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Chart Chat Edition 691 – W/C 17.02.13

                Chart Chat Edition 691 – Week Commencing Sunday 17th February 2013

There were nine new entries, one re-entry, six climbers, twenty four songs going down but no non movers on this weeks chart.  That meant that there was a change at the top as Avicii vs Nicky Romero went straight in at no.1 with ‘I Could Be The One’ while last weeks chart topper ‘Thrift Shop’ by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz fell one to no.2.

Bauuer went straight in at no.3 with ‘Harlem Shake’ and Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko climbed back up four to no.4 with ‘Stay’. Disclosure featuring AlunaGeorge fell two to no.5 with ‘White Noise’ but Gabrielle Aplin went straight in at no.6 with ‘Please Don’t Say You Love Me’. Bruno Mars got a new entry at no.7 with ‘When I Was Your Man’ and Calvin Harris featuring Tinie Tempah fell one to no.8 with ‘Drinking From The Bottle’. Emeli Sande went down five places to no.9 with ‘Clown’ and the top ten was concluded by Bingo Players featuring Far East Movement who fell seven to no.10 with ‘Get Up (Rattle)’. A further three climbers were to be found in the remainder of the top twenty. The Lumineers climbed back up thirteen places to no.15 with ‘Ho Hey’ and Justin Timberlake went up four to no.16 with ‘Suit & Tie’. The final climber went to Rita Ora who went up one to no.18 with ‘Radioactive’.

There were five new entries, one re-entry and two climbers in the lower half of the chart. Bruno Mars climbed one to no.22 with ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’ while Foals went straight in at no.23 with ‘My Number’. P!nk featuring Nate Ruess got a new entry at no.24 with ‘Just Give Me A Reason’ and Drake went straight in at no.25 with ‘Straight From The Bottom’. Further down saw Justin Timberlake entering at no.28 with ‘Mirrors’ while Labrinth featuring Emeli Sande climbed back up two to no.30 with ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’. Zedd featuring Foxes went straight in at no.37 with ‘Clarity’ while the only re-entry went to Adele with ‘Skyfall’ at no.39. 

‘One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks)’ by One Direction has been chosen as this years official Comic Relief single.  The track was originally recorded by Blondie for their 1978 album ‘Parallel Lines’ but was never released as a single in the UK. It has featured in several movies over the years including ‘Donnie Brasco’, ‘Coyote Ugly’ and more recently ‘Puss In Boots’. This will certainly become One Direction’s seventh top ten hit, but whether it can give them a third number one remains to be seen. Twelve Comic Relief singles have topped the charts, starting with Cliff Richard & The Young Ones in 1986 and ending with Ruth Jones and Rob Brydon in 2009. However the 2011 release ‘Gold Forever’ by The Wanted peaked at no.3 and came alongside the only song not to make the top ten which was ‘I Know Him So Well’ by Susan Boyle & Geraldine McQueen.  This will certainly be in the running for the top spot.

Tyler James teams up with Kano on his new single ‘Worry About You’. He originally appeared back in 2004 when ‘Why Do I Do’ reached no.25.  Things were looking good when the follow up ‘Foolish’ peaked at no.16 but his third single ‘Your Woman’ failed to make the top forty, and he was dropped by his record label with his album ‘The Unlikely Lad’ receiving only a digital release. After a seven year absence he appeared as a contestant on BBC’s talent show The Voice and he soon received another recording contract.  His comeback single ‘A Single Tear’ made no.28 and his album ‘A Place I Go’ reached a modest no.47. This is the second single to be taken from the album and the digital format contains a series of new mixes including the Mike Delinquent Remix, the DJ Wonder Remix and the Steve Smart & Westfunk Remix Club Edit.  Could well add a fourth top forty hit to his growing tally.

Northern Irish indie band Two Door Cinema Club return this week with their latest single ‘Next Year’. The digital format of the single contains three brand new mixes; the RAC Mix, the Superpoze Remix and the Pyramid Remix. The band have achieved relatively little on the singles chart with ‘Something Good Can Work’ remaining their highest charting single to date having peaked at no.56. However the bands second album ‘Beacon’ went straight to no.1 upon its release last year. This is the third single to be taken from the album and follows on from ‘Sleep Alone’ (#79) and ‘Sun’ (#66). The band have also worked on remixes for a variety of other artists including Lady Gaga, Chew Lips and The Strokes. Given the success of the album I’m not sure enough fans will be motivated to purchase this as a standalone single and as such is unlikely to make the top forty next weekend.

