Pink, Paul Weller Overtake U.K. Charts
Yesterday's (Sept. 22) new U.K. sales charts featured a first No. 1 single for Pink and, at the other extreme, a new No. 1 album for Paul Weller, who first topped that survey with the Jam in 1982. PinYesterday's (Sept. 22) new U.K. sales charts featured a first No. 1 single for Pink and, at the other extreme, a new No. 1 album for Paul Weller, who first topped that survey with the Jam in 1982. Pink's "Just Like a Pill" (Arista) became Britain's best-selling single amid strong competition, in a week that featured no fewer than seven new entries in the top-10.
New Universal-Island teen-oriented pop-rock signing Busted arrived at No. 3 with "What I Go To School For," with Eminem's "Cleaning Out My Closet" (Interscope/Polydor) landing at No. 4 and Bon Jovi's 15th U.K. top-10 hit, "Everyday" (Mercury), bowing at No. 5. Newcomer Aqualung, aka singer-composer Matt Hales, came in at No. 7 with "Strange and Beautiful (I'll Put a Spell on You)" (B-Unique), following TV exposure via a VW Beetle car commercial and subsequent strong airplay. "Feel It Boy" by Beenie Man featuring Janet Jackson (Virgin) entered at No. 9 and U.K. rappers Oxide & Neutrino's "Dem Girls (I Don't Know Why)" (East West) arrived at No. 10.
Weller's "Illumination" (Independiente) bowed at No. 1 20 years after his first time at the album chart peak with the Jam's "The Gift" in March 1982. The next new entry was veteran rock artist Chris Rea's blues-inspired "Dancing Down the Stoney Road" on his own Jazzee Blue label at No. 14. Electronic music staples Underworld debuted at No. 16 with "A Hundred Days Off" (JBO), its first new studio album in three years.
Former Stone Roses and Seahorses guitarist John Squire opened his solo account with "Time Changes Everything" (North Country) at No. 17, while "The Essential Collection" by Marc Bolan and T. Rex, issued by UMTV to mark the recent 25th anniversary of his death, opened at No. 18. Modern rock/dance act Death In Vegas charged in at No. 19 with "Scorpio Rising" (RCA), followed by the Cranberries' "Stars" compilation (Island) at No. 20.
Across Europe, Coldplay's "A Rush of Blood to the Head" (Parlophone) and Las Ketchup's "Asereje/The Ketchup Song" (Columbia) maintain control of Music & Media's European Top 100 Albums chart and the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles survey, respectively.