Sunday, February 03, 2008

UK Singles Chart Notes, 2/9/2008

1. Now You're Gone - Basshunter

The Swedish dance artist Basshunter, a.k.a. Jonas Erik Altberg, spends a fourth week at #1 with the stomper "Now You're Gone." Pundits continue to scratch their heads over its success. Chock it it to a simple house beat, a la Cascada, which has proven to be more popular lately than the more interesting House singles that haven't had much chart sucess of late.

2. Chasing Pavements - Adele

Adele Adkins settles for #2 once again. It's not all bad for Adele though, as her debut album, 19, is sitting at #1 atop the UK albums chart this week. "Chasing Pavements" is also #1 on the airplay chart for another week.

3. Rockstar - Nickelback

Still a contender, Nickelback holds at #3 for a second week with "Rockstar." In the US, "Rockstar" became Nickelback's third-highest charting single when it hit #6 last year.

4. Work - Kelly Rowland

Buoyed by the Freemasons remix, ex-Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland scores her fifth top 5 hit, matching the #4 peak of her last single, "Like This." Rowland's previous bests were her #2 solo hit "Stole" and her #1 Nelly collaboration from 2002, "Dilemma."

5. Don't Stop the Music - Rihanna

She slips a bit this week, but Rihanna the single will be fully released tomorrow, so #1 is still a possibility.

6. Ready for the Floor - Hot Chip

Hot Chip has their first top 10 hit with "Ready for the Floor," off their third album, which is out tomorrow. Their last album, The Warning, was a Mercury nominee, but nothing I heard from it really interested me. This, however, is a great single, and after previewing their new album yesterday, I'm looking forward to it.

9. Just for Tonight - One Night Only

British indie band One Night Only score their first top 40 hit this week with the winning "Just for Tonight." Their debut album, Started a Fire, is out tomorrow. One of the band members was on the Radio 1 Chart Show, and he sounded really young.

10. Sun Goes Down - David Jordan

David Jordan's first top 40 hit climbs another 12 spots to #10. The physical release is out tomorrow, so look for a top 5 placing next week.

24. The Journey Continues - Mark Brown Featuring Sarah Cracknell

This hot dance single debuts at #24 ahead of its physical release tomorrow. Cracknell is the lead singer for St. Etienne.

32. Hometown Glory - Adele

The release this week of Adele's debut album, 19, pushed her first single, "Hometown Glory" into the top 40 for the first time.

Next week, Rihanna hopes to score her second #1 hit with "Don't Stop the Music." She'll fend off challenges by David Jordan, Kanye West (feat. Chris Brown) on "Homecoming," and Mark Brown and Sarah Cracknell's "The Journey Continues." Also out are the digital releases of The Feeling's new single "I Thought It Was Over" and Goldfrapp's "A&E."

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