Elvis Presley resumed his rule over the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Jan. 30) when RCA's latest reissue of his original British chart-toppers, "It's Now or Never," debuted at No. 1.
Elvis Presley resumed his rule over the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Jan. 30) when RCA's latest reissue of his original British chart-toppers, "It's Now or Never," debuted at No. 1. Thus the 109th bestseller in the chart's history, for eight weeks from early November 1960, also becomes its 1002nd. On the album chart, the Chemical Brothers went straight to the top with "Push the Button" (Virgin).
"It's Now or Never" is the fourth chart-eligible reissue in the Presley series, and they have all entered at No. 1 except for last week's "A Fool Such As I," which arrived at No. 2, beaten to the top by Ciara's "Goodies" (LaFace). That track falls to No. 3 this, with Ashanti's "Only U" (Mercury) new at No. 2.
"A Fool Such As I" continues the trend of sharp declines for the Presley singles, which up until now have been available limited editions of 30,000 and later 35,000 units. Selling out within a day or two on release, there are few copies left to sustain a second-week chart profile, as evidenced by a 2-20 drop for "Fool."
Last week, the previous No. 1 "One Night" also fell to No. 20. But Sony BMG announced last week that it was responding to wider popular demand for the singles by making them all generally available from now on, including the existing reissues.
"Grief Never Grows Old" (One World Records/Universal) by One World Project, an all-star ensemble raising money for the Asian tsunami appeal, entered the singles chart at No. 4. The track features contributions recorded in a number of locations by Sir Cliff Richard, Steve Winwood, Brian Wilson, Barry & Robin Gibb, Bill Wyman, Jon Anderson, Boy George, Rick Wakeman, Kenney Jones and Gary Moore.
Club crossover "Shine" by the Lovefreekz (Positiva) came in at No. 6, featuring a prominent sample of the Electric Light Orchestra's 1979 hit "Shine a Little Love." Newcomer pop act Freefaller entered at No. 8 with "Do This! Do That!" (Velocity), followed by Xzibit at No. 9 with "Hey Now (Mean Muggin')" and Hanson at No. 10 with "Penny & Me" (Cooking Vinyl).
The latter is an impressive chart comeback for the former teen favorites, who've not been seen on the U.K. survey since the top 20 entry "If Only" in 2000 and now have a European licensing deal with Cooking Vinyl.
As for "Push the Button," it's the Chemical Brothers' fourth consecutive studio album to reach No. 1 in Britain, after "Dig Your Own Hole" (1997), "Surrender" (1999) and "Come With Us" (2002). Elsewhere, rock outfit Rooster arrived at No. 3 with its eponymous debut album for Brightside, while American rapper the Game's "The Documentary" (Interscope) came in at No. 7. Mercury Rev's "The Secret Migration" (V2) opened at No. 16.
Europe-wide, Green Day's "American Idiot" (Reprise) capitalizes on the trio's current tour of the region, rising from No. 2 to lead the European Top 100 Albums tally for the first time in its 18th chart week. Eric Prydz tops the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles survey for a fifth aggregate week with "Call on Me" (Data/Ministry of Sound).