Chartwatch: Bruno Mars thwarts The Wanted by reclaiming #1 spot

Good morning readers! In this week’s edition of Chartwatch, we discover that the strong-jawed crooner Bruno Mars has snatched the Number One spot away from aspiring boybanders The Wanted.

In other news, Cee Lo Green’s Forget You tumbles three places from the top spot and we have an unsurprising new entry from Katy Perry. I talked a lot about the X Effect in last week’s Chartwatch column, but it bears repeating that Perry’s single hasn’t actually been released yet, and the chart position is mostly on the strength of her X Factor appearance. Likewise, Bruno Mars has benefitted from Matt Cardle’s rendition of Just The Way You Are on the show.

Other “X Effect” acts in this week’s chart include Duck Sauce and Mike Posner, both of whom should be adding Simon Cowell to their Christmas card lists, if they haven’t already. Let’s look at this week’s top ten singles:

  1. Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are (Amazing): I think we’ve already said everything that needs to be said about this single. Possibly the best romantic song to be released this year, Bruno tells his girl that, despite her insecurities, he loves her just the way she is.
  2. The Wanted – Heart Vacancy: I had a quick look at the video for this just now. They’re like a scruffier version of Westlife, aren’t they? Still, not a bad tune. It could well be their Flying Without Wings.
  3. Duck Sauce – Barbra Streisand: Don’t know about you, but the novelty of this tune wore off really quickly.
  4. Cee Lo Green – Forget You: After a fortnight at Number One, Cee Lo slips a few places. But we won’t forget the magnitude of this amazing single. Just don’t leave it so long until the next single, Cee Lo!
  5. Katy Perry – Firework: With the release of Firework, it feels to me like the new Mrs Brand is going through an identity crisis. She’s released three stylistically different songs from her new album, and this one – with its wittering about plastic bags and quite clumsy ‘anthemic’ chorus – doesn’t quite hit the mark for me. Which is unfortunate, because there’ll be no escaping it soon.
  6. Mike Posner – Cooler Than Me: It’s hard not to like this rather geeky underdog track from Posner. 
  7. Swedish House Mafia versus Tinie Tempah – Miami 2 Ibiza: Yawn…
  8. Tinie Tempah – Written In The Stars: The appeal of this song hasn’t faded for me at all. I put it down mostly to that awesome, epic chorus.
  9. Jay Sean ft Nicki Minaj – 2012: The perfect companion to Flo Rida’s Club Can’t Handle Me, this is a bullheaded, straight-out club track. Had me wondering if it was associated with the John Cussack movie from the other year, but it’s probably too late to be releasing singles from that soundtrack.
  10. N-Dubz – Best Behaviour: No comment. Dappy and his So Spongey Crew are losing interest for me, partly because their songs are starting to sound the same (Tulisa reprises her “Uh-oh” line yet again on this one) and partly because they’re overexposed at the moment.

Interestingly, the only artist from last week’s chart who hasn’t benefited from the aforementioned X Effect is Joe McElderry, who performed Ambitions on last week’s results show. He’s dropped a whopping 15 places to #21. Ouch. It’s going to be Leon Jackson all over again.

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