Sunday, December 05, 2010

UK Singles Chart, December 11, 2010

1. Heroes - The X Factor Finalists
2. Your Song - Ellie Goulding

Despite wide critical derision, The X Factor Finalists' single remains at #1 a second week, which means Ellie Goulding has to settle for a second week at #2 for her, in my opinion, clearly superior remake of "Your Song."

3. Poison - Nicole Scherzinger

A few years ago when Nicole Scherzinger tried to have a solo career, it didn't work out. So much so that the album she recorded was shelved. She did manage to land at #14 with what would have been that album's second single, "Baby Love," but both it and its predecessor, "Whatever U Like," failed to chart in the US. Back to the Pussycat Dolls for her. Credit her for trying again though, and "Poison" is a much more promising start, reaching #3 this week, which is just as good as the last PCD album's biggest hits achieved (that would be Doll Domination/Doll Domination 2.0's "When I Grow Up" and "Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny)").

6. The Time (Dirty Bit) - Black Eyed Peas

This song has yo-yo'd from #11 to #7 to #11 and now back up to a new peak of #6.

7. Only Girl (in the World) - Rihanna
8. What's My Name - Rihanna feat. Drake
9. Who's that Chick? - David Guetta feat. Rihanna

Clearly, Rihanna is one of the biggest pop stars of 2010, a point she proves many times over this week, as she appears three times in the top 10, back-to-back-t0-back with her recent #1 hit "Only Girl," her new single, "What's My Name," and a guest turn on David Guetta's new single, "Who's that Chick," her fifth top 10 hit this year. This is David Guetta's 8th top 10 hit.

18. Christmas Lights - Coldplay

Coldplay offers up a surprise seasonal treat--a one-off Christmas song, "Christmas Lights." The song wasn't available until Wednesday, so it didn't get a full week of sales. Will this take off and become a seasonal hit in the next couple weeks? At #18, it's a pretty low start for a Coldplay single.

29. Lose My Mind - The Wanted

This had been scheduled for a January release, but it's been moved up to late December, although charting early as an album cut. This follows The Wanted's #1 hit, "All Time Low" and #2 hit "Heart Vacancy."


Chris B. said...

Interesting. Has any artist ever achieved Rhianna's feat of back-to-back-to-back hits on a U.K. or U.S. chart?

ww_adh said...

According to James Masterton, who writes the chart analysis column for Yahoo UK Music, she's only the 6th act to ever have 3 singles in the top 10 at the same time. The last time one of those had all three line up in consecutive positions was October 1953, when Frankie Laine was at #2, #3, and #4.