This week: very little is released, and none of it is very interesting.
1. Florence + The Machine – “Spectrum”
Second week at the top. No great surprise there, since there are no new releases to challenge it – in fact, everything else in the top 10 has been out for at least a month. The midweeks show “Spectrum” holding on for another week, with its nearest challenger at number 3 (and since that’s Conor Maynard, the UK’s would-be answer to Justin Bieber, I’d guess his sales are likely to be frontloaded so that his final position will be lower).
11. Misha B – “Home Run”
Misha Bryan is an X Factor alumnus, but she’s mercifully managed to escape the clutches of Simon Cowell’s questionable selection of material. She’s still under the Sony umbrella, but under the auspices of Relentless, a sub-label that’s dealt with the likes of Ms Dynamite and KT Tunstall.
In theory, Misha B was meant to be one of the favourites to win last year’s X Factor season. In practice, that didn’t quite work out as planned, following a minor tabloid storm in which she was accused of bullying other contestants backstage. This seemed to have the effect of turning her heel in the eyes of a segment of the audience, and she spent much of the rest of the season coming last in the voting and being saved by the judges, before finally getting booted in the semi-finals.
But there is no clear correlation between success in X Factor and success in the real world, so Sony have decided to have a punt with her anyway, on the logic that she can actually sing and was manifestly one of the better contestants in last year’s crop.
(The other X Factor single on the horizon is “Wings” by Little Mix, last year’s winners. It’s quite good. They might have a chance.)
20. Angel – “Wonderful”
Another London pop/R&B crossover act. This is Angel’s debut hit (though only just – his previous single “Go In Go Hard” peaked at 41). Nothing particularly new here, but it’s a nicely done production. The midweeks don’t suggest it’s going any higher.
22. B.o.B. (featuring Taylor Swift) – “Both of Us”
A slightly odd collaboration here – neither BoB nor Taylor Swift is exactly a million miles from the pop mainstream, but they’re still not a pairing you’d expect to crop up on the same single. Kind of comes across like a random sample more than a duet, if you ask me, but it’s a better than usual effort by both. Again, the midweeks show it drifting down the chart from here.
B.o.B. has had three UK number 1s – his own singles “Nothin’ on You” and “Airplanes” from 2010, and his guest appearance on Jessie J’s “Price Tag” last February. Swift’s only significant UK hit was the number 2 single “Love Story” from 2009.
28. The Far East Movement (feat. Cover Drive) – “Turn Up The Love”
Generic dance pop from the Far East Movement, which has been… well, a middling hit across Europe. That said, the midweeks show it climbing another nine places, so it seems to have some legs.
I can only assume that promotional considerations are responsible for the “featuring Cover Drive” credit, since as far as I can see, only their singer Amanda Reifer actually appears on this record. From the look of it, the others have been ordered to show up and mill around in the video anyway.
And that is literally it for this week. There’s some more interesting stuff in the midweeks (Public Enemy?!?), so I might do something about that before I head off, but don’t hold your breath.