U2, Flo Rida Top U.K. Charts
“Horizon” is the territory’s fastest-selling album of the year, according to the Official Charts Company, and U2’s achievement brings them level with Madonna and the Rolling Stones' ten U.K. No. 1 albums, behind only Elvis Presley's 11 and the Beatles' 15. The late 2006 compilation “U218 Singles” also rose 39-17.
Last week’s new entry at No. 1, the Prodigy’s “Invaders Must Die” (Takemetothehospital), fell to No. 2, while Kings of Leon’s “Only By The Night” (Hand Me Down/Sony BMG) slipped 2-3. There was a No. 13 debut for London indie rock quintet Red Light Company’s “Fine Fascination” (Lavolta), before the group have even achieved a top 40 single. Tina Turner’s “The Platinum Collection” (EMI), which accompanies her current British tour, entered at No. 14.
Flo Rida’s chart-topping debut outdoes the No. 2 peak of the rapper’s previous biggest U.K. success, “Low” featuring T-Pain, in February last year. British female pop outfit the Saturdays scored a No. 2 debut with a cover of Depeche Mode’s “Just Can’t Get Enough” (Fascination/Polydor/Universal), which is the official single of this year’s Comic Relief charity appeal.
Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” (Interscope/Universal) held at No. 3 as last week’s bestselling track, Kelly Clarkson’s “My Life Would Suck Without You” (RCA/Sony BMG), fell 1-4. In the top 20, there were climbs of 30-13 for “Beautiful” (Universal) by Akon featuring Kardinal Offishall and Kolby O’Donis and 17-14 for Take That’s “Up All Night” (Polydor/Universal).
The Prodigy album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s European Top 100 Albums survey, while “Poker Face” is in a second week atop Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.