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Chart Chat Edition 673 – W/C 14.10.12

Chart Chat Edition 673 – Week Commencing Sunday 14th October 2012

There were four new entries, two re-entries, three climbers, twenty four songs going down and five non movers on this weeks chart. It was the Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin who scored their first ever no.1 hit as ‘Don’t You Worry Child’ went straight in at the top.  That meant that once again Adele was denied as ‘Skyfall’ climbed two places to no.2.

Psy went down one to no.3 with ‘Gangnam Style’ while last weeks no.1 ‘Diamonds’ fell three to no.4 for Rihanna. Ellie Goulding got a non mover at no.5 with ‘Anything Could Happen’ and One Direction fell three to no.6 with ‘Live While We’re Young’. Leona Lewis featuring Childish Gambino went straight in at no.7 with ‘Trouble’ while Conor Maynard featuring Ne-Yo climbed one to no.8 with ‘Turn Around’. Flo Rida fell two to no.9 with ‘I Cry’ and The Script featuring went down four to no.10 with ‘Hall Of Fame’. One new entry and one climber were to be found in what remained of the top twenty.  Otto Knows went up one to no.14 with ‘Million Voices’ and the new entry went to Maroon 5 with ‘One More Night’.

There were two new entries, two re-entries and one climber in the lower half of the chart. Taylor Swift went straight in at no.23 with ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ while Latch featuring Sam Smith got a new entry at no.26. Kanye West featuring Big Sean & Jay-Z climbed two to no.28 with ‘Clique’ and Nicki Minaj re-entered at no.37 with ‘Starships’. The final re-entry came at no.40 and went to Skrillex featuring Sirah with ‘Bangarang’.

‘Sweet Nothing’ is the brand new single by Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch.  It sees Florence returning the favour after producer / DJ Calvin remixed her track ‘Spectrum (Say My Name)’ which then went on to become her first no.1 hit. He will be hoping to finally make the top spot after a run which has seen his last four singles peak at no.2. Each of those are set to feature on his forthcoming studio album ’18 Months’ which is set for release at the end of the October. He has however found the top spot on three other occasions including most recently his collaboration with Rihanna on ‘We Found Love’ last year. The digital release of the single contains four new mixes including the Tiesto Remix, the Burns Remix, the Dirtyloud Remix and the Quinez Remix. It looks destined to be in the battle at the top end of the chart but competition from the likes of Adele will certainly be stiff. 

Everything Everything are back with their new single ‘Cough Cough’.  The video to the track has been directed by Jonathan Higgs who also worked on their first three singles. They featured in the BBC Sound Of 2010 poll and saw their debut album ‘Man Alive’ peak no.17 in the charts.  They have yet to see any of their singles reach the top 100 with ‘My Kz, Ur Bf’ performing best, peaking at no.121. They formed back in 2007 with band members coming from Guernsey and Tynedale in Kent, The digital release of the single includes three new mixes of the track; the Xaphoon Jones Remix, the Brometer Remix and the NZCA / LINES Remix. The band are set to undertake a short five date tour of the UK later this month where they will debut tracks from their new studio album ‘Arc’ which is currently pencilled in for release in January 2013. For now I can’t see this opening their top forty account.

‘Cholla’ sees the return of Welsh Indie band The Joy Formidable They originally released an EP entitled ‘A Balloon Called Moaning’ and then a long player entitled ‘The Big Roar’ which featured many of the same tracks.  This process saw vinyl only releases ‘Whirring’, ‘Cradle’ and ‘Austere’ released twice although they have yet to see any of their singles reach the top forty. They have been busily working away on their second album ‘Wolf’s Law’ and this is the first single from it.  It is currently scheduled for release in January next year and should improve on the no.31 peak of their 2010 debut. The digital format of this release includes the bonus track ‘Tempo (Strong-Weak-Weak)’ and an Acoustic Version of the main track along with the Betatraxx Remix. Given that there is a further three months until the release of their album fans will be keen to snap this EP up and so it could do well for them.

‘Standing In The Dark’ is the third single from four piece band Lawson.  While neither of their first two singles ‘When She Was Mine’ and ‘Taking Over Me’ hung around the charts for too long both made the top five. They have an album entitled ‘Chapman Square’ (which refers to the first place they played together as a band) ready for release next week so they will be keen for this single to do well. It consists completely of original songs penned by the band thus defying critics who wan’t to label them as simply another boy band. The digital format of the release features a cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘The A Team’ alongside the Radio Mix and Acoustic Version of the main track and new songs ‘Die For You’ and ‘Getting Nowhere’. Fans purchasing through the bands website can pick up signed copies of the CD and 7″ formats while stocks last.  Watch out for this inside the top ten next weekend.

