Archive for December, 2010

Black Eyed Peas climb to singles No.1

Sunday, December 12th, 2010
The Black Eyed Peas 'The Time (Dirty Bit)'

The Black Eyed Peas have climbed to the top of the UK singles chart with their Dirty Dancing remix ‘The Time (Dirty Bit)’.

The group notched up a fifth UK number one with their techno track, after an energetic performance on last Sunday’s X Factor semi-final saw the song advance five places and snatch pole position on this week’s chart.

Settling in at second is ‘Whip My Hair’, the debut single by Hollywood star Will Smith’s daughter Willow, who at just 10 years old becomes one of the youngest artists in chart history to score a top ten hit.

Elsewhere, Rihanna continues her hold on the chart after ‘What’s My Name?’ and ‘Only Girl (In The World)’ both climb to four and five respectively, while her collaboration with David Guetta, ‘Who’s That Chick?’, holds steady at nine.

The mass of new entries and climbers around the summit of the rankings push the X Factor finalists and ‘Heroes’ off the top spot and down to seven on the night of the show’s grand finale, while last year’s runner-up Olly Murs lands right behind them, after falling four places with ‘Thinking Of Me’.

Outside the top ten, a previously unheard Michael Jackson track featuring Akon entitled ‘Hold My Hand’ becomes the second-highest new entry of the week at 11, while Alexandra Burke’s ‘The Silence’ also makes a respectable placing at 18.

Meanwhile, festive-themed tune ‘Christmas Lights’ by Coldplay climbs five places to 13, while YouTube star Alexa Goddard gains six places with a Cher Lloyd-inspired cover of ‘Turn My Swag On’ at 20.

The top ten in full:
1. (6) The Black Eyed Peas: ‘The Time (Dirty Bit)’
2. (-) Willow Smith: ‘Whip My Hair’
3. (2) Ellie Goulding: ‘Your Song’
4. (7) Rihanna ft. Drake: ‘What’s My Name?’
5. (6) Rihanna: ‘Only Girl (In The World)’
6. (5) Far East Movement: ‘Like A G6’
7. (1) X Factor Finalists: ‘Heroes’
8. (4) Olly Murs: ‘Thinking Of Me’
9. (9) David Guetta ft. Rihanna: ‘Who’s That Chick?’
10. (3) Nicole Scherzinger: ‘Poison’

Source: Official Charts Company

‘Fireflies’ wins ‘Record Of The Year’

Friday, December 10th, 2010
Owl City 'Fireflies'

‘Fireflies’ by Owl City has been voted 2010’s ‘Record Of The Year’.

The single from Adam Young reached number one in January after achieving the same feat in the US in 2009.

It beat Lady GaGa and Beyoncé’s duet ‘Telephone’ into second place. Alicia Keys’s ‘Empire State Of Mind (Part Two)’ finished third, while ‘Just The Way You Are’ by Bruno Mars and ‘Love The Way You Lie’ by Eminem and Rihanna completed the top five.

The annual award began in 1998 and had been broadcast on ITV before being downgraded to an online poll in 2006.

Westlife have won the award on four occasions, before the television version was cancelled. GaGa picked up the trophy in 2009 with ‘Poker Face’.

N-Dubz Tulisa: ‘I’m not gay’

Thursday, December 9th, 2010
Tulisa of N-Dubz

Tulisa Contostavlos has brushed off claims that she is gay.

The N-Dubz singer, who is seen kissing a women in the music video for their new single ‘Girls’, said that she is not a lesbian but “wanted to wind everyone up.”

“I do hate men but I’m not gay. I’m not looking for a girlfriend,” she told RWD Magazine.

“That tune was just fun and the video was spontaneous when I kissed NY. We were sat in the dressing room and I was trying to work out how to get her in the video. I was joking that we should have some ‘lezza’ action but I thought, let’s make her the card dealer then at the end you’ll find out she’s my chick.

“You don’t see on the video fully but we actually kisssssed.”

The star recently claimed that all men are animals.

Scissor Sisters ‘regret single choice’

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

The Scissor Sisters have revealed that they regret releasing the song ‘Fire With Fire’ as a single.

The group, who put out the track to trailer their third studio album Night Work, admitted that they made the wrong decision to release the song – which peaked on the UK singles chart at number 11.

Discussing their latest record, frontman Jake Shears told X Magazine: “Yeah, it was a slow burn. I think ‘Fire With Fire’ wasn’t the right single to release first. That’s the heartbreak about it – it’s something I always follow, always going with my instincts.

