Rihanna takes a second week at No1 on the Singles Chart with ‘Only Girl (In The World)’, five years after her first hit ‘Pon De Replay’ reached No2. Since then she’s amassed a further twenty appearances, including fifteen Top 10’s, making her the most successful solo artist on this chart over the period. Only the Glee Cast claim a higher tally – thirty Top 30 hits in less than a year.
Katy Perry climbs two places from No4 to No2 with ‘Firework’, just ahead of Cheryl Cole who slips from No2 to No3 with ‘Promise This’. Take That claim this week’s highest new entry at No8 with ‘The Flood’ - their first single since Robbie’s return and the first from their sixth studio album ‘Progress’ which is released today. Shayne Ward has the next new entry at No10 with his first release in three years ‘Gotta Be Somebody’, maintaining a 100% Top 20 hit-rate with all seven of his singles.
Bon Jovi hold at No1 on this week’s Album Chart with their ‘Greatest Hits’, ahead of Kings Of Leon’s ‘Come Around Sundown’ which climbs back from No3 to No2. Highest new entry honours go to Susan Boyle this week, new at No5 with her second album ‘The Gift’. She debuts just ahead of James Blunt whose third studio album ‘Some Kind Of Trouble’ lands at No6. His first album ‘Back To Bedlam’ climbed to No1, where it spent eleven weeks in 2005 following his breakthrough with ‘You’re Beautiful’ and his follow-up album ‘All The Lost Souls’ debuted at No1 two years later. Jay-Z has the third and final Top 10 new entry with his ‘Hits Collection Vol 1’ at No9, four years after his previous ‘Greatest Hits’ compilation reached No62.