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Chart Chat Edition 667 – W/C 02.09.12

Chart Chat Edition 667 – Week Commencing Sunday 2nd September 2012

There were four new entries, one re-entry, seven climbers, twenty six songs going down and two non movers on this weeks chart. Little Mix went straight in at the top with ‘Wings’ which sold 107k.  This was broadly in line with last weeks tally for Sam & The Womp who this week drop a place to no.2 with ‘Bom Bom’ this week and around 20k less than their debut no.1 ‘Cannonball’ sold in its opening week.

Rita Ora dropped one to no.3 with ‘How We Do (Party)’ while Public Enemy got the biggest hit of their career as ‘Harder Than You Think’ climbed seven to no.4. Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen went up twelve places to no.5 with ‘Good Time’ and Wiley featuring Ms D dropped three to no.6 with ‘Heatwave’. Florence & The Machine went down one to no.7 with ‘Spectrum (Say My Name)’ and Taylor Swift fell three to no.8 with ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’. Emeli Sande went down five to no.9 with ‘Read All About It Part III’ while Angel rounded off the top ten by falling one to no.10 with ‘Wonderful’.

There were two new entries and two climbers in what remained of the top ten. X Factor contestant missed out on a top ten placing after her single ‘Last Night’ was deleted after a couple of days but scoring a new entry at no.11 is still some achievement. Of Monsters & Men climbed nine to no.12 with the excellent ‘Little Talks’ and fun.climbed ten places to no.14 with ‘Some Nights’.  Fazer rounded off proceedings going straight in at no.17 with ‘Killer’.

The lower half of the chart contained one new entry, one re-entry and three climbers Rita Ora featuring Tinie Tempah re-entered at no.23 with ‘R.I.P.’ and Cover Drive featuring Dappy were a new entry at no.29 with ‘Explode’. fun.featuring Janelle Monae climbed one to no.30 with ‘We Are Young’ and Train went up two to no.37 with ‘Drive By’. The final climber went to Skrillex featuring Sirah who went up to no.38 with ‘Bangarang’.

Indie favourites The Vaccines release their new single ‘Teenage Icon’ this week. It comes released on 7″ vinyl and as a digital download which features a demo version of the main track,a live recording from a recent Brighton gig and new track ‘Panic Attack’.  The single release coincides with their second long player ‘Come Of Age’ which is also released this week. Their debut album ‘What Did You Expect From The Vaccines’ peaked at no.4 and there is every chance that their latest release could better that.  Their singles have sold more modestly with only three making the top forty including their last release ‘No Hope’. ‘Post Break Up Sex’ remains their highest charting single which reached no.32. With so many fans likely to be purchasing the album only collectors and die hard fans will buy the single. As such I expect this to drop short of the top forty but the album could well top the charts. 

‘O N E’ is the new EP from Charlotte Church and it features four brand new tracks; ‘The Rise’ (which was initially available free from her website), ‘Say It’s True’, ‘How Not To Be Surprised When You’re A Ghost’ and ‘Beautiful Wreck’. She has notched up six top forty hits across her career including the classical single ‘Just Wave Hello’ and the Jurgen Vries collaboration ‘The Opera Song’.  Her debut pop single was ‘Crazy Chick’ which peaked at no.2 and it featured on her top five album ‘Tissues And Issues’. The follow up ‘Back To Scratch’ didn’t quite match that and it also failed to deliver any hit singles.  She has continued to plug away and has recently played a succession of warmly received solo gigs ahead of the release of this EP. She has a truly amazing voice and has developed into an all round performer.  I hope that this EP will reach a wide audience and secure her a return to the top forty.

P!nk returns this week with her new single ‘Blow Me (One Last Kiss)’ which is released digitally with the bonus track ‘The King Is Dead But The Queen Is Alive’.  It’s the first track to be taken from her forthcoming sixth studio album ‘The Truth About Love’ which arrives in the shops two weeks from now and was produced by Greg Kurstin. The accompanying music video was directed by long time collaborator Dave Meyers who worked on many of her earlier tracks. So far she has notched up twenty three top forty hits including three number ones. Her most recent hit came back in 2010 with ‘F***in’ Perfect’ which made no.10. There is every chance that this will secure her a return to the top ten as it has already topped the charts in Australia and has made the German airplay top ten.  Watch out for this being one of the highest new entries next Sunday afternoon. 

‘John I’m Only Dancing’ was originally released by David Bowie back in 1972 and featured ‘Hang On To Yourself’ on the flip side. The track made no.12 although it was superceded by a new recording of the song (often referred to as the “sax version”) with the same catalogue number. The song was later re-recorded again in 1974 as ‘John I’m Only Dancing (Again)’ and was eventually released as a single in 1979 whereby it matched the no.12 peak of its original release. A cover version by The Polecats was released in 1981 was also released and made no.35 (a double a side with ‘Big Green Car’). This week sees Bowie release the two main versions of the track as a double a sided picture disc this week to commemorate it’s 40th anniversary. It would be quite something if a third issue were to make no.12 again but instead I suspect this will mainly appeal to collectors like myself.

