Brookstein Topples Akon On U.K. Album Chart

Akon's "Lonely" (Universal) started a second week at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (May 16), but the American rapper lost his crown on the album chart with "Trouble" to Steve Brookstein, t

Akon's "Lonely" (Universal) started a second week at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (May 16), but the American rapper lost his crown on the album chart with "Trouble" to Steve Brookstein, the singer who won "The X Factor" TV talent series last winter.

After a best-selling single with "Against All Odds" just after Christmas, Brookstein's self-titled debut album for Syco Music/Sony BMG went straight to the top. From it, a cover of Luther Vandross' "Dance With My Father" is due to be a single next month.

Gorillaz' "Feel Good Inc" (Parlophone) climbed 20-2 in its fifth chart week on the singles chart, the unusual hike prompted by the full physical release of the track. It had reached No. 20 last week chiefly on download sales, after EMI had made it eligible for the new "combined" chart with a controversial, extremely limited physical release. Chart rules dictate that a physical version of a downloadable track must be available to qualify for the combined survey.

"Hate It or Love It" by the Game featuring 50 Cent (Interscope) arrived at No. 4, followed by the Coral's "In the Morning" (Deltasonic) at No. 6, the Liverpool band's third top 10 hit. Kelly Osbourne's "One Word" (Sanctuary) came in at No. 9.

Cliff Richard extended his run of U.K. chart singles to a staggering 46 and a half years with "What Car" (Decca) at No. 12, while Scottish singer/songwriter KT Tunstall enjoyed a No. 13 entry for "The Other Side of the World" (Relentless/Virgin) and a first appearance in the top 10 for her album "Eye to the Telescope," which rose 18-9 in its 16th chart week.

The only other major debut on the album chart came from Weezer's "Make Believe" (Geffen), which opened at No. 11.

Europe-wide, Bruce Springsteen's "Devils & Dust" (Columbia) is in a second week at No. 1 on the European Top 100 Albums chart, while "Signs" (Geffen) by Snoop Dogg featuring Charlie Wilson and Justin Timberlake is the new leader on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles roundup.