Cannonball is not a suitable song for Little Mix however there's a lot of potential for the group. About Military Wives… well that has a story behind, it's christmas and everything is well assembled to get that #1.
Before the release of the charity single, Stacey Solomon and Nirvana were mentioned as the frontrunners to get the #1 over Little Mix.
soft-punkie-electronica kinda new wave more like rock with a little riffs but kinda like soulful but more jamaican style near to rock
And this is Rihanna's 5th consecutive multi-platinum album. AGLM is at 600k but hasnt been 2x Platinum certified. GGGB is 5x platinum (6x soon), Rated R is 2x Platinum, Loud is 6x Platinum and Talk That Talk 2x Platinum (so far). Incredible. So consistent and really incredible.
I think he gave up on the challenge all together this year by releasing a week earlier than usual.
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Christmas Singles Chart analysis: Military Wives run away with it
21:45 | Sunday December 25, 2011
By Alan Jones
Surprising no-one by scorching to first week sales of 555,622, Wherever You Are by Military Wives with Gareth Malone makes light of the task of dethroning former incumbents Little Mix, whose Cannonball retreats to number two, with sales of 116,578, a week after debuting at the summit.
With royalties going to The Royal British Legion and SSAFA Forces Help, Wherever You Are features no fewer than 90 wives and partners of serving British servicemen, and recorded the highest weekly sale for three years, and the sixth best of the 21st century overall.
The 10 previous best weekly single sales of the 21st century are shown in the table below.
Date shown is Music Week publication date (sales week ends seven days earlier) and new entries are indicated by an asterisk.
*1,108,269 Anything Is Possible/Evergreen – Will Young (9 March 2002)
*850,535 Unchained Melody – Gareth Gates (30 March 2002)
*742,180 That’s My Goal – Shayne Ward (31 December 2005)
*576,046 Hallelujah – Alexandra Burke (27 December 2008)
*571,253 A Moment Like This – Leona Lewis (30 December 2006)
*549,823 Pure And Simple – Hear’Say (24 March 2001)
502,672 Killing In The Name – Rage Against The Machine (26 December 2009)
*453,426 Everybody Hurts – Helping Haiti (20 February 2010)
*450,838 The Climb – Joe McElderry (26 December 2009)
*439,007 When We Collide – Matt Cardle (25 December 2010)
Various other campaigns to deny Little Mix taking the Christmas number one slot for The X Factor were also waged, with the most successful being the one for Dominick The Donkey (The Italian Christmas Donkey) spearheaded by Radio One DJ Chris Moyles. An Italian-American novelty recorded by Lou Monte in 1960, which also crediting Joe Reisman's Orchestra & Chorus, the track makes its first ever chart appearance, debuting at number three after selling 92,731 copies.
When Monte died in 1989, Alex Day was just two months old but the two are joined in chart battle this week. Day formerly fronted the band Sons Of Admirals. He has a huge youtube following, with his debut solo single Forever Yours racking up nearly 2.75m views since being added to his channel on 1 December. Available in a multiplicity of mixes, it debuts at number four (52,881 sales) this week.
The highest profile Facebook campaign was in support of Nirvana's classic Smells Like Teen Spirit. Somewhat less successful than the one which secured Rage Against The Machine's Killing In The Name Christmas chart honours in 2009, in nevertheless brings the track - a number seven hit in 1991 - its first Top 40 appearance since, at number 11 (30,435 sales).
Two very late Christmas contenders from Essex provide the week's only other Top 40 debuts: at number 27 (11,887 sales) is Dagenham's Stacey Solomon - who finished third in the sixth series of The X Factor in 2009 behind Joe McElderry and Olly Murs - with Chris Rea's Driving Home For Christmas, which she sings on the current Iceland TV advert; and at number 39 (10,213 sales), the cast of The Only Way Is Essex make their debut with a perfunctory reading of Wham!'s Last Christmas.
2006 X Factor champion Leona Lewis suffers one of the biggest second week dips in chart history with her version of Nine Inch Nails' Hurt, which collapses 8-68 (4,979 sales). Fellow X Factor graduate Olly Murs' Dance With Me Tonight ebbs 3-6 (38,217 sales). Coldplay's Paradise - performed on the X Factor Final show - is also off, falling 2-5 (50,622 sales).
Most Christmas-themed songs suffer declines, but Fairtytale Of New York by The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl holds at number 13. With Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You falling 11-17 (18,278 sales) it moves back to the top of the yule log of festive hits. More impressively, the 25,718 copies that Fairytale Of New York sold last week earn it the distinction of becoming Britain's latest million-selling single.
The 1987 track was identified as having sold 543,000 copies to the point of an OCC survey into the biggest selling number two hits in February 2007. A Christmas perennial, it racked up another 441,880 sales to the start of last week, raising its cumulative tally to 984,880, and has now sold 1,010,598 copies. It became the UK's 109th million seller on Thursday (22nd).
Overall singles sales are up 23.54% week-on-week at 4,025,393 – 8.30% above same week 2010 sales of 3,716,766.
Christmas Album Chart analysis: Buble dominates with 317k weekly sales
25 December, 2011
By Alan Jones
Topping the album chart for the second week in a row, and the third time in all, Michael Buble's Christmas is the most appropriately titled chart-topper for 25 December.
The album sold 317,114 copies last week – the highest by any album in any week of 2011 - to bring its overall tally to 1,272,744 in just nine weeks. It became Buble's second million seller on Monday 19th, its 57th day on release, joining his last studio album, Crazy Love. The latter disc, incidentally, has been in the Top 75 every week since its release 114 weeks ago. Climbing 23-22 this week, it achieves its highest chart placing for 32 weeks, with sales of 38,652 lifting its career tally to 2,828,483. In the past month it first passed The Scissor Sisters' self-titled debut and Lady GaGa's The Fame to become the biggest selling album of the 21st century by an act from overseas, then leapfrogged over Keane's Hopes & Fears and Coldplay's A Rush Of Blood To The Head to move into ninth place in the overall 21st century rankings.
Returning to Christmas, the latest Buble album recorded the 19th biggest weekly sale of the 21st century last week and – since the 18 above it were all by albums by British acts – the highest by a foreigner, narrowly beating the 314,553 copies that Eminem’s compilation Curtain Call: The Hits sold six years ago to the week. It also recorded the highest weekly sale for a Christmas album to date.
In a week of high sales but little chart movement, Amy Winehouse's Lioness; Hidden Treasures holds at number two (216,868 sales); Olly Murs' In Case You Didn't Know bounces 4-3 (164,860 sales) Coldplay's Xylo Myloto slips 3-4 (163,061 sales);; and Rihanna's Talk That Talk repeats at number five (143,158 sales). It is the highest weekly sale yet for the Winehouse and Murs albums, which increase their cumulative tallies to 597,719 and 557,183, respectively.
ITV's screening of Westlife: For The Last Time gave a boost to the veteran and soon to be extinct Irish band's Greatest Hits set, which jumps 9-8 (115,677 sales).
The year's biggest selling album, Adele's 21 took advantage of the rarified sales that always attend the festive season, on its 48th straight week in the Top 10, with sales of 129,310, while holding at number six. That's its highest weekly tally for 38 weeks, and lift its overall sales to a staggering 3,736,513.
Never out of the Top 15 since its release, Bruno Mars' debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans remains at number 11, with sales of 69,180 copies- its highest since it entered at number one in January on sales of 86,213 copies - raising its 2011 tally to 1,170,364. It nevertheless slips 3-4 in the year-to-date rankings, trailing Adele's 21 (see above) and 19, which moves 38-35, with sales of 23,497 in the week, 1,203,074 in the year and 1,933,344 in its career – and Michael Buble’s Christmas (See above), which jumps 4-2.
The top nine artist albums all sold more than 100,000 copies last week (those not yet mentioned: are: Rebecca Ferguson’s Heaven,, which holds at number seven on sales of 122,664, and Ed Sheeran;s +, down 8-9, on sales of 101,626) – and so did Now That's What I Call Music! 80, which enjoys another easy victory atop the compilation chart, where its fifth straight week at the summit comes with sales of 190,030 copies - nearly three times as many copies as the 66,248 copies that Now That's What I Call Christmas sold in runners-up position. Now! 80’s continued strength lifts its five week tally to 1,069,030, making it the first compilation to sell a million copies this year.
Overall album sales were up 9.09% week-on-week to a new 2011 high of 6,026,781. That is 5.46% above same week 2010 sales of 5,714,505, ending a run of 26 weeks in a row that weekly sales have failed to match the equivalent 2010 tally.
555,622 Military Wives
116,578 Little Mix
92,731 Lou Monte
52,881 Alex Day
38,217 Olly Murs (6)
30,435 Nirvana (11)
25,718 The Pogues/Kirsty MacColl (13)
18,278 Mariah Carey (17)
11,887 Stacey Solomon (27)
10,213 The Only Way Is Essex (33)
4,979 Leona Lewis (68)