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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Robbie Williams Beat (Again) By JLS, Chartjackers End Up Jacking The Chart

This week's big U.K. chart news, album-wise, comes in the form of former X Factor contestants JLS beating Robbie Williams to #1. The boy band's self-titled debut album relegated Reality Killed The Video Star to the runner-up position.

But the foursome might not exactly be popping champagne corks in celebration, since the victory is marred by about 60 of their fans being injured at a Christmas lights switch-on concert yesterday in Birmingham.

Elsewhere, Dame Shirley Bassey's The Performance—which features a star-studded roster of songwriters—comes in at #20.

Over on the singles chart, Leona Lewis suffers a similar Robbie Williams-esque upset as the Black Eyed Peas beat her to #1 with "Meet Me Halfway." And rightly so, I say! Leona might wanna watch her back, though—Shayne Ward's lead single off his sophomore album once debuted at #2 as well, and not too long after he was chained up, thrown in a dumpster and rolled into the English Channel.

Britney Spears' "3" enters the chart at #7, but that song's a total snooze at this point. More interesting is Sugababes popping in at #8 with "About A Girl," because this actually marks the first time in three albums that the gals have landed two Top 10 singles off the same LP. The last time was "Push The Button" (#1) and "Ugly" (#3), from Taller In More Ways back in 2005. (Plus, if we wanna be technical, there's also "Red Dress" (#4) from the same album.)

Of course, this probably has much to do with the fact that the 'babes Sweet 7 isn't even out yet, and "About A Girl" might have charted lower if it were, given that their fans would already have the RedOne tune along with the rest of the album.

On a final note, Internet project/phenom Chartjackers have managed to jack their way to the soaring heights of #36 with Children In Need charity single "I've Got Nothing." And, what the heck—here's the vid:

The U.K. Top 10:

1. "Meet Me Halfway" - The Black Eyed Peas *1 week*
2. "Happy" - Leona Lewis *new*
3. "Everybody In Love" - JLS
4. "Fight For This Love" - Cheryl Cole
5. "I Need You" - N-Dubz *new*
6. "TiK ToK" - Kesha
7. "3" - Britney Spears *new*
8. "About A Girl" - Sugababes *new*
9. "Down" - Jay Sean feat. Lil Wayne
10. "Bad Boys" - Alexandra Burke feat. Flo Rida

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  • At 3:34 PM, Blogger MrBrady said…

    I love "3"! Also, "Meet Me Halfway" isn't that bad either, and I have an intense dislike for the BEPs.

    Sorry, I know that's not really any sort of contribution, I rarely post anything online about music anymore...

  • At 4:21 PM, Blogger John said…

    Leona is talented, but I've gotten to the point that any misstep that Cowell and Co. experience is a minor reason to celebrate. Nice comparison with Shayne, but since she had already had worldwide success, I don't think it's quite gloom and doom just yet.

  • At 4:44 PM, Blogger Paul said…

    Well as i've said before, I think JLS won the race but Robbie will have the legs to last all the way through new year. And they bought Birmingham to a standstill yesterday. The queue at Starbucks was insane because of their screaming fans! (I assume people weren't there for the sugababes).

    Slightly sad for Leona, but she'll muddle through! Ps, yes Shayne is chained up but he ain't in the english channel :P

  • At 10:19 PM, OpenID toddnoonan said…

    Am I supposed to like JLS? Can you just tell me please? I don't feel like doing the research.


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