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Chart Chat Edition 683 – W/C 23.12.12

Chart Chat Edition 683 – Week Commencing Sunday 23rd December 2012

There were three new entries, three re-entries, twelve climbers, nineteen songs going down and one non mover on this weeks chart which saw the conclusion to this years battle for the Christmas no.1. 

It was the Justice Collective who triumphed this year with their update on The Hollies ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’.  It was forty three years since the track was originally released and twenty four since it last made the top of the charts when it was reissued following its use in a commercial for Miller Lite. They triumphed with sales of 269k, a lead of 45k over closest rival James Arthur. Their success meant that for the third time in four years the X Factors winners single was in the runners up spot.  Joe McElderry was there in 2009 before Matt Cardle triumped in 2010.  Last year saw Little Mix dethroned on Christmas week by the Military Wives Choir. This year it was the turn of James Arthur to fall one place to no.2 with ‘Impossible’ though he may yet reclaim his crown next weekend. featuring Britney Spears went down one to no.3 with ‘Scream And Shout’ while Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko climbed two to no.4 with ‘Stay’. Bruno Mars fell two places to no.5 with ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’ but Psy climbed back up three to no.6 with ‘Gangnam Style’. Olly Murs went down two to no.7 with ‘Troublemaker’ while Taylor Swift climbed three to no.8 with ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’. Gabrielle Aplin fell five to no.9 with ‘The Power Of Love’ and Rihanna rounded off the top ten by going down three to no.10 with ‘Diamonds’. 

Five climbers were to be found in the remainder of the top twenty. The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl went up nine places to no.12 with ‘Fairytale Of New York’ while Pitbull featuring TJR went up seven to no.13 with ‘Don’t Stop The Party’. Robbie Williams went back up one to no.14 with ‘Candy’ and Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martyn climbed two to no.15 with ‘Don’t You Worry Child’. Mariah Carey completed the picture as her classic ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ went back up one to no.20.

There were three new entries, three re-entries and four climbers in the lower half of the chart. DJ Fresh climbed two places to no.23 with ‘Gold Dust’ while Alex Day went straight in at no.25 with ‘Stupid Stupid’.  Disclosure featuring Sam Smith went back up two to no.26 with ‘Latch’ and Willy Moon re-entered at no.28 with ‘Yeah Yeah’. ‘One Pound Fish’ by £1 Fish Man scored a new entry at no.29 and Maroon 5 went back up two places to no.31 with ‘One More Night’. BURNS climbed eight to no.32 with ‘Lies’ while Ellie Goulding got a entry at no.33 with ‘Figure 8’. Wham! re-entered at no.35 with ‘Last Christmas’ and Chris Rea enjoyed another seasonal re-entry with ‘Driving Home For Christmas’ at no.36. 

While there may not have been quite as many festive re-entries this year the usual Christmas favourites could be found between no.41 and no.75.  We should start with a quick mention for Wizzard who held on to a top forty berth with ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’ falling nine to no.38 while Eddie Stobart Truckers got a new entry at no.47 with their update on ‘Twelve Days Of Christmas’. Slade went down nine places to no.48 with ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ and Band Aid also fell nine to no.52 with the original 1984 version of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’. Shakin’ Stevens went down four to no.54 with ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ and Brenda Lee fell twelve to no.66 with ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’. Area 11 went straight in at no.69 with ‘Minecraft Christmas’ and Frankie Goes To Hollywood fell fifteen to no.75 with ‘The Power Of Love’.

‘Where Da Money Go?’ is the new single released by the The Jim Jones Review this week and it is taken from their third studio album ‘Savage Heart’ which was released back in October. They are a five piece garage rock n roll band whose style has been compared to punk rock bands such as The Stooges and MC5 though some have sited early rock n roll stars Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard as major influences. Their self titled debut album was released on Punk Rock Blues Records back in 2008 and was followed in 2010 by the long player ‘Burning Your House Down’. The band have just completed a European tour which most recently took in Belgium, France and Holland. It’s a good decision to release this on what is undoubtedly the quietest week of the year for new releases with Christmas songs now fading though some older songs will get a boost through end of year television reviews. 

American five piece rock band Buckcherry release theire new single ‘Gluttony’ this week on the Eleven Seven music label.  It’s the first track to be taken from their forthcoming studio album ‘Confessions’ which is set for release on February 19th 2013. The band originally formed all the way back in 1995 and released two studio albums (‘Buckcherry’ in 1999 and ‘Time Bomb’ in 2001) before splitting up in 2002. Three years later vocalist Josh Todd and guitarist Keith Nelson reformed the band and they have been going strong ever since.  Despite seeing their single ‘Sorry’ make the UK top 10 success in the UK has continued to elude them although their last album ‘All Night Long’ peaked at no.57 making it their only long player to make the top 100. Interest has been slowly growing in the band and there is every chance that this could become a hit for them on both sides of the Atlantic.  

