Chart Feed – 20.08.12

Remember back when it was kinda uncool to be “launched from a reality TV show”?

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Well, it would seem that if you can escape that stigma with class and some bloody awesome creative ventures, you’re guaranteed to be embraced by the masses in the way Guy Sebastian and Jessica Mauboy were this week.

Elsewhere on this Chart Feed, it has also been a good week for the Spice Girls, Emeli Sande, Rita Ora and Flo Rida.

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Chart Feed – 06.08.12

A whole season must’ve passed beneath our feet, moons come and gone, colours of the wind changed, since our last Chart Feed – but I’m now ready to immerse myself back into a regime of tireless research on Monday nights.

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Perhaps once the choir of angels performing their celebratory rendition of ‘You Bring Me Joy’ has ascended back to heaven, we can begin this week’s pickings of the ARIA, UK Official and US Billboard charts.

This was a particularly rosy week for Justice Crew and Conor Maynard, featuring new entries also from The Veronicas, Kelendria Trene Rowland and Scissor Sisters.

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Leak Report: Aiden Grimshaw ‘Is This Love’

Y’all remember Aiden from the 2010 UK X Factor series, right? The dapper young man who chilled spines with his spellbinding rendition of ‘Mad World’?

Well here he comes creeping out the gates with his debut single, ‘Is This Love’, and it’s thankfully more current, underground LDN electronica than weeping willow James Morrison. Seriously, thank fuck.

‘Is This Love’ is the first taste of Aiden‘s forthcoming album Misty Eye, which arrives in the UK on 13 August. The whole project’s spearheaded by London-based Aussie producer Jaz Rogers, who went from styling vanilla hits for Delta Goodrem in the early days, to now delivering cutting-edge electro pop productions for artists like Cat Torres.

What’s really exciting and refreshing about Aiden‘s record is hearing how the tasteful drum and bass/pop direction is pitching him as an artist in his own lane. It’s effortlessly cool, it’s current, and precisely the kind of good shit you wouldn’t expect for your Simon Cowells and Gary Barlows to pick for the kid.

Vocally, he’s like a brand new bitch. Gone are the shaky, waify vocals he was rocking on the X Factor and in with a confident falsetto and punchy delivery to complement the spiky electronic beats.

Listen to Aiden Grimshaw‘s ‘Is This Love’:



Footnotes:

Aiden‘s debut single ‘Is This Love’ drops on 3 June and the album Misty Eye follows on 13 August in the UK. The music video for ‘Is This Love’ was shot sometime last week, so y’all can expect to see that next month I reckon.

Judging by the favourable response to his series mates – One Direction, Rebecca Ferguson and Cher Lloyd – don’t be surprised if Aussies get served a slice of this.