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Chart Chat Edition 661 – W/C 22.07.12

Chart Chat Edition 661 – Week Commencing Sunday 22nd July 2012

There was very little movement in the top ten with exactly the same ten songs appearing as seven days ago. Florence & The Machine held steady for a second week at the top with ‘Spectrum (Say My Name)’ while ‘Payphone’ by Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa was the second of six non movers in the top ten. 

Chris Brown went back up one to no.3 with ‘Don’t Wake Me Up’ and featuring Eva Simons fell one to no.4 with ‘This Is Love’. StooShe were a non mover at no.5 with ‘Black Heart’ while Flo Rida also had a non mover at no.6 with ‘Whistle’. ‘Feel The Love’ by Rudimental featuring John Newman was a non mover at no.7 and Coldplay featuring Rihanna also stayed the same at no.8 with ‘Princess Of China. Nicki Minaj went up one to no.9 with ‘Pound The Alarm’ and that meant that Katy Perry fell one to no.10 with ‘Wide Awake’.

Two climbers and two new entries were to be found in what remained of the top twenty. Misha B went straight in at no.11 with ‘Home Run’ while Lady Antebellum climbed three to no.15 with ‘Need You Now’. David Guetta featuring Chris Brown & Lil Wayne went up three to no.18 with ‘I Can Only Imagine’ while Angel rounded off the top twenty with ‘Wonderful’ going straight in at no.20. 

There were two new entries, one re-entry and three climbers in the lower half of the chart. B.o.B featuring Taylor Swift scored a new entry at no.22 with ‘Both Of Us’ while The Wanted went back up three to no.24 with ‘Chasing The Sun’. Skrillex climbed three to no.27 with ‘Bangarang’ and Far East Movement featuring Cover Drive got a new entry at no.28 with ‘Turn Up The Love’.  LMFAO continued to climb back up the chart with ‘Sexy & I Know It’ going up two to no.29 and the only re-entry came at no.39 for Azealia Banks featuring Lazy Jay with ‘212’.

Wales finest musical export Marina & The Diamonds releases a third single from her chart topping album ‘Electra Heart’ this week. There are a collection of new remixes available on the digital EP including the Michael Woods Remix, the Eliphino Remix, the Brackles – Drum & Squares Remix, the Krystle Klear Remix and the Brackles – Dub Mix. Of her five top forty hits so far her biggest was ‘Prima Donna’ which made no.11 earlier this year but a top ten single has so far eluded her. She had to postpone her UK tour earlier this year due to health problems but is now back to fitness and even has some US dates pencilled in over the summer. She is also due to appear at two dates in London and Manchester this October. I expect this to make the top twenty but I’m not quite sure if it can sell in big enough quantities to make the top ten. 

Paul Weller releases his new single ‘The Attic’ this week.  It’s the third to be taken from his ‘Sonik Kicks’ album which topped the charts earlier this year, some thirty five years after he first appeared with The Jam.  His last single was a cover of The Beatles ‘Birthday’ which was released and deleted on the same day in celebration of Paul McCartney turning 70. Because of its limited release it only made no.64.  It’s been two years since his last top forty hit which came with ‘Wake Up The Nation / No Tears To Cry’ while you would have to go back seven years to find his last top ten hit with ‘From The Floorboards Up. The single is only released digitally and comes with bonus tracks ‘Sleep Of The Serene (Full Version)’ and ‘The Piper’.  Based on recent history and its download only release I suspect this will miss out on a top forty appearance.

Conor Maynard returns with his new single ‘Vegas Girl’ this week.  Along with new track ‘Marvin’s Room’ there are remixes from Tortuga and the Wideboys. It’s the follow up to his debut single ‘Can’t Say No’ which narrowly missed out on the top spot earlier this year, It’s also the second track to be taken from his debut album ‘Contrast’ which hits the shops next Monday. Aged just 19, he is signed to EMI subsidiary Parlophone and won MTV’s Brand New For 2012 award. Previously he had slowly built himself a reputation by posting videos of cover versions on YouTube including ‘Dynamite’ by Taio Cruz, ‘Only Girl In The World’ by Rihanna and ‘Beautiful Monster’ by Ne-Yo.  In the case of the latter Ne-Yo heard the cover and contacted Maynard directly.  The rest as they say is history and he could well top the charts next Sunday afternoon.

‘Glitters Like Gold’ is the new single by Indie band The Cribs. It comes released on 7″ vinyl backed with the new track ‘On A Hotel Wall’ and also features on their current album ‘In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull’. The band released their first self titled album back in 2004 and notched up the first of their seven top forty hits ‘Hey Scenesters!” a year later.  They later saw former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr join the band although he subsequently left in 2011.  Just as the band’s hit singles dried up they scored their first top ten album with ‘Ignore The Ignorant’ which achieved a silver award for sales of 60k, their third consecutive long player to do so.  With strong album sales and the limited nature of this release I can’t see this becoming their first top forty hit since ‘Our Bovine Public / Don’t You Wanna Be Relevant’ back in 2007.

