Cee Lo Green’s “F**k You” tops the chart again this Sunday as Radio 1 counts down the official UK singles tally. He is trailed by Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are” the former No.1 which moves 4-2 this week. The highest new entry samples “Gotta Go Home” – Boney M’s 1979 hit. Titled “Barbra Streisand,” the novelty act Duck Sauce gets its breakthrough hit. Duck Sauce consists of DJ’s Armand van Helden and A-Trak. The American DJ Van Helden is nothing short of a giant on the dance scene, his biggest commercial hit to date is “U Don’t Even Know Me” from 1999. Swedish DJ collective Swedish House Mafia manages to climb 5-4 with “Miami 2 Ibiza,” surpassing Tinie Tempah’s “Written in the Stars” which falls 3-5. This means that Tempah holds both the No.4 and 5 positions as he’s featured on “Ibiza.”
It has taken Joe McElderry a good ten months to follow-up “The Climb,” a UK No.1 from January this year. He returns to the chart with a track originally released by the Norwegian pop group Donkeyboy. He bows at No.6 with his cover version, mind you that his debut hit was a Miley Cyrus cover. The track bows at No.4 on the Irish chart.
Robbie Williams & Gary Barlow takes a 2-7 drop with “Shame,” while Mike Posner’s “Cooler than Me” breaks into the top ten, leapfrogging 22-9. Usher & Pitbull returns to the top ten as well with “DJ Got Us Falling in Love.” Despite being most played song on UK radio before being released as a single, Michael Bublé bows at No.17. Robbie Williams vaults into the pole position on the album chart with In and Out of Consciousness: Greatest Hits 1990-2010, knocking Tinie Tempah’s Disc-Overy from the top spot. He lands at No.2, just ahead of Cliff Richard who is back with Bold as Brass, featuring classical standards.
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Joe McElderry falls back 2-1 on the first chart week of the century. He’s being replaced by Lady Gaga, who spends a tenth week on the chart. “Bad Romance” is her third No.1, succeding “Paparazzi,” that peaked at No.4. Both “Poker Face” and “Just Dance” topped the tally, White “LoveGame” only manager to climb to No.19. She has already reached No.30 with the Beyoncé duet “Telephone,” a track that will be officially released on Feb.22. In the world of legal downloads, album tracks can manage to reach the charts anyways. The track is also available on the first WelcheMusic compilation issued last week.
The Black Eyed Peas moves 6-3 with “Meet Me Halfway,” White Ke$ha makes a U-turn and climbs 10-4 in its 9th week. This is the highest position ever for that track.
We’ve already mentioned Journey’s Facebook campaign on WelcheMusic and the group remins at No.7 with “Don’t Stop Believin’,” adling a 62th week. It seems as if Rage Against the Machine’s Facebook campaign is finally over. “Killing in the Name” falls 2-40 this Week. Xmas is finally over.
Scottish singer/songwriter Paolo Nutini makes a surprise move from 14-1 in his 31th Week with Sunny Side Up. The album debuted at No.1 upon its release in May last year. His biggest hit to date is “Last Request” from 2006.
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Tagged Beyonce, Joe Mcelderry, Journey, Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, Paolo Nutini, Rage Against the Machine, The Black Eyed Peas
American rock band Journey has also been favored by a Facebook campaign closely linked to X-Factor. Even if the intention wasn’t to fend off Joe McElderry, many believed that he would cover Journey’s 1982 hit “Don’t Stop Believin’” would be chosen as the single. The track reached No.62 back in 1982, but re-entered the charts this February based on digital downloads. Due to the recent Facebook campaign, UK students promoted the track with success, propelling it to No.7 on this week’s chart. One of the group’s most successful songs is “Open Arms.” The track reached No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1982. In 1995, a Mariah Carey cover of the song peaked at No.4 in the UK. The song was included on her album Daydream.
It took a bit longer, but Joe McElderry finally made the climb to the top of the UK singles chart. “The Climb” knocks Rage Against the Machine from the top spot, but it’s quite a feat that “Killing in the Name Of” only falls to the runner-up spot. Usually, seasonal hits fall heavy once the novelty wears off. This time, it was the Facebook campaign initiated to fend off the X-Factor winner.
The annual Xmas No.1 in the UK has been a sought-after merit, and even something you can bet on. My earlier comment about Joe McElderry predicted that his debut single “The Climb” was bound to top the chart in its first week. Little did I know that a Facebook campaign to prevent the X-Factor winner had succeeded?
American rap metal band Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name” is the official Christmas Number 1 of 2009. Read it again. A track that was issued as the lead single from Rage Against the Machine’s self-titled debut album in 1992 has effectively fended Joe Mcelderry from the top spot. The song’s lyrics cover un-justice and encourages revolution against corruption in society. Not, exactly what X-Factor winners sing about.
Rage Against the Machine sold 500,000 downloads, which is approximately 50,000 more than Joe McElderry’s ballad.
Last year, Alexandra Burke made headlines when she became that year’s X-Factor winner singing “Hallejuah.” For some mysterious reason, this talent show does not produce any new songs and this year’s superior talent Joe McElderry has chosen to cover “The Climb.” Only this March, Miley Cyrus made it to No.4 with the original version – included in her movie Hannah Montana. It is bound to be a UK No.1 hit and was rush-released as a digital download on Dec.14.