January[ edit ] Alexandra Burke 's " Hallelujah ", the Christmas number-one single of , remained at the top of the Singles Chart for a third week on 4 January. One week later, however, American singer-songwriter Lady Gaga 's debut single " Just Dance " went to number one, and stayed there for the remainder of the month.
American rapper Kid Cudi made his top ten debut with " Day 'n' Nite " which peaked at number two, whilst The Saturdays ' third single " Issues " peaked at number four. Kings of Leon 's Only by the Night album, which spent two weeks at number one in , returned to the top of the Albums Chart on 11 January on the strength of their recent single " Use Somebody ", while The Script 's eponymous debut album - another number one of last year - also returned to the peak of the chart.
February[ edit ] Lady Gaga finally got knocked off the number one spot by Lily Allen , who scored her second number one with " The Fear ". It finally climbed up to number three two weeks later, her highest peaking solo hit. White Lies got knocked off from the number one album spot by Bruce Springsteen with his new album, Working on a Dream. Franz Ferdinand 's third album, Tonight , missed out at number two.
Rapper Eminem returned with " Crack a Bottle ", which entered the singles chart at number four on downloads alone, his first hit in four years. This month also saw the re-entry of M. The lead single from the first The Prodigy album in five years, " Omen ", peaked at number four on the singles chart. Kelly Clarkson then got knocked down to number four by Flo Rida with " Right Round " who prevented The Saturdays from getting number one with " Just Can't Get Enough " which was the first time in 14 years that the Comic Relief song did not hit number one.
The second Comic Relief song, " Barry Islands in the Stream " got to number one a week later and a week after that it got knocked off by Lady Gaga who gained a surprise second number one with " Poker Face ".
You Are My Destiny " with A. Kings of Leon got knocked off from the number one album spot by The Prodigy with their first studio album in five years, Invaders Must Die. The Prodigy then got knocked off from number one by U2 with their first album in five years, No Line on the Horizon which outsold the rest of the top forty combined to claim the top spot.
April[ edit ] On the first chart of April, Lady Gaga stayed at number one on the singles chart with "Poker Face" which went on to become the UK's biggest-selling single of Metro Station 's debut song " Shake It " climbed to number six and La Roux 's song " In for the Kill " climbed up into the top ten after a fortnight at number eleven, reaching number seven. La Roux climbed 2 places to number two, knocking Lady Gaga to number three, and Pussycat Dolls to number four.
Eminem gained the highest new entry with " We Made You ". Curiously, despite 23 releases since chart records began, no other single has ever reached number one, referencing its chart position in the title. They saw off competition from La Roux, who was a non mover at 2 whilst Calvin Harris dropped two places to number 3.
Climbers included Eminem who rose three places to 5 and Lily Allen rose one place to 9. Lady Gaga however dropped one place to number 4 and Ciara Feat. Justin Timberlake also slightly dropped. On 26 April, Lady Gaga kept her reign over the albums chart keeping her album "The Fame" at the summit for a month despite heavy competition from Depeche Mode. Girls Aloud only managed to climb to number eleven, therefore breaking their run of consecutive top tens with " Untouchable ".
Lily Allen and Eminem both benefited from physicals as they went to number five and four respectively. Black Eyed Peas were knocked from number 1 by another new entry, Dizzee Rascal with his new hit " Bonkers ". Eurovision winner Alexander Rybak also had a top ten placing with " Fairytale ".
Lady Gaga finally got knocked from the number one album spot by Bob Dylan with Together Through Life , his first studio album in almost three years. The Enemy 's new album Music for the People went straight in at number two.
On 17 May Bob Dylan got knocked down seven places by Green Day 's new album 21st Century Breakdown which only had two days of sales to get to number 1. The long-awaited comeback album from musician Eminem titled Relapse goes straight to the top becoming this year's fastest selling album with over , copies in its first week in the UK.
Also in the top ten was Madness ' new album and Journal for Plague Lovers by Manic Street Preachers at numbers five and three respectively. Agnes 's debut single in the UK Release Me peaked at number three. Keri Hilson 's follow-up single " Knock You Down " climbed to number six. Also on the singles chart, " When Love Takes Over " by David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland charted at number seven after a rush release due to a "cover" version being released on iTunes , before climbing to the top spot a week later.
The cover, by Airi L, charted at number twenty-two. The following week, David Guetta was knocked off the number one spot by a new entry from La Roux ; the band's third single, " Bulletproof ". Also this week, the top one hundred singles chart saw a staggering twenty-eight re-entries from Michael Jackson six of which reached the top forty , following the singer's death.
Paolo Nutini reached the number one albums spot with his second album Sunny Side Up whilst Daniel Merriweather 's debut album went straight to number two. Following the death of "King of Pop" Michael Jackson , his album Number Ones reclaimed the top spot after first reaching number one in His album, Thriller , also re-entered the top-ten albums chart at number seven. Oasis begins the summer stadium leg of their world tour with 3 sold-out homecoming concerts at the 70, capacity Heaton Park between 4 and 7 June.
July[ edit ] On 5 July, thirty-seven Michael Jackson songs reached the Top beating last week's record of twenty-eight , thirteen of which reached the Top 40, breaking Elvis Presley 's record of seven, the highest of those was "Man in the Mirror" which reached number two, it was beaten to number one by Cascada with " Evacuate the Dancefloor ", which knocked the previous week's number one "Bulletproof" by La Roux down to number three.
Number One's and King Of Pop were also both in the top five and Thriller and Off The Wall made the top ten, the highest new entry was La Roux's self titled debut album which reached number two.
With The Essential Michael Jackson knocking Number Ones off the top spot, Jackson became only the third act to ever manage two consecutive 1 albums - the first act to do it was The Beatles who achieved the feat twice, and later Mike Oldfield became the second. Florence and the Machine , with her debut album Lungs , which was released on 6 July, spent five weeks at 2 behind Michael Jackson. The following week however, it climbed to 39 as Michael Jackson's songs dropped.
This became the band's lowest peaking single to date, peaking 15 places lower than previous single " Know Your Enemy ".
With the release of Now 73 that week, five 'older' songs re-entered the chart - the highest was Lily Allen with Not Fair at Tinchy Stryder's run only lasted one week as 16 August saw the Black Eyed Peas return to 1 on the singles chart with "I Gotta Feeling" climbing back to the top, and Michael Jackson's seventh and final week at 1 on the albums chart. Sasha Fierce , raise to its highest peak thus far of 2, after 39 weeks on the chart, due to the success of her latest top 5 single, " Sweet Dreams ".
Both charts saw new number 1s the following week, with David Guetta achieving his second number 1 with Sexy Bitch , this time featuring Akon as the vocalist. Calvin Harris replaced Michael Jackson at the top of the albums chart with Ready for the Weekend , with the single of the same name reaching 3, while Tinchy Stryder's album Catch 22 reached 2. The Arctic Monkeys entered at number 1 on the albums chart with Humbug.
On 28 August a backstage fight before a concert, between brothers Noel Gallagher and Liam Gallagher led to the official splitting up of the Britpop band Oasis , announced by brother Noel on the band's website. Oasis was later said to be continuing without Noel under the new name Beady Eye.
At number 2 was the Sugababes with Get Sexy , their biggest hit in two years, and at number 6, Kings of Leon made a surprising return to the top 10 with hit Sex on Fire , which regained popularity after the summer festival season and being covered on the ITV1 talent show The X Factor. It was the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, when her career flourished, and at the age of 92, this made her the oldest ever living person to have an album chart that high.
On 13 September, Pixie Lott broke the record for the largest jump to number 1 within a top 75, with " Boys and Girls " climbing 72 places after being 73 the previous week. There was also competition from Mika , returning after two years with " We Are Golden ", new dance group Mini Viva with " Left My Heart In Tokyo ", rock band Muse returned with " Uprising ", the lead single from new album The Resistance and Shakira returned after three years with " She Wolf ", all entering at 4, 7, 9 and 25 respectively.
Meanwhile, Lady Gaga 's fourth single LoveGame peaked at number 19, despite the song's controversial music video and lyrics. However, it had already entered the charts earlier in the year thanks to download sales from her debut album The Fame.
The following week Chipmunk's third single Oopsy Daisy reached the top spot making it his first UK number one hit, and second hit inside the top The final number one single of October was Cheryl Cole 's debut solo single Fight For This Love which was the fastest selling single of the year.
Their 2nd single, Everybody In Love also topped the chart for a week from 14 November. Having topped the download chart this week, Jason Derulo was a non mover at number three in the singles chart with " Whatcha Say ".
The highest new entry inside the top ten came from Rihanna , as her new single " Russian Roulette " came in at number six this week. December[ edit ] The first week of the last month of the decade started with Peter Kay's Animated All Star Band remaining at number one for a second week, holding off Rihanna's "Russian Roulette" which climbed to number two. Susan Boyle remained at the top of the album chart where it has now been for three weeks.
On 13 December, Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" climbed to number one, therefore making chart history as Gaga now holds the title of most number one singles by a female artist in one year tallying three. In the same week Kesha finally broke into the top five, and Timbaland climbed to number six.
A Facebook group, set up to halt "Simon Cowells stranglehold on the charts" by getting the " Killing in the Name " to the top of the charts, got , members and led Rage Against the Machine to the first download-only Christmas number one, selling over , copies — ahead of Joe McElderry by 50, In the following week's chart week ending January 2, McElderry's single, " The Climb " made it to the number one spot.