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Chart Chat Edition 677 – W/C 11.11.12

Chart Chat Edition 677 – Week Commencing Sunday 11th November 2012

There were nine new entries, one re-entry, four climbers, twenty two songs going down and four non movers on this weeks chart.  Robbie Williams managed a chart topping double as ‘Candy’ held on for a second week at the top of the singles chart while his ‘Take The Crown’ long player ruled the album chart.  That meant that despite a late rally Labrinth featuring Emeli Sande were also a non mover at no.2 with ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’.

The Wanted went straight in at no.3 with ‘I Found You’ while Adele continued to progress back up the chart with ‘Skyfall’ climbing one to no.4. Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martyn fell one to no.5 with ‘Don’t You Worry Child’ and Psy went back up a place to no.6 with ‘Gangnam Style’. Wiley featuring Ms D, Skepta & JME fell four to no.7 with ‘Can You Hear Me? (Ayayaya)’ while Rihanna was a non mover at no.8 with ‘Diamonds’. Misha B went straight in at no.9 with ‘Do You Think Of Me’ and Rita Ora rounded proceedings off as ‘Shine Ya Light’ was a new entry at no.10. 

Two new entries, one re-entry and one climber were to be found in what remained of the top twenty.  Sub Focus featuring Alpines went straight in at no.12 with ‘Tidal Wave’ and Christina Aguilera secured her chart return as ‘Your Body’ became a new entry at no.16.  Calvin Harris featuring Tinie Tempah climbed eight to no.17 with ‘Drinking From The Bottle’ and the re-entry went to Jason Mraz at no.20 with ‘I Won’t Give Up’ which as a result spent its thirty fifth week on the chart.

There were four new entries and one climber in the lower half of the chart.  The sole climber was Nicki Minaj who went up fifteen to no.24 with ‘Va Va Voom’ while the new entries were led by Willy Moon who went straight in at no.34 with ‘Yeah Yeah’.  Sneakbo got a new entry at no.35 with ‘Zim Zimma’ while Gabrielle Aplin went straight in at no.36 with her cover of the Frankie Goes To Hollywood classic ‘The Power Of Love’.  The final new entry came at no.40 and went to P!nk with ‘Try’.

Example is back this week with his brand new single ‘Close Enemies’, the follow up to his recent no.2 hit ‘Say Nothing’. It’s the second single to be taken from his album ‘The Evolution Of Man’ which hits the shops next week and will become his tenth top forty hit as a solo artist. The previous nine releases have included his two chart toppers ‘Stay Awake’ and ‘Changed The Way You Kiss Me’. He has also guested on top forty hits by several other artists including Wretch 32, Calvin Harris, Tinchy Stryder and Professor Green. The digital release of this single contains six new mixes; the Radio Edit, the Extended Mix, the Jakob Liedholm Remix, the Riddim Commission Remix, the DJ Wire Remix and the Woz Remix. This looks certain to be one of the highest new entries next weekend and should add another top five hit to his growing tally. 

Little Mix release their latest single ‘DNA’ this week.  They initially topped the chart with their post X Factor release ‘Cannonball’ while they defied critics with the follow up ‘Wings’ which made no.1 earlier this year thus ending a run which saw former winners Joe McElderry and Matt Cardle only reach no.6 with their second singles. The track is also the title track from their forthcoming album which will be looking to capitalise on the Christmas sales push. The digital release contains a variety of new mixes including including the Kat Krazy Club Mix and the Eyes Remix while it also features an instrumental to allow fans to sing along to their own version!  This will undoubtedly receive promotion from X Factor who will be keen to show that a winner can have lasting success and as such is probably the favourite to make its debut at the top next Sunday afternoon.  

American singer / songwriter Bruno Mars will be looking for another big hit with his new single ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’.  His career kicked off in the UK by appearing on B.o.B’s no.1 hit ‘Nothin’ On You’ and he then opened his account as a solo artist with three consecutive no.1s; ‘Just The Way You Are’, ‘Grenade’ and ‘The Lazy Song’.  Two other top twenty hits followed and he also guested on hits by several other artists including Travie McCoy, Lil Wayne and Bad Meets Evil. The track has already made the top ten in the US and is featured on his forthcoming second album ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’. Many critics have suggested the track has a New Wave feel to it, with some comparing it to ‘Message In A Bottle’ and ‘Roxanne’ by The Police. This has been selling well on preorders and should be able to take on both Example and Little Mix in the battle at the top end of the chart. 

‘Waterfalls’ is the new single by three piece girl group StooShe, and I for one am a little disappointed that it’s a cover.  Their first hit ‘Love Me’ saw them team up with Travie McCoy and resulted in a top five placing while the follow up ‘Black Heart’ peaked at no.3 and is surely one of the singles of the year. This is a cover of the TLC hit which originally made no.4 in the UK back in 1995.  The track topped the charts in Switzerland, the US and New Zealand while achieving top ten status around the world. The digital format of the release contains four new mixes; the Moto Blanco Mix, the DJ Q Remix, the Show’n’Prove Mix and the Acoustic Mix.  Their debut album is set for release later this month and hopefully will be a success for them.  This is a tough week for new releases with both Example, Bruno Mars and Little Mix debuting new songs but they should still expect to find themselves somewhere in the top ten. 

