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.