‘Hall Of Fame’ is the new single by Irish band The Script and it sees frontman Danny O’Donaghue team up with his fellow The Voice judge The single will be released with two tracks; the radio edit and the Jimbo remix. Their first two albums went on to top the UK charts and there is every indication that the aptly titled ‘#3’ will do the same. In terms of singles they have achieved two notable hits with ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’ narrowly missing out on the top spot back in 2008 and ‘For The First Time’ which made no.4 in 2010. With The Voice having served to further promote O’Donoghue it would see that this is destined to put in a serious challenge for the top spot next weekend.  From my perspective their middle of the road brand of rock doesn’t really get me going and this latest release does nothing to persuade me that I should be a fan.  Each to their own!

‘Polly’ is the latest single by Heartbreaks, a four piece Indie band hailing from Morecambe in Lancashire. They originally formed back in 2009 and have a sound which has seen comparisons to genres as diverse as Motown and Punk Rock. The track is set to be released digitally and on limited edition numbered vinyl with ‘Come Home Katie’ featuring on the flip side. To celebrate the release of the single the band are set to play an instore gig at the Lancaster branch of HMV and will return later this year for concerts in London and Manchester this November. The track is taken from their debut album ‘Funtimes’ which was released earlier this year and was produced by Edwyn Collins.  Given the limited nature of its release I suspect this will work better as a promotional single rather than one which is expected to make the upper reaches of the mainstream chart.

‘Lose My Way’ is the new single by Toy.  The single comes released digitally and on 7″ vinyl with the Cosmo Mix of ‘Bright White Shimmering Sun’ featuring on the b side. The band are a five piece from London who feature three previous members of the band Joe Lean & The Jing Jang Jong. Their debut single ‘Left Myself Behind’ was released last year on Heavenly Records with the initial pressing of 100 selling out on the first day of release. That was followed by ‘Motoring’ earlier this year and now this is the third release from the their self titled debut album. They featured in NME’s 100 New Bands You Have To Hear survey earlier this year and were singled out by Rhys Webb of The Horrors as his favourite band of the year.  Their fanbase is growing slowly but steadily although I suspect this won’t quite sell in the volumes required to make the top forty next weekend.

Neneh Cherry & The Thing release ‘Dream Baby Dream / Cashback’ on 12″ vinyl this week. Both tracks feature on their ‘The Cherry Thing’ album which was released earlier this year. The band only have one live appearance coming up and that’s at the Jazz Jantar Festival in Gdansk, Poland. Neneh first arrived on the music scene with ‘Buffalo Stance’ which reached the top three in 1988. It was the first of ten top forty hits although she hasn’t charted since 1999. In addition she enjoyed top three success on Youssou N’Dour’s single ‘7 Seconds’ and also teamed up with Chrissie Hynde, Cher and Eric Clapton on the charity single ‘Love Can Build A Bridge’ which topped the charts in 1995.  She has continued to collaborate with a variety of artists and has even presented her own TV cookery series. She continues to innovate through her music even if her days in the charts may be behind her.

Cheryl has been steadily climbing the charts over recent weeks with ‘Under The Sun’, the second single to be taken from her latest solo album ‘A Million Lights’.  This week sees it officially released as a digital single featuring four new mixes; the Radio Version, the Alias Remix, the Pantha Remix and the Agent X Bassline Mix. Last week saw her hit the headlines following a car crash with but she suffered no serious injuries. To date her solo career has seen her notch up three no.1 singles, a tally which is just one short of that achieved by her band Girls Aloud. If rumours are to be believed then the band are scheduled to reform later this year to celebrate ten years in the music business.  Cheryl has had by far the best solo career although Nicola Roberts enjoyed considerable critical acclaim for her recent album.  This could yet go on to make the top ten next week as it is a relatively quiet week for new releases. 

Also released are ‘Jammin’ (Benny Benassi Remix)’ by Bob Marley & The Wailers, ‘One Thousand Suns’ by Chicane featuring Ferry Corsten, ‘Handwritten’ by Gaslight Anthem, ‘I Feel Better’ by Gotye, ‘Ready To Go’ by Lonsdale Boys Club, ‘Jesus Walks’ by Lostprophets, ‘Let Me Love You (Until You Learn Yourself)’ by Ne-Yo, ‘Still Swingin” by Papa Roach,  ‘Simulation’ by Roisin Murphy, ‘Life’ by Summer Camp and ‘Book Of James / Philadelphia (The City Of Brotherly Love)’ by We Are The Augustines.

Little Mix’s days look set to be numbered with The Script and P!nk battling it out at the top. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists schedule to release new singles look set to include Amelia Lily, Killers, Maverick Sabre and Tulisa featuring Tyga.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson


2 September, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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