1 Pussycat Dolls - Stickwithu
The Dolls are of course American, so can be forgiven for not knowing about the critical oppobrium heaped upon Westlife for the getting off stools trick.
2 Oasis - Let There Be Love
If it went any slower it'd be going backwards. This led the midweeks until Saturday, it's vaguely worth noting.
7 Kelly Clarkson - Because Of You
This is surely the sort of record everyone expected Clarkson to be making by now, and if it was we'd be able to make our anti argument so much clearer, along the lines of "but we already have a Westlife!" rather than banging on about how one man's Strokesisms is another man's tuneless screeching.
8 Babyshambles - Albion
He's bought an A-Z, then. Here's where the intersection between 'poet of his age' and 'semi-conscious bloke who read William Blake once' occurs. The drummer's properly jazz trained, y'know.
11 Rihanna - If It's Lovin' That You Want
12 Sean Paul - Ever Blazin'
Were you aware either of these were out? Were the artists themselves?
18 Futureheads - Area
Only their second top 20 single, which is typical, of course - the first of the properly successful current crop to emerge are the last to establish a decent chart foothold. Ross?
29 Gorillaz - Dare
Back up four - it was number one in September - which doesn't say a lot for Dirty Harry.
30 Blink 182 - Not Now
Their final single, as the revived trick of the video edited together from all their other videos demonstrates. Is there supposed to be a USP to Meet The Barkers?
32 Jamie Cullum - Mind Trick
34 David Gray - Hospital Food
That's right, put them together so we can get a better aim.
35 Sigur Ros - Hoppipolla
Their singles chart debut and, Gambaccini, Read, Rice and/or Rice take note, the first top 40 single in Hopelandish. We expect college courses by June.
39 Antony & the Johnsons - You Are My Sister
You may recall this was number 42 last week, which makes this odder - when was the last time something off kilter like this actually held steady its sales in its second week? By comparison Lady Sovereign, who entered at 44, is at 75 this week with a more commercial sounding record. Could be the Jonathan Ross performance last Friday, but that didn't help the Vessels much.