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Chart Chat Edition 660 – W/C 15.07.12

Chart Chat Edition 660 – Week Commencing Sunday 15th July 2012

There were four new entries, two re-entries, eight climbers, twenty songs going down and six non movers on this weeks chart. It was all change at the top as Florence & The Machine went straight in at no.1 with the Calvin Harris remix of ‘Spectrum (Say My Name)’.  That meant that Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa fell one to no.2 with ‘Payphone’ just a week after returning to the top spot. featuring Eva Simons held steady at no.3 with ‘This Is Love’ while ‘Don’t Wake Me Up’ fell two to no.4 for Chris Brown. StooShe were a non mover at no.5 with ‘Black Heart’ and Flo Rida went down two to no.6 with ‘Whistle’. Rudimental featuring John Newman fell one to no.7 with ‘Feel The Love’ and Coldplay featuring Rihanna were a non mover at no.8 with ‘Princess Of China’. Katy Perry was a non mover at no.9 with ‘Wide Awake’ and Nicki Minaj rounded off the top ten going up nine to no.10 with ‘Pound The Alarm’.

Three climbers and one new entry were to be found in the remainder of the top twenty. Gotye featuring Kimbra celebrated a twenty seventh week on the chart by going back up one to no.16 while Adam Lambert got his biggest hit to date as ‘Never Close Our Eyes’ went straight in at no.17.  Lady Antebellum climbed four to no.18 with ‘Need You Now’ and Nicki Minaj completed the picture going up one to no.19 with ‘Starships’. 

There were two new entries, two re-entries and four climbers in the lower half of the chart. David Guetta featuring Chris Brown & Lil Wayne went straight in at no.21 with ‘I Can Only Imagine’ while The Wanted climbed back up one to no.27 with ‘Chasing The Sun’. Jessie J went back up nine to no.29 with ‘Domino’ while Skrillex featuring Sirah climbed six to no.30 with ‘Bangarang’.  LMFAO re-entered at no.31 with ‘Sexy & I Know It’ and Rizzle Kicks re-entered at no.33 with ‘Mama Do The Hump’. The Vaccines went straight in at no.37 with ‘No Hope’ while the final climber came at no.39 with Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo going up one place with ‘Let’s Go’.

Alistair Griffin reissues his ‘Just Drive’ single this week. It was originally a no.38 hit back in 2010 but is getting a second chance at chart glory following its use by Sky TV in its Formula 1 coverage this year.  It features on his current album ‘Albion Sky’ which was released last month. He originally came to prominence when he was runner up to Alex Parks in the second series of  Fame Academy.  Despite criticism from lead judge Richard Park he was praised by Bee Gee Robin Gibb who later went on to feature on his top five hit ‘My Lovers Prayer’ which was a double a side with ‘Bring It On’. The follow up ‘You & Me Tonight’ reached no.18 and his 2004 album ‘Bring It On’ reached no.12. Having already charted following its use on BBC1’s Formula 1 coverage I’m not sure this will pick up enough new fans to enjoy a second run inside the top forty.

‘Homerun’ is the first single from former X Factor contestant Misha B.  If her mentor Kelly Rowland was to be believed she is destined for big things, and she will take heart from the success achieved by Cher Lloyd who finished fourth in the competition the previous year. The digital version contains a series of remixes including the Radio Edit, the Kat Krazy Remix, the Zed Bias Remix, the DC Breaks Remix and the Taiki & Nulight Remix. Last years X Factor winners Little Mix release their first single next month, while Marcus Collins has already made the top ten with his White Stripes cover ‘Seven Nation Army’.  Amelia Lily (who finished third) also has a single entitled ‘You Bring Me Joy’ scheduled for release next month and each former contestant will no doubt benefit from a new round of publicity generated by the new series airing on IT.

Up and coming singer songwriter Delilah releases her brand new EP ‘Inside My Love’ this week. The digital release features a series of new remixes including the Redlight Remix, a Live From Maida Vale version, the Radio Edit and the Whateverman Remix. It features on her forthcoming album ‘From The Roots Up’ which is released at the end of the month. It features collaborations with several well known writers including Guy Chambers, Sia, Rick Nowels and Fraser T Smith. She first appeared featuring on Chase & Status’s single ‘Time’ which reached no.21 while her debut solo single ‘Go’ peaked at no.17, notable containing a sample of ‘Ain’t Nobody’ by Chaka Khan. However subsequent singles ‘Love You So’ (#118) and ‘Breathe’ (#87) have performed less well.  I think this will do much better for her and I think that this will be able to restore her to the top forty.

