Young Extends U.K. Chart Dominance
Will Young's "Evergreen"/"Anything Is Possible" (RCA) continues to climb the all-time sales ladder as it begins a third week at the top of the U.K. singles chart. The title is now the 16th biggest-selWill Young's "Evergreen"/"Anything Is Possible" (RCA) continues to climb the all-time sales ladder as it begins a third week at the top of the U.K. singles chart. The title is now the 16th biggest-selling single of all time in the U.K., but will face stern competition this week from a new version of the perennial favorite "Unchained Melody" by Gareth Gates, the singer that Young beat in the final of the "Pop Idol" TV show. Gates' RCA single is out today (March 18) and was reported last week already to have outstripped even Young's massive initial shipout of 1.2 million units.
Meanwhile, Canadian rock act Nickelback has completed its climb to the top of the U.K. album chart with "Silver Side Up" (Roadrunner), which moves 4-1 in its 10th week. The set bumps "The Essential Barbra Streisand" (Columbia) from the top, with Shakira's "Laundry Service" (Epic) the highest new entry at No. 3. Soul singer Beverley Knight bows at No. 7 on the album chart with "Who I Am" (Parlophone).
Among other singles arriving in the U.K. top-10 is "Me Julie" (Universal Island), a novelty duet by comic character Ali G with Shaggy, which rockets to No. 2. It's the lead release from the movie "Ali G In Da House," which hits U.K. theaters Friday. Jennifer Lopez's remixed "Ain't It Funny" (Epic) featuring Ja Rule and Cadillac Tah came in at No. 4, while her labelmate Celine Dion's "A New Day Has Come" debuts at No. 7, and U.K. metal veterans Iron Maiden's live version of "Run to the Hills" (EMI) races to No. 9.
The latter track, recorded in January 2001 at the Rock In Rio festival, reinforces the enduring popularity of Iron Maiden despite a lack of mainstream media exposure. The studio version was the group's first top-10 hit, at No. 7, exactly 20 years ago, and the new recording brings Maiden's number of U.K. top-75 singles to 32. It's also not even the first live airing of "Hills" to be a hit, as a previous in-concert version reached No. 26 in 1985.
Proceeds from the new recording are going to former Maiden drummer Clive Burr, who is suffering from multiple sclerosis. The band are also playing three benefit shows for Burr -- the only gigs they will undertake anywhere in the world in 2002 -- beginning tomorrow at London's Brixton Academy. A full live album from Rock In Rio album is due next Monday from EMI.
On Music & Media's European Top 100 Albums chart, Alanis Morissette's "Under Rug Swept" (Maverick/Warner Bros.) is in a second week at No. 1, with Shakira's "Laundry Service" at No. 2. Shakira's "Whenever Wherever" is again atop the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally.