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Chart Chat Edition 675 – W/C 28.10.12

Chart Chat Edition 675 – Week Commencing Sunday 28th October 2012

There were five new entries, three re-entries, five climbers, twenty four songs going down and three non movers on this weeks chart. Labrinth featuring Emeli Sande went straight in at no.1 with ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’ while Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin spent a second week at no.2 with ‘Don’t You Worry Child’.

Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch fell two to no.3 with ‘Sweet Nothing’ while Rihanna was a non mover at no.4 with ‘Diamonds’.  Psy fell two places to no.5 with ‘Gangnam Style’ and JLS went straight in at no.6 with ‘Hottest Girl In The World’. Adele went down two to no.7 with ‘Skyfall’ while Maroon 5 were a non mover at no.8 with ‘One More Night’. Taylor Swift went down two to no.9 with ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ and the top ten was concluded by Naughty Boy featuring Emeli Sande who went straight in at no.10 with ‘Wonder’.  Two other climbers were to be found in the remainder of the top twenty with Disclosure featuring Sam Smith climbing five to no.12 with ‘Latch’ and Justin Bieber featuring Nicki Minaj went up two to no.18 with ‘Beauty And A Beat’.

There were two new entries, three re-entries and three climbers in the lower half of the chart. The first of those new entries came at no.21 and went to Bastille with ‘Flaws’ while The Lumineers went straight in at no.23 with ‘Ho Hey’. Emeli Sande went back up three to no.27 with ‘Read All About It Part III’ and Jake Bugg climbed five to no.28 with ‘Two Fingers’. Of Monsters & Men went back up six to no.33 with ‘Little Talks’ following their appearance on the Graham Norton TV show and Swedish House Mafia re-entered at no.36 with ‘Save The World’ partly due to it being performed by X Factor contestant Kye Sones on last weeks show.  Usher re-entered at no.37 with ‘Scream’ and the final re-entry went to David Guetta featuring Sia at no.38 with ‘Titanium’ with the song being another to benefit from X Factor exposure.

Robbie Williams is back this week with ‘Candy’, the first track to be taken from his forthcoming album ‘Take The Crown’. It’s his ninth studio album and is the follow up to ‘Reality Killed The Video Star’ which became his first to miss out on the no.1 spot although its sales did outstrip those of predecessor ‘Rudebox’. His career as a solo artist has seen thirty one top forty hits including six number ones. He famously returned to Take That for their 2010 album ‘Progress’ and subsequent world tour.  Debate continues as to whether he will feature on their seventh album which is due for release late in 2013. For me this is a feelgood, uptempo pop song though its not as epic as his earlier work such as ‘Millenium’.  The track has been built up through radio play over the past few weeks so it should be with a good chance of reaching the top spot next Sunday afternoon. 

British grime artist Wiley will also fancy his chances of notching up another no.1 hit following his success with his last single ‘Heatwave’.  His latest single is ‘Can You Hear Me? (Ayayaya)’ which sees him team up with Skepta, JME and Ms D with the latter having also featured on ‘Heatwave’. The digital format of the single contains several new mixes including the MOTI Remix, the TAI Remix, the Adam F Remix and the Instrumental version.  This will become his seventh top forty hit as a solo artist, and he has also achieved considerable success as part of the Roll Deep collective who have two no.1s of their own. He is in demand by other artists and has featured on top forty hits by Jodie Connor and Lethal Bizzle.  This track looks destined for big things and could certainly challenge Robbie Williams for the honour of the weeks highest new entry. 

Although it has already charted on download sales, Adele releases her Bond theme ‘Skyfall’ on both 7″ and CD formats this week. It looked at one point like she might become the first artist to score a no.1 hit with a Bond theme but strong early sales were split across two chart weeks due to the decision to release the track on a Friday to coincide with the 50th anniversary of James Bond. As such the track entered at no.4 (despite only being on sale for two days at that point) and climbed to no.2 before falling away again.  Now that the movie has been released there may well be a reversal in the songs fortunes and it is not out of the realms of possibility that this could still make the top spot.  However both formats simply contain an instrumental version of the track as the b side so there appears to be little to persuade fans to part with their cash to own a copy. 

The legendary Stranglers release their latest single ‘Mercury Rising’ this week.  It is taken from their latest album ‘Giants’ which was released earlier this year peaking at no.48.  Although that is someway short of the success achieved by the band in the 70’s and 80’s it still represented their highest charting album in fifteen years.  The CD release is limited to 500 copies and features live, instrumental and single versions of ‘Mercury Rising’ alongside a live version of ‘Sometimes’.  They have announced an extensive UK tour for 2013 which is a challenging schedule when you consider their legendary drummer Jet Black is now 74 years old. They have had twenty three top forty hits across their career with their biggest being ‘Golden Brown’ which peaked at no.2 some thirty years ago.  This single is unlikely to chart but it is some feat that they are still continuing to make new music in 2012. 

