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Mars blasts off with Grenade


Bruno Mars, the Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter and producer, blasts his way to the top of the Official Singles Chart with new single Grenade selling close to 150,000 copies, the Official Charts Company reports today.

This gives Grenade the biggest first week sales for a single released in January since Babylon Zoo’s Spaceman (383,000) in 1996.

In 2010, only three singles achieved bigger first week sales in the entire year; the Helping Haiti’s charity single Everybody Hurts in February (453,000), X Factor Matt Cardle’s debut When We Collide in December (439,000) and Cheryl Cole’s Promise This in October (157,000).

Grenade follows Mars’ previous number one single, his solo debut Just The Way You Are (Amazing).  Mars (aka Peter Hernandez) has also crafted a number of hit records as one part of the production/songwriting trio The Smeezingtons, formed with friends Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine, including  Flo Rida’s Right Round (Official Singles Chart number one, 2009) and K’NAAN’s Fifa World Cup song, Wavin’ Flag (Official Singles Chart number two, 2010) and has lent his vocal talents to the international number one B.o.B’s Nothin’ On You (Official Singles Chart number one, May 2010) and  Travie McCoy’s summer anthem Billionaire (Official Singles Chart number three, July 2010).

Mars’ debut album Doo Wops & Hooligans is released 17th January 2011.  After a one-off album launch show at London’s Cafe De Paris on 24th January, Mars will return to the UK for Doo Wops & Hooligans tour, his first UK headline tour, which kicks off in Manchester on 10th March.

There is just one other new entry in the Official Singles Chart Top 10, the sixth single from JLS, Eyes Wide Shut, which is new at number ten and guests Tinie Tempah.

 Adele is a re-entry at number seven (up from last week’s 27) with Make You Feel My Love.  The track which first entered the Official Singles Chart Top 40 at number 26 in 2008 enjoyed a resurgence in the charts last year when covered by various X Factor contestants, peaking at number four in October 2010.

In the Official Albums Chart, Rihanna’s Loud holds on the to the top spot for a third week while there are two re-entries in the Official Albums Chart Top 10; Adele’s debut album 19 which first entered the Official Albums Chart at number one in January 2008 is at number six this week (up from last week’s number 20) and Eliza Dolittle’s self-titled Eliza Dolittle which first entered the Official Albums Chart at number three in July 2010 is at number nine this week (up from last week’s number 11).

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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