Rihanna’s 2010 success story continues into the New Year, with ‘Loud’ taking a second week at No1 on the first Album Chart of 2011, and three tracks from the album still featuring in this week’s Top 20 Singles Chart.
Take That and The Script are non-movers at No2 and No3, but the highest climber this week is Plan B’s ‘The Defamation Of Strickland Banks’, up twenty-two places from No29 to No7, matching the albums previous peak position back in July 2010 thanks to the January sales. As is typical at this time of year, many of the previous year’s big-hitters see a revival in their fortunes, with Mumford & Sons, Florence & the Machine, Arcade Fire, Biffy Clyro, Lady Gaga and Cee Lo Green all making significant leaps back up the chart.
Matt Cardle takes a fourth consecutive week at No1 on the Singles Chart with ‘When We Collide’, heading a Top 10 virtually unchanged since last week. The Rubberbandits take a fourth week at No2 with ‘Horse Outside’ – the best-selling download for a fourth week in a row – while Rihanna & Drake hold at No3 with ‘What’s My Name’. After ten weeks in the Top 40 Ke$ha finally climbs into the Top 10, up from No16 with ‘We R Who We R’, and in quiet week there’s only one new entry in the Top 20: Tinie Tempah’s ‘Invincible’ (feat. Kelly Rowland) at No18.