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Chart Chat Edition 663 – W/C 05.08.12

Chart Chat Edition 663 – Week Commencing Sunday 5th August 2012

There were seven new entries, one re-entry, four climbers, twenty five songs going down and three non movers on this weeks chart. It was a case of all change at the top as Wiley featuring Ms D went straight in at no.1 with ‘Heatwave’ and Calvin Harris featuring Example got a new entry at no.2 with ‘We’ll Be Coming Back’.

Florence & The Machine fell two places to no.3 with ‘Spectrum (Say My Name)’ and Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa also went down two to no.4 with ‘Payphone’. ‘Black Heart’ fell two places to no.5 with ‘Black Heart’ and Karmin scored a non mover at no.6 with ‘Brokenhearted’. ‘Feel The Love’ was a non mover at no.7 for Rudimental featuring John Newman while Chris Brown was also a non mover at no.8 with ‘Don’t Wake Me Up’. Conor Maynard fell five places to no.9 with ‘Vegas Girl’ and Flo Rida rounded off the top ten falling five to no.10 with ‘Whistle’. 

One new entry and three climbers were to be found in what remained of the top twenty. Nicki Minaj went back up a place to no.11 with ‘Pound The Alarm’ while Underworld featuring Dockhead Choir, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Only Men Aloud, Elizabeth Roberts & Alex Trimble went straight in at no.12 with ‘Calibans Dream’.  Far East Movement featuring Cover Drive climbed three to no.13 with ‘Turn Up The Love’ and Angel went up one to no.19 with ‘Wonderful’. 

There were three new entries, one re-entry and one climber in the lower half of the chart. The Arctic Monkeys went straight in at no.21 with ‘Come Together’ while Skrillex climbed two places to no.31 with ‘Bangarang’. Drumsound & Bassline Smith went straight in at no.34 and Drake featuring The Weeknd got a new entry at no.37 with ‘Crew Love’.  Emeli Sande re-entered at no.39 with ‘Next To Me’ and Frank Turner scored a debut top forty hit with ‘I Still Believe’ entering at no.40.

Swedish DJ and producer Basshunter returns with his latest single ‘Northern Light’ this week. If successful it will become his eighth top forty hit and his first since ‘Saturday’ made no.21 in 2010.  His biggest hit remains ‘Now You’re Gone’ which topped the charts back in 2007 though ‘All I Ever Wanted’ came close to replicating that success but dropped short and peaked at no.2. He also became known for his appearance on the 2010 edition of UK Celebrity Big Brother. The digital release contains eight different mixes; the Radio Edit, the Club Mix, the Original Mix, the PJ Harmony Remix Edit, the PJ Harmony Remix, the Almighty Remix Edit, the Almighty Remix and the Almighty Remix Dub.  For me this type of music now sounds a little dated, though I have no doubt it is popular on the continent. I expect this to chart but I’m not expecting to see it inside the top ten. 

With the country in the midst of Olympic fever what better time for Dizzee Rascal featuring Pepper to release ‘Scream’, the official song of the 2012 games. He has notched up fourteen top forty hits since he first appeared on the charts back in 2003 with ‘I Luv U’. However it was his 2009 platinum album ‘Tongue N Cheek’ which saw his appeal widen significantly with three consecutive no.1 hits being taken from it (‘Dance Wiv Me’, ‘Bonkers’ and ‘Holiday’).  He later added a fourth ‘Dirtee Disco’ which featured on the Deluxe edition of the album and has also featured on chart toppers by Shout For England and Band Aid 20. The single features the Radio Edit of the track and is released on Dirtee Stank Recordings. He was widely praised for his appearance at the opening ceremony and on the back of that this looks certain to be a strong challenger for the top spot next Sunday afternoon.

‘Little Girl’ is the new single from Spiritualized, and follows up the nine minute epic ‘Hey Jane’.  Both feature on the bands seventh studio album ‘Sweet Heart Sweet Light’ which made the top twenty on its release earlier this year. You would have to go back to 2003 to find their last top forty appearance with ‘She Kissed Me (It Felt Like A Hit)’ which made no.38. They’re not particularly known as a singles band and have made the top twenty just once with ‘Stop Your Crying’ in 2001. Their 1997 album ‘Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating In Outer Space’ won them a new army of fans reaching no.4 while the follow up ‘Let It Come Down’ peaked at no.3. However their last three albums have missed out on the top ten.  Despite its release on 7″ vinyl I don’t think that this will sell in quite the quantities required to make the top forty.

