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Chart Chat Edition 664 – W/C 12.08.12

Chart Chat Edition 664 – Week Commencing Sunday 12th August 2012

There were six new entries, two re-entries, five climbers, twenty one songs going down and six non movers on this weeks chart. There was no change at the top as Wiley featuring Ms D held on for a second week with ‘Heatwave’ while Calvin Harris featuring Example also stayed the same at no.2 with ‘We’ll Be Coming Back’.

Lawson went straight in at no.3 with ‘Taking Over Me’ while Florence & The Machine dropped one to no.4 with ‘Spectrum (Say My Name)’. Redlight went straight in at no.5 with ‘Lost In Your Love’ while Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa fell two to no.6 with ‘Payphone’. Rudimental featuring John Newman spent yet another week at no.7 with ‘Feel The Love’ and Nicki Minaj climbed back up three to no.8 with ‘Pound The Alarm’. StooShe dropped four to no.9 with ‘Black Heart’ and Karmin fell four to no.10 with ‘Brokenhearted’. Two other climbers were to be found in the remainder of the top twenty as featuring Eva Simons went back up three to no.11 with ‘This Is Love’ and Angel climbed seven to no.12 with ‘Wonderful’.

There were four new entries, two re-entries and two climbers in the lower half of the chart. Dizzee Rascal featuring Pepper went straight in at no.22 with ‘Scream’ while Alex Clare climbed eleven to no.24. Justin Bieber featuring Big Sean got a new entry at no.25 with ‘As Long As You Love Me’ and Skrillex went back up five to no.26 with ‘Bangarang’. Of Monsters & Men went straight in at no.28 with ‘Little Talks’ while Dizzee Rascal vs Armand Van Helden re-entered at no.31 with ‘Bonkers’. Cheryl got a new entry at no.36 with ‘Call My Name’ while Avicii featuring Salem Al Fakir re-entered at no.39 with ‘Silhouettes’.

This week sees the return of Bloc Party with their ‘Octopus’ EP. The digital release includes the RAC Remix and the Koreless Remix alongside new track ‘Straight Thru Cru’ which is also the b side of the 7″ vinyl version. They have notched up thirteen top forty hits across their career including most notably ‘The Prayer’ which became their highest charting single in 2007, peaking at no.4.  When the band went on a hiatus in 2009 without a record deal to their name it seemed like we might heard the last from them but after Kele’s solo album they reformed in 2011 to work on their new album ‘Four’. Director Novo Dando produced the video which was first shown on the bands YouTube page back on 10th July. My gut feel is that more fans will wait for the album, but the track has had largely positive reviews and could well still make the top forty for them. 

If we trawl back twenty eight years to 1984 you would find ‘Freedom’ by Wham! preceeding Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s nine week run at the top with ‘Two Tribes’. At the other end of that run came George Michael’s first no.1 solo single ‘Careless Whisper’ and now thirty two top forty singles later comes his latest release ‘White Light’. It’s unlikely to become his seventh no.1 hit but its a pleasant change to hear an uptempo track with so many of his recent releases being slower ballads. The digital format also includes a cover of Tim Buckley’s ‘Song For The Siren’. The date the track was released to radio (29th June) commemorated thirty years since the first single by Wham! was released.  The song deals with his near death illness last year and it would be great if this saw George Michael back in the top ten for the first time since ‘Flawless (Go To The City)’ peaked at no.8 back in 2004. 

Lemar is another artist who returns this week with his new single ‘Invincible’. It comes with an acoustic take on the track alongside the Moto Blanco Remix and the Moto Blanco Edit. Despite initially coming to prominence through the BBC talent show ‘Fame Academy’ he has since held his own notching up eleven top forty hits including seven top ten singles.  His debut release ‘Dance (With U)’ came closest to the top spot but had to settle for second place. He left the RCA label after his third album and moved to Epic but his fourth album ‘The Reason’ failed to make the top forty.  A subsequent compilation entitled ‘The Hits’ restored some pride and record sales but all eyes will be on this latest single to see whether his popularity remains current or not.  He has a wonderful voice but I fear he may struggle to gain any kind of significant chart placing with this release.

Paloma Faith has been delighted with her year so far as her single ‘Picking Up The Pieces’ made the top ten while her album ‘Fall To Grace’ peaked at no.2 in the chart, a seven place improvement on her debut ‘Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful’. Now comes the release of ’30 Minute Love Affair’ as the follow up, and it comes with several new mixes including the M-Factor Remix – Radio Edit, the DC Breaks Remix and the Hostage Remix, The song was written in memory of the fact that a 14 year old Faith met a busker, sang some songs and fell in love but their “relationship” ended when he failed to turn up at the same spot next day as he had promised.  If rumours are to be believed a third single entitled ‘Just Be’ is set for release later this year.  For now this should become her fourth top forty hit though her record as a singles artist has not been great.

