McFadden, Bedingfield Top U.K. Charts

Former Westlife vocalist Brian McFadden started his solo career with a No. 1 U.K. single yesterday (Sept. 12), while Natasha Bedingfield followed her recent chart-topping single "These Words" with a b

Former Westlife vocalist Brian McFadden started his solo career with a No. 1 U.K. single yesterday (Sept. 12), while Natasha Bedingfield followed her recent chart-topping single "These Words" with a best-selling album.

McFadden, who left Westlife last year and has since changed the spelling of his first name from "Bryan," debuted at the top with "Real to Me" (Sony Music). His single outsold the latest from British boy band McFly, who after two No. 1 singles ("5 Colours in Her Hair" and "Obviously") opened at No. 3 with "That Girl." Last week's No. 1 single, Nelly's "My Place"/"Flap Your Wings" (Universal), fell to No. 2.

The current U.S. hit "I Like That" (Capitol) by Houston featuring Chingy, Nate Dogg and I-20 missed the top 10, entering at No. 11. Pop celebrity Peter Andre's "The Right Way" (Atlantic) dropped in at No. 14 and "Freedom Fighters" by English rock outfit the Music (Virgin) debuted at No. 15.

Bedingfield's debut album, "Unwritten" (Phonogenic/BMG), went straight to the top of the U.K. album chart, as last week's best-seller, the Libertines' self-titled sophomore Rough Trade set, fell to No. 6. Electro-rock quartet Kasabian's self-titled debut (RCA), which includes the hits "L.S.F." and "Club Foot," made a strong start at No. 4, while rock act Razorlight saw its debut set, "Up All Night," rebound 28-5 after a Sept. 4 live appearance on the primetime ITV series "Parkinson."

There was a notable album chart return at No. 7 for Alison Moyet, the longtime English solo vocalist and former member of early 1980s hitmakers Yazoo (known as Yaz in the United States). Her "Voice" album came in at No. 7, two years after "Hometime" peaked at No. 18.

The new covers set is Moyet's best showing since the 1995 compilation "Singles" went to No. 1, and best with a studio album since "Raindancing" reached No. 2 in 1987. Making the achievement more noteworthy was the fact that "Voice" outsold "Showtime" (XL Recordings), the second album by critical favorite Dizzee Rascal, which opened at No. 8.

Bjork's "Medulla" (One Little Indian) debuted at the top of the European Top 100 Albums survey, while "Obsession" by Dominican Republic group Aventura (Up Music) rises 2-1 on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles roundup, culling chart performance from across the continent.