It does so despite a 37.0% dip in sales week-on-week to 73,770, primarily because last week's new release schedule was one of the weakest in living memory, throwing up nothing with sufficiently broad appeal to dent the Top 40, let alone challenge for number one.
The Wanted aren't the only becalmed act in a freakishly quiet market - the entire top five is made up of non-movers for the first time since 16 May 2009 - 115 weeks ago: Louder stays second for DJ Fresh feat. Sian Evans (57,211 sales); The A Team is number three again for Ed Sheeran (50,947 sales); Beyonce's Best Thing I Never Had repeats its fourth placing (41,726 sales); and How We Roll is in a holding position at number five for Loick Essien feat. Tanya Lacey (34,879 sales).
There's only minor reshuffling in the rest of the Top 10, with Adele's Set Fire To The Rain remaining just short of the top tier at number 11 (24,978 sales).
Making their Top 40 debuts, Rizzle Kicks' Down With The Trumpets jumps 44-22 (14,563 sales), while Chase & Status' Hitz (feat Tinie Tempah) improves 57-39 (8,037 sales).
Unusually, rock bands securethe two highest new entries to the Top 75, with Red Hot Chili Peppers' The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie leading the way (number 44, 7,608 sales) followed by Blink 182's Up All Night (number 48, 6,622 sales).
Beady Eye's The Beat Goes On debuts at number 64, with 4,090 sales, of which 3,227 (78.90%) were on 7-inch. It tops the 7-inch chart by a huge margin, with Wilko's I Might a distant second, with just 69 sales. Despite their 7-inch success, Beady Eye's overall singles track record is in stark contrast to that of Oasis, the band that begat them.
Of the five singles taken from Beady Eye's debut album, Different Gear, Still Speeding, the highest charting - The Roller - peaked at number 31. That's the same position in which Oasis' debut single, Supersonic, peaked in 1994. All 25 subsequent singles by Oasis fared significantly better, making the Top 12. Different Gear, Still Speeding itself reached number three but appears not to have benefitted from the release of The Beat Goes On, as it slips 97-132 this week. Sales of 1,025 take its 21 week tally to 138,908, whereas even Oasis' last album, Dig Out Your Soul, sold 200,866 copies the week it was released in 2008.
Overall singles sales are down 0.44% week-on-week to 3,071,466 - 12.65% above same week 2010 sales of 2,726,638.