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Chart Chat Edition 687 – W/C 20.01.13

Chart Chat Edition 687 – Week Commencing Sunday 20th January 2013

There were eight new entries, one re-entry, six climbers, twenty three songs going down and two non movers on this weeks chart.  Despite intense pressure from some big new entries featuring Britney Spears held on at the top with ‘Scream & Shout’ while 50 Cent featuring Eminem and Adam Levine did well to go straight in at no.2 with ‘My Life’. 

Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z went straight in at no.3 with ‘Suit’ while Taylor Swift fell two to no.4 with ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’. Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko went down one to no.5 with ‘Stay’ and Calvin Harris featuring Tinie Tempah fell one to no.6 with ‘Drinking From The Bottle’.  James Arthur went down four to no.7 with ‘Impossible’ and Pitbull featuring TJR fell one to no.8 with ‘Don’t Stop The Party’. One Direction went up three to no.9 with ‘Kiss You’ and the top ten was rounded off by Bruno Mars who fell two to no.10 with ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’. 

There were two climbers and one new entry in what remained of the top twenty. Emeli Sande climbed twelve to no.11 with ‘Clown’ and Biffy Clyro went straight in at no.14 with ‘Black Chandelier’. The final climber went to Adele who went back up three to no.18 following her Golden Globe win with ‘Skyfall’.

There were five new entries, one re-entry and three climbers in the lower half of the chart. David Guetta featuring Taped Rai climbed six places to no.21 with ‘Just One Last Time’ while actress Anne Hathaway made her chart debut at no.22 with ‘I Dreamed A Dream’. Lawson scored a new entry at no.28 with ‘Learn To Love Again’ and Alicia Keys climbed two to no.29 with ‘Girl On Fire’. Matrix & Futurebound featuring Baby Blue went up nine to no.30 with ‘Magnetic Eyes’. Ne-Yo re-entered at no.31 with ‘Forever Now’ and Flo Rida got a new entry at no.33 with ‘Let It Roll’. Conor Maynard featuring Wiley went straight in at no.34 with ‘Animal’ and Dizzee Rascal got a new entry at no.38 with ‘Bassline Junkie’. 

First up this week is ‘Shut Up (And Give Me Whatever You’ve Got)’ which is the second single from eighteen year old former X Factor contestant Amelia Lily.  The digital format of the release contains two brand new mixes; the Almighty Radio Mix and the Wideboys Radio Edit. Her debut single ‘You Bring Me Joy’ was released last year and entered at no.2 despite being the best selling track across its first four days of release before being overtaken with The Script featuring with ‘Hall Of Fame’. She also featured on the X Factor Finalists no.1 hit ‘Wishing On A Star’ and has been busily working on her debut album which is currently scheduled for release in May of this year. This looks set to be one of the highest new entries on the chart next week, and following a quiet January of new releases to date she should expect another top three hit with this. 

Far East Movement are aiming for a fourth top forty hit by guesting on the Dutch Dance and Electro house act Bingo Players new single ‘Get Up (Rattle)’. The track has peaked at no.47 in their native Netherlands but will be hoping for a higher chart placing in the UK. The digital format contains six new mixes of the track; the Radio Edit, the Extended Mix, the Danny Howard Vocal Mix, the Prototypes Remix, the Cyantific’s Ghost Train Remix and the Luminox Vocal Mix. While Bingo Players are new to the UK music scene the Far East Movement have already made the top ten twice with ‘Like A G6’ (#5) and their Justin Bieber collaboration ‘Live My Life’ (#7).  Their last chart appearance came with Cover Drive on ‘Turn Up The Love’ which dropped just short of the top ten, peaking instead at no.13. I think this could secure them a return to the top twenty.

Conor Maynard teams up with Wiley on his latest single ‘Animal’.  2012 was a great year for him with all three of his singles reaching the top ten while his debut album ‘Contrast’ topped the chart. He won the MTV Brand New For 2012 Award with 48% of the public vote and he signed to the EMI subsidiary Parlophone. The digital format of the release contains an acoustic cover of Swedish House Mafia’s ‘Don’t You Worry Child’, a live version of ‘Diamonds’, and the Wideboys Remix of the main track. The accompanying music video has been available on YouTube since the middle of December and has been viewed almost 200k times. Although he is keen to get away from the Justin Bieber comparisons the press seem reluctant to leave them behind but if it continues to provide him with column inches then that’s no bad thing. The track is already inside the top forty but these remixes should help to push it towards the top ten. 

