Sunday, July 17, 2011

UK Singles Chart, July 23, 2011

1.(NEW) Glad You Came - The Wanted

The Wanted lead a rather boring top 40 this week. Theirs is the only single to debut in the top 10, with the next closest new entry coming at #16. This is their second new single released this year from their forthcoming second album, although it's not expected to be released until November, making it likely that there will be a third single preceding the album. "Glad You Came" follows "Gold Forever," their spring Comic Relief single, which hit #3. This new single is quite a bit better than their last in my opinion and, as "Gold Forever" followed the flukish #19 peak of their third single, "Lose My Mind," "Glad You Came" sees the group solidly back on track chart-wise. It's 117,000 sales tally is pretty impressive too; as it follows last week's 141,000 haul by DJ Fresh, this is the first two we've had back-to-back #1 hits selling over 100,000 this year.

11.(12) Set Fire to the Rain - Adele

She didn't make the top 10, but she did climb a notch to #11 this week. However, the song is #1 on the airplay chart this week and, probably most importantly, her album 21 is back on top the albums chart, where it spends a 17th nonconsecutive week at #1. It's no record, but in recent years, it's pretty significant. To put it in perspective, during the last decade (2000-2009), only two artists spent as many week at #1--Dido (17 weeks) and Robbie Williams (23 weeks)--and of course, they did it with multiple albums (2 for Dido, 6 for Robbie).

16.(NEW) Little Bad Girl - David Guetta feat. Taio Cruz & Ludacris

Is anyone else feel like David Guetta is getting badly overexposed? I'm also getting tired of his sound. I didn't have to listen to this song to know what it sounds like--which is everything else he's done. "Where Them Girls At" was only 2 months ago--his "Sweat" remix with Snoop Dogg just 2 months before that. And lyrically, there's a real obvious trend to his song titles too ("Sexy Bitch/Chick," "Who's that Chick," "Where Them Girls At" and "Little Bad Girl").

17.(NEW) Love How It Hurts - Scouting for Girls

I'm surprised this didn't do better. It's a rather lovely song--the kind of song you expect will soon grace trailers for romance films. "This Ain't a Love Song" was a #1 single last year, but otherwise their recent stuff has not become bit hits.


J.Mensah said...

Haha! What a title "Glad You Came." They know exactly what they're doing. I would've like to have seen the discussion behind the song. I mean they particularly clarify what they mean about about being glad she came. I like the element of mystery.

twostepcub said...

I would've like scouting for girls to have debuted higher as well. "This Ain't A Love Song" was such an awesome track - I'm flabbergasted it didn't cross over whatsoever into the states - it could've gotten the same audience "Use Somebody" did.