Tuesday, June 26, 2007

UK Singles Chart Analysis, 6/30/2007

1. Umbrella - Rihanna (feat. Jay-Z)

It's a sixth week at #1 for Rihanna and "Umbrella." It's the longest stay at #1 for a single since last year's "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley ruled the roost for 9 weeks. It looks likely to stay at the top this weekend too, unless Cherry Ghost or the Klaxons can pull an amazing upset.

2. Any Dream Will Do - Lee Mead

Speaking of upsets, back in the day when event singles ruled the British charts, this single would have been assured of a #1 placing, coming off the back of a popular reality series, Any Dream Will Do, the search for a new lead for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. Lee Mead, of course, was the show's winner, proudly debuting his first single, a song from the show. Personally, I'd like to see such influence lose its grip on the charts. How annoying is it that the Christmas #1 for the last couple of years has been some dreck from The X Factor?

7. Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors - The Editors

The Editors score a career high with "Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors," the lead single from their new album, An End Has a Start, making at 23 spot leap to #7, beating their previous best, the #10 placing from their first album's second single, "Munich." Critical reaction to the new Editors album is mixed--some say they've headed off into a more mature direction, while others say they're just aping Coldplay. The album gets a stateside release July 17.

12. Do It Again - Chemical Brothers

Chemical Brothers just miss out on the top 10, rising 11 spots to #12. It's from their forthcoming sixth album, We Are the Night.

17. I'd Wait for Life - Take That

Here's a big surprise, well sort of. Take That's third Beautiful World single outright flops upon its physical release, landing only at #17, breaking the band's six-single run of #1 hits and its 14-single run of top 10 hits. What went run? Radio support appears to a be a missing ingredient. "Patience" and "Shine" were both huge hits at radio--"Shine" in fact is still, currently #12 on the UK airplay chart, while "I'd Wait for Life" is way down at #37. Radio 1 never bothered to add it to its playlist, and Radio 2, where this should have found a cosy home, has it only on the B list. The Take That comeback was such an amazing feat, it's a bit of a surprise to see it fizzle so spectacularly.

18. Map of the Problematique - Muse

More surprises. Muse releases a fifth single from Black Holes and Revelations--as a download only single--and it still manages to outchart the fourth single, "Invincible," which did get a physical CD release. I actually really love this song, so it's nice to see it here.

21. Lovestoned - Justin Timberlake

JT's skipped over "Summer Love" in favor of "Lovestoned" for his fourth UK single from FutureSex/LoveSounds. It's debuting on downloads this week--pretty high--although I think it might not get a physical release. Interesting to see how high it goes.

22. Angel on My Shoulder - Gareth Gates

1-1-1-5-1-3-4-14-22. That's the trajectory of Gareth Gates' singles. Bye bye Gareth. It was nice knowing you. Don't let that record contract give you a paper cut as it's yanked from your fingers.

23. When You're Gone - Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne continues to climb with "When You're Gone," its physical release still a ways away. Could be a major hit for her--perhaps her first UK #1?

36. Grace - Simon Webbe

At least "Grace" made the top 40, after "My Soul Pleads for You" missed it. Still, there was a time we were debating where in the top 10 the former Blue man would land, not whether or not he'd make the top 40.


Mandy said...

To be exspected that "Angel on my shoulder" Gareth Gates would not have a high chart position as the album "Pictures of the other side" is out now, so not much point in buying the single.
POTOS is a fantastic album, Gareth has done himself proud. It was a long time coming but worth the wait.

ww_adh said...
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ww_adh said...

That's an interesting point Mandy, although not everyone's going to buy the album, so it's usually the mark of a good hit song to chart well in spite of a parent album being available too. For example, Rihanna's "Umbrella" continues to be the UK's #1 single even though the album's been out for a few weeks now

Mandy said...

Umbrella Ummm! well thats completely different as she's American and its Rhythm and Blues.