Sinead O’Connor is aiming for a return to the top forty with her new single ‘4th & Vine’. The digital format contains four new mixes; the John Reynolds Mix, the Kate Tempest Version, the Album Version and the Tom Elmhirst Mix. It’s taken from her ninth studio album ‘How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?’ which saw her return to the top forty for the first time since 1994. She has only had five top forty singles but will probably be best known for her cover of Prince’s ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ which featured on her chart topping album ‘I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got’. While there is constant press speculation about her political views and mental health few should forget just what a talented artist she is. I’m not sure that this will see her back in the top forty, but its good to see her album selling well and she is now making more public appearances on British television.

Kate Nash releases her new single ‘3AM’ this week. She first came onto the scene with her chart topping album ‘Made Of Bricks’ and its no.2 single ‘Foundations’.  Two further top forty singles followed on (‘Pumpkin Soup’ and ‘Mouthwash’) and eventually came the second album ‘My Best Friend Is You’. The album reached no.8 and contained only one top forty single ‘Do-Wah-Doo’ which peaked at no.15. Her profile dropped during this time but now she has a third album ‘Girl Talk’ ready for release in early March. She is off to play a series of gigs in the US and Canada during March but will return to the UK for a full scale tour in April to showcase her new material. Despite being just 25 years old I fear her most popular days may be behind her even if musically this represents her best song in quite some time.  I hope that it performs well and can make the top forty for her. 

Australian superstar Kylie Minogue releases her brand new single ‘Whistle’ this week which sees her team up with Mum. It features on the soundtrack to the recently released film ‘Jack & Diane’ and is not a brand new release related to her highly publicised move to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label. Her last chart hit came last year with the standalone single ‘Timebomb’ but it has been almost six years since her last top ten hit ‘2 Hearts’ which became the last of her ten no.1 singles. The end of last year saw her release ‘The Abbey Road Sessions’ which featured orchestral takes on songs recorded across her twenty five year career but following her recent change of label we may see a return to a more dance based sound. Unfortunately this hasn’t really received much in the way of mainstream airplay so it may struggle to live up to the success of many of her other singles. 

‘Upstarts’ is the new single from guitar maestro Johnny Marr and its the first taste of his forthcoming solo album ‘The Messenger’. The single features ‘Psychic Beginner’ as the b side Marr has played for a number of bands over the years including The Smiths, The The, Electronic, Modest Mouse and more recently The Cribs.  Despite it now being some twenty five years since the demise of The Smiths it has been hard for Marr to dodge constant questions over whether the band would ever reform.  Marr has refused to categorically rule it out, though Morrissey is currently in the midst of a successful US tour while Marr has his solo material to promote.  I’m not sure I can forsee a time when the band would reunite, and on this showing there is enough new material from Marr to deter him from having to return to his back catalogue, no matter how awesome it may be. 

Singer / songwriter Sam Smith returns this week with his stunning new single ‘Lay Me Down’. He recently enjoyed considerable success providing vocals on the Disclosure hit single ‘Latch’ which recently peaked at no.11. In fact Disclosure are responsible for the production duties on this single. The digital release of the track also includes an acoustic take on the main track which received its premier on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show. Sam has a beautiful voice which has the ability to hold audiences spellbound so I think he could well be one of the artists to watch in the year that lays ahead. Some journalists have compared his voice to Adele, but for me that’s just a bit lazy as he deserves every credit in his own right. Overall his style may find itself better suited to album sales than one off radio airplay hits but he could still see himself inside the top forty with this track. 

Finally this week comes Miss 600 with their new single ‘Hello’ which follows hot on the heels of their recent release ‘Dance With You’. The digital format of the release contains four mixes of the track; the Radio Edit, the Burbank Falls Remix, the Gogetter Remix and the Extended Remix. The band have set up three live dates for April and will play in Derby, Manchester and London. The track has made it on to Radio 2’s C playlist where they sit alongside more established artists such as Sinead O’Connor, Petula Clark and Mumford & Sons. This track features on their debut album ‘Buying Time’ which was originally released back in 2011.  You feel like they are a band who are on the verge of something much bigger, and slowly they are making good progress.  I’m not sure they have quite enough of a following to see them inside the top forty, but that will come in time.

Also released this week are ‘Receive’ by Alanis Morissette, ‘Keep Your Head Up’ by Andy Grammer, ‘Turn The Lights On’ by Fleur and ‘Second Coming’ by The South.

Given the publicity around Comic Relief and One Direction it’s hard to bet against ‘One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks)’ being next weeks no.1. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Dido, Example, Joss Stone and Wiley featuring Chip.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson


17 February, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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