Black Eyed Peas, Muse Lead U.K. Charts
The Black Eyed Peas top the U.K. singles chart for a fourth week with "Where Is the Love" (A&M/Polydor). But there's a new No. 1 album, as "Absolution" (East West), the third studio set by U.K. roThe Black Eyed Peas top the U.K. singles chart for a fourth week with "Where Is the Love" (A&M/Polydor). But there's a new No. 1 album, as "Absolution" (East West), the third studio set by U.K. rock act Muse, edges out new releases by Sting and R. Kelly. Muse first hit the album chart at No. 29 with "Showbiz" in October 1999, progressing to No. 3 with 2001's "Origin of Symmetry." Last year's "Hullabaloo," a live set, reached No. 10.
Sting's "Sacred Love" (A&M) debuts at No. 3, the same start he made with 2001's "All This Time" live set, while R. Kelly's "The R in R&B -- Greatest Hits, Vol. 1" (Jive) arrives at No. 4, easily his best-ever U.K. album chart showing. Nickelback's "The Long Road" (Roadrunner) opens at No. 5, followed by Limp Bizkit's "Results May Vary" (Interscope) at No. 7 and the Chemical Brothers' "Singles 93-03" (Virgin) at No. 9.
While the Darkness' "Permission To Land" falls 1-2 on the album chart, the group enjoys a No. 2 debut on the singles chart with "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" (Must Destroy/Atlantic). Elvis Presley's "Rubberneckin'" remix (RCA) debuts at No. 5 (his 59th top-10 hit in Britain), while Evanescence's "Going Under" (Wind-Up/Epic) lands at No. 8. Australian pop singer Delta Goodrem arrives at No. 9 with "Innocent Eyes" (Epic), her third straight U.K. top-10 hit.
On the pan-European charts, David Bowie's "Reality" (ISO/Columbia) goes straight to No. 1 on the European Top 100 Albums tally. An extensive world tour begins Oct. 7 in Copenhagen. On the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles survey, Dido spends a second week at No. 1 with "White Flag" (Arista). She marks today's international release of her second album, "Life For Rent," with acoustic performances at Virgin Megastores in both London and New York.