ABBA Fever Heats Up U.K. Charts
But the real story of the chart week was the sales dominance, with its own material and that of the film celebration of its music, of Basshunter's fellow Swedes ABBA.Swedish dance artist Basshunter arrived at No. 1 on the U.K.'s individual artist album chart Sunday (July 20) with "Now You're Gone -- The Album" (Hard2Beat), while Dizzee Rascal's "Dance Wiv Me" (Dirtee Stank), featuring Calvin Harris & Chrome, began a third week atop the singles chart.
But the real story of the chart week was the sales dominance, with its own material and that of the film celebration of its music, of Basshunter's fellow Swedes ABBA.
The soundtrack of the new movie "Mamma Mia" (Polydor/Universal), featuring ABBA's songs, raced to No. 1 on the compilation chart, for which it qualifies, becoming the overall best-selling album of the week. It's the first time an original soundtrack album has outsold all weekly competition since 2001, when the soundtrack to "Bridget Jones's Diary" hit the top.
Meanwhile, ABBA's Polydor compilation "Gold," which according to the Official U.K. Charts Company is already the fourth best-selling album in U.K. chart history, jumped back 12-5. The album, released in 1992, was last in the top 10 four years ago. ABBA's 1975 hit "Mamma Mia" re-entered the top 75 singles chart at No. 57, while six other titles appeared in the unpublished 76-200 part of the survey. The cast recording of "Honey Honey" also charted at No. 69.
Basshunter's No. 1 on the artist album chart follows the chart-topping singles success in the new year for DJ/artist Jonas Altberg with "Now You're Gone." The follow-up, "All I Ever Wanted," fell 2-4 on the new singles chart. Coldplay's album reign with "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" (Parlophone/EMI) thus ended after five weeks, as it fell to No. 2.
Sharleen Spiteri, lead singer of long-running Scottish rock-pop favorites Texas, debuted at No. 3 with her first solo album, "Melody" (Mercury/Universal), although its opening single "All The Times I Cried" dipped 26-27. "Piano Man -- The Very Best of Billy Joel" (Columbia/Sony BMG) re-entered at No. 9 after last weekend's broadcast of an ITV "South Bank Show" on the artist, and Madonna's "Hard Candy" (Warner Bros.) rose again 14-10, as its current single "Give It To Me" jumped 14-7. Brooklyn rock band the Hold Steady made its U.K. album chart debut at No. 15 with its fourth set, "Stay Positive" (Rough Trade).
Elsewhere on the singles chart, boy band McFly made an emphatic No. 2 start with its first single since leaving Universal to form its own indie label Super, "One for the Radio." Kid Rock's "All Summer Long" (Atlantic/Warner Music) rose 6-3 and the Ting Tings' "Shut Up and Let Me Go" (Columbia/Sony BMG) jumped 16-9.
The Coldplay album is in a fourth week atop Billboard's European Top 100 Albums, while Kid Rock's hit moves up 2-1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.