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This is a summary of the year 2011 in British music. The average number one single sale is 104,395. The average sales continue to rise from 2007. The average number one album sale is 105,686, this is an improvement from average sales for albums seen in recent years, largely due to the success of Adele's album 21, which sold in excess of 114,000 copies in each of its first eleven weeks at #1.

In 2011, dance music dominated the charts, although Soul music and singer-songwriters like Adele and Emeli Sande had much success, Rock and Indie Rock music continued to decline in popularity.[citation needed]

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Summary[edit]

January[edit]

Week 1 (2–8 January)[edit]

2011 began, like previous years, with the X Factor winner remaining at number one (this year Matt Cardle with his cover of Biffy Clyro's "Many of Horror", re-titled as "When We Collide"), and many of the year's biggest hits continuing to climb the chart. Notable climbs in the Top 40 included Olly Murs' "Thinking of Me", climbing 2 places to number 10, Jessie J's "Do It Like a Dude" climbing 3 places for a Top 20 placing at number 18, The Wanted's "Lose My Mind", climbing 10 places to its peak of number 19, Tinie Tempah's "Written in the Stars", climbing 10 places to number 25, and 2010's biggest selling single – Eminem and Rihanna's "Love the Way You Lie" – climbing 10 places to number 27. Re-entries to the Top 40 included songs by The Saturdays, Tinie Tempah, Duck Sauce, Olly Murs and B.o.B, re-entering at numbers 35, 36, 38, 39 and 40 respectively.

Just as in the singles, most albums were climbers, including Rihanna’s Loud, which reached number one after 7 weeks in the chart. Other significant climbers included Plan B’s The Defamation of Strickland Banks, climbing 18 places to number 3, Tinie Tempah’s Disc-Overy, climbing 22 places to number 4, The Wanted's The Wanted, climbing 17 places to number 5, Mumford and SonsSigh No More, climbing 30 places to number 6, Lady Gaga’s The Fame/Monster, climbing 27 places to number 12, and Michael Jackson’s 2003 compilation Number Ones, climbing 50 places to number 16. The only new entry to the Top 40 was Alfie Boe's Bring Him Home at number 24.

Week 2 (9–15 January)[edit]

After eight weeks in the chart and 4 consecutive weeks at number 2, Rihanna and Drake's "What's My Name" reached number one. Significant climbs came from Katy B and Ms. Dynamite's "Lights On", returning to the Top 10 by climbing 7 places to number 4, Jessie J's "Do It Like a Dude", climbing 13 places to number 5 after being crowned Sound of 2011, and Cheryl Cole's "The Flood", climbing 12 places to number 18, the lowest peak of her career. New entries to the Top 40 included Nero's "Me & You" (who was also nominated for Sound of 2011), Cee Lo Green's "It's Okay", Martin Solveig and Dragonette's "Hello", and Professor Green's "Jungle" at numbers 15, 24, 29, and 33.

Rihanna spent a second week at number one in the albums chart, preventing Plan B from returning to number one with The Defamation of Strickland Banks, a year after its release. Cee Lo Green's The Lady Killer climbed 9 places to number 4 (a new peak), Rumer's Seasons of My Soul climbed 15 places to number 6, Eliza Doolittle's self-titled début album jumped 14 places to number 11, and Alfie Boe's Bring Him Home climbed into the Top 20 at number 15.

Week 3 (16–22 January)[edit]

"Grenade" became Bruno Mars' second number one this week, following "Just the Way You Are", selling just under 150,000 copies – the highest sales for a number one début since 1996. The biggest climbers in the chart included Adele's "Make You Feel My Love", climbing 20 places to number 7, and Martin Solveig and Dragonette's "Hello", climbing 11 places to number 18. Tinie Tempah and Kelly Rowland's "Invincible" just lost out on the Top 10, climbing a place to number 11, although Tinie Tempah featured on JLS's "Eyes Wide Shut", which came in at number 10. After the second series of Glee, its cast entered the Top 40 with covers of Lady Gaga's "Telephone" at number 25 and of Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind" at number 35.

Rihanna's Loud was the number one album for a third week. Cee Lo Green's The Lady Killer climbed a place to number 3, whilst Adele's debut album 19 jumped 14 places to number 6 – the last time the album was in the Top 10 was in 2008. The highest new entry was by Emma's Imagination's Stand Still at number 14, Imelda May's Mayhem re-entered at number 20, and The Overtones' Good Ol' Fashioned Love re-entered at number 24.

Week 4 (23–29 January)[edit]

Bruno Mars' "Grenade" remained at number one, despite strong competition from Adele's "Rolling in the Deep", debuting at number 2 despite being number 1 in the chart update. "Rolling in the Deep" was one of 5 debuts in the Top 10, the others being Diddy-Dirty Money and Skylar Grey's "Coming Home", Wretch 32's "Traktor", Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me", and Aggro Santos and Kimberley Walsh from Girls Aloud's "Like U Like" at numbers 4, 5, 6, and 8 respectively. Other entries included: Jodie Connor's "Now or Never", Avril Lavigne's "What the Hell", Taio Cruz, Kylie Minogue, and Travie McCoy's "Higher", Pitbull and T-Pain's "Hey Baby (Drop It to the Floor)" and Glee Cast's cover of Britney Spears' "Toxic" at numbers 14, 29, 37, 38, and 40.

Bruno Mars also topped the album chart with his début album Doo-Wops and Hooligans, which entered at number one. The highest new entry was White Lies' Ritual at number 3, and significant risers included Imelda May's Mayhem climbing 5 places to number 15, Olly Murs' Olly Murs climbing 7 places to number 16, and The Overtones' Good Ol' Fashioned Love climbing 8 places to number 17.

Week 5 (30 January–5 February)[edit]

American singer Ke$ha earned her first UK solo number one with "We R Who We R", whilst Chase and Status' "Blind Faith" and Chris Brown's "Yeah 3x" entered the top ten at numbers 5 and 10 respectively. Significant risers included Tinchy Stryder and Melanie Fiona's "Let It Rain", climbing 11 places to number 14, and Taio Cruz, Kylie Minogue, and Travie McCoy's "Higher", climbing 20 places to number 17. Other new entries included P!nk's "F**kin' Perfect", Beady Eye's "The Roller", The Vaccines' "Post Break-Up Sex", The Wombats' "Jump into the Fog", Adele's "Someone Like You", Noah and the Whale's "L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.", and Tinie Tempah and Ellie Goulding's "Wonderman" at numbers 21, 31, 32, 35, 36, 37, and 40.

Adele's second album 21 made its début at number one with sales of 208,000, whilst her first album 19 climbed 4 places to number 4. Significant risers included Imelda May's Mayhem, climbing 8 places to number 7, Alfie Boe's Bring Him Home, climbing 11 places to number 9, and new entries included Diddy-Dirty Money's Last Train to Paris at number 24.

February[edit]

Week 6 (6–12 February)[edit]

The first week of February saw Sound of 2011 champion Jessie J earn her first number-one single with "Price Tag", which also featured Atlanta-born rapper B.o.B. New entries within the top 40 came from Enrique Iglesias and Ludacris' collaboration "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)" at number 5, Rihanna with "S&M" at number 20, Dr. Dre featuring Eminem and Skylar Grey with "I Need a Doctor" at number 21 and Yasmin with "On My Own" at number 39. Significant rises came from Taio Cruz, Kylie Minogue and Travie McCoy's collaboration "Higher" soared from number 17 to number 8, Pink's "Fuckin' Perfect" which rose from number 21 to 11 and Tinie Tempah featuring Ellie Goulding's "Wonderman", which climbed from number 40 to number 14.

On the albums chart, singer Adele spent a second consecutive week at peak with album 21, whilst her debut 19 remained at number 4. The album held off competition from Drum 'n' Bass duo Chase & Status, whose second studio album, No More Idols, debuted at number 2. New entries came from Eva Cassidy's Simply Eva, Skepta's Doin' It Again, Kesha's Cannibal, George Michael's Faith and Chapel Club's The Palace at numbers 6, 19, 21, 22 and 31 respectively.

Week 7 (13–19 February)[edit]

Jessie J remained at number one for a second week with "Price Tag", despite strong competition by Chipmunk and Chris Brown with "Champion", which debuted at number two despite being number 1 in the chart update. The week also saw the comeback single from Lady Gaga, with "Born This Way", scoring her seventh top 10 hit when it debuted at number 3 after less than two days of availability. Significant rises on the chart came from Chris Brown, Rihanna and Avril Lavigne, whose singles "Yeah 3x", "S&M" and "What the Hell" rose from numbers 9, 20 and 32 to numbers 6, 11 and 27 respectively. New entries of the week came from Nicki Minaj and Drake, Modestep and Neon Trees with "Moment 4 Life" at number 22, "Feel Good" at number 38 and "Animal" at number 40.

On the albums, Adele spent a third week at number one with 21, and her debut album 19 fell two places to number six. Eva Cassidy's album Simply Eva reached a new peak after climbing two places to number four, and Take That's million seller Progress re-entered the Top 10 at number 10. New entries in the chart included: The Streets's Computers and Blues, James Blake's James Blake, UB40's Love Songs, and Glee Cast's The Rocky Horror Glee Show at numbers 8, 9, 16 and 23 respectively. Significant risers included: Roberta Flack's Love Songs climbing 9 places to 11, P!nk's Greatest Hits... So Far!!! climbing 6 places to 17, and Marti Pellow's Love to Love climbing 11 places to 27.

Mark-Anthony Turnage's new opera Anna Nicole, with libretto by Richard Thomas, received its première at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, on 17 February. Based on the life of Anna Nicole Smith, it starred Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek in the title role. Critic Norman Lebrecht described it as "relentlessly, mindlessly anti-American",[1] adding that "character is drawn so thin and irony laid on so thick that good music goes to waste".

Week 8 (20–26 February)[edit]

This week, the BRIT Awards 2011 had a major impact on the chart, with Adele's unreleased single "Someone Like You" reaching number one, despite being at number 18 on Wednesday Update Chart. Notable climbers came from: Rihanna's "S&M" climbing 5 places to number 6, JLS's "Eyes Wide Shut" climbing 9 places to number 8 (although it was at number-five on the midweeks chart update), and Cee Lo Green's "Fuck You" climbing 16 places to number 19. New entries came from: Far East Movement's "Rocketeer", You Me At Six and Chiddy Bang's "Rescue Me", Take That's "Kidz" Glee Cast's "Teenage Dream" and "Start Me Up/Livin' On a Prayer", and Tinie Tempah's "We Bring The Stars Out" – a live melody of "Pass Out", "Written in the Stars", and "Miami 2 Ibiza" at numbers 14, 21, 31, 36, 39 and 40. Tinie Tempah's "Pass Out" and "Written in the Stars" both re-entered the Top 40 at 32 and 33.

