U.K. Fans Can't Go 'Without' Eminem
Eminem's "Without Me" (Interscope) crashed in at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (May 26), while Irish vocalist Ronan Keating scored an instant chart-topper with his second Polydor album, "DEminem's "Without Me" (Interscope) crashed in at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (May 26), while Irish vocalist Ronan Keating scored an instant chart-topper with his second Polydor album, "Destination." For Eminem, it's his third U.K. No. 1, following "The Real Slim Shady" in July 2000 and "Stan" four months later. "Without Me" replaces Liberty X's "Just a Little" (V2) at the top of the chart.
Elsewhere on the singles tally, female pop trio Atomic Kitten's "It's OK!" (Innocent/Virgin) debuted at No. 3 to become its sixth top-10 single, but there was disappointing news for Westlife, the Irish quintet who heretofore had hit No. 1 with all but one of its 11 singles to date. "Bop Bop Baby" (S/RCA), whose four writers include the group's Bryan McFadden and Shane Filan, had to settle for a No. 5 entry. Westlife's only previous non-No. 1 since its chart run began in May 1999 was "What Makes a Man," which went to No. 2 in December 2000.
Further down the chart, Billy Bragg's tilt at the monarchy with his group the Blokes, "Take Down The Union Jack" (Cooking Vinyl) appears to have fallen short of his dreams of an anti-royalist No. 1, debuting at No. 22. It's still Bragg's highest-charting single since his cover of the Beatles "She's Leaving Home" reached the top in 1999 as part of a Childline charity release.
Over on the album chart, Keating's set hit No. 1 as Moby's "18" (Mute) slid 1-5. Another album on which Keating appears as a guest vocalist, Lulu's "Together" (Mercury), bowed at No. 4. Remarkably, it's the first top-10 album of the Scottish singer's 38-year recording career, and also features duets with Elton John, Paul McCartney, Cliff Richard, Samantha Mumba, Atomic Kitten, Westlife, and Sting, among others. "Together" also got a boost from a recent ITV network special, "An Audience With Lulu."
U.K. rock act Hundred Reasons, which has scored two top-40 singles in recent months, hit No. 6 with its debut album, "Ideas Above Our Station" (Columbia), while jazz-leaning U.S. discovery Norah Jones raced 26-11 with her maiden set, "Come Away With Me" (Blue Note/Parlophone). The Everly Brothers returned to the chart at No. 12 with the 50-track double-disc "The Definitive Everly Brothers" (WSM). It's the duo's best U.K. chart showing since "Walk Right Back With the Everlys" hit No. 10 in 1975.
Across Europe, Shakira's "Whenever, Wherever" notches a 13th week at No. 1 on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally, while Moby's "18" unseats Celine Dion's "A New Day Has Come" on the European Top 100 Albums chart.