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Sunday, May 13, 2012

UK Chart Roundup: Keane Can Still Manage To Score A #1 Album

Rihanna-esque bimbette Rita Ora lands at #1 on the UK chart this week with her official debut single "R.I.P." It's her second trip to the top in 2012, following her feature on DJ Fresh's "Hot Right Now." Ora's "R.I.P." is now the 10th single to top the UK chart this year, and it's the fifth new #1 in five weeks.

Unfortunately, the rest of the singles roundup is a total drag, so we'll turn to the album chart, where Keane's Strangeland has become the band's fourth studio album to hit #1 (and their fifth release to do so, if we include their 2010 EP Night Train).

So far, the band has yet to produce a hit single from the album. "Silenced By The Night" reached the lackluster height of #46, but, truth be told, Keane's last Top 20 hit came in 2006 when "Nothing In My Way" peaked at #19.

I'm actually listening to Strangeland for the first time right now. The band has been criticized for returning to the sound of their first two albums (i.e. when they were hugely successful), but I imagine that's what their fans want.

Really, it's not bad. Not exceptional by any means, but not bad at all.

The UK Top 10:

1. "R.I.P." - Rita Ora feat. Tinie Tempah *new* *1 week*
2. "Young" - Tulisa
3. "Call Me Maybe" - Carly Rae Jepsen
4. "Too Close" - Alex Clare
5. "We Are Young" - fun. feat. Janelle Monae
6. "Drive By" - Train
7. "Live My Life" - Far East Movement feat. Justin Bieber *new*
8. "Where Have You Been" - Rihanna
9. "Somebody That I Used To Know" - Gotye feat. Kimbra
10. "Laserlight" - Jessie J feat. David Guetta

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  • At 4:00 PM, Anonymous Pranav said…

    Dude...c'mon..what is with the lack of love for Strangeland. I think it is a close second to "Hopes and fears". I am totally loving songs like "Run with me", "Day will come", and "Disconnected".

  • At 8:00 PM, Anonymous Pranav said…

    And yes, the singles chart placement of the song basically comes down to the fact that "Silenced by the night" didn't get any radio airplay on BBC Radio 1. Getting play on BBC Radio 1 is pre-requisite to having c chart hit in the UK singles chart. It is literally the ONLY reason Take That had a comeback and crossed generations. If they'd been relegated to Radio 2, things may have turned out very differently for them. I feel a bit sorry for Keane. They rose to prominence a few years after Coldplay, have been putting out much better material than Coldplay in recent years, and yet Coldplay seems to get a push on Radio 1 while Keane has fallen out of favor with them. A total injustice in my humble opinion.


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