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Chart Chat Edition 698 – W/C 07.04.13

Chart Chat Edition 698 – Week Commencing Sunday 7th April 2013

There were eight new entries, eight climbers, twenty two going down and two non movers on this weeks chart.  It was all change at the top as Duke Dumont featuring A*M*E went straight in at no.1 with ‘Need U (100%)’ while P!nk featuring Nate Ruess spent a second consecutive week at no.2 with ‘Just Give Me A Reason’. 

Justin Timberlake climbed back up a place to no.3 with his former chart topper ‘Mirrors’ and The Saturdays featuring Sean Paul fell one place to no.4 with ‘What About Us’. Bastille spent a fourth consecutive week at no. 5 with ‘Pompeii’ while there was to be no repeat performance for PJ & Duncan as ‘Let’s Get Ready To Rhumble’ fell five to no.6. Nelly climbed up two to no.7 with ‘Hey Porsche’ and Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera went up three to no.8 with ‘Feel This Moment’. Bruno Mars fell one to no.9 with ‘If I Was Your Man’ and the top ten was concluded by Michael Buble who got a new entry at no.10 with ‘It’s A Beautiful Day’.

There were three other climbers within the remainder of the top twenty. Taylor Swift climbed two places to no.12 with ’22’ while Imagine Dragons climbed fourteen places to no.18 with ‘Radioactive’.  The final climber went to Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding went up six to no.19 with ‘I Need Love’.

There were six new entries and two climbers in the lower half of the chart.  Christina Perri went back up seven to no.24 with ‘A Thousand Years and The Script climbed up one to no.26 with ‘If You Could See Me Now’.  Chris Brown went straight in at no.29 with ‘Fine China’ while HAIM notched up another hit as ‘Falling’ finally became a new entry at no.30.  Imagine Dragons went straight in at  no.34 with ‘On Top Of The World’ and Iggy Azealia got a new entry at no.36 with ‘Work’. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis entered at no.38 with ‘Can’t Hold Us’ while the remaining new entry went to Imagine Dragons again but this time with ‘It’s Time’ at no.40.

The legend that is Morrissey re-issues his classic ‘Last Of The Famous International Playboys’ this week on 7″, CD and download with each format featuring a brand new track. The vinyl edition features ‘People Are The Same Everywhere’, the CD contains ‘Action Is My Middle Name’ and the download has ‘The Kid’s A Looker’. Each of the new tracks were recorded in session for the Janice Long show on Radio 2, and are unavailable elsewhere so fans will be keen to buy each of the formats. Also available today is a new version of Morrissey’s classic album ‘Kill Uncle’ which is now remastered and features former b sides ‘Pashernate Love’ and ‘East West’ while the original piano version of ‘There Is A Place In Hell For Me And My Friends’ has been replaced by the electric KROQ radio version. Given the new tracks this could sneak into the lower end of the top forty. 

London based singer / songwriter Angel releases his fourth single ‘The World’ this week.  It is only available as a one track download with no new remixes attached. It is lifted from his forthcoming debut album ‘About Time’ which is scheduled for release on the Universal Island label next week. He hasn’t had the best of luck in terms of chart performance with both his debut single ‘Go In Go Hard’ and his last outing ‘Time After Time’ stalling at no.41 though his second release ‘Wonderful’ made the top ten. He is demand for his songwriting talents and has worked on tracks by Cheryl Cole, Roll Deep Devlin and even JLS. He cites his influences as including Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones and the famous production duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. I think this may add a second top forty hit to his tally as competition from other new releases this week is relatively low. 

‘You Can’t Be My Girl’ is the latest single release by American indie singer Darwin Deez and the download comes with three new mixes; the Radio Edit, the Cid Rim Mix and the Is Tropical Mix. The track is taken from his second studio album ‘Songs For Imaginative People’ which peaked at no.91 on its release earlier this year. That was somewhat short of the no.61 position achieved by his debut self titled album which also contained his biggest  hit to date ‘Radar Detector’ which made no.62. Darwin and the band are currently touring in the US and Canada but are due to play some gigs in the UK in early May. Based on past performance this seems unlikely to reach the top forty but stranger things have happened.  The majority of the fans will already own the track and I’m really not sure that the remixes will be enough to tempt them to purchase the single. 

