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Eminem Sidesteps Elvis For U.K. No. 1
Eminem's "Like Toy Soldiers" (Interscope) debuted at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Feb. 6), preventing Elvis Presley's "Are You Lonesome Tonight" (RCA) from giving the King another chart-Eminem's "Like Toy Soldiers" (Interscope) debuted at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Feb. 6), preventing Elvis Presley's "Are You Lonesome Tonight" (RCA) from giving the King another chart-topping reissue. That 1961 bestseller returned to the survey at No. 2.
"Like Toy Soldiers" is Eminem's sixth British No. 1 single, following "The Real Slim Shady" and "Stan" (2000), "Without Me" and "Lose Yourself" (2002) and "Just Lose It" (2004). RCA's consolation was that after its decision to put the Presley reissues out as general instead of limited releases, the chart descent of the previous singles slowed considerably, with the effect that there are now five Elvis songs in the top 30. Last week's No. 1, "It's Now or Never," fell to No. 14.
Elsewhere on the singles chart, former Westlife member Brian McFadden and Australian singer/songwriter Delta Goodrem's duet "Almost Here" (Sony) debuted at No. 3, while hotly tipped rock act Bloc Party arrived at No. 5 with "So Here We Are"/"Positive Tension" (Wichita). Good Charlotte's "I Just Wanna Live" (Epic) was a new entry at No. 9.
On the U.K. album tally, British rock combo Athlete followed its recent top five single, "Wires" (Parlophone), by entering at No. 1 with its second set, "Tourist." The set is already markedly more successful than its predecessor, "Vehicles & Animals," which reached No. 19 in 2003.
Rock trio Feeder's "Pushing the Senses" (Echo) landed at No. 2, while American crooner Michael Buble's "It's Time" (Reprise) arrived at No. 4. Last week's No. 1, the Chemical Brothers' "Push the Button" (Virgin), fell to No. 6, while RCA's latest Presley compilation, "Love Elvis," at No. 9.
Green Day's "American Idiot" (Reprise) holds on to the top spot of the European Top 100 Albums chart, while the new No. 1 on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles survey is "Numb/Encore" (Warner Bros.) by Jay-Z and Linkin Park.