June 2012 – Sound


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DCCXVI – June 2012

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
7653
7
PICKING UP THE PIECES
Paloma Faith
7654
2
CHASING THE SUN
Wanted
7655
4
WHEN SHE WAS MINE
Lawson
7656
3
EUPHORIA
Loreen
7657
1
FEEL THE LOVE
Rudimental featuring John Newman
7658
4
PRINCESS OF CHINA
Coldplay featuring Rihanna
7659
6
THE POWER
DJ Fresh featuring Dizzee Rascal
7660
5
SCREAM
Usher
7661
2
WHISTLE
Flo Rida
7662
1
SING
Gary Barlow and the Commonwealth Band featuring Military Wives
7663
9
PAYPHONE
Precision Tunes
7664
1
CALL MY NAME
Cheryl
7665
3
BLACK HEART
Stooshe
7666
1
PAYPHONE
Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa

 

Good work, Paloma Faith – like it or loathe it, there’s no ignoring Picking Up The Pieces. She really goes for it too. Tell you what, Chasing The Sun’s good too, but it sounds like it could sound a lot better with just a touch more work on the production side.

When She Was Mine’s second week on the chart must’ve produced a few “oh, bloody hell”s at the record company. All that hard work nurturing Lawson, honing that slick risk-averse pop-rock sound, and after going in at No.4 and getting off to a good start it then promptly dropped like a stone to No.24. Ouch. You’d never know Euphoria was a Eurovision Song Contest winner; it sounds like something David Guetta or Calvin Harris would be proud to put on their CVs. I like Feel The Love, mind you, very soulful.

OK, I am definitely missing something here with Coldplay. I watched them close the 2012 Paralympic Games with a full concert and couldn’t for the life of me work out how they’d managed to get that gig. Not because I’m not a fan, but how can one band be awarded well over an hour to plug their music to a worldwide audience? I’d say the same thing if it was Depeche Mode or Blur or Fuzzbox who got that gig – if you’re a fan, it’s great but if you’re not, you’ve just got to sit through it for song after song after song and oh God when will they lower the flags and put that bloody flame out? They played Princess Of China, which was supposed to be the big “Special Guest Star” moment, but all I could think was “God, I hope the rest of the closing ceremony starts soon.” Thankfully, The Power’s better and Scream is better still. Whistle… not so much, but oh, hang on… when he says “can you blow my whistle, baby”… that’s a metaphor, isn’t it? Flo Rida is corrupting my fragile mind. Next up, Gary Barlow. Who better to do the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee song than another National Treasure™? Sadly, it doesn’t look like Johnny Ball was available, so what we have is a Gary Barlow song that sounds like a Gary Barlow song sung by anyone who isn’t Gary Barlow. It’s anthemic, inspirational, professionally done and no, I shall not be adding it to my music collection.

Now then, this is different. Somebody’s gone and released Maroon 5’s Payphone before they did. This isn’t the first time somebody’s beaten the original artist to releasing their own single, but it’s the first time a soundalike single has gone into the Top Ten, which caused a bit of hassle for Precision Tunes. The Daily Telegraph successfully tracked down the man behind the act and he sounded a little concerned at being rumbled, promising to hand over royalties and to immediately delete all the songs that they’d released to that point. Call My Name’s not bad, but a word of advice for Cheryl Cole – it’s probably a good idea to reinstate a surname, otherwise if people do call your name they might end up giving the job to Cheryl Baker instead and I’m sure you wouldn’t want that.

Black Heart’s OK, nothing more, nothing less. Next, an awfully familiar song called Payphone, which is a note-for-note co- wait a minute, this isn’t the copy, this is the original! No bloomin’ wonder Precision Tunes’s version vanished from the chart after a single week at No.9, it’s practically a note-for-note, word-for-remake of Maroon 5’s song, which by the way is pretty bloody good and has a SPECTACULAR video.