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Charts – 21 October 2012

Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 by Paul in Uncategorized

We’re back in the routine of having new entries at number 1 every week, it seems, with Swedish House Mafia slipping to 2.  Tons of new entries this week, and we kick off with something you probably weren’t expecting to see here.

38.  John Denver – “Annie’s Song” 

But of course, Britain.

For once, this doesn’t have anything to do with a cover version on X Factor.  Instead, it’s been climbing from the lower reaches for a few weeks now, because a cover version is being used in this rather strange advert for telecoms company Talk Talk.

The cover is by the trio Honey Ryder, who had a couple of minor hits back in 2008-9.

Denver is a one-hit wonder in the UK, having reached number 1 with this song in 1974, and placed nothing else in the top 40 whatsoever.  His only other single to make the top 75 was “Perhaps Love”, an unlikely collaboration with Placido Domingo that just missed the top 40 in 1981.

37.  Everything Everything – “Cough Cough”

Well, that’s a bit more like it.  A brief one-week visit to the lower end of the chart for Everything Everything, an indie band (of eclectic influences), who are releasing this as the lead single from their second album.  They’ve never had a hit single before, but their first album “Man Alive” did reach 17.  Takes a while to get going, but it’s very good once it hits its stride.

36.  Taylor Swift – “State of Grace” 

The final promo single from her album, which came out this week.  This one is her eighties pop-rock number.  It’s really rather decent.  It gives her three singles on this week’s chart, with “I Knew You Were Trouble” still at 27, and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” at 7.  The album is number 1 on the midweeks, but it may still spawn another top 40 hit on Sunday, thanks to Ed Sheeran fans cherrypicking his guest appearance on “Everything Has Changed”.

33.  Jake Bugg – “Two Fingers”

Two indie records in one week?  The BBC have been pushing Jake Bugg as a singer-songwriter for a year or so, hitherto to negligible commercial effect.  This is his fifth single, and the others all sank without trace, even though one of them was in an advert.  But it turns out that Jake Bugg fans are apparently just waiting for the album, which enters at number 1 this week.

28.  Tyler James (featuring Dot Rotten) – “Single Tear”

James was a losing finalist in the BBC’s version of The Voice, which was not exactly successful in spawning stars.  However, he had couple of middling hits seven years ago and he was a friend of Amy Winehouse, and he had more obvious potential than the winner, so this seems to be the start of an attempt to relaunch him.  It’s his biggest hit since “Foolish” reached number 16 in 2005.

20.  Justin Bieber (featuring Nicki Minaj) – “Beauty and a Beat”

Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj?!?  Run away, Justin!  Run away!  She’ll eat you alive!

Actually, she’s in de-fanged barbie-doll mode on this single, so not really.  It’s a fairly transparent attempt to expand Bieber’s audience beyond his loyal fanbase to the broader pop-dance listeners.  It’s also the only track on his current album that he isn’t credited as co-writing.

Oh, and if you’re going to pass the opening minute of your video off as leaked footage before it turns out to be your new single – which is actually quite a good idea, let’s be honest – don’t post it on the YouTube channel “JustinBieberVEVO”.

15.  Rebecca Ferguson – “Backtrack”

Another X Factor alumnus (alumna?) with a new single helpfully timed to coincide with the new season’s live shows. She was the runner-up of season 7 in 2010, and while her only previous hit is the number 10 single “Nothing’s Real But Love”, her first album did go platinum.  This track is promoting the “deluxe edition”, which also came out this week, and lands at number 5 on the album chart.  Still, a number 15 placement – even with the boost from appearing on the results show – isn’t too inspiring.

6.  Lawson – “Standing in the Dark” 

The boy band who play guitars, or the guitar band who are marketed like a boy band, depending on how you want to see things.  Lawson have the typical boy band sales pattern – they sell in the first week, but they don’t sustain it.

1.  Calvin Harris (ft Florence Welch) – “Sweet Nothing”

Florence + The Machine return the favour for Harris’ mix of “Spectrum”, which made number 1 earlier in the year, and is still hanging in at 32.  This is his second number one as lead artist, following “I’m Not Alone” back in 2009.  He also has a guest credit on two other number one hits, “Dance Wiv Me” by Dizzee Rascal (2008) and “We Found Love” by Rihanna (2011).

Harris is a believer in the “greatest hits” school of album marketing – “Sweet Nothing” is the fifth single from his album “18 Months”, which will finally come out at the end of the month.  The first since was “Bounce”, which came out last June.  He doesn’t rush, our Calvin.  All four previous singles went to number two, which one suspects was a touch frustrating by the end.

It’s number 4 on the midweek charts, behind two new entries, so a second week at the top doesn’t seem likely.

The new entries over on the album chart:-


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  1. Annie’s Song is great, although I’m partial to the cover by Me First and the Gimmes.

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