In the albums, Adele's 21 spent yet another week at the top of the albums chart, spending the most weeks at the top of the albums chart for 2011. Notable climbers came from: Mumford and Sons's Sigh No More jumped 13 places to number two, reaching a new peak, Tinie Tempah's Disc-Overy climbing 19 places to number 6, Plan B's The Defamation of Strickland Banks climbing 17 places to number 7, and Cee Lo Green's The Lady Killer climbing 7 places to number 11. Re-entries to the Top 40 came from: Arcade Fire's The Suburbs, Laura Marling's I Speak Because I Can, The XX's XX and Florence and the Machine's Lungs at numbers 14, 21, 32, and 38 respectively.

Week 9 (27 February–5 March)[edit]

Adele stayed at number one for a second week with "Someone Like You". New entries included: Alexis Jordan's "Good Girl", Glee Cast's "Singin' in the Rain/Umbrella" and "Forget You", Clare Maguire's "The Last Dance", and Justin Bieber and Jaden Smith's "Never Say Never" at numbers 6, 22, 31, 23,and 34. Notable climbers came from Rihanna's "S&M" climbing 3 places to number 3, P!nk's "Fuckin' Perfect" climbing three places to a new peak of 10, and Cee Lo Green's "Fuck You" climbing 5 places to number 14. The biggest drop came from Chase and Status's "Blind Faith" falling 12 places to number 35.

In the albums, Adele remained at number one with 21, and her debut album 19 occupied number two as well. New entries included: Glee Cast's Glee: The Music, Volume 4, Justin Bieber's Never Say Never - The Remixes, and The Secret Sisters' The Secret Sisters at numbers 4, 18, and 29. Climbers in the Top 40 included: JLS's Outta This World climbing 10 places to number 10, P!nk's Greatest Hits... So Far!!! climbing 7 places to number 12, and Florence and the Machine's Lungs climbing 8 places to number 30. Justin Bieber's My World, Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday and Paloma Faith's Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? re-entered the Top 40 at numbers 25, 34, and 35.

March[edit]

Week 10 (6–12 March)[edit]

The first week of march saw Adele continue her reign at the peak of the singles chart with "Someone Like You"; which remained at the top spot for a third consecutive week. Following the premiere of the accompanying music video, Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" experienced a rise of 4 places to number 4, with Jessie J's "Do It Like a Dude" re-entering the top 10 following the release of Who You Are. Other notable rises included Tiesto vs Diplo featuring Busta Rhymes with "C'Mon (Catch 'Em By Surprise)" which climbed an incredible 23 places to number 13, Dr. Dre with Eminem and Skylar Grey's "I Need a Doctor" climbing 9 places to number 15 and Avril Lavigne's "What the Hell" climbing 4 places to number 25. New entries included Foo Fighters, Hype Squad and Jessie J with "Rope", a cover version of "Black and Yellow" and album-track "Who You Are" at numbers 22, 35 and 40 respectively.

In the albums Adele spent a sixth week at number one with 21. New entries came from: Jessie J's Who You Are, Beady Eye's Different Gear, Still Speeding, Clare Maguire's Light After Dark, and Alexis Jordan's Alexis Jordan at numbers 2, 3, 6, and 9. Notable climbers came from Hurts's Happiness climbing six places to number 22, Kings of Leon's Come Around Sundown climbing 11 places to number 27, and Olly Murs's Olly Murs climbing 7 places to number 29. The biggest faller came from Justin Bieber's Never Say Never - The Remixes falling 17 places to number 34.

Week 11 (13–19 March)[edit]

This week, Adele's "Someone Like You" spent another week at number one. New entries included: Wiz Khalifa's "Black and Yellow", Olly Murs' "Heart on My Sleeve", Britney Spears' "Till the World Ends", The Black Eyed Peas' "Just Can't Get Enough" and McFly's "That's the Truth" at numbers 5, 20, 21, 27, 35. Notable climbers came from Dr. Dre & Eminem's "I Need a Doctor" climbing 4 places to number 11, Tinie Tempah and Ellie Goulding's "Wonderman" climbing 4 places to number 12, Avril Lavigne's "What the Hell" climbing 9 places to number 16, and Noah and the Whale's "L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N." climbing 12 places to number 19.

Once again in the albums, Adele spent a seventh week at number one with 21, the longest since Eminem's Recovery which spent 7 non-consecutive weeks at number one. New entries included: Elbow's Build a Rocket Boys!, R.E.M.'s Collapse into Now, Noah and the Whale's Last Night on Earth, Avril Lavigne's Goodbye Lullaby, and Daniel O'Donnell's Moon Over Ireland at numbers 2, 5, 8, 9, and 11 respectively. Notable climbs came from Olly Murs's Olly Murs climbing 12 places to number 17 and The Overtones's Good Ol' Fashioned Love re-entering the Top 40 at number 36. There were many significant fallers this week, but the biggest came from Clare Maguire's Light After Dark falling 17 places to number 24.

Week 12 (20–26 March)[edit]

Nicole Scherzinger earned her first solo number one with "Don't Hold Your Breath". New entries included The Wanted's "Gold Forever", Parade's "Louder", Snoop Dogg's "Sweat", George Michael's "True Faith", Kanye West and Rihanna's "All of the Lights", and Wheatus's "Teenage Dirtbag", which re-entered due to being reduced to 59p on iTunes, at numbers 3, 10, 16, 27, 32 and 35. Significant risers came from Dr. Dre and Eminem's "I Need a Doctor" reaching the Top 10 by climbing two places to number 9, The Black Eyed Peas's "Just Can't Get Enough" climbing 12 places to number 15, and Jeremih's "Down on Me" climbing 10 places to number 30. The biggest falls came from Avril Lavigne's "What the Hell" and Kesha's "We R Who We R" falling 15 places to numbers 31 and 38.

In the albums, Adele held on to her rein at the top spot for another week with 21, and her debut album 19 climbed to number two again. 21 has now been number one for 8 straight weeks, and has sold approximately 1,300,000 copies since its release. New entries included The Vaccines's What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?, Michael Ball's Heroes, The View's Bread and Circuses, The Naked and Famous's Passive Me, Aggressive You, Rise Against's Endgame and The Thanks's Last at numbers 4, 10, 14, 25, 27, and 40. The biggest climber was The Overtones's Good Ol' Fashioned Love, climbing 31 places to number 5, and the biggest drop came from Alexis Jordan's Alexis Jordan, falling 12 places to 34.

Week 13 (27 March–2 April)[edit]

Adele climbed back up to number one with "Someone Like You" following her performance on Comic Relief. Significant climbs came from The Black Eyed Peas's "Just Can't Get Enough" climbing 12 places to 3, Snoop Dogg's "Sweat" climbing 4 places to 12, Noah and the Whale's "L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N." climbing 6 places to 14, Mann's "Buzzin'" climbing 9 places to 15, and Kanye West and Rihanna's "All of the Lights". New entries Peter Kay and Susan Boyle's "I Know Him So Well", LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem", Glee Cast's "Thriller/Heads Will Roll", Katy Perry's "E.T." and Cee Lo Green's "Bright Lights, Bigger City" at numbers 11, 22, 23, 29 and 31.

In the albums, Adele remained at number one and two with 21 and 19. New entries included The Strokes's Angles, Ronan Keating and Burt Bacharach's When Ronan Met Burt, Nicole Scherzinger's Killer Love, Chris Brown's F.A.M.E, Duran Duran's All You Need is Now, Green Day's Awesome as F**k, Cage the Elephant's Thank You Happy Birthday, and Wynne Evans's A Song in my Heart at numbers 3, 5, 8, 10, 11, 14, 26 and 40. Many albums dropped this week, but the biggest drop came from R.E.M.'s Collapse into Now falling 23 places to number 36 and the second biggest faller was Beady Eye's Different Gear, Still Speeding falling 17 places to number 32.

Tenor Wynne Evans entered the Classical Album Chart at number one with his debut album A Song in My Heart.[2] Evans achieved overnight success as a result of starring in a series of TV and radio advertisements for Go Compare.

April[edit]

Week 14 (3–9 April)[edit]

Jennifer Lopez's "On the Floor" debuted at number one, her first hit since 2007. Significant climbers came from LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" climbing 19 places to number 3, Mann's "Buzzin'" climbing 4 places to number 11, Katy Perry's "E.T." climbing 17 places to number 12, Kanye West and Rihanna's "All of the Lights" climnbing 2 places to number 17, and Cee Lo Green's "Bright Lights, Bigger City" climbing 12 places to number 19. The only new entry this week (apart from the number one) came from Katy B's "Broken Record" at number 8, and the biggest faller came from Peter Kay and Susan Boyle's "I Know Him So Well" falling 23 places to number 34.

In the albums Adele remained at number one with 21 for a tenth week, beating the record for the longest consecutive run at number one for a female – a record that used to be held by Madonna's The Immaculate Collection. The album sold over 257,000 copies this week, the biggest number of 21 albums sold in a week so far; this is probably one of the highest 10-week sales figures in the history of British music. New entries included: Mary Byrne's Mine & Yours, Radiohead's The King of Limbs, Britney Spears's Femme Fatale, David Garrett's Rock Symphonies and Panic! at the Disco at numbers 6, 7, 8, 21, and 29. Significant climbers included: Ronan Keating & Burt Bacharach's When Ronan Met Burt climbing 2 places to number 3, Eva Cassidy's Simply Eva climbing 9 places to number 10, Michael Bublé's Crazy Love climbing 11 places to number 12, and Rumer's Seasons of My Soul climbing 8 places to number 19.

Week 15 (10–16 April)[edit]

Jennifer Lopez remained at number one for a second week with "On the Floor". Significant riseres came from LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" climbing a place to number two, Katy Perry's "E.T." climbing 7 places to number 5, Snoop Dogg's "Sweat" climbing 7 places to number 9, Kanye West and Rihanna's "All of the Lights" climbing 2 places to number 15, Cee Lo Green's "Bright Lights, Bigger City" climbing 2 places to number 17, and Martin Solveig's "Hello" climbing 8 places to number 25. New entries included: Chris Brown's "Beautiful People", Nicki Minaj's "Girls Fall like Dominoes", Jodie Connor's "Bring It", and T-Pain's "Best Love Song" at numbers 20, 32, 27, and 40.

In the albums, Adele remained at number one for an eleventh week with 21 – the last time an album stayed at number one for more than 10 consecutive weeks was back in 1984 when Bob Marley's Legend spent 12 consecutive weeks at the top spot. New entries included: Katy B's On a Mission, Glasvegas's Euphoric Heartbreak, The Blackout's Hope, and The Kills's Blood Pressures at numbers 2, 10, 27, and 40. Significant risers came from: Jessie J's Who You Are climbing four places to number 5, Michael Bublé's Crazy Love climbing 5 places to number 7, Elbow's Build a Rocket Boys! climbing 5 places to number 9, The Vaccines's What Did You Expect From the Vaccines climbing 7 places to number 18, Katy Perry's Teenage Dream climbing 9 places to number 22, Chase and Status's No More Idols climbing 14 places to 24, and Mumford and Sons's Sigh No More climbing 9 places to number 31.

