Mika Tops U.K. Singles, Album Chart Again
Casablanca/Universal Island's breakthrough artist Mika again scored "double top" as the new U.K. sales charts were published yesterday (Feb. 18). "Grace Kelly" started a fifth week atop the singles survey while "Life in Cartoon Motion" began a second as Britain's best-selling album.Casablanca/Universal Island's breakthrough artist Mika again scored "double top" as the new U.K. sales charts were published yesterday (Feb. 18). "Grace Kelly" started a fifth week atop the singles survey while "Life in Cartoon Motion" began a second as Britain's best-selling album.
"Grace Kelly" stayed at No. 1 ahead of Kaiser Chiefs' "Ruby" (B Unique/Polydor), which held at No. 2, and "I Wanna Love You" (Universal) by Akon featuring Snoop Dogg, which climbed 9-3 in its seventh chart week. "The Sweet Escape" (Universal), on which Akon guests with Gwen Stefani, improved 10-8.
Both charts reflected sales boosts to artists who performed and/or won trophies at last Wednesday's BRIT Awards. British female solo artist Amy Winehouse saw her second album "Back to Black" (Universal Island) jump 5-2 and its predecessor "Frank" 55-37, while "Rehab," the album's first single, which she sang at the show, jumped back 49-22. Snow Patrol, who performed "Chasing Cars," bounced back once again 23-12 in its 24th chart week, while current single "Open Your Eyes" climbed 56-26. The album "Eyes Open," from which both songs are drawn, jumped 8-3.
Take That, who won British single with "Patience" (Polydor), enjoyed a 22-10 climb with the former No. 1 and also jumped 17-11 with its successor "Shine," while the parent album "Beautiful World" improved 16-5.
Best international group the Killers posted a 30-13 rise with the album "Sam's Town" (Vertigo). Oasis, who closed the BRITs show after winning outstanding contribution to music, climbed 29-20 with the triple-platinum "Stop the Clocks" album (Big Brother), and international male solo artist Justin Timberlake moved 29-14 with the single "What Goes Around ... Comes Around" (Jive).
British breakthrough act the Fratellis moved 17-14 with their debut set "Costello Music" (Universal Island), while Muse, who won British live act, enjoyed a 54-38 hike with the album "Black Holes and Revelations" (Helium 3/Warner Bros.).
Also on the album chart, sales in the week of Valentine's Day propelled Phil Collins' 2004 compilation "Love Songs" (Virgin) 19-7, while the new EMI collection "Van Morrison at the Movies -- Soundtrack Hits" entered at No. 17.
Norah Jones starts a second week atop European Top 100 Albums with "Not Too Late" (Blue Note/Parlophone), and Nelly Furtado's "All Good Things (Come to An End)" (Mosley/Geffen) begins a third consecutive and fourth aggregate week at No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.