Sunday, October 30, 2011

UK Singles Chart, November 5, 2011

1.(NEW) Read All About It - Professor Green (feat. Emeli Sande)

Professor Green and Emeli Sande lead a strong sales week on the singles chart. "Read All About It" clocked in 153,000 copies sold, just under the 154,000 One Direction moved during its #1 week for "What Makes You Beautiful," making "Read All About It" the second-biggest #1 hit so far this year. It's the fourteenth week this year the #1 song sold over 100,000 copies. That matches the 14 weeks of 100k sellers there were last year. This is the fifth top 40 hit and third top 10 single for Professor Green, enjoying his first time at #1. This is Emeli Sande's fourth top 10 hit and also her first turn at the top spot, beating her #2 summer single "Heaven." Her own single, "Daddy," will be out soon.

2.(NEW) Earthquake - Labrinth (feat. Tinie Tempah)

Labrinth was well outsold by Professor Green this week, but nonetheless racked up a rather impressive 115,000 copies sold--more than all but eight of the year's #1 hits. This is Labrinth's fifth top 40 hit, all but one of which have reached the top 3, and two of which were guest appearances on two of Tinie Tempah's biggest singles, "Pass Out" (#1, although he was uncredited) and "Frisky" (#2). This is Tinie Tempah's 13th top 40 hit.

4.(6) Mr. Know It All - Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson climbs two notches to #4 to score her top 5 hit. In the US, this is turning out to be a minor hit for her, but in the UK, it's now her second-highest charting single, even beating out the #5 peak of "Since U Been Gone."

8.(NEW) When I Was a Youngster - Rizzle Kicks

Rizzle Kick's first single "Down with the Trumpets" peaked at #8, but it took it 7 weeks to get there. This second single achieves that peak position instantly. Counting their appearance on Olly Murs' #1 hit "Heart Skips a Beat," this is the group's third top 10 hit.

12.(18) Lego House - Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran continues to climb with his third single, still a couple weeks from a release date.

14.(NEW) Paradise - Coldplay

So, this is a bit ridiculous. A few years ago the chart rules were liberalized to allow basically any track to chart, allowing for all those old singles performed on the X Factor to chart, plus shenanigans like the alternative Christmas #1 of 2009. But as much as the rule changes were supposed to open up the chart, apparently there were some exceptions, to which Coldplay fell victim with this single. "Paradise" was released as a single on September 13, but because the track was available as "free"download for pre-purchasing their album Mylo Xyloto (this week's #1 album), the single was eligible for the chart. Nevermind the fact that it was also available as a standalone purchase. Seems really crummy to me. Billboard managed to figure it out. Why couldn't The Official Charts Company? Upon the release of the album, the single has (finally) allowed to appear, but surely this would have been a top 10 hit in the last couple of weeks. Such a shame.

As it is, "Paradise" debuts at #14, becoming Coldplay's 15th top 40 hit, the 13th to reach the top 20.

16.(NEW) You Make Me Feel... - Cobra Starship (feat. Sabi)

Cobra Starship debuts at #16, beating by just 1 notch the #17 peak of their only other top 40 hit, "Good Girls Go Bad."

19.(NEW) Runaway Baby - Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars' recent X Factor performance sends this album track into the top 20, making it his 8th top 40 single.

33.(NEW) Princess of China - Coldplay (feat. Rihanna)

With Rihanna being one of the biggest global superstars of the year, it's no surprise this Mylo Xyloto album track (and apparent future single) got cherry-picked enough to land it in the top 40 as Coldplay's 17th top 40 hit.

36.(38) Set Fire to the Rain - Adele

Despite never reaching the top 10, this single, released back in July, has held onto the chart a remarkably long time--20 weeks in the top 40 now. Adele just announced that "Rumour Has It" will be 21's fourth UK single. Speaking of which, the album, released over 8 months ago, finally fell out of the top 5 this week, dropping from #4 to #8. Prior to this week, the album had never fallen any lower than #4. That's an incredible chart run for an album, considering how the albums chart has turned over almost as fast as the singles chart in recent years. In the US, where there's generally a new #1 album every week, 21 has performed similarly well, spending 13 weeks at #1 (including this week) since its late February release.

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