Mika, Winehouse Lead New Talent On U.K. Charts
Beirut-born Mika ascended to No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart with "Grace Kelly" (Universal Island) yesterday (Jan. 21) in a strong chart for new talent. It was also a triumphant week for Island, as AmBeirut-born Mika ascended to No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart with "Grace Kelly" (Universal Island) yesterday (Jan. 21) in a strong chart for new talent. It was also a triumphant week for Island, as Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" started a second week atop the album chart.
"Grace Kelly" climbed from its No. 3 debut to lead the survey in a closely fought race with another of last week's chart newcomers, London rapper/singer Just Jack, whose "Starz in Their Eyes" (Mercury) climbed 4-2. Scottish rock quartet the View rose 11-3 with "Same Jeans" (1965), produced by Owen Morris, best known for his work with Oasis.
JoJo's "Too Little Too Late" (Mercury), which last week raced 22-6, improved again to No. 4, while the Ordinary Boys' "I Luv You" (B Unique/Polydor) registered a 22-7 gain. South London rapper Jamie T's "Calm Down Dearest" (Virgin) soared 40-9. New at No. 11 was "Perfect (Exceeder)" (Data) by Mason featuring Princess Superstar, a mix of the club hit "Exceeder" by Mason and Princess Superstar's "Perfect."
Former teen pop star Billie Piper, now a respected actress, had a re-entry at No. 17 for her 1999 hit "Honey to the Bee" (Innocent/Virgin). The track was heavily played last week by BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles, who encouraged listeners to download it to see if he could "create" a hit under the new chart rules which allow any download to qualify, irrespective of whether a physical single is available. As a result, the track was downloaded nearly 6,500 times to re-enter the top 20, after reaching No. 3 eight years ago.
Damon Albarn's new band the Good, The Bad & The Queen had a No. 20 entry, mainly on seven-inch vinyl sales, for "Kingdom of Doom" (Honest Jon's), and former Nationwide Mercury Music Prize nominees Guillemots arrived at No. 27 with "Annie, Let's Not Wait" (Fantastic Plastic).
On the album chart, "Back to Black" sold close to 48,000 copies to take its 12-week total beyond 400,000. James Morrison's "Undiscovered" (Polydor) held at No. 2 and Scottish rockers the Fratellis climbed 5-3 with "Costello Music" (Universal Island). Lily Allen's "Alright, Still" (Regal) climbed back into the top 10 13-6.
On Billboard's composite European Top 100 Albums chart, Nelly Furtado's "Loose" (Geffen) ended the Beatles' seven-week reign with a 3-1 climb. But Furtado lost control of Eurochart Hot Singles, dropping 1-2 with "All Good Things (Come to An End)" as "Smack That" by Akon featuring Eminem (Konvict/Universal) returned to the top.