Duffy Retains Control On U.K. Charts
Duffy's hold on the U.K. charts continued yesterday (March 17), as she secured a fifth week at No. 1 with the single "Mercy" (A&M/Universal) and a second with debut album "Rockferry."Duffy's hold on the U.K. charts continued yesterday (March 17), as she secured a fifth week at No. 1 with the single "Mercy" (A&M/Universal) and a second with debut album "Rockferry."
The Welsh singer's "Mercy" withstood a big climb by English vocalist Leona Lewis' official single for the Sport Aid charity, "Better in Time"/"Footprints in the Sand" (Syco Music/Sony BMG), which exploded 23-2. The two tracks from her debut album "Spirit" are available as a physical single, but the latter song is also climbing the chart in its own right on download sales, moving 63-25. The album itself enjoyed a boost from the single's exposure, jumping 16-4 in its 18th chart week.
Panic At The Disco's "Nine in the Afternoon" (Atlantic) entered at No. 13, the Las Vegas band's best U.K. showing to date. Elbow's "Grounds for Divorce" (Polydor), the first single from the new album "The Seldom Seen Kid," came in at No. 19, and Futureheads' "The Beginning of the Twist" (Nul Recordings) at No. 20. The track is from "This Is Not the World," due in May as the band's first album since leaving 679 Recordings.
The Duffy album stayed ahead of OneRepublic, who debuted at No. 2 with "Dreaming Out Loud" (Interscope), from which the "Stop and Stare" single held at No. 4. Nickelback's "All The Right Reasons" (Roadrunner) remained at No. 3 ahead of Lewis' big climber.
There was a notable No. 8 album chart debut for the Temptations' "Classic Soul Hits" (UMTV), a TV-advertised set which combines the current group's new recordings of vintage soul hits with some of the classic Motown lineup's best-known originals. Remarkably, that ranking matches the group's highest-ever U.K. album chart position among their own catalogue; the only time the Temptations reached that plateau during their "vintage" years came when "Diana Ross and the Supremes Join The Temptations" hit No. 1 in 1969.
There was a No. 12 debut for Brooklyn-based MGMT's "Oracular Spectacular" (Columbia), while "Celtic Themes -- The Very Best of Clannad" (Sony BMG) gave the Irish veterans a sixth U.K. top 20 album at No. 20.
Amy Winehouse retains the leadership of Billboard's European Top 100 Albums with "Back to Black" (Universal Island) for a tenth week, the last three consecutively. Lewis moves back to No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles with "Bleeding Love" (Syco Music/Sony BMG).