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Chart Chat Edition 692 – W/C 24.02.13

Chart Chat Edition 692 – Week Commencing Sunday 24th February 2013

There were four new entries, three re-entries, seven climbers, twenty three songs going down and three non movers on this weeks chart. As expected One Direction went straight in at the top with their cover of Blondie’s ‘One Way Or Another’ and in doing so they managed to continue to hold off a strong challenge from former chart toppers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz who had to settle for ‘Thrift Shop’ being a non mover at no.2.  

Baauer got a non mover at no.3 with ‘Harlem Shake’ while Justin Timberlake climbed twenty four places to no.4 with ‘Mirror’. Last weeks chart topper ‘I Could Be The One’ by Avicii vs Nicky Romero fell four to no.5 while Taylor Swift climbed back up six to no.6 with ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’. Bruno Mars got a non mover at no.7 with ‘When I Was Your Man’ and Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko fell four to no.8 with ‘Stay’. Ben Howard re-entered at no.9 with ‘Only Love’, a track which only peaked at no.37 on its original release but it sees a big increase in sales following his success at the BRIT Awards. The top ten was rounded off by fellow award winner Emeli Sande who fell one to no.10 with ‘Clown’. 

One re-entry and three climbers were to be found in the remainder of the top twenty.  Mumford & Sons re-entered at no.12 with ‘I Will Wait’ and Ellie Goulding climbed eight to no.13 with ‘Explosions’. Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z went up two to no.14 with ‘Suits’ and the final climber went to P!nk featuring Nate Ruess who climbed eight to no.16 with ‘Just Give Me A Reason’.

There were three new entries, one re-entry and two climbers in the lower half of the chart. Olly Murs went straight in at no.23 with ‘Army Of Two’ while Adele climbed back up fourteen places to no.25 with ‘Skyfall’.  Zedd featuring Foxes went up three to no.34 with ‘Clarity’ and The Script got a new entry at no.36 with ‘If You Could See Me Now’. Tyler James featuring Kano entered at no.38 with ‘Worry About You’ and Robbie Williams got the only re-entry as ‘Candy’ came back at no.39 following his performance at the BRITs.

The much talked about South London based four piece Bastille release their new single ‘Pompeii’ this week on the Virgin label. It’s another track taken from their forthcoming ‘Bad Blood’ album which is due for release next week.  It is the follow up to ‘Flaws’ which gave them their first top forty hit, peaking at no.21. The digital format of the release contains the new track ‘Poet’ alongside three new mixes of the main track; the Tyde Remix, the Monsieur Adi Remix and the Kat Krazy Remix. They are about to embark on an extensive tour of the UK interspersed with an appearance at SXSW in Texas. The band recently gained further exposure when their dual cover of Snap!’s ‘The Power’ and Corona’s ‘Rhythm Of The Night’ was used to advertise the new series of Dancing On Ice. I think that given their increased popularity this will secure them a second top forty hit, with the ‘Bad Blood’ album looking good for a top ten placing following its March release. 

British singer Dido burst onto the music scene in 1999 with the 9x Platinum selling album ‘No Angel’ which was then followed up by the 7x Platinum selling ‘Life For Rent’.  It appeared that she could do no wrong, but that was until the release of her third album ‘Safe Trip Home’ which failed to top the charts or produce any top forty singles. Now five years on from that album comes her latest long player ‘The Girl That Got Away’, and this week sees the release of ‘No Freedom’ as the first single from it. The digital format of the release comes with two new mixes of the main track (the Benny Benassi Remix and the Tom Swoon Remix) along side an acoustic version of the track ‘Quiet Times’. I think that fans will be interested in what her new sound is, and the break has done her good.  This should restore her to the top forty although I’m not sure if she can fully recapture her past glories. 

British rapper Wiley is back this week and he teams up with Chip on his new single ‘Reload’.  The track features on his forthcoming eighth studio album ‘The Ascent’ which also contains the no.1 hit ‘Heatwave’ and its top three follow up ‘Can You Hear Me (Ayayaya)’. The digital format of the single release contains six brand new mixes; the Radio Edit, the Wilkinson Remix, the Cadenza Remix, the Bill & Will Remix, the Pantha Remix and the Instrumental Mix. If successful this will give him an eighth top forty hit as a solo artist, but he has also featured on sizeable hits by Jodie Connor, Lethal Bizzle and most recently Conor Maynard. He also still forms part of the Grime collective Roll Deep who have so far achieved five top forty hits including two no.1’s. He is on a real run of form right now so this looks set to be one of the biggest new entries on next Sunday’s chart. 

‘Perfect Replacement’ is the new single by rapper Example and is released on the Ministry Of Sound label.  It is taken from his album ‘The Evolution Of Man’ and follows up on the disappointing ‘Close Enemies’ which only got as far as no.37. He has achieved ten top forty hits so far including ‘Stay Awake’ and ‘Changed The Way You Kiss Me’ which both topped the chart. He has also guested on four top forty hits by other artists including most notably Calvin Harris’ no.2 hit ‘We’ll Be Coming Back’. The digital format of the release contains six new mixes of the track; the Radio Edit, the Extended Mix, the Danny Howard Remix, the R3hab & Hard Rock Sofa Extended Vocal Mix, the Datsik Remix and Toyboy & Robin’s 1999 Remix. I think this will manage to outperform its predecessor although I’m not quite sure that it will add a sixth top ten hit to his current tally. 

