1. Start without You - Alexandra Burke (feat. Laza Morgan)
Alexandra Burke scores her third #1 hit this week with "Start without You," her third top 10 hit this year (for five top 10 hits total). The track does not appear on last year's album Overcome, although it will apparently be added for a re-release, as well as next year's American edition. This is the first UK hit for American reggae artist Laza Morgan, who appears on the track. "Start without You" is the 10th #1 hit in 10 weeks, an amazing amount of turnover. That makes 26 #1 hits so far this year; by the time we had last year's 26th #1 hit, it was early November.
5. For the First Time (Times Are Hard) - The Script
6. Party Girl - McFly
Irish pop/rock band The Script scores their fourth top 40 single and second top 10 hit with "For the First Time," the first single from the group's new second album, Science & Faith. Rather incredibly, it outsells another pop/rock boyband, McFly, whose new single "Party Girl" manages a #6 debut. The single is the first release from the group's fifth album, Above the Noise; all their previous first album singles debuted at #1 except for "One for the Radio" from their last album, which hit #2. At the beginning of the week this was #2, and it was considered a strong contender for #1, but as the week wore on, it's sales slacked off. Poor lads. Still, this is their 16th top 10 hit.
10. This Day - Emma's Imagination
Another track from the Must Be the Music reality show. How long is this going to go on?
15. Drummer Boy - Alesha Dixon
This promises to be a rather divisive single. My take? I don't really care for it, which is a shame, as I rather liked the singles from her last album. I think I'm in line with the music buying public though, who failed to send this, the first single from Dixon's upcoming album, into the top 10. I think the intro is particularly annoying.
28. Wonderful Life - Hurts
Nice to see the release of the album, which is #4 this week, propel the single up a bit further. It initially debuted at #21, but fell last week to #33.
39. Islands - The XX
Speaking of album boosts, The XX's win of the Mercury Prize propels their single "Islands" into the top 40 for the first time, while the album, which previously peaked at #10, is now #3 (behind Brandon Flowers and Katy Perry).
40. The Catalyst - Linkin Park
"The Catalyst" becomes the 14th top 40 hit for Linkin Park.