Pet Shop Boys are back this week with their new single ‘Leaving’. It’s the second track to come from their eleventh studio album ‘Elysium’. All eleven albums have peaked inside the top ten, though the latest release only made no.9, their lowest peak to date. They have enjoyed tremendous success on the singles chart over the years with forty two top forty singles though it has been six years since their last top ten hit ‘I’m With Stupid’. They have had four no.1 hits though you would have to go back to ‘Heart’ in 1988 to find their last chart topper.  Their last single ‘Winner’ failed to make the chart but this latest single comes released in numerous formats including two CDs, a 12″ vinyl and three digital bundles. They have a strong base which will ensure chart success if fans choose to buy all of the available formats.  It is still unlikely to recreate their earlier level of success and I can’t forsee it making the top ten.

The Sex Pistols continue their programme of 7″ reissues with ‘Holiday In The Sun / Satellite’.  The single follows on from their ‘Pretty Vacant’ reissue and made no.8 during its original chart run in 1977 before being reissued in 2007 to commemorate its 30th anniversary, peaking at no.74 on that occasion. It featured on their only studio album ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’ though they have subsequently charted over the years with the soundtrack to ‘The Great Rock N Roll Swindle’, three compilation albums and a live album ‘Filthy Lucre’ recorded as part of their mid 1990’s reunion. They never achieved a number one single although there are plenty of conspiracy theorists who will tell you ‘God Save The Queen’ outsold Rod Stewart during their famous chart battle in 1977!  This is likely to appeal to fans and collectors only with few fans likely to download this track as they will have it already.

‘Backtrack’ marks the return of former X Factor runner up Rebecca Ferguson.  To date she has only achieved one top forty hit which came with her debut single ‘Nothing Real But Love’.  That made no.10, but the follow up releases ‘Too Good To Lose’ and ‘Glitter & Gold’ both fell short of the top 100. Now comes the release of ‘Backtrack’ as her new single, a track which is one of five new songs featured on the deluxe version of her ‘Heaven’ album which is also released this week.  The original release of the album saw it make the top three and it remains to be seen whether the update can match that kind of chart position.   For me it always seems such a cash in by the record label to make fans buy the same album for a second time just so they can pick up four or five new tracks (which can often just be remixes).  ‘Backtrack’ is a decent tune though and could see her back inside the top forty.

It’s been six years since Brian Molko and his band Placebo last graced the top forty with their single ‘Meds’. They released their last album ‘Battle Of The Sun’ back in 2009 and it peaked at no.8 despite its lack of top forty singles. Their biggest hits remain ‘Nancy Boy’ and ‘Pure Morning’ which both got as far as no.4. This week sees them return with a brand new EP entitled ‘B3’, and it contains five new tracks; ‘B3’, ‘I Know You Want To Stop’, ‘The Extra’, ‘I.K.W.Y.L.’ and ‘Time Is Money’. It is anticipated that a full length album will follow sometime in 2013. Although the band have been playing live over recent months they have no concerts planned in the remainder of 2012. Early feedback from fans around this release has been positive with comments suggesting they like the new fresh sound but enjoy the fact it retains a distinctive ‘Placebo style’.

This week sees I Like Trains release their latest EP entitled ‘Beacons’. Alongside the title track comes new songs ‘Rome’, ‘Easter Island’, ‘Jericho’ and ‘The Setting Sun’. ‘Beacons’ itself featured on their most recent album ‘The Shallows’ which was released back in April of this year. They released their concept album ‘Elegies To Lessons Learnt’ back in 2007 with each song based on a tragic historical event. It made no.17 in the Indie album chart although didn’t make any significant inroads into the mainstream charts.  A second album ‘He Who Saw The Deep’ followed in 2010 before ‘The Shallows’ this year.  None of their singles have got close to the top 100 with ‘Terra Nova / Fram’ being their biggest hit, peaking at no.135.  Given that history its unlikely that this latest release will make the top forty but fans will still be keen to pick up a copy for the new tracks. 

Just two other new releases to mention this week ; ‘We Run The Night’ by Havana Brown featuring Pitbull and ‘Single Tear’ by Tyler James.

Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin won’t surrender the top spot easily but Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch should run them close. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Amy MacDonald, The Enemy, Jay Sean and JLS.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

14 October, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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