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Chart Chat Edition 697 – W/C 31.03.13

Chart Chat Edition 697 – Week Commencing Sunday 31st March 2013

There were three new entries, four re-entries, seven climbers, twenty two going down and four non movers on this weeks chart. Amazingly PJ & Duncan re-enter the charts at no.1 with ‘Let’s Get Ready To Rhumble’, a track which had previously failed to get above no.9 on its initial 1994 release. The duo performed the track (now as Ant & Dec) on their Saturday Night Takeaway show a week ago and it has taken off in a way that no-one could have expected. Their success meant that P!nk featuring Nate Ruess were denied the top spot but still go up one place to no.2 with ‘Just Give Me A Reason’. 

The Saturdays featuring Sean Paul fell two places to no.3 with ‘What About Us’ and Justin Timberlake also went down two places to no.4 with ‘Mirrors’. Bastille spent a third consecutive week at no.5 with ‘Pompeii’ and Bruno Mars fell two places to no.6 with ‘When I Was Your Man’. Charlie Brown went straight in at no.7 with ‘On My Way’ while Bridgit Mendler got a non mover at no.8 with ‘Ready Or Not’. Nelly climbed six places to no.9 with ‘Hello Porsche’ and the top ten was rounded off by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz who fell three places to no.10 with ‘Thrift Shop’. There was only one other climber inside the top twenty and that was Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera who went up sixteen places to no.11 with ‘Feel This Moment’. 

There were two new entries, three re-entries and four climbers in the lower half of the chart. featuring Britney Spears climbed back up six to no.22 with ‘Scream & Shout’ while Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding went straight in at no.25 with ‘I Need Your Love’. Bruno Mars went back up two places to no.28 with ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’ and Calvin Harris featuring Tinie Tempah climbed up three to no.30 with ‘Drinking From The Bottle’. Rihanna re-entered at no.35 with ‘Diamonds’ and Fall Out Boy went straight in at no.36 with ‘Phoenix’. David Guetta featuring Sia climbed back up one to no.37 with ‘Titanium’ while Blackstreet featuring Dr Dre re-entered at no.38 with ‘No Diggity’. The final re-entry came at no.40 and went to Dizzee Rascal with ‘Bassline Junkie’.

‘If I Had A Heart’ is the latest single release by Andy Burrows.  He started out his career as the drummer in Razorlight before departing in 2009 to form his new band I Am Arrows who enjoyed top forty success with their 2010 album ‘Sun Comes Up Again’.  He has also worked as a duo with Editors frontman Elliot Smith as Smith & Burroughs while he has also managed to release two studio albums as a solo artist.  This latest single is lifted from his 2012 album ‘Company’ and is the follow up to the standalone track ‘Light The Night’ which was Burrows contribution to the childrens animated film ‘The Snowman & The Snowdog’ shown last Christmas on Channel 4. The digital release of the single is a remixed version to that which appears on the album but I’m not sure that will be enough to tempt fans to buy it in their droves and make it a mainstream chart hit. 

Fresh from performing with Ant & Dec on their Saturday night show comes Michael Buble with his new single release which has been brought forward a week.  Buble’s new album ‘To Be Loved’ is ready to go and from it comes his new single ‘It’s A Beautiful Day’. This is great news for many of the commercial radio stations who seem to schedule his tracks hourly!  His new album sees him team up with Reece Witherspoon, Naturally 7 and the Puppini Sisters.  It’s the follow up to ‘Crazy Love’ which received eight platinum awards for sales of well over 2m copies. A similar level of sales was achieved by his ‘Christmas’ album so expectations are high. It will be a big new entry next weekend, and I fear it may even come close to making its debut at the top. It will only be his seventh top forty single, and is likely to beat the no.5 peak achieved by his biggest single ‘Haven’t Met You Yet.

‘#that power’ sees team up with Justin Bieber and he will be hoping the collaboration matches the success of previous single ‘Scream & Shout’ which topped the charts in several countries including France, Germany, New Zealand and Switzerland. It was recorded while both and Justin were in London for the BRIT Awards and it features on’s much anticipated forthcoming album ‘#willpower’. If it does top the charts it will be his third consecutive track to do so in a solo career which started very slowly with his first release ‘I Got It From My Mama’ only reaching no.38. He now gains considerable publicity from his role as a judge on The Voice which returned for its second series this weekend.  It will certainly be a strong contender for the top spot next weekend and the smart money says it can go all the way to the top. 

Kilmarnock based rockers Biffy Clyro release their new EP ‘Biblical’ this week.  Alongside the title track there are three new songs; ‘Fingerhut’, ‘Watch’ and ‘Euphoria’. The main track features on their current album ‘Opposites’ which became their first chart topper upon its release earlier this year. If successful this will become their seventeenth top forty hit and is the follow up to ‘Black Chandelier’ which peaked at no.14. Their biggest hit remains ‘Mountains’ which reached no.5 though X Factor winner did famously take a cover of their track ‘Many Of Horror’ to the top of the charts. The band are just drawing to the end of their UK tour with a date at The O2 in London before they jet off to Canada and the US. It’s refreshing to see a full EP containing new songs when many other artists would have chosen to pad out with some bloated remixes. I look forward to this being inside the top forty on Sunday. 

