1. Just the Way You Are - Bruno Mars
After three weeks away from #1, Bruno Mars returns to the top spot. It's the second single this year to make a return to #1. The first was Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance," which made a return to #1 the first week of the year after two weeks away from the top. According to one source, he's sold 116,000 copies this week. If so, that's more than 30,000 more than he did his first week at #1, and the third-highest tally for a #1 hit so far this year.
2. Heart Vacancy - The Wanted
Hot new boyband The Wanted see their solid second single debut at #2 on the eve of the release of their first album. Their last single, "All Time Love," was a late-summer #1 and is still on the chart at #34. I was ho-hum about this single at first, but through the week I heard it at lot and it grew on me. I'm considering getting their new album.
5. Firework - Katy Perry
That was fast. Just a little over a month after "Teenage Dream" was a #2 hit comes its follow-up, "Firework," Perry's fourth top 5 hit this year. And "Teenage Dream," which is #19 this week, was only 2 months after her #1 hit "California Gurls." Is she afraid we'll get tired of her?
6. Cooler than Me - Mike Posner
Posner continues to climb, up three to #6. Physical release is 2 weeks away, but does that even matter anymore?
9. 2012 (It Ain't the End) - Jay Sean (feat. Nicki Minaj)
Jay Sean returns with the first single from his fourth album. "2012" debuts at #9, becoming his fourth top 10 hit. It features American female rapper Nicki Minaj, making her first appearance in the UK top 40. Although his recent singles "Down" and "Do You Remember" were big hits in the US, this one has not enjoyed a warm reception there.
1o. Best Behaviour - N-Dubz
British hip-hop group N-Dubz score their third top 10 hit, although just barely. It's not tied to an album as yet.
11. Just a Dream - Nelly
Nelly returns with his new single, the first from his album 5.0. It just misses the top 10 this week, although it may climb up in the next few weeks. The CD release is November 15. Nelly's last album, Brass Knuckles, failed to deliver a top 10 hit, managing only a couple of top 20 singles.
13. My Wicked Heart - Diana Vickers
Former X Factor contestant Diana Vickers misses the top 10 with her third single, although at #13, it's far and away a bigger hit than her second single, "The Boy Who Murdered Love," which petered out at #36. Lest we forget, her first single, "Once," was a #1 hit earlier this year. Career longevity seems to hang in the balance for this one.
17. Make You Feel My Love - Adele
For real? This song is really staging this big of a renaissance? This is its 5th week in the top 40 since it reappeared in September.
20. Shame - Robbie Williams & Gary Barlow
21. Ambitions - Joe McElderry
These two singles take a big tumble out of the top 10, with "Shame" dropping 13 spots and "Ambitions" falling 15. Robbie & Gary will likely be back with an even bigger hit soon when "The Flood" comes out 3 weeks from now. And Joe's debut album, Wide Awake, is out tomorrow.
30. Mine - Taylor Swift
American country-pop star Taylor Swift scores her third top 40 hit with "Mine," the first single from her third album, Speak Now, which is out tomorrow.
Next week should be another exciting chart--as Cheryl Cole releases "Promise This," the first single from her second album, Messy Little Raindrops, up against Rihanna's "Only Girl (in the World)," the first release from her upcoming album, Loud. Also with an eye on the top 10 are James Blunt's first single in 3 years, "Stay the Night," dance track "Seek Bromance" by Tim Berg (feat. Amanda Wilson), and hip-hop track "Runaway" by Devlin (feat. Yasmin). Plus I'd love to see some top 10 time for Rumer's second single "Aretha."