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Chart Chat Edition 670 – W/C 23.09.12

Chart Chat Edition 670 – Week Commencing Sunday 23rd September 2012

There were three new entries, one re-entry, nine climbers, twenty three songs going down and four non movers on this weeks chart. There was no change at the top as The Script featuring stayed for a second week at the top with ‘Hall Of Fame’.  In doing so they held off a strong challenge from Example with his new single ‘Say Nothing’ which went straight in at no.2. 

It may not have quite topped the charts but theres no doubt that ‘Gangnam Style’ by Psy is the most talked about song of the week.  It’s video set a new Guinness World Record for most likes on YouTube (over 2m) and the single climbed from no.37 to no.3 this week.  Ne-Yo fell one to no.4 with ‘Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)’ and P!nk was a non mover at no.5 with ‘Blow Me (One Last Kiss)’. Taylor Swift went back up one to no.6 with ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ and Little Mix fell three to no.7 with ‘Wings’. Amelia Lily went down six to no.8 with ‘You Bring Me Joy’ and Flo Rida fell three to no.9 with ‘I Cry’. The top ten was concluded by Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen who went down two to no.10 with ‘Good Time’.

There were four climbers and one new entry to be found in what remained of the top twenty. David Guetta featuring Sia climbed three to no.11 with ‘She Wolf (Falling To Pieces)’ and Dappy went straight in at no.12 with ‘Good Intentions’ thus becoming the third consecutive N-Dubz member to miss out on the top ten. Emeli Sande went back up four to no.15 with ‘Read All About It Part III’ and Mumford & Sons climbed one to no.16 with ‘I Will Wait’. The remaining climber went to Conor Maynard featuring Ne-Yo who climbed twenty places to no.18 with ‘Turn Around’.

There was one new entry, one re-entry and three climbers in the lower half of the chart.  Otto Knows climbed three to no.21 with ‘Million Voices’ while Justin Bieber featuring Big Sean re-entered at no.30 with ‘As Long As You Love Me’. Carly Rae Jepsen went back up two to no.33 with ‘Call Me Maybe’ and Jessica Wright got a new entry at no.36 with ‘Dance All Night’. The final climber went to Professor Green featuring Sierra Kusterbuck who went up one to no.38 with ‘Avalon’. 

Alyssa Reid first appeared on the UK chart earlier this year with a little help from the Jump Smokers on ‘Alone Again’. Now this week she returns with ‘The Game’, a track which features a collaboration with Snoop Dogg.  The digital release comes with a variety of mixes including the UK Radio Edit, the Bimbo Jones UK Radio Edit, the Bimbo Jones Mix, the Bimbo Jones Dub Mix, the Sunshine Radio Edit, the Sunshine Club Mix and the Sunshine Dub Mix. The track made no.35 in her native Canada, and is the title track from her debut album which she hopes to release in the UK later this year. The video was directed by Marc Andre Debruyne who won Director Of The Year at the 2012 Much Music Awards.  It’s not quite as commercial as its predecessor which relied heavily upon its sample from Heart’s ‘Alone’.  I think this will chart but I can’t see it going on to make the top ten.

‘Settle Down’ is the new single by No Doubt and it’s somewhat of an epic,weighing in at just over six minutes in length. It’s the first track to be taken from their new album ‘Push And Shove’ which hits stores next week. It’s their first studio album since ‘Rock Steady’ in 2001 though the intervening years were interspersed with two solo albums by Gwen Stefani.  She has no plans to continue her solo career and has pledged her future firmly to the band. They have notched up ten top forty hits in the UK with the two most notable ones being ‘Don’t Speak’ (#1 in 1997) and ‘Hey Baby’ (#2 in 2001). Their last actual release was a compilation ‘The Singles 1992 – 2003’ which featured their cover of Talk Talk’s ‘It’s My Life’.It’s great to have them back twenty years after they first started and if the album is as good as this single then fans certainly have something to look forward to.

In their heydey between 1999 and 2003 S Club 7 notched up eleven consecutive top five hits including four number ones.  The band then split up and were replaced by S Club Juniors, who in turn became S Club 8. Recently Jo O’Meara, Bradley McIntosh and Paul Cattermole from the band have re-emerged at S Club 3 though a televised appearance in Australia of a recent live performance has attracted widespread criticism for its lack of quality. This week sees another former band member Tina Barrett return with a solo single.  The digital release comes with four new mixes including Old Boy Smokin’ Bossa Mix, the Old Boy Radio Edit, the Replay Westway Radio Edit and the Replay Westway Extended Version. She has also posed for a shoot in Zoo Magazine which has certainly increased publicity for her.  Sadly the single itself may not stand out from the crowd enough to return her to the top forty.

