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Chart Chat Edition 696 – W/C 24.03.13

Chart Chat Edition 696 – Week Commencing Sunday 24th March 2013

There were five new entries, one re-entry, nine climbers, twenty going down and five non movers on this weeks chart. With the confirmation being made regarding Girls Aloud split this week The Saturdays took full advantage and posted their first ever no.1 hit with ‘What About Us’ knocking Justin Timberlake from the summit. The Saturdays have notched up fourteen hits so far, with twelve top ten hits and just one no.1.  That compares to Girls Aloud who had twenty two hits with twenty one reaching the top ten and four making no.1. So the girls have some way to go but they will be glad to finally have a no.1 hit under their belt.  As already mentioned their success meant that last week’s no.1, ‘Mirrors’ by Justin Timberlake, fell one place to no.2. 

P!nk featuring Nate Ruess got a non mover at no.3 with ‘Just Give Me A Reason’ and Bruno Mars was also a non mover at no.4 with ‘When I Was Your Man’. Bastille got a non mover at no.5 with ‘Pompeii’ and One Direction fell four to no.6 with ‘One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks)’. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz found themselves stuck at no.7 with ‘Thrift Shop’ and Bridgit Mendler also had a non mover at no.8 with ‘Ready Or Not’. Disclosure featuring AlunaGeorge climbed back up one to no.9 with ‘White Noise’ while Avicii vs Nicky Romero went down one to no.10 with ‘I Could Be The One (Nicktim)’. 

Five climbers and one new entry were to be found in what remained of the top twenty. Taylor Swift climbed fifteen places to no.11 with ’22’ and The Lumineers went up four to no.12 with ‘Ho Hey’. Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z climbed back up six places to no.14 with ‘Suit & Tie’ while Nelly went up two to no.15 with ‘Hey Porsche’.  Kodaline went straight in at no.16 with ‘High Hopes’ and The 1975 climbed two to no.19 with ‘Chocolate’. 

There were three new entries, one re-entry and three climbers in the lower half of the chart. Christina Perri climbed two to no.25 with ‘A Thousand Years’ while Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera went straight in at no.27 with ‘Feel This Moment’. Fall Out Boys climbed back up two places to no.29 with ‘My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark’ and Imagine Dragons went up five to no.31 with ‘Radioactive’. ReConnected got a new entry at no.32 with ‘One In A Million’ and the remaining new entry went to Jakwob featuring Maiday at no.35 with their new single ‘Fade’. David Guetta featuring Sia completed the picture, re-entering at no.38.

Up and coming singer / songwriter Charlie Brown releases his new single ‘On My Way’ this week on the All Around The World label.  The digital format contains seven different mixes of the track; the Radio Edit, the MNEK Mix, the Mike Delinquent Project Remix, the Streets Amplified Mix, the Sunwalkerz Soul Mix, the Supasound Club Mix and the LMC Remix. He has been attracting attention from the right areas and has already teamed up with producers such as Fraser T Smith, Matthew Marson and Alphabeat as he works on his debut album. He has also worked with Tinchy Stryder, Professor Green, Dionne Bromfield and Jay Sean so he is clearly a name to be taken seriously. His brand of pop / soul works well and there is every chance that this could give him a first appearance on the mainstream top forty next Sunday afternoon. 

Glasgow based Electropop band Chvrches have already released their single ‘Recover’ as a one track single but this week sees it released as a digital EP.  The latest release sees the inclusion of the Cid Rim Remix and the Curxes 1996 Remix alongside new tracks ‘Zvvl’ and ‘Now Is Not The Time’.  The band are a trio consisting of Iain Cook, Martin Doherty and Lauren Mayberry and they finished fifth in this years BBC Sound Of 2013 poll. Their first single ‘Lies’ was released last year, closely followed by ‘The Mother We Share’ while they have also provided remixes to fellow acts Ultraista and St Lucia. An album is expected from band sometime in the second half of the year but for now all eyes will be on whether this single can launch them to a debut top forty hit.  My guess is that they may have to wait a little longer but I think they will certainly get there in the end.

‘Not Worthy’ is the latest single from Jack Savoretti. Released as an EP the digital format also contains the new tracks ‘Blood On My Hands’ and ‘Crazy Town’. He has yet to reach the top forty, or indeed the top seventy five, with his biggest hit to date so far remaining his 2006 debut ‘Without’ which peaked at no.90. His returns on the mainstream album chart have seen little more reward with opening release ”Between The Minds’ reaching no.70 while last years outing ‘Before The Storm’ dropped short of the top 100. He’s not short of admirers though with actress Sienna Miller guesting on his song ‘Hate & Love’ while he has also been working with former X Factor finalist Janet Devlin as she puts the finishing touches to her forthcoming album. Despite his clear pedigree commercial success remains elusive and I don’t think this will trouble the top forty next weekend.

