 02.Don’t Wake Me Up – Chris Brown

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

(04) 04.Whistle – Flo Rida

(08) 05.Black Heart – StooShe

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

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

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

(10) 09.Wide Awake – Katy Perry

(05) 10.Call My Name – Cheryl


Climbers / New Entries 11 – 20

(13) 12.Express Yourself – Labrinth

(15) 14.Drive By – Train

(34) 16.Pound The Alarm – Nicki Minaj

(20) 17.Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye featuring Kimbra


Climbers / New Entries 21 – 40

(28) 22.Need You Now – Lady Antellebum

(26) 24.R.I.P. – Rita Ora featuring Tinie Tempah

(32) 28.Chasing The Sun – The Wanted

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

(31) 30.Titanium – David Guetta featuring Sia

(NE)34.Under The Westway – Blur

(NE)35.I’m Coming (Tarzan Pt 2) – Dappy

(39) 36.Bangarang – Skrillex featuring Sirah

(RE)38.Domino – Jessie J

(RE)40.Let’s Go – Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo


‘Spectrum (Say My Name)’ is the fifth single to be taken from the latest Florence & The Machine album ‘Ceremonials’ and is the follow up to ‘Breath Of Life’ which was lifted from the soundtrack to Snow White & The Huntsman. So far ‘Shake It Out’ has been the biggest hit from the album, reaching no.12 although her highest charting single to date is her cover of ‘You Got The Love’ which originally peaked at no.5 but then returned to no.2 following a collaboration with Dizzee Rascal at the BRIT Awards. The single version contains the Calvin Harris Remix, the Alunageorge Remix, the Maya Jane Coles Remix and the Taito Tikaro & Flavio Zarza Remix.  Although I already own the album the Calvin Harris mix is good enough for me to purchase and if others feel the same it could well end up securing Florence a return to the top ten. 

‘No Hope’ is the new single from Indie favourites The Vaccines, and the first track to be taken from the bands second album ‘The Vaccines Come Of Age’ which is released in September.  That album follows up the critically acclaimed debut ‘What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?’ which peaked at no.4 and yielded six singles although only one (‘Post Break-Up Sex’) made the top forty. The single contains live and demo versions of the main track alongside the new song ‘Blow Your Mind’. It was released to airplay at the end of May and quickly picked up the Hottest Record In The World accolade on the Zane Lowe show. The band won Best New Band at the recent NME Awards and were given the Best New Music award by XFM. This single should become their second hit, and sets the scene perfectly for the new long player later this year.

Award winning American singer / songwriter Lana Del Rey releases her new single ‘National Anthem’ on 7″ vinyl this week.  It comes backed with the bretonLABS remix of the track and is hoping to become the fourth track from her ‘Born To Die’ album to reach the top forty. So far both the title track and ‘Video Games’ have peaked at no.9 with a third single ‘Blue Jeans’ eventually making no.32. The album has exceeded all expectations, peaking at no.2 in the US and topping the chart all around Europe. She is very much in demand at present and recently contributed a track to the new Cheryl Cole album. ‘National Anthem’ is pretty much what you would expect from Del Rey with an atmospheric soundscape overlaid with melodic and haunting vocals.  However with no apparent digital release its hard to see this charting as a stand alone single. 

Alunageorge are an electronic / r’n’b duo consisting of Aluna Francis and George Reid. ‘You Know You Like It’ was released as a digital EP at the end of April on the Tri Angle label and contains the title track alongside new tracks ‘Just A Touch’ and ‘Put Up Your Hands’ while this week sees a 12″ format released. Fans who subscribe to the duo’s mailing list receive free tracks including the Riton Rerub version of ‘You Know You Like It’ and their remix of Lana Del Rey’s ‘Born To Die’. Various other remixes of the main track are also streaming on their website. They have made a number of festival appearances recently and are still due to appear at the Tramlines Festival in Sheffield later this month and Bestival in the Isle Of Wight this September.  Unfortunately I don’t think the release of a vinyl version will be enough to nudge this into the chart.

