1. Please Don't Let Me Go - Olly Murs
Another week, another #1 hit on the UK singles chart, as "Please Don't Let Me Go" becomes the ninth consecutive new #1 hit in 9 weeks. Olly Murs was runner-up to Joe McElderry in last year's X Factor. Following JLS's "Beat Again" last year, this is the second year the X Factor runner-up has put out a #1 hit before the winner (not considering the obligatory "victory" single). The single is pretty decent--an upbeat, reggae-kissed pop ditty.
2. Teenage Dream - Katy Perry
Murs keeps Katy Perry from scoring another #1 hit with "Teenage Dream," The title track from her new album, which debuts at #1 on the albums chart this week. Perry's last single, "California Gurls" was the last #1 hit to spend more than 1 week at #1. Her new single is also #2 in the US this week, where I believe it will likely be #1 next week.
7. You Took My Heart - Pepper & Piano
Ah, reality shows. Always a good source of short-lived pop singles. Here's the latest, Pepper & Piano, a duo created for the British reality competition show, Must Be the Music. This must have really made an impression to become a top 10 hit.
17. DJ Got Us Falling in Love - Usher feat. Pitbull
Usher's "DJ Got Us Falling in Love" has been on the chart for 7 weeks, but this is its highest peak yet. The song spent 4 consecutive weeks at #20--a rather impressive feat--before falling the last couple weeks. Now it rebounds up 7 to #17.
24. Make You Feel My Love - Adele
Two years after it was first a top 40 hit, Adele's "Make You Feel My Love" manages a return, fueled by her recent performance on X Factor. It actually manages to eclipse the single's original #26 peak to land a bit higher at #24.
71. Why Don't You Love Me? - Beyonce
Almost 2 years on and Beyonce's I Am...Sasha Fierce is still generating singles. This one was a pre-order bonus and then later added to the album's re-release. It's a pretty fun song actually, which managed to hit #1 on the US dance chart (a feat achieved by six of the album's singles). In total, this is the 9th track from the album to appear on the UK singles chart:
#1 If I Were a Boy
#7 Single Ladies
#72 Diva (not an official release)
#5 Sweet Dreams
#27 Broken-Hearted Girl
#58 Video Phone
#60 Ego (feat. Kanye West) (not an official release)
#71 Why Don't You Love Me