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Chart Chat Edition 665 – W/C 19.08.12

Chart Chat Edition 665 – Week Commencing Sunday 19th August 2012

The Olympics closing ceremony can be pinpointed as the reason behind some of this strange chart positions.  Overall there were eight new entries, six re-entries, twenty three songs going down and three non movers on this weeks chart. Rita Ora went straight in at the top with ‘How Do We (Party)’ while last weeks chart topper ‘Heatwave’ by Wiley featuring Rhymez & Ms D fell one to no.2.

Emeli Sande went straight in at no.3 with ‘Read All About It Part III’ while Elbow re-entered at no.4 with ‘One Day Like This’.  Calvin Harris featuring Example fell three to no.5 with ‘We’ll Be Coming Back’ and Kate Bush got a new entry with her 2012 update of ‘Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)’.  Florence & The Machine went down three to no.7 with ‘Spectrum (Say My Name)’ and Trey Songz scored a new entry at no.8 with ‘Simply Amazing’. Porter Robinson went straight in at no.9 with ‘Language’ while Redlight rounded off the top ten going down five to no.10 with ‘Lost In Your Love’.

One new entry, one re-entry and one climber were to be found in what remained of the top twenty.  Angel climbed one to no.11 with ‘Wonderful’ while George Michael got a new entry at no.15 with ‘White Light’. Finally John Lennon re-entered at no.18 with ‘Imagine’.

The lower half of the chart contained two new entries, four re-entries and two climbers.  Muse re-entered with their official Olympic song ‘Survival’ at no.22 while Justin Bieber featuring Big Sean climbed one to no.24 with ‘As Long As You Love Me’. Cheryl climbed ten to no.26 with ‘Under The Sun’ and Ryan ‘O’Shaunessy got a new entry at no.31 with ‘No Name’. One Direction re-entered at no.32 with ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ and Paloma Faith re-entered at no.33 with ‘Picking Up The Pieces’. The supergroup of Ed Sheeran, Richard Jones, Nick Mason and Mike Rutherform got a new entry at no.34 with ‘Wish You Were Here’ and Oasis got the final re-entry with ‘Wonderwall’ returning to the chart at no.38.

South London four piece Bastille release their new single ‘Bad Blood’ this week as the follow up to their last outing ‘Overjoyed’.  The digital version contains the accompanying music video, a demo of ‘Haunt’ and three new mixes of the track; the F*U*G*Z Remix, the Mele Remix and the Lunice Remix. Last week saw the band play at Strummer Of Love while they are also set to plays the Leeds / Reading Festival in the next seven days. Anyone who is unaware of the band and their work can download their mixtap ‘Other Peoples Heartache’ directly from their website. The band have a singles club promotion which encourages fans to buy a box to house their 7″ vinyl releases in.  That will still only appeal to a relatively small number of fans and collectors, so with that in mind its hard to expect that this will end up in the top forty next weekend.

‘Watchtower’ is the new single by British rapper Devlin which sees him team up with singer / songwriter Ed Sheeran.  The digital format release also contains the instrumental plus new tracks ‘London City Pt 2’ and ‘My Moving Picture’.  Devlin is set to release his second album ‘A Moving Picture’ later this year which follows up his 2011 debut ‘Bud, Sweat & Beers’ which peaked at no.21. He has two top forty hits to his name including ‘Runway’ which saw him collaborate with Yasmin and peaked at no.15. He was nominated in the BBC Sound Of 2010 poll, the 2010 Virgin Music Awards and the 2010 Mobos. Ed Sheeran meanwhile needs no introduction having scored four top ten hits from his chart topping album ‘+’. As a duo they certainly sound good together and I think this could well land somewhere inside the top twenty. 

Hadouken! return this week with their brand new single ‘Bad Signal’.  The single was originally given its first play on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show earlier on in June. The digital version comes with six new remixes; the Radio Edit, the Wideboys Radio Edit, the Xilent Remix, the Prototypes Remix, the Wideboys Remix and the Dub Mix. Both of their albums ‘Music For An Accelerated Culture’ (#12) and ‘For The Masses’ (#19) have made the top twenty and they also won the Best Electronic Artist / DJ Award at the BT Digital Music Awards in 2008. They are currently signed to the Ministry Of Sound label and have recently been working on their third album. To date ‘Liquid Lives’ remains their only top forty hit having peaked at no.36 back in 2007.  I think that this could do well for them and may yet give them a second top forty hit. 

