Sugababes Smother U.K. Album, Singles Chart
Universal Island female trio Sugababes achieved a U.K. chart double yesterday (Oct. 14) as their new album "Change" entered at No. 1 while the single "About You Now" began a third week at the top of tUniversal Island female trio Sugababes achieved a U.K. chart double yesterday (Oct. 14) as their new album "Change" entered at No. 1 while the single "About You Now" began a third week at the top of the singles survey.
While the single is the group's sixth U.K. bestseller, the album is only the second of Sugababes' five studio releases to lead the charts, after "Taller in More Ways" in October 2005. Last November's "Overloaded" compilation peaked at No. 3.
"Change" arrived at No. 1 ahead of the new compilation "The Complete Eric Clapton" (Polydor). The two-disc, 36-track set includes his work with Cream, Blind Faith, Derek & the Dominoes, duets with B.B. King and J.J. Cale, and Clapton's best-known solo material. It's his highest ranking on the U.K. album chart since "From The Cradle" hit No. 1 in 1994.
Last week's No. 1, Bruce Springsteen's "Magic" (Columbia), fell to No.4 as London singer/songwriter Jack Penate's debut album, "Matinee" (XL Recordings), debuted at No. 7. UB40 frontman Ali Campbell's "Running Free" (Crumbs), which features duets with Smokey Robinson, Mick Hucknall, Katie Melua and others as well as solo tracks, opened at No. 9.
A special edition of Michael Buble's "Call Me Irresponsible" (Reprise) debuted at No. 12, five months after the original album came in at No. 2. Welsh singer and broadcaster Aled Jones enjoyed a No. 15 debut with "Reason To Believe" (UCJ).
On the singles chart, Sugababes withstood the challenge of "Let Me Think About It" (Data) by Ida Corr vs. Fedde Le Grand, which stayed at No. 2, while "Valerie" (Columbia) by Mark Ronson featuring Amy Winehouse rose again, 7-3. Anglo-Swedish trio the Hoosiers scored a second top 10 hit, following "Worried About Ray" (RCA), with "Goodbye Mr. A," which was new at No. 5.
RCA's latest Elvis Presley reissue, of 1959's No. 4 hit "A Big Hunk O'Love," charted at No. 12, while Phil Collins' revived "In the Air Tonight" (Virgin) climbed 20-14 and Mika's "Happy Ending" (Casablanca/Universal Island) rose 29-16.
There were new leaders on both of Billboard's pan-European sales charts, as Springsteen's "Magic" (Columbia) opened atop European Top 100 Albums and Sean Kingston's "Beautiful Girls" (Beluga Heights/Epic) climbed 4-1 on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally.