1990s electro pacesetters the Prodigy followed last week's No. 4 single "Omen" (Takemetothehospital) with a No. 1 debut for the album "Invaders Must Die" yesterday. Meanwhile Kelly Clarkson scored her first U.K. No. 1 single with "My Life Would Suck Without You" (RCA/Sony BMG).
The Prodigy first hit the U.K. album chart in 1991 when "Experience" hit No. 12, after which they have an unbroken sequence of chart-toppers, with "Music For The Jilted Generation" (1994), "Fat of the Land" (1997), "Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned" (2004) and the 2005 compilation "Their Law: The Singles 1990-2005," all released domestically by XL Recordings. The new album sold close to 100,000 units in its first week.
Kings of Leon's "Only By The Night" (Hand Me Down/Sony BMG) fell 1-2 on the new chart and Lily Allen's "It's Not Me, It's You" (Regal/Parlophone/EMI) 2-3. Take That's "The Circus" (Polydor/Universal), already six times platinum, climbed 16-8 as Morrissey's "Years of Refusal" (Decca/Universal) had a second-week fall of 3-12. But there was a 35-13 climb for A.R. Rahman's "Slumdog Millionaire" soundtrack (Interscope/Universal) in the wake of its Oscar glory.
Clarkson's single is her sixth U.K. top ten hit over the past five and a half years, but her first chart-topper. Her previous highest-ranked single in the market was "Since U Been Gone," a No. 5 hit in the summer of 2005. In an all-female top three, there was also a spectacular first appearance in the top ten for Taylor Swift, whose "Love Story" (Mercury/Universal) raced 22-2, while Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" (Interscope/Universal) jumped 15-3.
"Dead and Gone" (Atlantic/Warner Music) by T.I. featuring Justin Timberlake improved 17-4, but the female domination of the U.K. top ten now extends to an extraordinary eight of the top ten singles. Allen's "The Fear," which led the chart for four weeks, fell 1-5 and another former No. 1, Lady Gaga's "Just Dance," dropped 2-6, and Shontelle's "T-Shirt" (Universal) 6-8. Pussycat Dolls' "Whatcha Think About That" (Interscope/Universal) climbed 10-9 and Alesha Dixon's "Breathe Slow" (Asylum/Warner Music), which hit No. 3 two weeks ago, fell 5-10. The top 20 also featured climbs of 37-17 for Take That's "Up All Night" and 23-19 for All-American Rejects' "Gives You Hell" (Geffen/Universal).
On Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart, Bruce Springsteen is in a fourth week at No. 1 with "Working On A Dream" (Columbia/Sony BMG), while Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" rose 3-1 to become the new leader on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.