Bat For Lashes, aka Natasha Khan, releases her new single ‘All Your Gold’ on gold 7″ vinyl this week.  It’s the second track to be taken from her new critically acclaimed album ‘The Haunted Man’ and features the brand new track ‘Save The Last Dance’ on the flip side. She has notched up two top ten albums across her career but so far ‘Daniel’ has become her only single to make the top forty.  That track represented a true career highlight as it won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Contemporary Song back in 2010. She is in the middle of a UK tour which concludes in Brighton early in November before she plays a one off date in Amsterdam. With her last single ‘Laura’ falling well short of the top 100 it is hard to see this giving her a second top forty hit. Unfortunately this is one of those releases that is likely to end up being for fans and collectors only as with fans already owning the album download sales are likely to be low.

Pains Of Being Pure At Heart are back this week with a double a sided single of cover versions.  One side features their version of the Magnetic Fields track ‘Jeremy’ while the flip side contains a cover of the East River Pipe track ‘My Life Is Wrong’. The band are an indie four piece based in New York who released their self titled debut album in 2009.  The follow up was last years ‘Belong’ which peaked at no.109 in the UK but did make the top 100 in the US. Each of their vinyl singles has a different colouring, and fans will be keen to know that this release is in Army green. The band are currently in the midst of a European tour with gigs in Switzerland, Slovenia, Austria and Germany coming up over the next week.  There are no concerts planned for the UK in 2012 and while fans will no doubt snap this single up it is unlikely to sell in the kind of quantities required to make the top forty.

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, aka Orlando Higginbottom, releases his new single ‘Your Love’ this week.  The digital format features four new mixes; the Fake Blood Remix, the Mark Knight Remix, the Pearson Sound Remix and the Waze & Odyssey Remix.  The track originally featured on his album ‘Trouble’ which was released earlier this year and this is the seventh single to be taken from the album.  Of the previous six only ‘Garden’ has made any kind of showing, peaking at no.135. Despite being overlooked by the daytime programmers he has seen his music reguarly played on Radio 1 by DJs such as Nick Grimshaw and Annie Mac on their evening shows.  Now Nick has the breakfast show he could try and break him into the mainstream. He is in demand for his remixing skills and has worked on tracks by Lady Gaga, Professor Green and Katy Perry.

It has already charted inside the top ten, but Maroon 5 officially release ‘One More Night’ as a single this week. As you would expect the digital release comes with four new mixes; the LVLF Remix, the Com Truise Remix, the Benji Boko Remix and Seamus Haji Remix. This is their twelfth hit and is the follow up to their debut chart topper ‘Payphone’. It is taken from the bands current album ‘Overexposed’ which has so far peaked at no.2 thus failing to match the no.1 success achieved by their first two albums ‘Songs About Jane’ and ‘It Won’t Be Soon Before Long’. Last year saw their single ‘Moves Like Jagger’ spend seven consecutive weeks at no.2 and although it never topped the chart it was still the second biggest selling track in the UK last year. This should continue to climb on next weekends chart although I can’t quite see this making the summit.

‘Take A Walk’ is the brand new single by Passion Pit. The band are a five piece electropop outfit from Cambridge, Massachusetts in the US who share their name from a 1980’s pornographic film, though they deny this was the catalyst behind their choice of monicker. The digital release of the single comes with six new mixes; the Burns Sftcr Remix, the Classixx Remix, the Gold Fields Remix, the Sinden Remix, the Highweights Remix and the M Machine Remix. The single has been their most successful to date, reaching the top ten on the US rock and alternative charts while even making the lower end of the Billboard top 100. The track features on their ‘Gossamer’ album which peaked at no.56 on its release earlier this year. Given their previous history on the singles chart I’m not sure that this will do enough to make the top forty next Sunday afternoon.

Also released this week are ‘Burgh Island’ by Ben Howard, ‘Incapable Of Love’ by Dexys, ‘It’s Summer Because We Say So’ by Esmee Denters, ‘Here Comes My Man’ by Gaslight Anthem, ‘Laser Light’ by Peter Wilson and ‘Sunset Sleeps / Hometown Gypsy ‘ by Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

Next weeks chart looks interesting with Robbie Williams the hot favourite to debut at the top but Labrinth featuring Emeli Sande are still selling well while Wiley featuring Skepta, JME & Ms D should also score a top five new entry. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Christina Aguilera, Misha B, Of Monsters And Men and The Wanted.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

28 October, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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