Sunday, October 16, 2011

UK Singles Chart, October 22, 2011

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

Rihanna and Calvin Harris spend a second week at #1, bringing to an end an 11-week run of weekly turnover at the #1 spot. That's the longest such run since early 2004, when there were 12 weeks of different #1 hits.

3.(NEW) Stereo Hearts - Gym Class Heroes (feat. Adam Levine)

Gym Class Heroes score their fourth top 10 hit, debuting at #3 with "Stereo Hearts." Its peak ties with their first major hit, "Cupid's Chokehold" from 2007. The placement gives Adam Levine side-by-side top 5 hits this week, as Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger" spends a 7th week at #2.

4.(12) Jar of Hearts - Christina Perri

"Jar of Hearts" gets a burst of new energy, climbing 8 spots, reclaiming the peak position the song reached 2 months ago.

6.(NEW) Run for Your Life - Matt Cardle

All X Factor "victory-lap" singles have hit #1. But their "first pitch" efforts? That's a different story. Only two acts have managed to reach #1: Leona Lewis with "Bleeding Love," which went on to become a massive international hit, and Alexandra Burke with "Bad Boys." Shayne Ward did pretty well too, hitting #2 with "No Promises." After that, the songs get particularly less memorable. Leon Jackson's "Don't Call This Love" hit #3, but he never had another top 40 hit. Joe McElderry performed similarly last year, hitting #6 with "Ambitions," but missing the top 40 with its follow-up. No one's done as poorly as Steve Brookstein, who's never scored a top 40 hit beyond his victory single, "Against All Odds."

When I first heard "Run for Your Life," I thought it was solid, so I'm surprised to see it land toward the bottom of X Factor artists first post-X Factor singles. Chances are, his next single will fare significantly worse.

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

The remake of The Calling's hit single jumps 13 notches to become a top 10 hit.

9.(13) The A Team - Ed Sheeran

Seriously? Back in the top 10? I'm really tired of seeing this on the chart. It's been around 18 weeks now! Sheeran's new single, "Lego House," enters the top 40 at #30 this week, while his last single, "You Need Me," drops 7 notches to #39.

21.(48) Super Bass - Nicki Minaj

Big jump back into the top 40 for Nicki Minaj. The song originally peaked at #8 in August.

25.(57) Wherever You Will Go - The Calling

Way to capitalize! The Calling re-enter the top 40 this week, bolstered by their song's resurgent popularity due to the Charlene Soraia remake.

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