Week 16 (17–23 April)[edit]

LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" climbed a place to number one, becoming their first solo number one. Significant risers came from: Katy Perry's "E.T." climbing 2 places to number 3, Snoop Dogg's "Sweat" climbing 5 places to number 4, Rihanna's "S&M" climbing 5 places to number 7 after the remix featuring Britney Spears was released, Chris Brown's "Beautiful People" climbing 12 places to number 8, Cee Lo Green's "Bright Lights, Bigger City climbing 4 places to number 13, Birdy's "Skinny Love" climbing 5 places to number 22, and Nicki Minaj's "Girls Fall like Dominoes" climbing 8 places to number 24. New entries included Lady Gaga's "Judas" (despite only being released on Friday), Britney Spears's "Till the World Ends" (a re-entry), Arctic Monkeys' "Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair", Kesha's "Blow", and Dionne Bromfield's "Yeah Right" at numbers 14, 26, 28, 32, 36.

In the albums, Foo Fighters's Wasting Light debuted at number one, ending Adele's rein at the top of the albums. New entries included: Glee Cast's Glee: The Music, Volume 5, Alison Krauss & Union Station's Paper Airplane, Metronomy's The English Riviera and TV on the Radio's Nine Types of Light at numbers 4, 11, 28 and 33. Significant risers included: Cee Lo Green's The Lady Killer climbing 6 places to number 8, Chase & Status's No More Idols climbing 7 places to number 17, Plan B's The Defamation of Strickland Banks climbing 9 places to 19, and P!nk's Greatest Hits... So Far!!! climbing 6 places to number 29. The biggest faller came from Mary Byrne's Mine & Yours falling 21 places to number 36.

Milos Karadaglic, a guitarist from Montenegro who came to the UK after winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, knocked André Rieu's latest album from the top of the Classical Album charts with his debut album The Guitar.

Week 17 (24–30 April)[edit]

LMFAO managed to hold on to number one for a second week with "Party Rock Anthem". New entries include: Wretch 32 and Example's "Unorthodox", Tracy Chapman's 1988 hit "Fast Car" (which has re-entered due to Britain's Got Talent), Bruno Mars's "The Lazy Song", Beyoncé's "Run the World (Girls)", Jessie J's "Nobody's Perfect", and Tinie Tempah's Simply Unstoppable at numbers 2, 4, 15, 19, 31 and 32. The two significant risers this week came from Chris Brown's "Beautiful People" climbing 3 places to number 5 and Lady Gaga's "Judas" climbing 5 places to number 9.

In the albums, Adele returned to the top spot with 21. Significant risers due to Easter include: Jessie J climbing 3 places to number 4 Who You Are, Cee Lo Green climbing 2 places to 6 with The Lady Killer, Bruno Mars climbing 3 places to number 7 with Doo Wops & Hooligans, Chris Brown climbing 3 places number 20 with F.A.M.E., and Noah and the Whale climbing 5 places to number 25 with Last Night on Earth. New entries include: Chipmunk's Transition, Gorillaz's The Fall, Jamie Woon's Mirrorwriting and k.d. lang's Sing It Loud at numbers 10, 12, 15, 34. The biggest faller this week was from Katy Perry's Teenage Dream falling 17 places to number 39.

On 25 April (Easter Monday), Classic FM (UK) completed the run-down of its annual Top 300 Hall of Fame listeners' poll, with Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 at number one, and pieces by British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams in second and third place. Karl Jenkins was the only living composer in the Top 20,[3] with his The Armed Man at number 15. On 29 April, the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton brought Welsh composer Paul Mealor to the fore. An album of the music from the wedding was released the following week.[4]

May[edit]

Week Eighteen (1 May)[edit]

LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" remained at number one for a third week. Significant climbers came from Bruno Mars' "The Lazy Song" climbing 13 places to number 2, Chris Brown's "Beautiful People" climbing a place to number 4, Beyoncé's "Run the World (Girls)" climbing 8 places to number 11, Aloe Blacc's "I Need a Dollar" climbing 14 places to number 15, Jessie J's "Nobody's Perfect" climbing 14 places to number 18, Britney Spears's "Till the World Ends" climbing 4 places to number 22, and Pitbull's "Give Me Everything" climbing 10 places to number 25. New entries include: Nero's "Guilt", Glee Cast's "Loser Like Me" and "Get It Right", Wynter Gordon's "Dirty Talk" and Chase & Status's "Time" at numbers 8, 27, 31, 34, 38. The biggest faller was Lady Gaga's "Judas", falling 14 places to number 23.

In the albums, Adele remained at the top spot for another week with 21, and her debut album 19 climbed a place to occupy the number two position. New entries include: The Wombats' The Modern Glitch Jennifer Hudson's I Remember Me and Emmylou Harris's Hard Bargain at numbers 3, 20, and 28. Significant climbers included: Radiohead's The King of Limbs, climbing 25 places to number 7, Chase & Status's No More Idols climbing 6 places to number 10, Noah and the Whale's Last Night on Earth, climbing 10 places to number 15, P!nk's Greatest Hits... So Far!!!, climbing 8 places to number 19, and Katy Perry's Teenage Dream, climbing 10 places to number 29. The biggest drop came from Chipmunk's Transition, falling 17 places to number 27.

Week Nineteen (8 May)[edit]

LMFAO spent a fourth week at the number one spot with "Party Rock Anthem". New entries include: David Guetta, Nicki Minaj and Flo Rida's "Where Them Girls At", Blue's "I Can", Alexandra Stan's "Mr. Saxobeat", and Jennifer Lopez's "I'm Into You" at numbers 3, 16, 31, 40. Significant risers came from: Jessie J's "Nobody's Perfect" climibng 9 places to number 9, Aloe Blacc's "I Need a Dollar" climbing 5 places to number 10, Pitbull's "Give Me Everything" climbing 13 places to number 12, Birdy's "Skinny Love" climbing 2 places to number 17, Chase and Status's "Time" climbing 17 places to number 21, and Wynter Gordon's "Dirty Talk" climbing 9 places to number 25. The biggest faller came from Glee Cast's "Loser Like Me" falling 12 places to number 39.

In the albums, Adele spent another week at number one with 21. New entries included: Fleet Foxes's Helplessness Blues, Jennifer Lopez's Love?, Twenty Twenty's Small Talk, Twin Atlantic's Free and at numbers 2, 6, 26, and 37. Significant climbers included: Ellie Goulding's Lights climbing 13 places to number 10, Chris Brown's F.A.M.E. climbing 3 places to number 15, and Foo Fighters's Greatest Hits. The biggest faller came from Britney Spears's Femme Fatale falling 15 places to number 40.

At the RPS Music Awards on 10 May, Scottish composer James Dillon was received the Large-Scale Composition Award for his piece Nine Rivers.[5] At the Classic Brit Awards ceremony on 12 May, hosted by Myleene Klass, English trumpeter Alison Balsom won Female Artist of the Year, with English violinist Tasmin Little winning the Critics' Award. An Outstanding Contribution to Music award was made to British composer John Barry.

Week Twenty (15 May)[edit]

This week, Bruno Mars earned his fourth number one with "The Lazy Song". Significant risers include: Pitbull's "Give Me Everything" climbing 8 places number 4, Lady Gaga's "Judas" climbing 8 places to number 11, Alexandra Stan's "Mr Saxobeat" climbing 13 places to number 18, Dev's "Bass Down Low" climbing 11 places to number 22, Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" climbing 10 places 24, and Jennifer Lopez's "I'm Into You" climbing 9 places to number 31. New entries include: Lady Gaga's "The Edge of Glory", Yasmin's "Finish Line", Take That's "Love Love", and Inna's "Sun Is Up" at numbers 6, 13, 15, and 17. Beyoncé's "Run the World (Girls)" was the biggest faller, falling 18 places to number 37.

In the albums, Adele remained at number one for a fifteenth week with 21. New entries include: Hugh Laurie's Let Them Talk, Glee Cast's Glee: The Music Presents the Warblers, Wild Beasts's Smother, and Tyler the Creator's Goblin at number 2, 7, 17, and 21. Significant risers include: Chase and Status's No More Idols climbing 3 places to number 9, Tinie Tempah's Disc-Overy climbing 3 places to number 20, and Alison Krauss & Union Station's Paper Airplane re-entering the Top 40 at 34. The biggest faller this week was Katy B's On a Mission falling 16 places to number 37.

At the Ivor Novello Awards ceremony on 19 May, Michael Nyman won the Classical Music Award.[6] John Powell won the Film Score award for How To Train Your Dragon and Dan Jones won the Television Soundtrack award for Any Human Heart.

Week Twenty-One (22 May)[edit]

This week, Pitbull's "Give Me Everything" climbed three places to number 1. New entries included: Swedish House Mafia's "Save the World", Lady Gaga's "Hair", Nicole Scherzinger's "Right There", and Rihanna's "California King Bed" at numbers 11, 13, 27, and 36. Significant climbers included: Aloe Blacc's "I Need a Dollar" climbing 5 places to number 4, Lady Gaga's "Judas" climbing 3 places to number 8, Alexandra Stan's "Mr Saxobeat" climbing 4 places to number 14, Inna's "Sun Is Up" climbing 2 places to 15, Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" climbing 8 places to number 16, Dev's "Bass Down Low" climbing 4 places to number 18, and Jennifer Lopez's "I'm Into You" climbing 10 places to number 21. The biggest drop came from Take That with "Love Love" falling 24 places to number 39. Jermaine Stewart's "We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off" re-entered due to a chocolate advert featuring the song.

In the albums, Adele's 21 stayed at number one for a sixteenth week, and a seventeenth week in the chart. New entries included: Kate Bush's Director's Cut, Friendly Fires's Pala, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, and Aloe Blacc's Good Things at numbers 2, 6, 16, and 26. Significant risers included: Lady Gaga's The Fame/The Fame Monster climbing a massive 22 places to number 11, Foo Fighters' Greatest Hits climbing 16 places to number 19, Take That's Progress climbing 9 places to number 21, and The Vaccines' What Did You Expect from the Vaccines? climbing 7 places to number 33.

Week Twenty-Two (29 May)[edit]

This week, Pitbull's "Give Me Everything" remained at number one for a second week. Significant climbers included: Alexandra Stan's "Mr Saxobeat" climbing 9 places to number 5, Jennifer Lopez's "I'm Into You" climbing 8 places to number 13, Nicole Scherzinger's "Right There" climbing 12 places to number 15, Rihanna's "California King Bed" climbing 16 to number 20, and Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" climbing 8 places to number 26. New entries included The Saturdays's "Notorious", Beyoncé's "Run the World (Girls)" (a re-entry), Templecloud's "One Big Family", Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass", and Chris Brown's "Yeah 3x" (a re-entry) at numbers 8, 22, 24, 31, 34.

