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Chart Chat Edition 686 -W/C 13.01.13

Chart Chat Edition 686 – Week Commencing Sunday 13th January 2013

There were seven new entries, three re-entries, nine climbers, twenty one songs going down and no non movers on this weeks chart. It was a case of all change at the top as featuring Britney Spears climbed one place to no.1 with ‘Scream & Shout’ while Taylor Swift went up three places to no.2 with ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’, and in doing so she matched the peak of her previous highest charting single ‘Love Story’. 

James Arthur fell two places to no.3 with ‘Impossible’ though the single still broke through the 1m sales barrier this week and Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko climbed three to no.4 with ‘Stay’. Calvin Harris featuring Tinie Tempah went up ten places to no.5 with ‘Drinking From The Bottle’ but perhaps the most remarkable hit of the week was David Bowie who went straight in at no.6 with ‘Where Are We Now’.  That marks his first top forty hit in over eleven years, his first top ten hit in twenty years and his biggest hit since ‘Absolute Beginners’ made no.2 all the way back in 1986.  Pitbull featuring Tjr climbed five to no.7 with ‘Don’t Stop The Party’ while Bruno Mars fell four to no.8 with ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’. Psy fell six places to no.9 with ‘Gangnam Style’ while Olly Murs rounded off the top ten falling four places to no.10 with ‘Troublemaker’.

One new entry and three climbers were to be found in the remainder of the top twenty. One Direction climbed fourteen places to no.12 with ‘Kiss You’ while The Lumineers went back up three to no.13 with ‘Ho Hey’. Disclosure featuring Sam Smith went up eight to no.19 with ‘Latch’ but the only new entry came at no.20 and went to Vato vs Lethal Bizzle & Donae’O with ‘Not A Saint’.

There were five new entries, three re-entries and one climber in the lower half of this weeks chart. Kanye West featuring Big Sean & Jay-Z re-entered at no.22 with ‘Clique’ and Emeli Sande re-entered at no.23 with ‘Clown’. Jake Bugg scored his highest charting single to date with ‘Lightning Bolt’ entering at no.26 while David Guetta featuring Taped Rai got a new entry at no.27 with ‘Just One Last Time’. Ellie Goulding was the sole climber going up eight places to no.28 with ‘Anything Could Happen’ and Haim went straight in at no.32 with ‘Don’t Save Me’.  Emeli Sande re-entered at no.35 with ‘Read All About It Part III’ and Bon Jovi went straight in at no.38 with their new single ‘Because We Can’.  The final new entry came at no.39 and went to Matrix & Futurebound featuring Baby Blue with ‘Magnetic Eyes’.

Although none of their first three albums reached the top forty, Biffy Clyro have hit a rich vein of form since 2007.  Their ‘Puzzle’ album peaked at no.2 and contained five top forty hits while the follow up ‘Only Revolutions’ reached no.3 and featured a further six top forty hits including their only two top ten hits ‘Many Of Horror’ (which saw a resurgence after it was covered by Matt Cardle) and ‘Mountains’. Later this month sees the release of their new album ‘Opposites’ and this week sees the release of ‘Black Chandelier’ as the first single. It is released digitally as an EP featuring new tracks ‘The Rain’ and ‘Thundermonster’ which sit alongside a live version of ‘Many Of Horror’ recorded at the Rockness Festival.  It will be accompanied by a 7″ vinyl release which features non album track ‘Milky’ on the b side.  This looks set to be one of the biggest new entries next Sunday afternoon.

‘Kemosabe’ is the latest single by Everything Everything.  It’s release comes on the same week as their second studio album ‘Arc’ and features the track ‘Treasure Set’ as the b side to the 7″ vinyl format. It’s the follow up to ‘Cough Cough’ which also features on the album and became the bands first top forty hit last year, peaking at no.37. The band first came to public attention when they were nominated in the BBC Sound Of 2010 poll and went on to notch up a top twenty album with their debut Geffen label album ‘Man Alive’. Aside from a thirteen date UK tour they have a series of European concerts planned for March taking in Denmark, Italy, German, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.  Given that most fans will choose to purchase the full album I can’t see this selling enough vinyl singles to see them back inside the top forty next weekend. 

Manchester based trio I Am Kloot are back this week with their new single ‘These Days Are Mine’ on the Shepherd Moon label. It is lifted from their forthcoming album ‘Let It All In’ and is the follow up to ‘Hold Back The Night’ which was the first single released from the album last December. The band will be touring the UK during February on a nine date tour which concludes at the Coventry Warwick Arts Centre. So far their only top forty hit has come with their 2005 single ‘Over My Shoulder’. Their popularity has slowly grown over the years with their 2010 album ‘Sky At Night’ being shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize and it also became their first long player to reach the top forty, peaking at no.24. My feeling is that more of their fans will wait a week for the release of new album ‘Let It All In’ so I don’t forsee this doubling their top forty tally. 


