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Promise delivers as Cheryl Cole and Rihanna score biggest first week non-charity singles of 2010 so far


Cheryl Cole’s new single Promise This leaps to number one in the Official Singles Chart and takes the crown for biggest first week single of the year so far (non-charity) with over 157,000 copies sold since its release at start of the week, the Official Charts Company confirms today.

But Rihanna’s Only Girl (In The World), straight in at number two, also delivers outstanding first week sales, of over 126,000, giving the Barbadian born, US-based singer the second biggest first week single of the year so far and her fourteenth Official Singles Chart Top 10 hit.  No other number two record has sold more in a week this year.

Official Charts Company managing director Martin Talbot said: “To have two such phenomenally strong singles in one week is exceptional – congratulations to Cheryl and Rihanna.”

Only Helping Haiti’s Everybody Hurts, in aid of Haiti’s earthquake victims, has had more week one sales this year with a phenomenal 450,000.  (See below for Top 5 biggest first week singles of year to date.)

Promise This gives Cole the second number one single of her solo career, following her solo debut Fight For This Love which itself had one of the biggest first weeks of 2009 with over 290,000 sales.  Cole’s first solo album 3 Words (2009) also debuted at number one in the Official Albums Chart, has achieved triple-platinum status with over 900,000 sales to date and spawned two other hit singles, Parachutes (March 2010) at number five and the album’s title track 3 Words (December 2009) at number four.

As one-fifth of Girls Aloud, Cole has notched up no less than twenty Top 20 singles (including four at number one and four at number two),  two UK number one albums and four Brit nominations.  She releases her second album Messy Little Raindrops on November 1st and is currently in her third season as judge on TV’s X Factor.

There is just one other new entry in this week’s Official Singles Chart Top 10 as US rapper Nelly’s Just A Dream climbs to number eight from last week’s number eleven.
Kings Of Leon stay at number one in the Official Albums Chart for a second week with Come Around Sundown.

The Official Albums Chart Top 10 features no less than five new entries, all straight in;
last year’s X Factor winner Joe McElderry is at number three with his debut album Wide Awake, boy band The Wanted is number four with self-titled debut The Wanted, US country-pop singer Taylor Swift’s second album Speak Now is at number six, Barbara Streisand’s The Ultimate Collection is at number eight giving the iconic American entertainer her 11th Official Albums Chart Top 10 hit, and The Soldiers’s second album Letters Home is at number ten.
Biggest First Week Singles Of 2010 to date:

Pos.      Title:                                     Artist                                         Sales   
1          Everybody Hurts                      Helping Haiti                               453,000
2          Promise This                          Cheryl Cole                                 157,000
3          Only Girl (In The World)           Rihanna                                     126,000
4          California Gurls                       Katy Perry feat Snoop Dogg          123,000
5          Written In The Stars                Tinie Tempah                              115,000


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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