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Chart Chat Edition 682 – W/C 16.12.12

Chart Chat Edition 682 – Week Commencing Sunday 16th December 2012

 There were five new entries, four re-entries, two climbers, twenty eight songs going down and one non mover on this weeks chart. X Factor winner James Arthur went straight in at no.1 with his cover of ‘Impossible’ with sales of over 490k.  That’s great going for a non Christmas week, and it was 100k more than Little Mix managed in the whole of December last year.  That put him well ahead of his closest rival featuring Britney Spears who went straight in at no.2 with ‘Scream & Shout’.

Bruno Mars fell one to no.3 with ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’ and Gabrielle Aplin went down three to no.4 with ‘The Power Of Love’. Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida fell two to no.5 with ‘Troublemaker’ while Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko went straight in at no.6 with ‘Stay’.  Rihanna was also to be found at no.7 as ‘Diamonds’ fell two places but Labrinth featuring Emeli Sande went down four to no.8 with ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’. Psy was a non mover at no.9 with ‘Gangnam Style’ and One Direction completed the top ten picture falling four places to no.10 with ‘Little Things’. Taylor Swift was the only other climber inside the top twenty as ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ climbed two to no.11 and One Direction got a new entry at no.13 with ‘Kiss You’.

There was one new entry, four re-entries and one climber in the lower half of the chart.  Shontelle’s original version of ‘Impossible’ re-entered at no.22 while Daley featuring Jessie J got the only remaining new entry at no.24 with ‘Remember Me’.  Wizzard was the only festive song to climb as ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’ went up two places to no.29 and Emeli Sande re-entered at no.35 with ‘Clown’. Ellie Goulding re-entered at no.36 with ‘Anything Is Possible’ and McFly re-entered at no.37 with ‘Love Is Easy’.

The Justice Collective are a group of artists who have come together to record a cover of ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ to raise funds for charities associated with the Hillsborough disaster. This year has seen a new focus around exactly what happened on that fateful day with the Hillsborough Independent Panel reporting that they believed 41 of the 96 deaths could have been avoided had they have received quicker medical attention. Upon the release of that report Liverpool’s anthem ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ re-entered the charts. Shane MacGowan, Holly Johnson, Paul Heaton all feature alongside a cast which includes football pundit Alan Hansen and comedian John Bishop.  The track was originally released in 1969 whereby it peaked at no.3 but it eventually made it to the top spot in 1988 when it was reissued following its use in a commercial for Miller Lite. The bookies have this down as the favourite for this years Christmas no.1 spot and its hard to back against them. 

The legendary Paul Weller is back this week with his new EP ‘Dragonfly’. The title track is the final single to be taken from his most recent album ‘Sonik Kicks’ while both the limited edition 12″ and digital releases feature five other tracks; ‘Lay Down Your Weary Burden’, ‘Portal To The Past’, ‘Devotion’, ‘We Got A Lot’ and ‘The Piper’. Given the number of tracks featured the 12″ will not count towards the singles chart so he will rely upon downloads of ‘Dragonfly’ if this is to chart, and with many fans already owning it on the album I can’t see enough people buying it to chart.  Weller won’t be too concerned about that and instead will celebrate ‘Sonik Kicks’ topping the charts in 2012 some thirty five years after his career began with The Jam’s album ‘In The City’. This week sees him play live around Europe including a gig at the Hammersmith Apollo on Wednesday.  Hopefully we can see some new material from him sometime in 2013.

‘Just Be’ is the latest single from quirky and charismatic singer Paloma Faith and follows up her cover of ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ which peaked at no.16. It became only her fourth top forty hit and went on to feature on a repackaged version of her no.2 album ‘Fall To Grace’. The digital EP features three new mixes of the track including the Shy FX and B.Traits Mix, the Full Intention Remix and the Distance Remix. The track peaked at no.66 earlier this year when it was not officially a single, while now it comes accompanied by a video directed by Emil Nava.  She performed the track on the Later…with Jools Holland show back in May and it also featured as part of her performance at Radio 2’s Live in Hyde Park concert.  The timing of this release is a little curious as despite its quality it is up against a deluge of new singles and may well struggle to find itself into the top forty next weekend. 

It’s been a great year already for Robbie Williams with his single ‘Candy’ and his album ‘Take The Crown’ both seeing him top the charts once more. He played a series of sold out gigs at London’s O2 Arena before announcing a full scale solo tour for the Summer of 2013. He even became a father for the first time and was at the centre of controversy as Radio 1 opted not to playlist ‘Candy’, describing it as not being relevant to their core audience despite several of their DJ’s actually being older than Robbie himself!  He performed his latest single ‘Different’ at the Royal Variety Performance and now releases it as a single.  To promote the track Robbie has been asking his fans to publish exactly how they will be different in 2013.  It should become his 33rd top forty single which is quite some feat in itself although I don’t think it will be challenging for the festive top spot.

