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Chart Chat Edition 695 – W/C 17.03.13

Chart Chat Edition 695 – Week Commencing Sunday 17th March 2013

There were five new entries, two re-entries, ten climbers, twenty two songs going down and two non movers on this weeks chart.  There was almost a change at the top following the effect of Comic Relief last Friday but Justin Timberlake was a non mover at the top with ‘Mirrors’ while One Direction climbed back up four to no.2 with ‘One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks)’.   

P!nk featuring Nate Ruess climbed one to no.3 with ‘Just Give Me A Reason’ but Bruno Mars went two places in the opposite direction as ‘When I Was Your Man’ ended up at no.4. Bastille fell two to no.5 with ‘Pompeii’ while Nicole Scherzinger went straight in at just no.6 with ‘Boomerang’ despite leading the chart on midweek sales. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz went down two to no.7 with ‘Thrift Shop’ and Bridgit Mendler fell one to no.8 with ‘Ready Or Not’. Avicii & Nicky Romero went down one to no.9 with ‘I Could Be The One (Nicktim)’ and the top ten was completed by Disclosure featuring AlunaGeorge who climbed back up one to no.10 with ‘White Noise’.

Two new entries and three climbers were to be found in what remained of the top twenty. Olly Murs climbed one to no.12 with ‘Army Of Two’ and Emeli Sande went back up four to no.13 with ‘Clown’.  The Lumineers climbed back up two to no.16 with ‘Ho Hey’ and Nelly went straight in at no.17 with ‘Hey Porsche’. The final new entry came at no.18 and went to K Koke featuring Rita Ora with ‘Lay Down Your Weapons’. 

There were two new entries, two re-entries and four climbers in the bottom half of the chart. The 1975 climbed three to no.21 with ‘Chocolate’ while Taylor Swift got a new entry with ’22’ at no.26. Christina Perri re-entered at no.27 with ‘A Thousand Years’ following the release of the latest Twilight movie on DVD and Fall Out Boy went back up one to no.31 with ‘My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark’.  Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin climbed back up two to no.34 with ‘Don’t You Worry Child’ and Imagine Dragons once again re-entered at no.36 with ‘Radioactive’. Psy refuses to leave the chart and ‘Gangnam Style’ went back up one to no.37 while Blake Lewis notched up the final new entry at no.38 with ‘Your Touch’. 

‘Dissolve Me’ is the latest single by Alt-J and is another track lifted from their Mercury Music Prize winning album ‘An Awesome Wave’. It’s the fifth single to be taken from the album though none of the previous releases have come close to the top forty.  ‘Something Good’ was my favourite single of 2012 but only made no.76 while ‘Breezeblocks’ went one place higher earlier in the year. The digital format of the release contains five new mixes; the Romare Remix, the Marlais Remix, the Fryars Remix, the Planet Of Sound Remix and a version recorded live at Shepherds Bush Empire. The band are embarking on a UK tour during May and will also play some of the main festivals over the Summer including T In The Park and Leeds / Reading. For now this is unlikely to feature inside the top forty, but the band will still be pleased with the performance of their debut album even if it is yet to make the top ten.

Depeche Mode have notched up an impressive forty three top forty hits since first appearing on the music scene back in 1981. Despite that they have never gone higher than no.4 in the singles chart, a feat shared by ‘People Are People’ (1984), ‘Barrel Of A Gun’ (1997) and ‘Precious’ (2005). All twelve of their studio albums have made the top ten with ”Songs Of Faith And Devotion’ and ‘Ultra’ both topping the charts. Now in 2013 Dave Gahan and the crew are back with a new album ‘Delta Machine’ and a new single entitled ‘Heaven’. One of the digital formats contains a new b side ‘All That’s Mine’ while the other offers up four new mixes; the Owlle Remix, the Steps To Heaven Remix, the Blawan Remix and the Matthew Dear vs Audion Vocal Mix. I expect this to become their fifteenth top forty hit and it shows that they truly have moved with the times and remain one of the most influential electronic bands of all time. 

‘What About Us’ is the fourteenth single by The Saturdays and is aiming to become the twelfth to make the top ten. They have a consistent record on the singles chart although so far a no.1 hit has eluded them. Their Comic Relief cover of Depeche Mode’s ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’ remains their biggest hit peaking at no.2. although both ‘Missing You’ and ‘All Fired Up’ made the top three. Their last album ‘Under The Radar’ became their first to miss the top ten and only reached no.23. They have been busily working on their fifth studio album ‘The Chase’ and have also been spending a considerable amount of time in the States where they have been promoting their reality TV show Chasing The Saturdays.  There is a physical CD format to accompany this release with almost 2,000 fans picking up a signed copy from their own site. This should feature inside next weeks top ten but I can’t see it challenging for the top spot.

