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Chart Chat Edition 668 – W/C 09.09.12

Chart Chat Edition 668 – Week Commencing Sunday 9th September 2012

There were seven new entries, four climbers, twenty six songs going down and three non movers on this weeks chart.  It really was a case of all change at the top as the entire top three were all new entries. ‘Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)’ went straight in at no.1 for Ne-Yo while The Script featuring entered at no.2 with ‘Hall Of Fame’. The remaining new entry went to P!nk at no.3 with ‘Blow Me (One Last Kiss)’.

Little Mix fell three to no.4 with ‘Wings’ while another former no.1 ‘Bom Bom’ went down three to no.5 for Sam & The Womp.  Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen went down one to no.6 with ‘Good Time’ while Public Enemy fell three to no.7 with ‘Harder Than You Think’.  Taylor Swift got a non mover at no.8 with ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ and Rita Ora fell six to no.9 with ‘How We Do (Party)’.  The top ten was then concluded by fun. who climbed four to no.10 with ‘Some Nights’.

One new entry and one climber were to be found in what remained of the top twenty.  Flo Rida went straight in at no.11 with ‘I Cry’ while Cheryl climbed nine to no.15 with ‘Under The Sun’.

There were three new entries and two climbers in the lower half of the chart. Rudimental featuring John Newman went back up four to no.23 with ‘Feel The Love’ and Alex Clare climbed one to no.25 with ‘Too Close’. Plan B went straight in at no.27 with ‘Deepest Shame’ and Professor Green featuring Sierra Kusterbeck got a new entry at no.36 with ‘Avalon’.  The final new entry came at no.39 and went to The Vaccines with ‘Teenage Icon’.

Seventeen year old singer Amelia Lily was undoubtedly one of the most colourful characters on last years X Factor and considerable controversy was caused when she was first removed in week one by her mentor Kelly Rowland and then reinstated by public vote in week six following the disqualification of Frankie Cocozza.  She eventually went on to reach the final where she finished third behind Marcus Collins and eventual winners Little Mix. This week sees her release her debut single ‘You Bring Me Joy’ which is released digitally with the Steve Smart & Westfunk Club Remix as the bonus track. She is signed to Sony Music and have been working with Xenomania who are the team behind hits by artists such as Girls Aloud and Sugababes. This is a catchy tune and when combined with the additional publicity which will be generated by the new series of X Factor she should be challenging for a top ten placing next weekend.

Another artist hoping to benefit from the new series of the show is judge Tulisa who returns this week with her second official solo single ‘Live It Up’. The track features American rapper Tyga and the digital format of the release contains four new mixes; the Radio Edit, the Album Mix, the Dexplicit Mix and the Big League Dancehall Mix. Her opening single ‘Young’ went straight to the top of the charts and with her popularity riding high at present I expect this to achieve a similar level of success. Both singles are set to feature on her self titled solo album which is pencilled in for release in late November. She was voted Sexiest Woman In The World by readers of the UK edition of FHM and it seems that she has succeeded former judge Cheryl Cole in the media spotlight.  Really this is fairly run of the mill r’n’b but when you’re as popular as Tulisa is that’s all you need to get by.

Rapper, producer and all round musician Labrinth is back this week with his new single ‘Treatment’. It’s actually the fifth single to be taken from his ‘Electronic Earth’ album and it’s the follow up to ‘Express Yourself’ which peaked at no.12 earlier this year.  The digital release features three brand new mixes of the track; the Kat Krazy Remix, the Julian Jordan Remix and the Eyes vs Oliver Leonard Remix. The singer first appeared as a guest star on Tinie Tempah’s singles ‘Pass Out’ and ‘Frisky’ and was signed to Simon Cowell’s record label despite never having appeared on any of his talent shows. He has continued to work with a variety of artists including Devlin, Professor Green and Plan B amongst others.  For me this looks certain to add another top forty hit to his tally but I can’t quite see it matching the top ten success of his first three single releases.

North London rapper Sincere releases his latest EP ‘Deja Vu’ this week. The digital release comes with three brand new mixes; the Sneakbo, Scorcher & Elro Remix, the Zed Bias Summavibes Remix and the Seamus Hajji Remix. It’s the follow up to ‘Ain’t Nobody Like You’ and was declared to be the Hottest Record In The World on Zane Lowe’s show in early July. The singer was produced by Kid Bass and is released on the Mercury / Def Jam label.  The singer says he wants the song to “shut down a club, go off at a festival, keep the energy at a super-high level” and the track has been getting a very positive reaction when he has performed supporting DJ Fresh and Rita Ora at their recent gigs. The track famously contains a sample of the classic ‘Valley Of The Shadaows’ and looks set to give him a debut top forty appearance next Sunday afternoon.

