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Chart Chat Edition 678 – W/C 18.11.12

Chart Chat Edition 678 – Week Commencing Sunday 18th November 2012

There were eight new entries, two re-entries, four climbers and twenty six songs going down on this weeks chart.  It was a very closely fought battle with the top three all being new entries but it was One Direction who went straight in at the top with ‘Little Things’.  In doing so they edged out Bruno Mars who got a new entry at no.2 with ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’.

Little Mix went straight in at no.3 with ‘DNA’ and Labrinth featuring Emeli Sande fell two places to no.4 with ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’. Gabrielle Aplin was the weeks highest climber as her update of ‘The Power Of Love’ went up thirty one places to no.5 but Robbie Williams dropped five places from the summit to no.6 with ‘Candy’. Psy fell one to no.7 with ‘Gangnam Style’ while The Lumineers climbed seven to no.8 with ‘Ho Hey’. Rihanna went down one to no.9 with ‘Diamonds’ and the top ten was concluded by McFly who went straight in at no.10 with ‘Love Is Easy’.  A further one new entry and one re-entry were to be found in the remainder of the top twenty. Ed Sheeran went straight in at no.18 with ‘Give Me Love’ while Christine Perri re-entered at no.19 with ‘A Thousand Years’ benefitting from exposure arising from the latest ‘Twilight’ film. 

There were three new entries, one re-entry and two climbers in the lower half of the chart.  StooShe’s decision to cover ‘Waterfalls’ may have back fired as it only entered at no.21 while One Direction climbed back up eleven to no.26 with ‘Live While We’re Young’. Lana Del Rey went straight in at no.32 with ‘Ride’ and P!nk climbed seven to no.33 with ‘Try’.  Example’s new single ‘Close Enemies’ seems to have underperformed going straight in at just no.37 and the sole re-entry went to Little Mix at no.39 with ‘Wings’.

Girls Aloud return this week as one unit on their new single ‘Something New’.  The track is taken from their forthcoming greatest hits package ‘Ten’ which in turn celebrates ten years since they were formed on Popstars : The Rivals. As individuals Nicola Roberts received considerable critical acclaim while Nadine Coyle failed to win fans over.  Cheryl achieved the most success in music terms while Sarah and Kimberley branced out into acting.  The single is released on 7″ and CD with the digital release of the single featuring three exclusive mixes of the track; the Jim Eliot Remix, the Alias Radio Edit and the Manhattan Clique Remix. They achieved twenty consecutive top ten hits, a record for a girl group, but their last single ‘Untouchable’ became their first to miss out on the top ten by peaking at just no.11. This should be a big hit although I’m not sure if it will give them a fifth no.1 single.

‘Troublemaker’ is the new single by Olly Murs and it sees him team up with Flo Rida.  It was co-written by Murs along with Claude Kelly, Tramar Dillard and Steve Robson who also produces the track. The single is taken from his new album ‘Right Place Right Time’ which is due for release next week. The digital release features three new mixes; the Cutmore Club Mix, the Cutmore Radio Edit and the Wideboys Radio Edit. When he finished as runner up on X Factor few could have predicted just how well he would go on to do with a no.1 album and three no.1 singles to his name.  In addition he presents the show Xtra Factor each Saturday and Sunday as a supplement to the main live show. In the long term his success has outshone the winner of his series Joe McElderry though people often overlook his record of three top ten albums. This has to be one of the main contenders for the top spot next weekend. 

‘Sweetheart What Have You Done To Me’ is the new single by Keaton Henson. The digital format of the single also contains the new tracks ‘Kronos’ and ‘Corpse Roads’. He has recently signed to Radiohead’s agency and this year saw him release his debut album ‘Dear’ which was largely recorded in his bedroom.  It is well known that he hates playing live, suffering from terrible stage fright.  Reports suggest this is something which may date back to his childhood where he suffered from crippling panic attacks. He did however play live at the Cinema Museum in South London last month with both dates selling out in a matter of minutes. Currently he has been working on his second album which is expected to be available around mid February.  For now this is a beautiful EP which is bound to please his fans and admirers though I’m not sure if it will grace the top forty next Sunday.

Rudimental team up with John Newman and Alex Clare on their new single ‘Not Giving In’. It’s released on Asylum Records and the promotional video has been on YouTube since early October. It’s the follow up to the no.1 hit ‘Feel The Love’ which features on the single as a live version recorded at the BBC Hackney Weekend alongside the Bondax Remix and Loadstar Remix of the main track. They released three singles last year with no success but now things are looking up they plan to release their self titled debut album in February next year. The band consists of four members and hails from Hackney in London. They have also worked as producers and have remixed tracks for various other artists including Wretch 32, Labrinth and Ed Sheeran. This should enter inside the top ten but I’m not sure it will replicate the chart topping success of its predecessor. 