UK pop rock four piece Lawson will have been delighted to see their debut single ‘When She Was Mine’ enter the charts at no.4 earlier this year and this week sees the release of ‘Taking Over Me’ as the follow up. The digital release features an acoustic version of the track alongside new tracks ‘Still Hurts’ and ‘Let Go’. The band started out as The Grove but renamed themselves prior to recording their first demos in 2010. They were chosen to support The Wanted on their Behind Bars tour and The Saturdays on their All Fired Up tour before eventually signing to Polydor Records.  Following that attachment came the opportunity to open for other acts including Will Young, Avril Lavigne and even Westlife.  They now have a strong fanbase of their own and can look forward to securing a second consecutive top ten hit with this single release. 

If his latest single ‘We Are Shooting Stars’ is anything to go by it would appear that fourteen year old former Britains Got Talent contestant Ronan Parke is being groomed as the UK answer to Justin Bieber.  He was runner up on last years series and released a self titled album in November which reached no.22.  However in May of this year he parted company with Simon Cowell’s SyCo label and has since branched out on his own, with this being the first release on his new label AD. While Britains Got Talent largely focused on him as a singer of ballads and hymns this latest track is uptempo and dancefloor friendly. To illustrate this the digital format contains four new mixes of the track including the Acoustic Mix, the BitRush Mix, the Extended Club Mix and the Alternative Edit.  I think this could give him a debut appearance on the singles chart.

‘I Wanna Rock’ is the new single by up and coming Grime star Maxsta, the video to which has been on his website over the past few days.  The digital release features the Rockin All Star remix which sees guest appearances from Tinchy Stryder, Rizzle Kicks and Lady Leshurr alongside the Radio Edit and the Woz Remix. It comes two years after his mixtape ‘The Maxtape’ brought him to prominence while the most successful track from it ‘East London Is Back’ has featured on many compilations including ‘This Is UK Grime, Vol 1’ and ‘RWD (The Legacy)’. He has guested on tracks by several other artists including The Qemists, FaithSFX, Ghetts and Terror Danjah while continuing to build his reputation. Now he is ready to make the big step towards more mainstream success and this should see him inside the top forty for the first time in his own right. 

‘Somebody’ is the fourth single by the Swedish trio Niki & The Dove. They finished fifth in the BBC Sound Of 2012 poll finishing behind winner Michael Kiwanuka, Frank Ocean, Azealia Banks and Skrillex. The band achieved some minor success earlier this year when their album ‘Instinct’ peaked at no.60. So far ‘DJ Ease My Mind’ has been their highest charting single but that only reached no.103. The digital version of this single includes several new mixes including Karlsson & Winnberg of Miike Snow Remix, the Bobby Tank Remix, the Clock Opera Remix and the Kutz Remix. They are scheduled to appear at the Leeds / Reading festival later this month and are currently playing live in the States. The fact that previous singles have missed the charts by so far and knowing that this already features on the album means that I’m not expecting this to chart inside the forty. 

The highly rated Bristol based DJ and producer Redlight releases his brand new single ‘Lost In Your Love’ this week.  It’s the follow up to his debut hit ‘Get Out Of My Head’ which reached the top twenty earlier this year. He has been playing a couple of dates in the Balearics but will return to make a handful of appearances in the UK over the coming weeks including Cable in London, the Red Bull Carnival in Nottingham and then the Exchange Club in Bristol next month. The digital format of the single contains the Radio Edit, the Mickey Pearce Remix and the DJ Sega Remix alongside the new track ‘Basscone’ which has previously picked up Radio 1 airplay in its own right. If this can pick up enough commercial airplay then there is absolutely no reason why this couldn’t crossover and become a mainstream hit. 

‘Triumphant (Get ‘Em)’ is the new single from the legendary Mariah Carey which features high profile guest appearances from Rick Ross and Meek. It has been twenty two years since a young Mariah first charted with her debut single ‘Visions Of Love’. Since then she has notched up an impressive tally of thirty eight top forty hits.  Curiously her biggest hits (‘Against All Odds’, ‘Without You’ and ‘I’ll Be There’) have all been covers with the first two of those both topping the UK charts, the former with a little help from Westlife.  Life is looking good for her right now with her twins now starting to grow up, a fourteenth studio album being recorded and a place on the new series of American Idol secured.  I think this will chart well for her but I’m not sure if it will do enough to secure her a return to the top ten.  

Also released this week are ‘Under The Westway (7″) by Blur, ‘No Rest’ by Dry The River, ‘Go Hard’ by Kreayshawn, ‘Turn Up The Radio’ by Madonna, ‘The Sky’s The Limit’ by Nik Kershaw, ‘Little Talks’ by Of Monsters & Men, ‘Dreamers’ by Rizzle Kicks, ‘This Girl’ by Sam Gray and ‘Beginners’ by Slow Club.

I expect Lawson to be the highest new entry but Wiley featuring Ms D should hold on for a second week at the top. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Bloc Party, George Michael, Lemar and Red Hot Chilli Peppers.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

5 August, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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