Richard Hawley has enjoyed his biggest solo success so far with his current album ‘Standing At The Skys Edge’ making the top three. That was his second top ten album, and a fourth top forty album but he only has one top forty single to his name.  That came with ‘Tonight The Street’s Are Ours’ back in 2007 which peaked at no.40. This week sees the release of his new single ‘Down In The Woods’ which comes on 12″ vinyl and features ‘Kindly Rain’ as the b side. He originally came to prominence as part of 90’s indie favourites the Longpigs and was also a member of Pulp for a short time. Last week saw him at the Mouth Of The Tyne Festival and the Latitude Festival but he has no further live performances now scheduled until September.  The limited nature of this release suggests that this is unlikely to reach the top forty next weekend.

Alt-J release their latest single ‘Tessellate’ this week. It’s the follow up to ‘Breezeblocks’ which was released back in May. The single is taken from their ‘An Awesome Wave’ album and the digital EP features several new versions including a live take at the Africa Centre (which also features as the b side on the 7″ vinyl release), the Dam Mantle Remix, the Anstam Remix and the Marlais Remix. They are a four piece band who formed back in 2007 after meeting at Leeds University. They are shortly due to play a handful of dates in the US but will return to the UK later this year to appear at the Leeds / Reading festival and to undertake some headlining gigs of their own. I don’t expect this to become a mainstream hit although their fanbase will no doubt be keen to pick up the new mixes available on this release. 

Singer / songwriter Josh Kumra first came to public attention with his appearance on Wretch 32’s no.1 hit ‘Don’t Go’.  Now he is branching out on his own and he releases his brand new solo single ‘Helicopters & Planes’ this week. The digital release includes three new mixes including the Most Wanted Megamix and the Heist Remix while a limited edition signed 7″ vinyl edition is also available. This week sees him appear at The Society Of Golden Slippers at Blacks in London and the Truck Festival in Oxfordshire. He is also due to appear at the Fieldview Festival in Chippenham, the Relentless Boardmasters Festival in Dorset, the Strummer Of Love Festival in Taunton and Bestival in the Isle Of Wight. He looks to be destined for big things in the coming months and hopefully a full album release won’t be too far away. 

Former Red Hot Chilli Pepper guitarist John Frusciante releases his new solo single ‘Letur Left’ this week. It contains five new tracks; ‘In Your Eyes’, ‘909 Day’, ‘Glowe’, ‘FM’ and ‘In My Light’ and is released on both CD and vinyl formats. As such it may be a case of individual tracks charting for him as the total number of tracks will make it ineligible for the singles chart. He is due to release a full length album later this year entitled ‘PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone’. He joined the Red Hot Chilli Peppers in 1988 shortly after original member Solvak had died from a heroin overdose. He initially quit the band in 1992, going on to release six solo albums in 1994 alone.  He then endured a difficult period of drug addiciton but eventually went on to rejoin the Peppers in 1999.  His second stint with the band lasted almost ten years before he left once more to pursue a solo career.  

‘Into The Night’ is the new release from the critically acclaimed band Azari & III. As you would expect the digital format of the single contains various mixes of the track including the Nicholas Jaar Remix, the Prince Language Remix, the CFCF Remix and the Renaissance Man Remix with the first two of those already featuring on the deluxe version of their current self titled album. For those unfamiliar with the name they are a four piece who first truly came together in 2008. Their first video to the single ‘Hungry For The Power’ was banned thus prompting them to record a second, more television friendly version which eventually did manage to get played on MTV across Europe. With many of their fans already owning three of the mixes on this single I can’t see this shifting enough copies to reach the top forty. 

Finally this week comes West London based singer / songwriter Angel with his new single ‘Wonderful’.  The digital release features three new mixes including the Dexcell Remix, the Dexcell AM Remix and the Manhattan Clique Remix. It’s the follow up to ‘Go In, Go Hard’, his collaboration with Wretch 32 which peaked at no.41 on the main singles chart and no.14 on the r’n’b rundown. That was his first official single although last years mix tape ‘7 Minutes Before Time’ saw his reputation grow as it featured appearances from Wiley, Giggs, Wretch 32 and Sneakbo to name but a few. A subsequent mixtape entitled ‘Any Minute Now’ was also released earlier on this year. He is now signed to a major label in the shape of Island Records and is hopeful of making a debut top forty appearance next Sunday afternoon. 

Also released this week are ‘Good Morning To The Night’ by Elton John vs PNAU, ‘How Can I Live Without You’ by Herve featuring Ronika, ‘I Like It Like That’ by Hot Chelle Rae, ‘Tonight’ by Ren Harvieu and ‘Thunder’ by Rusko.

My money is on Florence & The Machine to hold on for a second week at the top but Misha B will fancy a top ten new entry. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Joss Stone, Marina & The Diamonds, Paul Weller and Scissor Sisters.  Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson


18 July, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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