With just one week to go until the official Christmas No1 is revealed, 2010 X-Factor winner Matt Cardle sets himself up in pole position on the Singles Chart with ‘When We Collide’. In the process he scores the fastest-selling single in Ireland since 2002, when Six broke all records with ‘There’s A Whole Lot Of Loving Going On’.
Despite having the second-fastest selling single of 2010 (behind Matt Cardle) and more than 2m YouTube hits so far for their video, comedy hip hop duo The Rubberbandits have to settle for a No2 debut with their very un-festive ‘Horse Outside’. The Limerick lads can, however, claim the fastest-selling download ever in Ireland – and were only denied the overall No1 spot this week by the avalanche of CD sales for Matt Cardle. Rihanna climbs from No9 to No3 with ‘What’s My Name’ (feat. Drake) – her fourth Top 5 single in less than six months, and all four are placed in the Top 30 this week. The third new entry comes from Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro at No10 with ‘Many Of Horror’, the original version of Matt Cardle’s ‘When We Collide’. Taken from their platinum ‘Only Revolutions’ album, the song was first released as a single earlier this year when it failed to make the chart.
Take That’s ‘Progress’ climbs back to No1 on the Album Chart after a three week break, ahead of non-mover Rihanna at No2 with ‘Loud’ and Westlife, down to No3 with ‘Gravity’. There’s only one new entry in this week’s chart – Michael Jackson’s ‘Michael’ at No18. This is the first set of new material to be released since his death in June last year, and includes collaborations with Akon, 50 Cent and Lenny Kravitz.