1. Mama Do - Pixie Lott
It's a good time for new female pop artists on the UK charts. With Agnes and Little Boots breaking out recently--and Paloma Faith due next week--this week the chart ushers in Pixie Lott with a debut #1 hit. Ms. Lott adopts the retro-pop style made big in recent years by other female pop singers like Duffy and Amy Winehouse. Wikipedia claims that Pixie Lott is the first British female artist to have her debut single hit #1 apart from reality show stars (like Leona Lewis). Interesting, can't confirm that, but if you think it's wrong, let me know.
3. Release Me - Agnes
Speaking of Agnes, whose album I praised heavily yesterday, she rebounds to #3 with "Release Me," which gets a physical release next week, putting her in strong contention for #1 along with Lott and the song at #7.
7. When Love Takes Over - David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland
This is one of those perfect club singles that comes along every once in awhile. Although many feature a pretty anonymous female voice, this one features none other than former Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland, currently starring in her own Bravo Project Runway-ripoff, The Fashion Show. Since the group split up, most of the focus has been on Beyonce, but Rowland's actually had a nice little career, particularly in the UK, where "When Love Takes Over" is her 6th top 10 hit. Due for physical release tomorrow, this is another #1 contender, along with Paloma Faith, Agnes, and this weeks #1 hit from Pixie Lott.
13. Paparazzi - Lady GaGa
It's not out until July, but Lady GaGa's third single is already hot, hot, hot. Interesting that she chose different singles for the UK ("Paparazzi") and the US ("Lovegame"). Undoubtedly both will surface in both countries eventually.
19. Waking Up in Vegas - Katy Perry
Katy Perry's fourth single becomes her third top 20 hit, surpassing the #27 peak of her last single, "Thinking of You," though falling short of the top 5 placings for "Hot N Cold" and "I Kissed a Girl"