December 2012 – Trouble


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DCCXXII – December 2012

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
7724
5
GIRL ON FIRE
Alicia Keys
7725
2
SOMETHING NEW
Girls Aloud
7726
1
TROUBLEMAKER
Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida
7727
7
DIE YOUNG
Ke$ha
7728
8
TRY
P!nk
7729
4
STAY
Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko
7730
1
SCREAM AND SHOUT
will.i.am featuring Britney Spears
7731
1
IMPOSSIBLE
James Arthur
7732
2
I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE
Taylor Swift
7733
1
HE AIN’T HEAVY, HE’S MY BROTHER
Justice Collective

 

I like Girl On Fire; Alicia Keys’s last two singles on the list have had really heavy drums on them – I wonder if she’s been listening to a lot of Phil Collins albums. Something New is technically an accurate title because it’s a new release from Girls Aloud, but it doesn’t sound particularly new. It’s not bad, but it could easily have been released as a Cheryl Cole featuring Girls Aloud single, such is her dominance. Troublemaker sounds like a song the Maroon 5 of 2004 wish they’d written, not that that’s a criticism; it’s actually pretty good.

Die Young really isn’t very good, to be honest.

Try’s good, though.

There’s a definite trend towards pop stars doing really, really stripped back songs – Stay has Rihanna and Mikky Ekko (a man clearly fond of the letter ‘k’) singing with only a piano for accompaniment and it works really well. Scream And Shout is ridiculous, not least because of Britney Spears’s terrible English accent, but sod it, I like it. X-Factor winner James Arthur mumbles his way through Shontelle’s Impossible; that said, that said, there have been far worse winner’s singles than this. Sounds like the production team actually made an effort here.

I don’t think the people behind I Knew You Were Trouble ever really worked out what they wanted the song to sound like. Is it a standard pop song? Is it a Pendulum soundalike? God alone knows, but they’ve tried both and it doesn’t really work. So the year ends with a charity single then, but considering how long it had taken to get the truth out (not The Sun’s interpretation of the phrase either) of what had happened at Hillsborough twenty-three years earlier it’s a worthy cause. The single raised money for various Hillsborough-related charities, and although it vanished almost as quickly as it arrived, the single got the coveted Christmas Number One spot and raised a lot of money, so well done all.

There you are, that’s 2012. As I said in November, a decent year, all told; what’s more, it did top 2011 after all. Let’s see what 2013 has to offer, yeah?