December 2011 – Time Is Running Out


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DCCX – December 2011

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
7586
10
NOTHING’S REAL BUT LOVE
Rebecca Ferguson
7587
9
TAKE CARE
Drake featuring Rihanna
7588
6
DOWN FOR WHATEVER
Kelly Rowland
7589
4
LEVELS
Avicii
7590
1
DANCE WITH ME TONIGHT
Olly Murs
7591
8
WHO YOU ARE
Jessie J
7592
1
WISHING ON A STAR
X-Factor Finalists featuring JLS and One Direction
7593
1
PARADISE
Coldplay
7594
6
5 O’CLOCK
T-Pain featuring Wiz Khalifa and Lily Allen
7595
3
DEDICATION TO MY EX (MISS THAT)
Lloyd featuring Andre 3000 and Lil Wayne
7596
8
HURT
Leona Lewis
7597
1
CANNONBALL
Little Mix
7598
4
FOREVER YOURS
Alex Day
7599
3
DOMINICK THE DONKEY (THE ITALIAN XMAS DONKEY)
Lou Monte
7600
1
WHEREVER YOU ARE
Military Wives with Gareth Malone

 

Rebecca Ferguson has a decent voice, it’s just a shame the song can’t match up to it. I don’t mind Take Care at all, it’s a nice, downbeat, reflective number. Down For Whatever sounds painfully average after having to follow that, but it’s not that Kelly Rowland’s song is that bad, it’s just that Drake’s is that good. It’s Avicii’s bad luck that Levels was released one week after Flo Rida’s Good Feeling – Good Feeling samples Levels and because it was there first it got the all-important head start. Olly Murs’s cheeky-chappie persona is in full effect on Dance With Me Tonight; not my sort of thing, but there’s no denying that what he does he does very well.

Jessie J really gives it everything on Who You Are, doesn’t she? The difference between her single and the one that follows it is like night and day. I’m sure the X-Factor contestants (whoever the heck they are this year) do their best, but with only two lines each to play with there’s no time for them to show what they can really do. As for JLS and One Direction… where the hell are they? Oh, here they are, right at the end, as part of the ensemble. Great use of two of the biggest bands of the day, that is. It entered the chart at No.1 on 10 December and was out of the Top 75 before the year had ended… deservedly so too.

If this is Paradise, give me hell any day. It’s another bloody anthem. I don’t mind 5 O’Clock, though – it’s got a decent story. Finally for this week, if Dedication To My Ex isn’t a song about cats then it is utter filth. FILTH, I tell you.

Nine Inch Nails did the original version of Hurt, then Johnny Cash slowed it down, brought all his life experience with him into his performance and did the definitive version of the song (and accompanied it with one of the best videos ever made). Leona Lewis has covered Hurt, and I’ll be honest with you, aside from an exercise in vocal acrobatics I really don’t know why she’s bothered, because this version adds nothing to the two I mentioned earlier. Oh hello, looks like someone at The X-Factor was paying attention when Cannonball surprisingly jumped into the Top Ten a few months ago, because it’s now been retooled and repurposed as this year’s X-Factor winner’s single. Lucky old Little Mix. There’s a lot to be said for Forever Yours; Alex Day was unsigned at the time, so he pretty much financed the song and video himself and got an internet campaign going to get the song to Number One for Christmas. Oh yes, he also gave royalties away to charity. Given all that, a No.4 placing is no mean feat (and the song isn’t terrible either). Unfortunately, it fell to No.112 the following week, which at the time was the biggest fall out of the Top Ten in history, but you can’t win them all. Dominick The Donkey is a 1960 song given a new lease of life thanks to Chris Moyles on Radio 1, but neither this nor Forever Yours stood a chance against the Military Wives, who had the Christmas Number One sewn up from the off.

There you go, that’s 2011. Did you enjoy it? Must admit, it was a lot better than thought it would be. 2012’ll have to go some to top that…