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Springsteen Rises Straight To U.K. No. 1
Bruce Springsteen's scored a fifth No. 1 album on the U.K. album chart yesterday (Aug. 4) with "The Rising" (Columbia), his first new studio set since 1995's "The Ghost of Tom Joad." Meanwhile, failedBruce Springsteen's scored a fifth No. 1 album on the U.K. album chart yesterday (Aug. 4) with "The Rising" (Columbia), his first new studio set since 1995's "The Ghost of Tom Joad." Meanwhile, failed "Popstars"and "Pop Idol" contestant Darius triumphed on the singles survey with his Mercury debut, "Colour Blind," unseating one of the artists who beat him on the latter TV competition, Gareth Gates.
Greeted with widespread enthusiasm by the British media, "The Rising" ended Red Hot Chili Peppers' three-week run at the summit of the album chart with "By the Way" (Warner Bros.) to extend Springsteen's run of U.K. No. 1 albums to 18 years. He first hit the peak with "Born in the U.S.A." in 1984 and then with "Tunnel of Love" (1987), "Human Touch" (1992), and "Greatest Hits" (1995).
A busy week for prominent new albums also included a No. 3 entry for Linkin Park's "Reanimation" (Warner Bros.) and the Mercury Music Prize-nominated, self-titled debut set from Liverpool band the Coral (Deltasonic) at No. 5. Anglo-German dance act Scooter capitalized on the success of its single "The Logical Song" with the Sheffield Tunes compilation "Push the Beat for This Jam -- The Singles" to open at No. 6, while Beth Orton's third album "Daybreaker" (Heavenly) arrived at No. 8.
Other singles debuts included Will Smith's "Men in Black II" theme "Black Suits Comin' (Nod Ya Head)"(Columbia) at No. 3, P. Diddy and the Bad Boy Family's "I Need a Girl"(Bad Boy/Arista) at No. 4, and Britney Spears' "Boys" (Jive), from the soundtrack of "Austin Powers in Goldmember," at No.7. George Michael's controversial "Shoot the Dog" (Polydor) entered at No. 12.
Eminem's "Without Me" (Interscope/Polydor) added yet another week to its reign across Europe on Music & Media's Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, taking its tally to 10 weeks, while the Chili Peppers' set made it three weeks straight atop the European Top 100 Albums chart.