Sunday, October 18, 2009

UK Singles Chart, October 24, 2009

1. Bad Boys - Alexandra Burke feat. Flo Rida
2. Bodies - Robbie Williams

So this week's chart battle is over, and the victor is...Alexandra Burke, whose "Bad Boys" becomes her second #1 hit following "Hallelujah," her victory single after winner the 2008 X Factor and last year's Christmas #1. Burke managed to sell a rather impressive 187,000 copies of "Bad Boys," the highest 1-week tally so far this year and most since "Hallelujah" moved over 311,000 copies the last week of 2008 during its second week in release (it sold over 576,000 in its first week).

That means that Robbie Williams has to settle for #2, making "Bodies" his fifth #2 solo hit after "Freedom," "Old Before I Die," "Kids," and "Tripping." Bodies sold over 89,000 copies, still more than most #1 hits have done this year, but almost 100,000 less than Burke. In all, it's his 27th top 10 hit.

9. Haven't Met You Yet - Michael Buble

Michael Buble earns his first top 10 UK hit this week. Although "Home" is probably his best-known song, it only got as high as #31 (it took Westlife to get it to #3 a couple of years ago). Buble's previous high-water-mark was "Lost," which peaked at #19 in 2007.

20. White Lies - Mr. Hudson

Without Kanye West in tow, Mr. Hudson doesn't chart as well, as "White Lies" debuts at #20, far below the #2 debut of his last single, "Supernova" feat. Mr. West.

23. Papillon - The Editors

The Editors made the unusual choice to release this single the same week their new album was released. And since they are more an albums artist, the decision likely dashed any prospect of "Papillon" being a top 10 hit. Counting the re-release of "Munich," this is their 9th top 40 single.

26. Meet Me Halfway - Black Eyed Peas

Getting a head start on its official release in November is the third single from Black Eyed Peas' The E.N.D. It follows mega mega mega hit "I Gotta Feeling," which itself climbs back up two spots to #6 this week.


J.Mensah said...

I find our charts so weird the way they work. Anyhoo! I bet Cheryl's #1 next week, I so wanted "Bad Boys" to have the same success as Bleeding Love.

ww_adh said...

Do you really think she will be? I was reading a forum posting about whether people think Alexandra or Cheryl will be #1. Very strong opinions on both sides. Alexandra has proven herself as a solo artist now twice, while Cheryl is untested away from GA, although she does have her X Factor fame too. As a song, I don't think "Fight For This Love" is nearly as good as "Bad Boys," although it is #1 on the UK airplay chart. It will be very interesting to see what happens.