Ja Rule, Robbie Williams Rule U.K. Charts
Ja Rule hit No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart for the first time yesterday (Oct. 30) with "Wonderful" (Def Jam) featuring R. Kelly & Ashanti, while Robbie Williams' "Greatest Hits" (Chrysalis) startJa Rule hit No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart for the first time yesterday (Oct. 30) with "Wonderful" (Def Jam) featuring R. Kelly & Ashanti, while Robbie Williams' "Greatest Hits" (Chrysalis) started a second week atop the album chart.
As the singles market continues to suffer depressed sales, Ja Rule's tally of 23,706 units sold slightly surpassed the totals recorded over the past two weeks by Eric Prydz' "Call on Me" (Data/Ministry of Sound), which falls to No. 2. But it's still the lowest total recorded by a single debuting at the top.
New Zealand-born, English-raised hitmaker Daniel Bedingfield debuted at No. 3 with "Nothing Hurts Like Love" (Polydor), the first single from his sophomore album "Second First Impression," which follows next week.
British-Asian rapper/singer Jay Sean's "Stolen" (Relentless), from his new album "Me Against Myself," arrived at No. 4. Dannii Minogue's debut for dance label All Around The World, "You Won't Forget About Me" (credited to Dannii Minogue vs. Flower Power) opened at No. 7. The Libertines scored another U.K. top 10 hit at No. 9 with "What Became of the Likely Lads" (Rough Trade), the second single from their self-titled second album.
Williams presided over a completely unchanged top 5 on the album chart, on which Def Leppard's "Best Of" (Mercury) was the highest new entry at No. 6. That's the long-running rock act's first U.K. top 10 album since "Slang" in 1996. Cliff Richard's span of British hit albums extended to 45-and-a-half years as his Decca/UCJ debut, "Something's Goin' On," came in at No. 7. It's his 37th top 10 album, a run that started with "Cliff" in April 1959.
Rock trio Placebo debuted at No. 8 with the singles collection "Once More With Feeling" (Virgin), followed by a No. 10 entry for tenor Russell Watson's "Amore Musica" (Decca). The Beautiful South's new set of covers, "Golddiggas Headnoddders & Pholk Songs" (Sony) entered at No. 11.
Across the continent, Williams' "Greatest Hits" (Chrysalis) went straight to No. 1 on the European Top 100 Albums chart, while Prydz takes over the No. 1 spot on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally.