Nelly, Libertines Take Over U.K. Charts
There are new bestsellers on both of the U.K.'s main sales charts, after Nelly's "My Place"/"Flap Your Wings" single (Universal) and the Libertines' eponymous Rough Trade album debuted at No. 1 yesterThere are new bestsellers on both of the U.K.'s main sales charts, after Nelly's "My Place"/"Flap Your Wings" single (Universal) and the Libertines' eponymous Rough Trade album debuted at No. 1 yesterday (Sept. 5).
It's Nelly's second British chart-topper, after "Dilemma" featuring Kelly Rowland achieved the feat in October 2002. The tracks come from his forthcoming albums "Suit" and "Sweat," respectively. A revamp of Teddy Pendergrass' "Come On and Go With Me," "My Place" features Jaheim.
Nelly's new double-sided release debuted ahead of JoJo's "Leave (Get Out)" (Mercury), which arrived at No. 2 on the U.K. chart after recently peaking at No. 12 on Billboard's Hot 100. Completing an all-new singles chart top three in Britain was Twista's "Sunshine" (Atlantic), in at No. 3.
The singles top 10 also included the return of Embrace at No. 7 with "Gravity." Written by Coldplay's Chris Martin, it's the British melodic rock group's first single for Independiente since leaving Hut/Virgin, where it had three top 10 singles and a No. 1 album in its 1998 debut, "The Good Will Out." The group's new album "Out Of Nothing" is due next Monday (Sept. 13) in the U.K.
New at No. 8 was "You Should Really Know" (Relentless/Virgin), an answer record to Mario Winans' bestselling "I Don't Wanna Know." The new single is by the Pirates, and like Winans' cut, features an approved sample from Enya, as well as 1990s U.K. R&B star SholaAma and female rapper Naila Boss.
Just missing the top 10 was Paul Weller's new version of the Rose Royce hit "Wishing on a Star." The cut, taken from his V2 covers album "Studio 150," arrived at No. 11.
On the album chart, "The Libertines" debuted at No. 1. The rock band's sophomore album features embattled co-frontman Pete Doherty, who was in and out of drug rehab and troubles with the law since the release of 2002's "Up the Bracket." Doherty is currently estranged from the group while awaiting trial for weapons possession.
Last week's album chart champion, the Prodigy's "Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned" (XL Recordings), fell to No. 4. There was a No. 9 debut for Bjork's "Medulla" (One Little Indian), which follows a No. 8 start for her last studio set, 2001's "Vespertine." The Blue Nile's "High" (Sanctuary), the reclusive Scottish act's first album for eight years, entered at No. 10, the band's first career top 10 placing.
Across Europe, "Anastacia" (Epic) tops the European Top 100 Albums chart for the third consecutive week and 12th overall, while O-Zone's "Dragostea Din Tei" (Media Services/Time/Vale) leads the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally for the 12th straight term.