Monday, August 30, 2010

UK Singles Chart, September 4, 2010

1. Dynamite - Taio Cruz

It's been awhile since I've written about the British singles chart, but I have been monitoring it closely. Debuting at #1 this week is the second #1 hit and fifth top 10 from British pop star Taio Cruz. "Dynamite" is already a hit in the US, where it is #1 at pop radio and #2 overall on the Hot 100. It was included on the international version of Cruz's album Rokstarr and will appear on the UK re-release due next month.

Significantly, "Dynamite" is the 8th single in a row to spend just a week at #1, a run not seen since the beginning of 2005 when 10 singles achieved such status, broken by Tony Christie's "(Is This the Way to) Amarillo," which spent 7 weeks at #1. That turnover was attributed, in part, to the special edition Elvis Presley singles released that year; coming at one per week, they created a lot of demand for collectors to snatch them up that week (I think they also had limited availability). Prior to that run, there was a run of 10 1-week #1s in late 2000, and in fact a run of 12 of them during the summer of 2000 (2000 had 42 #1 hits, a pretty impressive number, and likely the record).

2. Love the Way You Lie - Eminem feat. Rihanna

It hasn't been at #1, but during summer's rapid chart turnover that I just documented, this single has held pretty firm, spending the last 3 weeks at #2 for a total of 4 weeks in second place. Despite never hitting the top spot, it's actually the fourth best-selling single of the year, making it summer's biggest hit.

3. Club Can't Handle Me - Flo Rida feat. David Guetta
4. Green Light - Roll Deep
5. Katy on a Mission - Katy B
6. We No Speak Americano - Yolanda Be Cool feat. Dcup

I love how the British singles chart always fills up with dance music at the end of summer. Whether it's from hearing them while vacationing in Europe or just wanting a last ditch blowout before summer ends, it makes for a fun chart.

New in the top 10 this week is Katy B's "Katy on a Mission," which sounds to me a lot like Bodyrox's "Yeah Yeah" from a few years ago, but which, as far I as can tell, shares no particular pedigree with that #2 hit. This is Katy's first top 40 hit. She's joined by a trio of recent #1 hits with a particularly clubby bent.

8. Crossfire - Brandon Flowers

Only #8? I'm surprised the debut solo single by The Killers' Brandon Flowers isn't a top 5 hit this week. In fact, I'd have thought it would be a #1 contender. Nevertheless it is his first solo top 10, joining the four top 10s he had with the band.

16. Slow - Rumer

Only #16??? That gets two more question marks, for I was REALLY hoping this would chart higher. It's an absolutely gorgeous song and I've fallen head over heels for Rumer's voice. I just learned she's planning an album for November and I can't wait.

36. God & Satan - Biffy Clyro

Mercury nominated Biffy Clyro scores their 6th top 40 hit from their album Only Revolutions.


John said...

It's been an interesting chart. Surprised you didn't mention Hurts...a bit disappointing debut, although much better than their last single.

rcLoy said...

Crossfire is such a grower song. I have high hopes for its longevity :)