Timberlake Solo Debut Hits U.K. No. 1
Justin Timberlake's debut solo album "Justified" (Jive) ascended to No. 1 yesterday (Jan. 26) in its 12th week on the U.K. chart. Meanwhile David Sneddon, the Scottish winner of the BBC's pre-ChristmaJustin Timberlake's debut solo album "Justified" (Jive) ascended to No. 1 yesterday (Jan. 26) in its 12th week on the U.K. chart. Meanwhile David Sneddon, the Scottish winner of the BBC's pre-Christmas talent series "Fame Academy," began a second week atop the U.K. singles chart with "Stop Living the Lie" (Mercury).
Timberlake's album has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity recently as U.K. airplay has grown for its second single, "Cry Me a River," due commercially on Feb. 3. "Justified" has total European sales to date of 440,000, according to the label, and Timberlake is currently in Europe on a three-week promotional visit. Also reviving in sales is Christina Aguilera's "Stripped" (RCA), which climbs 13-6, remarkably the first time she has ever been in the top-10 of the U.K. album chart.
Sales of the Bee Gees' "Their Greatest Hits -- The Record" (Polydor) have, unsurprisingly, been strong since the death of Maurice Gibb. After reappearing on the top 75 chart last week at No. 30, the album powers to No. 9 this week. On the singles chart, Robin Gibb's "Please" debuts at No. 23, becoming his first U.K. solo release to hit the top-40 since "Saved by the Bell" went to No. 2 in 1969.
Sneddon's single stays at No. 1 on that chart ahead of Jay-Z's "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" featuring Beyonce Knowles (Roc-A-Fella), which enters at No. 2. New at No. 3 is "The Opera Song (Brave New World)" (Direction) by Jurgen Vries featuring CMC, which, as previously reported, contains the guest vocals of Charlotte Church. The final top-10 newcomer is Craig David's "Hidden Agenda" (Wildstar) at No. 10, narrowly maintaining his unblemished run of top-10 U.K. singles.
Music & Media's pan-European chart frontrunners hold their ground, with Robbie Williams' "Escapology" (EMI) leading the European Top 100 Albums tally for a ninth week and Eminem's "Lose Yourself" (Interscope) topping the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles survey for a third.