Sunday, February 22, 2009

UK Singles Chart, 2/28/2009

1. The Fear - Lily Allen

Lily Allen stays on top for a fourth week with "The Fear." That's the longest stay at the top for a British female artist since Estelle spent 4 week at the top with "American Boy."

2. Just Dance - Lady GaGa featuring Colby O'Donis

Following her 3 weeks at #1, Lady GaGa has held onto #2 for all 4 weeks of Lily Allen's run at #1, which is remarkable staying power.

3. Use Somebody - Kings of Leon

Speaking of staying power, Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody," charged by their appearance and wins at the Brit Awards, surges up nine spots to #3. This has been on the chart for 21 weeks and it's hard to believe it wasn't a #1 hit (it peaked at #2).

4. Omen - The Prodigy

The Prodigy climb 4 spots to #4 with "Omen," making it their highest-charting single since they hit #1 in 1996 with "Breathe."

6. T-Shirt - Shontelle

Shontelle continues to climb, up 4 spots to #6 this week. The appeal is lost on me, and while it wasn't a major hit in the US, it has become one in the UK.

10. Whatcha Think About That - The Pussycat Dolls featuring Missy Elliott

This single finally gets released tomorrow. On downloads, it's been on the chart for 4 weeks now, up 5 this week to #10 to become the group's 7th top 10 hit, outshining their last single, "I Hate This Part," which peaked at #12 and is the group's only single to the reach the top 10.

12. Get on Your Boots - U2

U2 hit #1 with the first singles from How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, All that You Can't Leave Behind, and Pop, their last 3 albums. So it's got to be disappointing that "Get on Your Boots," the first single from No Line on The Horizon, has missed the top 10 altogether. The last U2 single to fall outside the top 10 was the fifth single from Pop, "If God Will Send His Angels," which also hit #12. Although it's not their best single, I listened to the album yesterday, and I actually liked it quite a bit.

14. Sex on Fire - Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon's other single gets a post-Brits bump too, up 5 to #14. Kings of Leon have a new single out in just over a week--"Revelry"--but with "Use Somebody" and "Sex on Fire" still so popular, will anyone notice? Tellingly, "Revelry" has not made an impact on the chart yet, despite already being available for download.

15. Poker Face - Lady Gaga

In contrast the lack of pre-release sales for "Revelry," there's Lady Gaga's "Poker Face," which isn't out until the end of next month, but will probably crack the top 10 soon. It's up 7 spots to #15 this week.

16. Fly on the Wall - Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus's dominance in the US tween market has clearly extended across the pond now, as she earns her third top 40 hit. Interestingly, this wasn't a major hit in the US, while her last single, "7 Things," was her lowest-charting UK single (#25) but her highest-charting US hit (#9).

24. Everybody - Rudenko
25. Wonderful - Gary Go

Here are two singles that have gotten a good push at radio, but despite that have fallen flat. It's particularly surprising to see Gary Go's "Wonderful" fall outside the top 10, as he's gotten quite a bit of promotion as one of the new hot acts of 2009.


Paul said...

there's something about gary go that just doesn't click yet although for me on paper he sounds perfect. i saw him live supporting the feeling and he was dreadful so perhaps that has put me off :( No single in the charts from ace new pop rock group the days either :( Sniff. Still, i like Miley's song though :)

J.Mensah said...

:D go on mediabase and look who just entered the top 40 :)

ww_adh said...

Paul - Interesting. So far the crop of "hot new" acts this year hasn't panned out nearly as well as last year. I'm still holding out hope that Little Boots and VV Brown will deliver excellent albums

J.Mensah - Where's Amy? Has anyone seen Amy? There she is at #40!!!!

ww_adh said...

BTW "The Fear" is #50. Maybe Lily will have her first US hit.

Matt said...

I just heard The Fear for the first time, and it's very good.

ww_adh said...

I'm glad you liked it. I think it's definitely her best single yet.

Chris B. said...

Um, hellooo? Anyone home?

You haven't posted since Sunday, ADH. What's up wit dat? Have Britney, Lady GaGa and Flo Rida done nothing noteworthy in the past three days?

Are you with me here, ww_adh fans? Can a brother get an amen?

ww_adh said...

Sorry. I've been busy. And I'm going on vacation soon, so it will quiet around here the next week.

J.Mensah said...

Chris your hilarious lol