There was a time when the release of a new McFly single would have guaranteed a no.1 single and its a sign of the times that they are probably only the fifth biggest artist to release a song this week. The track features on their forthcoming compilation ‘Memory Lane : The Best Of McFly’.  They have achieved nineteen top forty hits including seven no.1’s although their career has been in a slight decline with their last album ‘Above The Noise’ reaching just no.20 in the charts. While musically they are very different, boybands such as The Wanted and One Direction now dominate the column inches while McFly are reduced to appearing on reality shows to gain publicity. This is not actually a bad song but this has sneaked out into the new release schedule while Little Mix has arrived with much more of a fanfare.  I think this will be top ten, but not sure a top three place will quite be theirs.  

American indie folk band Bon Iver release ‘Beth/Rest’ this week as the fifth single from their self titled second album. They have only enjoyed one top forty hit which came with their ‘Blood Bank’ EP (the title track reached no.37), though recent single ‘Holocene’ did make no.59.  Their ‘Bon Iver’ album made no.4 in the UK and they saw their cover of Bonnie Raitt’s ‘Nick Of Time / I Can’t Make You Love Me’ achieve some minor success on downloads although it was originally just the b side of their ‘Calgary’ single.  Their most famous song is probably ‘Skinny Love’ which has hit the top forty by teenage singer Birdy on a number of occasions while they have also guested on tracks by Kanye West and James Blake.  Despite the decision to release this on 12″ vinyl it seems that given their chart performance history it is unlikely that it will make the chart next weekend.

Lana Del Rey releases ‘Ride’ as her new single this week.  The digital format of the release contains the Active Child mix of the main track alongside the Penguin Prison Remix and Lindstrom Remix of ‘Blue Velvet’. Initial some interviews suggested she wouldn’t follow up her self titled album but it’s no surprise to find out that she has a new album entitled ‘Paradise’ ready for release. To date she has notched up three top forty hits with ‘Video Games’ and ‘Born To Die’ being the biggest, both peaking at no.9. The accompanying music video was directed by Anthony Mandler who has worked on promo’s by Shakira, Muse, Cheryl and Nicki Minaj among others. Away from the music the singer courted controversy by appearing to be nude on the cover of the October edition of GQ magazine.  She will be pleased to get back to the music now and this should see her back inside the top forty.

The highly rated American psychadelic band Animal Collective are releasing ‘Applesauce’ as the latest single to come from their critically acclaimed ‘Centipede Hz’ album. That was the bands sixth studio album under their current monicker though by peaking at no.55 it fell someway short of its predecessor ‘Merriweather Post Pavillion’ which reached no.26 in 2009. It comes on both digital download and 10″ vinyl with ‘Crimson’ featuring as the b side. It is the follow up to ‘Today’s Supernatural’ which was released back in July. The band played a short tour earlier in November taking in just four cities; Manchester, London, Dublin and Manchester. They originally formed back in 1999 so it says something for their longevity that they are still going some thirteen years later. Past history suggests that this won’t be troubling the top forty so I can’t see this making the mainstream chart next weekend. 

‘I Know Him So Well’ was originally a no.1 hit for Elaine Paige & Barbara Dickson in 1985.  It was taken from the musical ‘Chess’ and spent four weeks at no.1.  It still holds the record for the biggest selling single by a female duo, while it is seventh in the overall list of best selling duets. It was later covered by Steps and this week sees the turn of Spice Girls Melanie C and Emma Bunton to take their turn. The digital format of the release also contains a version of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.  The single is taken from Melanie’s current album ‘Stages’ which initially peaked at no.50, selling just over 2,000 copies in its first week of sale. Since then she has been busily promoting the album and with the assistance of this single would hope to see it climb higher. Despite the fact Melanie has a great voice this still can’t hold a torch to the original and as such I’m not sure this will see the girls return to the top forty. 

Also released this week are ‘Play The Game Boy’ by A*M*E, ‘Your Love’ by Ashley Walters featuring Alesha Dixon, ‘Lifes A Beach’ by Django Django, ‘Counting Clouds’ by East 17, ‘Vacationation’ by Hooded Fang, ‘Love Is Easy’ by McFly, ‘Everest’ by Public Service Broadcasting, ‘How’ by Regina Spektor, ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ by Rod Stewart, ‘I Hope You Get To Meet Your Hero’ by Skunk Anansie, ‘Lights’ by Steve Angello & Third Party, ‘Numb’ by Usher and ‘I Look To You’ by Whitney Houston featuring R Kelly.

It looks set to be a closely fought battle between Bruno Mars and Little Mix for the top spot next weekend.  Little Mix have a Sunday night X Factor promotion but Bruno has sold well on pre-orders and might just edge it. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Alicia Keys, Girls Aloud, Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida and The Vaccines.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson


11 November, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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