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Rihanna's Umbrella achieves chart landmark


Story by Jack Foley

CHART sensation Rihanna became the first singer to remain at the top of the UK charts for 10 weeks in a decade when her hit single Umbrella held off competition to hold firm on Sunday (July 22, 2007).

The R’n‘B singer equalled Whitney Houston and David Whitfield in holding onto the top spot for 10 weeks. And her song became the first since Wet Wet Wet’s Love Is All Around in 1994 to spend more than nine weeks in pole position.

But she will have to last some weeks longer to claim the overall record held by Frankie Laine’s I Believe, which topped the chart for 18 weeks in 1953.

Rihanna did become only the seventh artist in the history of the chart to reach a 10th week and she did so by holding off competition from Kate Nash, Timbaland, Fergie and Enrique Iglesias.

Mark Ronson’s cover of Kaiser Chiefs’ hit Oh My God, featuring vocals by Lily Allen, entered the top 10 at number eight.

In the album charts, people’s favourite tenor Paul Potts, who recently won Britain’s Got Talent, claimed top spot with his debut One Chance.

The 36-year-old singer had been a mobile phone salesman until being signed by Simon Cowell after winning the ITV1 show.

Previous No.1 record holders

18 weeks – Frankie Laine, I Believe (1953)
16 weeks – Bryan Adams, (Everything I Do) I Do It For You (1991)
15 weeks – Wet Wet Wet, Love Is All Around (1994)
11 weeks – Slim Whitman, Rose Marie (1955)
10 weeks – David Whitfield, Cara Mia (1954)
10 weeks – Whitney Houston, I Will Always Love You (1992)