Gates' 'Melody' Goes Three For Three
Teenager Gareth Gates secured a third week at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (April 7) with his cover of "Unchained Melody" (S/BMG). With a third week at the top, Gates matches the achievemTeenager Gareth Gates secured a third week at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (April 7) with his cover of "Unchained Melody" (S/BMG). With a third week at the top, Gates matches the achievement of Will Young, who defeated him to win the "Pop Idol" title on the television series of the same name.
Britney Spears improved on the No. 5 debut of her last Jive single, "Overprotected," and on the peak position of her last five British releases, as "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" entered at No. 2. The other top-10 entry on the singles survey was the X-Ecutioners "It's Going Down" at No. 7, by far the highest charting single to date from the veteran turntablist collective.
A host of other singles debuted outside the top-10, including Sheryl Crow's "Soak Up the Sun" (A&M/Polydor) at No. 16, Stereophonics' "Vegas Two Times" (V2) at No. 23, Del Amitri's "Just Before You Leave" (A&M/Mercury) at No. 37, and Elton John's "Original Sin" (Rocket/Mercury) at No. 39.
Meanwhile, Celine Dion started a second week atop the U.K. album chart with "A New Day Has
Come" (Epic). Former Savage Garden member Darren Hayes followed the top-10 U.K. success of his single "Insatiable" (Columbia) with a No. 2 entry for his solo debut, "Spin." Pet Shop Boys scored a No. 7 debut with "Release" (Parlophone).
Shakira's "Whenever Wherever" is in its sixth week at No. 1 on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally, while Dion's album went straight to the top of the European Top 100 Albums chart.