“Because, if you put something out when you’re following your instincts and it fails, it’s all on you. ‘Invisible Light’ should have been the first single.”


‘Harry Potter’ spends third week at UK No. 1

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 has held on to its place at the top of the UK box office.

The film, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, pulled in £3.7 million on its third weekend on release to hold off competition from 3D animation Megamind and retain first place.

Last week’s runner-up Unstoppable falls to number three, comedy Due Date charts at number four and Gareth Edwards’ low-budget sci-fi Monsters bows at number five.

Elsewhere in the top ten, London Boulevard is the biggest faller as it slips down four spots to number seven. New release The Warrior’s Way, a martial arts-Western starring Geoffrey Rush and Kate Bosworth, is a new entry at number 10.

The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (1) Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 – £3,739,781
2. (-) Megamind – £2,827,502
3. (2) Unstoppable – £859,205
4. (4) Due Date – £391,284
5. (-) Monsters – £348,577
6. (5) The American – £286,072
7. (3) London Boulevard – £254,134
8. (6) Despicable Me – £136,358
9. (7) The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest – £113,958
10. (-) The Warrior’s Way – £105,389

‘X Factor’ finalists stay top of singles chart

Sunday, December 5th, 2010
The X Factor finalists 'Heroes'

This year’s X Factor finalists have retained their position atop the UK singles chart with charity track ‘Heroes’.

The David Bowie cover, which was released in support of British charity Help For Heroes, fought off competition from former Pussycat Dolls star and X Factor guest judge Nicole Scherzinger, who scores this week’s highest new entry with ‘Poison’ at three.

Rihanna appears on three singles in this week’s top ten, with ‘What’s My Name’, her collaboration with Drake, climbing two places to number eight, and David Guetta’s ‘Who’s That Chick’, featuring the Barbados-born popstar, landing at nine. Finally, her own ‘Only Girl (In The World)’ slides down to number seven, making her only the fourth artist in UK chart history to be credited on three singles in the top ten simultaneously.

Elsewhere on the chart, Katy Perry’s ‘Firework’ and Take That’s comeback single ‘The Flood’ both slip out of the top ten for the first time at 11 and 12 respectively, while Coldplay are a festive-themed new entry at 18 with ‘Christmas Bells’.

Meanwhile, another Yuletide classic – Mariah Carey’s 1994 hit ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ – re-enters the chart at 22, peaking above new entries from N-Dubz, who land at 23 with ‘Girls’, and The Wanted, whose ‘Lose My Mind’ reaches number 29.

The top ten in full:
1. (1) X Factor Finalists: ‘Heroes’
2 (2) Ellie Goulding: ‘Your Song’
3 (-) Nicole Scherzinger: ‘Poison’
4 (4) Olly Murs: ‘Thinking of Me’
5. (7) Far East Movement: ‘Like a G6’
6 (11) The Black Eyed Peas: ‘The Time (Dirty Bit)’
7 (5) Rihanna: ‘Only Girl in the World’
8 (10) Rihanna ft. Drake: ‘What’s My Name’
9 (-) David Guetta ft. Rihanna: ‘Who’s That Chick?’
10 (2) JLS: ‘Love You More’

Source: Official Charts Company

Coldplay – Christmas Lights

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Coldplay’s ‘Christmas Lights’ – only available to download since Wednesday – has zoomed straight into the top 30.

‘X Factor’ favourite for Christmas No. 1

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
X Factor judge Simon Cowell

The winner’s single from this year’s X Factor has been named the favourite to take the 2010 Christmas number one.

Despite last year’s champion act Joe McElderry losing out to Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Killing In The Name’ Facebook campaign, Paddy Power lists the unknown track as the favourite to top the charts for Christmas.

The bookmaker notes that a record number of festive songs are being released this year, but gives The X Factor single odds of 4/7, with its closest contender as Trashmen’s 1963 hit ‘Sufin’ Bird’ at 9/4.

X Factor reject Gamu Nhengu is third favourite to take pole position with her charity track ‘Where Will You Sleep This Christmas?’, which is a 5/1 shot.

Current bottom favourite for festive chart glory is Cliff Richard’s annual chart assault, currently with odds of 80/1.

It was reported earlier this year that next year’s X Factor winner will not challenge for the Christmas number one.

Eliza Doolittle: ‘Skinny Genes’

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Eliza Doolittle reissues ‘Skinny Genes’ – originally released as her debut single in April – on December 26. Here is the official video: