A third solo No. 1 single for ex-Boyzone frontman Ronan Keating and a second week atop the album chart for Doves were the big stories on the new U.K. charts, published yesterday (May 12). Also new to
A third solo No. 1 single for ex-Boyzone frontman Ronan Keating and a second week atop the album chart for Doves were the big stories on the new U.K. charts, published yesterday (May 12). Also new to the album survey were a compilation by new wave trailblazers the Jam and a pair of titles by Tom Waits.
Keating's cover of Garth Brooks' 1989 U.S. country No. 1 "If Tomorrow Never Comes" (Polydor) replaced Holly Valance's "Kiss Kiss" (London) as Britain's favorite single. Two projects by former members of now-defunct chart regulars Steps made the top-10, with H & Claire's "DJ" (WEA) coming in at No. 3, while "Someone Like You" by tenor Russell Watson with Faye Tozer (Decca) entering at No. 10.
There was also a prominent debut at No. 5 for "Follow Da Leader" by Nigel & Marvin (Rituals/Relentless). This recent club hit was remixed for its commercial release by Chocolate Puma, itself a hitmaking act in March 2001 with the No. 6 title "I Wanna Be U."
With Doves securing a second week at No. 1 with "The Last Broadcast" (Heavenly/EMI), the album chart also featured a No. 3 debut for the Jam's "The Sound of the Jam" (Polydor). It follows last week's fleeting reappearance in the top-40 of the band's 1977 debut single "In the City" at No. 36, after its 25th anniversary reissue at the original price of 75 pence ($1.05). Both of Waits' simultaneously released new albums on Anti made their chart bow, with "Alice" at No. 20 and "Blood Money" right behind at No. 21.
Music & Media's pan-European charts reported business as usual for Epic labelmates Celine Dion's "A New Day Has Come" and Shakira's "Whenever Wherever," in their sixth and 11th weeks at No. 1 on the European Top 100 Albums chart and the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally, respectively. The album chart featured a No. 5 debut for Norwegian act a-ha's latest set, "Lifelines" (WEA).