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British punk-dance duo the Ting Tings conceded top spot on the U.K. singles chart yesterday with "That's Not My Name" (Columbia) to Rihanna's "Take a Bow" (Def Jam/Universal), but had the major consolBritish punk-dance duo the Ting Tings conceded top spot on the U.K. singles chart yesterday with "That's Not My Name" (Columbia) to Rihanna's "Take a Bow" (Def Jam/Universal), but had the major consolation of debuting atop the album chart with "We Started Nothing."
The duo of Jules De Martino and Katie White are now at No. 2 with the current single and also debuted at No. 33 with its predecessor, "Great DJ." The two songs were first released together as a double A-side by the group's former indie label Switchflicker last May. "Shut Up and Let Me Go," yet another track from the new album, entered the singles chart on download sales at No. 49.
The group's debut album replaced Columbia labelmate Neil Diamond's "Home Before Dark" at No. 1, as the veteran singer/songwriter fell to No. 2. "Pretty Amazing Grace," the lead track from Diamond's album, slipped 49-50 after last week becoming his first U.K. singles chart entry for 16 years.
As a fresh wave of recognition for Diamond accompanied his promotional U.K. visit ahead of a tour beginning June 5, MCA/Universal's re-promoted "The Best of Neil Diamond" entered at No.8 to give him concurrent top 10 titles.
A varied set of top 10 debutants on the album chart also included blues and jazz-tinged singer/songwriter Beth Rowley, in at an impressive No. 6 with her debut set "Little Dreamer" (Blue Thumb/Universal). The Cistercian Monks, a group formed from members of the Roman Catholic religious order, entered at No. 9 with "Chant -- Music for Paradise" (Universal Classics & Jazz). Just outside the top 10, UMTV/Universal's latest TV-advertised release, "The Very Best of the Osmonds," (timed to coincide with the family's U.K. tour) debuted at No. 11.
Rihanna's chart-topping singles success follows last year's epic 10-week run at the top with "Umbrella" featuring Jay-Z. The Barbadian singer has now had five singles reach the top two on the U.K. chart. As the Ting Tings's "That's Not My Name" fell to No. 2 and "4 Minutes" (Warner Bros.) by Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake held at No. 3, the new top 10 welcomed Duffy's "Warwick Avenue" (A&M/Universal), up 13-7.
"4 Minutes" tops Eurochart Hot 100 Singles for a fifth week, and its parent album, "Hard Candy," leads the European Top 100 Albums roundup for a third.