Anyone who thinks The Wonder Stuff disappeared after ‘Size Of A Cow’ is somewhat mistaken. It’s true there have been line up changes but anyone who saw them on their December ‘Sleigh The UK’ tour (where they were accompanied by Jesus Jones and Pop Will Eat Itself) can vouch for the fact that they are very much alive and kicking.  Last year saw them release a series of singles under the banner ‘From The Midlands With Love’ which saw them cover famous songs by artists including Beverley Knight, Slade, Dexys Midnight Runners and Duran Duran.  Their album ‘On No! It’s The Wonder Stuff’ received a limited release through the bands website in December and is now ready for a full commercial release.  This week sees the release of ‘Oh No!’ as the first single to be taken from the album and if there was any justice it would become their fourteenth top forty hit and their first since ‘Unbearable’ in 1994.

‘Good Feeling’ is the brand new single on the Mercury Records label by Hackney based rapper Mikill Pane. It is taken from his forthcoming debut album ‘Blame Miss Barclay’ which is scheduled for release later this year. He is perhaps best known for teaming up with Ed Sheeran on the track ‘Little Lady’ which featured on his No.5 Collaborations Project. The digital format of the release contains new song ‘Losing My Mind’ alongside the Bill & Will Remix and the True Tiger Remix of the main track. He is currently appearing as part of the Jaguar Skills & His Amazing Friends tour but has further live appearances lined up this year at Camp Bestival, SIMMStock and University balls in Gloucester and Leeds. He is a man on a roll right now and if this can pick up some decent radio airplay then there is no reason why this should not cross over onto the mainstream chart next Sunday afternoon. 

Next up are ReConnected, a band who formed from the group Connected who finished in eighth spot on the 2010 series of ITV’s Britains Got Talent.  They subsequently went on to perform on the Britains Got Talent live tour later that year though their set consisted of covers of songs by Take That, JLS and Queen. During the television series they were a five piece, but the remaining members split from the Ryan twins in a move that surprised the pair.  The Ryan twins now record under the monicker Myles and Connor but have yet to release any material. The band have been supporting Little Mix on their 2013 UK tour and now release their debut single ‘One In A Million’. It’s hard to recall a single release which has so many remixes as it is released across three digital EPs with each containing the radio edit and three new mixes. Whether that inspires fans to buy them all remains to be seen!

London based Indie band The Vaccines are back this week with the fourth single to be taken from their chart topping album ‘Come Of Age’. Entitled ‘Bad Mood’ it’s the follow up to ‘I Always Knew’ which became the first single from the album not to make the top forty. The single is also released on 7″ vinyl and comes accompanied with the new b side ‘Living Out Your Dream Backwards’. The digital format of the release also contains the demo version and a take recorded live in Brighton. They will be touring the UK in April / May and will be undertaking their biggest live show to date at The O2, though they have supported Arctic Monkeys there previously. They have had four top forty hits across their career so far, with ‘Post Break-Up Sex’ being their biggest peaking at no.32. Given the success of the album I feel most fans will already own this, and sales of the vinyl release may not be enough to push this into the top forty. 

‘High Hopes’ is the new EP released this week by four piece band Kodaline and its the follow up to their self titled debut EP which came out to critical acclaim last September.  It features three songs alongside the lead track; ‘The Answer’, ‘All My Friends’ and the Everything Everything Remix of ‘All I Want’.  Both’ ‘High Hopes’ and the original version of ‘All I Want’ will feature on the bands debut album ‘In A Perfect World’ which is currently scheduled for release in June. They are set to undertake an eleven date UK tour during March / April which concludes with a gig at London’s Scala and they are also scheduled for some Summer festival appearances though none have yet been confirmed for the UK. Competition amongst new releases is stiff this week and I suspect that while it will pick up some plaudits this EP is likely to miss out on mainstream chart action.

Finally this week New Zealand singer songwriter Willy Moon releases his new single ‘My Girl’ this week. It has been discounted to 59p with some online retailers but comes with no bonus tracks or remixes. Although his ‘Yeah Yeah’ single was playlisted by Radio 1 it wasn’t until the track was used in an advert for iPod that it finally became a top forty hit, peaking at no.28. His debut album ‘Here’s Willy Moon’ is schedule for release in three weeks time and both this single and its predecessor will feature. He has concerts in Glasgow and Birmingham this week before heading off for some other gigs around Europe. He will return later this year to play the Leeds / Reading Festival, the Isle Of Wight Festival and Kendall Calling. Now he has made the initial breakthrough into the top forty he can look forward to a bright 2013 and this should certainly add a second hit to his tally.

Also released this week are ‘XTC’ by Boyz Noise, ‘Play Hard’ by David Guetta, ‘Hightail’ by Diamond Rugs, ‘She Loves It’ by East End Dubs, ‘Sleaze’ by Man Like Me,’Newspeak (EP)’ by Martyn, ‘Crystallized’ by Melody’s Echo Chamber, ‘The Perfect Song’ by Michael Ball, ‘Turn Back The Hands Of Time’ by Mick Hucknall, ‘It Starts And Ends WIth You’ by Suede, ‘Up In The Air’ by 30 Seconds To Mars and ‘Matter Of Time (EP)’ by Tricky.

The Saturdays featuring Sean Paul look set to be the weeks highest new entry but I still feel that they could be denied a first ever no.1 by the consistent sales of Justin Timberlake. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Deacon Blue, Deep Purple, Ed Harcourt and Orchestral Manouvres In The Dark. Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

17 March, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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