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Sunday, February 03, 2008

Sarah Cracknell Climbs The U.K. Chart, Discusses Saint Etienne Working With Richard X

Singing atop Mark Brown's "The Journey Continues," Saint Etienne vocalist Sarah Cracknell makes an impressive return to the U.K. singles chart this week at #24, based on digital-only sales, over a decade after her first solo outing was released. The physical CD single is out tomorrow.

Outside Saint Etienne, Cracknell had only managed one U.K. Top 40 single, when "Anymore" [Watch video] hit #39 in the fall of 1996.

Here's an interesting "behind the scenes" clip on the making of the video, where Mark and Sarah discuss how "The Journey Continues" came about.

Meanwhile, Sarah and Jane Sheldon, the original opera vocalist on the classical piece that "The Journey Continues" is built around, were filmed recently going back into the studio to record an acoustic version of the tune. Watch the video clip , wherein Cracknell also discusses her band Saint Etienne releasing a Richard X-remixed version of their song "This Is Tomorrow" as a part of a new greatest hits coming out this year.

Sarah mentions that Saint Etienne will also be releasing spruced-up remastered versions of all their studio albums in the coming months.

* Chart Rigger's exlusive video interview with Sarah Cracknell

The U.K. Top 10:

1. "Now You're Gone" - Basshunter *4 weeks*
2. "Chasing Pavements" - Adele
3. "Rockstar" - Nickelback
4. "Work" - Kelly Rowland
5. "Don't Stop The Music" - Rihanna
5. "Ready For The Floor" - Hot Chip *new*
7. "Piece Of Me" - Britney Spears
8. "Superstar" - Lupe Fiasco feat. Matthew Santos
9. "Just For Tonight" - One Night Only *new*
10. "Sun Goes Down" - David Jordan

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  • At 8:24 AM, Blogger Adem With An E said…

    When's Richard going to make a Volume 2 to that X-Factor CD he put out years ago? That's be ace and would give us at least one more moment in the sun with Rachel Stevens.

  • At 8:51 AM, Blogger paul @ www.thezapping.com said…

    wow, four weeks at the top and i think i haven't even heard it properly yet. Oy vey.

    Good to see David Jordan and One Night Only crash into the top ten. Second single syndrome seems to be the route to success. Last year, Mika got nowhere with Billy Brown, then came all the critical acclaim, then second single Grace Kelly topped the charts. Duffy, Adele, David and ONO all seem to be doing the same...

    Kylie is slowly rising at 22 this week - poss because of the epiletic inducing video. Clearly people are not seizing long enough to not download it...(didn't some kind of bliss peak at 22, should this go no higher?)

    What the fuck is going on with the UK and Puke-elback? And the non-success of excellent Vampyre Weekend? Boo you whores.

  • At 3:54 PM, Blogger Poster Girl said…

    I could be wrong, but I got the impression Mika's first single (which I think was "Relax," right?) was part of a very deliberate, planned-out buzz-building campaign--always only ever planned for a very limited initial release in the UK, just to build buzz, and therefore not intended to do well commercially. In other countries, it didn't get that small release, and did fantastically well. With David Jordan, I don't think the first single was supposed to do that--it was looking to flop, and that entailed a last minute change of distribution. Much as I love the Mika album, the whole building of buzz with that was so planned--even down to all those free mp3 giveaways on blogs before the album came out; I could be totally wrong, but I don't feel like that's what happened with David--I don't think the original gameplan was a deliberately small buzz release. More of a "first single now looks like it's going to flop, where do we go from here?" sort of thing. Adele (and Duffy, too, I think) was like Mika--deliberately limited release of the first single to build buzz (I mean, if you're releasing something on limited edition 7" vinyl single, that's for buzz, not for major singles success). Not actually being that in tune with UK music press, though, I'm not sure of that. I would be interested to know more about how "Sun Goes Down" came to be successful--just that noticeable and great a song (I love it, but I know a lot of people who don't)? The Royal Variety Performance, plus other hype-building things?

    Anyway, after that random and excessive comment, I am thrilled to see the song doing well!

    Oh, while I'm randomly talking about buzz, who buys EPs in the U.S. nowadays? I guess I didn't even know we still did those (re: Robyn).

  • At 10:06 PM, Blogger Yuяi said…

    Wow...Nickelback at #3 in the UK? I think we all need to prepare ourselves. That surely has to be one of the signs of the apocalypse!

    And yay for Sarah C!

  • At 6:08 AM, Blogger paul @ www.thezapping.com said…

    PPG - you are absolutely right regarding the tiny releases of first singles. I should have made that more clear :P The ting tings are releasing a 7" only single in march when clearly they could storm the charts with any song right now. It's an interesting marketing strategy...

  • At 7:42 PM, Blogger D'luv said…

    Adem, still one of my fave albums from this decade! I can't believe I forgot to add it to my fave albums slide square in the sidebar... I gotta update that!

    Paul, Nickelback are the scourge of pop, and should be snuffed out with a flamethrower and vat of battery acid pronto.

    PG, I think the only buzz was coming from the hornet trapped in Mika's pink silk panties. EPs are making a comeback, it seems.

    Yuri, total Yay for SC!

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