Spectrum gives Florence + The Machine a third week at number one. Plan B tops the albums chart.
Florence + The Machine get a third week on top of the singles chart and Plan B has the number one album.
The appearance of Florence + The Machine at the top of the singles chart two weeks ago came as a bit of a surprise. None of the four previous singles from Ceremonials had made the top ten with one of them (Never Let Me Go) not even reaching the top 75. Even the fact that Spectrum had been remixed by Calvin Harris - thus giving fans who already had the album a reason to buy the single - didn’t seem likely to be enough to lift it sufficiently to out-perform the previous singles so spectacularly. When it did go to number one the assumption was that it would be another one week chart topper. However, this week it stays on top for a third week. The last song to spend at least three weeks at the summit was Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe which notched up four weeks in April and May.
That leaves Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa stuck at number two again. Payphone has now spent six weeks in the top two, just one behind last year’s Moves Like Jagger. However, this time they have the consolation of having spent two of those weeks at number one.
Stooshe’s debut hit Love me entered at number five but only spent five weeks in the top 40. Black Heart came in at number four last month but has shown a lot more staying power and has now spent six weeks in the top ten. This week it climbs two places to reach a new peak of number three.
Brighton teenager Conor Maynard had his first hit single in April when Can’t Say No entered at number two. The follow-up, Vegas Girl, can’t quite match that as it enters at number four. Flo Rida whistles his way back up one place to number five.
American duo Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan have their debut hit under the name Karmin with Brokenhearted at number six. The word brokenhearted has featured in only one other hit song. That song, of course, is What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted. The song was a hot for Jimmy Ruffin twice, reaching number ten in 1966 before going all the way to number four eight years later. A version by Dave Stewart (who did not go on to join Annie Lennox in The Tourists and The Eurythmics) and Colin Blunstone (formerly a member of The Zombies who had a hit with the original version of She’s Not There, later a hit for Santana) was a top 20 hit in 1981. The only version to reach number one is best forgotten.
French DJ and producer Cedric Gervais released his first single Spirit In My Life in 2007. It failed to reach the charts as did five later singles released between 2009 and 2011. He finally breaks his chart duck with his latest single Molly which enters at number 26. He is probably not related to Ricky Gervais whose contributions to the music industry have been as a member of Seona Dancing (chart history - zero) and as an early manager of Suede. The most famous use of the name Molly in a song title is Good Golly Miss Molly, a top ten hit for Little Richard in 1958 and a later hit for both Jerry Lee Lewis and the Swinging Blue Jeans.
This week’s top 40 does not have any songs linked to the London Olympics which opened in spectacularly bonkers style on Friday night. However, it does contain a song which has been used by Channel 4 to advertise their coverage of the upcoming Paralympics. That song, Public Enemy’s Harder Than You Think (from their 2007 album How You Sell Soul To Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul?) is a new entry at number 27. Public Enemy released a new album, Most Of My Heroes Don’t Appear On No Stamp, earlier this month but it failed to chart. Indeed they haven’t reached the albums chart since Power To The People And The Beats reached number 39 in 2005. Their last top 40 single was He Got Game in 1998. That immediately became their biggest hit after three earlier singles all peaked at number 18.
Madeon spent a single week in the top 40 in March this year with Icarus. His new single continues the theme of six-letter titles alternating between vowels and consonants. However, just to be really radical, this time the title starts with a consonant. Finale is a new entry at number 35. Madeon is the second French producer to have a new entry this week and the third currently in the top 40. The third is, of course, David Guetta.
Like Angel who entered the top 40 last week, Clement Marfo and the Frontline featured on MTV’s Brand New For 2012 list at the end of last year. This week they make their first appearance in the top 40 with Champion (so at least we get a sort of Olympic link) at number 38. There is a further Olympic link as the song features Ghetts (Justin Reginald Clarke Samuel) who comes from Newham, one of the Olympic boroughs.
Four songs with 112 top 40 weeks between them have all dropped out. Among them is Sexy And I Know It after a total of 37 weeks. It has to be hoped that it is gone for good this time. The longest runner in the chart is now Gotye’s Somebody That I Used To Know on 29 weeks. That drops out of the top 20 after a run of 27 weeks. Its eight place drop to number 25 matches the previous biggest fall of its long chart run. Nicki Minaj’s Starships (24 weeks) is the only other song with a run of at least 20 weeks. It has spent the last eight weeks between numbers 19 and 21.
