As they say in Barbados, never underestimate the power of a good girl gone bad. Well not really, but that’s precisely what we should be doing y’all!
Chart titan Rihanna’s reign, quite literally, shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon, as ‘Unapologetic‘, the Bajan banger’s 7th studio album, roars in at # 1 on the UK Top 40 Albums Chart this week, her 4th chart-topper on these shores and her 3rd consecutive one – following 2010’s ‘Loud‘ and 2011’s ‘Talk That Talk‘. The album sold a massive 100,000 units this week in the UK alone, bumping off One Direction’s ‘Take Me Home‘ off the # 1 spot, and tying Madonna, Eva Cassidy, Susan Boyle and Norah Jones for the most consecutive # 1 albums by a female vocalist in the history of the UK Charts!
Over at a very busy UK Top 40 Singles Chart, X Factor alumni Olly Murs races ahead of Girls Aloud to land his 4th # 1 single as ‘Troublemaker‘ featuring Flo Rida crashes in at the penthouse selling a massive 121,000 units in the UK this week.
UK pop royalty Girls Aloud make a feisty comeback on the charts as ‘Something New‘, their first single in 3 years, arrives at # 2, thus becoming their 16th top 5 hit and 21st top 10 hit. Their entire career output of singles have landed within the top 10 of the UK Charts – except for 2009’s ‘Untouchable‘ that narrowly missed the top 10, arriving at # 11.
Songstress supreme Alicia Keys earns her 3rd top 5 hit in the UK as a lead vocalist as ‘Girl On Fire‘ arrives on the charts at # 5. Alicia’s previous album ‘The Element Of Freedom‘ peaked at # 1 in the UK, and expectations from the soul chanteuse’s brand new album ‘Girl On Fire‘ are equally high.
The top 10 singles in the UK this week are :
1. Troublemaker – Olly Murs feat. Flo Rida
2. Something New – Girls Aloud
3. Little Things – One Direction
4. Beneath Your Beautiful – Labrinth feat. Emeli Sande
5. Girl On Fire – Alicia Keys
6. Gangnam Style – Psy
7. The Power Of Love – Gabrielle Aplin
8. Candy – Robbie Williams
9. Locked Out Of Heaven – Bruno Mars
10. Diamonds – Rihanna
The top 10 albums in the UK this week are :
1. Unapologetic – Rihanna
2. Take Me Home – One Direction
3. DNA – Little Mix
4. Celebration Day – Led Zeppelin
5. Christmas – Michael Buble
6. Merry Christmas, Baby – Rod Stewart
7. Standing Ovation : The Greatest Songs – Susan Boyle
8. Our Version Of Events – Emeli Sande
9. Magic Of The Movies – Andre Rieu
10. Take The Crown – Robbie Williams