Birmingham based Indie newcomers Peace release their brand new single ‘Wraith’ this week on the Columbia label. The single is released on download and 7″ vinyl formats which come complete with the all new b side ‘Scumbag’. It’s the follow up to their critically acclaimed EP ‘Delicious’ which was released last year and is produced by Jim Abiss who has previously worked with artists as diverse as Adele and the Arctic Monkeys.  Last year saw them undertake the “Peace supertour” between March and May while later in the year saw them play live gigs with the Mystery Jets.  Already in 2013 they have been lined up to play the NME Awards tour along with Django Django, Palma Violets and Miles Kane. This latest single is already a live favourite with their growing fanbase although it may just come a bit too early for them to secure a mainstream chart hit. 

‘Cristina’ is the new single by the critically acclaimed London based trio Teleman who formed from the ashes of former Indie band Pete & The Pirates. The single is released as part of the Moshi Moshi Singles Club and is made available on both limited edition 7″ vinyl and digital download formats. It is produced by former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler (who won Producer Of The Year at the 2009 Brit Awards) and features new track ‘In Your Fur’ on the b side. The track has already been playlisted on BBC 6Music and they are planning to undertake a full scale UK tour later this year. They recently featured as Band Of The Day in The Guardian and are set to headline London’s The Waiting Room on 13th February. They are very much still carving out their reputation and just as is the case with Peace I think this release will come too early for them to appear inside the top forty. 

‘My Life’ sees the return of 50 Cent along with a little help from Eminem & Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine.  It’s taken from his forthcoming album ‘Street King Immortal’ which aims to follow up his 2009 effort ‘Before I Self Destruct’ which dropped short of the top twenty. The track samples ‘Synthetic Substitution’ by Melvin Bliss and it is hoped by the rapper himself that this will become his most successful single yet as he is considering retirement. He last appeared inside the top ten as a guest star on Nicole Scherzinger’s 2011 hit ‘Right There’ but you’d have to go all the way back to 2007 to find his last big hit in his own right which was the Justin Timberlake collaboration ‘Ayo Technology’. That peaked at no.2 and remains his biggest hit in the UK so far although he has notched up three no.1’s in the US including ‘In Da Club’, ’21 Questions’ and ‘Candy Shop’. 

Last year saw the Lambeth based Indie four piece Palma Violets release their single ‘Best Of Friends’ and this week sees the unveiling of the follow up ‘Step Up For The Cool Cats’.  It was recently awarded ‘Hottest Record In The World’ status by Zane Lowe on his Radio 1 show and both tracks will feature on their debut album ‘180’ which is set to be released at the end of February. Some journalists have drawn comparisons with The Libertines due to the on stage chemistry between frontmen Sam Fryer and Chilli Jesson. The band were nominated in the BBC Sound Of 2013 poll but they failed to make the top five of the competition which was eventually won by Haim.  They are set to play as part of the NME Awards Tour 2013 alongside Miles Kane, Django Django and Peace whose single ‘Wraith’ was reviewed earlier in this weeks edition. 

‘Cold Wire’ is the latest single by up and coming Indie band Life In Film and features the previously unheard track ‘Changing Your Mind’ as the b side. They hail from Hackney in London and were formed almost five years ago. The band currently have just one live gig pencilled in which is set for Birthdays in London in March, and tickets are already on sale for less than £10!  This represents their fourth single but their first since signing to the Sony label.  They are set to release their debut album later this year and have been busily working in the studio with former Morrissey producer Stephen Street. Comparisons regarding their music style have been made to The Smiths, Joy Division, Interpol and The Editors. They look set for big things during 2013 but this single may come a little too early for them to crossover into the mainstream chart. 

Finally this week comes Morecambe based four piece The Heartbreaks who release their new single ‘Hand On Heart’ this week. It’s another track lifted from their debut album ‘Fun Times’ which was produced by Edwyn Collins and was originally released in May last year. The single contains a new recording of the track as featured on the expanded version of the album and features strings courtesy of James Banbury who has previously worked with the likes of Depeche Mode, U2 and Bloc Party. The band do not currently have any live concerts in the diary but are likely to return to live action later this year. They have previously supported a number of artists including Jack Penate, The View, Hurts and The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. With so many fans already owning the album I can’t see this securing them a top forty hit.  

Also released this week are ‘Indigo’ by Frida Sundemo, ‘Harper Lee’ by Little Green Cars and ‘Let It Go’ by The Neighbourhood.

50 Cent featuring Eminem & Adam Levine look set to be the highest new entry but I don’t think they will topple featuring Britney Spears from the summit. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Amelia Lily, Conor Maynard featuring Wiley, The Mavericks and Tim Burgess.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson


13 January, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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