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Bruno Mars and Little Mix go head-to-head in the singles race

14/11/2012

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Bruno Mars and Little Mix go head-to-head in the singles race

By Dan Lane

Bruno Mars and Little Mix are currently battling it out in the race to Number 1 on Sunday’s Official Singles Chart.

According to today’s Official Chart Update, the US singer / songwriter’s new single, Locked Out Of Heaven leads the race at this midway stage, outselling former X Factor winners Little Mix’s DNA (Number 2) by just over 3,000 copies.

Locked Out Of Heaven is taken from Mars’ upcoming second album, Unorthodox Jukebox, which is set to be released next month. His debut full-length, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, was the third biggest selling album of 2011 and spawned no less than three Number 1s.

Little Mix, who are gearing up for the release of their debut album next week, scored their first chart topping single in December of last year with their cover of Damien Rice’s Cannonball. They hit Number 1 again back in September with the first of their original material, Wings. Can they make it three for three?

Fellow X Factor stars One Direction are new in at Number 3 with the Ed Sheeran-penned Little Things. The track is the second single to be lifted from 1D’s second album, Take Me Home, which looks set to top the Official Albums Chart on Sunday. Former chart topper Labrinth’s Beneath Your Beautiful FT Emeli Sande is down two places to Number 4, while Gabrielle Aplin’s cover of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s 1984 classic, The Power Of Love, shoots up 31 places to Number 5 after being featured in the new John Lewis Christmas TV ad campaign.

New Entries And High Climbers

In addition to Bruno Mars (1), Little Mix (2) and One Direction (3), there are four other new entries in this week’s Official Singles Chart Update.

McFly are on course for their 20th Top 40 hit this Sunday with new single, Love Is Easy (7), written and produced by the band, while London girl group Stooshe debut at Number 14 on the Update with their cover of TLC’s 1995 smash, Waterfalls. This week’s new entries are completed by Lana Del Rey’s Ride (27) and Example’s Close Enemies (31).

Ed Sheeran takes the title of this week’s highest climber: his track Give Me Love has climbed a massive 120 places to Number 19 after performing on last weekend’s X Factor. Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years, which was danced to by Girls Aloud star Kimberly Walsh on last weekend’s Strictly Come Dancing, and features on both the Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1 and Part 2 soundtracks, is up 51 places to Number 24.

The Official Singles Chart Update Top 40 is as follows:

1 LOCKED OUT OF HEAVEN BRUNO MARS
2 DNA LITTLE MIX
3 LITTLE THINGS ONE DIRECTION
4 BENEATH YOUR BEAUTIFUL LABRINTH FT EMELI SANDE
5 THE POWER OF LOVE GABRIELLE APLIN
6 CANDY ROBBIE WILLIAMS
7 LOVE IS EASY MCFLY
8 GANGNAM STYLE PSY
9 SKYFALL ADELE
10 HO HEY LUMINEERS
11 DIAMONDS RIHANNA
12 DON'T YOU WORRY CHILD SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA/MARTIN
13 CAN YOU HEAR ME (AYAYAYA) WILEY/SKEPTA/JME/MS D
14 WATERFALLS STOOSHE
15 ONE MORE NIGHT MAROON 5
16 SWEET NOTHING CALVIN HARRIS/FLORENCE WELCH
17 I FOUND YOU WANTED
18 SHINE YA LIGHT RITA ORA
19 GIVE ME LOVE ED SHEERAN
20 LATCH DISCLOSURE FT SAM SMITH
21 DO YOU THINK OF ME MISHA B
22 TIDAL WAVE SUB FOCUS FT ALPINES
23 BEAUTY AND A BEAT JUSTIN BIEBER FT NICKI MINAJ
24 A THOUSAND YEARS CHRISTINA PERRI
25 WE ARE NEVER EVER GETTING BACK TOGETHER TAYLOR SWIFT
26 YOUR BODY CHRISTINA AGUILERA
27 RIDE LANA DEL REY
28 HALL OF FAME SCRIPT FT WILL I AM
29 LIVE WHILE WE'RE YOUNG ONE DIRECTION
30 I CRY FLO RIDA
31 CLOSE ENEMIES EXAMPLE
32 ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN ELLIE GOULDING
33 TURN AROUND CONOR MAYNARD FT NE-YO
34 TRY PINK
35 NEVER TEAR US APART PALOMA FAITH
36 VA VA VOOM NICKI MINAJ
37 WE ARE YOUNG FUN FT JANELLE MONAE
38 WONDER NAUGHTY BOY FT EMELI SANDE
39 WINGS LITTLE MIX
40 MILLION VOICES OTTO KNOWS

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