Bedingfield Is 'The One' On Top In The U.K.
Precisely one year after his debut single "Gotta Get Thru This" went to No. 1 in the U.K., pop singer/songwriter Daniel Bedingfield repeated the feat yesterday (Dec. 1) with his latest, "If You're NotPrecisely one year after his debut single "Gotta Get Thru This" went to No. 1 in the U.K., pop singer/songwriter Daniel Bedingfield repeated the feat yesterday (Dec. 1) with his latest, "If You're Not The One" (Polydor). Meanwhile, on the U.K. album chart, Robbie Williams' "Escapology" (EMI/Chrysalis) started a second week as the territory's No. 1 title.
The New Zealand-born, London-raised Bedingfield removed "Dirrty" by Christina Aguilera featuring Redman (RCA) from No. 1. That track fell to No. 3 after two weeks on top, also overtaken by Atomic Kitten's double-sided single "The Last Goodbye"/"Be With You" (Innocent/Virgin), which debuted at No. 2. That marked the Liverpool trio's eighth U.K. top-10 hit, and its fifth consecutive top-3 entry.
A cover of Bob Seger's "We've Got Tonight" by Ronan Keating featuring Lulu (Polydor) -- with Irish star Keating given top billing even though the track originates on Scottish veteran Lulu's top-5 album "Together" (Mercury), released in May -- enters at No. 4. Although Seger's original reached No. 13 on The Billboard Hot 100 early in 1979, it only made it to No. 41 in the U.K. on its first release. A 1982 live version peaked at No. 60, while a 1995 reissue of the original reached to No. 22, giving Seger his best singles peak in the region.
Remarkably, the new version extends Lulu's U.K. singles chart career to some 38 and-a-half years, since "Shout" debuted in May 1964 on its way to a No. 7 peak. One of her current Mercury labelmates, "Popstars" and "Pop Idol" survivor Darius, opens at No. 5 with "Rushes." The track is his second single following the August No. 1 "Colourblind."
Aside from Williams' continuing success, the main feature of the U.K. album chart was the performance of veteran artists Lionel Richie and Donny Osmond. Both benefited from a round of television exposure that helped former Commodores frontman Richie to debut at No. 8 with his chiefly live hits set "Encore" (Mercury) and Osmond at No. 12 with his new Decca release "Somewhere In Time." Richie first made the U.K. album chart with the Commodores in 1978, while Osmond bowed as a soloist in 1972.
Williams' success stretches across Europe as "Escapology" also debuted at No.1 on Music & Media's European Top 100 Albums chart, ahead of Shania Twain's "Up!" (Mercury), which opened at No. 3; that set debuted last week at No. 1 on The Billboard. 200. Las Ketchup also continued its success with "Asereje/The Ketchup Song" (Columbia), which registered its 12th week atop Eurochart Hot 100 Singles chart.