Chartwatch: Bruno Mars scores a #1 with Grenade

Do you ever look at the Top 10 singles chart and think…that’s a good chart this week? Not a single weak song there at all. 

That’s what this week’s Top 10 looks like – all killer, no filler, as Sum 41 used to say. Everything here is perfect pop. Yes, even the JLS/Tinie Tempah collaboration!

  1. Bruno Mars – Grenade: Bruno, as you know, prefers to cart about a piano instead of keep his music on an iPod. Grenade is deliciously darkly passionate. It’s Bruno letting his emotions run away with him – classic songwriting, excellent vocals and a fantastic video!
  2. Jessie J – Do It Like A Dude: Experiencing a resurgence due to Jesse topping the BBC’s Sound of 2011 list – how did you people not see this coming? Female British rapper with some really dirty lyrics? Now do you understand why Simon Cowell was so keen for Cher Lloyd to succeed? Jesse’s gonna be huge.
  3. Rihanna ft Drake – What’s My Name?: Wonderful track from Rihanna – her first of two appearances in the top ten this week (and Only Girl is still at #12). The Barbados born singer is ruling the charts this year already!
  4. Katy B ft Ms Dynamite – Lights On: I love this lazy little dance tune – Katy B delivers her vocals in that sweeter-than-sweet voice that Lily Allen uses. I love everything that she’s released so far!
  5. Matt Cardle – When We Collide: And The Cardle still lingers around the charts. What can we say about Cuddles weeks after the X Factor’s ended? I’m just interested to see if he can put his stamp on whatever music he releases after this.
  6. David Guetta ft Rihanna – Who’s That Chick?: This one’s only starting to make an impact on me, but yet again great pop from Rihanna who’s in a really bubbly fun place right now. 
  7. Adele – Make You Feel My Love: While it’s nice that this song continues to sell by the truckload, I’m bursting to see how well her new single does in the charts – Rolling In The Deep is all sorts of awesome. We’ll review it soon, just for you.
  8. Black Eyed Peas – The Time (Dirty Bit): It’s like a musical lobotomy. In years to come, scientists will prove there’s a link between Black Eyed Peas and neural degradation in teenagers. Until that time, just enjoy the pulsing electro goodness.
  9. Far East Movement – Like A G6: Some people are reporting that this song’s appeal is wearing off. Not here, matey. I could listen to that girl singing Like A G6 in a monotone forever. But can anyone explain what getting slithered actually involves?
  10. JLS ft Tinie Tempah – Eyes Wide Shut: An unlikely pair-up between everybody’s favourite boyband and hot new urban star Tinie Tempah. Tempah’s clearly not choosing his collaborations very carefully right now, but I’ve listened to a snippet of the tune and first impression is that it’s actually quite good.

Dirty bit.

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