Mika Dominates U.K. Album, Singles Chart

Lebanese-born singer/songwriter Mika's triumphant U.K. launch by Casablanca/Universal Island became complete yesterday (Feb. 11) as his debut album "Life in Cartoon Motion" debuted at No. 1 and the si

Lebanese-born singer/songwriter Mika's triumphant U.K. launch by Casablanca/Universal Island became complete yesterday (Feb. 11) as his debut album "Life in Cartoon Motion" debuted at No. 1 and the single "Grace Kelly" started a fourth week at the summit.

The entire top three of the album chart comprised new entries, with Bloc Party's "A Weekend in the City" (Wichita) in at No. 2, beating the No. 3 peak of its "Silent Alarm" debut in February 2005. The opening single from the new album, "The Prayer," fell 4-11. Fall Out Boy's "Infinity on High" (Mercury) entered at No. 3, as the single "This Ain't a Scene, It's An Arms Race" dipped 2-4.

"Grace Kelly" kept its lead on the chart ahead of the Kaiser Chiefs' "Ruby" (B Unique/Polydor). That was new at No. 2 on download sales, with physical release not following until Feb. 19.

The Fray's "How To Save a Life" (Epic) continued its steady progress, 29-16-10-6, and "The Sweet Escape" (Interscope) by Gwen Stefani featuring Akon jumped 23-10. That's one of three tracks featuring Akon in the top 40, as "I Wanna Love You" (Universal) featuring Snoop Dogg held at No. 9, and the former No. 1 "Smack That" featuring Eminem fell 17-24.

Four other singles climbed in the top 20, with "Lil Star" (Virgin) by Kelis featuring Cee-Lo up 19-13, Take That's "Shine" (Polydor) 30-17, Sophie Ellis-Bextor's "Catch You" (Fascination/Polydor) 28-18 and "Say It Right" (Geffen) by Nelly Furtado up 37-19. Jessica Simpson scored a top 20 debut with "A Public Affair" (Epic) at No. 20.

Elsewhere on the album chart, operatic singer Lesley Garrett debuted at No. 11 with "When I Fall in Love" (UCJ) and Phil Collins' Virgin compilation of late 2004, "Love Songs," re-entered at No. 19.

On European Top 100 Albums, last week's No. 1 on the British chart, Norah Jones' "Not Too Late" (Blue Note/Parlophone), made a victorious debut, opening at the top of the composite chart after amassing nine No. 1 debuts around the region. On Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, Nelly Furtado's "All Good Things (Come To An End)" is in a second consecutive, and third aggregate, week at No. 1.