Chili Peppers, Gnarls Barkley Lead U.K. Charts
In a twin killing on the new British sales charts for Warner Bros., the Red Hot Chili Peppers scored their third U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (May 14) as "Stadium Arcadium" debuted at the peak, while GnIn a twin killing on the new British sales charts for Warner Bros., the Red Hot Chili Peppers scored their third U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (May 14) as "Stadium Arcadium" debuted at the peak, while Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" scored a remarkable seventh week at the top of the singles survey.
The Chili Peppers previously reached No. 1 in Britain with 2004's "Live in Hyde Park" and 2002's "By the Way." The first single from the new album, "Dani California," this week dips 2-6. Last week's best-selling album, Snow Patrol's "Eyes Open" (Fiction/Polydor), fell to No. 2, while Dirty Pretty Things' "Waterloo to Anywhere" (Vertigo) opened at No. 3 for the band comprising three members of the Libertines and one from Cooper Temple Clause.
The album chart showed a climb for the new compilation "The Very Best of Nina Simone" (RCA/UCJ), up 20-13 in its second week. It's the fifth U.K. top 20 album for Simone, who died in 2003. There was also a new entry for John Fogerty's compilation "The Long Road Home" (Concord) at No. 32. That's his best-ever effort as a solo artist in Britain, where only "Centerfield" had previously charted, reaching No. 48 in 1985, and it's his highest ranking overall here since Creedence Clearwater Revival reached No. 8 with "Pendulum" in 1971.
Gnarls Barkley, who also slip 2-4 on the album chart with "St. Elsewhere," are now pursued on the singles list by "Control Myself" (Def Jam) by LL Cool J featuring Jennifer Lopez, which rocketed 15-2. Infernal's "From Paris to Berlin" (Apollo) rebounded 4-3 in its fifth week while the Pet Shop Boys debuted at No. 8 with "I'm With Stupid" (Parlophone). It's the group's 22nd U.K. top 10 hit over a period of 20 years and six months, since "West End Girls" charted in November 1985 on its way to No. 1.
The British entry in this weekend's Eurovision Song Contest, "Teenage Life" (Ebul/Jive) by Daz Sampson, entered the singles chart at No. 13, followed by "Suzie" (Vertigo) by Boy Kill Boy at No. 17, "Say I" (Def Jam) by Christina Milian featuring Young Jeezy at No. 18 and Michael Jackson's latest Epic reissue, "In the Closet," at No. 20.
Sony BMG enjoys a stellar week on the European sales charts, resulting in a sweep of the top three titles on the European Top 100 Albums roundup. Tool's "10,000 Days" (Volcano/Zomba) repeats its achievement on The Billboard 200 by debuting on the Europe-wide chart at No. 1, followed by Pearl Jam's eponymous J set at No. 2 and Bruce Springsteen's "We Shall Overcome -- The Seeger Sessions" (Columbia), which falls 1-3. Rihanna's "S.O.S. (Rescue Me)" (SRP/Def Jam) tops the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles survey for a third week.