A four-and-a-half year-old track by a New York hip-hop DJ became the U.K.'s new No. 1 single yesterday (Oct. 27). "Be Faithful" by Fatman Scoop, a rapper and broadcaster on radio station WQHT (Hot 97)
A four-and-a-half year-old track by a New York hip-hop DJ became the U.K.'s new No. 1 single yesterday (Oct. 26). "Be Faithful" by Fatman Scoop, a rapper and broadcaster on radio station WQHT (Hot 97), appeared on various Billboard singles charts in the first half of 1999. Given its first full British release last week by Mercury's Def Jam U.K., it soared straight to the top of the bestsellers chart.
"Be Faithful" features a sample of Faith Evans' 1998 hit "Love Like This," which in turn had a riff based on Chic's "Chic Cheer," from the groundbreaking group's 1978 album "C'est Chic." It gives Chic songwriting team Nile Rodgers and the late Bernard Edwards a credit on a U.K. No. 1 single.
The track, which features Fatman Scoop performing over beats by the Crooklyn Clan, has been an underground club favorite. The cut reached No. 24 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart in March 1999, No. 51 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales tally and No. 92 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks list.
Back in the U.K., "Be Faithful" beat out Blue's latest single, "Guilty" (Innocent/Virgin), to the chart top, leaving the U.K. boy band to a No. 2 entry. Last week's bestseller, Sugababes' "Hole in the Head" (Universal Island), fell to No. 5, precipitated by the label's decision to delete the single after only one week.
Pop act Liberty X entered at No. 6 with "Jumpin'" (V2), Obie Trice bowed at No. 8 with "Got Some Teeth" (Interscope) and Hilary Duff opened at No. 9 with "So Yesterday" (Hollywood).
On the U.K. album chart, Dido's "Life for Rent" (Cheeky/Arista) started a fourth week at No. 1, fending off the sophomore album by the Strokes. The garage rock heroes' Rough Trade set "Room on Fire" entered the tally at No. 2, the same feat achieved by its predecessor, "Is This It," in September 2001.
Rod Stewart's "As Time Goes By - The Great American Songbook Vol. 2" (J Records) entered at four in a banner week for the veteran vocalist. Following the opening in London of "Tonight's the Night," a new musical based on his hits, and some strategic promotion around the event, UMTV's "Changing Faces: The Very Best of Rod Stewart and the Faces" gave the artist a second top-15 entry at No. 13. That album compiles Stewart's work with the group between 1969 and 1974.
All of that activity restricted Scottish chart regular Texas to a No. 5 debut with "Careful What You Wish For" (Mercury). The band's last two studio albums, "The Hush" (1999) and "White on Blonde" (1997) both topped the British chart, as did 2000's "The Greatest Hits."
Dido is also in a third week at the helm of the European Top 100 Albums chart, while Black Eyed Peas' former U.K. chart-topper "Where is the Love" spends a fourth week at No. 1 on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally.