Alexandra Burke, Cheryl Cole Top U.K. Charts
Former "X Factor" winner Alexandra Burke gets a No. 1 debut for her first album "Overcome" (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment) on the new U.K. chart. But she loses not only top spot on the singles survey with "Bad Boys," featuring Flo Rida, but also relinquishes the record that the track set only last week, for the biggest weekly singles sales of the year, to Cheryl Cole's "Fight For This Love" (Fascination/Polydor/Universal).
That song, the solo debut of the Girls Aloud lead singer, sold a spectacular 290,000 copies last week, eclipsing Burke's already impressive 185,000. That figure even shines in comparison to one from almost seven years ago, when Girls Aloud's "The Sound of the Underground," their December 2002 debut single after winning the "Popstars: The Rivals" TV series, sold 213,000 out of the box. The new record-breaking sales reflect Cole's high media profile as a judge on "The X Factor". Her first solo album "Three Words" is released in the U.K. today (Monday).
"Bad Boys" still had strong second week sales of 120,000 as it fell to No. 2. The new singles chart also saw Whitney Houston's "Million Dollar Bill" (Arista/Sony Music Entertainment) rebound 14-5 after her heavily-billed performance of it on "The X Factor" Oct. 18. "I Got Soul" (Universal Island), a charity single for War Child by Young Soul Rebels, entered at No. 10. The track features such current U.K. chart stars as N-Dubz, Pixie Lott, Tinchy Stryder, Frankmusik, Chipmunk, V.V. Brown and Ironik.
Black Eyed Peas' "Meet Me Halfway" (Interscope/Universal) climbed 26-11, with Cobra Starship's U.S. hit "Good Girls Go Bad" (Fueled By Ramen/Warner Music) new at No. 17 and Danish band Alphabeat's "The Spell" (Polydor/Universal) in at No. 20.
Burke's first album was top of the pile in an extremely strong week for new entries, with all of the top four new, and six of the top seven. "Overcome" won the race ahead of Michael Buble's "Crazy Love" (Reprise/Warner Music) at No. 2, Houston's "I Look To You" at No. 3 and Seasick Steve's "Man From Another Time" (Atlantic/Warner Music) at No. 4. The bluesman's Atlantic labelmate Paolo Nutini held at No. 5 with "Sunny Side Up," while Reprise/Warner Music's new "Very Best of Fleetwood Mac" compilation, timed for their U.K. tour which begins later this week, arrived at No. 6.
Reformed 1980s hitmakers Spandau Ballet's "Once More" (Mercury/Universal), which features new versions of their hits plus new tracks, started at No. 7. New U.K. female pop hitmaker Paloma Faith climbed 16-9 with her Epic/Sony Music Entertainment debut, "Do You Want The Truth or Something Beautiful?" In one of the sharpest descents from No. 1 on the album chart in recent memory, Editors' "In This Light & On This Evening" (Kitchenware) plummeted to No. 12.
Billboard's current pan-European sales compilations have Madonna's "Celebration" in a fourth week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums, while Robbie Williams new at No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles with "Bodies" (Virgin/EMI).