Kelly, Timberlake Top U.K. Charts
Jive Records notched a double victory on the U.K. charts yesterday (May 18), with R. Kelly's "Ignition" starting a second week atop the singles chart and Justin Timberlake's "Justified" returning to NJive Records notched a double victory on the U.K. charts yesterday (May 18), with R. Kelly's "Ignition" starting a second week atop the singles chart and Justin Timberlake's "Justified" returning to No. 1 on the album survey.
Kelly held off his strongest new rival for the singles crown, "No Good Advice" (Polydor) by Girls Aloud, the female winners of the pre-Christmas "Popstars: The Rivals" TV series. That single entered at No. 2, with Sean Paul's current Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 "Get Busy" (East West) coming in at No. 4.
"Lately," the Mercury solo debut of Lisa Scott-Lee, formerly a member of U.K. hitmakers Steps, debuted at No. 6. And veteran American rock act Bon Jovi scored its 16th top-10 U.K. hit with "All About Loving You" at No. 9.
Further down the chart, there were new entries for two rock acts that first made the U.K. top-40 in 1994. The Wildhearts landed "So Into You" (Gut) at No. 22, while Shed Seven entered one position back at No. 23 with "Why Can't I Be You" (Taste Media). The latter is a new track and not a cover of the Cure song of the same name.
Posthumously extending his chart career was George Harrison, whose "Any Road" opened at No. 37. The entry marks the late Beatle's first appearance on the singles list with a new song since "This Is Love" in 1988, and stretches his solo chart career to 32 years, beginning with "My Sweet Lord," which debuted in January 1971.
On the album chart, Marilyn Manson's "The Golden Age of Grotesque" (Interscope) opened at No. 4. That marks his best placing in the U.K., beating the No. 8 peak of 1998's "Mechanical Animals." Elsewhere, R. Kelly's "Chocolate Factory" responded to his singles success with a 17-10 climb.
Lou Reed's "NYC Man" (BMG) entered the tally at No. 31, one place above Alkaline Trio's "Good Mourning" (Vagrant). Bonnie Raitt's "Best Of" (Capitol), released in advance of a U.K. tour, bowed at No. 37, her best performance since "Longing In Their Hearts" reached No. 26 in 1994.
Compiling chart performance across Europe, Madonna's "American Life" (Maverick/Warner Bros.) logs a third week at No. 1 on Music & Media's European Top 100 Albums chart. The magazine's Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally shows 50 Cent's "In Da Club" (Interscope) on top for the sixth week in a row.