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Chart Chat Edition 679 – W/C 25.11.12

Chart Chat Edition 679 – Week Commencing Sunday 25th November 2012

There were seven new entries, six climbers, one re-entry, twenty three songs going down and three non movers on this weeks chart.  It was all change at the top as Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida went straight in at the top with ‘Troublemaker’ while Girls Aloud can be pleased with their comeback single ‘Something New’ gaining a new entry at no.2.

All of that meant that One Direction fell two places to no.3 with ‘Little Things’ and Labrinth featuring Emeli Sande were a non mover at no.4 with ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’. Alicia Keys went straight in at no.5 with ‘Girl On Fire’ and Psy climbed back up a place to no.6 with ‘Gangnam Style’. Gabrielle Aplin fell two places to no.7 with ‘The Power Of Love’ and Robbie Williams also went down two to no.8 with ‘Candy’. Bruno Mars fell seven to no.9 with ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’ and Rihanna completed the top ten going down one to no.10 with ‘Diamonds’.  One further new entry and climber were to be found in the remainder of the top twenty as Christina Perri climbed six to no.13 with ‘A Thousand Years’ and Rudimental featuring John Newman & Alex Clare went straight in at no.14 with ‘Not Giving Up’.

There were three new entries, one re-entry and four climbers in the lower half of the chart. The Script featuring went back up seven to no.21 with ‘Hall Of Fame’ while AC/DC saw their classic ‘Back In Black’ become a top forty hit for the first time ever at no.27. P!nk climbed three to no.30 with ‘Try’ and Little Mix went back up five to no.34 with ‘Wings’. Rihanna featuring David Guetta got a new entry at no.36 and ‘Wonder’ by Naughty Boy featuring Emeli Sande went back up three to no.37. DJ Fresh re-entered at no.38 with ‘Gold Dust’ after an amazing 68 weeks on the chart and the final new entry went to AC/DC at no.40 who saw the studio version of ‘Highway To Hell’ in the charts for the first time (the live version made no.14 in 1992).

‘Give Me Love’ is the sixth single to be taken from singer / songwriter Ed Sheeran’s critically acclaimed ‘+’ album.  The first four all made the top ten though he is probably best known for ‘The A Team’ which made no.3 in the UK while also reaching the top five in Australia, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand and Norway. The full length version of the track weighs in at almost nine minutes but it has been edited and remixed for its single release with the digital format containing three new versions; the New Machine Remix (featuring Mic Righteous), the True Tiger Remix and the Xilent Remix. The album ‘+’ was recently reissued in a deluxe format containing bonus tracks and has gone back up the charts as a result. He has been heavily promoting this single, including appearing on Never Mind The Buzzcocks and the X Factor Results show and it has already made the top twenty so could yet go on further when the remix sales are added.

American singer, songwriter and former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson has notched up thirteen top forty hits across her UK career and celebrates this by releasing her new compilation album ‘Greatest Hits : Volume One’.  From that comes her new single ‘Catch My Breath’ which is released just a day before the album. Eight of her singles have made the top ten with ‘My Life Would Suck Without You’ going on to top the charts.  It was her 2004 album ‘Breakaway’ which really broke her to a wider audience, selling over 1.5m copies in the UK. Although the three subsequent albums all made the top five sales were nowhere near as positive with none of them selling more than 200k each. I can see this being a minor top forty hit, but can’t quite see it managing to get up into the top twenty. She remains bigger on the other side of the Atlantic than she is over here and this will do nothing to change that. 

‘Whistle At Me’ is the new single by the much talked about Jin Jin & The Rag Dolls. It’s the follow up to the critically acclaimed ‘Cashpoint Drama’ single which was released earlier this year. Both are tracks will feature on her forthcoming studio album ‘Rhythm Homicide’ which will be released next year. The digital format of the release comes with four new mixes; the Ray Foxx Remix, the Ray Foxx Radio Edit, the Simon Hunt Remix and the Wiley Remix. Jin Jin has modelling experience alongside her vocal talents and has worked with DKNY, Agent Provocateur and Vivienne Westwood amongst others. She was drawn to music by the reggae legends Chaka Demus & Pliers and Isaac Hayes with her taking a particular interest in reworkings of popular songs.  Jin Jin aims to excite her audience with her music and she will have high hopes of this becoming a mainstream hit single. 

French electronic band M83 return this week with ‘Steve McQueen’. They formed in 2001 and signed to Mute Records, the home of artists over the years such as Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp, Yazoo and Erasure. However it wasn’t until the release of their sixth long player ‘Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming’ that they achieved any mainstream success. The album has achieved top forty success in France, Australia, Belgium, Norway and the US.  It peaked at no.44 in the UK and contained their only hit single to date ‘Midnight City’ which reached no.34. This is the fourth track to be taken from the album and the digital release contains four new mixes; the Maps Remix, the SALM Remix, the BeatauCue Remix and the Alluxe Remix. Whether this can buck the trend and secure them another top forty apperance remains to be seen but on past form it seems more likely that it will miss out.

