Vintage Mariah Hit Tops U.K. Singles Chart
Mariah Carey's 1993 hit "Hero," covered for charity by the 2008 finalists in the TV talent series "The X Factor," debuted at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Nov. 2), while Pink's "Funhouse"Mariah Carey's 1993 hit "Hero," covered for charity by the 2008 finalists in the TV talent series "The X Factor," debuted at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Nov. 2), while Pink's "Funhouse" (LaFace/Sony BMG) entered at the top of the new album survey.
The new version of "Hero," released by Syco Music/Sony BMG, benefits British servicemen and women injured in the line of duty, and has outdone Carey's original, which peaked at No. 7 some 15 years ago. It unseated last week's new entry at the summit, Girls Aloud's "The Promise" (Fascination/Polydor), which fell to No. 2, as Pink's former No. 1 "So What" dropped another place to No. 3.
Katy Perry's "Hot N Cold" (Virgin) moved up another point to No. 6, while Jack White & Alicia Keys" "Another Way To Die" (RCA), fueled by the opening of the James Bond movie for which it provides the theme, "Quantum of Solace," vaulted 18-10.
On the album chart, "Funhouse" is Pink's first British No. 1 after three consecutive No. 3 peaks, with "M!zzundaztood" (2001), "Try This" (2003) and "I'm Not Dead" (2006). The new set restricted Snow Patrol to a No. 2 entry with "A Hundred Million Suns" (Fiction/Polydor), while AC/DC's "Black Ice" (Columbia) fell 1-3. There were also top 10 debuts for Celine Dion's "My Love -- The Essential Collection) (Sony BMG) at No. 5, Irish AC favorite Daniel O'Donnell's "Country Boy" (DMG TV) at No. 6 and Bloc Party's "Intimacy" (Wichita Recordings) at No. 8.
The AC/DC album climbed 66 places to top Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart, while "So What" is in a second week atop Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.