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Sunday, December 19, 2010

UK Chart Roundup: Matt Cardle Avoids The Trashmen, Debuts At #1

No surprise here: Matt Cardle, winner of The X Factor 2010, has debuted at #1 in the UK with his elevator-friendly "When We Collide." Where's a good ol' Rage Against The Machine-like Facebook upset campaign when you need one, you ask? Oh, right—that would be The Trashmen's 1963 jam "Surfin' Bird", which sadly only managed to scrape in at #3. Better luck next year, kids. Likewise, Biffy Clyro's original version of "When We Collide", "Many Of Horror", re-enters the chart at #8.

Michael Jackson and Akon's "Hold My Hand" climbs to #10, giving the Gloved Corpse his first new Top 10 hit in the UK since "One More Chance" went to #5 in December 2003.

Meanwhile, over on the album chart, MJ's Michael debuts at #4. Here in the States, the posthumous collection of Jacko jams (that surprisingly doesn't suck) is going toe-to-toe with Susan Boyle's The Gift in the final countdown to next week's #1 on the Top 200.

And while we do seem to love our SuBo over here—the enchanting Vocal Sex Queen Of Scotland's The Gift has been #1 for four non-consecutive weeks now—it's Take That's Progress that truly rules the man band's home country. The album is #1 for a fifth week, and thus becomes the last chart-topping LP of 2010 across the pond.

The U.K. Top 10:

1. "When We Collide" - Matt Cardle *new* *1 week* 
2. "What's My Name" - Rihanna feat. Drake
3. "Surfin' Bird" - The Trashmen *new*
4. "The Time (Dirty Bit)" - The Black Eyed Peas 
5. "Your Song" - Ellie Goulding
6. "The Flood" - Take That
7. "Only Girl (In The World)" - Rihanna 
8. "Many Of Horror" - Biffy Clyro
9. "Whip My Hair" - Willow
10. "Hold My Hand" - Michael Jackson feat. Akon

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