‘Glorious’ sees the return of former Electropop giants Cascada. The band have notched up four top ten hits in the UK including their 2009 hit ‘Evacuate The Dancefloor’ and have amassed three top ten albums since their first appearance in 2006, a feat rarely achieved by dance acts. This latest release comes from their forthcoming ‘Best Of’ compilation and the digital format comes complete with five new mixes alongside the main version.  Those featured include the Extended Mix, the David May Remix, the David May Radio Edit, the Ryan Thistlebeck Remix and the Ryan Thistlebeck Edit. The track has attracted attention for its similarities to last years Eurovision Song Contest winner ‘Euphoria’ by Loreen while this year they will get a chance to win that competition as they have been selected to represent Germany. Their popularity is not where it once was and so I am sceptical as to how well this can for them.

Despite the recent failed attempts by fellow former Britains Got Talent stars ReConnected to set the charts alight comes this week sees the release of the new single by The Mend, who finished seventh in last years competition. They received less than 3% of the vote on the night but can be proud of their achievements in the competition having originally got through as a Wildcard. Entitled ‘Where Were You’ the single comes with a mind boggling array of remixes but the main single features a live version, the Radio Edit and the Sunship Edit alongside the track ‘Dock Of The Bay’. For the dedicated fans there is a six track package of digital remixes and a bundle which also brings in a video of their ‘Dock Of The Bay’ adaptation. They do seem to have an edge to them which some of their rivals lack but with such stiff competition in the boy band market its hard to see them not coming out second best. 

American singer / songwriter and actress Sky Ferreira releases her new single ‘Everything Is Embarassing’ this week.  The digital format of the release also contains the MK Remix, the Unicorn Kid Remix and the track ‘Sad Dream’. Along with ‘Sad Dream, the track drew attention last year when it appeared as part of her ‘Ghost EP’ and she performed the track earlier this year on the US TV show Jimmy Fallon Live. Her only minor hit to date came back in 2010 when ‘One’ peaked at no.64, but her track ‘Lost In My Bedroom’ was used in an episode of the US drama ‘Greys Anatomy’. Her debut album ‘I’m Not Alright’ is scheduled for release soon and she will be hoping that will help to launch her UK career. It’s my belief that she will sell more albums than singles, so unless this picks up any significant commercial airplay over the coming week I can’t see this reaching the top forty next weekend. 

‘Trance Film’ is the latest EP release by Unkle. It features three tracks; ‘Hold My Hand’, ‘Persons & Machinery’ (which sees them team up with Autolux) and ‘Mayday’ (where they collaborate with The Duke Spirit). They have reached the top forty on three occasions, two of which were singles featuring Ian Brown on vocals (‘Be There’ and ‘Reign’) while the third came with ‘An Eye For An Eye’ which relied heavily on samples rather than guest vocals. It has been fifteen years since their highest charting album ‘Psyence Fiction’ which made the top five, with none of their subsequent releases making the top twenty. James Lavelle remains the only other original member (having founded the band almost twenty years ago with schoolfriend Tim Goldsworthy) with several members coming and going since.  Chances of this charting next weekend would seem to be low, but stranger things have happened.

Longstanding Scottish songsmiths Deacon Blue release the remix of ‘Turn’ this week as the fourth track to be taken from their current album ‘The Hipsters’. It has been nineteen years since ‘Dignity’ became the last of their seventeen top forty hits although last years album marked an upturn in the bands popularity as it became their first studio album in twenty years to make the top twenty. They enjoyed three top ten hits, most notably their ‘Four Baccarach & David Songs EP’ which peaked at no.2. This single release has given the band the opportunity to do some much needed TV promotion, and although I think that may help album sales I don’t forsee this being a standalone single success. Leader singer Ricky Ross also continues to peform some solo shows and is undertaking a UK tour in April while the band will be back as a unit for some shows starting in September. 

Finally this week comes synth legends OMD whose new single ‘Metroland’ gets a limited edition 12″ vinyl release this week.  It comes ahead of their forthcoming album ‘English Electric’ and comes backed with ‘The Great White Silence’. The band made seventeen top forty hit singles until they split in 1996 before reforming later in 2010 to record ‘History Of Modern’, a long player which saw them maintain their 100% run of top thirty albums. It didn’t yield any top forty hits though, and you would have to go back to ‘Walking On The Milky Way’ in 1996 to find their last chart appearance of any note. Sadly they have never topped the charts though both ‘Souvenier’ (1981) and ‘Sailing On The Seven Years’ (1991) made the top three.  It’s great to have them back, and another limited edition release (entitled ‘The Future Will Be Silent’) is due for Record Store Day in April so watch out for that.

Also released this week are ‘Hell To Pay / All The Time In The World’ by Deep Purple, ‘Hey Little Bruiser’ by Ed Harcourt, ‘Duet’ by Everything Everything, ‘Backyard Skulls’ by Frightened Rabbit, ‘Turn Yourself Around’ by James Yuill, ‘The Wild’ by Lewis Watson, ‘Army Of Two’ by Olly Murs and ‘Follow Baby’ by Peace, ‘Don’t Stop’ by Steve Black and ‘Take You Higher’ by Wilkinson.

Unless the surprise return of PJ & Duncan can gather momentum as the week progresses it looks like The Saturdays featuring Sean Paul could well hold on for a second week at the summit. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include NME Award winners Biffy Clyro, Ben Howard, Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris and Tom O’Dell. Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

24 March, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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