Sunday, February 08, 2009

UK Singles Chart, 2/14/2009

1. The Fear - Lily Allen

Lily Allen spends a second week at #1 with "The Fear." Her album, It's Not Me, It's You is out tomorrow, surely to be the week's best-selling album.

4. Crack a Bottle - Eminem Featuring Dr. Dre and 50 Cent

Eminem returns to the singles chart with "Crack a Bottle," the first single from his upcoming album Relapse. Eminem's last appearance on the chart was about 2 years ago, when he hit #32 with "You Don't Know." Slim Shady has two of his friends in tow this time, Dr. Dre, with whom he's appeared on the chart twice before, and 50 Cent, who appeared with Eminem on the aforementioned "You Don't Know." Other than that single, everything else Eminem has released under his name has been a top 10 hit, seven of which were #1s.

5. Breathe Slow - Alesha Dixon

Alesha Dixon rises another notch to #5 with "Breathe Slow." The single is out tomorrow--can it unseat Lily Allen next weekend?

8. Change - Daniel Merriweather featuring Wale

Daniel Merriweather's debut solo single enters the singles chart at #8 this week. "Change" is produced by Mark Ronson, with whom Merriweather collaborated in 2007 for "Stop Me" from Ronson's album Version. "Stop Me" was that album's first single, hitting #2. I'm surprised this single wasn't top 5, as it's pretty good and has had solid airplay support. But #8 isn't bad. Merriweather also appeared on Wiley's "Cash in My Pocket" last year.

16. Whatcha Think About That - The Pussycat Dolls Featuring Missy Elliott

The Pussycat Doll's latest single is showing signs it will be another huge hit for them. It rises 20 spots to #16 this week on digital sales--the single will come out at the end of the month. Their last single, "I Hate This Part," became their first top miss the top 10, topping out at #12 during the busy holiday season.

28. Life in Technicolor II - Coldplay

Coldplay score their third top 40 hit from Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends. With no official single, I'm doubtful it will any higher. "Lost!" was similarly promoted without an official single and only peaked at #54. The band's last major hit was "Viva la Vida," their first and only #1 hit from last summer.


Matt said...

Wow, didn't expect anything from the Prospekt's March EP to make the charts. And if one would have, I would have assumed it would be Glass of Water.

ww_adh said...

It's kind of odd to pull a single from that and not another track from Viva La Vida. Viva La Vida has surely been a hit, but the marketing of singles/promotional tracks has been odd.

Matt said...

Yeah, there was the Lost EP, and then the Lovers In Japan video, and no one really knew what was going on singles-wise.

That being said, I don't think that singles matter that much right now. I mean, have you noticed how people with huge singles (Katy Perry, for instance), don't have a lot of album sales? I think that you need to appeal to a certain crowd who buys albums, and that's not the same crowd that makes singles big.

ww_adh said...

Yes, that and that Viva La Vida hit #1 way before it was officially the second single because it was promoted in iTunes ads instead of Violet Hill.