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Chart Chat Edition 666 – W/C 26.08.12

Chart Chat Edition 666 – Week Commencing Sunday 26th August 2012

There were seven new entries, three re-entries, seven climbers, twenty two songs going down and one non mover on this weeks chart.  Sam & The Womp took over at the top with ‘Bom Bom’ going straight in at no.1 while last weeks chart topper ‘How We Do (Party)’ by Rita Ora fell one to no.2.

Wiley featuring Rhymez & Ms D went down one to no.3 with ‘Heatwave’ and Emeli Sande also fell one to no.4 with ‘Read All About It Part III’. Taylor Swift got the second biggest hit of her career as ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ went straight in at no.5 with Florence & The Machine going back up one to no.6 with ‘Spectrum (Say My Name)’. Devlin featuring Ed Sheeran entered at no.7 with ‘(All Along The) Watchtower’ and Calvin Harris featuring Example fell three to no.8 with ‘We’ll Be Coming Back’. Angel climbed two places to no.9 with ‘Wonderful’ and Trey Songz went down two to no.10 with ‘Simply Amazing’.

Two new entries and one re-entry were to be found in the remainder of the top twenty. Public Enemy re-entered at no.11 with ‘Harder They Come’ giving them the biggest hit of their 25 year career while Simple Plan featuring Sean Paul got a new entry at no.12 with ‘Summer Paradise’. The other new entry came at no.17 and went to Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen with ‘Good Time’.

There were two new entries, two re-entries and five climbers in the lower half of the chart. Of Monsters & Men got the weeks highest climber going up fourteen places to no.21 with ‘Little Talks’ and Justin Bieber featuring Big Sean went up two to no.22 with ‘As Long As You Love Me’. Cheryl climbed three to no.23 with ‘Under The Sun’ and fun. got a new entry at no.24 with ‘Some Nights’. Alex Clare went up one to no.26 with ‘Too Close’ and Lady Antebellum re-entered at no.30 with ‘Need You Now’. Muse went straight in at no.35 with ‘Madness’ while Nicki Minaj climbed back up three to no.36 with ‘Starships’.  The final re-entry came at no.40 and went to Skrillex featuring Sirah with ‘Bangarang’.

Cover Drive team up with former N-Dubz frontman Dappy on their latest single ‘Explode’. It’s been a great year for the band as although their debut album ‘Bajan Style’ only peaked at no.14 it has featured three big top ten hits including the no.1 hit ‘Twilight’. They have also reached the top twenty in recent weeks guesting on Far East Movement’s single ‘Turn Up The Love’. The digital release contains two new mixes in the shape of the Moto Blanco Remix and the Mike Delinquent Radio Mix alongside the normal Radio Edit. They have opened for Rihanna on her Loud tour and are set to gain further publicity by working with Barbadian Tourist Board. The track is guaranteed to receive decent airplay and the music is well suited to the hot Summer days. As such I see no reason why this shouldn’t add a fourth top ten hit to their tally. 

Little Mix are looking to overturn the recent poor performance of former X Factor winners with their new single ‘Wings’. Two years ago Joe McElderry’s single ‘Ambitions’ only peaked at no.6 while last year Matt Cardle’s single ‘Run For Your Life’ also made just no.6 despite being co-written by Gary Barlow.  In some ways Little Mix have it all to do having delivered the lowest selling winners single since Steve Brookstein won the original series but they have done well over the past few months having released their autobiography and been involved with a tie up with M&M chocolates. The makers of the show will be keen for this to be a success and I think this will defeat the problems found by Joe and Matt.  Since winning both Joe and Matt have been dropped by their record label so a change in fortune is needed if the show is to maintain credibility as a way of finding talent.

Feeder release their latest single ‘Idaho’ on a pink 7″ vinyl single backed with new track ‘Stay If You Want To’. It’s the third single to come from their current album ‘Generation Freakshow’ which peaked at no.13 on its release earlier this year. They have notched up twenty top forty hits across their career but have failed to appear since ‘We Are The People’ made no.28 back in 2008.  Their current album has yet to yield a hit with opening release ‘Borders’ reaching no.52. They have just played the Leeds / Reading Festival but are now due to take a break before performing in Japan in October ahead of a UK tour in November. With the vinyl release likely to only appeal to fans and collectors I’m not sure that this will return them to the top forty although it may yet gain some airplay in support of the album. 

‘Summertime In The City’ is the latest single from London based three piece Scouting For Girls. The digital format of the single also features the video to an acoustic version of former hit ‘Love How It Hurts’. They have notched up eight top forty hits so far including their only no.1 hit ‘This Ain’t A Love Song’ back in 2010.  They have just finished work on their third album ‘The Light Between Us’ which is due for release later this year. Last weekend saw them appear at the Newark Festival but they have no other live dates planned in the forseeable future.  Critics tend to suggest that many of their songs sound the same but equally sometimes in music its a case that if it ain’t broke don’t fix it! I think this single will do very well for them and should see them back inside the top ten for the first time in just over two years. 

‘Killer’ is the new single from former N-Dubz member Fazer.  The pressure is on him with other band mates Tulisa and Dappy both having scored no.1 hits as solo artists.  The digital format of the single contains four new remixes alongside the main version; the Agent X “Gassed” Mix, the Woz Remix, the MNEK’s Hide The Evidence Remix and the Rudedog Remix. As part of N-Dubz he managed ten top forty hits and also guested on Tinchy Stryder’s chart topper ‘Number One’. Originally his plan was to release ‘Marathon’ (featuring Mr Hudson) as his first single but that was shelved.  He has since performed covers of ‘An Englishman In New York’ on the Urban Classics show on Radio 1 and ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’.  He will be keen to ensure that this is a hit and will then look to work hard on releasing his debut album either later this year or early in 2013. 

Indie favourites Two Door Cinema Club return this week with ‘Sleep Alone’, the first track to be lifted from their eagerly awaited second album ‘Beacon’. The 7″ vinyl release features ‘Sleep Alone’ as the b side. Their debut album ‘Tourist History’ peaked at no.24 despite containing no hit singles with ‘Something Good Can Work’ being the highest charting release reaching no.56. Lead singer Alex Trimble was asked to perform at the opening ceremony to the 2012 Olympic Games and saw his track ‘Calibans Dream’ become a surprise hit on the mainstream chart. They have just played the Leeds / Reading Festival and are then due to play headlining gigs at Birmingham, Manchester and London in early September.  With the increased press attention following the Olympics this could well become the bands first ever top forty hit. 

‘Yes I Was Drunk’ is the latest single from Glasgow based four piece Twin Atlantic who have recently supported Blink 182 on their UK tour.  The digital format contains the video alongside the Draper Mix and the Jonas Obermueller Remix of ‘Free’. It features on the bands second album ‘Free’ which peaked at no.12 on its release early last year but they have yet to crack the top forty. In common with many other bands releasing singles this week they have played at Leeds / Reading Festival and are off to the US now to play further concerts. To date ‘Free’ has been their highest charting single, peaking at no.99 on its second release last year. Given that the previous singles from the album have failed to chart its hard to see this being the one to change their fortunes.  That said their fanbase continues to grow and they should be able to achieve a top ten album next year. 

King Creosote, aka singer / songwriter Kenny Anderson, is back this week with his new EP ‘To Deal With Things’. It contains the tracks ‘Ankle Shackles’, ‘The Right Form’ and ‘What Exactly Have You Done’. It’s his first solo release since his collaboration with Jon Hopkins on the album ‘Diamond Mine’ which saw the duo nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. It was ironic that it would take the presence of Hopkins to shine a light on Anderson’s work as he had released over forty solo albums since starting out back in 1995 with his most recent being the limited vinyl release ‘That Might Be It, Darling’ on his own Fence label. My gut feel is that despite the increase press attention this is unlikely to sell in the kind of quantities required to make the top forty.  Don’t let that detract from the quality of the songs though as they are finely crafted as ever. 

The final single to be reviewed this week is ‘Dubsteppin”, the latest release by the highly rated Lewisham based Grime MC P Money.  The digital release includes the Club Mix of the main track alongside brand new tracks ‘Roll Call’, ‘Let’s Go (Sprung)’ and ‘Shutting Down’.  His first chart appearance came on the 2011 update of Lethal Bizzle’s hit ‘Pow’ which reached no.33 but he also guested on Magnetic Man’s ‘Anthemic’ which peaked a little lower at no.50. He has released five mixtapes across his career with the most recent being ‘Blacks & P’ which came out last year. He was voted the eighth best UK MC of 2010 by MTV and has recently increased his fanbase by joining fellow rapper Wretch 32 as the opening act for Example’s UK tour. He has yet to fully make the top forty in his own right and I’m not sure whether this will do quite enough to change that statistic. 

Also released this week are ‘Guardian’ by Alanis Morissette, ‘Another Hard Fall’ by Ben Mountague, ‘Pour Your Love’ by Benga, ‘In Time To Voices’ by Blood Red Shoes, ‘Watch The Corners’ by Dinosaur Jr, ‘I’m His Friend’ by Friends, ‘Ice’ by Kelly Rowland featuring Lil Wayne, ‘Dream Of Me’ by Kristina Train, ‘Where’s It Going’ by Orbital and ‘Beat Down’ by Steve Aoki & Angger Dimas featuring Iggy Azalea.

With the Simon Cowell publicity machine in full flow its hard to bet against Little Mix scoring a second career no.1 with ‘Wings’. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Bob Marley & The Wailers, Gotye, Ne-Yo and Pink. Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson


26 August, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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