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Chart Chat Edition 681 – W/C 09.12.12

Chart Chat Edition 681 – Week Commencing Sunday 9th December 2012

There were three new entries, four re-entries, nine climbers, twenty one songs going down and three non movers on this weeks chart.  Gabrielle Aplin took over at the top with her cover of ‘The Power Of Love’ climbing five places some twenty eight years on from when the original topped the charts.  Bruno Mars appearance on the Graham Norton chat show meant that ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’ was a non mover at no.2. 

Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida fell two places to no.3 with ‘Troublemaker’ and Labrinth featuring Emeli Sande were a non mover at no.4 with ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’. Rihanna went down two to no.5 with ‘Diamonds’ while One Direction climbed back up three to no.6 with ‘Little Things’. Kei$ha went up three to no.7 with ‘Die Young’ and P!nk climbed eighteen places to no.8 with ‘Try’. Psy fell one to no.9 with ‘Gangnam Style’ and Alicia Keys completed the picture going down five to no.10 with ‘Girl On Fire’.

A further two new entries and three climbers were to be found in what remained of the top twenty.  Taylor Swift went up eleven to no.13 with ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ while The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl climbed twelve to no.15 ‘Fairytale Of New York’. Pitbull featuring TJR went straight in at no.16 with ‘Don’t Stop The Party’ and Tulisa got a new entry at no.18 with ‘Sight Of You’. The final climber came at no.20 and went to Mariah Carey who went up ten with her Christmas classic ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’.

There was one new entry, four re-entries and two climbers in the lower half of the chart.  DJ Fresh climbed three to no.22 with ‘Gold Dust’ while Wizzard re-entered at no.31 with ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’. The Script climbed six to no.33 with ‘Six Degrees Of Separation’ and Wham! were back at no.34 with ‘Last Christmas’. Slade got the next re-entry as ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ returned at no.35 while Band Aid got the final re-entry with the original version of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ coming back in at no.37. The final new entry went to BURNS at no.39 with ‘Lies’.

First up for consideration this week are Arlissa & Nas with their brand new single ‘Hard To Love Somebody’ which is released on the London Records label. The digital format release of the track features three brand new mixes; the Nextmen Remix, the Zed Bias Remix and the 10 Below Remix. For those unaware of her Arlissa is a 19 year old singer from the UK whose soulful vocals caught the attention of American rapper Nas who flew her out to Los Angeles to record face to face rather than opting to mix the track with separate recordings. The track was written and recorded following the break up of a three year relationship and went viral following its initial appearance on the internet. Her recent tweets suggest that we can expect an album sometime in 2013 and based on the evidence of this single that looks to be something worth looking forward to.

Last years X Factor winners Little Mix released ‘Cannonball’ in the same week and hit the top spot, but were eventually kept off the Christmas no.1 by the Military Wives Choir.  Releasing early impacted sales with total sales of 390k being recorded in the three weeks left of 2011 which compares to 482k in just one week for Joe McElderry when he was denied the festive no.1 by Rage Against The Machine. This year the winner was James Arthur who already seems to have a considerable amount of critical acclaim although the final saw the lowest viewing figures in seven years. He is releasing a cover of Shontelle’s ‘Impossible’ which originally made no.9 back in 2010.  For me it’s a bit shouty towards the end and runs in a long tradition of poor winners singles. Last year saw Little Mix sell 127k in the first week, with 390k before the end of the year.  It will be interesting to see how James measures up to that success.

Black Eyed Peas frontman teams up with Britney Spears on his latest single ‘Scream & Shout’. The track is another to be lifted from his forthcoming ‘#willpower’ album which is finally scheduled for release in February 2013 following several delays and comes six years after his last long player ‘Songs About Girls’ which failed to get above no.68 in the UK. The accompanying video was shot at Delfino Studio’s in Hollywood back in October while the track made its debut on the radio on 19th November. It’s the follow up to Will’s no.1 hit ‘This Is Love’ and it’s aiming to give him a fourth top ten solo hit. He also guested on The Script’s recent chart topper ‘The Hall Of Fame’ and is set to reprise his role as judge on The Voice when it returns to the BBC early next year. The track has already made no.12 in the US and the top three in Canada, and it should follow a similar trajectory in the UK.

Manchester based singer / songwriter Daley teams up with Jessie J on his new single ‘Remember Me’ which is released on Universal Republic Records.  The digital release includes an acoustic version of ‘Love Is A Losing Game’ alongside the MJ Cole Vocal Remix and MJ Cole Dub Remix of the main track. He has one previous top forty single to his name which was achieved when he guested on the Gorillaz single ‘Doncamatic’, a track which he co-wrote with Damon Albarn. He released his mixtape ‘Those Who Wait’ for free via his own website and so far it has been downloaded over 100k times. He has gained increasing popularity on BBC Radio through the supoort of DJs such Ras Kwame, MistaJam, Ronnie Herel and Jo Whiley. He also recently provided support to soul legend Bobby Womack on his Bravest Man In The Universe tour and looks set for big things in 2013. 