‘Sun’ is the latest single release from Northern Irish Indie band Two Door Cinema Club. It’s the second track to be taken from their current album ‘Beacon’ which peaked at no.2 when it was released earlier this year. Following an invite from director Danny Boyle their lead singer Alex Trimble performed the track ‘Caliban’s Dream’ at the Olympic opening ceremony which eventually peaked at no.12 when released as a single. However as a band they have never achieved any top forty singles, with their biggest hit to date being ‘Something Good Can Work’ which reached no.56.  The digital format of the single comes with three new mixes of the track including the Fred Falke Remix, the Gildas Kitsune Club Night Remix and the Alex Metric Remix. This is certainly one of the best tracks on the album but given their past history I can’t see them making the top forty next weekend. 

Indie favourites The Vaccines are back this week with their new single ‘I Always Knew’. It’s the third track to be taken from their chart topping album ‘Come Of Age’ and with the previous two (‘No Hope’ and ‘Teenage Icon’) both making the top forty.  Their biggest hit to date remains ‘Post Break-Up Sex’ which peaked at no.32 upon its release last year. The single is released on 7″ vinyl with new song ‘Make You Mine’ featuring on the b side while the digital download also contains the demo of the main track. The band love to play live and are currently in the midst of a UK tour with another series of gigs planned for May next year.  In the meantime they will also take in other areas of Europe along with Australia and the US.  The 7″ vinyl releases have proved successful so there is a chance that this could become their fifth top forty hit next Sunday afternoon. 

There’s not much left to say about the legend that is David Bowie. He released his first single ‘Liza Jane’ back in 1964 under the name Davie Jones with the King Bees. He issued the novlety single ‘The Laughing Gnome’ three years later with the song become a top ten hit on its reissue in 1973.  It was 1969 when he first hit the charts with ‘Space Oddity’ with the track going on to give him his first no.1 some six years later.  This year has seen a series of 7″ vinyl reissues to celebrate forty years since the release of ‘The Rise & Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars’ including ‘Starman’ (which was released for Record Store Day) and ‘John I’m Only Dancing’. This week its the turn of ‘Jean Genie’ which was the biggest of his 1972 singles and featured on the ‘Aladdin Sane’ album, peaking at no.2.  It’s a timely reminder of just what a great track this was even if its not really likely to re-enter the mainstream charts. 

Twenty one year old Australian singer / songwriter Matt Corby releases his new EP ‘Into The Flame’ this week. It contains four tracks; ‘Brother’, ‘Souls A’Fire’, ‘Untitled’ and ‘Big Eyes’. The EP was first released last year in Australia whereby it made no.3, with sales seeing it achieve four times Platinum status. He originally came to prominence when, at age sixteeen, he was the runner up on the 2007 series of Australian Idol. Since then he released three solo EPs before ‘Into The Fire’ finally saw him achieve huge success.  He is signed to the Communion label owned by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons fame.  The lead track from the EP, ‘Brother’, reached no.32 in New Zealand but otherwise Corby has failed to translate his success into anything outside his native country.Sadly I suspect that will still be the same story after this release, in the UK at least.

Finally this week comes Irish band The Script with their brand new single ‘Six Degrees Of Separation’. It’s the latest single to be taken from their current album ‘#3’ and is the follow up to their collaboration ‘Hall Of Fame’ which became their first ever UK no.1. Their chart career has been somewhat chequered with huge hits such as ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’ and ‘For The First Time’ being interspersed with singles such as ‘Nothing’ (#42) and ‘Talk You Down’ (#47) which have missed the top forty. The group’s profile has been raised since Danny O’Donoghue has become a judge on the UK version of The Voice and the band performed this on Friday night’s Children In Need.  I’ve never been a big fan of them as for me their music rarely seems to get out of second gear.  I think this may grace the lower end of the top forty but I can’t see this reaching the top ten. 

Also released this week are ‘Girl On Fire’ by Alicia Keys, ‘In The Open’ by Benjamin Francis Leftwich, ‘Don’t Judge Me’ by Chris Brown and ‘Death Proof (EP)’ by Kate Nash.

I think it will be Olly Murs against Girls Aloud at the top but my money is on Olly to triumph. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Cornershop, Ed Sheeran, Leona Lewis and Tulisa.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson


18 November, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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