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Charts – 14 September 2014

Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by Paul in Music, Uncategorized

Quiet week.  (In the chart.  Not generally.)

And for no particular reason, let’s pause to ask ourselves how each of these tracks did on the Scottish chart.  How different are we, really?

26.  A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera – “Say Something”

Originally released in March, when it made number 4.  Why is it back?  Why, because X Factor is back on the air, and “Say Something” is thoroughly suited for use in X Factor.  And so X Factor is duly hammering it.  It showed up in the midweeks for the previous chart, but vanished by Sunday; this time it shows a bit more staying power.

Scottish chart position: n/a.  Yes, Scotland is less likely to buy X Factor backing music.  We’re off to a good start, Scotland!

22.  Fall Out Boy – “Centuries”

The lead single from Fall Out Boy’s upcoming sixth album.  It’s a good little stomper.  There’s apparently a proper video to come, but for the moment, instead of the traditional lyric video, the band have released the thing above, which was supposedly made using Hyperlapse – an app that lets you make time-lapse videos for Instagram.

Fall Out Boy normally get their lead singles into the top ten, but this was a midweek release, for whatever reason.

The song lifts the hook of “Tom’s Diner” by Suzanne Vega – originally released in 1987, but best known for the 1990 remix by DNA that reached number 2.

Scottish chart position: 12.  The Scots like their pop-rock anthems.

10.  Chris Brown featuring Usher and Rick Ross – “New Flame”

I still can’t quite get my head around the fact that Chris Brown still has a career.

But it lumbers unfathomably onwards.  And this is his highest chart place since “Don’t Wake Me Up” got to number 2 in 2012 (assuming it lands higher than 10 on Sunday).  It does admittedly have Usher on it, who’s had a slightly better chart record in the last couple of years and probably ranks as the most sellable name on the record.  Rapper Rick Ross gets his first UK singles chart credit, though his last couple of albums did well, making 8 and 11 respectively.  He’s surprisingly under the radar in this country, for somebody who’s had five number 1 albums in his home country.

Position on the Scottish chart: 23!  I’d love to claim that this reflects fervent Scottish disapproval of Chris Brown, but to be honest, I think it’s more a general lack of interest in the genre.

7.  5 Seconds of Summer – “Amnesia”

I think I may have said last week that this didn’t seem set to leap up the charts.  Oops.  It’s up 31 places.

Position on the Scottish chart: 5.

6.  Ten Walls – “Walking With Elephants”

That’s one of the best videos we’ve had in ages.  The record doesn’t give the director much to work with, and I’m slightly surprised the label threw quite that much money at a fairly straightforward dance track, but it’s a really well put together abstract oddity.

Ten Walls used to be an anonymous pseudonym, but it now seems to be official (as opposed to an open secret) that it’s Mario Basanov, a deep house producer from Lithuania.  I’m pretty sure that makes this the biggest hit for a Lithuanian artist in the UK chart, and I’m sure everyone was keeping track of that record avidly.

Position on the Scottish chart: 8.

1.  Calvin Harris featuring John Newman – “Blame”

This is the follow-up to “Summer”, which was number 1 for a week in May (and to be fair, after sliding out of the top 10 quite fast, hung around in the top 20 for some time).  Both are from Harris’ upcoming fourth album.  It’s his seventh UK number 1, following “Summer”, “Under Control”, “Sweet Nothing”, “I’m Not Alone”, and his guest credits on Rihanna’s “We Found Love” and Dizzee Rascal’s “Dance Wiv Me”.

Newman gets his third number 1, following his own “Love Me Again” last year, and Rudimental’s “Feel the Love” in 2012.

It’s already down to number 4 on iTunes, so it’s clearly not sticking around.

Position on the Scottish chart: 1.  Calvin Harris is Scottish, after all.