JLS release their brand new single ‘Hold Me Down’ this week.  Although they haven’t added to their tally of five no.1 singles this year they have reached the top ten twice with ‘Proud’ and ‘Hottest Girl In The World’ while their fourth studio album ‘Evolution’ peaked at no.3. The band are rounding off the year with a gig at London’s O2 Arena this Saturday and will be hoping to celebrate a good chart placing for this single. It’s been a busy year professionally and personally for the band withh singer Marvin Humes marrying The Saturdays Rochelle Wiseman at Blenheim Palace over the Summer before announcing that the couple are looking forward to becoming parents for the first time in 2013. It seems hard to believe that it has been four years since they were the runners up to Alexandra Burke on X Factor. There is a risk however on Christmas week that this will become only their second single to miss the top ten.

While it’s very easy to get lost in the Christmas week singles chart that didn’t deter the relatively unknown artist Alex Day from releasing his single ‘Forever Yours’ at this time last year.  His gamble paid off with sales of over 50k in its first week and a respectable placing of no.4 on the 2011 Christmas singles chart. In doing so he was recognised by the Official Charts Company as being the first ever unsigned artist to reach the top ten. He followed that up with a cover of Peter & Gordon’s ‘Lady Godiva’ which became his first physical release and made no.15.  How he is attempting to have another hit this year with his new single ‘Stupid Stupid’ which is available on both digital and CD formats. I’m expecting this to be a hit but I can’t see it quite matching the success that he had last year. Watch out for this somewhere inside the top twenty next Sunday afternoon.  

‘Middle Of The Bed’ is the brand new EP from twenty three year old Warwickshire based singer / songwriter Lucy Rose and follows up her ‘Bikes’ EP which was released back in September. It’s one of five tracks to be taken from her Charlie Hugall produced debut album ‘Like I Used To’ which peaked at no.13 earlier this year.  It was originally released as the first single from the album but this time around features the Radio Edit and Acoustic versions alongside ‘The Fire’ and a live version of ‘Red Face’.  She has worked with a variety of other artists before branching out on her solo career and notably provided vocals to the Bombay Bicycle Club albums ‘Flaws’ and ‘A Different Kind Of Fix’.  Success on the singles chart has been hard to come by and I’m not sure that releasing this on the busiest week of the year will do anything to change that. 

My Chemical Romance continue this week with their series of releases from their Conventional Weapons sessions which took place in 2009.  The sessions were originally destined for the follow up album to ‘The Black Parade’ but were eventually shelved.  The band then went on to write / record a new set of songs which went on to become their 2010 album ‘Danger Days : The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys’. Now the band have decided to release some of those songs in a series of five limited edition singles. So far the first two in the series have been ‘Boy Division / Tomorrow’s Money’ and ‘AMBULANCE / Gun’.  The third comes released on download and 7″ vinyl formats and features the tracks ‘The World Is Ugly / Light Behind The Eyes’. The remaining two will see the light of day in January and February respectively.  Based on the performance of the first two releases this seems unlikely to feature in next weeks top forty.

The final single under review this week sees Emmy The Great team up with boyfriend and Ash frontman Tim Wheeler on their festive single ‘Zombie Christmas’. The track originally featured on their 2011 collaborative album ‘This Is Christmas’ but gets a full single release in its own right this year. To date Emmy has released two solo albums ‘First Love’ and ‘Virtue’ while Tim’s work with Ash is probably more well known to the record buying public. The Northern Irish trio (who became a four piece during Charlotte Hatherley’s tenure with the band) notched up chart topping albums with ‘1977’ back in 1996 and ‘Free All Angels’ in 2001 which famously kept Janet Jackson from reaching the top spot. While they have a keen following I’m not sure that this is cut out to be a novelty hit although strange things can certainly happen around this time of year!

Also released this week are ‘Hummingbird’ by Alex Clare, ‘To Hell & Back’ by Benga, ‘Channel 42’ by Deadmau5 & Wolfgang Gartner, ‘Life’s A Beach’ by Django Django, ‘Teenage Daughter’ by Dog Is Dead, ‘Karmageddon’ by Dot Rotten, ‘Figure 8’ by Ellie Goulding, ‘Lost’ by Frank Ocean, ‘I Wish For You The World’ by The Games Makers Choir featuring Alistair Griffin, ‘Here With Me’ by Killers, ‘On A Night Like This’ by Kylie Minogue, ‘Shoulder To Shoulder’ by Rebecca Ferguson, ‘What Ya Gonna Do’ by Red Bullets, ‘Fast Car’ by Taio Cruz, ‘Plush’ by Tiga and ‘Stone Letter’ by Tomahawk.

James Arthur has set his stall out early although he will do well do post a similar level of sales this week.  The Justice Collective will run him close, but I think he may just be able to hang on to secure this years Christmas no.1 single. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Jake Bugg, The Jim Jones Revue and Noisettes.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

16 December, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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