Blunt Sidesteps Stones On U.K. Chart

The Rolling Stones narrowly missed out on their first British No. 1 album in 11 years yesterday (Sept. 11) when "A Bigger Bang" (Virgin) debuted on the U.K. chart at No. 2.

The Rolling Stones narrowly missed out on their first British No. 1 album in 11 years yesterday (Sept. 11) when "A Bigger Bang" (Virgin) debuted on the U.K. chart at No. 2. The set was unable to stop James Blunt's "Back to Bedlam" (Atlantic) from returning to No. 1 for a ninth non-consecutive week. On the singles chart, the Pussycat Dolls, America's self-professed answer to the Spice Girls, entered at No. 1 with "Don't Cha" (A&M).

Gorillaz' "Dare" (Parlophone) fell from No. 1 into the runner-up spot, ahead of the No. 3 debut of "Doctor Pressure" (Breastfed) by Mylo featuring Miami Sound Machine. The track is a "mash-up" of the Scottish artist's "Drop The Pressure" and the latter group's 1984 beat "Doctor Beat." Mixed by Phil N Dog, the track rose to popularity as a bootleg before being given official approval by Gloria Estefan and her group, and then remixed by Mylo himself.

Coldplay's "Fix You" (Parlophone) was a new entry at No. 4; the commercial single features a live version of the non-album track "Pour Me" recorded at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl. Oddball rap act Goldie Lookin' Chain entered at No. 14 with "Your Missus Is a Nutter" (Atlantic), followed by Faithless at No. 17 with a new remix of the group's dance anthem of late 1995, "Insomnia." It's the third time the song has been a U.K. hit; after charting at No. 27 on first release, a previous remix went to No. 3 in the autumn of 1996.

Also new in the top 20 were the Arcade Fire's "Rebellion (Lies)" (Rough Trade) at No. 19 and Ian Brown's "All Ablaze" (Fiction) at No. 20, from his new singles compilation, "The Greatest."

Meanwhile, Blunt's album is in its 23rd week on the chart and has been certified quadruple platinum in the U.K. for 1.2 million shipments. Jack Johnson's "In Between Dreams" (Universal Island) made its first appearance in the top 10, climbing 18-10 in its 20th chart week, and last week's winner of the Nationwide Mercury Prize, "I Am a Bird Now" (Rough Trade) by Antony and the Johnsons, entered the top 75 at No. 16.

Coldplay's "X&Y" (Parlophone) is in its 13th week at the top of the European Top 100 Albums chart, and there's a new No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, where Blunt's "You're Beautiful" (Atlantic) ends the 11-week reign of Crazy Frog's "Axel F" (Mach1).