Madonna Racks Up 13th U.K. No. 1 Single
Madonna landed her 13th chart-topping U.K. single with "4 Minutes" (Warner Bros.) featuring Justin Timberlake yesterday (April 20), while British rock band the Kooks scored an instant No. 1 with theirMadonna landed her 13th chart-topping U.K. single with "4 Minutes" (Warner Bros.) featuring Justin Timberlake yesterday (April 20), while British rock band the Kooks scored an instant No. 1 with their sophomore Virgin album, "Konk."
The Madonna track is her 60th U.K. top 10 single, according to data from the Official U.K. Charts Company, and she now pulls away as the female solo artist with the most No. 1 hits in British chart history, with Kylie Minogue next at seven.
Estelle's "American Boy" (Homeschool/Atlantic), which topped the singles survey for the previous four weeks, fell to No. 2, and Sam Sparro's "Black & Gold" (Island/Universal) fell 2-3. There were top 10 climbs for September's "Cry For You" (Hard2Beat), up 9-5; "Love in This Club" (LaFace/Sony BMG) by Usher featuring Young Jeezy, 14-6; and "The Age of the Understatement" (Domino) by the Last Shadow Puppets, featuring Alex Turner from Arctic Monkeys and Miles Kane of the Rascals, 24-9.
In the top 20, Scouting For Girls climbed 19-14 with "Heartbeat" (Epic), Britney Spears rose 23-15 with "Break the Ice" (Jive/Sony BMG) and will.i.am's "Heartbreaker" (A&M/Universal), the U.K. version of which features Cheryl Cole of Girls Aloud, jumped 29-18.
The Kooks' No. 1 debut eclipses the No. 2 start of their January 2006 album "Inside In/Inside Out," which has gone on to sell 2 million copies worldwide, according to Virgin. The new set contains "Always Where I Need To Be," which two weeks ago became the Kooks' highest-ranked U.K. single at No. 3, and the next single, "Sway."
Leona Lewis' U.S. chart-topping "Spirit" album (Syco Music/Sony BMG) moved back 5-2 in its 23rd U.K. chart week, as Mariah Carey's "E=MC2" (Def Jam/Universal) debuted at No. 3. That's Carey's highest album ranking in Britain since "Butterfly" reached No. 2 in 1997. "Touch My Body," the first single from the new release, dipped 5-7 in the U.K. this week.
Duffy's "Rockferry" (A&M/Universal) fell 1-4 on the new chart, which featured a No. 6 debut for Elliot Minor's self-titled Warner Bros. debut. The band from the English city of York reached No. 22 last week with its single "Parallel Worlds."
Duffy is all-powerful on Billboard's pan-European sales charts, rising 3-1 on European Top 100 Albums with "Rockferry" and 2-1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles with "Mercy."