Sunday, September 04, 2011

UK Singles Chart, September 10, 2011

1.(NEW) Stay Awake - Example

British dance/rap artist Example scores his second #1 hit with "Stay Awake," my favorite single from him yet. His last #1, "Changed the Way You Kiss Me," was just two and a half months ago, and with "Stay Awake," Example becomes the third act after Bruno Mars and Pitbull to have a second #1 hit this year. This is Example's sixth top 40 hit overall.

2.(3) Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5 (feat. Christina Aguilera)

After spending 2 weeks at #3, "Moves Like Jagger" ascends to a new peak at #2. For Maroon 5, this ties it with "Makes Me Wonder" as their highest-charting hit. For Aguilera, it becomes her sixth top 2 hit. As nice as it would be to hope this song could climb again and hit #1 next week, given the competition of new singles this week, it's not going to happen.

4.(NEW) You Need Me, I Don't Need You - Ed Sheeran

If you thought, like me, that Ed Sheeran's massive summer hit "The A Team" was just a fluke, then apparently we were wrong, as Sheeran roars onto the chart this week with a second top 5 hit. Although it only reached #3, "The A Team" is the 15th biggest hit of the year so far and surely one of the surprises of summer. "You Need Me" is more upbeat, and really a better pop song, I think. "You Need Me.." enters the top 10 the same week that "The A Team" exits it after 11 weeks in the top 10, giving Sheeran now 12 consecutive weeks in the top 10. Only Adele and Jessie J have had more consecutive weeks in the top 10 this year, with 13 each.

9.(NEW) Like Ya Down - Cover Drive

Barbados continues to prove itself a consistent, if unusual, source of pop talent. Barbadian group Cover Drive follow in the footsteps of Rihanna and Shontelle to score their first top 10 hit. The sounds strikes me as being not unlike what we're hearing from Jessie J. The telltale horn at the end tells us the song is produced by JR Rotem, the man behind recent hits by Jason Derulo, Iyaz and JLS.

10.(18) Party All Night (Sleep All Day) - Sean Kingston

Sean Kingston climbs 8 notches to scores his third top 10 hit.

15.(17) Set Fire to the Rain - Adele
27.(43) Someone Like You - Adele

Although it never reached the top 10, Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain" has sure hung around a long time, climbing two notches this week in its 12th week in the top 40. Meanwhile, Adele's last single, "Someone Like You," makes a return to the top 40, likely due to her MTV Music Video Awards performance. I think the effect will be even more dramatic in the US, where "Someone Like You" has been #1 at iTunes ever since the performance.


Next week is shaking up to be a very competitive week on the chart. Three new releases from major acts will be vying for #1. And from where I'm sitting, it isn't at all clear who will have the upper hand. Pixie Lott's "All About Tonight" has had the most pre-release exposure on the radio. It's a decent song, but not on par with her best. Meanwhile, Leona Lewis shifts gears toward dance pop with her new single, "Collide." Will that pay off or have audiences lost interest? Finally The Saturdays release what is probably their most exciting single yet, the frothy Xenomania-produced blur that is "All Fired Up." Can't wait to see how this turns out.

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