Sunday, June 26, 2011

UK Singles Chart, July 2, 2011

1. Don't Wanna Go Home - Jason Derulo

Jason Derulo scores his second #1 hit with the first single from his forthcoming second album. "Don't Wanna Go Home" is the singer's fourth single to reach the top 3, a set that includes his first #1 hit--last year's "In My Head."

We're halfway through the year now. This week last year, Katy Perry's "California Gurls" was #1--the year's 15th #1 hit. YTD, "Don't Wanna Go Home" is only the year's 12th #1 hit, meaning the #1s are coming a bit slower so far this year, a condition brought on by having a #1 hit that spent 6 weeks at #1 (Adele's "Someone Like You") and one that spent 4 weeks (LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem").

7. Badman Riddum (Jump) - Vato Gonzales feat. Foreign Beggars

This is the kind of never-heard-of-'em dance act that used to routinely top the UK singles chart. In fact, this really sounds like something from the mid '90s. Of course, it's a Ministry of Sound release.

8. The Edge of Glory - Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga enjoy a nice revival this week, with "The Edge of Glory" climbing 8 spots to return to the top 10. Was it just the video that brought it renewed interest? Perhaps, although it's interesting to note that her album returns to #1 too, knocking Take That from its 1-week return with Progressed.

11. Last Friday Night (TGIF) - Katy Perry

Katy Perry has the biggest mover in the top 40, up 13 notches this week. She's also the beneficiary of increased buzz thanks to an impressive music video release. Certainly we can expect to see this in the top 10 next week.

21. Notorious - The Saturdays

Lady Gaga's turnaround is surprisingly, but not too bizarre. That The Saturday's "Notorious" has made a turnaround is much more of a surprise. After debuting at #8, the single quickly fell to #21 and then #33. Presumably, it would have been gone last week, except that it wasn't, instead climbing 7 notches to #26 and this week another 5 to #21. Apparently, this is due to its physical release, which didn't coincide with its digital release. Still, it looks pretty odd.

23. Set Fire to the Rain - Adele

Only a slight bump for Adele this week, who's up 2 notches to #23, despite her new single being #4 on the airplay chart last week. I hope this has a strong showing after its single release next week. It's another great song from her.

27. Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People

American indie pop group Foster the People scores their first top 40 hit as their single "Pumped Up Kicks" debuts at #27. This band arrived with little fanfare (at least I didn't see any), but has built quite a bit of late.

31. Judas - Lady Gaga

In the US, this fell like a rock after attention shifted to "The Edge of Glory." Interesting that in Britain it's managed to hold on a bit longer.

40. Fast Car - Tracy Chapman

Worth noting only because it's probably the only time one of my entries in the Essential Albums of the '80s is going to also have a mention as generating a current top 40 single.


Paul said...

the GaGa revival came via a prominent talk show appearance on prime time so I suspect that coupled with the video strongly helped her sales ;)

Chris B. said...

Why do you think "Judas" was more popular in the U.K. than in the U.S.?

ww_adh said...

I'm not sure. Maybe because it's pretty hard-hitting as dance pop tracks go? It wasn't massively more popular, but it did stick around a couple weeks longer there. They've also moved on to "The Edge of Glory."