Sunday, March 20, 2011

UK Singles Chart, March 26, 2011

1. Don't Hold Your Breath - Nicole Scherzinger

After 4 weeks at #1, Adele's "Someone Like You" is dethroned by Nicole Scherzinger's first solo #1 hit. A solo career has long been the goal for Scherzinger, frontwoman of The Pussycat Dolls. But there was a time it looked like it wasn't in the cards. In 2007, in anticipation of releasing her solo debut album, Her Name Is Nicole, Scherzinger released two singles, "Whatever U Like" and "Baby Love," neither of which really took off (the former was a #14 hit in Britain). Importantly, neither single was at all popular in the US. Ultimately, this led to her debut being canceled with song of the songs reworked for the 2008 Pussycat Dolls album, Doll Domination, which, like its predecessor, continued giving the group hits.

Three and a half years later and Scherzinger finally has the solo success she had been looking for. First came "Poison," which hit #3 late last year, and now she has her first solo #1. Her first album, Killer Love, is out tomorrow.

3. Gold Forever - The Wanted

Friday was "red nose day," part of Britain's every-other-year Comic Relief charity fund raising effort, and The Wanted's "Gold Forever" is this year's official Comic Relief single. After the unfortunate blip of "Lose My Mind" hitting only #19, this returns the band to the top 5, giving them their third such hit.

9. I Need a Doctor - Dr. Dre feat. Eminem & Skylar Grey

This single climbs for a fourth week, reaching the top 10 for the first time this week. This is Dr. Dre's 10th top 10 hit (5th as lead performer).

10. Louder - Parade

With Girls Aloud, Sugababes and The Saturdays quiet for now, the apparent "hole" in the pop music world for British girl groups has for now been filled by Parade, who charge into the top 10 with their first single "Louder." At first, I wasn't into this, but it's actually not bad. Pretty typical of current international R&Bish electro pop.

15. Just Can't Get Enough - Black Eyed Peas

The Peas climb 12 notches to #15 this week. Top 10 here they come as this gets its official single release this weekend.

16. Sweat - Snoop Dogg vs. David Guetta

By itself, "Sweat," or in its original form "Wet," is a sparse beats production by the Cataracs that sounds a lot like what Will.I.Am does, but in David Guetta's hands, it become a Euro-flavored stomper. Not bad.

27. True Faith - George Michael

It's not everyday you see a new single on the chart by George Michael, who takes advantage of Comic Relief to turn out a single other than his Christmas single that has kept popping up the last few years. This is a remake of New Order's #4 hit from 1987.

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