Gnarls Barkley Outpaces The Boss In The U.K.
Gnarls Barkley scored a double victory on the U.K. sales charts yesterday with a No. 1 single and chart-topping album. The duo of former Goodie Mob principal Cee-Lo and artist/producer Danger Mouse saGnarls Barkley scored a double victory on the U.K. sales charts yesterday (April 30), starting a fifth week at No. 1 with the single "Crazy" and entering the album chart at No. 1 and eclipsing Bruce Springsteen in the process.
The duo of former Goodie Mob principal Cee-Lo and artist/producer Danger Mouse saw its debut, "St. Elsewhere" (Warner Bros.), open at the top of the U.K. album chart as Shayne Ward's eponymous set for Syco Music/Sony BMG fell to No. 2. Springsteen had to settle for a No. 3 debut with "We Shall Overcome - The Seeger Sessions" (Columbia). The Boss' European tour in support of the set opens Friday in Dublin and will make two U.K. stops -- in Manchester and London -- over the weekend.
There were three more new entries in the top 10 of the album chart, with Rihanna's "A Girl Like Me" (Def Jam) starting out at No. 6, Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris' "All the Roadrunning" (Mercury) at No. 8 and Jamie Foxx's "Unpredictable" (J) at No. 9. Released late last year in the United States, Foxx's album spent three non-consecutive weeks on top of The Billboard 200.
The new U.K. album list also included a No. 18 entry for Taking Back Sunday's "Louder Now" (Warner Bros.) and a 41-20 climb for "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out" (Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen) by Las Vegas four-piece rock act Panic! At The Disco.
Jack White's new band, the Raconteurs, had the highest new entry on the U.K. singles chart with "Steady As She Goes" (XL Recordings) at No. 4. Former Libertines guitarist Carl Barat's band, Dirty Pretty Things, vaulted into the top 40, landing at No. 5 after opening at No. 45 on download-only sales last week, with "Bang Bang You're Dead" (Vertigo).
That was one of a number of singles to climb steeply as physical sales were added to their download tallies. Snow Patrol's "You're All I Have" (Fiction) raced 30-7, dance act Chicane's "Stoned In Love" (Universal Music TV), featuring a guest vocal by (Sir) Tom Jones, improved 42-8 and Will Young's "Who Am I" (Sony BMG) 47-11.
Red Hot Chili Peppers opened at No. 12 with "Dani California" (Warner Bros) and Chris Brown's "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)" (Jive), which charted at No. 60 on import sales last week, jumped to No. 13. Michael Jackson's newest Dual Disc reissue -- the 1991 U.K. No. 1 "Black or White" (Epic) -- charted at No. 18.
Tallying charts across Europe, Pink's "I'm Not Dead" (Laface/Arista) finds itself in a third week at the top of European Top 100 Albums chart, while Rihanna's "S.O.S. (Rescue Me)" (SRP/Def Jam) races 20-1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles list.