Girl Power Reigns On U.K. Charts
Girls Aloud and Avril Lavigne made it another week of girl power on the new U.K. charts, published yesterday (Jan. 12). Girls Aloud's Polydor debut "The Sound of the Underground" racks up its fourth wGirls Aloud and Avril Lavigne made it another week of girl power on the new U.K. charts, published yesterday (Jan. 12). Girls Aloud's Polydor debut "The Sound of the Underground" racks up its fourth week as Britain's No. 1 single, while Lavigne's "Let Go" (Arista) topped the album chart for a second week.
Girls Aloud's continuing success comes as Cheryl Tweedy, a member of the female quintet who won the TV talent series "Popstars: The Rivals" before Christmas, attracted widespread tabloid newspaper coverage for an alleged brawl last week in a nightclub. The single withstood a powerful debut at No. 2 by Detroit band Electric Six, whose "Danger! High Voltage" (XL Recordings) enjoyed considerable exposure in the U.K. in the lead-up to its release last Monday.
Club crossover "The Way (Put Your Hand in Mine)" by Divine Inspiration debuted at No. 5. It's on the Data label, whose previous hits include singles by Lost Witness, Minimalistix, and iio. English duo Erasure, who scored 15 U.K. top-10 hits between 1986 and 1994, took the cover version route to renewed success, with a take on Peter Gabriel's 1977 debut solo hit "Solsbury Hill." Erasure's version, on Mute, entered at No. 10.
There were also top-20 entries for the Foo Fighters' "Times Like These" (RCA) at No. 12 and Flip & Fill's dance cover of Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" (All Around the World) at No. 13. Richard Ashcroft's "Science of Silence" (Hut/Virgin) debuted at No. 14, followed by West London rock-influenced house music duo Audio Bullys' "We Don't Care" (Source) at No. 15. Badly Drawn Boy's "Born Again" (XL Recordings) opened at No. 16.
Elsewhere on the U.K. album chart, Pink's "M!ssundaztood" (Arista) edged back 3-2 in its 50th chart week, while Justin Timberlake's "Justified" (Jive) raced back up 26-8 and Foo Fighters' "One by One" (RCA) climbed 23-12.
Across Europe, Robbie Williams' "Escapology" (EMI) tops the European Top 100 Albums tally for a seventh week, while Eminem's "Lose Yourself" (Shady/Interscope) moves 2-1 on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles roundup.