UK Singles Chart: Diana Vickers scores her first number one

An email I received earlier this week suggested that Diana Vickers was well on her way to securing a #1 hit with her debut single, Once. I kind of ignored it, not wanting to be premature, and waiting to see what would actually happen.

Well, she did it. Diana Vickers. Fourth placed runner-up in X Factor 2008. After fulfilling all the X Factor tour stuff, she backed away from music for a while and went to the West End, playing the lead role in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.

And then she came back. When I reviewed Once last month, I called it “a great track, and it positions Diana in popland, shoulder to shoulder with the Pixie Lotts of her generation”. Congratulations to Diana. A well deserved #1 in my opinion!

Elsewhere in the top ten, it’s a gory, underwhelming picture. Tina Turner’s The Best has oddly managed to resurface at #9. Huh? Did I miss an Internet campaign to manipulate the charts or something?

My pet hates this week: Usher, Chipmunk and the evil Scouting For Girls. I despise that insipid band. I might even be their official nemesis.

Stuff I’m loving? Diana V, obviously. Nice to see Timbaland collaborating with Justin Timberlake again, although the track has yet to grow on me. The pair are at their laddish, pervy best when they work together. And I’ve got a sneaking enjoyment of Professor Green’s single. Here’s the Top 10 in full…

  1. Diana Vickers – Once
  2. Usher ft Will.I.Am – OMG
  3. Chipmunk ft Esmee Denters – Until You Were Gone
  4. Plan B – She Said
  5. Scouting For Girls – This Ain’t A Love Song
  6. Professor Green ft Ed Drewett – I Need You Tonight
  7. Kelis – Acapella
  8. Timbaland ft Justin Timberlake – Carry Out
  9. Tina Turner – The Best
  10. Selena Gomez and The Scene – Naturally

Frightening chart fact of the week: My daughter and I were watching a music channel the other day, and Selena Gomez came on. I didn’t recognize her and asked Rachel if she knew who the girl was. She educated me on Selena and her stellar Disney career. To my shame. The first time one of my children has been ahead of me in entertainment knowledge.


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  1. yum mum

    us lot in our house have long been fans of little lady diana, and are really chuffed she got a number 1 with this track.

    its a cracking little song – kinda reminds me of a james bond theme tune in parts – and she is a cracking little songbird so this is thoroughly deserved.

  2. yum mum

    2008 was xfactor’s best year EVER scott….certainly got to be the most succesful in terms of record sales for the finalists surely.

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