‘Diamonds’ debuts at no.1 in the UK

In what has been one of the closest fought chart battles of 2012 so far, Rihanna’s Diamonds emerges victorious over One Direction’s Live While We’re Young, and Adele’s Skyfall in the race to take the converted Number 1 slot from K-pop sensation Psy’s Gangnam Style.

It’s Rihanna’s 7th no.1 single in the UK.

In Wednesday’s Official Chart Update, the Bajan singer’s latest track was a mere 250 copies behind One Direction’s new single, but today it finishes the week nearly 19,000 ahead of the British boyband with sales of over 105,000 copies. Diamonds is Rihanna’s sixth Official Singles Chart Number 1 as a lead artist and seventh overall.

With just 420 copies between the two, last week’s chart topper, Gangnam Style, slides one place to Number 2, while One Direction score their fourth Top 10 hit in twelve months with Live While We’re Young new in at Number 3.

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