Christie, Imbruglia Top U.K. Charts

Tony Christie's "(Is This the Way) To Amarillo" (UMTV) yesterday (April 10) extended its reign over the U.K. singles chart to four weeks.

Tony Christie's "(Is This the Way) To Amarillo" (UMTV) yesterday (April 10) extended its reign over the U.K. singles chart to four weeks. But the album chart sprung something of a surprise, as Australian singer Natalie Imbruglia's "Counting Down the Days" (Brightside) went straight to No. 1, easily outselling Mariah Carey's "The Emancipation of Mimi" (Def Jam/Island), which opened at No. 7.

As for Christie, he leads the last singles chart before the integration of download sales data. From midnight on Saturday night/Sunday morning onwards, digital sales figures will be factored in with physical singles sales, through the week ending next Saturday at midnight, for the chart to be published Sunday. It's the most significant change to British chart methodology in many years.

Elvis Presley's "Crying in the Chapel" (RCA) entered at No. 2, his 14th top five hit in as many weeks from the label's reissue program of his original U.K. No. 1s. Garbage returned to the singles survey at No. 7 with "Why Do You Love Me" (Warner Bros.), the band's first British top 10 single since "When I Grow Up" in 1999. Former Spice Girl Melanie C launched her new independent label, Red Girl, with a No. 10 entry for the single "Next Best Superstar," which comes from her third solo album, "Beautiful Intentions."

Imbruglia's album contains the recent top 10 single "Shiver," which has topped the airplay charts in the U.K. but only spent one week in the sales top 10 two weeks ago at No. 8. The No. 1 entry of "Counting Down the Days" is thus somewhat surprising, especially given the relative failure of her second album, "White Lilies Island," which peaked at No. 15 in 2001 as the follow-up to her massive 1997 debut, "Left of the Middle."

Carey's No. 7 start is an improvement on the No. 10 entry of 2001's "Glitter" and 1999's "Rainbow" (No. 8) but a far cry from the No. 1 status of 1995's "Daydream" and 1993's "Music Box." Modern rock act British Sea Power's "Open Season" (Rough Trade) came in at No. 13, followed by Morrissey's "Live at Earls Court" (Attack/Sanctuary) at No. 18.

Across Europe, 50 Cent's "The Massacre" (Interscope) returned to No. 1 on the European Top 100 Albums chart, where it debuted before Moby's two-week reign with "Hotel" (Mute). Mario's "Let Me Love You" (J/Sony BMG) is in a second week atop the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles roundup.