Doves, Valence Overtake U.K. Charts
Two acts from widely differing backgrounds notched their first No.1s on the U.K. charts yesterday (May 5), as Manchester modern rock trio Doves scored an instant chart-topper with their sophomore albuTwo acts from widely differing backgrounds notched their first No.1s on the U.K. charts yesterday (May 5), as Manchester modern rock trio Doves scored an instant chart-topper with their sophomore album, "The Last Broadcast" (Heavenly/EMI), and Australian soap star Holly Valance hit the top of the singles survey with "Kiss Kiss" (London).
Doves' second album has been the subject of extensive media enthusiasm in recent weeks, and went to No. 1 following the recent top-3 success of their limited edition first single "There Goes the Fear." The trio of brothers Jez and Andy Williams and Jimi Goodwin is currently on a U.K. tour, which continues tomorrow in Portsmouth and concludes Friday at London's Shepherds Bush Empire. Doves and Elbow begin a North American tour June 1 outside Detroit.
Valance hails from the Australian soap series "Neighbours," and becomes the latest in a long line of former stars of the program to graduate to the U.K. charts, following Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Stefan Dennis, Craig McLachlan, and Natalie Imbruglia. The retail single for her poppy "Kiss Kiss," a big airplay hit on British radio in recent weeks, has the extra credibility of mixes by Stargate, Agent Sumo, and Jah Wobble.
The singles chart also included a No. 5 debut for "Oops (Oh My)" by U.S. R&B discovery Tweet, the protege of Missy Elliott, who signed the artist to her Gold Mind/Elektra imprint. Dance crossover "At Night" by Shakedown, consisting of Swiss brothers Mandrax and Seb K, gave the Defected label its latest pop success at No. 6. Mary J. Blige followed her recent U.K. dates with a No. 9 debut for "No More Drama" (MCA).
The other big news on the album chart was Bryan Ferry's re-establishment as a major commercial force with "Frantic," his new Virgin solo set. Already up 23-18 on Music & Media's European Top 100 Albums chart, the album bows on the U.K. chart at No. 6, his best showing since "Taxi" went to No. 2 in 1993.
But there was no shifting the Epic labelmates who continue to dominate the European sales scene, as Celine Dion's "A New Day Has Come" (Epic) starts a fifth week at No. 1 on Top 100 Albums and Shakira's "Whenever Wherever" makes it 10 weeks atop the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles survey.