Annie Lennox has been "itching to get back on track" ever since back surgery to relieve a trapped nerve in her spinal cord last August postponed the planned fall release of "The Annie Lennox Collection."
Now in its 10th week, Rihanna's "Umbrella" (Def Jam) featuring Jay-Z has become the U.K.'s longest-running No. 1 single since Wet Wet Wet's "Love Is All Around" spent 15 weeks at the top in 1994. Meanwhile, operatic singer Paul Potts, the recent winner of the latest talent-spotting series on ITV, "Britain's Got Talent," saw his self-titled debut album for Syco Music/Sony BMG debut at No. 1.
Dance mainstays the Chemical Brothers scored another U.K. No. 1 album, their fifth, with "We Are the Night" (Virgin). The new set, which includes the current top 20 hit "Do It Again," leads the chart ahead of the Traveling Wilburys' "Collection" (Rhino/Warner Bros.), which is back up 3-2. Yesterday's new charts also ushered in an eighth week at the top of the singles survey for "Umbrella" (Def Jam) by Rihanna featuring Jay-Z.
The White Stripes entered the U.K. album chart at No. 1 yesterday (June 24) with "Icky Thump" (XL Recordings), as "Umbrella" (Def Jam) by Rihanna featuring Jay-Z started a sixth week atop the singles chart. The Stripes are also in the top 10 with the "Icky Thump" title track, which is No. 6 this week after peaking at No. 2 last week.