Pussycat Dolls, Eminem Still Atop U.K. Charts

Pussycat Dolls and Eminem retained their No. 1 positions on the U.K. sales charts published yesterday (Dec. 11), while Sugababes and the Strokes scored substantial new hit singles.

Pussycat Dolls and Eminem retained their No. 1 positions on the U.K. sales charts published yesterday (Dec. 11), while Sugababes and the Strokes scored substantial new hit singles.

The Dolls' "Stickwitu" (A&M) started a second week as Britain's favorite single, with Madonna's "Hung Up" (Warner Bros.) rebounding 3-2 behind it. Sugababes' "Ugly" (Universal Island), the latest release from the female trio's "Taller in More Ways" album, came in at No. 3. In addition, the album, now in its ninth chart week, made a big improvement, climbing 21-8.

The Strokes' "Juicebox" (Rough Trade) opened at No. 5, followed by the club crossover "Listen to Your Heart" (Ministry Of Sound) by DHT featuring Edmee (based on Roxette's 1990 top 10 U.K. hit), at No. 7. Another club single, "I Just Can't Get Enough" (All Around the World) by Herd & Fitz featuring Abigail Bailey, started at No. 11.

Franz Ferdinand's "Walk Away" (Domino), the second single from the Scottish band's sophomore album "You Could Have It So Much Better," debuted at No. 13, while Welsh pop vocalist Charlotte Church arrived in at No. 17 with "Even God Can't Change the Past" (Sony BMG).

Eminem's "Curtain Call - The Hits" (Interscope), already double platinum with U.K. shipments of 600,000 copies, continued at No. 1 in its first full sales week, after debuting at the top on two days' sales on the previous chart. It also moves 2-1 in the "combined" chart (which incorporates sales of multi-artist compilations excluded from the individual artist survey), replacing "Now That's What I Call Music! 60" (EMI/Virgin/Universal) at the top.

Robbie Williams' "Intensive Care" (Chrysalis) holds at No. 2 on the artist chart in its seventh week, while Westlife's "Face to Face" (S/Sony BMG) rebounds 5-3. At No. 11, the week's highest new entry is Girls Aloud's "Chemistry" (Polydor), the only debut in the top 40. A year ago, the female pop act's second album, "What Will the Neighbours Say" reached No. 6.

Madonna continues to have things her way on Billboard's pan-European sales charts, with a third week at No. 1 on the European Top 100 Albums chart for "Confessions on a Dance Floor" and a fourth on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles survey for "Hung Up."