‘No Rest’ is the latest single from English folk rock band Dry The River and it comes released on a 7″ vinyl format. It was originally released as their debut single last year and gets a second outing following on from their last single ‘New Ceremony’. Their debut long player ‘Shallow Bed’ (they had previously released three EPs) made no.28 on its release earlier this year and they featured on the long list for this years BBC Sound Of 2012 poll.  They spent a lot of time building support in 2011 through festival appearances which included Glastonbury, Green Man, Bestival and Reading / Leeds. My expectation is that they are likely to enjoy more success on the album chart although bands such as Noah & The Whale have proven that it is possible have a folk based sound while enjoying some commercial success.

Laura Jeanne commercially releases her new single ‘Dream-Believe-Achieve’ this week.  The track was produced in conjunction with Budweiser and saw fans submitting their own lyrics with Laura then selecting which ones which ones made the final song.  Fans have been able to download the track for free from the Budweiser website so don’t necessarily expect this to secure a top forty placing on Sunday. Her debut single ‘Coincidence’ was released last year to critical acclaim and she has slowly been building her fanbase since then.  She recently appeared on the BBC Introducing… stage at the Love Luton festival and is due to appear at the Troubadour in London on 18th August. She is not only a singer but a fashion designer too and can often be found as an extra in tv shows and films.  Hopefully her big break is just around the corner!

‘Molly’ is the brand new single released this week by Cedric Gervais. The digital release features a series of new mixes including the UK Radio Edit, the Club Radio Edit, the Original Mix, the Danny Howard Mix and the Borgore Suck My *** Mix. For those unaware of his work Gervais is a thirty two year old French born American house DJ and producer who released his first album ‘Experiment’ on Ultra Records in 2006.  His 2009 single ‘Mauri’s Theme’ was Pete Tong’s Essential Tune Of The Week for three weeks in a row and last year saw him release his second album ‘Miamification’.  The video to the track ‘Molly’ has been attracting its fair share of controversy due to its explicit nature but I suspect Cedric believes that any publicity is good publicity. This could well find itself up and inside the top twenty next Sunday afternoon. 

Clement Marfo & The Frontline release their brand new single ‘Champion’ on the Warner Music label this week. It’s the follow up to their last outing ‘Mayhem’ which saw them team up with rapper Kano back in March. The digital release of the single contains four additional remixes alongside the main version; the Preditah Remix, the Millions Like Us Remix, the Carli Remix and the Westfunk & Steve Smart Remix. The band have recently performed on Blue Peter, and also took centre stage at the Derek Chisora v Derek Haye boxing match. Next weekend will see them appear at Camp Bestival in Whitley while they are also due to appear at Boardmasters in Cornwall and the Reading Festival in August. They have slowly but surely been growing their fanbase and this could well do enough to give them their first top forty hit.

Madeon is back this week with his latest single ‘Finale’. He is an eighteen year old French electropop producer who first appeared on the chart with ‘Icarus’ last month. The track appeared on Pete Tong’s 15 Minutes Of Fame along with his remix of ‘Raise Your Weapon’ by Deadmau5. Arguably he first came to prominence with his thirty nine song mash-up ‘Pop Culture’ which went viral on the internet. He has also remixed ‘Song 2’ for Blur, ‘Smile Like You Mean It’ by The Killers and ‘The Island’ for Pendulum.  Recently he appeared supporting Swedish House Mafia at their gig at the Milton Keynes Bowl. The digital release features only two mixes; the Original Mix and the Dub Mix. However I don’t think that will impede its chances of returning him to the mainstream chart.  It will certainly prove to be a big smash on the dance / club charts. 

Also released this week are ‘Boom’ by Ayo Beatz, ‘The Devil Takes Care Of His Own’ by Band Of Skulls, ‘Old Pine’ by Ben Howard, ‘Both Of Us’ by B.o.B. featuring Taylor Swift, ‘Summer Of Love’ by Cascada, ‘Belongings’ by Clock Opera, ‘Good Life’ by Delphic, ‘First Steps’ by Elbow, ‘Long May They Roll’ Jay James Picton, ‘Goin’ On’ by Jennifer Lopez featuring Flo Rida, ‘While You’re Out Looking For Sugar’ by Joss Stone, ‘Brokenhearted’ by Karmin, ‘Sovereign Light Cafe’ by Keane, ‘Lines’ by Lucy Rose, ‘I Don’t Know How To Love Him’ by Melanie C, ‘Bromance Ain’t Dead’ by Pulled Apart By Horses, ‘Handsome Devils Club’ by Pure Love, ‘Nothing Inside’ by Sander Van Doorn, ‘Soho Heroes’ by The Soho Hobo and ‘Sleep Alone’ by Two Door Cinema Club.

My money is on Florence & The Machine to hold on for a third week at the top as we enter the Summer lull in new releases. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Calvin Harris featuring Example, Lawson, Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds and Tom Jones.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

22 July, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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