R. Kelly, Blur Hit U.K. No. 1
R. Kelly continued to shrug off personal controversy with another chart triumph yesterday (May 11), as his Jive single "Ignition" powered straight to No. 1 in the U.K. Meanwhile, Blur scored its fifthR. Kelly continued to shrug off personal controversy with another chart triumph yesterday (May 11), as his Jive single "Ignition" powered straight to No. 1 in the U.K. Meanwhile, Blur scored its fifth No. 1 U.K. album as "Think Tank" (Parlophone) went directly to the top.
"Ignition" is Kelly's second British chart-topper, following 1997's "I Believe I Can Fly," and his first top-10 single in the region since "Satisfy You" reached No. 8 in March 2000. It takes his tally of U.K. top-10 hits to nine, beginning late in 1994 when a reissue of "She's Got That Vibe" reached No. 3. Kelly is under investigation for child pornography and sexual abuse in the U.S.
U.K. hip-hop posse Big Brovaz debuted at No. 2 with "Favourite Things" (Epic), from the group's gold-certified debut album "Nu Flow." There was also a second novelty hit for Transylvanian-born sisters Monica and Gabriela Irimia, better known as the Cheeky Girls, who followed December's smash "Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum)" with "Take Your Shoes Off" (Multiply) at No. 3.
Good Charlotte's "Girls & Boys" (Epic) opened at No. 6 and "Husan," a bhangra-flavored track featured in a Peugeot car commercial on U.K. television, came in at No. 7 for Bhangra Knights vs. Husan (Positiva).
As for Blur's "Think Tank," it's the group's fifth consecutive studio album to top the U.K. chart, a run that started in 1994 with "Parklife," which went on to log two years on the survey. It continued with "The Great Escape" (1995), "Blur" (1997), and "13" (1999). The band's 2000 "Blur: Best Of" compilation peaked at No. 3.
The next new entry on the new album chart was something of a surprise, fueled by a TV advertising campaign around a new compilation by a classic U.S. vocal group achieving its highest chart rating here since 1975. Atlantic's "The Definitive Drifters" debuted at No. 11, higher than any of the other numerous compilations credited to the group, with the exception of "24 Original Hits," which reached No. 2 in 1975.
Another American artist regained some chart stature in the U.K. this week, and this time with a current recording project. "Michael McDonald Motown" (UMTV), the former Doobie Brother's new set of Tamla favorites, bowed at No. 29.