Other tracks which entered the Scottish top 40 but not the UK one:

  • “Angel in Blue Jeans” by Train at 24.  This lands at 58 on the UK chart, so Train really are a lot more popular in Scotland, it seems.  Their biggest UK hit is “Drive By” (number 6 in 2012).
  • “Iron Sky” by Paolo Nutini at 25.  Climbing from 31, actually, but it’s stalled at 42 on the main chart, so I may as well mention it.  He’s Scottish, of course.  There’s a rather pretentious “short film” video about a dystopia where everyone has migraines.
  • “C.U.B.A.” by Calvin Harris at 30.  A promotional single aimed more at the hardcore dance audience.
  • “Caledonia” by Dougie Maclean at 33.  For fairly obvious reasons.  Arguably better known in the Frankie Miller cover that was used in a Tennants advert in 1991 (and, as I recall, topped the Scottish singles chart for weeks without ever troubling the UK top 40).  This is the original, though.
  • “Take Me To Church” by Hozier at 40.  Number 49 on the UK chart, so not a massive discrepancy.  He’s an Irish alt-soul type of guy.

Over on the album chart… oh lord, this is busy.

  • “In The Lonely Hour” by Sam Smith remains at number 1 for a second week.
  • “Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar” by Robert Plant is the highest new entry at 2.  He’s never had a number 1 album in his solo career, but this is the third time he’s got to number 2 (the others were “Pictures at Eleven” in 1982, and “Raising Sand” with Alison Krauss in 2007).  Single: “Rainbow”.
  • “Ryan Adams” by Ryan Adams at 6.  A self-titled album, a mere 13 years into his career.  His highest chart place to date.  Single: “Gimme Something Good”.
  • “El Pintor” by Interpol at 9.  Anagrams!  Their third top ten album, though they haven’t been on the singles top 40 since 2007.  Single: “All the Rage Back Home”.
  • “Live at the Rainbow ’74” by Queen at 11.  A new Queen live album.  Quite why they’re releasing a forty-year old recording now, I don’t know.
  • “Listen” by the Kooks at 16.  Their lowest position to date, on album 4.  The singles “Down” and “Around Town” both scraped the bottom end of the top 40 earlier in the year.
  • “A New House” by Deacon Blue at 17.  Similar placement to their last two albums.  Title track.
  • “Goddess” by BANKS at 20.  Debut album by Jillian Banks, a songwriter from California.   Single: “Beggin For Thread”.
  • “Smokey & Friends” by Smokey Robinson at 21.  Duets album, obviously.  Incredibly, the OCC website tells me that this is only the second Smokey Robinson studio album to chart in the UK (though he’s also charted with two compilations and a Marvin Gaye collaboration).
  • “Souled Out” by Jhene Aiko at 23.  Another debut album by a Californian songwriter.  Single: “The Pressure”.
  • “No Going Back” by Stiff Little Fingers at 28.  Yes, the Belfast punk band.  Yes, they’ve made a new album after 31 years.  They appear to have no YouTube presence, but then they are punk dinosaurs.
  • “The Frantic Four’s Final Fling” by Status Quo at 34.  A live album.  Later in the year, we can look forward to their acoustic album “Aquostic”.  I’m not making this up.
  • “M.A.D.” by M.A.D. at 36.  The appallingly under budgeted boy band who I gawp at every time they chart.  This surely has to mark the death knell of the project?
  • “The Physical World” by Death From Above 1979 at 37.  Their second album, after a 10 year gap that included a five-year break-up.  They chart for the first time!  Single: “Trainwreck 1979”.
  • “The Best of Paul Carrack” at 39.  Originally the singer in mid-70s band Ace, Carrack’s solo career has not previously trouble the albums top 40, though he’s occasionally scraped the bottom end of the singles chart.

Bring on the comments

  1. “Scotland is less likely to buy X Factor backing music.”

    It’s a NAW frae Phil & Aly!


  2. Odessasteps says:

    There’s an album from the 1990s of tom’s diner remixes, including one that combines it with the I Dream of Jeannie’s theme which might be the most insidious earworm ever.

    How will the mandatory U2 download on itunes effect the album chart?

  3. Jim says:

    Hey,it’s only been eleven years since the last Stiff Little Fingers album!

  4. Paul says:

    We’ll cover this in the chart post later in the week, but the free U2 album won’t register on the album chart because it isn’t a sale.

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