Fuming punters swarmed down HMV in their droves over the weekend in protest at Kev Kharas’ smug reportage of Mint Royale’s success with their ‘Singin’ In The Rain’ overhaul, on the back of Britain’s Got Talent winner George Sampson’s dance interpretation of the song. They’re at number one now, outstripping nearest rival Rihanna almost at the double, and you have us to thank for that.
Elsewhere in the singles chart and it’s the usual hive of rancid activity with two top-ten climbers in Sara Bareilles and Gabriella Cilmi at six and seven with 'Love Song' and 'Sweet About Me' respectively. Look to #23 and there’s disconcerting evidence that terrible adverts are dictating our charts as Snap make a nine-place dash with ‘Rhythm Is A Dancer’,the song most recently heard soundtracking a pirhouetting marionette in the name of mineral water.
Freshly-pressed indie participants in this week’s hall of fame include Morrissey’s ‘All You Need Is Me’ (#24), Elbow with ‘One Day Like This’ (#39) and Mystery Jets, up 25 spots to 28. Twenty eight? Seriously people. Radiohead’s amplified mope par excellence ‘Creep’ makes a surprise appearance at 37; chalk that one up to the recently-released Best Of comp and, perhaps, the recent controversy over Prince’s performance of the song.
Albums-wise the top ten is starting to resemble a lunatic’s i-Pod set to shuffle, should said lunatic possess the cognitive faculties to bring about such an unlikely state of affairs – new entries from Paul Weller (22 Dreams, #1), Radiohead (The Best Of, #4), The Zutons (You Can Do Anything, #6) and (cue Sideshow Bob-style rake-scene shudder) Alphabeat (This Is Alphabeat, #10) jostle clueslessly with the likes of Duffy, Neil Diamond and Scooter in a line-up that’ll give us nightmares for weeks to come.
Elsewhere there’s not much doing - Guns N’ Roses’ greatest hits collection is up to 21, Royworld are in at 52 with Man In The Machine, Spiritualized’s Songs In A&E slides 40 (review!) to 55… Ladytron make a small splash at 75 with Velocifero, reviewed here.