The Verve Storms To No. 1 U.K. Debut
The reunited Verve delivered a No. 1 U.K. album for Parlophone/EMI yesterday (Aug. 31) as "Forth" debuted at the top. In a double for EMI labels, Virgin's Katy Perry started a fourth week at the singlThe reunited Verve delivered a No. 1 U.K. album for Parlophone/EMI yesterday (Aug. 31) as "Forth" debuted at the top. In a double for EMI labels, Virgin's Katy Perry started a fourth week at the singles chart summit with "I Kissed a Girl."
The Verve's fourth album, its first in 11 years, thus matches the performance of its 1997 predecessor "Urban Hymns," which entered at No. 1 in October of that year. The band's "A Storm in Heaven" debut reached No. 27 in 1992 and "A Northern Soul" topped at No. 13 in 1995.
In an active top five of which four titles were newcomers, Slipknot's "All Hope Is Gone" (Roadrunner) debuted at No. 2. The American rock band's career best in the U.K. is 2001's chart-topping "Iowa," and they reached No. 5 with 2004's "Vol.3 (The Subliminal Verses)," but only No. 53 with 2005's "9.0 Live."
The Script's self-titled debut for Phonogenic/Sony BMG fell to No. 3 after two weeks at the top. The late American vocalist Eva Cassidy got another posthumous album success as "Somewhere" (Blix Street) arrived at No. 4, and the new Michael Jackson compilation "King of Pop" (Epic/Sony BMG) landed at No. 5.
Also new inside the top 10 were the Game's third album "L.A.X." (Geffen) at No. 9, and singer/songwriter Teddy Thompson's most successful release to date, "A Piece of What You Need" (Blue Thumb/Universal) at No. 10.
Perry's "Girl" continued to lead the singles race ahead of a No. 2 debut for Swedish DJ-artist Eric Prydz with "Pjanoo" (Data) and a 4-3 climb for Rihanna's "Disturbia" (Def Jam/Universal). Biffy Clyro's "Mountains" (14th Floor/Warner Music) made a second-week 10-5 climb and Scottish rock band Glasvegas got a second top 20 hit of the year as "Daddy's Gone" (Columbia/Sony BMG) started at No.12.
There was a 21-14 climb for "The World Should Revolve Around Me" (Parlophone/EMI) by Brooklyn-based Little Jackie, which comprises singer/writer Imani Coppola and programmer Adam Pallin. Alphabeat's "Boyfriend" (Charisma/EMI) leapt 35-15 and Metallica's "The Day That Never Comes" (Vertigo/Universal) soared 36-19.
Billboard's pan-European sales charts show Coldplay's reign on European Top 100 Albums extending to 10 weeks with "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" (Parlophone/EMI), while Perry's hit is in a third week atop Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.