It’s only the second week of the X Factor live shows, and you can already see their impact on the singles chart. Bruno Mars jumps a few spots after Simon Cowell called him ‘incredible’ on the show, last year’s winner, Joe McElderry has entered the chart at #6 with his first post-X Factor single. And Mike Posner’s obscure single is even more popular after Cher Lloyd sang it at boot camp.
Welcome to the autumn charts, people. It’s going to be a bumpy ride. As usual, the links in the song titles are to our reviews of them.
- Cee Lo Green – Forget You: It remains the best song in the chart today, taking the innocence of the Motown era and sticking a big fat swearword in one of its choruses!
- Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are (Amazing): Bruno experiences the “X Effect” as he leaps a few positions this week. What I like about this guy if that he’s 100% talent – songwriting, playing piano and guitar and singing his own tunes.
- Duck Sauce – Barbra Streisand: Eccentric dance track that’s just great fun, especially when it lands on those random “Barbra Steisand” callouts. We don’t know what kind of drugs you have to be on to create this music, but it clearly helps.
- Swedish House Mafia versus Tinie Tempah – Miami 2 Ibiza: Nope. Still not heard this one yet.
- Tinie Tempah ft Eric Turner – Written In The Stars: Epic piano ballad featuring Tinie “voice of the people” Tempah giving a very socially conscious lyric that we didn’t fully appreciate on the first twenty listens.
- Joe McElderry – Ambitions: Joe’s return to the charts, unblocked by bands who periodically rage against carefully targeted machines. It’s not the most original material in the world, but Joe pulls it off with his trademark shy smile and it’ll likely see him through to a second single. Then we can work out where this music career is going.
- Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow – Shame: This dismal little stop-gap single isn’t nearly as good as the forthcoming Take That track, The Flood. We say: don’t encourage Gary Barlow to write any more dross tracks like this. Stop buying it.
- Labrinth – Let The Sun Shine: According to OddOne’s single review, this one boasts a chorus that “falls flat on its face”. I can’t wait to hear this one. *ahem* (And yes, this is the third week in a row that we’ve copied and pasted this description – some of you are soo eagle-eyed)
- Mike Posner – Cooler Than Me: We in the UK have never heard of Posner, but thanks to fragile tabloid darling Cher Lloyd, he might have a shot at success with this single. The smart money would be to jet him over here to marvel on chat shows about how the “X Effect” rejuvinated his single.
- Usher ft Pitbull – DK Got Us Falling In Love: Vile, vile, vile. Now with added Pitbull. Ugh.
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