Singles Chart Update: Week Ending 1 December 2012

The Top 40 for the week kicks off with no less than six new entries and re-entries cluttering positions 30-40 alone.

First up at #40 is a re-entry for Athelete’s ‘Wires’ which originally peaked at #4 on the UK chart back in 2005 but reappears off the back of X Factor contestant Rylan Clark’s sing off performance during last Sunday’s show.

New at #39 is a song performed by the children of Ladywell Primary School in Motherwell as a tribute to their six year old classmate Caden Beggan who contracted septicaemia and passed away last month. Their rendition of ‘O Holy Night’ may not be the greatest version out there but, with 90% of the money raised going towards charity, you can’t argue that it’s full of heart.

The Script finally break the Top 40 with their new single ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ which continues to struggle to gain the momentum of its chart predecessor, their first number one single ‘Hall of Fame’ which itself climbs back up two places to #19 this week. ‘Six Degrees’ does at least give the Irish band their sixth Top 40 hit to date, charting at #38.

Securing two new entries on the singles chart this week are Las Vegas band Imagine Dragons whose debut UK release – ‘Hear Me EP’ – results in both the title track and lead cut ‘Radioactive’ charting at #37 and #35 respectively. The American act have achieved massive success in the States this year with their album ‘Night Visions’ and the fantastic song ‘It’s Time’ which should surely guarantee them an even bigger smash next year.

Christmas seems to be arriving earlier each year and so it’s no surprise then that we see both Mariah Carey and The Pogues feat. Kirsty Macoll re-entering the chart this week as both ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ and ‘Fairytale of New York’ claim spots 30 and 27. Or is it a surprise? Surely most people should already own these songs?

Mariah’s festive delight is of course her biggest selling single in the UK, originally peaking at #2 back in 1994 whilst ‘Fairytale of New York’ has re-entered the Top 20 every year since downloads were made eligible for chart entry back in 2005. This year a repackaged collection is being issued to celebrate 25 years since it was first released, another number two hit but in 1987 and is one of the favourites for Christmas number one.

I wait for the day that The Childliners’ ‘Gift Of Christmas’ receives a renaissance.

Pink’s ‘Try’ achieves its highest chart position to date as it climbs four places to #26. Expect this to vault after tonight’s X Factor performance. Meanwhile DJ Fresh’s ‘Gold Dust’ experiences a bit of a resurgence climbing back up a massive thirteen places to settle at #25.

At #24 is Taylor Swift with the follow up to her worldwide hit ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’. This is the second chart outing for the Max Martin/Shellback-produced ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ as it was initially one of four promotional singles that were released in the lead up to the country singer’s recent chart-topping album ‘Red’.

If the song carries on at this rate, Swift could quite easily secure her first pair of back to back Top 10 hits. It’s not due to be released in its full capacity as a single until 10 December with these sales being purely the result of folk downloading the album cut.

Girls Aloud tumble out of the Top 10 after just one week with their Children In Need comeback single ‘Something New’ crashing twelve places to #14. The arrival of their much heralded new Greatest Hits collection may be partly responsible, but ‘Ten’ was a surprisingly low new entry at #9 this week.

It at least outsold other new career retrospectives from McFly and Kelly Clarkson whose Best Ofs charted at #21 and #24. Here is a very good new Xenomania track from ‘Ten’ called ‘Every Now And Then’. REJOICE.

The highest new entry for the week goes to American singer Ke$ha who was last on the chart last year with the brilliant ‘Blow’ which somehow only managed to get to #32.

‘Die Young’ is the lead single from her forthcoming sophomore album ‘Warrior’ but struggles to match the position of the lead cuts from her debut full lengther ‘Animal’ (‘Tik Tok’ #4) and its reissue ‘Cannibal’ (‘We R Who We R’ #1) scraping in at #10.

Despite her seven consecutive Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 singles, ‘Die Young’ becomes only Kesha’s third in the UK. Thanks to some high profile television appearances, sales have steadily increased as the week has progressed and the track is currently nestled at #6 on iTunes, so I wouldn’t write this one off just yet.

So the Top 9 is just a ruffled up version of last week’s. One Direction are the biggest downwards mover, sliding six places to #9 with ‘Little Things’. Both Bruno Mars and Rihanna do well off the back of their X Factor results show performances with both ‘Locked Out of Heaven’ and ‘Diamonds’ climbing seven places a piece to sit at #2 and #3 respectively.

But nothing can budge Olly Murs from scoring a second week at #1 with his Flo Rida assisted ‘Troublemaker’. And, like Girls Aloud, he too has a new album out this week which doesn’t seem to have harmed his sales at all.

In fact ‘Right Time, Right Place’ has become the fastest selling album by a male solo artist this year, shifting 127,000 copies.

It also of course gives him the chart double, following in the footsteps of Robbie Williams, Gary Barlow and One Direction who have all achieved the feat this year.

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