Archive for March, 2011

Adele holds firm at singles No.1

Sunday, March 6th, 2011
Adele, singer
Adele has finished at number one on the UK singles chart for a third consecutive week with ‘Someone Like You’.

The second release from the star’s mega-selling album 21 posted its strongest sales figures yet in the last seven days, shifting over 116,000 copies to stay at pole position ahead of ‘Price Tag’ by Jessie J and Rihanna’s ‘S&M’, both of which are also unmoved from their places last Sunday.

Elsewhere, Lady GaGa’s ‘Born This Way’ returns to the giddy heights of the list after a temporary tumble, finishing at four from last week’s eight, while Adele is down a place at five with ‘Rolling In The Deep’.

Also turning up in the top ten for a second time is Jessie J, whose ‘Do It Like Dude’ climbs three places from 13 in a result fuelled by the release of her long-awaited debut album Who You Are.

The top ten in full:
1. (1) Adele: ‘Someone Like You’ (Brit Awards live version)
2. (2) Jessie J ft. B.o.B: ‘Price Tag’
3. (3) Rihanna: ‘S&M’
4. (8) Lady GaGa: ‘Born This Way’
5. (4) Adele: ‘Rolling In The Deep’
6. (5) Chipmunk ft. Chris Brown: ‘Champion’
7. (6) Alexis Jordan: ‘Good Girl’
8. (9) Chris Brown: ‘Yeah 3x’
9. (7) Bruno Mars: ‘Grenade’
10. (13) Jessie J: ‘Do It Like A Dude’

Source: Official Charts Company


UK 3DS pre-orders approach 100,000

Sunday, March 6th, 2011
Nintendo 3DS

Pre-orders of the Nintendo 3DS are reportedly nearing the 100,000 mark in the UK.

Speaking to MCV, the company’s UK sales director Andy Yates said that pre-orders of the system are “in line” with targets.

“We’re very encouraged that it’s going to be a big launch,” he said. “Our target was to get over 100,000 pre-orders – and we’re in line with that. So far, we’ve already beat our personal best for a console launch. With three weeks to go, we’re in a great position, as pre-orders are still building.”

Nintendo’s UK marketing director Dawn Paine added that British retailers are welcoming the launch of major hardware during the current fiscal quarter.


UK 360 owners ‘spend £64 per month’

Sunday, March 6th, 2011
Xbox 360 logo

A survey by Microsoft’s marketing department has suggested that UK Xbox 360 owners spend £64 per month on games on average.

The questionnaire, which sampled 251 people between the ages of 25 and 34, also revealed that 13 percent of users spend more than £100.

“Compared against the average male, gamers represent an attractive proposition for marketers,” Microsoft Advertising’s head of research for data and analytics Julie Forey told MCV.

“Earning a higher wage, being advocates of premium goods and over half playing for more than three hours each day, this provides firms with a profile from which they can base their message.”


‘Gnomeo & Juliet’ returns to UK chart summit

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011
Still from Gnomeo & Juliet

Gnomeo & Juliet has reclaimed first place at the UK box office.

The 3D animation, which re-tells William Shakespeare’s classic tale with a cast of garden gnomes, takes in £2.5 million to lead the chart ahead of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s Paul.

New release I Am Number Four debuts at number three, while the half-term school holidays helped boost animated films Yogi Bear and Tangled up to fourth and fifth place respectively.

Romantic comedy No Strings Attached (number eight), starring Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman, and belated sequel West Is West (number ten) also debuted in the chart.

Elsewhere, Nicolas Cage’s high profile action film Drive Angry 3D and Anthony Hopkins-led horror The Rite fail to dent the top ten, landing at numbers 11 and 12.

The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (2) Gnomeo & Juliet – £2,502,806
2. (1) Paul – £2,073,462
3. (-) I Am Number Four – £1,628,523
4. (6) Yogi Bear – £1,465, 863
5. (7) Tangled – £1,352,104
6. (3) The King’s Speech – £1,207,963
7. (5) Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son – £993,485
8. (-) No Strings Attached – £978,974
9. (4) True Grit – £862.260
10. (-) West Is West – £758,226