Timbaland Unseats Rihanna On U.K. Singles Chart
Timbaland's "The Way I Are" (Interscope) featuring Keri Hilson ended Rihanna's epic run at the top of the U.K. singles chart yesterday (July 29), outselling Kate Nash's "Foundations" (Fiction/Polydor)Timbaland's "The Way I Are" (Interscope) featuring Keri Hilson ended Rihanna's epic run at the top of the U.K. singles chart yesterday (July 29), outselling Kate Nash's "Foundations" (Fiction/Polydor) by the narrowest of margins.
The Timbaland track climbed 3-1 to finish the 10-week run of "Umbrella" (Def Jam), featuring Jay-Z, which fell to No. 3. But weekly sales of 33,578 for "The Way" were just 16 more than those for Nash's track, which spent a second consecutive week at No. 2, and fourth in total, and may go down as one of the most unlucky tracks to miss out on No. 1 in chart history.
Meanwhile the U.K. top 10 also welcomed Groove Armada's "Song 4 Mutya" (Columbia), which features Mutya Buena herself and climbed 13-8. Mika's "Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)" (Casablanca/Universal Island) jumped 14-9 and Manic Street Preachers scored their 15th top 10 hit as "Autumnsong" (Columbia) opened at No. 10.
Rihanna had the consolation of seeing "Shut Up and Drive," also from her "Good Girl Gone Bad" album, race 65-18, while the album itself climbed 11-10. Green Day's "Simpsons Theme" (Reprise), all 81 seconds of it, debuted at No. 19. The film from which it appears opened at No. 1 over the weekend at the U.S. box office.
On the album chart, classical vocalist Paul Potts started a second week at the top with his self-titled debut for Syco Music/Sony BMG. However, the bestselling album of the week by far was the "Now 67" collection (EMI/Virgin/Universal), which landed at No. 1 on the separate compilation chart with sales of 226,000, three times Potts' tally.
Timbaland's "Shock Value" set climbed 5-2, Mika's "Life in Cartoon Motion" rose 4-3 and Kings Of Leon's "Because of the Times" (Hand Me Down/Sony BMG) rebounded 7-4. The highest new entry was Garbage's "Absolute Garbage" compilation (Warner Bros.) at No. 11.
On Billboard's pan-European sales charts, Nelly Furtado's "Loose" (Mosley/Geffen) is in its tenth aggregate week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums. "Umbrella" leads Eurochart Hot 100 Singles for an eighth consecutive week.