Rihanna rules the UK singles chart for a second week

That’s right, lovely Rihanna holds the top spot for a second week – but this week she’s fending off the nation’s premier boyband (now with added Robbie factor). And Russell Brand’s missus inches a little higher up the chart with Firework. In a couple of years, he’ll be a kept man.

Most odd entry in the chart this week has to be The Royal British Legion and their hit 2 Minute Silence. Do you think it’s really a CD with 2 minutes of silence? Surely it’d be cheaper to just switch the stereo off for a couple of minutes?

  1. Rihanna – Only Girl (In The World): Brilliant, thumping club track. This puts the words ‘Rihanna’ and ‘return to form’ back in the same sentence. The video’s completely shit, but you can’t have everything, can you? 
  2. Take That – The Flood: And speaking of comebacks (which we kind of were just now), after a weekend of heavy rotation Take That programming on ITV, the boys manage a respectable #2 with their first full-reunion single. It might have charted higher if the boys had done a bit more promotion instead of leaving it to the eleventh hour.
  3. Katy Perry – Firework: Shooting fireworks out of her boobie area, Katy continues to enthral and titillate us, even when she’s singing a ‘serious’ song. And like every Perry song, it’s absolutely everywhere at the moment. No complaints here!
  4. McFly ft Taio Cruz – Shine A Light: The second single from the ‘new’ McFly is another hit, as proclaimed by our resident McFly fanboi, OddOne. He’s still digging their new sound, even though he despises Taio Cruz!
  5. Alexis Jordan – Happiness: If I have to seek it out, then it’s not getting enough play on the music channels or radio stations. Hands up if you’ve actually heard this single?
  6. Mike Posner – Cooler Than Me: Posner hit the UK recently to capitalise on the success of his single thanks to a weak-voiced teenager in a karaoke competition. But Mikey Mike needs to follow up with a hot new single soon before we forget him as quickly as we plan to forget Cher Lloyd.
  7. Cheryl Cole – Promise This: Cheryl’s raucous pop tour de force that has divided opinion on this site right down the middle. But since this is my blog post, I’ll declare it a triumph and leave it at that 😛
  8. Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are (Amazing): Ah, Bruno. Never change, you sensitive soul. The women of the developed world need you to reassure them that their physical imperfections are just adorable! But it’s nearly time for a new single, dontcha think?
  9. Adele – Make You Feel My Love: You saw this coming, right? That’s because you, like me, are clever and noticed this Bob Dylan classic getting sung a lot recently. Not least on last week’s episode of X Factor. It was only a matter of time before Adele’s version re-charted. After all, she’s the one who reinvigorated the track.
  10. Cee Lo Green – Forget You: And let’s not forget Cee Lo, the Lady Killer, and this fantastic – possibly one of the best of 2010? – song. Still awesome!

Topping the album chart this week is Susan Boyle with her latest, The Gift. Which probably means we’ll be seeing her some Sunday night on the Syco *ahem* X Factor. I can barely contain my lack of excitement…

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  1. Dara Hickey

    Brilliant comments Gerard! And excuse me!? “McFly fanboi”? LOL.

    Well, I’m glad to see Rihanna at #1 again, and in her THIRD week, she manages to bat away Take That? Serves them right for over-promoting Robbie on the song. Don’t get me wrong I love ‘The Flood’, but I’d rather listen to ‘Only Girl (In The World)’ if I’m honest.

    And as for Alexis, well that’s just a plain shock. Radio 1 have apparently A-Listed her for weeks but I haven’t heard ‘Happiness’ on it at all. I took the time to look her up today and it turns out it’s a fairly decent pop song that samples Deadmau5’s ‘Brazil’, so you can imagine a lot of underground dubstep/DnB fans going loopy when that came about! I won’t be reviewing it, but it’s round about a 3.5/4.0 star song.

    Love you comments on Mike Posner too, he does seem like he could be quite the One Hit Wonder, doesn’t he? He’s apparently releasing a song called ‘Please Don’t Go’ which is getting a lot more positive feedback from critics and consumers alike, but I’ll wait till I hear it till I make my judgment.

    And I love ‘Make You Feel My Love’, but I do fear it’s going to be the next ‘Don’t Stop Believing’. Thankfully, it’s a far less camp affair so even if – God forbid – X Factor choose it as the Winner’s single, it shouldn’t be too grating.

    And on Cee-Lo Green, I’m sorry but the song is just wearing off now. I was never that keen on it in the first place, much to my surprise (I loved ‘Crazy’). But now it’s such a task to listen to, for some reason beyond my conscious thoughts.

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