It was it seemed, the JLS single that only their fans could love. No sooner had The Club Is Alive debuted at Number One then it was gone again. the single suffering the kind of second week sales collapse not seen since the heyday of McFly, tumbling straight out of the Top 5 all the way to Number 7. Sucks to be them I guess.
This actually left something of a vacuum at the top of the singles chart this week with neither of the two big new releases able to conjure up sales that could approach the Number One position. The way was left clear for an intriguing battle between a handful of current big hits, any one of which theoretically might have had the staying power to see the week out on top.
In the end it is Airplanes from B.o.B. and Hayley Williams which makes a two place climb to the top, arresting the brief decline the single experienced last time out when it sank to Number 3. B.o.B. thus has his second Number One hit in the space of two months, this chart-topper following hard on the heels of Nothin' On You which shot to Number One in the final week of May. As has previously been noted, with this single Hayley Williams has outclassed anything she has previously released with usual bandmates Paramore, so I'm kind of curious to see if this sudden rise to mainstream popularity of their lead singer gives Paramore the necessary sales boost next time they have a single out. The only slight curiousity remains the resolutely sluggish performance of the album The Adventures Of Bobby Ray which is home to all of B.o.B.'s singles to date. The long player makes the smallest of climbs to Number 31 this week, its highest chart placing since it debuted at Number 22 six weeks ago.
The Top 3 is rounded off by We No Speak Americano from Yolanda Be Cool which rises to Number 2 with Eminem and Rihanna following close behind with Love The Way You Lie. Eminem incidentally reclaims the album chart crown this week, swapping places once more with Kylie's Aphrodite.
What then of the big new releases of the week. The highest new entry on the singles chart goes to Professor Green who clearly knows a formula when he sees one. Having reached Number 3 back in April with the INXS-inspired I Need You Tonight, the rap star lands himself a Number 5 entry this week with Just Be Good To Green which once again takes the lyrics and melody of an 80s classic for its inspiration. The track in question is Just Be Good To Me, originally a Number 13 hit in 1984 for the SOS Band although the Professor Green track takes its inspiration rather more from the laid back dub-reggae cover version by Beats International which topped the singles chart as Dub Be Good To Me in 1990. Guest vocals on the track this time around are supplied by Lily Allen who appears to have yet to make good on her pledge to quit the music business, but is here at least making her first chart appearance of 2010.
In one of those strange coincidences that serves to amuse those of us with an interest in these things, Lily Allen's guest vocals on Just Be Good To Green have helped it to outsell the new single by her former producer and one time chart collaborator. Mark Ronson hit flavour of the month status back in 2006/7 by helming both Lily Allen's Alright, Still and Amy Winehouse's Back To Black albums. He followed those two potential classics up with 'Version', an album of inspired cover versions of older songs which spawned its own string of hit singles - naturally with the likes of Allen and Winehouse as well as the newly discovered Daniel Merriweather on vocal duties.
Now Ronson is back with brand new single Bang Bang Bang which is the second biggest new hit of the week at Number 6. Now styled as "Mark Ronson and The Business Intl" to properly credit the group of musicians accompanying him on his new album, the producer moves away from the world of retreads of other people's songs and back into the realm of sparkling new material. Bang Bang Bang certainly is the most arresting dance track you will hear this week, featuring vocal turns from rapper Q-Tip and singer Amanda Warner from the group MNDR. A great many music fans were watching the progress of this track with some considerable interest and they will be more than a little frustrated to note - for now - that the single hasn't quite squeaked into the Top 5 the moment it was released.
Also new to the Top 10 as widely expected is Eliza Doolittle who moves 12-8 with Pack Up in tandem with the release of her self-titled debut album which arrives at Number 3 as the biggest new release of the week.
The album chart also plays host to the debut of the new MIA album Maya, albeit at a rather more understated Number 21. Pre-release hype for the album centred around the industrial grind of the track Born Free and its suitably controtroversial video, but its first official commercial single is the rather easier on the ear XXXO which itself arrives on the chart at Number 26. The track is only the Sri Lankan star's second Top 40 single, following on from Paper Planes which despite its near cultural ubiquity actually only managed to peak at Number 19 in October 2008, although it has been a near constant seller ever since.
Keep an eye out next week for the new Jason Derulo single What If which sneaks in at Number 40 this week as its exposure and popularity builds up to a full single release in a couple of weeks time. Big new releases this week include the returns of both Basshunter and Jedward, leaving me almost scared to check out the midweek updates just in case our worst fears are properly realised. See you next weekend.