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Coldplay, Crazy Frog Stay Strong On U.K. Charts
Crazy Frog's "Axel F" (Gusto) and Coldplay's "X&Y" (Parlophone) kept their respective places at the top of yesterday's (June 19) the U.K. singles and album charts. But the biggest news was the preCrazy Frog's "Axel F" (Gusto) and Coldplay's "X&Y" (Parlophone) kept their respective places at the top of yesterday's (June 19) the U.K. singles and album charts. But the biggest news was the presence of two climbers in the top three of the singles survey, an unheard-of phenomenon in recent years.
The "slowing" of the chart since the integration of download sales data in April continued as English singer/songwriter James Blunt, whose "You're Beautiful" (Atlantic) had already confounded recent tradition with a 12-6 second-week climb seven days earlier, rose again 6-2. His album, "Back to Bedlam," also improved 4-3.
"Shot You Down" (Source) by Audio Bullys featuring Nancy Sinatra, which also climbed last week 10-7, rose again 7-3 on the singles chart. The track has been used in recent days as part of the BBC's promotion for its coverage of the Wimbledon tennis championship, which begins today. Akon's "Lonely" (Universal) edged down 3-4 in its seventh chart week and Gorillaz' "Feel Good Inc" (Parlophone) 4-5 in its 10th appearance.
A slew of new entries followed, led by Nelly's "N Dey Say" (Universal) at No. 6 and "Why" by DJ Sammy (aka Spanish DJ/producer Samuel Bouriah) at No. 7. It's the fourth U.K. top 10 hit for the DJ, who hit No. 1 in 2002 with "Heaven," credited to DJ Sammy and Yanou featuring Do. Green Day's "Wake Me Up When September Ends" (Reprise) debuted at No. 8 and "Paint Your Target" (Universal Island) by Fightstar, the new rock outfit formed by ex-Busted member Charlie Simpson, opened at No. 9.
Welsh artist Jem's "Just a Ride" (ATO) entered at No. 16 and there was a return to the chart at No. 20 for another Welsh singer, Shakin' Stevens, the rock'n'roll revivalist who was one of the U.K.'s most successful singles acts of the 1980s. Stevens, who placed 15 hits in the U.K. top 10 between 1981 and 1987, including four No. 1s, saw a double A-side of "Trouble" and his 1981 chart-topper "This Ole House," now on Virgin, land at No. 20. He recently hit the top 10 of the album chart with Epic's "The Collection" in a revival that also saw Stevens win the U.K. version of the TV "comeback" talent series "Hit Me Baby One More Time."
On the album chart, Coldplay withstood the challenge of Foo Fighters' "In Your Honor" (RCA), which came in at No. 2. There was an 11-6 climb for the Electric Light Orchestra's "All Over the World" (Epic), its first top 10 album showing since "The Very Best of the Electric Light Orchestra" in 1994. Widely tipped English modern rock act the Magic Numbers debuted at No. 7 with their self-titled debut for Heavenly, and Jeff Wayne's massive seller of the late 1970s, "War of the Worlds" (Columbia), re-entered at No. 8 in the lead-up to the new blockbuster movie version of the H.G. Wells story.
"X&Y" debuted at No. 1 on the European Top 100 Albums chart after entering at the top in 10 European countries, while Akon's "Lonely" leads the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles survey for the fourth week.