U.K. vocalist Darius earned a second week atop the British singles charts yesterday (Aug. 12) with his Mercury debut "Colourblind," ahead of a strong challenge by Coldplay. Meanwhile, Red Hot Chili Pe
U.K. vocalist Darius earned a second week atop the British singles charts yesterday (Aug. 12) with his Mercury debut "Colourblind," ahead of a strong challenge by Coldplay. Meanwhile, Red Hot Chili Peppers returned to No. 1 on the album chart with "By the Way" (Warner Bros.), limiting Bruce Springsteen's reign to just one week with "The Rising" (Columbia).
"Colourblind" edged out Coldplay's "In My Place" (Parlophone), which gave the English rock act its highest-ever singles chart placing by debuting at No. 2. Another Mercury release, the European hit cover of Madonna's "Like a Prayer" by Belgian act Mad'House, arrived at No. 3, while Texan rock quartet Bowling For Soup made its first U.K. chart appearance at No. 8 with "Girl all the Bad Guys Want" (Silvertone).
There was also a notable new entry at No. 17 for British rock veterans Status Quo with "Jam Side Down" (Universal). It's the group's highest ranking since "The Anniversary Waltz --Part 2" hit No. 16 late in 1990, and means that Quo are now one of the few acts to have British hits in five different decades, after first charting in 1968 with "Pictures of Matchstick Men."
The only top-10 entry on the album chart was Primal Scream's "Evil Heat" (Columbia) at No. 9, followed by superstar DJ Sasha's debut artist album, "Airdrawndagger" (Arista), at No. 18. Across Europe, the Chili Peppers fended off Springsteen's No. 2 debut on Music & Media's European Top 100 Albums tally, as "By The Way" to spend a fourth week at No. 1. Eminem's "Without Me" (Interscope/Polydor) made it 11 weeks at the top of the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles survey.