Scissor Sisters, Shapeshifters Top U.K. Charts
While U.S. modern rock outfit the Scissor Sisters returned to the top of the U.K. album chart yesterday (July 18), the singles chart welcomed a new No. 1 single, "Lola's Theme," by crossover dance duoWhile U.S. modern rock outfit the Scissor Sisters returned to the top of the U.K. album chart yesterday (July 18), the singles chart welcomed a new No. 1 single, "Lola's Theme," by crossover dance duo Shapeshifters. A club favorite all year the song has been receiving extensive daytime pop airplay in recent weeks.
The wife of Briton Simon Marlin, one half of Shapeshifters, inspired the title of "Lola's Theme"; Swedish-born Max Reich completes the group. The track features a sample from the late soul great Johnnie Taylor's 1982 U.S. R&B chart hit "What About My Love," and vocals by Cookie of the London Community Gospel Choir.
The single is licensed from Marlin and Reich's house music label Nocturnal Groove (distributed in the U.K. by Essential) to EMI's Positiva label for the world, with the exception of North America (where the single is with Ultra), Japan (Avex) and Spain (Vale).
Shapeshifters beat former S Club member Rachel Stevens to the chart summit, as her "Some Girls" (19/Polydor) arrived at No. 2. The charity single for Sport Relief, a spinoff of Comic Relief, is a new song, not a Rolling Stones cover. Usher's "Burn" (Arista), No. 1 for the past two weeks, fell to No. 3.
Rapper J-Kwon's "Tipsy" (Arista) arrived in the U.K. at No. 4, while English R&B star Jamelia's "See It in a Boy's Eyes" (Parlophone), co-written with Coldplay's Chris Martin, was new at No. 5. Morrissey's "First of the Gang to Die," the second single from his Attack/Sanctuary album "You Are the Quarry," entered at No. 6.
With last week's chart-topping album, McFly's "Room on the 3rd Floor" (Universal) falling to No. 3, the way was clear for the Scissor Sisters' U.K. double-platinum certified self-titled Polydor set to return to the top. Also rebounding was the Streets' "A Grand Don't Come for Free" (679/Locked On), which moved 3-2, and Snow Patrol's "Final Straw" (Fiction/Polydor), which jumped 16-6, as latest single "Spitting Games" entered the singles chart at No. 23.
Will Young's "Friday's Child" (S/BMG) also bounced back with a 14-8 jump. The set's title track and latest single debuted last week at No. 4 and falls this week to No. 17.
Eva Cassidy's "Wonderful World" (Blix Street/Hot) arrived at No. 11 while a new TV-advertised collection, "Beyond the Sea - The Very Best of Bobby Darin" (Warner Strategic Marketing) entered at No. 26. The latter was the late American vocal stylist's highest album chart placing in the region since "That's All" reached No. 15 in 1960.
Finnish hard rock quintet Nightwish, which topped the European Top 100 Albums chart two weeks ago with its fifth album, "Once" (Spinefarm/ Nuclear Blast), returned to No. 1 on the pan-European survey. O-Zone's "Dragostea Din Tei" (Media Services/Time/Vale) logged a fifth week at No. 1 on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally.