Cheryl tops the singles chart with Call My Name while Gary Barlow's album is number one for a third week.
A surname-less Cheryl has this week’s number one single while Gary Barlow and friends stay on top of the albums chart.
As mentioned last week Cheryl ColeTweedyCole has decided that the easiest way to avoid confusion over which surname she is using this week is to drop her surname altogether. So on her latest single, rather fittingly entitled Call My Name, she is known simply as Cheryl. The song has gone straight to the top of the chart and looked set to notch up the highest weekly sale for a single so far this year. It was written and produced by Calvin Harris which goes some way towards explaining why it isn’t actually that bad. The lead single from each of her three albums (the third, A Million Lights, is released tomorrow, Monday) have all topped the chart. Meanwhile her husband will continue to try to help England make some progress in the European Championship. Come on England!
Flo Rida remains at number two with his whistle and Gary Barlow and chums sing their way down to number three after a week at number one. Coldplay and Rihanna move up to number four. Princess Of China is Coldplay’s seventh top five hit and Rihanna’s 18th. Rudimental drop one place to number five.
In the early years of the charts in the UK - and at a time when most singers did not write their own songs - it was common to see two (or even more) versions of a song in the chart at the same time. Frequently a song would be a hit in the US, a British singer would record a version of the same song and both versions would reach the UK charts. As more acts started writing their own songs that became less common although it still happened occasionally. Nowadays an official cover version (frequently by an X Factor winner) can lead to both the original version and the cover version charting. Most famously, the use of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah as the X Factor winner’s song in 2008 saw Alexandra Burke’s version top the chart with Jeff Buckley’s version at number two and the Cohen original also in the top 40.
More recently we have seen the emergence of unofficial cover versions being released in advance of the “proper” version. With no need for the cost of producing and distributing physical copies this is much easier than it has ever been. This has generally led to the release of the official version being brought forward with a subsequent collapse in sales of the copy. However, that hasn’t happened in the case of Payphone. The proper version by Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa is finally released today (Sunday). This has allowed an outfit called Precision Tunes (the clue is in the name) to cash in and become the first such act to get a top ten hit as they enter the chart at number nine. How many sales of the real version will be lost as a result will never be known but it is to be hoped that this will encourage record companies to revert to the on-air / on-sale policy which was tried briefly last year before being abandoned.
Two of this week’s new entries have titles very close to those of hit albums from the 1970s. The first of those is from Trey Songz who enters at number 28 with Heart Attack. The title is one word short of that of Queen’s third album Sheer Heart Attack. Trey Songz (born Tremaine Neverson) has released a string of singles from his four albums to date but without any conspicuous success. None of his albums have charted and his best singles chart performance until now was with Bottoms Up which featured Nicki Minaj. That got no further than number 71 last year. There is no chance of anyone giving themselves a heart attack by getting over-excited when listening to this dull song.
The other song to resemble a 1970s album title is Kelly Clarkson’s new single Dark Side although, not surprisingly, it is not about the dark side of the moon. It is the 13th top 40 single for the winner of 2002’s American Idol. The two previous hits from her current album Stronger reached the top ten so this has some way to go to match that as it enters at number 40.
Justin Bieber’s new album Believe is released tomorrow. Leading up to that his record company have been releasing a song from the album each week and his fans have loyally gone to iTunes or wherever and downloaded them. The latest release, As Long As You Love Me which features Big Sean (his first top 40 appearance), enters at number 30. When fans take the opportunity to complete the album by using the appropriate facility on their download site of choice - assuming they don’t buy the CD to get another picture of their idol - the sales totals for each of the songs should be reduced accordingly. That is likely to leave most of them with a final figure below the number required to make the chart. However, the relative success of each track may play a part in determining which ones to release as official singles.
Katy Perry enters at number 31 with Wide Awake. It is her 14th top 40 single and the eighth to be taken from her Teenage Dream album. If it fails to climb any higher it will be her lowest charting single, a distinction currently held by Thinking Of You which stalled at number 27.
Last week saw the winner of the first UK series of The Voice fail to reach the top 40. At the beginning of this week an album of songs by the finalists and semi-finalists was released. That gave people the chance to download individual tracks by their favourite contestants. Neither of the tracks by the winner Leanne Mitchell made any significant impact on the iTunes chart but some of the other tracks did. The best seller of them all has even made it into the top 40, albeit only just. Finalist Tyler James’ falsetto version of Steve Winwood’s Higher Love is a new entry at number 39. The original version reached number 13 in 1986 and a version by James Vincent McMorrow reached number 21 last year. It is not the first chart success for Tyler James who may have mentioned once or twice that he was friends with Amy Winehouse. He had top 40 hits in 2004/5 with Why Do I Do and Foolish when he was still in his teens. He was dropped by his record label after the third single, a cover of White Town’s Your Woman, did less well. My own guess is that both he and Bo Bruce will enjoy a more successful career than Leanne Mitchell.
Emeli Sande’s My Kind Of Love was officially released this week and it climbs back up to a new peak of number 17 in its sixth week in the chart. Avicii’s Silhouettes was released in May and spent a week at number 26. This week a video for the song has started to be shown on music channels and it returns to the chart, again at number 26. There is also a re-entry for Flo Rida and Sia with Wild Ones at number 34.
Sia’s other current hit Titanium finally drops out of the top 40 after a total of 25 weeks (two of them in a brief run last year). Jessie J’s Domino also topples this week after 20 weeks in the top 40. The only song left with at least 20 weeks in the chart is Somebody That I Used To Know which has been around for 23 weeks and is still in the top 20.
