Brits Push Sting, Westlife To U.K. No. 1

Several of last week's Brit Award winners became chart victors yesterday (Feb. 24) in the U.K., as a number of recipients saw new or current releases benefit dramatically from the publicity surroundin

Several of last week's Brit Award winners became chart victors yesterday (Feb. 24) in the U.K., as a number of recipients saw new or current releases benefit dramatically from the publicity surrounding their wins. Chief among these was Sting, who saw "The Very Best of Sting and the Police," reissued a week ago by A&M/Universal in anticipation of his award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, reappear at No. 1 on the album chart. The 1997 compilation only reached No. 14 in its initial 18-week chart run, but has reappeared frequently ever since and is now in its 152nd week on the survey overall.

Westlife, named best pop act at last week's Brits, achieved its 10th No. 1 single, as the title track from its third RCA album, "World of Our Own," went straight to the top of the chart. The Irish quintet thus became only the fifth act to reach double figures for U.K. chart-toppers, joining the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard, and Madonna, and reached the milestone in less than three years.

Double Brit winners Dido and Kylie Minogue also did well, with Dido's "No Angel" (Cheeky/Arista) climbing 9-2 and Minogue's "Fever" (Parlophone) moving 8-4. The Australian singer's new single, "In Your Eyes," debuted at No. 3 while the smash "Can't Get You Out of My Head" climbed back 47-36. Minogue announced plans to include the remixed version of the track, performed at the Brits and based around New Order's "Blue Monday," as a B-side on her next single.

There were also top-10 singles chart debuts for R. Kelly's "Ali" film theme "The World's Greatest" (Jive) at No. 4 and U.K. female trio Mis-teeq with "B With Me" (Inferno/Telstar) at No. 5, the group's fourth straight top-10 hit. Exuberant British rock outfit A, which had yet to crack the top-40 with six previous singles, was rewarded for its perseverance as "Nothing" (London) debuted at No. 9, ahead of the March 4 release of its third album, "Hi-Fi Serious."

Among other Brit winners seeing increased album sales was pop septet S Club 7, whose third album, "Sunshine," (Polydor) jumped 19-8 after "Don't Stop Movin'" was voted best pop single. Best international newcomer the Strokes saw its debut album, "Is This It" (Rough Trade), rebound 44-18. In a quiet week for new albums, electronica duo Boards Of Canada had the top debut at No. 21 with "Geogaddi."

Pink's "Get The Party Started" (Arista) is in its fourth week at the top of Music & Media's Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally, while Robbie Williams' "Swing When You're Winning" (Chrysalis) returned to the top of the European Top 100 Albums chart.