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Chart Chat Edition 662 – W/C 29.07.12

Chart Chat Edition 662 – Week Commencing Sunday 29th July 2012

There were six new entries, seven climbers, twenty one going down and six non movers on this weeks chart. However there was no change at the top as Florence & The Machine stayed at no.1 for a third week with ‘Spectrum (Say My Name)’ while Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa spent a fourth week at no.2 with ‘Payphone’.

StooShe climbed two to no.3 with ‘Black Heart’ while Conor Maynard went straight in at no.4 with ‘Vegas Girl’. Flo Rida went up one to no.5 with ‘Whistle’ and Karmin entered at no.6 with ‘Brokenhearted’. Rudimental featuring John Newman were a non mover at no.7 with ‘Feel The Love’ while Chris Brown fell five to no.8 with ‘Don’t Wake Me Up’. featuring Eva Simons went down five to no.9 with ‘This Is Love’ while the top ten concluded with fun. featuring Janelle Monae going back up two to no.10 with ‘We Are Young’. There were two other climbers in what remained of the top twenty. Far East Movement featuring Cover Drive climbed twelve to no.16 with ‘Turn Up The Love’ and Nicki Minaj went back up two to no.19 with ‘Starships’.

There were four new entries and two climbers in the lower half of the chart. Cedric Gervais went straight in at no.26 with ‘Molly’ while Public Enemy notched up their first hit since 1998 as ‘Harder Than you Think’ entered at no.27.  Alex Clare climbed back up two to no.30 with ‘Too Close’ and Madeon went straight in at no.35 with ‘Finale’. Azealia Banks featuring Lazy Jay went back up two to no.37 with ‘212’ while the final new entry went to Clement Marfo & The Frontline featuring Ghetts with ‘Champion’ going straight in at no.38. 

The Chemical Brothers release ‘Velodrome’ this week, a piece of music specially composed for the Olympic track cycling events in the Velodrome.  Tom from the band has loved cycling since he was a child and so jumped at the chance to write the song when approached by the games organisers. It’s been five years since they last appeared on the chart with ‘The Salmon Dance’ which peaked at no.27 but their career has featured sixteen top forty hits including their back to back no.1s ‘Let Forever Be’ and ‘Setting Son’.  Each of their five studio albums released since 1997 has gone on to top the charts and they have established themselves with a reputation for delivering dance music which is accessible to the masses. With the current Olympic fever gripping the nation this should secure them a return to the top ten next weekend.

It seems that Scottish DJ and producer Calvin Harris can really do little wrong at the present time.  Fresh from seeing his remix of ‘Spectrum (Say My Name)’ by Florence & The Machine top the charts he is back with his new single ‘We’ll Be Coming Back’ which sees him team up with rapper Example. The digital release features a variety of mixes including the Original Extended Mix, the Michael Woods Mix, the Killsonik Remix, the R3hab EDC NYC Remix, the R3hab EDC Vegas Remix and the Jacob Plant Remix. His last three singles have all peaked at no.2 although he did top the charts last year with his Rihanna collaboration ‘We Found Love’. His third long player is due for release at the end of October and his next single will see him team up with Florence Welch. This looks set to be a serious contender for the top spot next Sunday afternoon. 

‘Everybody’s On The Run’ is the new single by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. The single also features the Amorphous Androgynous Remix of ‘AKA…What A Life’ while those purchasing the digital bundle will also get a copy of the video.  It comes released on a heavyweight vinyl 12″ format and CD and is the fifth single to come from his self titled debut solo album.  Few can dispute just what great songs he has written and performed over the years but that fact makes me even more disappointed with his recent output. This would probably have failed to make a b side for Oasis back in their prime, and with only two of the first four singles making the top twenty I’m not sure on the merits of releasing yet another track.  Die hard fans can also purchase this as part of a vinyl singles box set which retails for £30 and is surely for die hard fans only!

R’n’b singer Jodie Connor teams up with Busta Rhymes on her brand new single ‘Take You There’ which is released this week. The digital version features a series of new mixes including the UK Radio Edit, the Extended Mix, the Bassboy Mix, the Paperbwoy Mix, the Mutant X Radio Edit, the Seamus Haji Radio Edit, the Seamus Haji Mix and the Mutant X & Dawood Sunset R&B Mix. She first came to prominence when she appeared as a vocalist on Roll Deep’s no.1 hit ‘Good Times’.  She was then promptly signed to Polydor Records and her debut solo single ‘Now Or Never’ reached no.14.  The follow up ‘Bring It’ saw her collaborate with Tinchy Stryder but that peaked at just no.37. It is hoped that she will release a long player later on this year so the label will be keen that this secures her a return to the top twenty.

