Sunday, February 10, 2008

UK Singles Chart, 2/16/2008

1. Now You're Gone - Basshunter

Britain's obsession with this Eurodance track continues, keeping it at #1 for a fifth week. Pundits are wringing their hands, but the public has spoken, and they love love love this song. The single is now in a three-way tie with James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" and Mika's "Grace Kelly" as the 6th longest-running British #1 of the decade. The five singles ahead of it are the 6-week runner "Where is the Love" by Black Eyed Peas, the 7 week runs for Tony Christie's "(Is This the Way to) Amarillo" and Leona Lewis's "Bleeding Love," the 9 weeks for Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy," and the amazing 10-week run last year by Rihanna's "Umbrella."

2. Rockstar - Nickelback

Moving up a notch to challenge Basshunter for #1 is Nickelback's surprise hit "Rockstar."

4. Don't Stop the Music - Rihanna
5. Sun Goes Down - David Jordan
23. Homecoming - Kanye West ft. Chris Martin

Two singles that move up upon their physical release are Rihanna's "Don't Stop the Music," up one spot to #4 and David Jordan's "Sun Goes Down," up five spots to #5. Rihanna's #4 placing is a bit disappointing, given that its strong pre-release showing had indicated it had a chance at #1. (It's such a fun song too, but apparently not as fun as Basshunter. Brits LOVE Basshunter, moreso than Rihanna it turns out. ) Kanye West, however, does not benefit from his physical release, taking an eight-spot tumble to #23 with his Chris Martin collaboration "Homecoming.

11. The Journey Continues - Mark Brown ft. Sarah Cracknell

This cool trance song, featuring St. Etienne singer Sarah Cracknell, should have been a top 10 hit. Apparently it isn't nearly as good a song as "Now You're Gone" by Basshunter, since "The Journey Continues" has to be satisifed by landing just outside the top 10. Too bad.

12. I Thought It Was Over - The Feeling

The first single from forthcoming second album by The Feeling makes its debut at #12. The CD single is out Monday, so look for this to place in the top 10 next week. The track is this week's #1 on the UK airplay chart, knocking Adele's "Chasing Pavements" from #1. The band's previous best was the #7 peak of its debut, "Sewn."

18. A&E - Goldfrapp

Also appearing on downloads is Goldfrapp's first single from their forthcoming 4th album. I love "A&E," and I hope to see it in the top 10 next week.

Ah yes, next week. Goldfrapp and The Feeling will be hoping to place in the top 5, along with Simple Plan's "When I'm Gone." Janet Jackson also returns with her best record in years, "Feedback." Don't bet on any of them dislodging Basshunter from #1 though (unless Nickelback can do it). What's the world coming to?

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