Ne-Yo, 'X-Factor' Contestants Top U.K. Charts
American R&B singer Ne-Yo's recent Billboard Hot 100 No.1 "So Sick" (Def Jam) climbed to the top of the U.K. singles chart yesterday (March 26), while two runners-up on December's "X Factor" talenAmerican R&B singer Ne-Yo's recent Billboard Hot 100 No.1 "So Sick" (Def Jam) climbed to the top of the U.K. singles chart yesterday (March 26), while two runners-up on December's "X Factor" talent series scored the top entries on the album chart.
"So Sick" debuted at No. 18 on last week's chart on download-only sales and beat Embrace's "Nature's Law" (Independiente) to the top on the new survey. The latter band's new album, "This New Day," arrives today.
The singles chart is now showing a number of chart climbers caused by the change in eligibility, which means that download-only sales are factored into the sales computation one week before an equivalent physical single is released. This can give a track a dramatic sales boost when that physical version becomes available, and accounts for Pink's 49-4 vault on the new survey with "Stupid Girls" (RCA) and Sean Paul's 53-11 leap with the current Hot 100 No.1 "Temperature" (VP/Atlantic).
The new list also included another debut for Michael Jackson, as "Bad," the latest in Sony BMG's series of Dual Disc reissues, entered at No.16. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Gold Lion" (Dress Up/Fiction) came in at No. 18, ahead of today's release of the album "Show Your Bones."
On the album chart, Journey South, a duo of brothers Carl and Andy Abraham from Middlesbrough, entered at No. 1 with a self-titled album on Syco Music/Sony BMG. Meanwhile, Andy Abraham, the "singing refuse collector" who also secured a deal with Sony BMG after his appearances on the program, came in at No. 2 with "The Impossible Dream."
Artists without the benefit of intense TV publicity had to make do with more modest album chart entries. Prince's "3121" (Universal) came in at No. 9, becoming his 17th U.K. top 10 album, while "Voice -- The Best of Beverley Knight" (Parlophone) gave the English soul singer a No. 10 entry.
Arriving at No. 20 was "The Very Best of Neil Sedaka -- The Show Goes On" (Universal Music TV). The double CD includes his best-known hits and five new recordings, and Sedaka starts an extensive British tour Wednesday.
Rock trio Placebo delivered its traditionally powerful first European sales week, debuting at No. 1 on the European Top 100 Albums chart with its fifth studio set, "Meds" (Virgin). Madonna's "Sorry" (Warner Bros.) is in a fourth week atop the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally.