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Chart Chat Edition 676 -W/C 04.11.12

Chart Chat Edition 676 – Week Commencing Sunday 4th November 2012

There were six new entries, one re-entry, seven climbers, twenty four going down and two non movers on this weeks chart. Robbie Williams went straight in at no.1 to become his sixth solo chart topper, and his first since ‘Radio’ back in 2004.  That meant he displaced Labrinth featuring Emeli Sande who fell one place to no.2 with ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’.

Wiley featuring Skepta, JME & Ms D went straight in at no.3 with ‘Can You Hear Me? (Ayayaya)’ and Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin went down two to no.4 with ‘Don’t You Worry Child’. Adele climbed two no.5 with ‘Skyfall’ benefitting from the release of the film of the same name while Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch fell three to no.6 with ‘Sweet Nothing’. Psy went down two to no.7 with ‘Gangnam Style’ and Rihanna fell four to no.8 with ‘Diamonds’. Maroon 5 went down one to no.9 with ‘One More Night’ and the top ten was concluded by Taylor Swift who fell one to no.10 with ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’.

Four climbers and one re-entry were to be found in what remained of the top twenty.  Disclosure featuring Sam Smith climbed one to no.11 with ‘Latch’ while The Lumineers went up eleven to no.12 with ‘Ho Hey’. fun. featuring Janelle Monae re-entered at no.13 with ‘We Are Young’ and Justin Bieber featuring Nicki Minaj climbed two to no.16 with ‘Beauty And The Beat’. The final climber went to Paloma Faith who went up nine to no.20 with ‘Never Tear Us Apart’.

Four new entries and two climbers were to be found in the lower half of the chart. fun. climbed up fifteen places to no.23 with ‘Some Nights’ while Calvin Harris featuring Tinie Tempah went straight in at no.25 with ‘Drinking From The Bottle’. Of Monsters And Men went up five to no.28 with ‘Little Talks’ and Asaf Avidan got a new entry at no.30 with ‘One Day / Reckoning Song (Wankelmut Remix). Ben Howard went straight in at no.32 with ‘Burgh Island’ and the top forty was rounded off by Hot Natured & Ali Love who went straight in at no.40 with ‘Benediction’.

First up this week is ‘Your Body’ is the comeback single by American superstar Christina Aguilera  Although her last album ‘Bionic’ topped the charts it contained no top ten hits and was generally considered to be a flop, selling just 60k copies in the UK compared to the 1.9m sales achieved by her 2002 album ‘Stripped’. The digital release of the track contains three new mixes; the Ken Loi Remix, the Audien Remix and the Oxford Hustlers Radio Mix. She has most recently spent her time as a judge on the American version of The Voice and has a new album entitled ‘Lotus’ ready for release. This will be her seventeenth solo hit although I don’t think it will give her a fifth no.1 hit. It seems so long since her run of three consecutive no.1 hits back in 2002 but this does represent a step in the right direction. Watch out for it landing somewhere in the top ten next weekend. 

British boyband The Wanted release their new single ‘I Found You’ this week. The digital format contains new track ‘Mad Man’ alongside the Steve Pitron & Max Sanna Club Edit and DC Breaks Remix of the main track.  This will be their ninth hit single so far, with two of those reaching no.1 (‘All Time Low’ and ‘Glad You Came’) and another three making no.2 including their last release ‘Chasing The Sun’. The accompanying video was directed by American actor Chris Marrs Piliero who has also worked on promo’s for Britney Spears, Black Keys, Cage The Elephant and Ashley Tisdale. They have notched up two top five albums and have a third long player entitled ‘Over:Sound’ scheduled for release in December. This will almost certainly go on to become the highest new entry next weekend but whether it can sell enough to claim the top spot still remains to be seen. 

Rita Ora is back with her new single ‘Shine Ya Light’ and her chances of success are bound to have been boosted by her appearance on this weeks X Factor show.  Her career has got off to an impressive start, guesting on DJ Fresh’s no.1 hit ‘Hot Right Now’ and seeing her own singles ‘R.I.P.’ and ‘How We Do (Party)’ top the charts. Her album ‘Ora’ also went to no.1 and so expectations will be high for this single.  The digital release contains four new mixes; the 2 Bears Full Length Mix, the Bimbo Jones Dub, the Dannic Club Mix and the Gregor Salto Remix. The accompanying video was directed by Emil Nava who also worked on the promo for her earlier single ‘R.I.P.’. There can be little doubt that this will be a big hit next weekend but I can’t see it maintaining her run of no.1 hits. It should however make the top ten, and quite possible even the top five. 

‘Dancing In My Head’ sees Street Fighting Man frontman Eric Turner team up with the critically acclaimed Swedish DJ and producer Avicii.  Turner’s only UK chart appearance came when he guested on Tinie Tempah’s no.1 hit ‘Written In The Stars’ while Avicii has enjoyed four top forty hits including ‘Seek Bromance’ which was recorded under his other monicker Tim Berg.  Turner has also worked with Lupe Fiasco on his track ‘Break The Chain’ while his own single ‘Stylechanger’ saw him work with Professor Green, Kardinal Offishall and Wretch 32. The digital format of the single release contains the Tom Hangs Remix, the Avicii’s Been Cursed Remix and the Michael Woods Club Mix alongside the Charlie Bernardo Remix of ‘Still Dancing In My Head’. I think this will see them both inside the top twenty next weekend but I’m not convinced that it can get as far as the top ten. 

Frankie Cocozza is a name that was rarely out of the papers last year but people have often forgotten that he originally came to prominence during the TV show X Factor.  Despite originally being chosen for his talent his appearances on the show became increasingly rough round the edges before he eventually left following rumours of drug use. Despite achieving very little he was then invited onto Channel 5’s Celebrity Big Brother where he finished second to Denise Welch. This week sees him release his debut EP ‘The Motorcycle’ which is available digitally in both explicit and clean versions. The four tracks featured as ‘Catastrophic Casanova’, ‘Little Miss No Name’, ‘She’s Got A Motorcycle’ and ‘You Blew It’. I fear that he may well have already used his fifteen minutes of fame and interest in this release will be much lower than it would have been a year ago. 

Although her ego was boosted during her time on the X Factor with comments such as “you will become a big recording artist” there will be a great deal of focus on Misha B’s second single ‘Do You Think Of Me’ and just how well it performs.  Her debut ‘Home Run’ peaked at a respectable no.11 and her fanbase should be further expanded with the fact that she has been selected as the opening act for Nicki Minaj during her UK tour. She released a mixtape entitled ‘Why Hello World’ back in April and another is set to follow later this year.  She is said to be busily working on her debut album which is set for release in the first quarter of 2013.  She will also appear next year as Rachel in the film ‘Another Cinderalla Story 2’.  To her credit she has stuck to doing what she does best and as such it is not fair to simply judge her purely on commercial success.

‘Without You’ is the latest single release by Scouting For Girls.  They have had a slightly disappointing year so far with their new album ‘The Light Between Us’ only peaking at no.10 while lead single ‘Summertime In The City’ only reaching no.73.  Last years single ‘Love How It Hurts’ was added to the album having originally been scheduled to appear on a re-release of their album ‘Everyone Wants To Be On TV’. The band have just completed a short UK tour taking in Sheffield, Manchester, Bristol, London and Glasgow. The digital release contains two versions of the track; the Radio Edit and a live take recorded at Dean Street Studios. The band have been very up and down in terms of where their songs have charted which is strange because to me so many sound the same!  I don’t expect this to secure them a return to the top forty but anything is possible. 

‘Zim Zimma’ is the latest single by London based rapper Sneakbo.  The digital release contains two versions of ‘Still Breathing’ alongside seven new mixes of the main track; the Radio Edit, the Dirty Edit, the Dance Mix, the Dance Extended Club Mix, the Dance Extended Dub Mix, the Garage Mix and the Dubstep Mix. Last year saw his single ‘The Wave’ enter the lower end of the top forty, although some believe that it suffered from a lack of promotion due to him being behind bars at the time of release. He has fans in high places including most notably American rapper Drake who is rumoured to have seen him on a documentary about London gangs. He has also featured on singles by several other artists including D’Banj, Angel and Smiler. This single is more commercial than its predecessor ‘Sing For Tomorrow’ and should do well for him in next Sunday’s chart. 

This week sees Electronic producer Sub Focus team up with The Alpines on his new single ‘Tidal Wave’.  The digital release features four new mixes; the Chuckie Remix, the KillSonik Remix, the Flosstradamus Remix and the Shadow Child Remix.  Nick Douwa, the man behind the Sub Focus monicker, first appeared on the chart back in 2005 when his double a side ‘X Ray / Scarecrow’ topped the Dance Chart and reached no.60 on the mainstream chart. It then took a further four years for his first top forty appearance came with ‘Rock It / Follow The Light’ back in 2009 which made no.38 but his biggest hit came earlier this year when he teamed up with Alice Gold on ‘Out Of The Blue’.  The track went on to reach no.23 on the mainstream chart and no.5 on the Dance Chart. This is now released as the follow up and could well go on to secure him a third top forty hit. 

Also released this week are ‘Inhaler’ by Foals, ‘Jerusalem’ by Helen Boulding, ‘Rest Of My Life’ by Ludacris featuring Usher & David Guetta, ‘Blackwind’ by Patrick Watson, ‘Tightrope’ by Saint Saviour,  ‘Flesh & Blood’ by Sandi Thom, ‘Tongue Behind My Teeth’ by The Staves, ‘Crashed’ by Stay+, ‘Everyday Birthday’ by Swizz Beats featuring Chris Brown & Ludacris, ‘Childlike Men’ by T Rex, ‘Mainline’ by Tensnake featuring Syron, ‘Sick Love’ by Vince Kidd featuring Lady Leshurr and ‘Wicked Games’ by The Weeknd.

Rita Ora’s ‘Shine Ya Light’ is the only new song which could put in a challenge at the top so I expect it to be the same contenders who battle it out at the top.  With Robbie’s album coming out its possible he could be caught by Labrinth featuring Emeli Sande or even Adele who is seeing ‘Skyfall’ going back up the chart now the film has been released. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Bloc Party, Example, Killers and Little Mix. Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

4 November, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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