Welsh rockers Stereophonics release their brand new single ‘Indian Summer’ this week. It’s the first commercial single to come from their forthcoming album ‘Graffiti On The Train’ although ‘In A Moment’ was released as a limited edition 10″ vinyl single after it had been made available as a free download to their fans. It’s been seven years since we last saw them inside the top ten and that was with their only no.1 to date ‘Dakota’. They notched up five consecutive no.1 albums but their last release ‘Keep Calm And Carry On’ peaked at just no.11 having failed to yield any top forty hits. The digital format also features the video to the track and while I don’t think it will make the top ten I do think it will add a twenty fifth top forty single to their already impressive tally. They are one of the best live bands around and I hope that 2013 sees them enjoy the success they so richly deserve. 

‘Doors Of Then’ is the latest single to be taken from The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess’ current solo album ‘Oh No I Love You’.  It comes released on both 7″ vinyl and digital download with the former featuring the Tom Furze mix of the track while the latter has the full length version of ‘Tobacco Fields’ as its b side. He is set to play four gigs across the UK during February with venues set to include London, Manchester, Norwich and Bournemouth. He is also confirmed to appear at Field Day 2013 at Victoria Park in London which will take place during May and has a concert booked at The Barbican in London during June which will see him supported by the legendary Lambchop. While has enjoyed considerable success with The Charlatans he has yet to enjoy any significant success as a solo artist although his 2003 album ‘I Believe’ did reach the lower end of the top forty. 

American rock band Paramore return this week with their new single ‘Now’ which curiously is released on Tuesday.  Their last album ‘Brand New Eyes’ sold just over 950k copies in the US which was significantly less than its predecessor ‘Riot!’ which topped 1.8m sales.  Despite that it still became their first release to top the UK chart and featured their highest charting single ‘Ignorance’ which peaked at no.14. Their last hit came with ‘Monster’ which was lifted from the soundtrack to ‘Transformers : Dark Side Of The Moon’ and reached no.21. Their new self titled album is also due for release shortly and they are expected to announce some tour dates for later this year. It’s their fourth full studio release and comes nine years after they first formed back in Franklin, Tennessee. This should give them a fifth top forty hit when the charts are announced on Sunday afternoon. 

Roots Manuva returns this week with the ‘Banana Skank’ EP. It contains four tracks ‘Natural’, ‘Party Time’ (both of which feature Kope), ‘Banana Skank Part 2’ and ‘Banana Skank (WAFA Remix)’. It has been seven years since his last top forty hit with ‘Too Cold’ but his biggest single remains ‘Colossal Insight’ which peaked at no.33. His career started with the 1999 album ‘Brand New Second Hand’ but it dropped short of the top 100.  Since then his performance has been consistent with the next three albums reaching the top forty although his last album ‘4everevolution’ peaked at just no.59. He has guested on numerous singles by other artists including Audio Bullys, Coldcut, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Leftfield and The Maccabees. I’m not sure that this will secure him a return to the top forty but it is good to see him still going strong after so many years in the business.

London based five piece dance punk band Haduoken release their brand new single ‘Levitate’ this week.  It’s taken from their forthcoming new album ‘Every Weekend’ which is scheduled for release next month and is aiming to become their fourth consecutive top twenty album. However they have enjoyed less success on the mainstream singles chart where only their 2007 single ‘Liquid Lives’ has made the top forty, peaking at a modest no.36. They signed to the Ministry Of Sound label in 2011 and have released the tracks ‘Bad Signal’ and ‘Parasite’ which will both feature on the new album. They have also worked as producers and have remixed tracks for a variety of artists including Plan B, Sugababes, Block Party and Twin Atlantic. Based on past history I’m not sure I can see this making the top forty but they should be able to look forward to another successful album release. 

Finally on another sparse week for new releases comes Bebe Black with her new EP ‘Deathwish’.  Alongside the main track are new tracks ‘Bones’ and ‘Don’t Leave Me’ while the digital format also contains the Ejeca Remix and the Subb-An Remix of ‘Deathwish’. Visitors to her website are also currently able to download a free three track live EP entitled ‘The Lion Sessions’. Interest in her work has been slowly growing and last week saw her feature as the breaking act in the Sunday Times while Digital Spy awarded the EP 4 stars out of a possible 5.  The Guardian have also leant her support by featuring her as “Band Of The Day’ during the first week in January.  Now is the time to see if she can turn such critical acclaim into download sales.  She certainly has a promising 2013 ahead of her though I’m not sure that this will provide her with a debut top forty hit. 

The Bingo Players featuring the Far East Movement look destined to be the highest new entry next Sunday but they will have their work cut out if they are to topple featuring Britney Spears. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include The Courteeners, Devlin featuring Diane Birch, Jimi Hendrix and Red Hot Chilli Peppers.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

20 January, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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