Rita Ora has her second number one single of the year. Keane maintain their 100% record as they top the albums chart again.
Rita Ora has her second number one single of the year and Keane make it five number one albums in five releases.
Rita Ora becomes the first act to grab a second number one in 2012 as R.I.P (featuring Tinie Tempah) goes straight to the top of the pile. She topped the chart for a week in February as the featured vocalist on Hot Right Now with DJ Fresh and now gets there as the lead artist for the first time. It is Tinie Tempah’s third number one (his first as featured artist) following debut hit Pass Out and Written In The Stars, both in 2010. Rita Ora went to the same school as Ceallach Spellman who played Harry Fisher. in Waterloo Road and Dionne Bromfield who didn’t. However the two of them do both work on Friday Download. The school has also given the world various members of the cast of Eastenders, Amy Winehouse (Bromfield’s late godmother), a couple Spice Girls and Tom from McFly.
Tulisa slips to number two after a single week at the top. Carly Rae Jepsen drops to number three. Alex Clare continues to climb, reaching number four in Too Close’s fifth week in the chart. For the last four weeks the number four single has plummeted to number 12 the following week. That run will probably end next week. Fun. are at number five. Train reach a new chart peak of number six with Drive By while Hey, Soul Sister continues its new lease of life by climbing 13 places to number 25 just seven places below its original peak of number 18.
It is not a good week for non-Beliebers as little Justin has two new entries. The higher of the two, Live My Life at number seven, is actually credited to Far East Movement featuring Justin Bieber so perhaps the Los Angeles quartet should shoulder some of the blame. It is Bieber’s ninth top 40 hit and the fourth to make the top ten. Far East Movement were last in the top 40 a little over a year ago with Rocketeer. Thanks to paulgilb at Haven for reminding me of the internet poll to determine where Justin Bieber should tour. As a clear demonstration of how these things can be hijacked the poll was topped by North Korea’ Sadly Bieber did not keep his part of the bargain by travelling to the Far East.
Hot on the heels of his ninth top 40 hit comes Biebers tenth, Turn To You (Mother’s Day Dedication) at number 39. Mother’s Day (properly called Mothering Sunday) has been and gone in the UK as it is a religious festival fixed as the fourth Sunday in Lent. However, in some countries, including the USA, it is fixed as the second Sunday in May, i.e. today. In a good day for Bieber - a less good one for humanity - his Boyfriend climbs back up to number 17.
Where Have You Been climbs to number eight to give Rihanna a 21st top ten hit. She has rarely been absent from the top 40 since Te Amo entered in May 2010.
Emeli Sande performed her new single My Kind Of Love on The Voice results show last Sunday and that has helped it to climb into the top 40 at number 27. On yesterday’s show one of the contestants performed a spectacular demolition job on Next To Me. The vastly superior real version by Ms Sande has fallen two places to number 32.
The writer of Matrix’s Wikipedia entry clear likes the phrase “better know as”. The entry starts by stating that Jamie Quinn is better known as Matrix and then goes on to use the same phrase to describe his brother Matt (or Optical). It is fair to assume that, to the majority of the population, neither of them are well-known by either moniker even though Matrix did have a top ten hit as part of Goldtrix in 2002. Matrix (or Jamie) has teamed up with Brendan Collins (also not known by many) under the name Matrix & Futurebound and then has lobbed in Luke Bingham (cunningly disguised under the stage name Luke Bingham) to perform All I Know. All I know is that it has given all of them their first hit single as a named (or pseudonymmed) artist at number 29.
Labrinth also benefits from a television appearance. He performed his new single Express Yourself (not a cover of the Madonna song) on Britain’s Got Talent in midweek and it enters at number 34. The great British viewing public decided that Britain didn’t have any talent after all and voted for a dog.
And so, back to The Voice. This week’s big beneficiary from the programme is Temper Trap’s wonderful 2009 hit Sweet Disposition. In the few hours between one of the contestants tackling it last Saturday and the midnight deadline it had sold enough copies to reach number 53. With a full week’s sales it has climbed back into the top 40 at number 26. On its initial visit to the chart it rose steadily to a peak of number six.
Last week Train’s Hey, Soul Sister climbed back into the chart following the coat tails of a new hit. This week Jason Mraz has repeated the trick. I Won’t Give Up remains in the chart and the much more lively I’m Yours returns at number 40. The song reached number 11 in 2009. Its long chart run in a healthy sales climate has helped it to become one of the best selling songs not to make the top ten.
Sexy And I Know it somehow goes back up the chart in its 33rd week. I’m Yours clocks up a 29th week on its return to the chart, ahead of Drake & Rihanna’s Take Care on 23 and Mama Do The Hump on 22. Three songs reach the 20 week mark this week although Jessie J’s Domino is the only one with 20 successive weeks. David Guetta and Sia’s Titanium registered two of its 20 weeks last summer. This is only the second week in its chart run (after the second of those two weeks last summer) when it has not been in the top 20.
Keane make it five number one albums out of five releases as Strangeland goes straight to the top this week. Viewers of Have I Got News For You will have enjoyed the sight of the Chancellor, Gideon (call me George) Osborne pretending to enjoy Keane performing on a television show. He clearly had no idea who they were. Indeed, he is probably the only remaining person in the country not to know who Adele is despite her efforts to boost the economy. It has to be assumed that he dismissed Keane as “music for the hoi polloi” even though the band are nearly as posh as he is. Strangeland follows Hopes And Fears (just pipped for the best-selling album of 2004 by the Scissor Sisters), Under The Iron Sea, Perfect Symmetry and Night Train (technically an EP but qualified for the albums chart) in getting to number one to make Keane one of the few acts to top the charts with their first five albums. Coldplay and The Beatles are among those to have done so.
Emeli Sande’s exposure on The Voice (even if Tom Jones did think she was called Emily Sunday) has boosted sales of her album and it climbs back up to number two.
Richard Hawley’s first chart success (albeit modest success) came as guitarist with 1990s Sheffield band The Longpigs whose singles included the brilliant She Said (not the Plan B song) and the equally splendid On And On. He was briefly a member of a rather more successful Sheffield band, Pulp. It was only when he embarked on a solo career that he also became a vocalist going on to feature as a guest vocalist on, for example, The Fix on Elbow’s excellent Seldom Seen Kid album. Standing At The Sky’s Edge is his seventh studio album and the fourth to make the chart. Lady’s Bridge in 2007 provided him with his first top ten album. Now he finally has a second and, indeed, a new peak position of number three. Like his compatriot Alex Turner he makes no attempt to disguise his Sheffield accent when singing.
Adele moves back up to number four to add another few quid to her bank balance. Lana Del Rey falls to number five.
Last week’s number one from Marina & The Diamonds crashes to number 13. Norah Jones suffers an even bigger fall as she plunges from number four to number 26.
The Cribs were initially a three-piece consisting of twins and their younger brother. They hit the musical headlines when they recruited Johnny Marr as a member in 2008 and that was followed by their first top ten album, Ignore The Ignorant in 2009 which reached number eight. Marr is no longer a permanent member although he has joined them on stage recently so he does not feature on the follow-up In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull. Nevertheless they have their second top ten album as it enters at number nine.
Cover Drive follow their three top ten singles with their debut album Bajan Style, a new entry at number 14. Their singles have generally not stayed in the top ten for long and looks like the album won’t even get there in the first place.
Following Keane’s Strangeland B.o.B enters at number 30 with Strange Clouds (not to be confused with The Orb’s wonderful Little Fluffy Clouds). For all his singles success B.o.B is finding success in the albums chart rather more difficult to achieve. His debut The Adventures Of Bobby Ray entered at number 22 in June 2010 before eventually climbing to number 17 in August.
The Proclaimers are unlikely ever to better the success of their second album. 1988’s Sunshine On Leith. However they continue to put out new releases and Like Comedy, new at number 31, is Charlie and Craig Reid’s sixth top 40 album (including a Best Of). The Comic Relief version of (I’m Gonna Be) 500 Miles is best forgotten but their choice of album title makes a mention hard to resist. They also become the second band entering the chart this week this week (after The Cribs) with a pair of twins.
This week saw the re-release of Irish rock band My Bloody Valentine’s back catalogue as well as a compilation of their EPs from 1988-91. In their 14 years together they released just two studio albums as well as a couple min albums and seven EPs. They re-formed in 2007 but have concentrated rather more on touring rather than releasing any new material. The EP collection is a new entry at number 33.
When Charles Costa was looking for a name to adopt he chose to turn to the regal and canine links of his forename rather than his surname’s association with coffee and came up with the name King Charles. He featured in the Guardian’s New Band of the Day slot back in October 2009 but only released his debut album Loveblood this week. That Guardian article described him as “part of a tradition of uniquely English, psych-inflect pastoral whimsy”, a phrase which may have made its way into Private Eye’s Pseud’s Corner for its pretentiousness. He makes his chart debut at number 36.
There is just one re-entry this week. Labrinth’s Electronic Earth returns at number 28 following his television appearance.
Published on: 2012-05-13 by BuzzJack.com Suedehead2
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