Sunday, July 31, 2011

UK Singles Chart, August 6, 2011

1.(NEW) She Makes Me Wanna - JLS (feat. Dev)

JLS are straight in at #1 with "She Makes Me Wanna," the lead single from the groups forthcoming third album. It's the group's fifth #1 hit after "Beat Again," "Everybody in Love," "The Club Is Alive" and "Love You More." That's a significant milestone, for it makes JLS not just the act among X Factor alums with the most #1 hits but among all artists launched from the recent slate of UK reality singing competitions. With "Love You More," the group's fourth #1, they were already head of the X Factor pack, beating the three #1s each for Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke. Within this fifth one, they edge ahead of Pop Idol's Will Young and Gareth Gates, who each had four #1s and Girls Aloud, who formed on PopStars: The Rivals, and also have had four #1s.

8.(Re-entry) Back to Black - Amy Winehouse
[27.(Re-entry) Tears Dry on Their Own - Amy Winehouse]
[29.(Re-entry) Rehab - Amy Winehouse]
[33.(Re-entry) Love Is a Losing Game - Amy Winehouse]
[37.(Re-entry) You Know I'm No Good - Amy Winehouse]

The untimely death of Amy Winehouse brought on a predictable slate of tribute buying. Interestingly, the song overwhelming chosen by the British public to remember her most was not one of her biggest hits--2006's "Rehab" (#7) or 2007's "Valerie" (with Mark Ronson), but rather the appropriately dark single "Back to Black," which previously peaked at #25 but this week re-enters the chart at #8, becoming the singer's third top 10 hit. Joining "Back to Black" in the top 40 are four other Winehouse singles, including "Love Is a Losing Game," which appears in the top 40 for the first time, becoming her 7th top 40 hit. Two versions of "Valerie" also charted just outside the top 40.

On the albums chart, Winehouse's acclaimed 2006 album Back to Black--the source of all five of her singles in the top 40 this week--returns to #1, spending a fifth week at #1. Her first album, Frank (2003) re-enters at #5, making its first appearance in the top 10 after previously peaking at #13. Rounding out the top 10 at #10 is the double album set of Back to Black and Frank.

The tribute buying is reminiscent of what happened in the wake of Michael Jackson's death 2 years ago. In July 2009, his death saw the return of 13 of his singles into the top 40, including "Man in the Mirror" at #2. He also made a good dent in the albums chart, particularly with the compilation albums Number Ones and The Essential Michael Jackson, which both hit #1.

10.(12) Super Bass - Nicki Minaj
[19.(15) Where Them Girls At - David Guetta (feat. Flo Rida and Nicki Minaj)]

Nicki Minaj scores her first top 10 hit as a lead artist as "Super Bass" climbs two spots to #10. As a featured artist, she hit #9 last year on Jay Sean's "2012 (It Ain't the End of the World)" and #3 earlier this year on David Guetta's "Where Them Girls At," which is still in the top 20 this week.

16.(NEW) Let Me Go - Maverick Sabre

Maverick Sabre scores his first top 40 as lead artist as his "Let Me Go" debuts at #16. I'm disappointed this didn't make the top 10, as I like it quite a bit. Sabre previously hit #31 as a featured artist on Professor Green's "Jungle."

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