Monday, December 22, 2014

UK Singles Chart, 21st December 2014


1. Something I Need - Ben Haenow

Our latest X Factor winner, Ben Haenow, tops the chart this week with his debut single, cover of One Republic's "Something I Need," becoming this year's Christmas #1. The single drummed up sales of around 214k, significantly edging out last years' winner Sam Bailey, who debuted at the top on sales of around 150k, clocking in the lowest first-week sales for an X Factor winner's single since, first winner Steve Brookstein back in 2004. I fear this maybe the only victory Haenow may have (along with his X Factor win and inevitable upcoming moderately performing second single and album...) I hope I'm proved wrong though.

2. Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

Somewhat plagued by its early release, Mark Ronson's comeback single dips to second place (I'm betting if it had stuck to its original date, it would have sold more that 118k last week, but never mind, aye). Currently sporting a 40% lead over Haenow on iTunes, it's a no-brainer that this will return to #1 next week. Also this week, "Uptown Funk" broke the record for the most streams within a single week--in the UK (2.7 million streams), toppling previous record-holder Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud," (1.72 million). This is definitely gearing up to be the, "Happy," "Blurred Lines," etc of 2015.

4. Up - Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato

Crashing into the top five, Olly Murs' latest single debuts in the top forty at #4, landing him his eighth top five single and Demi Lovato's third top five and fourth top ten.

5. Got No Fans - Wealdstone Raider

It's nice that the UK has a sense of humour and I guess that's all that needs to be said about this entry.

10. All About the Bass - Meghan Trainor

Meghan Trainor's "All About the Bass," re-enters the top ten in its 16th week on the chart, after it topped the chart for a whole month back in October.

16. Go All Night - Gorgon City featuring Jennifer Hudson

English electronic duo Gorgon City lands their fourth top twenty single with their latest single, "Go All Night," that sees them collaborate with American R&B Singer Jennifer Hudson, who also scores her first top twenty single since her debut single, "Spotlight," peaked at #11 in 2011.

30. Yours - Ella Henderson

It saddens me that this wasn't a bigger hit--give the push it was given with an X Factor performance--I was convinced it was going to give her some sort of Adele moment, but alas, the British public weren't having it. It's unfortunate, because it really a gorgeous song.

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