Sunday, October 7, 2012

Rihanna: Diamonds tops UK singles chart

Rihanna’s new single, “Diamonds,” has reached the top of the UK singles chart.

The Official Charts Company reports that, in what has been one of the closest fought chart battles of 2012 so far, Rihanna’s “Diamonds” emerges victorious over One Direction’s “Live While We’re Young” and Adele’s “Skyfall” in the race to take the converted Number 1 slot from K-pop sensation Psy’s “Gangnam Style.”

With just 420 copies between the two, Rihanna beat last week’s chart topper, “Gangnam Style,” while One Direction score their fourth Top 10 hit in twelve months with their new single in at Number 3.

Adele’s latest single, "Skyfall," which is the theme song to the forthcoming James Bond film of the same name, has broken into the Official Singles Chart Top 5 after less than 48 hours on sale. The track, which was released at seven minutes past midnight (0:07) on Friday (October 5), debuts at Number 4 today, having sold over 84,000 copies. It is the first Bond theme to take its title from the film since Madonna’s “Die Another Day,” which reached Number 3 in 2002.

“Diamonds” is Rihanna’s sixth Official Singles Chart Number 1 as a lead artist and seventh overall; the track is from her forthcoming new album, which is expected in November.

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