‘Amnesia’ is the new single by American house producer and DJ Ian Carey.  It also credits Rosette along with Timbaland and Brasco.  The digital format contains a series of new mixes including the Radio Edit, the Extended Mix, the Cazzette Another Sugar Hunt Remix, the Whelan & Di Scala Remix, the Firebeatz Remix, the Ziggy Stardust Remix and the Supersound Remix along with the promotional video to the track. He first appeared back in 2000 as part of the Soul Providers with their single ‘Rise’ peaking at no.59. He enjoyed another minor hit in 2005 with ‘Say What You Want’ which reached no.56 but he is best known for his 2008 top ten hit ‘Get Shaky’ which was released under the guise of the Ian Carey Project. It went double platinum in Australia and won the Best Dance Video at the MTV Awards.  This should see him enjoy a second UK top forty hit.

Wiley releases his new single ‘Heatwave’ this week and it sees him collaborate with singer Ms D. The single comes with five brand new mixes including the DEVolution Radio Edit, the Kat Krazy Radio Edit, the Kat Krazy Extended Mix and the DEVolution Extended Mix. He has notched up five top forty hits as a solo artist and has also appeared on singles by Jodie Connor, Lethal Bizzle and Kano. He is also one of the founding members of Grime collective Roll Deep who have topped the charts with the singles ‘Good Times’ and ‘Green Light’. His brother Skepta is also a recording artist in his own right. Earlier this year saw him release his ninth studio album ‘Evolve Or Be Extinct’ and there is expected to be a Roll Deep album released later this year.  He remains at the top of the Grime game and should certainly be back in the top forty with this release. 

‘Love Has Gone’ is the latest single release from the much talked about Belgian drum’n’bass producer Netsky and it comes released on the Hospital record label.  The digital release features new track ‘Cous Cous’ alongside new mixes including Enei Remix, the Dub Phizix Remix and the Netsky Love Must Go On Remix. It features on his recently released album ‘2’ which became his first long player to make the top thirty. Although he has yet to make the top 100 on the mainstream singles chart both of his last two singles ‘Give & Take’ and ‘Come Alive’ made the top thirty on the UK Dance Chart. He also appeared on Rave Digger’s minor hit ‘Tonight’ which reached no.91 (and no.11 on the UK Dance Chart). I think this single will show that Netsky is continuing to make progress but it may come too soon for him to make the top forty.

‘OK Pal’ is the latest single to be released by the highly rated French electronic band M83. It’s another track taken from their sixth studio album ‘Hurry Up We’re Dreaming’ which became their biggest success to date peaking at no.44 on its release last year. None of the bands previous five albums released since 2001 had even made the top 100 in the UK. In terms of singles ‘Midnight City’ saw the band break to a much wider audience with top twenty success achieved in both France and Belgium while across the pond it made the top ten on the rock chart while peaking at no.72 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also made no.34 on the UK chart, and remains their only top forty hit to date. As producers they have remixed tracks by Goldfrapp, Depeche Mode, Bloc Party and White Lies  While this is bound to pick up some airplay I can’t see it adding a second top forty hit to their existing discography.

Finally this week we may well see some new entries arising from the Olympic opening ceremony. ‘Calibans Dream’ in particular seems to have struck a chord with the watching public.  It was the song performed as the cauldron was lit and it saw Underworld credited as the main artist though vocals came from Two Door Cinema Club frontman Alex Trimble.  Legendary percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie performs on the drums while contributions on the track can also be heard from Only Men Aloud, the Dockhead Choir and Elizabeth Roberts. The track entered at no.69 after just one days sales while Arctic Monkeys cover of The Beatles ‘Come Together’ went straight in at no.67 and could also feature in next weekends top forty. The final track which could still enter is Emeli Sande’s stunning cover of the traditional hymn ‘Abide With Me’ but I expect it to just miss out on the top forty.

Also released this week are ‘Goldie’ by A$AP Rocky, ‘War’ by Caspa featuring Keith Flint, ‘Through The Night’ by Drumsound & Bassline Smith, ‘Glory Days’ by Karima Francis, ‘Blue Meanies’ by Opossom, ‘Get Busy’ by Rude Kid featuring Skepta and ‘Genevieve’ by Stealing Sheep.

My money is on Calvin Harris featuring Example to debut at the top but Wiley featuring Ms D should also be a high new entry. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Dizzee Rascal featuring Pepper, Lawson, Linkin Park and Madonna.  Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

29 July, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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