New British Invasion?

One Direction, The Wanted, Adele battle it out in US charts

Thu 23 Feb 2012

One Direction, The Wanted, Adele battle it out in US charts

British boy bands One Direction and The Wanted are currently battling it out in the US Billboard single charts.

It seems the Americans have fallen for the groups' hunk appeal (oh, and of course the music) hook, line and, sinker, just like we did last year. The Wanted are currently slightly ahead of the One Direction lads, however this could have been influenced by Glee's cover version of their single Glad You Came this week.

The Wanted have tweeted their emotion at reaching the Top 5 of the US iTunes chart. In the Billboard singles chart they are currently at No 23. One Direction on the other hand, have debuted the chart at No 28 this week with their BRIT Award-winning single, What Makes You Beautiful.

There is no doubt that double BRIT Award winnerAdele, has already conquered the States. She has a whopping three songs in the Billboard singles Top 10 at the moment, Set Fire To The Rain is No 2, Rolling In The Deep is No 5 and Someone Like You is No 7. Plus, her album 21, has been at the top of the album charts for a fitting 21 weeks.

Jessie J also has a Top 20 place with Domino and Coldplay's Paradise is sitting pretty at No 20.

Are we entering a new dawn of popularity for British music Stateside? In the 60s The Beatles wowed the Americans, in the 70s David Bowie and Elton John proved big in the States, while in the 80s UK New Wave artists like Duran Duran and The Police predominated. One group to really make it big over the pond was The Spice Girls in the 90s and Coldplay began their US dominance in the noughties. On the solo girl front Leona Lewis and, of course Susan Boyle are more recent hits in the USA.

So are these acts paving the way for a British onslaught on the US charts? Our other double BRIT Award winner Ed Sheeran is yet to release any of his songs in the US yet. Or will this year's Critics' Choice winner Emeli Sande follow in 2011's Critics' Choice winner, Jessie J's footsteps.

We'll just have to wait and see, but in the meantime, please don't forget about all of us here at home in the UK....

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