Tony Christie Overtakes U.K. Charts

Middle-of-the-road crooner Tony Christie achieved an improbable double on the British charts yesterday (March 27), holding at No. 1 on the singles chart with the reissue of his 1971 hit "(Is This the

Middle-of-the-road crooner Tony Christie achieved an improbable double on the British charts yesterday (March 27), holding at No. 1 on the singles chart with the reissue of his 1971 hit "(Is This the Way To) Amarillo" (UMTV) while moving 2-1 in his fifth week on the album chart with "The Definitive Collection."

Christie, who'll be 51 next month, achieved his previous high of No. 19 on the British album chart with 1973's "With Loving Feeling" and hadn't been on that survey at all in the past 29 years. "Amarillo," meanwhile, is the first single to spend more than one week at No. 1 since Band Aid 20's "Do They Know It's Christmas" at the turn of the year.

Raising money for the BBC's Comic Relief appeal, Christie's single held off Mario's "Let Me Love You" (J), which debuted at No. 2, and 50 Cent's "Candy Shop" (Interscope), a new entry at No. 4. RCA's latest Elvis Presley reissue, "Return To Sender," debuted at No. 5, the lowest entry to date among his 12 re-released hits of 2005.

Will Smith's "Switch" (Interscope) arrived at No. 6 and Australian actress-turned-singer Natalie Imbruglia came in at No. 8 with "Shiver" (Brightside/Sony BMG), the first single from her upcoming third album, "Counting Down the Days."

Elsewhere on the album chart, there was a No. 3 debut for Basement Jaxx's "The Singles" (XL Recordings), which includes their current hit "Oh My Gosh." Queens Of The Stone Age opened a No. 4 with "Lullabies To Paralyze" (Interscope), mirroring the performance of its 2002 predecessor "Songs for the Deaf." Welsh singer-songwriter Jem's "Finally Woken" (ATO) took a healthy 28-11 climb, but Beck's "Guero" (Interscope) made a rather modest debut at No. 15.

Around Europe, Moby's "Hotel" (Mute) repeated the performance of his last set, 2002's "18," by going straight to the summit of the European Top 100 Albums chart, while Jennifer Lopez's "Get Right" (Epic) is still going strong on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles roundup, where it's in a fifth week at No. 1.