Next up this week is Jenn D who follows up her ‘Lose It’ single with her latest release ‘You Keep Giving Me Love’. The download format contains six new mixes of the track; the Radio Edit, the Andi Durrant & Steve More Remix, the Weekendz Remix, the Supasound Remix, the LMC Remix and the Andi Durrant & Steve More Dub. The track has caught the eye of several critics with some even comparing her to Kylie. Since being posted on YouTube the video has received over a quarter of a million views and this could well be heading for the top forty. She has been busily working on her debut album with a series of producers including Xenomania who were behind so many hits for Girls Aloud and Sugababes. This would sound so much better in the Summer sunshine but for now it will hopefully bring some colour to these dull and cold Spring mornings. 

‘Shiver’ is the new single by Lucy Rose and it’s another track to be lifted from her debut album ‘Like I Used To’ which peaked at no.13 upon its release earlier this year. It’s the sixth single release with none of the previous five coming close to top forty action. The digital release of this single contains the video and radio version of the main track alongside the BBC Live version of ‘These Days’. She is set to undertake an extensive UK tour during April and May while she has also due to appeare at the Wilderness Festival in Oxfordshire in August. She has previously toured with Bombay Bicycle Club and Noah & The Whale and has picked up critical praise from a number of places including Vogue Magazine who labelled her as “one of Indie music’s breakout stars for 2012”. So while few will doubt her pedigree it seems unlikely this will chart inside the top forty next weekend. 

Madness release their new single ‘How Can I Tell You’ this week to coincide with a new deluxe edition of their ‘Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da’ album.  The original version reached the top ten though neither of the two singles released so far (‘My Girl 2’ and ‘Never Knew Your Name’) have reached the top forty. The repackaged version contains 70 tracks over four CDs including seven brand new tracks. Their last hit came back in 2008 with ‘NW5’ which peaked at no.24 while you would have to go back to 1999 to find their last top ten hit with ‘Lovestruck’. Their only chart topper came back in 1982 with ‘House Of Fun’ but have achieved sixteen top forty hits across a career which started back in 1976.  The success of the album means that this seems unlikely to be a hit in its own right but it has allowed them to trawl round some of the more popular daytime TV shows to promote it. 

Twenty one year old Australian hip hop artist Iggy Azalea releases the remixes to her latest single ‘Work’ this week. It follows on from her original mixtape ‘Ignorant Art’ and her ‘Glory’ single which was released last year. She has been in the studio working on the release of her first longer player ‘The Classic’ which is currently scheduled to hit the shops in June.  The digital version of the single contains a variety of new mixes including the Radio Edit, the Jacob Plant Remix, the BURNS Purple Rain Version and the Instrumental. She has also worked as a model and late last year she was announced as the new face of Levi Jeans. She has been working with a number of other leading hip hop artists including B.o.B., Mac Miller, Stix, Katy B and Deadmau5. The single track download has already charted this week and the release of these remixes can only strengthen her chances of climbing this week.

‘Fire ‘N’ Rain’ is the latest single by the acclaimed dance act Acid Washed, and comes released on the Record Makers label with a series of seven new mixes. Aside from the main version of the track they include the Kaytranada Remix, the Stuff Remix, the Scratch Massive Remix, the Theatre Of Delays Remix, the KDMS Remix and the RadioMentale & Laure Millena Ambient Remix.  It follows on from their other singles ‘General Motors, Detroit, America / Snake’, ‘For Your Eyes Only / Prince Acid’ and their self titled debut album which was released way back in 2010. They are due to play full DJ sets in both Paris and Brussels later this week but despite their considerable live following they have yet to achieve any significant commercial success and so I am not necessarily expecting to see this anywhere inside the top forty next weekend. 

Finally this week comes ‘Made It All’ by The Look. The track has received more than 100k views on YouTube since it first appeared on Christmas Eve and it’s the second track to be taken from the bands album ‘Tunes And Stories’ which is due for release shortly on the Beat Town label. The band first came to prominence in 1980 with their debut hit ‘I Am The Beat’ which peaked at no.6 but unfortunately that turned out to be their one and only top forty appearance in the UK. It still receives occasional airplay today but they will be keen to shed any one hit wonder label that they may have round their neck. Now they have returned with a brand new album which has seen comparisons drawn with the likes of ELO and Status Quo. Despite the interest around this I’m not sure it will deliver a triumphant return to the charts some thirty three years on but I would love to be proved wrong. 

Also released this week are ‘Wolves’ by Fossil Collective, ‘Nails’ by Funeral For A Friend, ‘Little Blimp’ by The Joy Formidable and ‘I Hit If First ‘by Ray Jay featuring Bobby Brackins.

For me it looks like the top spot will be between the same two songs and I very much forsee the same outcome with Duke Dumont featuring A*M*E retaining their coveted no.1 spot. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Beth Orton, Brand New Heavies, Little Mix featuring Missy Elliot and Rascals featuring Professor Green. Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

7 April, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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