In the albums, Lady Gaga's Born this Way debuted at number one, knocking Adele's 21 down to number 2. New entries included: The Prodigy's World's On Fire Live, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons's Working My Way Back to You Collection, Kings of Leon's Come Around Sundown (a re-entry) and Nicole Scherzinger's Killer Love (a re-entry) at numbers 5, 12, 32, and 38. Significant risers included: Lady Gaga's The Fame/The Fame Monster climbing 4 places to number 7, Aloe Blacc's Good Things climbing 12 to number 14, Take That's Progress climbing 5 places to number 16, The Overtones' Good Old Fashioned Love climbing 13 places to number 24, and Katy B's On a Mission climbing 5 places to number 33.

June[edit]

Week Twenty-Three (5 June)[edit]

Pitbull's "Give Me Everything" remained at number one for a third week. Significant risers included: Rihanna's "California King Bed" climbing 12 places to number 8, Jennifer Lopez's "I'm Into You" climbing 3 places to number 10, Dev's "Bass Down Low" climbing 4 places to number 12, Inna's "Sun Is Up" climbing 1 place to number 18, Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" climbing 9 places to number 22, Jessie J's "Price Tag" climbing 8 places to number 24, Chris Brown's "Yeah 3x" climbing 9 places to number 25, and Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car" climbing 12 places to number 28. New entries included: Alex Gaudino and Kelly Rowland's "What a Feeling", Black Eyed Peas's "Don't Stop the Party" and Take That's "Love Love" (a re-entry) at numbers 6, 30 and 40. The biggest faller was The Saturdays' Notorious, which fell 13 places to number 21.

In the albums, Lady Gaga remained at number one with Born this Way. New entries included: The Pierces' You & I, Seasick Steve's You Can't Teach An Old Dog New Tricks, Status Quo's Quid Pro Quo, Death Cab for Cutie's Codes and Keys, and Journey's Eclipse at numbers 5, 6, 10, 24, and 33. Significant risers included: Aloe Blacc's Good Things climbing 6 places to number 8, Take That's Progress climbing 7 places to number 9, Rihanna's Loud climbing 5 places to number 12, and Nicole Scherzinger's Killer Love climbing 3 places to number 35. The biggest faller this week was Kate Bush's Director's Cut falling 19 places to number 30.

Week Twenty-Four (12 June)[edit]

This week, Example earned his first number one with "Changed the Way You Kiss Me". New entries included: Coldplay's "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall", Paramore's "Monster", Katy B's "Easy Please Me", and Girls Aloud member Nicola Roberts' "Beat of My Drum" at numbers 6, 21, 25, and 27. Significant risers included: Nicole Scherzinger's "Right There" climbing 11 places to number 3, Dev's "Bass Down Low" climbing 2 places to number 10, Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car" jumping 15 places to number 13, Black Eyed Peas's "Don't Stop the Party" climbing 13 places to number 17, and Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" climbing 3 places to number 19. The biggest faller this week was from Lady Gaga with "Born This Way" falling 20 places to number 39.

In the albums, Arctic Monkeys debuted at number one with Suck It and See. New entries included: Jackie Evancho's Dream With Me, Glee Cast's Glee: The Music, Volume 6, Wonderland's Wonderland, All Time Low's Dirty Work and Inna's Hot at numbers 4, 6, 8, 20 and 32. Significant climbers included: Foo Fighter's Wasting Light climbing 4 places to number 14, Nicole Scherzinger's Killer Love climbing 13 places to number 22, Alfie Boe's Bring Him Home climbing 9 places to number 31, and Katy B's On a Mission climbing 5 places to number 34. The biggest faller was The Prodigy's World's on Fire falling 19 places to number 39.

Week Twenty-Five (19 June)[edit]

Example remained at number one for a second week with "Changed the Way You Kiss Me", despite a strong competition from Calvin Harris's "Bounce" which has debuted at number 2. Other new entries include: Tinchy Stryder and Dappy's "Spaceship", Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)", Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain", Take That's "Love Love" (re-entry), and Bad Meets Evil's "Lighters" at numbers 5, 18, 24, 25, 28 and 37. Significant climbers included: Jennifer Lopez's "On the Floor" climbing 4 places to number 14, Lady Gaga's "The Edge of Glory" climbing 12 places to number 16, Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" climbing 2 places to number 17, and The Saturdays's "Notorious" climbing 7 places to number 26. Joint biggest fallers came from Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car" and Alex Gaudino's "What a Feeling" falling 17 places to numbers 30 and 33.

In the albums, Take That's re-release of Progress jumped 10 places to number one, becoming the biggest jump to number one of the year. New entries included: Paul Simon's So Beautiful or So What, Bad Meets Evil's Hell the Sequel, Frankie Laine's Hits and Sophie Ellis-Bextor's Make a Scene at numbers 6, 7, 16, and 33. Significant climbers include: Caro Emerald's Deleted Scenes From the Cutting Room Floor climbing 9 places to number 8, Electric Light Orchestra's All Over the World – The Very Best of climbing 13 places to number 10, Cee Lo Green's The Lady Killer climbing 7 places to number 19, Lady Gaga's The Fame/The Fame Monster climbing 5 places to number 20, Jennifer Lopez's Love? climbing 10 places to number 25, and Queen's Greatest Hits climbing 7 places to number 29. The biggest faller this week came from Wonderland's Wonderland falling 28 places to number 36.

Week Twenty-Six (26 June)[edit]

Jason Derulo earned his second number one this week with "Don't Wanna Go Home". New entries included: Vato Gonzalez's "Badman Riddim (Jump)", Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks", and Parade's "Perfume" at numbers 7, 27, and 38. Significant risers included: Lady Gaga's "Edge of Glory" climbing 8 places to number 8, Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" climbing 13 places to number 11, Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" climbing 2 places to number 15, The Saturdays' "Notorious" climbing 5 places to number 21, Bad Meets Evil's "Lighters" climbing 7 places to number 30, and Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" climbing 5 places to number 34.

In the albums, Lady Gaga's Born This Way climbed two places to number one, due to her Paul O'Grady performance on Saturday. New entries included Bon Iver's Bon Iver, Pitbull's Planet Pit, Barry Manilow's 15 Minutes, Katy B's On a Mission (re-entry), Cascada's Original Me and Chris Brown's F.A.M.E. (re-entry) at numbers 4, 18, 20, 21, 24 and 34. Significant risers included: Rihanna's Loud climbing 6 places to number 9, Lady Gaga's The Fame/The Fame Monster climbing 7 places to number 13, Jennifer Lopez's Love? climbing 10 places to number 15, and Noah and the Whale's Last Night on Earth climbing 6 places to number 29. The biggest faller came from Frankie Laine's Hits falling 24 places to number 40.

July[edit]

Week Twenty-Seven (3 July)[edit]

This week, Jason Derulo held on at number one with "Don't Wanna Go Home". New entires included: Beyoncé's "Best Thing I Never Had", Coldplay's "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall" (re-entry), Enrique Iglesias's "Dirty Dancer", Beyoncé's "Irreplaceable" (re-entry) and Coldplay's "In My Place" (re-entry) at numbers 3, 10, 28, 33, and 40. Significant risers included: Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night" climbing 2 places to number 9, Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" climbing 3 places to number 12, The Saturdays' "Notorious" climbing 3 places to number 18, Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain" climbing 2 places to number 21, Beyoncé's "Run the World" climbing 16 places to number 23, and Inna's "Sun Is Up" climbing 3 places to 32.

In the albums, Beyoncé's fourth studio album 4 debuted at number one. Significant risers included: Jessie J's Who You Are climbing 5 places to number 6, Chase and Status' No More Idols climbing 5 places to number 12, Cee Lo Green's The Lady Killer climbing 6 places to number 13, Mumford and Sons's Sigh No More climbing 9 places to number 17, Noah and the Whale's Last Night on Earth climbing 9 places to number 20, and Chris Brown's F.A.M.E. climbing 12 places to number 22. New entries included: Biffy Clyro's Revolutions: Live at Wembley, Kaiser Chiefs' The Future is Medieval, Stevie Nicks's In Your Dreams, Foster the People's Torches and Beyoncé's I Am...Sasha Fierce at numbers 9, 10, 14, 24, and 38.

Week Twenty-Eight (10 July)[edit]

This week, DJ Fresh earned his first number one with "Louder". There are only two other new entries this week: Loick Essien's "How We Roll" and Mann's "The Mack" at numbers 2 and 28. Significant risers included: Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain" climbing 9 places to number 12, David Guetta's "Where Dem Girls At" climbing 9 places to number 17, Chris Brown's "Next 2 You" climbing 15 places to number 24, and Adele's "Someone Like You" climbing 4 places to number 30, after selling its one millionth copy this week.

In the albums, Beyoncé's 4 held on for a second week at number one. Significant risers included: Cee Lo Green's The Lady Killer climbing 4 places to number 9, Foo Fighters' Wasting Light climbing 7 places to number 12, Chris Brown's F.A.M.E. climbing 6 places to number 16, Lady Gaga's The Fame/The Fame Monster climbing 5 places to number 18, Rumer's Seasons of My Soul climbing 19 places to number 21, and Seasick Steve's You Can't Teach an Old Dog New Tricks climbing 7 places to number 25. New entries included: Beverley Knight's Soul UK, Selena Gomez & The Scene's When the Sun Goes Down, Yes' Fly From Here, Katy Perry's Teenage Dream (re-entry) and Glee Cast's Glee: The Music, Volume 6 (re-entry) at numbers 13, 15, 30, 33, and 38.

In the final of Popstar to Operastar on 10 July, Joe McElderry defeated Cheryl Baker, after scoring the most votes for every one of his performances during the series.[7] Despite plaudits from Rolando Villazón and the comment from judge Katherine Jenkins that he " could be an opera singer if he wanted to be",[8] he confirmed that his next album would be purely pop.

The Proms opened on 15 July at London's Royal Albert Hall, with the première of Judith Weir's short work, "Stars, Night, Music and Light", commissioned for the occasion by the BBC. The programme also included Brahms' Academic Festival Overture and a performance of Franz Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major by Benjamin Grosvenor. The BBC Symphony Orchestra was conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek.

Week Twenty-Nine (17 July)[edit]

The Wanted's "Glad You Came" debuted at number one in the UK singles chart. New entries included: David Guetta & Taio Cruz's "Little Bad Girl", Scouting for Girls' "Love How It Hurts", and LMFAO's "Champagne Showers" at numbers 16, 17 and 37. Significant risers included: Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain" climbing a place to number 11, Chris Brown's "Next 2 You" climbing 4 places to number 20, and Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks" climbing 4 places to number 27.

In the albums, Adele's 21 climbed a place to number one. New entries included: The Horrors' Skying, Big Time Rush's B.T.R., David Guetta's One Love (re-entry), Ricky Martin's Greatest Hits, and The Script's Science & Faith (re-entry) at numbers 5, 14, 17, 24, and 32. Significant risers included: Caro Emerald's Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor climbing a place to number 6, Foo Fighters' Wasting Light climbin 4 places to number 8, The Vaccines' What Did You Expect from the Vaccines? climbing 15 places to 21, Katy Perry's Teenage Dream climbing 11 places to number 22, and Katy B's On a Mission climbing 5 places to number 26. The biggest faller this week came from Beverley Knight's Soul UK falling 27 places to number 40.

