October 18, 2009 / 5:51 PM / in 9 years

Alexandra Burke beats Robbie Williams to top charts

LONDON (Reuters) - X Factor winner Alexandra Burke has beaten Robbie Williams to claim her second British number one single with “Bad Boys,” the Official Charts Company said on Sunday. The 21-year-old Londoner’s collaboration with U.S. rapper Flo Rida entered the chart in pole position in its debut week, pipping Williams’ single “Bodies” to the post.

British singer Robbie Williams accepts his award for best international pop artist at the MTV Latin America awards in Mexico City October 19, 2006. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

Her first single, a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” was last year’s Christmas number one after Burke won the fifth series of ITV’s talent search competition.

Williams, whose last UK number one was “Radio” in 2003, appeared on “The X Factor” earlier this month to coach the contestants and help promote his latest single.

The former Take That singer has topped the singles charts six times since leaving the boy band, including the duet “Somethin’ Stupid,” recorded with Nicole Kidman.

On the album chart, British indie rock band Editors entered at number one with their new release “In This Light and On This Evening.”

The Birmingham-based band edged aside the London rapper Chipmunk, a new entry at number two with “I Am Chipmunk.”

The complete rundown is online: www.theofficialcharts.com/

Reporting by Peter Griffiths; Editing by Elizabeth Fullerton

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