Sunday, September 11, 2011

UK Singles Chart, September 17, 2011

1.(NEW) All About Tonight - Pixie Lott

It was an exciting week on the chart with three new singles all having the potential to be this week's #1 hit. In the end, the victor is Pixie Lott, the 20 year-old British pop singer who made a big splash in 2009 with her debut album. With Turn It Up, Lott scored six top 20 hits, including #1s with her first two singles, "Mama Do" and "Boys and Girls." Despite such success, I always had the feeling she was viewed as somewhat of a lightweight. Her second album, which I expect will appear before year's end, is a chance to prove herself ready for the big leagues. As a first move in that direction, "All About Tonight" hits the right buttons with its bubbly, upbeat production. Even if it's not my personal favorite of the trio, I've heard it enough to enjoy it (it's gotten the biggest boost at radio, having started airplay back in mid July).

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

This is not one of the trio of big new hits this week, but nonetheless manages to out-sell two of them, as well as last week's #1 hit (Example's "Stay Awake," down to #5 this week). In the US, it is also #2, having been bumped from #1 after just a week by Adele's "Someone Like You." It does, however, remain #1 on the UK airplay chart for a second week.

3.(NEW) All Fired Up - The Saturdays

The Saturdays have, for better or worse, been the stopgap British girl group while Girls Aloud takes a hiatus and Sugababes do things besides make good pop music. As such, sometimes they succeed ("If This Is Love," "Just Can't Get Enough," "Higher") and sometimes they don't ("Notorious"), but they keep trying. With "All Fired Up" they get a major boost from super producers Xenomania, the team responsible for many of the aforementioned groups' best hits. This is their first single for The Saturdays, and it performs in kind, becoming the group's fourth single to reach the top 3.

4.(NEW) Collide - Leona Lewis/Avicii

On paper, this would be the one you would probably say would have had the best shot at #1. But knowing the songs and some of the history, and I'm sorry to say I'm not surprised it is the smallest of this week's three big new singles. Four years ago, Leona Lewis was on fire. Having won the third season of X Factor, she launched her debut album with "Bleeding Love," with which she achieved global popularity--the only X Factor act to do so. Then in 2009, she released her follow-up, and rather than repeat the success of her debut, it fell short, selling less than half the copies her debut did. Notably, the album's first single, "Happy," which should have been an easy #1, peaked at #2. So, with faded starpower, Lewis tries again with album #3, Glassheart. Dance pop-oriented first single, "Collide" is a different sound than we've heard from the singer before, who's preferred Ryan Tedder-penned power ballads. Due to some legal wrangling, the song is co-credited with Swedish DJ Avicii, whose instrumental dance composition "Penguin" forms the backbone of the song.

11.(NEW) Called Out in the Dark - Snow Patrol

At #11 is a band who have also had experience with seeing their music retooled by Leona Lewis. Snow Patrol's first top 5 hit, 2004's "Run," was a #1 hit when remade by Lewis in 2008. "Called Out in the Dark" is the first single from their forthcoming sixth album, Fallen Empires. It becomes their 12th top 40 hit. The lighter, more electronic touch of this song recalls "Just Say Yes," the first single from their 2009 hits collection.

17.(27) Someone Like You - Adele

It's been on the chart for 33 weeks, further proving it is the hit of the year, up 10 notches this week. Her other singles are at #20 ("Set Fire to the Rain") and #40 ("Rolling in the Deep"). All three of her singles also appeared together in the top 40 in late July.

26.(44) Cheers (Drink to That) - Rihanna

Rihanna makes a nice jump into the top 40 with "Cheers," her fifth top 40 hit from her album Loud. All previous singles from the album reached the top 10, and I expect this one will too, once it reaches its official release week. As if this isn't enough, she's also down at #38 on Nicki Minaj's "Fly," also entering the top 40 this week and due for release in a few weeks.

No comments: