The four-week reign of "The King" on the U.K. singles chart is over. "A Little Less Conversation" by Elvis Vs. JXL (RCA) fell 1-3 on yesterday's (July 14) new sales survey, replaced by teenager Gareth

The four-week reign of "The King" on the U.K. singles chart is over. "A Little Less Conversation" by Elvis Vs. JXL (RCA) fell 1-3 on yesterday's (July 14) new sales survey, replaced by teenager Gareth Gates' "Anyone of Us (Stupid Mistake)" (S/BMG). On the album chart, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "By the Way" (Warner Bros.) powered straight to No. 1.

Much negative U.K. press coverage had followed BMG's decision to delete "A Little Less Conversation," despite the company's denial that it did so to help Gates achieve his second chart-topper after his massive hit from March, "Unchained Melody." As it turned out, Gates comfortably outsold the Presley release, which was also surpassed by Anglo-German act Scooter's long-running trance version of Supertramp's "The Logical Song" (Sheffield Tunes/Edel U.K.), which climbed 4-2. Both Gates, who turned 18 last Friday, and fellow "Pop Idol" competitor Will Young have reached the top with their first two singles.

As for "By the Way," it's the Chili Peppers' first British No. 1 album, their previous best being a No. 2 showing in 1995 with "One Hot Minute." Oasis' "Heathen Chemistry" (Big Brother) was pushed back to the runner-up spot, while Australian rockers the Vines debuted at No. 3 with "Highly Evolved" (Heavenly). In an outstanding week for rock albums, Counting Crows' "Hard Candy" (Geffen/Polydor) came in at No. 9 and a new, TV-advertised Jimi Hendrix anthology, "Voodoo Child - The Collection" (UMTV) landed at No. 10.

Back on the singles chart, Ashanti's "Foolish" (Murder Inc./Def Jam/Mercury) marked her official U.K. solo debut at No. 4, although the single recently has twice edged to No. 68 on import sales alone. Bryan Adams' "Here I Am" (Polydor), from the movie "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron," entered at No. 5.

Across Europe, Eminem's "Without Me" (Interscope/Polydor) is the No. 1 single for the seventh straight week on Music & Media's Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally, on which the Chili Peppers' "By the Way" storms 20-3. Eminem's "The Eminem Show" leads the European Top 100 Albums chart for a sixth week, with the Oasis set new at No. 2 and Nelly's "Nellyville" (Universal) soaring 77-3.

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