The Noisettes were formed back in 2003 but did not release their first album ‘What’s The Time Mr Wolf’ until 2007. Despite featuring the minor hits ‘Don’t Give Up’ and ‘Sister Rosetta (Capture The Spirit)’ it failed to set the charts alight and peaked at just no.75.  The band hit the big time with their 2009 single ‘Don’t Upset The Rhythm (Go Baby Go)’ which reached no.2 and its follow up single ‘Never Forget You’ which also made the top twenty.  The accompanying album ‘Wild Young Hearts’ made the top ten but this years follow up ‘Contact’ failed to match that success, reaching just no.30 upon its release. The first single from the album was ‘That Girl’ but it only got as far as no.87.  This week sees the release of ‘I Want You Back’ as the follow up and they will be hoping that the relative lack of competition can secure them a third top forty hit single. 

The critically acclaimed Israeli singer songwriter Geva Alon releases his brand new single ‘I See The Light’ on 2B Vibes Music / ADA Global this week. The track is taken from his fourth studio album ‘In The Morning Light’ which was released last year. He first started out playing in the trio Flying Baby which achieved some success in his native Israel and while touring the US.  He left the band in 2004 and released his first solo album in 2006. His second solo album ‘Wall Of Sound’ saw him cover David Bowie’s ‘Modern Love’ which became a big radio hit. He has opened concerts for Paul Weller, Yo La Tengo and Macy Gray but has yet to make any inroads into the UK market. He is rumoured to be working on a fifth studio album but for now I fear that this will get lost in the radio airplay schedules at this time of year and won’t be able to go on and give him a debut top forty appearance. 

The much talked about production team of Malachai & Voltage release their brand new EP ‘Pure Acid’ this week as their debut release on Grid Recordings. The twelve inch vinyl version contains a total of four tracks; ‘Pure Acid’, ‘Bumbaclat’, ‘The Block’ and ‘Revenge Of The Wu-Tung’. The songs manage to mix up a clever array of samples with some punchy drums and infectious basslines. The duo first met last year and under previous guises have achieved support from the likes of Radio 1, Radio 1 Xtra, Crissy Criss, Hazard, Mampi Smith and Ray Keith. Despite it’s obvious qualities, its trippy nature mean that it is unlikely to crossover into the mainstream.  That said many say that it represents a classic Grid release and it should see their reputation grow in the dance world and could well go on to become a hit in the club charts. 

While this week’s traditionally low sales can make it a good time to release a single, there is equally a lack of promotional opportunities with the airwaves still saturated with Christmas songs and the best selling songs of the year.  As such Jake Bugg’s ‘Lightning Bolt’ is the only the sixth but is still the final single under review this week. Despite releasing five tracks during 2012 only ‘Two Fingers’ made the top forty, peaking at no.28.  That won’t bother Jake too much as he saw his self titled debut album go all the way to the top of the charts back in October.  This is actually a reissue of his third single which only got as far as no.88 the first time around.  The track is accompanied by a video shot in Amsterdam but I can’t really see this achieving a significantly higher peak position on its second release. However at this time of year the charts do end up throwing up some strange placings!

With so few new songs out this week there is a chance that songs sitting outside the top forty this week could become new entries or re-entries next Sunday. Taylor Swift went back up three to no.41 with ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ and Emeli Sande climbed back up fifteen to no.44 with ‘Read All About It Part III’. Gypsy Kings featuring The Boys from Made In Chelsea went straight in at no.53 with ‘L’Americano’ while Jay-Z & Kanye West re-entered at no.59 with ‘N***** In Paris’.  Robbie Williams was a new entry at no.64 with ‘Different’ and he is bound to benefit from his appearance at the Strictly Come Dancing final. Dot Rotten got a new entry at no.67 with ‘Karmageddon’ and Blacknwhite went straight in at no.68 with ‘Sweaty Goals’. The Games Makers featuring Alistair Griffin got a new entry at no.70 with ‘I Wish You The World’ while Haim got a new entry at no.74 with ‘Don’t Save Me’. 

It looks like being the same two battling it out at the top of the charts though with low sales featuring Britney Spears or Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko could yet climb to put in a late challenge. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include David Guetta featuring Taped Rai, Matt Cardle, Pet Shop Boys and Red Hot Chilli Peppers.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

23 December, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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