Pussycat Dolls, David Gray Rule U.K. Charts

Pussycat Dolls and David Gray continue to lead the U.K. single and album charts with "Don't Cha" and "Life in Slow Motion" respectively, while Kanye West scored a new hit single and Bon Jovi, Barbra S

Pussycat Dolls and David Gray continue to lead the U.K. single and album charts, respectively, while Kanye West scored a new hit single and Bon Jovi and Barbra Streisand made prominent returns to the album survey.

The new charts published yesterday (Sept. 25) show the single "Don't Cha" (A&M/Universal) by Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes starting a third week at No. 1, ahead of a new entry at No. 2 for "Gold Digger" (Roc-a-Fella) by Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx. Franz Ferdinand debuted at No. 4 with "Do You Want To" the lead single from its new Domino album, "You Could Have It So Much Better," which will be released Oct. 3.

Singer/songwriter Katie Melua, who scored multi-platinum success with her 2003 debut album "Call Off the Search," notched a No. 5 hit with "Nine Million Bicycles." It's her highest-charting single to date and the lead track from her sophomore set, "Piece by Piece," which is out today.

Kelly Clarkson opened at No. 9 with "Behind These Hazel Eyes" (RCA) while Stereophonics started at No. 11 with "Devil" (V2). There were further top 20 entries for "Welcome to Jamrock" (Universal Island) by Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley at No. 13 and "Livin' for the Weekend" (Necessary/Atlantic) by recent Nationwide Mercury Prize nominees Hard-Fi at No. 15.

But there were two significant surprises on the new singles chart, as a couple of well-established acts missed the top 40 entirely with their new releases. Jamie Cullum's "Get Your Way" (UCJ), the first release from his new album "Catching Tales,” entered at No. 44, while Sheryl Crow's "Good Is Good" (A&M/Universal) struggled in at No. 75, her worst showing since becoming a major sales artist in 1994.

Gray's second week at the top of the album chart with "Life in Slow Motion" (Atlantic) prevented Bon Jovi from making a No. 1 debut with "Have a Nice Day" (Mercury). But the latter act still scored its ninth consecutive U.K. top five album, a run that stretches back to the first of its five chart-toppers, "New Jersey" in 1988.

Streisand landed at No. 3 with her new collaboration with Barry Gibb. Titled "Guilty Pleasures" in the United States, it's been renamed "Guilty Too" for the U.K., marketed squarely as a sequel to her 1980 set "Guilty," which Gibb produced and which went to No. l in Britain.

Ian Brown's "The Greatest" (Fiction/Polydor) gave the former Stone Roses singer a No. 5 start for his solo compilation, and Irish MOR singer Daniel O'Donnell came in at No. 10 with "Teenage Dreams" (Rosette). There was a surprisingly modest No. 12 entry for "Return of the Champions" (EMI), the new live set by Queen and Paul Rodgers, while another veteran British rock act, Status Quo, arrived at No. 18 with "The Party Ain't Over Yet" (Sanctuary).

The Rolling Stones' "A Bigger Bang" (Virgin) is in a second week at the top of the European Top 100 Albums chart, while the Pussycat Dolls track tops the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally for a second week.