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Sunday, August 19, 2012

UK Chart Roundup: This Rita Ora Broad Is Happening + The Post-Olympics Effect

I guess after "Hot Right Now" and "R.I.P.' went to #1 in the UK earlier this year, and "How We Do (Party)" is #1 this week, there's no denying that Rita Ora is a "thing" now that's "quite happening." And good for her. It's about time we had a one-broad Rihanna cover band. I'm just going to casually look the other way until she's in the chip shop scissoring Lady Sovereign's face in the meat freezer. T-minutes six months....

Moving on, three songs that benefit from performances at the London Olympics closing ceremony last Sunday are Emeli Sande's "Read All About It Pt. 3" (which appropriately goes in at #3), Elbow's 2008 single "One Day Like This" (#4) and Kate Bush's 1985 Hounds Of Love classic "Running Up That Hill" (#6).

Likewise, Sande's Our Version Of Events climbs to the top of the UK album chart, while Elbow's The Seldom Seen Kid returns to the Top 10 four years later at #6 and 2011's Build A Rocket Boys! is at #35, Madness' Total Madness re-enters at #13, Spice Girls' Greatest Hits is back in at #18 and Kate Bush's The Whole Story is back in at #21.

On the compilation album chart, the Olympics Isles Of Wonder opening ceremony compilation hangs in at #2, while the A Symphony Of British Music closing ceremony LP debuts at #4.

The UK Top 10:

1. "How We Do (Party)" - Rita Ora *new* *1 week*
2. "Heatwave" - Wiley feat. Rymez & Ms D
3. "Read All About It Pt. 3" - Emeli Sande *new*
4. "One Day Like This" - Elbow
5. "We'll Be Coming Back" - Calvin Harris feat. Example
6. "Running Up That Hill" - Kate Bush *new*
7. "Spectrum (Calvin Harris Remix)" - Florence + The Machine
8. "Simply Amazing" - Trey Songz *new*
9. "Language" - Porter Robinson *new*
10. "Lost In Your Love" - Redlight

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