The U.K.'s new No. 1 single is an MOR hit from 1971 co-written by Neil Sedaka. Tony Christie's "(Is This The Way To) Amarillo" (UMTV) debuted at the top yesterday (March 20) to continue the revival in
The U.K.'s new No. 1 single is an MOR hit from 1971 co-written by Neil Sedaka. Tony Christie's "(Is This The Way To) Amarillo" (UMTV) debuted at the top yesterday (March 20) to continue the revival in fortunes for the northern English singer. His "Definitive Collection" on the same label climbs 4-2 on the album chart, just behind "Language Sex Violence Other" (V2) by Welsh rock trio Stereophonics, a new entry at No. 1.
"Amarillo," written by Sedaka and Howard Greenfield, reached No. 18 for Christie in the U.K. 34 years ago, and a version by Sedaka peaked at No. 44 in the States in 1977. Christie's only other appearance on the British singles chart since 1976 came with a guest vocal on "Walk Like a Panther" by The All Seeing I, a No. 10 U.K. hit in 1999.
The reissue of "Amarillo" follows the popularization of the song by northern comic Peter Kay in his hit TV series "Phoenix Nights" and live appearances. Kay appears in the video for the re-release, which raises money for the Comic Relief charity.
Also on the singles chart, Elvis Presley's "She's Not You" (RCA) arrived at No. 3 after first reaching No.1 in 1962. It's the 11th consecutive top three hit in RCA's Presley reissue series. "Rich Girl" by Gwen Stefani featuring Eve (Interscope) debuted at No. 4, while her "Love Angel Music Baby" album returns to the top 10 with a 12-7 move.
Jem's "They" (BMG) gave the Welsh singer her first U.K. singles success at No. 6, while Basement Jaxx's "Oh My Gosh" (XL Recordings), from the new compilation "The Singles," opened at No. 8. Shapeshifters' "Back to Basics" (Positiva), the follow-up to the dance act's 2004 No. 1 hit "Lola's Theme," arrived at No. 10.
The album chart also included a new entry at No. 5 for New York rock act the Bravery's self-titled set on Loog, and a No. 8 start for Moby's "Hotel" (Mute), a disappointment after the No. 1 debut of its predecessor, "18," in 2002. Daft Punk's "Human After All" (Virgin) was a new entry at No. 10.
In Europe, 50 Cent's "The Massacre" (Interscope) enters at No. 1 on the European Top 100 Albums chart, while Jennifer Lopez is in a fourth week at the top of the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles survey with "Get Right" (Epic).