Oasis Storms U.K. Chart, Coldplay Looming
Oasis stormed to the top of the U.K. album chart on Sunday with its sixth studio release, "Don't Believe the Truth" (Big Brother).Oasis stormed to the top of the U.K. album chart on Sunday with its sixth studio release, "Don't Believe the Truth" (Big Brother). Its opening sales of 237,865 copies were the second highest of the year in Britain, behind the 244,671 racked up by classical/pop act G4's Sony debut in March.
But Oasis are soon to be upstaged by Coldplay, whose Parlophone set "X&Y was released on Monday to massive opening sales. Retail chain HMV reports an opening tally across the country (at all U.K. retailers, not only their own) of 150,000 units yesterday, putting the album on course for full-week sales of more than 400,000.
On the singles chart, the novelty hit "Axel F" (Gusto) by Crazy Frog started a second week at No. 1, bringing its two-week sales to just shy of 270,000 combined CDs and downloads. The strongest new challenge came from Foo Fighters' "Best of You" (RCA), which came in at No. 4, but Gorillaz' "Feel Good Inc." (Parlophone) is showing great resilience, climbing back 5-3 in its eighth chart week.
The White Stripes' "Blue Orchid" (XL) debuted at No. 9, while English singer/songwriter James Blunt added a hit single ("You're Beautiful," at No. 12, on Atlantic) to the success of his "Back to Bedlam" album, which stands at No. 5 this week.
The album list also included a No. 4 start for Black Eyed Peas' "Monkey Business" (A&M) and a No. 9 debut for Turin Brakes' "Jackinabox" (Source). Rob Thomas followed his No. 11 single "Lonely No More" (Atlantic) with an identical start for his "Something To Be" album.
Europe-wide, Gorillaz' "Demon Days" (Parlophone) entered the European Top 100 Albums at No. 1, while Akon's "Lonely" (SRC/Universal) is in a second week atop the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles roundup.