October 20, 2008 / 3:59 PM / 10 years ago

No. 1 Pink leaves X-Factor in shade on UK charts

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. singer Pink held on to the top spot for a third week with her single “So What” holding off the challenge of comedian Peter Kay’s spoof X-Factor release, the Official UK Charts Company said this week.

Singer Pink poses for photographers as she arrives at the 22nd annual Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Awards in Sydney, October 19, 2008. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz

A release from her upcoming album “Funhouse,” the single is the second British number one for the singer from Pennsylvania.

A new entry at two “The Winners Song” by Irish transsexual character Geraldine McQueen — aka Kay — is taken from his spoof television show “Britain’s Got The Pop Factor ... And Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Strictly on Ice.”

Kay might have been left in the shade by Pink, but the comedian went one better than former X-Factor winner Leon Jackson and “Don’t Call This Love,” another new entry at three.

U.S. cult rockers Kings of Leon with “Sex on Fire” slipped two places to four, while the top 10’s third new entry — “Up” by the Saturdays — came in at five.

DJ Sash — featuring Stunt — and “Raindrops (Encore Une Fois)” also made an impressive showing rising to 171 places to nine.

In the album charts rock band Keane went straight to number one with “Perfect Symmetry” as rockers Oasis dropped to two with “Dig Out Your Soul, while the Kings of Leon and “Only by the Night” fell one to three.

There was one other new entry in the album charts with Irish boy band Boyzone and “Back Again — No Matter What” coming in at four.

Reporting by John Joseph, editing by Paul Casciato

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