Rock legends Red Hot Chilli Peppers release their new double a sided single ‘Magpies On Fire / Victorian Machinery’ this week. The band are set to release nine 7″ singles over the coming months and the first of those was ‘Strange Man / Long Progression’ which came out in mid August with this now being the second. It’s been twenty eight years since the release of the bands self titled debut album although it took until 1989 for ‘Taste The Pain’ to give them their first top forty hit, peaking at no.29. They have never quite made the top spot with their two biggest hits being ‘Dani California’ and ‘By The Way’ which both made no.2. Given the nature of this release its likely to be purchased by just their fans but it is great to see them continue to release new material like this as the years progress. Such a shame that this won’t be a major hit on the mainstream chart.

‘Deepest Shame’ is the new single by the multi talented musician and actor Plan B who is currently spending most of his time promoting his starring role in the new ‘Sweeney’ movie. It’s the follow up to ‘Ill Manors’ which made the top ten earlier this year and was the title track to the film / soundtrack album of the same name. The video was first made available to view in early August and stars Anouska Mond who plays the role of Michelle in the film. Although it was his 2010 album ‘The Defamation Of Strickland Banks’ which first topped the charts and brought him to the attention of the mainstream his debut album ‘Who Needs Actions When You Got Words’ had actually made the top thirty as long ago as 2006.  This latest release has already entered at no.27 and so becomes his sixth hit single but I’m not certain that it will crash into next weeks top ten.

American rock band The Killers are back after a long absence with ‘Runaways’ ,the first single to be taken from their new album ‘Battle Born’.  It’s aiming to give the band a twelfth top forty hit single with next weeks album release likely to become their fourth consecutive chart topper. Their biggest hit so far has been ‘When You Were Young’ which peaked at no.2 back in 2006 though both ‘Human’ and ‘Somebody Told Me’ made the top three. The track is as epic as we’ve come to expect from Brandon Flowers and the boys and with their UK tour set for November it looks like being a big year for them.  This track has seen comparisons drawn to the legendary Bruce Springsteen and it will see them inside the top forty for the first time since ‘Spaceman’ back in 2006. It’s great to have them back and hopefully this will become a sizeable hit for them next weekend.

Singer / songwriter Alistair Griffin follows up his reissue of ‘Just Drive’ with his new single ‘Always No.1’. The track features on his current album ‘Albion Sky’ and the digital single comes with a new mix by Ash Howes. He has enjoyed three top forty hits in his career with the biggest being ‘Bring It On / My Lovers Prayer’ which made no.5 shortly after he had been runner up on the 2003 series of Fame Academy. His most recent hit came with ‘Just Drive’ which was used in the BBC Formula 1 coverage, and that was reissued when Sky also chose it as the main theme to their motor racing coverage. He appeared at Hard Rock Calling over the Summer in Hyde Park but currently has no firm live appearances coming up. Given that many of his fans will own the ‘Albion Sky’ album I can’t see the new mix being enough to tempt enough people to buy it for it to grace the top forty.

Finally this week comes Irish singer / songwriter Roisin Murphy with her latest single ‘Simulation’.  The track is released on 12″ vinyl and contains new mixes including the Mano Le Tough Remix and the Dub Mix. Her 2007 album ‘Overpowered’ reached the top twenty and contained her only top forty hit so far, ‘Let Me Know’ which peaked at no.28. A third album is expected to follow and is likely to include former singles ‘Mommas Place’ and ‘Orally Fixated’. She achieved more success as the singer in Moloko, a duo who enjoyed two top five hits with ‘Sing It Back’ and ‘The Time Is Now’. Their ‘Things To Make And Do’ was one of the big albums of 2000 having made the top three but the duo split in 2003 after their relationship ended. Given the limited nature of this single release I would not expect to see this inside the top forty but it could well become a hit in the clubs.

Also released this week are ‘Default’ by Atoms For Peace, ‘Wolf’ by First Aid Kit, ‘How Do You Do’ by Hot Chip, ‘Careless’ by Jack Beats featuring Takura, ‘Ready To Go’ by Lonsdale Boys Club, ‘Chip The Kids’ by The Milk,  ‘I Will Wait’ by Mumford & Sons and ‘Boy’ by Nina Nesbitt.

Coldplay will undoubtedly benefit from their appearance at the Paralympics closing ceremony but it looks as though Amelia Lily will be the closest challenger to Ne-Yo as he bids to spend a second week at the top. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Biffy Clyro, Lianne La Havas, No Doubt and Pitbull featuring Shakira.  Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

9 September, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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