Black Eyes Peas Soar To U.K. No. 1
While U.K. rockers the Darkness continues to lead the album chart with "Permission To Land" (Must Destroy), Britain's new No. 1 single is Black Eyed Peas' "Where Is the Love" (Polydor).While U.K. rockers the Darkness continues to lead the album chart with "Permission To Land" (Must Destroy), Britain's new No. 1 single is Black Eyed Peas' "Where Is the Love" (Polydor). The hip-hop act's most successful U.K. release by far, it easily bests the No. 31 peak of 2001's "Request & Line," featuring Macy Gray, to reach the top. Dido's "White Flag" (Cheeky/Arista) is right behind at No. 2.
The new U.K. singles chart also includes a No. 4 debut for U.K. hip-hop act Big Brovaz' "Baby Boy" (Epic) and a No. 6 start for veteran metal act Iron Maiden's "Wildest Dreams" (EMI). The first single from the band's new "Dance of Death" album, it advances Maiden's roster of U.K. top-10 hits to 14 over a 21-year period. Another EMI act of more recent vintage returning to the top-10 is Starsailor, whose "Silence Is Easy" enters at No. 9.
The White Stripes' cover of Dusty Springfield's 1964 No. 3 U.K. hit, "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself" (XL Recordings), opens at No. 13, followed by the Neptunes' remix of the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" (ABKCO/Decca) at No. 14. That's the Stones' best U.K. singles ranking since "Like a Rolling Stone" reached No. 12 in 1995. It's their 27th single to reach the top-20 in the U.K., but only the third since 1986.
Another enduring act making a strong showing is James Taylor, whose "You've Got a Friend -- The Best of James Taylor" (Warner Bros.) debuts at No. 4 on the U.K. album chart. It's a retitled and repackaged U.K. version of the "Best of James Taylor" released in North America in April. This equals Taylor's best-ever ranking in the U.K., tying "Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon," which peaked at No. 4 in 1971.
Meanwhile, last week's No. 1 singles chart success for Elton John's "Are You Ready for Love" prompts his "The Greatest Hits 1970-2002" (Mercury) to jump back onto the album chart at No. 6.
Across Europe, Evanescence's "Fallen" (Wind-Up/Epic) heads the European Top 100 Albums chart for a fourth straight week, while "Breathe" (Arista) by Blu Cantrell featuring Sean Paul is the new leader on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles survey with a 2-1 move.