2011 has been the year of the collaboration, according to new data from the Official Charts Company.
Of the 46 weeks of the Official Chart year to date, exactly half of the tracks which have occupied the top spot of the Official Singles Chart have been a collaboration, compared to just a quarter in 2010, and a fifth in 2009.
Rihanna, who is currently at Number 1 in the Official Singles Chart with her latest collaboration, ‘We Found Love’, Ft Scottish singer-songwriter Calvin Harris, set the precedent on January 2 when her track, ‘What’s My Name’ Ft Drake, knocked X Factor winner Matt Cardle’s ‘When We Collide’ off the top spot to become the first Official Number 1 of 2011.
Rihanna has three entries in the Top 20 biggest selling collaborations of 2011 to date, either as the main or a featured artist, while her former beau Chris Brown is in joint second place with Pitbull, Calvin Harris and David Guetta, who each have two entries in the Top 20.
However it’s Jessie J and Atlanta rapper B.o.B. who are laughing all the way to the bank; their track ‘Price Tag’ tops the biggest selling collaborations of 2011 so far Top 20 after shifting nearly 950,000 copies.
The full Top 20 is as follows:
01 PRICE TAG- JESSIE J, FT BOB
02 PARTY ROCK ANTHEM – LMFAO, FT LAUREN BENNETT AND GOONROCK
03 MOVES LIKE JAGGER - MAROON 5, FT CHRISTINA AGUILERA
04 GIVE ME EVERYTHING – PITBULL, FT NE-YO, AFROJACK & NAYER
05 ON THE FLOOR - JENNIFER LOPEZ, FT PITBULL
06 WE FOUND LOVE – RIHANNA, FT CALVIN HARRIS
07 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE - CHRIS BROWN, FT BENNY BENASSI
08 LOUDER - DJ FRESH, FT SIAN EVANS
09 WHERE THEM GIRLS AT - DAVID GUETTA, FT FLO RIDA & NICKI MINAJ
10 HEART SKIPS A BEAT - OLLY MURS, FT RIZZLE KICKS
11 BOUNCE - CALVIN HARRIS, FT KELIS
12 CHAMPION – CHIPMUNK, FT CHRIS BROWN
13 ET - KATY PERRY, FT KANYE WEST
14 WHO'S THAT CHICK - DAVID GUETTA, FT RIHANNA
15 WHAT'S MY NAME – RIHANNA, FT DRAKE
16 HELLO - MARTIN SOLVEIG, FT DRAGONETTE
17 BUZZIN – MANN, FT 50 CENT
18 SHE MAKES ME WANNA – JLS, FT DEV
19 READ ALL ABOUT IT - PROFESSOR GREEN, FT EMELI SANDE
20 I NEED A DOCTOR - DR DRE, FT EMINEM & SKYLAR GREY
© 2011 The Official Charts Company
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