The Rise Of Rihanna


As the quiet holiday period comes to an end the Singles Chart sees a rush of new entries as 11 new releases come into the Top 30 this week. Head of the pack comes the new Def Jam signing – 17 year old Bajan - Rihanna – whose debut single ‘Pon De Replay’ enters the chart at No2. A strong challenge for the No1 spot but not enough to displace Daniel Powter whose ‘Bad Day’ holds on to the top slot for a second week.

Amerie also makes it into the Top10 as ‘Touch’ debuts at No8 – an improvement on her last single ‘1 Thing’ which entered the chart at No10 back in May. Black Eyed Peas, Crazy Frog, Oasis and Girls Aloud all achieve Top 20 places with their new singles whilst Simon Webbe, Babyshambles, Mint Royale, Kaiser Chiefs and The Rolling Stones manage Top30 entries. The Top 5 on the Albums Chart sees no change since last week with James Blunt’s ‘Back To Bedlam’ holding on to the No1 spot for the 9th week - matching Moby’s ‘Play’ which spent 9 consecutive weeks at No1 in 2000, and one week short of the Beatles 10 week reign also in 2000. The Kaiser Chiefs hold steady at No2 with ‘Employment’ and Coldplay stay at No3 with ‘X&Y’. This week’s highest new entry goes to Goldfrapp whose new album ‘Supernature’ enters the Top 10 at No9 – a better first week’s performance then their 2003 album ‘Black Cherry’ which debuted at No30. The Super Furry Animals ‘Love Kraft’ and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s ‘Howl’ both enter the Top30 at No23 & No 29 respectively.

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