‘Last Night’ is the new single from British hip hop / grime outfit Clement Marfo & The Frontline. The band consists of seven members and hails from South West London.  Their last single ‘Champion’ reached the top forty, peaking at no.38, while their track ‘Us Against The World’ was featured in the FIFA 13 computer game. The band were nominated in MTV’s Brand New For 2012 and were tipped amongst T4’s Rising Stars. The band have been working with Iain James who is known for his production work with Wretch 32 and Professor Green.  They have supported Rizzle Kicks, Plan B and Florence and have collaborated with artists including Ghetts, Kano and Sway. The digital release of the single contains four new mixes; the Radio Edit, the Preditah Remix, the Sibling Remix and the Jacob Plant Remix. My money is on this securing them a top forty hit next Sunday afternoon. 

American rock band My Chemical Romance are currently in the process of releasing a project they have entitled ‘Conventional Weapons’.  This basically sees the release of ten tracks recorded during sessions back in 2009, and they are being made available to fans at the rate of two per month.  October saw ‘Boy Division / Tomorrow’s Money’ released on 7″ vinyl and digital download while this month sees single number two ‘AMBULANCE / Gun’ made available on the same formats. ‘Boy Division’ failed to set the mainstream charts alight and only really showed on the US Rock Chart where it peaked at no.30.  With that in mind I can’t adding to their current tally of eight top forty hits in the UK. However fans will be keen to know that the next installment in the series ‘The World Is Ugly / Light Behind Your Eyes’ is set for release a week before Christmas, so not long to wait. 

Welsh heavy metal band Bullet For My Valentine release their new single ‘Temper Temper’ this week. It’s the first single to be taken from their album of the same name which is scheduled for release in February 2013. Their first five singles all made the top forty with the biggest being ‘All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me)’ which peaked at no.29. However they have achieved greater success on the album chart where both ‘Scream Aim Fire’ and its 2010 follow up ‘Fever’ made the top five. With a three month wait until the album is released fans are likely to be interested in downloading this but its chart status is likely to be complicated by it is also being offered as a free download when fans pre-order the album.  Such marketing saw early sales of Madonna’s ‘Give Me All Your Luvin” being disqualified from the singles chart. As such this may not secure them a sixth top forty appearance.

During the late 80’s and early 90’s few could rival the talents of Prince. His singles were consistently in the charts although only ‘The Most Beautiful Girl In The World’ ever reached the coveted no.1 spot. However he has failed to enjoy any top forty singles since 2000, and ironically his last two hits were with reissues of ‘1999’ at the end of the millenium. He has continued to notch up top ten albums with ‘Musicology’ and ‘3121’ joining the compilations ‘Ultimate’ and ‘The Very Best Of’ at the top end of the charts. This week sees him back to form with the release of ‘Rock N Roll Love Affair’, a single which is also released on CD and 12″ formats. It has been enjoying some airplay on Radio 2 and has joined Olly Murs, Bruno Mars, Coldplay and Robbie Williams on their A-list playlist. This is not in promotion of any album, and as a standalone track fans may be keen to snap this up.  It would be fantastic to see him back inside the top twenty with this.

Finally this week sees the return of the American singer Ke$ha with ‘Die Young’, the very first track to be taken from her forthcoming ‘Warrior’ album. Her debut album ‘Animal’ yielded four top forty hits including the top five hit ‘Tik Tok’ but it was ‘We R Who We R’, the lead single from ‘Cannibal’, that became her first ever no.1 hit. She has also featured on top ten hits by Taio Cruz and 3OH!3 and the no.1 hit from Flo Rida. This track has already made the top five in the US and Canada and looks set to be a big hit in the UK. It has drawn various comparisons to other tracks including ‘Domino’ by Jessie J, ‘Good Feeling’ by Flo Rida and ‘Teenage Dream’ by Katy Perry while some journalists have cruelly suggested that if you’ve heard one Ke$ha track you’ve heard them all. Equally if you’ve got a winning formula then why not stick to it – I’m sure that this will see her back in the chart next Sunday afternoon. 

Also released this week are ‘Never Be Another’ by Delilah featuring Devlin, ‘Latch’ by Disclosure featuring Sam Smith, ‘Don’t Deny Your Heart’ by Hot Chip, ‘Hear Me’ by Imagine Dragons, ‘O Holy Night’ by Ladywell Primary School, ‘Go On Strike’ by Lower Than Atlantis, ‘Saviour (The Hale Bop)’ by Mystery Jets, ‘Try’ by P!nk, ‘Doom & Gloom’ by Rolling Stones, ‘Reagan’s Skelleton’ by Yeasayer and ‘You Are Not’ by Young Guns.

Expect Bruno Mars to have a resurgence following his appearance on the X Factor results show but my money is on Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida to hang on at the top for a second week. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists set to release new singles include Limahl, Plan B featuring Labrinth, Paul McCartney and Tulisa.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson


26 November, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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