DJ and producer Michael Gray first appeared on the UK chart with ‘The Weekend’ all the way back in 2004.  Now that very track returns under its new title ‘Can’t Wait For The Weekend’ with Grime collective Roll Deep sharing the credits this time around. The digital release contains a variety of mixes including the Radio Edit, the Extended Mix, the Extended No Rap Mix and the Instrumental Version. The track was first played on the Mistajam Radio 1 show back in July but is only just gaining its full release. Roll Deep have five top forty hits to their name including the number one’s ‘Good Times’ and ‘Green Light’. Their members include Wiley who himself topped the charts last month with his Ms D collaboration ‘Heatwave’. In its original guise this has to be one of the most popular club tracks of the past ten years and could well get a second bite of the cherry with this updated remix. 

‘Bones’ is the latest single from BBC Sound Of 2012 poll winner Michael Kiwanuka.  His debut album ‘Home Again’ reached no.4 in the UK upon its release in March and has recently been nominated for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize where he will face competition from Plan B, Richard Hawley and Alt-J. The album also made the top ten in Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.  In terms of singles he has enjoyed a little less success with only ‘Home Again’ reaching the top forty, peaking at no.29. The digital format of this single comes with two mixes, the Radio Mix and the MHB Album Mix. He was initially signed to Communion Records but eventually signed to Polydor after a successful 2011 which saw him support Adele on her UK tour.  There is no doubting his quality but he is unlikely to be a singles artist.  As such I fear this won’t see him back inside the top forty for a second time in his career.  

Dubstep producer DJ Fresh teams up with Ray Vaughn on his new single ‘The Feeling’.  As you would expect the digital format contains a number of remixes including the Radio Edit, the Metrik Remix, the Bobby Tank Remix, the Utah Saints Remix, the Julian Jordan Remix and the Extended Mix, It’s the fourth track to come from his forthcoming album ‘Nextlevelism’ which hits stores at the start of October.  So far the first two singles ‘Louder’ (which featured Sian Evans) and ‘Hot Right Now’ (which featured Rita Ora) both topped the charts with third single ‘The Power’ (which featured Dizzee Rascal) peaking at no.6. Given that success we can certainly expect to see this inside the top ten next Sunday afternoon. He is certainly in demand right now as when he isn’t busy recording he heads up the Breakbeat Kaos label with Adam F and performs as part of drum n bass supergroup Bad Company.

The much publicised Canadian singer Stacey Jackson releases her new single ‘I Am A Woman’ this week. The digital release of the single contains no less than ten different remixes including the Ruff Loaderz Remix Radio Edit, the Das Kapital Remix, the Ziggy Remix, the Oldsoundnew Remix Dub, the Benbo Remix, the Ruff Loaderz Remix, the Moony Remix Dub, the Est8 Mix, the Lil Cee Club Mix and the Final Cova Remix. Previously she has teamed up with Snoop Dogg on her track ‘Live It Up’ and she also covered Whitesnake’s soft rock classic ‘Is This Love’. Although she was born in Canada she has raised her four children in the UK and she has worked extensively with the charity Music For Youth. She undoubtedly works hard and has a good voice but whether this will pick up enough airplay to become a commercial hit remains to be seen. 

While it has already charted this week sees the official release of ‘Avalon’ by Professor Green.  It features the vocals of Sierra Kusterbeck and the digital release comes with eight mixes; the Radio Edit, the Single Version, the Main Version, the TV Ad Version, the Kat Krazy Remix, the Kat Krazy Extended Remix, the Patrick Hagenaar Club Mix and the Jamie Grind Remix.  The track has been gaining airplay recently as it has featured on an advert for an energy drink. The singer has been in the news recently for some of the wrong reasons as he has had a cancer scare after a lump was detected in his head. The single is his eighth top forty hit as a solo artist and is the fourth to be taken from his second album ‘At Your Inconvenience’. I’m not sure how much higher up the chart these remixes can push the track, but there is certainly likely to be interest in the TV Ad version.

Finally this week sees Paloma Faith release her cover of INXS ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ which is currently featuring in the new John Lewis advert.  The last song to feature in a John Lewis advert was Slow Moving Millie’s cover of The Smiths ‘Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want’ which peaked at no.31. If successful this will only be her fourth top forty hit single with more of her success coming on the album chart where her recent album ‘Fall From Grace’ made no.2 and followed on from the top ten success of her debut ‘Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?’.  This is undoubtedly a great version of the song but for me the original still can’t be bettered. It should see her back inside the top forty and is rumoured to feature on a repackaged version of her ‘Fall To Grace’ album which should be in the shops in time for the Christmas sales rush.

Also released this week are ‘All Your Gold’ by Bat For Lashes, ‘Pink Light’ by Fixers, ‘Flower’ by Kylie Minogue, ‘Spirit Indestructible’ by Nelly Furtado, ‘You’re The Best’ by Nik Kershaw, ‘Take A Walk’ by Passion Pit, ‘Bad Girl’ by Rain featuring Starboy Nathan and ‘Help Me’ by Tinchy Stryder.

It would be a bold man who would bet against the Psy phenomenon ‘Gangnam Style’ topping next Sunday’s chart. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Ellie Goulding, Mika featuring Pharrell Williams, One Direction and PiL.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson


23 September, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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