Oasis Has The Right 'Chemistry' At No. 1
Oasis is back at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart, as its fifth studio set "Heathen Chemistry" (Big Brother) ousted Eminem's "The Eminem Show" (Interscope/Polydor) from the top spot yesterday (July 7). MOasis is back at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart, as its fifth studio set "Heathen Chemistry" (Big Brother) ousted Eminem's "The Eminem Show" (Interscope/Polydor) from the top spot yesterday (July 7). Meanwhile, the King still reigns on the singles chart, where "A Little Less Conversation" by Elvis Vs. JXL (RCA) remained on top for a fourth week, despite the label's controversial decision to stop pressing the single.
BMG abruptly deleted "A Little Less Conversation" on Friday, which means the single will become unavailable after existing stocks have been exhausted, and retailers will not be able to reorder it. The company has denied that the decision was taken as a tactic to increase its chances of scoring a No. 1 next weekend with teenage vocalist Gareth Gates' second single, "Anyone of Us (Stupid Mistake)," which is released today on the S imprint.
"Heathen Chemistry" arrived at No. 1 close to eight years after Oasis first topped the U.K. album chart with "Definitely Maybe" in September 1994. Nelly's "Nellyville" (Universal) debuted at No. 2, forcing Eminem down to No. 3, and strong press support for Morcheeba's fourth album "Charango" (East West) help it arrive at No. 7, despite a disappointing No. 64 peak last week for its opening single, "Otherwise." U.K. rock act Muse landed at No. 10 with "Hullabaloo" (Taste Media/Mushroom).
Meanwhile, the Red Hot Chili Peppers scored their highest-ranking U.K. hit single as "By the Way" (Warner Bros.) entered at No. 2. It's their first top-5 hit and only their third top-10 entry, after 1994's "Give It Away" (No. 9) and 1997's "Love Rollercoaster" (No. 7). Elsewhere on the singles chart, Jennifer Lopez arrived at No. 3 with "I'm Gonna Be Alright" (Epic), while the Prodigy's first single in almost five years, "Baby's Got a Temper" (XL Recordings), opened at No. 5.
Despite losing top spot on the U.K. album chart, "The Eminem Show" heads Music & Media's European Top 100 Albums for a fifth straight week, with German pop act No Angels the highest entry at No. 7 with its second album, "Now...Us" (Polydor). Eminem also still rules the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally, where "Without Me" is No. 1 for the sixth consecutive week. The Calling's "Wherever You Will Go" (RCA) is the big mover on that chart, climbing 44-6.