Sunday, November 8, 2009

Chart Chat UK: November 8, 2009

We have a new number one this week, and it's exactly who you'd expect it to be. JLS, last year's X-Factor runners up, clock up their second number one (third if you count 'Hero' with all the finalists) and cement their status as a legitimate pop group to be reckoned with. Anything less than a number one would have cast some doubt on their future, and anything lower than top 3 would have been disastrous. Last week's top track, Cheryl Cole's 'Fight For This Love,' moves down to number 2 to make room for the boys, but gives X-Factor artists both of the top songs in the land. With Alexandra Burke hanging around at 5, X-Factor has pulled a trifecta. Ke$ha crashes in at 6 with her debut solo single (having previously been featured on Flo-Rida's international number 1 'Right Round') and still has a few weeks to go before its full physical release. Watch this space. At 9 we have somewhat of a surprise, with dance group Chase and Status garnering their first top 40 hit with 'End Credits.' They've been busy writing for Rihanna's new album and doing quite a bit of touring, so maybe they've just finally reached critical mass. Up four spots to 10, Lady Gaga grabs yet another top 10 hit with 'Bad Romance.' The epic (at least from the previews) video isn't even out yet, and Gaga has just now started promotion for the track, so it would be unwise to bet against this pop gem. Snow Patrol land at 15 with their electro-tinged 'Just Say Yes,' from their greatest hits compilation. The future of this one is uncertain, as the album is released tomorrow. Will that kill the single's chances? We'll just have to see. 19 finds Journey's 'Don't Stop Believin,' which benefits from the double-whammy of Glee hitting UK airwaves and its use in the X-Factor. Also benefiting from the is Bon Jovi, whose new track, 'We Weren't Born To Follow,' becomes their highest charting track since 2006. Chris Brown enters at 29 with 'I Can Transform Ya.' It's difficult to know whether this single would have done much better without the whole Rihanna mess, as Brown has a pretty spotty singles record in the UK anyway. In any case it becomes his 8th top 40 hit. And that's enough said about that.

The UK Top Ten:
1 - Everybody in Love: JLS
2 - Fight For This Love: Cheryl Cole
3 - Meet Me Halfway: Black Eyed Peas
4 - Down: Jay Sean
5 - Bad Boys: Alexandra Burke
6 - Tik Tok: Ke$ha
7 - Haven't Met You Yet: Michael Buble
8 - What About Now: Westlife
9 - End Credits: Chase and Status
10- Bad Romance: Lady Gaga