Duke Dumont teams up with A*M*E on his brand new single ‘Need U (100%)’. It follows on from last years Extra Curricular collaboration ‘No Money Blues’ and looks set to come close to giving him a debut top forty appearance. The month of April sees Duke make just one UK appearance which is at Joshua Brooks in Manchester on the 11th but he can be found around Europe at venues in Ireland, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands to list but a few.  The digital release comes with the Radio Edit alongside the original version, the Waze & Odyssey Remix and the Skreamix. He was picked up by Annie Mac from Radio 1 and highlighted as one of the Future Stars of 2013 and few can doubt his pedigree.  The track is picking up significant airplay and looks set to crossover into the mainstream chart, and also looks set to be a contender for the top spot next weekend.

The big question this year is whether Haim can deliver against their considerable hype. They won the BBC Sound Of 2013 poll and have been tipped as ones to watch by pretty much every music journalist around. Consisting of three Haim sisters and drummer Dash Hutton they originally formed back in 2006 but did not release any recorded material until last year. Their second single ‘Don’t Save Me’ graced the top forty, peaking at no.32 and this week sees the release of ‘Falling’ as the follow up. The digital EP contains three new versions of the track; the Duke Dumont Remix, the Psychemagik Remix and a live take from their appearance at last years iTunes Festival. I’m not expecting this to become a big hit as the single track version has been available for some time but we can expect a long player later this year and that will give us more of a clue about their capabilities.

Tom Odell is another artist who has been tipped by many in 2013 and he releases his new single ‘Hold Me’ this week. He won the Critics Choice Award at this years BRIT Awards and has scored a couple of minor hits with ‘Can’t Pretend’ (#56) and ‘Another Love’ (#67). ‘Hold Me’ is digitally released as just a one track single but will feature on his forthcoming long player entitled ‘Long Way Down’ which is set for release in mid April. He is signed to In The Name Of, which is an imprint of Columbia Records and is run by Lily Allen.  Sadly the Mini Cooper that Odell bought to celebrate his advance when signing for the label was stolen three weeks after its purchase but on this showing he won’t have to worry about a lack of income for too long.  Not sure that this will be a massive hit for him, but his album should be one of the years biggest sellers when it hits the shops later this month. 

Next up is ‘Dive’ which is the brand new single by Indie band Dumb on One Beat Records. They released a seven track EP last year entitled ‘Don’t Worry About The Pool Party’ where no track ran past two minutes sixteen seconds, and so this is epic by their own standards, weighing in at three minutes eighteen seconds. They were formed from the ashes of The Carpals who had been carving a reputation through live dates across the country supporting the likes of Reverend & The Makers. Surviving members Dylan Williams and Jacob McQue are now joined by Tom Minchin and Adam Pyzer. They played at London’s KOKO Club’s NME night early in March and are set to play at the Brum Notes Presents Show in Birmingham on 5th April. They are creating a certain amount of interest right now but I’m not sure that this will give them a first top forty hit single. 

‘Waiting On The Doorstep’ is the latest single by Filthy Boy on the Stranger Records label.  Both the digital and the limited edition 7″ vinyl release feature the new track ‘Mental Conditions’ as the b side although both tracks feature on the bands new album ‘Smile That Won’t Go Down’ which is also released this week. The band are about to undertake a seven date UK tour in support of the album kicking off in Nottingham and concluding in Southampton later this month. They claim to be inspired by elder statesmen Nick Cave and The Fall but this latest single is very much relevant to todays music scene and has been played by Sara Cox on Radio 1. Potential fans can also download the track ‘Jimmy Jammies’ for free from the bands Facebook page.  I’m not sure the single will feature in the top forty but hopefully the publicity will help to push the album to a wider audience.

Also released this week was ‘When I Was Your Girl’ by Alison Moyet, ‘Oh My’ by Blow Monkeys, ‘Fine China’ by Chris Brown, ‘Body Party’ by Ciara, ‘Backyard Skulls’ by Frightened Rabbit, ‘Where You Are’ by Jay Sean, ‘Big Red Dragon’ by Little Green Cars, ‘Christina Obey’ by Republica and ‘Don’t Need Your Love’ by 5-pin.

Duke Dumont featuring A*M*E look set to debut at the top, though a further performance of ‘Let’s Get Ready To Rhumble’ on ITV this week means that they could yet defy logic for a second week in a row. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Angel, The Joy Formidable, Madness and Pigeon Detectives.  Until then have yourself a good week.


Ian Anderson

31 March, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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