Birmingham based singer / songwriter Laura Mvula comes highly recommended having finished fourth in the BBC Sound Of 2013 poll and featuring in the nominations for the Critics Choice Award at this years BRITs. This week sees her release her brand new single ‘Green Garden’ with an album ‘Sing Me To The Moon’ due to follow in early March. A live version of ‘Green Garden’ can be found on Dermot O’Leary’s ‘The Saturday Sessions 2013’ compilation, but the official single only contains the main track and no remixes.  It’s the follow up to her debut EP which was released at the end of last year and sits alongside another EP which contains recordings of her performance at last years iTunes Festival. My feeling is that she will probably become more of an album artist, but the publicity which currently surrounds her could well see her score a debut top forty hit single. 

‘Give Up’ is the new single by Miles Kane who started out life fronting The Rascals but achieved the most commercial success when partnering Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner in his side project The Last Shadow Puppets.  He released his critically acclaimed solo album ‘Colour Of The Trap’ back in 2011 and it narrowly missed out on the top ten, instead peaking just outside at no.11. He has remained in the minds of the critics and has been nominated for Best Solo Artist at this years NME Awards. The digital format of this single contains the video for the main track alongside new songs ‘Woman’s Touch’ and ‘The Competition’. He has yet to achieve a solo top forty hit and my guess is that once again fans will probably choose to wait for the album rather than downloading this in the kind of volumes required for it to be a hit.  As such I don’t forsee this charting next weekend.

Dexys release a new mix of ‘Shes Got A Wiggle’ this week.  It remains one of the choice cuts from their 2012 album ‘One Day I’m Going To Soar’ which for me was probably the finest album of last year.  The band are underpinned by Kevin Rowland and his constant pursuit of perfection and I recommend that anyone interested in this goes to see the stage show (which sees the album performed theatrically in track order) or purchases the album where this track can be heard in context. Madeleine Hyland adds both visually and aurally with this track giving her a chance to come into her own. Given that the digital release only contains the radio mix I can’t see many fans being tempted to purchase, and while it has served its purpose in allowing Dexys to promote this over the past six weeks I can’t see this giving them a first top forty appearance since ‘Because Of You’ in 1986.

‘Almost Home’ is the new single from American superstar Mariah Carey and is taken from the new Disney film ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’.  She has achieved thirty five top forty singles in the UK and topped the charts in 1994 with her cover of ‘Without You’ and in 2000 when she teamed up with Westlife on a cover of Phil Collins ‘Against All Odds’. Last year saw her release her comeback single ‘Triumphant (Get Em)’ but it struggled on both sides of the Atlantic and missed out on the top 100. She has been working in the studio on a follow up to 2009’s ‘Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel’ which sold 2m copies worldwide, a far cry from the 32m copies achieved by ‘Music Box’. She has recently joined American Idol as a judge and seems to be enjoying motherhood to her two twins Moroccan and Monroe.  I suspect this may end up dropping short of the top forty as airplay seems to have been relatively low behind this.

Finally this week comes Primal Scream with their new single ‘2013’. It comes from their new album ‘More Light’ which is set for release in May and represents their first new material since 2008’s ‘Beautiful Future’. The track comes with an elaborate video which can be viewed on the bands website. It’s lyrically sharp and musically it suggests that the band are suitably recharged after their hiatus. It has been twenty eight years since the bands first single ‘All Fall Down / It Happens’ although they didn’t achieve chart success until ‘Loaded’ charted in 1990. ‘Rocks / Funky Jam’ gave them a debut top ten hit in 1994 but it was ‘Country Girl’ in 2006 which remains their only top five hit. It’s hard to say just how big this can become next weekend as a single but I’m confident that their new album will give them an eighth consecutive top ten appearance.

Also released this week are ‘Kill Your Heroes’ by Awolnation, ‘Truth’ by Bloc Party, ‘The Stars (Are Out Tonight)’ by David Bowie, ‘Tangled Up’ by Caro Emerald, ‘Back Into The Woods’ by Ed Harcourt, ‘Portrait’ by Josephine, ‘Brave’ by Josh Groban, ‘Teardrops’ by Joss Stone, ‘Lying To You’ by Keaton Henson, ‘Heavy Feet’ by Local Natives, ‘It’s A Beautiful Day’ by Michael Buble, ‘Now’ by Paramore,  ‘Don’t Stare At The Sun’ by Richard Hawley and ‘Clarity’ by Zedd featuring Foxes.

Bastille look set for a big new entry but I expect Justin Timberlake to climb to the top with ‘Mirrors’. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Charlotte Church, Ke$ha, Of Monsters And Men and The Script.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

24 February, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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