UK Singles Chart Analysis: Rihanna equals Adele record

UK Singles Chart Analysis: Rihanna equals Adele record

For the second time in 10 weeks Swedish DJ Avicii - Tim Bergling - is largely responsible for a top five smash sampling one of his dance hits. In September, Leona Lewis' Collide reached number four. It was built around a sample from Avicii's Penguin, whose own title acknowledged its debt to The Penguin Cafe Orchestra's Perpetuum Mobile. Avicii was given a joint credit on the Lewis single. Making an even bigger impact this week, Flo Rida's Good Feeling dashes to a number two debut (61,905 sales), and includes a songwriting credit for Avicii to acknowledge its use of his track Levels. That - and Good Feeling - are both prodded by a vocal sample from the a cappella intro to Etta James' 1962 recording Something's Got A Hold On Me, and acknowledge their debt by giving James and her co-writers Leroy Kirkland and Pearl Woods a credit.

Meanwhile, The Saturdays - who collaborated with Flo Rida for Higher, a number 10 hit a year ago - were looking for their 11th Top 10 single in 12 attempts with My Heart Takes Over but can only debut at number 15 (23,073 sales).

Although ahead in the early midweek sales flashes following their performance of it on The X Factor results show eight days ago, One Direction's second single, Gotta Be You, never looked like matching the impact of their debut hit, What Makes You Beautiful, which arrived nine weeks ago with sales of 153,965 - the highest of any single any week this year. Fading fast throughout the week, Gotta Be You sold 59,461 copies, to debut at number three.

Lady GaGa's Born This Way album surrenders its sixth Top 40 hit in nine months as Marry The Night debuts at number 18 (19,971 sales).

The Collective debut at number 24 (14,756 sales) with Teardrop. The Massive Attack cover is the official BBC Children In Need song for 2011, and features an all-star ensemble put together by Gary Barlow. Its members include Wretch 32, Ed Sheeran, Labrinth, Tulisa, Tinchy Stryder, Rizzle Kicks, Ms. Dynamite, Chipmunk, Mz Bratt and Dot Rotten. Six of the 19 previous official Children In Need singles have reached number one, including JLS offering Love You More, which topped the list exactly a year ago.

Under the guise of Slow Moving Millie, singer/actress Amelia Warner's cover of The Smiths' Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want is the fourth cover commissioned by high street chain John Lewis to make the Top 40 in two years. Ellie Goulding reached number two last November with her cover of Elton John's Your Song, specially recorded as a bed for John Lewis' 2010 Christmas TV campaign; Taken By Trees' cover version of Guns N' Roses' Sweet Child O' Mine - used for the Christmas 2009 campaign - reached number 23; and Guillemots singer Fyfe Dangerfield's specially-recorded version of Billy Joel's She's Always A Woman To Me reached number seven in May 2010. Slow Moving Millie's Please, Please, Please... debuts at number 36 (8,878 sales) while The Smiths' original - the flipside of 1985 single William, Is Was Really Nothing - also enters the Top 200 for the first time, at number 121 (2,322 sales).

The title track from Jessie J's debut album Who You Are is the fifth Top 40 song from the set, and jumps 59-28 (13,142 sales), while the album itself moves 28-20 (15,052 sales).

Despite a flurry of promotional activity, Lighthouse - Westlife's first single since their announcement that they are to disband - fails to shine, debuting at number 32 (11,006 sales). It seems likely to break their string of 25 consecutive Top 10 hits, dating back to their 1999 debut (excluding Back Home album track I'm Already There, which reached number 62 without being accorded full singles release).

Although they are back in the Top 40 for the first time since June, Glee Cast have had very little success with their singles since Glee switched from E4/Channel 4 to Sky, with just two of 29 songs they have released from the six episodes of the current series making the Top 75: You Can't Stop The Beat reached number 70 eight weeks ago, and Adele medley Rumour Has It/Someone Like You debuts at number 35 this week (0,278 sales). Overall, Glee Cast has had 30 Top 40 hits, 95 Top 75 hits and 205 Top 200 entries in a tad under two years, attracting sales of 3,703,819.

Overall single sales are down 0.67% week-on-week at 3,112,103 - just 0.92% above same week 2010 sales of 3,083,653.


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