Morrissey Earns Third No. 1 U.K. Album
Morrissey's "Ringleader of the Tormentors" (Attack/Sanctuary) debuted yesterday (April 9) at the top of the first British album chart to include download sales. Of his 62,000 first-week sales, 1,200 wMorrissey's "Ringleader of the Tormentors" (Attack/Sanctuary) debuted yesterday (April 9) at the top of the first British album chart to include download sales. Of his 62,000 first-week sales, 1,200 were as full album downloads. "Ringleader" is the third No. 1 album of Morrissey's solo career in Britain and first since 1994's "Vauxhall and I."
Morrissey has now had more chart-topping albums as a solo artist than he did with the Smiths, who hit No. 1 with "Meat Is Murder" in 1985 and "Best...I" in 1992.
On the U.K. singles chart, Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" (Warner Bros.) started a second week at the top. After its No. 1 debut solely on downloads of 31,000 last week, "Crazy" (added CD single sales for the first time and posted healthy numbers in both formats. Downloads increased to 73,000 and physical sales were 120,000.
"Crazy" is now being pursued at No. 2 by another single that strengthens its position after the addition of over-the-counter sales, "One" (Geffen) by Mary J. Blige and U2. The track rises 19-2, Blige's best-ever British singles chart ranking.
The only top 10 debut on the singles chart, at No. 9, was "Why Won't You Give Me Your Love?" (Deltasonic) by Liverpool's the Zutons. It's the lead track from their second album, "Tired of Hangin' Around," which arrives in the United Kingdom next Monday.
Franz Ferdinand's "The Fallen"/"L. Wells" (Domino) entered the singles chart at No. 14. "The Fallen" is the third song taken from the Scottish band's second album, "You Could Have It So Much Better," while "L. Wells" is a new song recorded in February during the band's visit to Melbourne for the Big Day Out Festival.
Also new inside the top 20 were the crossover dance hit "Speechless" by Mish Mash at No. 16 (the 100th single release on the Data label) and Michael Jackson's reissue of "Dirty Diana" (Epic) at No. 17.
With Morrissey new at the top of the album chart and "Collected -- The Best of Massive Attack" (Virgin) holding at No. 2, Pink's "I'm Not Dead" (LaFace) debuted at No. 3, followed by the Flaming Lips' "At War With the Mystics" (Warner Bros.) at No. 6. That's the Lips first top 10 album in the U.K., but there was a lower than usual debut for Welsh rock trio Stereophonics, whose "Live From Dakota" (V2) opened at No. 13.
Prince scored a notable victory on the European Top 100 Albums chart, climbing 8-1 with "3121" (NPG/ Universal), while Ne-Yo's "So Sick" (Def Jam) tops the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles survey for a second week.