British r’n’b singer Rita Ora has also had a phenomenal year. She first appeared providing vocals on DJ Fresh’s no.1 hit ‘Hot Right Now’ while her debut solo single ‘R.I.P.’ also topped the chart. She also appeared as a guest judge at the X Factor auditions and now has another single ‘How We Do (Party)’ ready to go. As you would expect the single comes with a series of new mixes including the Gustavo Scorpio Mix, the Papercha$er Club Mix, the Sandro Silva Extended Club Mix, and the Laidback Luke Club Remix. Her debut album is also due for release and will hit the shops at the end of this month. It’s a far cry from her beginnings in 2009 when she tried (unsuccessfully) to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest. However she has had the last laugh and should be in with a shout of going straight in at the top next Sunday afternoon. 

Aiden Grimshaw releases his latest single ‘Curtain Call’ this week. Despite being relatively quiet since his exit from the 2010 series of X Factor he has completed an album entitled ‘Misty Eye’ which gets its full release next week. He then scored a top forty hit last month with his debut single ‘Is This Love’ and will be hoping for similar success with ‘Curtain Call’.  The digital release contains three new mixes; the Kat Krazy Remix, the Rack n Ruin Remix and the II Figures Remix. Prior to X Factor he enjoyed a brief acting career starring the childrens TV series Half Moon Investigates.  He has now relocated from Blackpool to London and has been writing and recording demos with a little help from his label RCA.  He has worked hard to produce original material rather than relying upon a series of cover versions and I hope that will be rewarded with some positive sales figures.

‘Alive’ is the new single which sees Shola Ama team up British DJ and producer Toddla T. It features three new mixes in the shape of the Radio Edit, the Sticky Remix and the Dismantle Remix. Shola’s first hit was a cover of the Randy Crawford song ‘You Might Need Somebody’.  The track peaked at no.4 but was beaten by a reissue of her debut single ‘You’re The One I Love’ which got as far as no.3. She added a further seven top forty hits, the most recent being back in 2004 when she teamed up with The Pirates on ‘You Should Really Know’.  Last year saw her collaborate with Toddla T on his minor hit ‘Take It Back’ which peaked at no.59.  She will be hoping to go higher this time around and while I think it will do just that I don’t think it will recapture the initial success that she achieved when she first burst onto the music scene fifteen years ago.

Dance producers Dawood & Retro team up with rapper Margs and former N-Dubz frontman Dappy on their latest single ‘Come With Me’. Along with the Radio Edit the single features the Agent X Remix, the Supasound Remix, and the S-X Remix. It’s the third official single to come from Dappy’s forthcoming long player ‘Bad Intentions’ which is due for release in October.  The first, ‘No Regrets’ topped the charts with his Brian May collaboration ‘Rockstar’ peaking at no.2.  A promotional single entitled ‘I’m Coming (Tarzan Part 2)’ was released and will faeture on the album but it only reached no.35. It took six months to record the vocals to this track with sessions taking place in places as far afield as Italy, Russia and China. It was first performed at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Hackney back in June and it looks set for a good chart position next Sunday afternoon. 

American electronic dance producer Porter Robinson release their new single ‘Language’ this week.  It features four mixes; the UK Edit, the Extended Mix, the Instrumental and the Instrumental Edit. The track has topped the iTunes dance chart and the Beatport chart having been initially released on the Ministry Of Sound label back in April.  He initially released several singles back in 2010 including ‘Leaving’, ‘Say My Name’ and ‘The Wildcat’ but none really achieved widespread success. As a remixer he remains in demand having been commissioned by artists including Avicii and Lady Gaga. He has recently completed his Language tour of North America and will hopefully return to Europe again over the coming weeks.  This has what it takes to become a success on the mainstream chart so watch out for it next weekend.

Also released this week are ‘Kick Out The Epic Motherf*****’ by Dada Life, ‘Dancing With A Broken Heart’ by Delta Goodrem, ‘Hail Bop’ by Django Django, ‘Turn Up The Love’ by Far East Movement featuring Cover Drive, ‘You Can’t Say That’ by Honey Ryder, ‘I Know What Love Isn’t’ by Jens Lekman, ‘Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) 2012 – Kate Bush, ‘Shut It Down’ by Luke Bingham, ‘That Girl  / Winner’ by Noisettes, ‘Strange Men / Long Progression’ by Red Hot Chilli Peppers, ‘Never Fade Away’ by Spector, ‘Simply Amazing’ by Trey Songz, ‘Jamaica’ by Van She and ‘Applied Robotics’ by We Are The Physics. 

I have to say my money is on Rita Ora to debut at the top next Sunday. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Justin Bieber featuring Big Sean, The Maccabees, Maximo Park and Simple Plan featuring Sean Paul. Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

12 August, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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