1. Fuck You! - Cee Lo Green
Having spent the last 3 weeks at #1 on the UK airplay chart, it's no surprise that Cee Lo Green's "Fuck You" ("Forget You" on the radio) is this week's #1 hit. Although the final numbers aren't in, I read it sold over 107,000 copies, making it the 7th #1 hit of the year to debut with sales of 100k+. This is Green's first top 40 solo hit. He's had three prior ones as part of his group Gnarls Barkley, including "Crazy" the top-selling single of 2006.
2. Shame - Robbie Williams & Gary Barlow
Despite it being really obvious that "Fuck You" would be #1, it comes at the expense of Robbie & Gary's "Shame," which, weeks ago, had the pedigree of an easy #1 hit, but which, as the novelty single it is, doesn't have enough power to outsell Cee Lo Green. That means Robbie misses his best chance to score a #1 hit since his last, "Radio," 6 years ago. Instead, "Shame" is Robbie's sixth #2 hit, which means he's now had as many #2 singles as he's had #1s. The single is Barlow's 7th top 40 hit as a soloist. His career started strong in 1997 with back-to-back #1 hits, but quickly petered out within 2 years. Of course Barlow as recently had 7 top 40 hits as part of Take That 2.0 (including 3 #1s). Williams, Barlow and the other take that boys have another chance at at #1 hit when "The Flood" is released in a few weeks.
5. Miami 2 Ibiza - Swedish House Mafia (feat. Tinie Tempah)
Tinie Tempah follows last week's #1 hit with a guest appearance on the new top 5 single from Swedish House Mafia. The group's last single, "One (Your Name)," featuring Pharrell Williams hit #7 and is still in the top 40, down at #34.
7. Radioactive - Kings of Leon
Kings of Leon score their 9th top 40 hit with "Radioactive," the first single from their upcoming fifth album, Come Around Sundown. It's their third top 10 hit, following their massive 2008 singles "Sex on Fire" (#1) and "Use Somebody" (#2).
16. Perfect Strangers - Magnetic Man (feat. Katy B)
Katy B's "Katy on a Mission" fell out of the top 10 this week, but Katy B gets a bit of a lift from her appearance on Magnetic Man's "Perfect Strangers," which debuts at #16. Magnetic Man's last single, "I Need Air," reached #10.
29. Monster - Professor Green (feat. Example)
British rapper Professor Green misfires with his third single "Monster." After his retread of INXS's "Need You Tonight" hit #3, and his Lily Allen collaboration "Just Be Good to Green" hit #5, this new single with Example falls far short of the top 5.
35. The Recluse - Plan B
Also suffering the law of diminished returns on the chart is Plan B, whose fourth single from The Defamation of Strickland Banks falls short of the other three.
Coming up in the next few weeks are some amazing potential chart battles:
Joe McElderry - Ambitions
Pixie Lott - Broken Arrow
The Ting Tings - Hands
Kings of Leon - Radioactive (physical)
The Wanted - Heart Vacancy
Duck Sauce - Barbra Streisand
Taylor Swift - Mine
Cheryl Cole - Promise This
Rihanna - Only Girl (in the World)
James Blunt - Stay the Night
Charlotte Church - Back to Scratch
Roll Deep feat. Alesha Dixon - Take Control
Tinchy Stryder feat. Taio Cruz - Second Chance
Will.I.Am feat. Nicki Minaj - Check It Out
Saturdays feat. Flo Rida - Higher
Jamiroquai - Blue Skies
Alexis Jordan - Happiness
Pink - Raise Your Glass
Westlife - Safe
Mike Posner - Cooler than Me (physical)
Michael Buble - Hollywood
Shayne Ward - Gotta Be Somebody
Alesha Dixon - Radio
Eminem feat. Lil Wayne - No Love
McFly feat. Taio Cruz - Shine a Light
Take That - The Flood
JLS - Love You More
Katy Perry - Firework
Florence + The Machine - Heavy in Your Arms
Nelly - Just a Dream
Kanye West - Runaway
Duffy - Well Well Well
Akon - Angel
Olly Murs - Thinking of Me
The Script - Nothing