Eminem, Pussycat Dolls Dethrone Madonna On U.K. Charts
Despite availablity of just two days in the sales week, the Eminem retrospective "Curtain Call -- The Hits" (Interscope) was able to unseat Madonna's "Confessions on a Dance Floor" (Warner Bros.) to bDespite availablity of just two days in the sales week, the Eminem retrospective "Curtain Call -- The Hits" (Interscope) was able to unseat Madonna's "Confessions on a Dance Floor" (Warner Bros.) to bow at No. 1. It's the rapper's fourth consecutive chart-topping album in the U.K.
It was a bad day at the office for Madonna, who also lost her grip on the singles crown with "Hung Up," as Pussycat Dolls scored a second straight British chart-topper with "Stickwitu" (A&M).
Oasis was also out of luck on the singles chart, on which "Let There Be Love," the third single from the Big Brother album "Don't Believe the Truth," had been leading the way in midweek sales data, only to be overtaken by Pussycat Dolls and forced to seetle for No. 2. Also new in the top 10 were Kelly Clarkson's "Because of You" at No. 7 and Babyshambles' "Albion" (Rough Trade) at No. 8.
Just outside the top tier, Rihanna's "If It's Lovin' That You Want" (Def Jam) came in at No. 11, followed by Sean Paul's "Ever Blazin'" (VIP/Atlantic) at No. 12.
Madonna's album fell to No. 3, also outsold by Robbie Williams' "Intensive Care" (Chrysalis), which rebounded 4-2. Pop/opera act G4 came in at No. 6 with "G4 & Friends" (Sony Music), but the Darkness made a less than explosive return to the tally with its sophomore set "One Way Ticket To Hell ... And Back" (Atlantic), which arrived at No. 11.
Although she lost the lead on the U.K. charts, across Europe, Madonna retains supremacy as "Confessions" is again on top of the European Top 100 Albums chart and "Hung Up" is No. 1 on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles survey.