Sunday, June 12, 2011
UK Singles Chart, June 18, 2011
1. Changed the Way You Kiss Me - Example (NEW)
British dance/hip-hop act Example lands his first #1 hit with the first single from his forthcoming third album. More of a club record than a rap track--its rapped verses with sung choruses recalls the early '90s dance tracks where this was quite popular (Snap! and C&C Music Factory, for example). Example's career on the chart has been steadily building. He scored his first top 40 hit in 2009 with "Watch the Sun Come Up" (#19). The following year, he hit #6 with "Won't Go Quietly" and then scored his best-known hit to date, "Kickstarts" (#3). Earlier this year he reached #2 as guest on Wretch 32's big hit single, "Unorthodox."
3. Right There - Nicole Scherzinger feat. 50 Cent (14)
Ms. Scherzinger climbs 11 notches to #3, scoring her third straight solo top 10 hit. The new single matches the success of her album's first single, "Poison," even if it falls slightly short of the #1 placing of her last single, "Don't Hold Your Breath," which is still in the top 40 at #36 this week.
6. Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall - Coldplay (NEW)
Coldplay's new single "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall" storms onto the chart at #6, becoming the group's 11th top 10 hit. While to some this may look like a disappointment to not be in the top 5, but actually Coldplay has never performed like gangbusters on the singles chart. They've had only the one #1 hit ("Viva La Vida") and in fact this #6 placing is better than they did with their last album's first single, "Violet Hill," which reached only #8. Coldplay's strength is on the albums chart, where their new disc will likely take on Adele for 2011's biggest-seller.
13. Fast Car - Tracy Chapman (28)
When this 1988 single got its recent resurgence, it went as high as #4. Then 2 weeks ago it was back down to #40. Now back up to #13. It just won't die. It must be this year's "Make Me Feel My Love" (which mercifully is not in the top 40 this week).
17. Don't Stop the Party - Black Eyed Peas (30)
The Peas are up 13 spots this week with their new single, the follow-up to "Just Can't Get Enough." This single has not yet taken off in the US.
21. Monster - Paramore (NEW)
Paramore scores their fourth top 40 hit. They hit #31 last year with "The Only Exception," a song that was a comparatively bigger hit in the US, where it seemed to stick around forever.
25. Easy Please Me - Katy B (41)
Katy B scores her fifth top 40 hit, although falls short of the top 10 placings she's achieved with her previous three singles. Perhaps this will rise a bit, but I'm not expecting anything dramatic, as frankly this wasn't one of the album's standout tracks for me.
27. Beat of My Drum - Nicola Roberts (NEW)
Nicola becomes the fourth member of Girls Aloud to reach the top 40 solo. Of course Cheryl Cole remains the most successful--by a wide margin--having scored two #1 hits plus several other top 10s. Kimberly Walsh reached the top 10 early this year as a featured vocalist on Aggro Santos' "Like U Like," and Nadine Coyle, who hit #26 last year with he first single.
32. I Giorni - Ludovico Einaudi (NEW)
An instrumental piano composition in the top 40? How extraordinary. Einaudi is an Italian composer and pianist. Not sure why it's appearing on the chart, but nice to hear something different.
Posted by Cook In / Dine Out at 9:13 AM