Week Thirty (24 July)[edit]

The Wanted remained at number one for a second week with "Glad You Came". The whole Top 5 were nonmovers this week, a rare occurrence. Significant risers included: Aloe Blacc's "I Need a Dollar" climbing 8 places to number 13, David Guetta's "Where Them Girls At" climbing 3 places to number 15, Enrique Iglesias' "Dirty Dancer" climbing 11 places to number 21, Chris Brown's "Beautiful People" climbing 10 places to number 23, and LMFAO's "Champagne Showers" climbing 5 places to number 31. New entries included: Rizzle Kicks's "Down With the Trumpets", Tinie Tempah's "Till I'm Gone", and Chase and Status's "Hitz" at numbers 22, 35, and 39.

In the albums, Adele's 21 remained at number one for an eighteenth week. Significant risers included: Caro Emerald's Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor climbing 2 places to number 4, Rihanna's Loud climbing 3 places to number 7, Chris Brown's F.A.M.E. climbing 4 places to number 14, The Script's Science & Faith climbing 14 places to number 18, Elbow's Build a Rocket Boys! clibming 13 places to number 21, Selena Gomez and the Scene's When the Sun Goes Down climbing 15 places to number 23, and Tinie Tempah's Disc-Overy climbing 7 places to number 30. New entries included: LMFAO's Sorry for Party Rocking, The Pierces' You & I (re-entry), Kylie Minogue's Kylie: The Albums 2000-2010, and Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday (re-entry) at numbers 8, 24, 37, and 39.

Following the announcement of Amy Winehouse's sudden death, on 23 July 2011,[9] sales of her album Back to Black increased exponentially. The album shot to No. 1 on iTunes charts in nearly every country.[10] The album re-entered the UK Albums Chart on 24 July 2011 at No. 59 with only seven hours of sales after the announcement of her death counting towards the respective week's chart figures.[11]

Week Thirty-One (31 July)[edit]

JLS earned their fifth number one this week with "She Makes Me Wanna". Following her death last weekend, Amy Winehouse had 5 re-entries in the Top 40 – "Back to Black", "Tears Dry On Their Own", "Rehab", "Love Is a Losing Game" and "You Know I'm No Good" at numbers 8, 27, 29, 33, and 37. Other new entries included: Maverick Sabre's "Let Me Go" and Six D's "Best Damn Night" at numbers 16 and 34. Significant risers included: Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" climbing 2 places to number 10, David Guetta's "Little Bad Girl" climbing 6 places to number 13, Rizzle Kicks' "Down With the Trumpets" climbing 2 places to number 20, and Tinie Tempah's "Till I'm Gone" climbing 4 places to number 31.

In the albums, Amy Winehouse's three million selling album Back to Black (with deluxe included) jumped 58 places to number one following her death. Her debut album Frank and Frank/Back to Black both entered at numbers 5 and 10. Significant risers included: Katy Perry's Teenage Dream climbing 8 places to number 11, Noah and the Whale's Last Night on Earth climbing 7 places to number 18, Mumford and Sons' Sigh No More climbing 10 places to number 25, and Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday climbing 8 places to number 31. The biggest faller this week came from LMFAO's Sorry for Party Rocking falling 20 places to number 28.

August[edit]

Week Thirty-Two (7 August)[edit]

This week, Cher Lloyd's debut single "Swagger Jagger" debuted at number one. Significant risers included: Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" climbing 2 places to number 8, Rizzle Kicks's "Down With the Trumpets" climbing 11 places to number 9, Chris Brown's "Next 2 You" climbing 7 places to number 15, Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks" climbing 8 places to number 22, and Tinie Tempah's "Till I'm Gone" climbing 6 places to number 25. New entries included: Christina Perri's "Jar of Hearts", Benny Benassi's "Cinema", Eminem's "Spacebound" and Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Otis" at numbers 17, 24, 36 and 38. The biggest faller this week came from Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" falling 23 places to number 32.

In the albums, Amy Winehouse remained at number one with Back to Black. Significant risers included Amy Winehouse's Frank climbing 2 places to number 3, Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday climbing 15 places to its current peak number 16, Mumford and Sons's Sigh No More climbing 5 places to number 20, Plan B's The Defamation of Strickland Banks climbing 7 places to number 22, Example's Won't Go Quietly climbing 8 places to number 29, and Bad Meets Evil's Hell: The Sequel climbing 4 places to number 35. New entries included: Pitbull's Planet Pit (re-entry), P!nk's Greatest Hits... So Far!!!, Viva Brother's Famous First Words and Rhydian's Waves at numbers 14, 31, 34, 39. The biggest faller this week came from Amy Winehouse's Frank/Back to Black falling 28 places to number 38.

Week Thirty-Three (14 August)[edit]

Nero earned their first number one single with "Promises", following Top 15 singles "Me & You" and "Guilt". Significant risers included: David Guetta's "Little Bad Girl" climbing 2 places to number 4, Christina Perri's "Jar of Hearts" climbing 12 places to number 5, Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks" climbing 4 places to number 18, and Benny Benassi's "Cinema" climbing 4 places to number 20. New entries included: David Guetta's promo single "Titanium", Bruno Mars' "Marry You", Pitbull's "Rain Over Me", Jessie J's "Who's Laughing Now" and Nicole Scherzinger's "Wet" at numbers 16, 28, 32, 37 and 38.

In the albums, Amy Winehouse's Back to Black remained at number one for a third week. New entries included: Jay-Z & Kanye West's Watch the Throne, Randy Crawford's The Best of, Trivium's In Waves, The Overtones' Good Ol' Fashioned Love (re-entry), Selena Gomez and the Scene's When the Sun Goes Down (re-entry), and Glee Cast's Glee: The 3D Concert Movie at numbers 3, 7, 16, 32, 33, and 37. Significant risers included: Pitbull's Planet Pit 3 places to number 11, The Pierces' You & I climbing 7 places to number 18, and P!nk's Greatest Hits... So Far!!! climbing 6 places to number 25.

Week Thirty-Four (21 August)[edit]

Wretch 32 earned his first number one with "Don't Go". New entries included: Emeli Sandé's "Heaven", Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera's "Moves Like Jagger", Modestep's "Sunlight", and Dev's "In the Dark" at numbers 2,3 16, and 37. Significant risers included: Christina Perri's "Jar of Hearts" climbing 1 places to number 4, Bruno Mars' "Marry You" climbing 10 places to number 18, Jessie J's "Who's Laughing Now" climbing 16 places to number 21, Nicole Scherzinger's "Wet" climbing 16 places to number 22, and Pitbull's "Rain Over Me" climbing 4 places to number 28. The biggest faller this week came from Loick Essien's "How We Roll" falling 18 places to number 35.

With their first number one last week, Nero debuted at number one with their album Welcome Reality. New entires included: Charlie Simpson's Young Pilgrim, John Denver's The Ultimate Collection, Kids in Glass Houses' In Gold Blood, and Jedward's Victory at numbers 6, 7, 27 and 34. The only significant riser this week was Arctic Monkeys' Suck It and See climbing 6 places to number 31.

Week Thirty-Five (28 August)[edit]

Olly Murs's "Heart Skips a Beat" debuted at number one, his second number one. New entries included: Calvin Harris' "Feel So Close", Will Young's "Jealousy", Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' "The Death of You and Me", Sean Kingston's "Party All Night (Sleep All Day)", which was released last year but has entered due to the Inbetweeners Movie, Florence and the Machine's "What the Water Gave Me", and David Guetta's "Night of Your Life" at numbers 2, 5, 15, 18, 23, and 35. Significant risers included: Bruno Mars' "Marry You" climbing 7 places to number 11, Jessie J's "Who's Laughing Now" climbing 5 places to number 16, and Lady Gaga's "The Edge of Glory" climbing 8 places to number 26.

In the albums, Will Young's fifth studio album Echoes debuted at number one, 8 years since his last number one. New entries included: Joe McElderry's Classic, Wretch 32's Black and White, Barbra Streisand's What Matters Most, Hard-Fi's Killer Sounds, Game's The R.E.D. Album, The Who's Then and Now (re-entry), and Olly Murs's Olly Murs (re-entry) at numbers 2, 4, 7, 9, 14, 25, and 32. Significant risers included: Plan B's The Defamation of Strickland Banks climbing 6 places to number 19, The Vaccines' What Did You Expect from the Vaccines? clibming 7 places to number 30, and Example's Won't Go Quietly climbing 4 places to number 35. The biggest faller this week came from Charlie Simpson's Young Pilgrim falling 28 places to number 34.

September[edit]

Week Thirty-Six (4 September)[edit]

Example's "Stay Awake" debuted at number one, becoming his second number one. Significant risers included: Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger" climbing a place to number 2, Sean Kingston's "Party All Night (Sleep All Day)" climbing 8 places to number 10, Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain" climbing 2 places to number 15, Nicole Scherzinger's "Wet" climbing 4 places to number 21, Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Otis" climbing 6 places to number 28, and David Guetta's "Where Them Girls At" climbing 4 places to number 32. New entries included: Ed Sheeran's "You Need Me, I Don't Need You", Cover Drive's "Lick Ya Down", David Guetta's "Turn Me On", Adele's "Someone Like You" (re-entry), and Bad Meets Evil's "Lighters" (re-entry) at numbers 4, 9, 20, 27, and 40.

In the albums, Red Hot Chili Peppers' I'm with You debuted at number one. Other new entries included: David Guetta's Nothing but the Beat, Bombay Bicycle Club's A Different Kind of Fix, Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV, Dolly Parton's Better Day, Hayley Westenra and Ennio Morricone's Paradiso, John Wilson Orchestra's That's Entertainment, and Will Young's The Hits (re-entry) at numbers 2, 6, 8, 9, 13, 15, and 34. Significant risers included: Beyoncé's 4 climbing 4 places to number 14, The Vaccines' What Did You Expect from the Vaccines? climbing 5 places to number 25, and Elbow's Build a Rocket Boys! climbing 8 places to number 31.

Week Thirty-Seven (11 September)[edit]

Pixie Lott's "All About Tonight" debuted at number one, becoming her third number one. New entries included: The Saturdays's "All Fired Up", Leona Lewis's "Collide", Snow Patrol's "Called Out in the Dark", Rihanna's "Cheers (Drink to That)", Ms Dynamite's "Neva Soft", Nicki Minaj's "Fly", and Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" at numbers 3, 4, 11, 26, 33, 38, and 40. Significant risers included: Sean Kingston's "Party All Night (Sleep All Day)" climbing a place to number 9, Adele's "Someone Like You" climbing 10 places to number 17, Bad Meets Evil's "Lighters" climbing 12 places to number 28, and Example's "Changed the Way You Kiss Me" climbing 4 places to number 29.