Three of the songs to go are former number ones including Gary Barlow’s rubbish which spent a longer than expected eight weeks in the top 40.
Azealia Banks’ awful 212 has now spent the last seven weeks between numbers 37 and 41. Skrillex’s Bangarang has been in the top 40 for 11 weeks without getting any higher than number 24. After spending the last six weeks between numbers 13 and 15 Train’s Drive By falls to number 17.
Plan B goes straight to the top of the albums chart with the soundtrack to his film iLL Manors. It therefore matches the peak of his previous album The Defamation Of Strickland Banks which had two weeks at number one in April and May 2010.
Gaslight Anthem have their first top ten album at the fourth attempt with Handwritten entering at number two. Their debut Sink Or Swim sunk before The 59 Sound almost matched its title by peaking at number 55. American Slang reached number 18 in 2010. They make no secret of their enthusiasm for the work of Bruce Springsteen. After all, it would be impossible for them to deny it as their sound is very similar. The Boss returned the compliment by appearing with them at Glastonbury in 2009 (Glastonbury Tor featured in the Olympic ceremony so there’s another link) and inviting singer Brian Fallon to join him on stage in Hyde Park (scene of an Olympic concert on Friday) the following night.
Maroon 5 slip one place to number three. A Jennifer Lopez collection Dance Again… The Hits is a new entry at number four. At least her record company haven’t risked prosecution under the Trades Descriptions Act by claiming that the songs are great. Rihanna’s Talk That Talk moves back up one place to number five after being sold for a hefty discount.
Joss Stone’s debut album The Soul Sessions reached the top ten in 2004 and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. The next album, Mind Body & Soul went all the way to the top later the same year. She now returns to the top ten for the first time in over seven years (Mind Body & Soul popped back into the top ten for a week in February 2005) with Soul Sessions Volume 2 at number six.
Last week’s number one rom Elton John and Pnau narrowly avoids becoming the second album in a row to drop straight out of the top ten. It crashes nine places to number ten.
Slipknot get over the fact that they haven’t exactly had a string of big hit singles by calling their “greatest hits” set Antennas To Hell. They have had a number one album with Iowa in 2001. That album returned to the top 75 for some reason lat last year. Pedants should note that antennae is the normal English plural of antenna, particularly when referring to an appendage on the head of an insect but antennas is the standard American plural and also commonly used in British English when referring to a television aerial. The album is a new entry at number 22.
Vangelis Papathanassiou first appeared in the UK charts in 1968 as a member of Aphrodite’s Child alongside the man-mountain Demis Roussos (well known for wearing a kaftan which was nearly big enough to be a tent). He then had a couple hit albums in the mid 1970s including the slightly weird Albedo 0.39. The title track of that album featured a list of scientific data about the Earth including the figure Albedo 0.39. This curious teenager had to consult a dictionary to discover that albedo is a measure of the reflectivity of a planet. That fact has proved invaluable in the occasional quiz. He then disappeared from the charts again before returning in 1980 and ’81 when he had two hit singles with Jon Anderson of Yes (I Hear You Now and I’lll Find My Way Home). The first of those was followed by his biggest hit, the Oscar-winning soundtrack fro Chariots Of Fire. Inevitably an extract from that soundtrack was used in Friday night’s ceremony (un)ably assisted by Rowan Atkinson. By one of those remarkable coincidences that happen so often, there is a new Vangelis Collection out this week and it is a new entry at number 37. The Collection includes some of his work with Jon Anderson, other film soundtrack work (e.g. Blade Runner, 1492 - Conquest Of Paradise) and, obviously, Chariots Of Fire. By another extraordinary coincidence, a new collection from Mike Oldfield (who performed on Friday night) is released tomorrow (30 July).
The only re-entry is from Rumer at number 34.
While none of the individual songs performed at the London 2012 opening ceremony have reached the top 40, the album of the show, Isles Of Wonder, made available for download almost immediately after the event, enters at number five in the compilation albums chart after just 24 hours on sale.
Published on: 2012-07-29 by BuzzJack.com Suedehead2
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