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Chart Chat Edition 684 – W/C 30.12.12

Chart Chat Edition 684 – Week Commencing Sunday 30th December 2012

There were no new entries, nine re-entries, twenty one climbers and ten songs going down on this weeks chart. James Arthur went back up a place to reclaim the top spot with ‘Impossible’ and the top two was exactly the same as before Christmas with featuring Britney Spears climbed back up one to no.2 with ‘Scream & Shout’.  Although the chart is always a little crazy after Christmas week it’s impressive that James Arthur sold 184k, taking his tally to 897k.  Runner up featuring Britney Spears also sold over 100k which is good going for the time of year.  

Psy went back up three to no.3 with ‘Gangnam Style’ and Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida climbed three places to no.4 with ‘Troublemaker’. The Justice Collective fell four to no.5 with their Christmas no.1 ‘He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother’ while Bruno Mars went down one to no.6 with ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’. Taylor Swift went up one to no.7 with ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ and Rihanna climbed back up two to no.8 with ‘Diamonds’. Robbie Williams climbed five to no.9 with ‘Candy’ and Labrinth featuring Emeli Sande rounded off the top ten by going up one to no.10 with ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’. 

A further eight climbers were to be found in the remainder of the top twenty. Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin climbed four to no.11 with ‘Don’t You Worry Child’ while One Direction went back up two to no.14 with ‘Little Things’. Kei$ha climbed three to no.15 with ‘Die Young’ and The Lumineers went back up one to no.16 with ‘Ho Hey’. The Script featuring climbed seventeen to no.17 with ‘Hall Of Fame’ and Maroon 5 went up thirteen places to no.18 with ‘One More Night’.  Alicia Keys climbed two to no.19 with ‘Girl On Fire’ and the top twenty was concluded by Adele who went up four to no.20 with ‘Skyfall’. 

There were nine re-entries and five climbers in the lower half of the chart. Taylor Swift re-entered at no.24 with ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ and Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch climbed back up two to no.25 with ‘Sweet Nothing’. Willy Moon went up another two places to no.26 with ‘Yeah Yeah’ and Wiley featuring Ms.D, Skepta & JME also climbed back up ten places to no.27 with ‘Can You Hear Me (Ayayaya)’. £1 Fish Man went up one to no.28 with ‘One Pound Fish’ while Christina Perri also climbed one to no.29 with ‘A Thousand Years’. Justin Bieber featuring Nicki Minaj re-entered at no.30 with ‘Beauty & A Beat’ and Little Mix returned at no.31 with ‘DNA’. Carly Rae Jepsen re-entered at no.33 with ‘Call Me Maybe’ while Little Mix re-entered at no.36 with ‘Wings’. Jay-Z & Kanye West re-entered at no.37 with ‘N***** In Paris’ enjoying yet another chart run and One Direction returned with ‘Live While We’re Young’ at no.38. Sam & The Womp got a re-entry at no.39 with ‘Bom Bom’ and the final re-entry came at no.40 for Flo Rida with ‘I Cry’. 

‘Magnetic Eyes’ is the latest single by Matrix & Futurebound and it sees them team up with Baby Blue on vocal duties.  It’s the follow up to their Luke Bingham collaboration ‘All I Know’ which was released back in May of this year and is released on the Metro Recordings & Viper Recordings label. The digital format of the release comes with a series of new mixes including the Radio Edit, the Smooth Remix, the TC Remix, the Pyramid Remix and the Extended DJ Mix. The video was released to YouTube in early November and has received well over 150k views. They have worked as producers for a variety of artists and most notably remixed ‘Love Stoned’ for Justin Timberlake. Although this is actually quite commercial for a club track it does run a risk of being lost in the December rush. As such I suspect it will miss out on a top forty placing next weekend. 

French DJ and producer David Guetta teams up with Taped Rai on his new single ‘Just One Last Time’.  It’s actually the ninth track to be taken from his current ‘Nothin’ But The Beat 2.0′ album with seven of the previous eight reaching top ten, including ‘Titanium’ which topped the charts. Overall he has enjoyed sixteen top forty hits in his own right with four of those hitting the top spot. He has also guested on top ten hits by Kelly Rowland and Jessie J alongside the no.1 hit ‘Club Can’t Handle Me’ by Flo Rida. The accompanying music video was directed by Colin Tilley, and was shot in Los Angeles, with its first showing coming on Guetta’s VEVO channel in early December. The digital release comes with five new mixes; the Extended Mix, the Hard Rock Sofa Big Room Mix, the Tiesto Remix, the Hard Rock Sofa Remix and the Deniz Koyu Remix. 