When the first midweek charts show the previous week’s number one album still on top with two new entries immediately behind, it can generally be assumed that there will be no change at the top even if, as happened this week, sales figures are reported to be very close. The expectation is that sales of new releases will have peaked at the start of the week while sales of the previous number one will be fairly steady throughout the week. This week that assumption wasn’t quite as safe as it seemed likely that sales of the Gary Barlow album would also decline as the week went on. However, the Barlow album did hold on and it spends a third week at number one. It is the first album to spend three successive weeks at the summit since Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black returned to the top last July and August immediately after her death. The last new album to top the chart for at least three weeks was Adele’s 21.
Amy Macdonald’s debut album spent a single week at number one in January 2008, five months after it was released. The follow-up A Curious Thing reached number four and fell away relatively quickly. This week she has released her third album Life In A Beautiful Light and it is a new entry at number two.
Usher’s first album, released in 1995, failed to reach the chart. His second effort, My Way released three years later, was performing slightly better but didn’t make it into the top 40 until the single You Make Me Wanna went to number one. Since then he has had three number one albums followed by Raymond v Raymond which reached number two. His new set Looking For Myself enters at number three. It was reported this week that Usher was influential on persuading Justin Bieber not to quit the music business (insert your own joke here) after the rather daft claim by some silly girl that he (Justin) had fathered her child. Some people may find that hard to forgive.
Coldplay move back up to number four and Paloma Faith is down two places to number five.
Many of this week’s greatest hits type compilations have clearly been targeted at the Father’s Day market.
Fleetwood Mac formed in the 1960s. After a couple minor hit singles they had their only number one with the instrumental Albatross in 1969. Their most successful period in the albums chart started a full nine years later when Rumours topped the chart a year after it was released. It went on to become one of the best selling albums worldwide in history. Three of the next four studio albums also went to number one. In 1992, to mark their 25th anniversary, a four CD set of many of their best known songs entitled The Chain was released. That collection has been rereleased this week. At just £13 or so for four CDs it represents a very cheap introduction to the band. The title is taken from a song whose riff is better known for its use in the BBC’s Formula 1 coverage. It is also used by Marc Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie for their musical chain which started on Radio 2 and is now part of their 6Music show. It has produced a chain of songs linked to each other (starting with The Chain) which reached the 3000 mark this week. The collection failed to chart when it was first released but it is a new entry this week at number ten.
The band have had many members over the years with Mick Fleetwood and John McVie forming the core as well as providing the name. From 1971 to ’74 guitarist and vocalist Bob Welch was among their number. He went on to release some solo material including the rather wonderful single Ebony Eyes (not a cover of the Everly Brothers song). Sadly he took his own life earlier this month after spinal surgery left him as an invalid.
The Very Best Of The Stone Roses was first released in November 2002 when it reached number 19. The set has been rereleased this week and it returns to the chart at number 21. Their 1989 debut album is regarded as one of the best debuts of all time. However, its chart performance was decidedly unspectacular. It entered at number 32 and dropped straight out of the top 40. It returned at the beginning of the following year and eventually peaked at number 19 a few weeks later. It didn’t reach the top ten until a 15th anniversary rerelease in 2004 went to number nine although that only spent one further week in the chart. Five years later on another landmark anniversary saw it get to number five taking its total number of weeks in the top ten to two, a rather pitiful figure for such a seminal album. The reissued Very Best Of is at number 21.
One place behind, at number 22, is a new collection of Johnny Cash songs entitled The Classics, a title that might be disputed by some people as his brilliant versions of Hurt and Personal Jesus are not included.
The Fleetwood Mac set is not the only four CD collection to enter the chart this week. Neil Young also enters at number 30 with a four CD set just a week after his latest album of new material entered the chart. To mark the 40th anniversary of the release of his classic Harvest album, that album has been bundled with Neil Young, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere and After The Gold Rush to create a package of his first four albums under the title Official Release Series Discs 1-4.
Maximo Park suffered from a touch of “second album syndrome” when Our Earthly Pleasures failed to match the quality of A Certain Trigger. The momentum behind the release took it to number two, well ahead of the number 15 peak of its predecessor but it disappointed many fans. While the third album reached the top ten its overall chart record was very poor. This week they have returned with their fourth album The National Health at number 13. Andrew Lansley probably has plans to “reform” it so we may see it back in worse shape at a later date.
Hot Chip’s fifth studio album In Our Heads is new at number 14. Their only top ten success so far was with Made In The Dark which reached number four in 2008. That album also gave them their only top ten single Ready For The Floor.
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs can now be added to the list of solo acts with a name sounding like a band to make the chart. The name is the moniker chosen by Orlando Higginbottom for his career as an electronic dance music producer and DJ. Trouble is his debut album and it enters the chart at number 35.
The list of Montenegrin classical guitarists to have had a hit album in the UK is not a long one. Indeed, before this week, there may not have been any entries on such a list. That is no longer the case as Latino by Miloš Karadaglić is a new entry at number 38.
Father’s Day also accounts for some of the week’s re-entries. Bruce Springsteen’s excellent Wrecking Ball is back at number 18. He will be headlining at the Isle Of Wight Festival next weekend. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds return at number 24. A week after his Bring Him Home album re-entered the chart his Alfie album also re-enters at number 36.
Published on: 2012-06-17 by BuzzJack.com Suedehead2
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