Aguilera Scores First U.K. No. 1 Album

Christina Aguilera scored her first U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Aug. 20) as "Back to Basics" (RCA) opened at the top of the new sales charts.

Christina Aguilera scored her first U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Aug. 20) as "Back to Basics" (RCA) opened at the top of the new sales charts. "Hips Don't Lie" (Epic) by Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean took its total of weeks at the singles chart summit to five, the last four of which have been consecutive.

The big climbers on the singles chart, after their physical release added to initial download sales, were "Ridin'" (Universal) by Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone, up 19-2, and "Love Don't Let Me Go (Walking Away)" (Gusto) by David Guetta vs. The Egg, which climbed 28-3. The "mash-up" track by the French DJ has won attention after its use in a Citroen C4 car commercial.

The top new entry on the singles chart was the Arctic Monkeys' "Leave Before the Lights Come On" (Domino) at No. 4, while Cassie's "Me & U" (Bad Boy) jumped 23-6. Independent dance label All Around the World achieved its latest big crossover from pop clubs to the sales chart, as "Dancing in the Dark" by Micky Modelle v. Jessy climbed 66-10. It's a new track, not a Bruce Springsteen cover, by Irish DJ Modelle and Belgian vocalist Jessy.

Aguilera tops the album chart for the first time after reaching No. 2 on the singles chart three weeks ago with "Ain't No Other Man." She peaked at No. 14 on the U.K. chart with her 1999 self-titled debut set and No. 2 with "Stripped" in 2002.

An otherwise sleepy album chart saw Keane's "Under the Iron Sea" (Universal Island) bounce back 14-9, while labelmates the Feeling jumped 18-10 with its debut set, "Twelve Stops and Home." The top new entries were a new Mamas & Papas compilation, "California Dreamin'" (UMTV) at No. 21 and new British band Captain's "This Is Hazelville" (EMI) at No. 23.

Red Hot Chili Peppers keep hold of the top place on the European Top 100 Albums chart, leading the way with "Stadium Arcadium" (Warner Bros.) for the second consecutive week and seventh in total. The Shakira/Wyclef Jean track leads Eurochart Hot 100 Singles for the 13th week in total, the last 11 of which have been consecutive.