In the albums, Example's Playing in the Shadows debuted at number one, becoming his first number one album. Significant risers included: Adele's 21 climbing 2 places to number 2, Joe McElderry's Classic climbing two places to number 3, Lady Gaga's Born This Way climbing 6 places to number 14, and Jessie J's Who You Are climbing 6 places to number 18. New entries included: The Beatles 1 (re-entry), Doris Day's My Heart, John Barrowman's Tonight's the Night, Chris Rea's Santo Spirito Blues, PJ Harvey's Let England Shake (re-entry), and Maroon 5's Hands All Over (re-entry) at numbers 6, 9, 12, 13, 24 and 29.

Week Thirty-Eight (18 September)[edit]

X Factor finalists One Direction debuted at number one with "What Makes You Beautiful", with sales of over 153,000. Significant climbers included: Will Young's "Jealousy" climbing 3 places to number 9, Ed Sheeran's "The A Team" climbing 4 places to number 14, Rihanna's "Cheers (Drink to That)" climbing 11 places to number 15, Bad Meets Evil's "Lighters" climbing 6 places to number 22, and Nicki Minaj's "Fly" climbing 12 places to number 26. New entries included: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds's "AKA... What a Life!", Kasabian's "Days Are Forgotten", David Guetta's "Without You", Lady Gaga's "You and I", Damien Rice's "Cannonball "and Tony Bennett's "Body and Soul", which features Amy Winehouse, at numbers 20, 28, 31, 38, 39, and 40.

In the albums, Ed Sheeran's + debuted at number one. Other new entries included: Laura Marling's A Creature I Don't Know, The Kooks's Junk of the Heart, Dream Theater's A Dramatic Turn of Events, and Imelda May's Mayhem, at numbers 4, 10, 17, and 23. Significant risers included: Rihanna's Loud climbing 4 places to number 16, Maroon 5's Hands All Over climbing 5 places to number 24, and Cee Lo Green's The Lady Killer climbing 4 places to number 32.

Week Thirty-Nine (25 September)[edit]

Dappy from N-Dubz's solo single, "No Regrets" debuted at number one with sales of over 96,000, breaking a UK chart record for a run of 11 consecutive number ones by UK artists, which began in July with DJ Fresh's "Louder". Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger" remained at number two for another week. Significant climbers included: Ed Sheeran, climbing 7 places to number 7 with "The A Team", "Cannonball" by Damien Rice – up 30 places to number 9 following an audition performance on The X Factor, Bad Meets Evil's "Lighters" climbed another 9 places to reach number 13, "Without You", David Guetta's collaboration with Usher rose 12 places to number 19, Delilah's "Go" climbed 12 places to number 21, Nicki Minaj's "Fly" climbed another 3 places to number 23 and there was a rise of 5 places to number 33 for Lady Gaga's "You and I". There were new entries from: Jason Derülo at number 4 with "It Girl", James Morrison's comeback "I Won't Let You Go" entered at number 5, and Nicola Roberts's second solo effort, "Lucky Day" managed to reach number 40 on its debut.

On the albums chart, there was a new entry at number one for Kasabian's fourth album Velociraptor!, with first week sales of over 94,000 copies. Also in the top ten: Tony Bennett's Duets II entered at number 5 and Christina Perri's lovestrong. debuted at number 9.

October[edit]

Week Forty (2 October)[edit]

Sak Noel's "Loca People" debuted at number one this week. New entries included: Goo Goo Dolls's "Iris" (a re-entry due to X Factor), LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It", Kasabian's "Days Are Forgotten" (re-entry), Lady Gaga's "Edge of Glory" (re-entry), and You Me at Six's "Loverboy" at numbers 3, 20, 36, 38, and 39. The biggest faller came from Damien Rice's "Cannonball" falling 25 places to number 34. Significant risers included: Bad Meets Evil's "Lighters" climbing 3 places to number 10, Delilah's "Go" climbing 4 places to number 17, David Guetta's "Without You" climbing a place to number 18, and Emeli Sandé's "Heaven" climbing 6 places to number 22.

In the albums, James Morrison's The Awakening debuted at number one. Other new entries included: Nirvana's Nevermind (re-entry), Blink 182's Neighborhoods, Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon (re-entry), Nicola Roberts' Cinderella’s Eyes, Mastodon's The Hunter, and Wilco's The Whole Love at numbers 5, 6, 11, 17, 19, and 30. Only three albums climbed within the Top 40 this week, but the most significant was Bruno Mars' Doo Wops & Hooligans which climbed a place back into the Top 10.

Week Forty-One (9 October)[edit]

Rihanna and Calvin Harris'"We Found Love" debuted at number one. Significant risers included: LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It" climbing 13 places to number 7, David Guetta's "Without You" climbing 3 places to number 15, Nicki Minaj's "Fly", Lady Gaga's "You and I" and "The Edge of Glory", climbing 9 and 5 places to numbers 24 and 33. New entries included: Charlene Soraia's "Wherever You Will Go", Marina and the Diamonds' "Radioactive", Florence + the Machine's "Shake It Out" and Beyoncé's "Best Thing I Never Had" (re-entry) at numbers 20, 25, 27, and 38.

James Morrison remained at number one in the album chart for a second week with The Awakening. New entries included: You Me at Six's Sinners Never Sleep, Lady Antebellum's Own the Night, Ben Howard's Every Kingdom, Katherine Jenkins' One Fine Day, Fiest's Metals, Erasure's Tomorrow's World, Lady Antebellum's Need You Now (re-entry), and Lady Gaga's The Fame/Monster at numbers 3, 4, 7, 17, 28, 29, 33, and 35. Significant risers included: Tony Bennett's Duets II climbing 6 places to number 9, Maroon 5's Hands All Over climbing 22 places to number 13, Cee Lo Green's The Lady Killer climbing 8 places to number 18, and Jessie J's Who You Are climbing 5 places to number 19.

Week Forty-Two (16 October)[edit]

Rihanna and Calvin Harris' "We Found Love" remained at number one for a second week. New entries included: Gym Class Heroes' "Stereo Hearts", Matt Cardle's "Run for Your Life", Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" (re-entry), The Calling's "Wherever You Will Go", Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" (re-entry), Ed Sheeran's "Lego House", and Nero's "Crush on You" at numbers 3, 6, 21, 25, 28, 30, and 37. Significant risers included: Christina Perri's "Jar of Hearts" climbing 8 places to number 4, Charlene Soraia's "Wherever You Will Go" climbing 13 places to number 7, Ed Sheeran's "The A Team" climbing 4 places to number 9, and Beyoncé's "Best Thing I Never Had" climbing 11 places to number 27.

In the albums, Daydream, Jason Derulo's Future History, Ryan Adams' Ashes & Fire, Cliff Richard's Soulicious, Johnny Mathis' The Ultimate Collection, Björk's Biophilia, and Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday (re-entry) at numbers 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 17, 21, and 38. Significant risers included: Cee Lo Green's The Lady Killer climbing 10 places to number 18, Will Young's Echoes climbing 5 places to number 11, Lady Gaga's Born This Way climbing 6 places to number 16, Christina Perri's lovestrong. climbing 6 places to number 19, and Katy Perry's Teenage Dream climbing 5 places to number 27.

Week Forty-Three (23 October)[edit]

Rihanna's "We Found Love" remained at number one for a third week. New entries included: The Wanted's "Lightning", Kelly Clarkson's "Mr. Know It All", Lana Del Rey's "Video Games", Sean Paul's "Got 2 Luv U" (featuring Alexis Jordan), Justin Bieber's "Mistletoe", Katy Perry's "The One That Got Away", Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds's "AKA... What a Life!" (re-entry) and Laidback Luke vs Example, "Natural Disaster" at numbers 2, 6, 9, 11, 21, 22, 24, and 37. Significant climbers included: Charlene Soraia's "Wherever You Will Go", David Guetta's "Without You" (featuring Usher), The Calling's "Wherever You Will Go", Nicki Minaj's "Fly" (featuring Rihanna), Ed Sheeran's "Lego House", and Nero's "Crush On You", at numbers 3, 10, 16, 17, 18, and 32. The biggest faller came from Matt Cardle's "Run for Your Life", falling 17 places to 23.

In the albums, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds debuted at number one. New entries included: Matt Cardle's Letters, Daniel O'Donnell's The Ultimate Collection, The Overtones' Good Ol' Fashioned Love (re-entry), Michael Bublé's Crazy Love (re-entry), and Chris De Burgh's Footsteps 2 at numbers 2, 7, 24, 30, and 38. Significant risers included: Katy Perry's Teenage Dream climbing 19 places to number 8, Maroon 5's Hands All Over climbing 13 places to number 10, Adele's 19 climbing 7 places to number 11, and Rihanna's Loud climbing 17 places to number 12.

Week Forty-Four (30 October)[edit]

Professor Green earned his first number one single with "Read All About It". Other new entries included: Labrinth's "Earthquake", Rizzle Kicks' "When I Was a Youngster", Coldplay's "Paradise", Cobra Starship's "You Make Me Feel...", Bruno Mars' "Runaway Baby", and Coldplay's "Princess of China" at numbers 2, 8, 14, 16, 19, and 33. Significant climbers included: Kelly Clarkson's "Mr Know It All" climbing 2 places to number 4, Ed Sheeran's "Lego House" climbing 6 places to number 12, and Bruno Mars' "Marry You" climbing 6 places to number 24.

In the albums, Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto became their 5th consecutive number one studio album, selling 208,000 copies. Other entries included: Michael Bublé's Christmas, Kelly Clarkson's Stronger, Tom Waits' Bad as Me, The Soldiers' Message to You, Caro Emerald's Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor (re-entry), and Sting's The Best of 25 Years at numbers 3, 5, 10, 11, 21, and 27. Significant risers included: Bruno Mars's Doo Wops and Hooligans climbing 5 places to number 4, Example's Playing in the Shadows climbing 7 places to number 16, and Noah and the Whale's Last Night on Earth climbing 7 places to number 28.

November[edit]

Week Forty-Five (6 November)[edit]

Professor Green's with Emeli Sande "Read All About It" remained at number 1 for a second week while Rihanna and Calvin Harris's "We Found Love" climbed a place to number 2.

New entries this week included: Cher Lloyd and Mike Posner's "With Ur Love", Lucenzo and Qwote's "Danza Kuduro", Nicole Scherzinger's Try with Me and Birdy's "People Help the People at numbers 4, 13, 18 and 33 respectively. The only re-entry this week came from Katy Perry with "E.T. at number 40. The biggest climber this week came from Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain", climbing 15 places to number 21 while the biggest faller came from Bruno Mars' "Runaway Baby", falling 10 places to number 29.

Meanwhile in the album chart Ceremonials by Florence + the Machine entered at number 1.

Week Forty-Six (13 November)[edit]

"We Found Love" by Rihanna and Calvin Harris returned to number 1 for a fourth week, at number 2 was JLS who entered with "Take a Chance on Me" while last week's number 1, Professor Green's "Read All About It", slipped three places to number 4. New entries this week were Pixie Lott's "What Do You Take Me For?", Loick Essien's "Me Without You", Maverick Sabre's "I Need", Tinchy Stryder's "Off The Record", and Afrojack's "No Beef" at numbers 10, 14, 18, 24, 25.

