Scottish producer-artist Calvin Harris scored his first U.K. No. 1 single yesterday (Sunday) with "I'm Not Alone" (Columbia/Sony BMG), while Lady Gaga's "The Fame" (Interscope/Universal) started a second week atop the album chart.
Harris had top ten U.K. hits in 2007 with the nu-disco singles "Acceptable In The 80s" (No.10) and "The Girls" (No.3), which spent a total of 34 weeks in the top 75 between them. The new track went to No. 1 on downloads alone, with a CD single released today (13). Harris starts a British tour Apr. 25 in Bristol and his second album is due in the middle part of 2009 as the follow-up to "I Created Disco," which debuted at No. 8 in the U.K. in June 2007.
The new singles chart also featured a 7-4 climb for La Roux's "In For The Kill" (Polydor/Universal) and a No. 6 debut for "Love Sex Magic" (Geffen/Universal) by Ciara featuring Justin Timberlake. Lily Allen's "Not Fair" (Regal/Parlophone/EMI) climbed 12-11 and "Takin' Back My Love" (Interscope/Universal) by Enrique Iglesias, on which Ciara also features, 16-13. "Fields Of Anfield Road" (Robot), a soccer-related single by the Liverpool Collective and the Kop Choir, debuted at No. 16. Its release marks the 20th anniversary on Wednesday (15) of one of the worst disasters in soccer history, when 96 fans died at Hillsborough stadium.
Lady Gaga's album chart reign continued ahead of a No. 2 debut for British rock band Doves' "Kingdom of Rust" (Heavenly/EMI). The band opened at No. 1 with both of their last two studio releases, "Some Cities" (2005) and "The Last Broadcast" (2002). EMI had another top five debut in Bat For Lashes' "Two Suns" (Echo/Parlophone) at No. 5, a dramatic improvement on the No. 48 entry and peak of "Fur and Gold" in September 2007.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs came in at No. 9 with "It's Blitz" (Polydor/Universal) and a promotional visit to the U.K. last week by Carole King to publicize the augmented reissue of her 1971 classic "Tapestry" was rewarded as the Epic/Sony BMG release appeared at No. 12. The original album peaked at No. 4 in the U.K. in 1971; a 2001 anniversary reissue hit No. 3. Finally on the new chart, former "X Factor" contestant Eoghan Quigg's eponymous debut album for RCA/Sony BMG debuted at No. 14.
U2's "No Line on the Horizon" (Mercury/Universal) is in a fifth week at the helm of Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart, while Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" (Interscope/Universal) is spending a seventh week at No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.