Top 40 Hits

Justin Timberlake‘s “Mirrors” extends its leadership of the UK chart to 3 consecutive weeks, undeterred by a late resurgence from One Direction‘s “One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks)”. The all conquering boy-band’s latest made a strong recovery over the weekend after being featured heavily on Comic Relief 2013 but it wasn’t enough to thwart JT off the throne.

Rounding off this week’s Top 3 singles is Pink’s third single from parent album “The Truth About Love”. Featuring Nate Ruess from indie-pop band Fun, “Give Me Just A Reason” is a direct urgent ballad about lovers who can’t communicate. The song has the same Queen meets R.E.M grandeur of Fun’s hit single “We Are Young”, however Pink & Nate Ruess complement each other so effortlessly, that this doesn’t hinder the vulnerability of Pink’s lyrics. Having already peaked at No.1 in four countries, it is further testament to how beautifully crafted this collaboration is.

Just outside the Top 5, Nicole Scherzinger’s “Boomerang” gets off to a flying start at No.6, while returning to the Top 10 after an absence of three weeks is the club banger “White Noise” by Disclosure featuring Aluna George.

There’s a new peak for Olly Murs’ current single “Army of Two” at No.12, meanwhile ”Chocolate” gives the first taste of top 40 action for Manchester’s up and coming indie-rock band The 1975, up 3 slots at No.21. On the flipside, having already amassed 23 weeks inside the Top 40 Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” is on its way down, paving the way for follow-up single “22”, new at No.26.

With five No.1 hits under his belt, Nelly is one of the most successful rappers in the UK chart history. His comeback single “Hey Porsche” lands at No.17. Elsewhere K Koke’s debut hit “Lay Down Your Weapons” (featuring Rita Ora) drops in a place below at No.18, while American Idol runner-up in 2006, Blake Lewis scores the final Top 40 new entry with “Your Touch” at No.38.

On a side note, David Bowie makes an emphatic return to No.1 on the album chart, with his 27th studio album “The Next Day”. With 94,048 copies sold, it becomes the fastest selling album of 2013!