In the album chart, Susan Boyle's new album Someone to Watch Over Me entered at number one

Week Forty-Seven (20 November)[edit]

"We Found Love" by Rihanna and Calvin Harris retained the number 1 this week for a fifth non-consecutive week while Flo Rida entered at number 2 with "Good Feeling" at number 2 and at number 3 was "Gotta Be You" by One Direction. Other new entries include Drake's featuring Rihanna "Take Care", The Saturdays' "My Heart Takes Over", Lady Gaga's "Marry The Night", the Children in Need 2011 single "Teardrop", Westlife "Lighthouse" and following an episode of Glee the Adele mash-up "Rumour Has It" / "Someone Like You" enter at number 12, 15, 18, 24, 32 and 35.

Michael Bublé's new album Christmas climbed to number 1 beating JLS Jukebox by less than 1% while at number 3 was, Snow Patrol's Fallen Empires. Last week's number 1, Susan Boyle's Someone to Watch Over Me. slipped 6 places to number 7.

Week Forty-Eight (27 November)[edit]

Rihanna's "We Found Love" retained the number one spot for a sixth non-consecutive week, Olly Murs entered at 2 with Dance With Me Tonight. new entries this week include Avicii's "Levels" at number 4 and, Kelly Rowland with "Down for Whatever" at 6 and Rebecca Ferguson's "Nothing's Real But Love" at 10

Rihanna entered at number 1 in the albums with Talk That Talk selling 163,000 copies in its first week while One Direction's debut album "Up All Night" entered at number 2 selling an 138,000 units in its first week

December[edit]

Week Forty-Nine (4 December)[edit]

X Factor Finalists 2011's "Wishing on a Star" featuring JLS & One Direction debuted at number 1 pushing Rihanna's "We Found Love" down two places to number 3, Olly Murs "Dance With Me Tonight" remained at 2. Meanwhile, at 8 is the biggest climber of the week Jessie J's "Who You Are"climbing 29 places to number 8. The biggest faller came from Rebecca Ferguson's "Nothing's Real But Love", falling 20 places to number 30.

New entries include Emeli Sandé's "Daddy" at 21, Beyoncé's "Love on Top" at 28, Example's "Midnight Run" at 36, Mariah Carey re-entered at number 26 with "All I Want For Christmas Is You".

Olly Murs entered at number 1 in the albums with In Case You Didn't Know, last week's number 1 Talk That Talk from Rihanna slipped to number 3. Michael Bublé's Christmas climbed to number 2

Week Fifty (11 December)[edit]

Olly Murs climbed a place to number 1 with "Dance with Me Tonight", giving him his third UK number 1 single. Last week's number 1 X Factor Finalists 2011 "Wishing on a Star" featuring JLS & One Direction dropped one place to number 2

The biggest climber came from Mariah Carey' "All I Want for Christmas Is You" climbing 12 places to number 13 and the biggest faller came from David Guetta's "Without You" featuring Usher, falling 17 places to number 37. The highest chart new release was Lloyd's "Dedication to My Ex (Miss That)" debuting at number 3.

As well as Mariah Carey other Christmas songs returned this week, Those that re-entered the Top 40 were: The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl "Fairytale Of New York" at 15, Wizzard's "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" at 28, Slade's "Merry Christmas Everybody" at 33 and Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas" at 34.

Amy Winehouse entered at number 1 in the albums chart with Lioness: Hidden Treasures

Week Fifty-One (18 December)[edit]

Last week's number 1, "Dance with Me Tonight" by Olly Murs, slipped 2 places to number 3 and X Factor 2011 winners Little Mix reached number 1 with their single "Cannonball". The biggest climber came from One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" which climbed 11 places to number 24 and the biggest faller came from Sway's "Still Speedin'", falling 20 places to number 39.

In the album chart Michael Bublé's album Christmas returned to number 1.

Week Fifty-Two (25 December)[edit]

The Military Wives Choir & Gareth Malone's "Wherever You Are" climbed up the charts from 144 to become 2011's Official UK Christmas number 1 single also denying Little Mix the Christmas Number One with "Cannonball" falling to number 2.

Meanwhile at No3 was Lou Monte with "Dominick the Donkey", a novelty song from 1960 which had previously been un-charted, it had support from Chris Moyles of BBC Radio 1, who brought the song to the public's attention.

The biggest climber came from Rihanna's You Da One, climbing 13 places to number 22 and the biggest faller came from T-Pain's "5 O'Clock", falling 14 places to number 24.

There was also new entries from Lou Monte, Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" at number 11 after a Facebook campaign had been launched to get it to number 1 at Christmas, internet musician Alex Day reached number 4 with "Forever Yours" despite not being signed to a record label. Former X Factor contestant Stacey Solomon at number 27 with a cover of "Driving Home for Christmas" and also the cast of The Only Way Is Essex with their version of "Last Christmas" at number 33.

In the Christmas album chart Michael Bublé remained at number 1 with his album Christmas, Amy Winehouse's Lioness: Hidden Treasures remained at number 2.

Artists/Groups reformed[edit]

Groups disbanded[edit]

Number ones[edit]

Number-one singles[edit]

Key
dagger Best-selling single of the year
Release date Song Artist Sales
2 January "When We Collide" Matt Cardle 113,037
9 January "What's My Name?" Rihanna featuring Drake 53,018
16 January "Grenade" Bruno Mars 149,834
23 January 109,960
30 January "We R Who We R" Ke$ha 90,139
6 February "Price Tag" Jessie J featuring B.o.B 84,076
13 February 95,697
20 February "Someone Like You" dagger Adele 111,739
27 February 114,792
6 March 116,347
13 March 95,654
20 March "Don't Hold Your Breath" Nicole Scherzinger 98,090
27 March "Someone Like You" dagger Adele 82,357
3 April "On the Floor" Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull 133,179
10 April 91,749
17 April "Party Rock Anthem" LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock 91,421
24 April 85,744
1 May 73,076
8 May 64,508
15 May "The Lazy Song" Bruno Mars 67,837
22 May "Give Me Everything" Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer 71,309
29 May 95,848
5 June 82,210
12 June "Changed the Way You Kiss Me" Example 115,046
19 June 75,252
26 June "Don't Wanna Go Home" Jason Derülo 76,581
3 July 60,316
10 July "Louder" DJ Fresh featuring Sian Evans 140,750
17 July "Glad You Came" The Wanted 117,165
24 July 73,769
31 July "She Makes Me Wanna" JLS featuring Dev 98,016
7 August "Swagger Jagger" Cher Lloyd 66,316
14 August "Promises" Nero 46,700
21 August "Don't Go" Wretch 32 featuring Josh Kumra 76,495
28 August "Heart Skips a Beat" Olly Murs featuring Rizzle Kicks 109,151
4 September "Stay Awake" Example 73,402
11 September "All About Tonight" Pixie Lott 88,893
18 September "What Makes You Beautiful" One Direction 153,965
25 September "No Regrets" Dappy 96,639
2 October "Loca People" Sak Noel 75,161
9 October "We Found Love" Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris 87,573
16 October 106,553
23 October 92,689
30 October "Read All About It" Professor Green featuring Emeli Sandé 153,007
6 November 85,302
13 November "We Found Love" Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris 79,834
20 November 66,941
27 November 79,804
4 December "Wishing on a Star" X Factor Finalists 2011 featuring JLS & One Direction 98,932
11 December "Dance with Me Tonight" Olly Murs 46,584
18 December "Cannonball" Little Mix 210,129
25 December "Wherever You Are" Military Wives & Gareth Malone 555,622

Number-one albums[edit]

Key
dagger Best-selling album of the year
Issue Date Album Artist Sales
2 January Loud Rihanna 76,237
9 January 50,088
16 January 44,827
23 January Doo-Wops & Hooligans Bruno Mars 86,243
30 January 21 dagger Adele 208,090
6 February 135,585
13 February 134,241
20 February 188,764
27 February 173,718
6 March 180,493
13 March 161,580
20 March 159,895
27 March 156,162
3 April 257,731
10 April 114,476
17 April Wasting Light Foo Fighters 114,557
24 April 21 dagger Adele 91,803
1 May 73,771
8 May 80,922
15 May 70,362
22 May 51,183
29 May Born This Way Lady Gaga 215,639
5 June 67,615
12 June Suck It and See Arctic Monkeys 82,424
19 June Progress Take That 77,720
26 June Born This Way Lady Gaga 47,150
3 July 4 Beyoncé 89,211
10 July 44,929
17 July 21 dagger Adele 43,555
24 July 46,648
31 July Back to Black Amy Winehouse 44,076
7 August 63,070
14 August 43,726
21 August Welcome Reality Nero 30,640
28 August Echoes Will Young 65,773
4 September I'm With You Red Hot Chili Peppers 71,858
11 September Playing in the Shadows Example 56,224
18 September + Ed Sheeran 102,350
25 September Velociraptor! Kasabian 94,088
2 October The Awakening James Morrison 62,181
9 October 36,411
16 October The Ultimate Collection Steps 34,200
23 October Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds 122,530
30 October Mylo Xyloto Coldplay 208,343
6 November Ceremonials Florence and the Machine 94,050
13 November Someone To Watch Over Me Susan Boyle 72,745
20 November Christmas Michael Bublé 85,787
27 November Talk That Talk Rihanna 163,819
4 December In Case You Didn't Know Olly Murs 148,532
11 December Lioness: Hidden Treasures Amy Winehouse 194,966
18 December Christmas Michael Bublé 269,665
25 December 317,114

Number-one single downloads[edit]

Issue date Song Artist
1 January "When We Collide" Matt Cardle
8 January "What's My Name?" Rihanna featuring Drake
15 January
22 January "Grenade" Bruno Mars
29 January
30 January "We R Who We R" Ke$ha
6 February "Price Tag" Jessie J featuring B.o.B
13 February
20 February "Someone Like You" Adele
27 February
6 March
13 March
20 March "Don't Hold Your Breath" Nicole Scherzinger
27 March "Someone Like You" Adele
3 April "On The Floor" Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull
10 April
17 April "Party Rock Anthem" LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock
24 April
1 May
8 May
15 May "The Lazy Song" Bruno Mars
22 May "Give Me Everything" Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer
29 May
5 June
12 June "Changed the Way You Kiss Me" Example
19 June
26 June "Don't Wanna Go Home" Jason Derülo
3 July
10 July "Louder" DJ Fresh featuring Sian Evans
17 July "Glad You Came" The Wanted
24 July
31 July "She Makes Me Wanna" JLS featuring Dev
7 August "Swagger Jagger" Cher Lloyd
14 August "Promises" Nero
21 August "Don't Go" Wretch 32 featuring Josh Kumra
28 August "Heart Skips a Beat" Olly Murs featuring Rizzle Kicks
4 September "Moves Like Jagger" Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera
11 September "All About Tonight" Pixie Lott
18 September "What Makes You Beautiful" One Direction
25 September "No Regrets" Dappy
2 October "Moves Like Jagger" Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera
9 October "We Found Love" Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris
16 October
23 October
30 October "Read All About It" Professor Green featuring Emeli Sandé
6 November
13 November "We Found Love" Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris
20 November
27 November
4 December Wishing on a Star X Factor Finalists 2011 featuring
JLS and One Direction
11 December "Dance With Me Tonight" Olly Murs
18 December "Cannonball" Little Mix
25 December "Wherever You Are" Military Wives & Gareth Malone

