Aguilera Finds New Life On U.K. Chart
Christina Aguilera's contrasting transatlantic chart fortunes were highlighted yesterday (Nov. 17) as her single "Dirrty" featuring Redman (RCA), which ran out of steam at No. 48 on the Billboard HotChristina Aguilera's contrasting transatlantic chart fortunes were highlighted yesterday (Nov. 17) as her single "Dirrty" featuring Redman (RCA), which ran out of steam at No. 48 on the Billboard Hot 100, debuted at No. 1 in the U.K. But her album "Stripped," which entered The Billboard 200 at No. 2, continues its decline in the U.K., where it debuted at No. 19, but this week dropped 29-39.
There was also mixed news for Irish pop favorites Westlife, whose "Unbreakable" single (S/BMG) fell 1-4 to make way for Aguilera, while its "Unbreakable -- The Greatest Hits Vol. 1" album went straight to No. 1 on the U.K. album chart. Elton John's latest Mercury compilation, "The Greatest Hits 1970-2002," opened at No. 3, notably outselling Craig David's "Slicker Than Your Average" (Wildstar), which came in at No. 4. His first album, "Born To Do It," debuted at No. 1 in the U.K. in August 2000.
Phil Collins' "Testify" (Face Value/East West) also made a more modest chart debut than he would have liked, opening at No. 15. The low debut places the set in danger of becoming his first solo album not to reach the top-10. Other album chart debuts yesterday included Missy Elliott's "Under Construction" (Elektra) at No. 23 and Diana Krall's live set "A Night in Paris" (Verve) at No. 30.
Elsewhere on the singles chart, British R&B acts Blazin' Squad and Sugababes scored new hits. The former entered at No. 6 with "Love on the Line" (East West), the collective's follow-up to the August No. 1 hit "Crossroads." Sugababes arrived at No. 7 with "Stronger" (Universal Island), the latest single from the female trio's platinum-certified album "Angels With Dirty Faces." Kylie Minogue's "Come Into My World" (Parlophone) debuted at No. 8, followed by labelmates Coldplay at No. 10 with "The Scientist."
On Music & Media's pan-European charts, Las Ketchup's "Asereje/The Ketchup Song" (Columbia) tops the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally for the 10th straight week, while U2's "The Best Of 1990-2000" (Island) soars 74-1 to replace Santana's "Shaman" (Arista) atop the European Top 100 Albums chart.