‘Beg’ is the new single by London based four piece Bombay Bicycle Club and comes released this week on 12″ vinyl with the Tom Moulton mix of the main track on the flip side.  It originally appeared as a bonus track on the bands album ‘A Different Kind Of Fix’ but has not previously been a single.  They have notched up two top ten albums in the shape of ‘Flaws’ (#8) and ‘A Different Kind Of Fix’ (#6) but have never made the singles chart with ‘Ivy & Gold’ remaining their highest charting single peaking at no.56. They are due to play at the Benicassim Festival in Spain this week before setting off for the US. They are due to appear at the Olympics Closing Ceremony in Hyde Park on 12th August and will also be at the Leeds / Reading Festival later the same month.  As good as this single is I can’t see it ending their run without a significant hit. 

‘Trembling Hands’ is the latest single by Australian indie band The Temper Trap and is released on 7″ vinyl this week with the Chet Faker Remix on the flip side. To date their only UK hit was ‘Sweet Disposition’ which peaked at no.6 and was eventually certified silver for its sales.  That track was used in various commercials including Diet Coke, Chrysler and Center Parcs while ‘Trembling Hands’ was used in an advertisement for Sky Arts Playhouse Presents earlier this year. Despite is lack of hit singles their current ‘Temper Trap’ album has reached no.17, a nine place improvement on their 2009 debut ‘Conditions’. They are due to play at Somerset House with Alt-J and Chet Faker this week before moving on to Paris the next night.  I fear this may struggle as a single but they continue to have a strong following in the northern hemisphere.

‘Love Like Stars’ is the new single by Ben Montague.  It comes with four separate mixes on the digital download format; the Radio Edit, the Cahill Club Mix Radio Edit, the Cahill Club Mix and an Acoustic Version. It follows on from the release of his long player ‘Overcome’ last year. Anyone who tweets Ben or likes him on Facebook is entitled to a free download while anyone joining his mailing list will receive a three track sampler from his ‘Unknown Reward’ release. He is due to appear at Guilfest in Guildford this week and will play at Mr Kyps in Dorset and Love Live Music in Liverpool later this month. Few can deny his talent but it may just take a bit of luck to get him noticed in a world which is full of singer / songwriters in the same mould as Ben.  Would be great to see this inside the top forty but I’m not optimistic that will be the case. 

‘Endless’ is the new single by Romanian singer Inna. The digital release comes with the video alongside nine different mixes including the UK Radio Edit, the Radio Edit, the Extended Mix, the Cahill Radio Edit, the Cahill Mix, the Hi Def Radio Edit, the Hi Def Mix, the Liam Keegan Radio Edit and the Liam Keegan Mix. There are several other mixes of ‘Endless’ available around Europe. The track was written by her managers / producers Play & Win and features on her current album ‘I Am The Club Rocker’ which has never been fully released in the  UK. She has notched up three top forty singles in the UK including her top ten hit ‘Hot’.  That compares to a run of seven top ten singles in Romania including ‘Endless’ which reached no.5. This will need to pick up airplay if she is to score a fourth top forty hit, and that will be the difference between success and failure for this single. 

Finally this week comes ‘Never Close Our Eyes’ by American singer Adam Lambert, a track which includes Bruno Mars amongst its writing credits. It comes released digitally with the Alex Ghenea remix of previous single ‘Better Than I Know Myself’ and is taken from his brand new album ‘Trespassing’ which is also out this week. That album has already topped the US and Canadian charts while reaching the top ten in Australia, New Zealand and Finland. He has achieved relatively little success in the UK though his ‘For Your Entertainment’ single did peak at no.37 and the album of the same name reached no.36. Releasing a single on the same week as the album unfortunately may well lead fans to simply buy the long player.  With a limited fanbase in the UK as it is I can’t quite see this reaching the top forty next Sunday afternoon.

Also released this week are ‘Baby’ by Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafiti, ‘The Winner’ by Status Quo and ‘Always (EP)’ by Summer Camp.

It looks to me as though it will pretty much be the same top three fighting it out next week with the only high new entry likely to come from Florence & The Machine. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Elton John vs PNAU, Kasabian, Misha B and Richard Hawley.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson


8 July, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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