1. Break Your Heart - Taio Cruz
A surprise #1 this week. Taio Cruz comes seemingly out of nowhere (to me at least) and claims the top spot with the first single from his upcoming second album. Cruz's chart cache has been building the last two years. Although his first two singles peaked outside the top 20, his third, "Come On Girl," hit #5. Then earlier this year he hit #3 when featured on Tinchy Stryder's "Take Me Back." Now Cruz finally claims the top spot, beating out new singles from a pop music legend and newer popular female artist.
3. Celebration - Madonna
Here then is the legend, none other than Madonna. "Celebration" is the single promoting her upcoming career-spanning greatest hits collection. Coming straight in at #3, the new single has already charted higher than 10 of the tracks that will be included in the collection. This is Madonna's 15th top 10 hit this decade.
5. She Wolf - Shakira
And the other popular female artist is Shakira, the Colombian artist that has scored major hits this decade like "Hips Don't Lie," "Beautiful Liar," and "Whenever, Wherever." "She Wolf" is the title track from Shakira's upcoming third English-language album.
6. Boys and Girls - Pixie Lott
Pixie Lott had last week's #1 hit, but this week takes the biggest dive from #1 this year, tumbling 5 spots to #6 in its second week. Coincidentally, Lott's debut album Turn It Up entered the albums chart at #6 this week.
15. Empire State of Mind - Jay-Z Featuring Alicia Keys
With the release of Jay-Z album's The Blueprint 3, "Empire State of Mind" has become an instant hit, debuting at #15. Although "Run This Town" is the current single, this future single has seen sudden popularity push it into the chart. I expect it will debut in the top 10 in the US next week.
21. New York - Paloma Faith
I was really hoping this would chart higher. It's a lovely song, yet it manages to chart even lower than her debut, "Stone Cold Sober," which hit #17. This doesn't bode well for a long-lasting career.
30. You Belong with Me - Taylor Swift
Country-pop singer Taylor Swift scores her second UK Top 40 hit. "You Belong with Me" was a major hit in the US over the summer. It follows "Love Story," which hit #2 in March.