Going solo is always a pretty big deal for any popstars who’s enjoyed huge success as part of a group, but expectations were especially high for Cheryl Cole, as she was then.
The Newcastle-born star was arguably the most famous member of Girls Aloud, thanks to a high-profile marriage to football ace Ashley Cole, lucrative ad campaigns and a seat on the most well-known judging panel in Britain. Cheryl could quite easily have stayed behind that famous X Factor desk and lived happily ever after, but she wasn’t done with pop yet. Solo success isn’t guaranteed for ex-band members – some of the most popular singers from the biggest group haven’t been able to cut it alone.
But fter a feature on will.i.am’s 2008 hit Heartbreaker, Cheryl seemed to make solo stardom look effortless – her debut single Fight For This Love went in at Number 1 this week in 2009.
Fight For This Love wasn’t just a Number 1; it was a phenomenon, selling over 430,000 copies in its first two weeks on sale. Cheryl knocked her former X Factor protégée Alexandra Burke off the top, and stayed there two weeks until another bunch of X Factor stars sent her packing – JLS’s Everybody In Love was the song to do the deed.
Fight For This Love was the first of five Number 1s for Cheryl – she also hit the top with Promise This (2010), Call My Name (2012), Crazy Stupid Love and I Don't Care (both 2014).
Those five chart-toppers mean Cheryl is tied with Jess Glynne as the British female solo artist with the most Number 1s. Geri Halliwell and Rita Ora are just behind on 4.
Fight For This Love has sold 1.038 million copies and is only of only 167 songs to have passed the seven figure sales milestone.
Let’s take a look at the rest of the Top 10. Click on the image to see the full Top 100
Whitney Houston returned to the Top 10 for the first time in nine years with her comeback single (5). Young Soul Rebels were a collective of pop acts coming together for charity War Child. I Got Soul was actually a cover of the Killers' All These Things That I've Done, renamed, and the group included Pixie Lott, VV Brown, Tinchy Stryder, N-Dubz, and Chipmunk.
But today belongs to Fight For This Love – take it away Chezza: