Monday, October 10, 2011

UK Singles Chart, October 15, 2011

1.(NEW) We Found Love - Rihanna (feat. Calvin Harris)

What looked at the start of the week to be a rather dull chart actually turned into quite an interesting one. Rihanna's first single from her forthcoming 6th album wasn't due for release until next month, but it got suddenly moved up and released midweek this week. That meant the song didn't appear on the midweek chart until Friday and then at #3. So instead of a week of no big new releases, we get a new #1 hit. This is Rihanna's sixth chart-topper. Her producer, Calvin Harris, takes a featured credit on this, scoring his third #1.

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

The casualty of Rihanna's move is Maroon 5, who is yet again kept from #1, spending a 6th consecutive week at #2. It looked like this would be the week that the song would finally, finally hit #1. But it wasn't meant to be. And looking at the crowded new release schedule ahead, I think this was its last shot. It's possible the song will stall at #2 even longer, although I bet Matt Cardle and Gym Class Heroes claim the top two spots this weekend. The last song that spent longer at #2 without hitting #1? Near as I can tell, that was All-4-One's "I Swear," which spent 7 consecutive weeks at #2 in the summer of 1994, kept from the summit by Wet Wet Wet's "Love Is All Around." That a long-running #1 hit would keep a strong-selling single from #1 seems like the obvious scenario that would cause this. That's Maroon 5's been kept from the summit by six different singles over 6 weeks strikes me as quite extraordinary. Or just bad luck.

5.(3) Iris - Goo Goo Dolls

Usually the "X Factor Effect" is short-lived, so it's a surprise to see Goo Goo Dolls in the top 5 again this week. It is a great song, so I suppose 13 years late to the party is better than never.

7.(20) Sexy and I Know It - LMFAO

LMFAO scores their second top 10 hit following spring's massive #1 "Party Rock Anthem." Their last single, "Champagne Showers" misfired at #32, although likely because audiences weren't ready to move on from "Party Rock Anthem" yet.

16.(24) Fly - Nicki Minaj (feat. Rihanna)

Another climb for Minaj and Rihanna. Let's talk more about Rihanna and what a chart powerhouse she is. This year, she's had 10 tracks in the top 40--six of her own plus guest appearances on four others (Eminem, David Guetta, Kanye West and Minaj). Frequently she's had multiple hits in the top 40 at once, in fact, during the first 4 months of the year, there were 12 weeks where she had four singles in the top 40. Only during 3 weeks--Aug. 27 to Sept. 10--were there no Rihanna singles in the top 40. What a dark time that must have been for her

20.(NEW) Wherever You Will Go - Charlene Soraia

Clustered in the 20s are the week's other new singles. The Calling's 10-year-old hit single gets a remake by British singer Charlene Soraia. The track's popularity is due to its use in a Twinings ad. The original version hit #3 in July 2002.

25.(NEW) Radioactive - Marina & The Diamonds

Marina & the Diamonds was tipped as one of the hottest new acts of 2010, scoring #2 on BBC Sounds of 2010, but didn't quite live up to that hype. Although she scored three top 40 hits from her debut album, none reach the top 10 (her biggest was "Hollywood," which hit #12). She had an interesting sound, too quirky really for massive mainstream appeal. Back for album #2, she's put forth a much more radio friendly sound with this dance pop track. Not bad, but still not the hit she may be looking for.

27.(NEW) Shake It Out - Florence + the Machine

Florence sends a second single from her upcoming second album into the top 40 this week, the first, "What the Water Gave Me," having hit #24 just over a month ago. I like this one a lot better and am surprised that it didn't make it into the top 20 at least. This is her sixth top 40 hit in total.

40.(27) Collide - Leona Lewis/Avicii

Leona Lewis plummets to #40 in just the 5th week for "Collide." If it exits next week (which, surely it will), it will tie "Forgive Me" for her shortest stay within the top 40 for an official release (and "Forgive Me" was quickly followed by massive #1 hit "Run," so it was, so to speak, forgiven). The album had been due for release in November, but has been pushed back to spring. Clearly some needed re-jiggering is in the works.

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