Number-one album downloads[edit]

Issue date Album Artist
2 January Loud Rihanna
9 January
16 January
23 January Doo Wops & Hooligans Bruno Mars
30 January 21 Adele
6 February
13 February
20 February
27 February
6 March
13 March
20 March
27 March
3 April
10 April
17 April Wasting Light Foo Fighters
24 April 21 Adele
1 May
8 May
15 May
22 May
29 May Born This Way Lady GaGa
5 June
12 June Suck It and See Arctic Monkeys
19 June Progress Take That
26 June Bon Iver Bon Iver
3 July 4 Beyoncé
10 July
17 July 21 Adele
24 July
31 July Now 79 Various Artists
7 August
14 August Watch the Throne Jay-Z and Kanye West
21 August Welcome Reality Nero
28 August Echoes Will Young
4 September I'm With You Red Hot Chili Peppers
11 September Playing In The Shadows Example
18 September + Ed Sheeran
25 September Velociraptor! Kasabian
2 October The Awakening James Morrison
9 October
16 October The Ultimate Collection Steps
23 October Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
30 October Mylo Xyloto Coldplay
6 November Ceremonials Florence and the Machine
13 November
20 November Fallen Empires Snow Patrol
27 November Talk That Talk Rihanna
4 December In Case You Didn't Know Olly Murs
11 December Lioness: Hidden Treasures Amy Winehouse
18 December Christmas Michael Bublé
25 December

Number-one compilation albums[edit]

Issue date Album
2 January Now 77
9 January
16 January
23 January
30 January
6 February
13 February Love Songs – The Ultimate Collection
20 February BRIT Awards 2011 With MasterCard
27 February
6 March Anthems Hip Hop
13 March
20 March Massive R&B – Spring 2011
27 March
3 April
10 April Ultimate Floorfillers
17 April Now 78
24 April
1 May
8 May
15 May
22 May
29 May
5 June
12 June
19 June The Old Grey Whistle Test – 40th
26 June Now 78
3 July Clubland 19
10 July
17 July
24 July
31 July Now 79
7 August
14 August
21 August
28 August
4 September
11 September
18 September
25 September
2 October Now R&B
9 October
16 October Now 79
23 October
30 October Pop Party 9
6 November BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge – Vol 6
13 November Clubland 20
20 November Pop Party 9
27 November Now 80
4 December
11 December
18 December
25 December

Year-end charts[edit]

Best-selling singles of 2011[edit]

[12]

No. Title Artist Peak
position
Sales[12]
1 "Someone Like You" Adele 1 1,242,000
2 "Moves Like Jagger" Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera 2 1,043,000
3 "Party Rock Anthem" LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock 1 995,000
4 "Price Tag" Jessie J featuring B.o.B 1 981,000
5 "We Found Love" Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris 1 902,000
6 "Give Me Everything" Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer 1 866,000
7 "Grenade" Mars, BrunoBruno Mars 1 852,000
8 "The A Team" Sheeran, EdEd Sheeran 3 801,000
9 "Rolling in the Deep" Adele 2 798,000
10 "On the Floor" Lopez, JenniferJennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull 1 784,000
11 "Jar of Hearts" Perri, ChristinaChristina Perri 4 669,000
12 "S&M" Rihanna 3 643,000
13 "Wherever You Are" Military Wives & Gareth Malone 1 631,000
14 "Born This Way" Lady Gaga 3 625,000
15 "The Lazy Song" Mars, BrunoBruno Mars 1 618,000
16 "Beautiful People" Brown, ChrisChris Brown featuring Benny Benassi 4 588,000
17 "Changed the Way You Kiss Me" Example 1 582,000
18 "I Need a Dollar" Blacc, AloeAloe Blacc 2 576,000
19 "Sweat" Snoop Dogg vs. David Guetta 4 558,000
20 "What Makes You Beautiful" One Direction 1 540,000
21 "Heart Skips a Beat" Murs, OllyOlly Murs featuring Rizzle Kicks 1
22 "Mr Saxobeat" Stan, AlexandraAlexandra Stan 3
23 "Earthquake" Labrinth featuring Tinie Tempah 2
24 "Glad You Came" Wanted, TheThe Wanted 1
25 "Louder" DJ Fresh featuring Sian Evans 1
26 "Do It Like a Dude" Jessie J 2
27 "The Edge of Glory" Lady Gaga 6
28 "Yeah 3x" Brown, ChrisChris Brown 6
29 "Set Fire to the Rain" Adele 11
30 "Super Bass" Minaj, NickiNicki Minaj 8
31 "Sexy and I Know It" LMFAO 5
32 "Where Them Girls At" Guetta, DavidDavid Guetta featuring Flo Rida & Nicki Minaj 3
33 "Don't Hold Your Breath" Scherzinger, NicoleNicole Scherzinger 1
34 "Best Thing I Never Had" Beyoncé 3
35 "Bounce" Harris, CalvinCalvin Harris featuring Kelis 2
36 "E.T." Perry, KatyKaty Perry featuring Kanye West 3
37 "Read All About It" Professor Green featuring Emeli Sandé 1
38 "Champion" Chipmunk featuring Chris Brown 2
39 "Paradise" Coldplay 2[a]
40 "Lego House" Sheeran, EdEd Sheeran 5
41 "Cannonball" Little Mix 1
42 "Just Can't Get Enough" Black Eyed Peas, TheThe Black Eyed Peas 3
43 "Who's That Chick?" Guetta, DavidDavid Guetta featuring Rihanna 6
44 "Marry You" Mars, BrunoBruno Mars 11
45 "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" Perry, KatyKaty Perry 9
46 "Feel So Close" Harris, CalvinCalvin Harris 2
47 "Don't Wanna Go Home" Derulo, JasonJason Derulo 1
48 "Good Feeling" Flo Rida 2[b]
49 "What's My Name?" Rihanna featuring Drake 1
50 "Without You" Guetta, DavidDavid Guetta featuring Usher 6

Best-selling albums of 2011[edit]

[13]

No. Title Artist Peak
position
Sales[13]
1 21 Adele 1 3,772,000
2 Christmas Bublé, MichaelMichael Bublé 1 1,292,000
3 Doo-Wops & Hooligans Mars, BrunoBruno Mars 1 1,214,420
4 19 Adele 2[c] 1,210,410
5 Mylo Xyloto Coldplay 1 907,000
6 Loud Rihanna 1 876,000
7 Born This Way Lady Gaga 1 821,000
8 Who You Are Jessie J 2 805,000
9 + Sheeran, EdEd Sheeran 1 791,000
10 Talk That Talk Rihanna 1 655,000
11 Lioness: Hidden Treasures Winehouse, AmyAmy Winehouse 1 638,000
12 In Case You Didn't Know Murs, OllyOlly Murs 1 597,000
13 The Lady Killer Green, Cee LoCee Lo Green 3 560,000
14 Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds 1 492,000
15 Progress Take That 1 484,000
16 Up All Night One Direction 2 468,000
17 No More Idols Chase and Status 2 461,000
18 4 Beyoncé 1 451,000
19 Greatest Hits Westlife 4 423,000
20 Crazy Love Bublé, MichaelMichael Bublé 3[d] 410,000
21 The Defamation of Strickland Banks Plan B 2[e]
22 Ceremonials Florence and the Machine 1
23 Echoes Young, WillWill Young 1
24 Wasting Light Foo Fighters 1
25 Teenage Dream Perry, KatyKaty Perry 8[f]
26 Heaven Ferguson, RebeccaRebecca Ferguson 3
27 Sigh No More Mumford & Sons 2
28 Disc-Overy Tempah, TinieTinie Tempah 4[g]
29 Jukebox JLS 2
30 The Fame Lady Gaga 7[h]
31 Build a Rocket Boys! Elbow 2
32 Back to Black Winehouse, AmyAmy Winehouse 1
33 Someone to Watch Over Me Boyle, SusanSusan Boyle 1
34 Good Ol' Fashioned Love Overtones, TheThe Overtones 4
35 Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor Emerald, CaroCaro Emerald 4
36 The Awakening Morrison, JamesJames Morrison 1
37 Velociraptor! Kasabian 1
38 Seasons of My Soul Rumer 4[i]
39 Lights Goulding, EllieEllie Goulding 5[j]
40 Fallen Empires Snow Patrol 3
41 Nothing But the Beat Guetta, DavidDavid Guetta 2
42 Last Night on Earth Noah and the Whale 8
43 Playing in the Shadows Example 1
44 Bring Him Home Boe, AlfieAlfie Boe 9
45 Greatest Hits... So Far!!! Pink 12[k]
46 Alfie Boe, AlfieAlfie Boe 6
47 Olly Murs Murs, OllyOlly Murs 4[l]
48 Classic McElderry, JoeJoe McElderry 2
49 Letters Cardle, MattMatt Cardle 2
50 Suck It and See Arctic Monkeys 1

Notes:

  1. ^ Reached number 1 in 2012
  2. ^ Reached number 1 in 2012
  3. ^ Reached number 1 in 2008
  4. ^ Reached number 1 in 2009
  5. ^ Reached number 1 in 2010
  6. ^ Reached number 1 in 2010
  7. ^ Reached number 1 in 2010
  8. ^ Reached number 1 in 2009
  9. ^ Reached number 3 in 2010
  10. ^ Reached number 1 in 2010
  11. ^ Reached number 5 in 2010
  12. ^ Reached number 2 in 2010

Platinum records[edit]

For a record to be certified platinum, it must sell a minimum of 600,000 copies. However, not every song that sells 600,000 copies is given platinum certification and so this is not a complete list of songs that have sold 600,000 copies in 2011. Also note that a song certified platinum could have sold its 600,000th copy long before it is given certification.

Artist Song Date released Date certified
platinum
Cee Lo Green "Forget You" 4 October 2010 7 January 2011
Rihanna "Only Girl (In the World)" 25 October 2010 7 January 2011
Rihanna featuring Drake "What's My Name?" 20 December 2010 6 March 2011
Tinie Tempah "Pass Out" 17 April 2010 11 March 2011
Katy Perry "Firework" 26 November 2010 11 March 2011
Adele "Someone Like You" 24 January 2011 1 April 2011
Pitbull/Ne-Yo/Afrojack/Nayer "Give Me Everything" 1 April 2011 16 September 2011

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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