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Jackson's 'Number Ones' Snares U.K. No. 1
Charges of child molestation did not stop Michael Jackson from debuting at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart yesterday (Nov. 23) with his new "Number Ones" compilation (Epic), beating out boy band Busted'Charges of child molestation did not stop Michael Jackson from debuting at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart yesterday (Nov. 23) with his new "Number Ones" compilation (Epic), beating out boy band Busted's sophomore release "A Present for Everyone" (Universal), which opened at No. 2. Meanwhile, Irish five-piece Westlife scored its 12th chart-topping single in the region with a cover of the Scott English-penned song most associated with Barry Manilow, "Mandy."
Two winners of TV talent shows had the singles chart's next two new entries: Girls Aloud, from last year's "Popstars: The Rivals," entered at No. 2 with their cover of the Pointer Sisters' "Jump" (Polydor) from the soundtrack of the new British romantic comedy "Love, Actually." Labelmate Alex Parks, the female winner of the recent second BBC "Fame Academy" series, opened at No. 3 with "If That's What It Takes."
Another TV graduate, Lemar, a London-born finalist on last year's "Fame Academy," entered at No. 5 with "50/50" (Sony Music), his follow-up to the No. 2 hit "Dance (With U)." At the other end of the scale of chart longevity, the Pet Shop Boys scored their first top-10 hit since early 2000 with "Miracles" (Parlophone), which was new at No. 10. It marked the group's 21st top-10 entry over a period of 18 years.
The new British singles and album charts were equally notable for some under-achieving debuts. Singles-wise, Enrique Iglesias missed the top-10 with a No. 11 start for "Addicted" (Interscope), female chart regulars Mis-teeq posted a No. 13 debut for "Style" (Telstar) and Radiohead scooted on at No. 15 with "2+2=5" (Parlophone).
There was also disappointment for Shania Twain, as "When You Kiss Me"/"Up" (Mercury) became her lowest-ever U.K. chart entry at No. 21, while the White Stripes' "The Hardest Button to Button" (XL Recordings) landed at No. 23. Perhaps most surprising was Primal Scream's failure even to make the top-40 with "Some Velvet Morning" featuring supermodel Kate Moss, which opened at No. 44.
In a busy week of heavyweight album releases, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Greatest Hits" (Warner Bros.) bowed at No. 4, Kylie Minogue's "Body Language" (Parlophone) debuted at No. 6 and the Beatles' "Let It Be...Naked" (Apple/Parlophone) came in at No. 7. G Unit's "Beg for Mercy" (Interscope) entered at No. 13, followed by Britney Spears' "In the Zone" (Jive) at No. 14.
Women rule the roost on both pan-European sales charts, as Dido's "Life for Rent" (Cheeky/Arista) secures a seventh week at No. 1 on the Top 100 Albums chart and "Me Against the Music" by Spears featuring Madonna (Jive) opens at No. 1 on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles roundup.