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Jessie J wins Champion chart battle as Lady Gaga swoops into Top 3


Twenty-two-year-old newcomer Jessie J’s Price Tag featuring B.o.B holds on to the number one slot in the Official Singles Chart for a second week after a tight chart battle with Champion  the new single from precocious rap talent Chipmunk featuring R&B superstar Chris Brown, the Official Charts Company confirms today.

Champion, a new entry at number two, was leading the way in the Official Chart Update, announced on Wednesday, but Price Tag regained the lead in the last two days.  Both singles recorded strong sales of over 90,000 each; the winning margin was less than 5%. 

Champion is the eighth Official Singles Chart Top 40 hit and third Top 10, for the North London Chipmunk (aka Jahmaal Noel Fyffe) who is still just twenty years old and whose career highlights already include a number one single Oopsy Daisy (2009) and a number two album, his platinum-selling debut I Am Chipmunk (2009) as well as picking up two MOBO Awards.  Chipmunk broke into the mainstream when he was studying for his A-levels.

Meanwhile global superstar Lady Gaga’s new single Born This Way is straight in at number three selling a phenomenal 60,000 copies plus in just 34 hours.  Born This Way was released worldwide at 2pm on Friday 11th February having been moved forward from its original release date of today (Sunday 13th Feb).  Born This Way is the lead track from Lady Gaga’s forthcoming album also called Born This Way.  Lady Gaga is due to perform at tonight’s Grammy Awards in LA where she has been nominated in five categories.

There are no other new entries in this week’s Official Singles Chart Top 10.

In the Official Albums Chart, Adele holds on to the number one slot for a third week with her second album 21 continuing to post strong weekly sales of over 130,000, more than the rest of the Top 5 combined.  Not since 2009, when Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed A Dream was number one, has a UK female singer stayed at the top of the Official Albums Chart for longer than two weeks.  Adele’s debut album 19 (2008) is this week’s Official Albums Chart number six. 

The Official Albums Chart Top 10 sees two new entries; Computers and Blues, straight in at number eight, gives Streets their fifth Official Albums Chart Top 10 and their last if Streets’ founder Mike Skinner holds to his declaration that there will be no more Streets albums after this.  Meanwhile, James Blake who was runner-up to Jessie J in the BBC’s Sound of 2011 poll is straight in at number nine with his debut album, the self-titled James Blake and Take That’s phenomenally successful former number one Progress is a re-entry at number ten up from last week’s number 13.

Official Charts Company managing director Martin Talbot said, “The fact that the Top Four singles this week have each sold more than 50,000 copies, plus the speed at which Lady Gaga’s new single as caught up with the rest of the field along with Adele’s continued impressive album sales, demonstrates just how passionate the public is about music.  It’s great to see ahead of a week when music and musicians will be celebrated on both sides of the Atlantic with tonight’s Grammys in the States and Tuesday’s Brit Awards in London.”

Notes to Editors
1.   Chart information quoted from this release must be credited to The Official Charts Company
2.  The Official Charts Company (OCC) is a joint venture between record labels’ body the BPI and ERA, the Entertainment Retailers Association.   The OCC is responsible for the commissioning, marketing, distribution and management of the UK’s industry standard music and video charts and is endorsed by the BVA (British Video Association).
3. The Official Charts Company compiles its charts from sales information gathered across all key distribution (or entertainment) channels including all major high street retail chains, independent stores, supermarkets, mail order internet retailers and digital music service providers. This market research sample equates to 99% of the total UK Singles market; 98% of the total UK Albums market and 90% of the total UK DVD market.
For further information contact:
Amy Howard, Official Charts Company.
T: 01480 860 530  M. 07768 891 264
E: amy@theofficialcharts.com
W:  www.theofficialcharts.com
The Official Chart Update with Greg James, 3.30pm-4pm, BBC Radio 1
The Chart Show with Reggie Yates, Sunday 4pm-7pm, BBC Radio 1.

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