It’s been a great year for Alt-J even if followers of the singles chart may not really be aware of their presence just yet. Their album ‘An Awesome Wave’ has been heaped with praise from the critics and was the winner of this years Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize.  Despite the success of the albums the highest performing singles have been ‘Breezeblocks’ and ‘Something Good’ which made just no.75 and no.76 respectively.  Now comes a reissue of earlier single ‘Mathilda’ which features three remixes; the Johnson Somerset Remix, the GeN0 Remix and the Julian Neumann Remix.  Personally I’m a little unsure about how keen their fans are to snap up these new mixes and I’m not sure that this will end up giving them a debut top forty appearance.  They won’t be too worried about that with the album already enjoying a increase in popularity following its award win.

Following up a no.1 hit as big as ‘Call Me Maybe’ is always going to be difficult but Carly Rae Jepsen is attempting to do exactly that this week with her new single ‘This Kiss’. The digital format contains three brand new mixes; the Digital Dog Remix Radio Edit, the Brass Knuckles Remix and the Mathieu Bouthier Remix. While ‘Call Me Maybe’ topped the charts around the world this latest release only made no.86 in the US and no.23 in her native Canada. Her album ‘Kiss’ reached the top ten earlier this year and also features her Owl City collaboration ‘Good Time’ which reached the top five. Despite being relatively new to UK audiences she first appeared as long ago as 2008 when she finished third on the fifth series of Canadian Idol.  ‘This Kiss’ is not as commercial as its predecessor and sadly runs the real risk that Jepsen may end up simply being a one hit wonder in the UK.

Although the legendary singer Rod Stewart is now 67 years old he is showing no signs of slowing down even if his more recent material has mellowed a little. He has an arena tour featuring his greatest hits scheduled for Summer 2013 while his ‘Merry Christmas, Baby’ album saw him reach no.2 for the first time since ‘When We Were The New Boys’ in 1998.  He releases his version of the festive classic ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ this week on CD single and is aiming to return to the singles chart for the first time since ‘I Can’t Deny It’ in 2001. Despite his absence from the singles chart he has seen each of his five volumes of the ‘American Songbook’ series make the top ten along with ‘Still The Same…Great Rock Classics Of Our Time’. However with so many fans having bought the album I’m not sure that this will perform well as a standalone single. 

Welsh rockers Stereophonics release their new single ‘In A Moment’ on a limited edition 10″ vinyl format this week. It features the track on one side with the song lyrics etched on the reverse and the sleeve artwork comes courtesy of Steve Goddard.  The track was made available as a free download to fans in November so its unlikely that the vinyl release will see it become a top forty hit. The band are about to undertake a short tour of the UK at which they will preview tracks from their forthcoming album ‘Graffiti On The Train’. The band notched up five consecutive no.1 albums between ‘Performance & Cocktails’ in 1999 and ‘Pull The Pin’ in 2007. However their last album in 2009 ‘Keep Calm And Carry On’ missed the top ten and failed to yield any top forty hits. This is a return to form and although it won’t see them back in the top forty 2013 should be a better year for them.

Finally this week ‘Finally Found You’ is the brand new single by Enrique Iglesias which sees him team up with American rapper Sammy Adams. The digital format also includes the Vice Remix of the track and is aiming to be his first hit since his Usher collaboration ‘Dirty Dancer’ reached no.21 last year. His career in the UK has seen him hit the top ten on nine separate occasions though so far only ‘Hero’ went all the way to the top back in 2001. The video to the track sees Natalie Morris starring as his love interest and was first shown on his VEVO account back in October. The track has already been a hit in Spain, Australia and the US but it’s no.11 position in Canada is its highest peak to date. Enrique has typically picked up considerable airplay on the UK commercial stations and as such there is no reason why this shouldn’t add another hit to his growing tally. 

Also released this week are ‘A+E’ by Clean Bandit, ‘Inhaler’ by Foals, ‘A Simple Answer’ by Grizzly Bear, ‘And The Salvation Army Band Plays’ by Helen Love & Ricardo Autobahn, ‘Forgetting All My Troubles’ by Katie Melua, ‘Only You’ by Katie Sky, ‘Object Is A Navigator’ by Luke Abbott, ‘Follow Me’ by Muse, ‘Looking Hot’ by No Doubt, ‘One Pound Fish’ by No.1 Fish Man, ‘Shooting Star’ by Owl City,’This Christmas (Hang Up The Mistletoe)’ by Paul Carrack, ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ by Sean Paul featuring Kelly Rowland, ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ by Taylor Swift and ‘Make It Mine’ by Toy.

James Arthur seems a certainty to top the charts but if his sales don’t come good featuring Britney Spears will be pushing him hard. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing singles in time for the Christmas chart will include Girls Aloud, The Justice Collective, Kylie Minogue and Robbie Williams.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

10 December, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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