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Sunday, July 22, 2012

UK Chart Roundup: Gareth Gates Had A Hit 10 Years Ago

On this week 10 years ago, Gareth Gates, the runner-up (behind Will Young) from the very first season of Pop Idol (which spawned American Idol and a thousand imitators), saw his rather decent second single "Anyone Of Us (Stupid Mistake)" spend a second week of three atop the UK singles chart.

It was Gareth's peak pop moment, alas — as the rest of his output was quite shit — and the song came courtesy of hit-making Swedes Jörgen Elofsson, Per Magnusson and David Kreuger, who did some of the better tracks on Britney Spears' first LP ("Sometimes," "(You Drive Me) Crazy").

Ironically, while "Anyone Of Us" hit #1 in the UK, Sweden and Norway, the song either failed to chart or wasn't released in Italy, where video was shot.

The UK Top 10:

1. "Spectrum (Calvin Harris Remix)" - Florence + The Machine *2 weeks*
2. "Payphone" - Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa
3. "Don't Wake Me Up" - Chris Brown
4. "This Is Love" - will.i.am feat. Eva Simons
5. "Black Heart" - Stooshe
6. "Whistle" - Flo Rida
7. "Feel The Love" - Rudimental feat. John Newman
8. "Princess Of China" - Coldplay feat. Rihanna
9. "Pound The Alarm" - Nicki Minaj
10. "Wide Awake" - Katy Perry

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