Sam & The Womp release their debut single ‘Bom Bom’ on the Stiff Records label this week. Curiously the band describe their musical style as a mixture of Balkan, Ska and Dub – a combination you don’t hear very often. The digital release of the single contains the Radio Edit, the Wookie Remix – Radio Edit, the Wookie Remix, the Pirupa Remix and the Instrumental. This weekend they have been busy performing on the Southern Comfort stage at the V Festival and their live performances have been in high demand over the recent weeks. Such has been the high demand for this single that a cover version by Big Hits 2012 has been selling well on downloads. This has the kind of novelty feel about it which means it is likely to be a massive Summer hit though people will soon get bored and regret ever buying it!

VCMG consists of Vince Clarke and Martin Gore who formerly lined up next to one another in an early line up of Depeche Mode.  Clarke left the band after the release of their debut album to form Yazoo, The Assembly and eventually Erasure while Gore remains with Depeche Mode and is working on their new album which is due for release early next year. The 12″ vinyl release of this single features three mixes of the track; the LFO Remix, the Album Version and the Alva Noto Remix. The single follows on from two EPs released earlier this year and it also features on their current album ‘Ssss’ which has so far peaked at no.81. Although few can dispute their talents I suspect this won’t see the duo back inside the top forty although it is still good going that they are producing such great music over thirty years after their first career started.

‘Summer Paradise’ is the new single by French Canadian rock band Simple Plan.  The digital release contains one version featuring Sean Paul and another featuring rapper K’naan alongside the Naked Version of ‘Astronaut’ and an Acoustic Version of ‘Loser Of The Year’. To date they only have one top forty hit single ‘When I’m Gone’ which peaked at no.27 back in 2007 though both ‘Still Not Getting Any’ and ‘Simple Plan’ reached the top forty on the album chart. They are most popular in Canada where they have enjoyed three top ten albums and eleven top forty singles. This track has been a worldwide smash topping the charts in Israel and becoming a top ten hit in Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden.  It’s a feelgood song which sits well with the recently improved weather and so I think this could give them a second UK hit.

Muse are back this week with ‘Madness’, the first track to be lifted from their new album ‘The 2nd Law’ which is released in early October. The band have notched up twenty one top forty hits across their career including most recently ‘Survival’ which was the official track of the 2012 Olympic Games.  They have only hit the top ten on three occasions with their biggest hit being ‘Supermassive Black Hole’ which peaked at no.4 back in 2006. Their last three albums have all topped the charts and achieved platinum sales status so expectations will be high for their new material. Their live album ‘HAARP’ which was recorded at their Wembley Stadium gig in 2007 reached no.2, a rare achievement for a live recording. The underperformance of ‘Survival’ leads me to caution on predicting this, but I still think this could make the top ten. 

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, aka Orlando Higginbottom, releases his new single ‘Household Goods’ this week. The digital release features the Zeds Dead Mix, the Zinc Remix, the Lil Silva Remix and the Enei Remix while it is also released across two 12″ vinyl formats. The original version of the track featured on his debut album ‘Trouble’ which was released on the Polydor label back in June. He is set to undertake a UK tour in October of this year but his next live appearance is scheduled to be at the Electric Picnic Festival in Ireland in early September. His music has yet to really crossover to the mainstream with only ‘Garden’ being a minor hit, peaking at no.135.  Given the fact that the album is already out I only really see this appealing to hardcore fans and collectors.  As such I don’t think it will put in a strong challenge for the top forty.

‘Professional Griefers’ is the new single by Canadian electro-house music DJ and producer Deadmau5 which sees him team up with My Chemical Romance founder and front man Gerard Way. The video to accompany the track was previewed in a recent UFC match in the US although it is not due to be made available online until later this week. It is taken from his forthcoming sixth studio abum ‘>Album Title Goes Here<‘ which is set for release later in September. The album also sees collaborations with various other artists including Imogen Heap and Chris James. His success in the UK remains limited with only 2009’s album ‘For Lack Of A Better Name’ reaching the top twenty. Only two singles have charted for him; ‘I Remember’ (which featured Kaskade) and ‘Ghosts N Stuff’ (which featured Rob Swire) but unfortunately I am not sure that I can see this adding to that tally.

Also released this week are ‘The Undercurrents’ by Maximo Park, ‘You’re Gonna Love Again’ by Nervo and ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ by Taylor Swift.

Sam & The Womp look fairly certain to enter at the top next Sunday afternoon with no other major contenders looking set to provide a challenge. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists looking to release new singles look set to include Feeder, Little Mix, Pitbull featuring Shakira and Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

25 August, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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