Many will view Matt Cardle as a failure who dropped from the public eye soon after his X Factor victory.  However that would be doing the man a great disservice as he left Sony Records of his own accord, a brave move in the eyes of many.  His second album ‘The Fire’ was released on the So What label and reached the top ten – a feat not enjoyed by all X Factor winners. He is clearly happier and more confident with his new selection of songs and has received great critical praise for his live performances. This week sees the release of his new single ‘Anyone Else’ which is technically the follow up to ‘It’s Only Love’ which had a video but was never made available as a standalone product. His fans will already own the album and he can be proud of its sales to date but I can’t see this selling enough in its own right to trouble the top forty next weekend.

‘Memory Of The Future’ is the new single by Pet Shop Boys and comes released on two digital and physical formats. The first contains a set of remixes including the Stuart Price Extended Mix, the Ulrich Schnauss Remix, the DJ Waldo Remix, the Digital Dog Club Remix and the Digital Dog Dub. The other format contains the new tracks ‘Listening’, ‘One Night’ and ‘Inside’. Although their current album ‘Elysium’ maintained their record of each studio album reaching the top ten their single sales tend to be much weaker these days with their last top forty hit coming in 2009 with ‘Did You See Me Coming’.  That peaked at no.21 and you would have to go back over six years to find their last top ten hit ‘I’m With Stupid’. They remain legends of the music scene as their twenty seven year career demonstrates.  Lower sales to reach the top forty could meant that their fanbase buying both formats will be enough to secure them a first hit of 2013.

Next up this week is ‘My Angel’ by Romanz. For those who haven’t heard of them the band are a South African vocal quartet who first came to prominence in 2008. The past twelve months has seen them recording new tracks in English working alongside One Direction producer Ash Howes and they finally released their debut UK album ‘With All My Heart’ in October of this year. They played live at the Hippodrome Casino in London a couple of weeks back and received favourable reviews for their performance. They have supported Katherine Jenkins on her South African tour while last year also saw them perform alongside Andrea Bocelli at the wedding of Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock in Monaco. While they can expect respectable album sales in the UK I can’t see them being a singles band, and as such I don’t think this will find its ways into the top forty. 

London based five piece Indie band Spector are back in action this week with their new single ‘Friday Night, Don’t Let It End’. The single was originally scheduled for release in mid November but was delayed by six weeks but finally sees the light of day this week. Overall it represents the bands sixth single and features on their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Enjoy It While It Lasts’ which peaked at no.12 upon its release earlier this year. Earlier on this year they played at the Leeds / Reading festival but more recently the band supported Florence & The Machine at her gig in Berlin and then later Bloc Party at their concert in Manchester.  They also headlined their own show at Kasbah in Coventry with The Other Tribe. They have yet to hit the top forty and given that so many fans own the album I can’t see this being the one to break that record. 

Deep House act T.W.I.C.E. release their brand new EP ‘Round & Brown’ to download this week on the Metroline label. The digital format of the single contains the original mix and the jun akimoto & ittetsu remix of ‘Round & Brown’ alongside the original mix of new track ‘The Dalston Walker’. The dance music website Beatport shows their most popular track as being the original mix of ‘Simply Awakening’ which was released on the My Favourite Robot Records label while ‘Play The Game’, ‘Against Nature’ and the Dixie Yure Remix of ‘Bamba’ also featured inside the top ten.  Meanwhile iTunes have ‘Dubbing Of My Soul’, ‘Joaqui’ and ‘Caprice’ amongst their best sellers. That said their music is very specialist in its nature and so is unlikely to crossover to the mainstream chart despite the relative lack of new releases this week but it could do well in the club charts. 

This week sees the latest double a sided 7″ vinyl / download release from Red Hot Chilli Peppers and it features the two tracks ‘Pink As Floyd’ and ‘Your Eyes Girl’. It represents the fifth single in the ‘I’m With You’ session series which will see a total of nine singles released containing tracks which failed to make it on to the bands last studio album. The next single will feature the eight minute epic ‘In Love, Dying’ which will occupy both sides of the vinyl release but the final tracklisting for singles seven, eight and nine has yet to be confirmed. Chart statistics show that these singles have been very much for the fans only as none of the previous four have come close to the top forty. In fact none of the singles coming from the main album did particularly well either, with the best performer being ‘The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie’ which peaked at just no.44. 

It will surely be the same top two battling it out next weekend with James Arthur closing on on an amazing one million sales. I think he has another week at the top left in him but expect further strange movements in the chart next Sunday afternoon. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Bat For Lashes, Josh Kumra, Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

30 December, 2012 - Posted by | ChartChat

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