Sunday, October 17, 2010

UK Singles Chart, October 23, 2010

1. Fuck You - Cee Lo Green

Cee Lo holds on to #1 for a second week. His sales figure is about 75,000, which is kind of low compared to last year. From this point last year until the end of the year, every #1 hit except for "Bad Romance" sold over 100,000 copies--many significantly more than that.

2. Just the Way You Are - Bruno Mars

Bruno rebounds with his former #1, up 2 to #2.

3. Barbra Streisand - Duck Sauce

The biggest new hit of the week is Duck Sauce's "Barbra Streisand," one of the few pure club tracks to chart so high this year. This is basically a dance instrumental; the song's only lyric is "Barbra Streisand," spoken at various times. The song doesn't appear to sample any of the famed singer's work, so it's really just a tongue-in-cheek tribute.

6. Ambitions - Joe McElderry

Last year's X Factor winner comes back with his first real single, "Ambitions," from his debut album out next week. Unfortunately, he makes a comparatively poor showing, as this is the lowest the winner's second single (i.e. the one after the victory one) has ever charted. Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke hit #1 with their singles, Shayne Ward hit #2, and Leon Jackson hit #3. The only one to fare worse was Steve Brookstein, who never released a second single.

9. Cooler than Me - Mike Posner

Mike Posner jumps 13 notches to score his first top 10 hit.

12. Broken Arrow - Pixie Lott

Here's another underperformer. Pixie Lott's first two singles were #1 hits last year, so I would've thought that this new single, which isn't on her album, would have been a slam dunk. Instead, it misses the top 10. I fault the song--it's quite ho-hum in comparison to her previous work, which was varied and distinctive.

17. Hollywood - Michael Buble

Old school jazzy pop singer Michael Buble debuts with his 5th top 40 hit.

29. Hands - The Ting Tings

The Ting Tings broke out big in 2008 with their first single, "That's Not My Name," which hit #1, and was followed with another top 10 hit, "Shut Up and Let Me Go," both of which were also hits in the US. So I'm scratching my head over what went wrong here. "Hands" seems like a perfectly decent single. Not enough promotion perhaps?


John said...

I wouldn't be surprised if Bruno hits #1 next week, solely on the back of Matt Cardle's performance of it on X Factor last night. What I am surprised at is the Tings at #29. It's such a brilliant track.

rcLoy said...

Hands and Ambitions deserve higher chart position, not that I'm saying Bruno and Cee Lo don't deserve it, I guess only the really good one survive the chart battle eh?

Paul said...

So two songs performed on the x-factor are top 3, yet poor Joe languishes at 6. I'm sad for him, it's such a joyous reading of the tune. No. 6 in and of itself isn't a bad position, but this is the x-factor and he had a big results show performance behind him so it's not good. Even Leon did better. And worse - JLS, Olly, Diana and Alexandra have all hit number one this year without big x-factor performances behind them so it can be done :/ Poor Joe.

Personally, I would have got FYD to sing F*** You on the number ones week last week. I bet they'd still be in the competition if they had...

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