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Aaliyah Earns Posthumous U.K. No. 1
U.S. R&B star Aaliyah, who died in a plane crash last August, achieved her first U.K. No. 1 single yesterday (Jan. 13). She became the first female artist to make her initial appearance atop the cU.S. R&B star Aaliyah, who died in a plane crash last August, achieved her first U.K. No. 1 single yesterday (Jan. 13). She became the first female artist to make her initial appearance atop the chart posthumously. "More Than a Woman," from her self-titled Blackground/Virgin album, is Aaliyah's biggest hit since "Try Again" reached No. 5 in July 2000.
Aaliyah's success is a poignant postscript to the career of the Brooklyn, N.Y.-born artist, whose previous hit from the current album, "We Need a Resolution," reached No. 20 shortly before her death. "More Than a Woman" was serviced to radio well before Christmas in three different mixes, and has been playlisted by BBC Radio 1 and increasingly at commercial stations.
On the album chart, Welsh rock act Stereophonics completed a remarkable climb back to No. 1 with its third album, "Just Enough Education To Perform" (V2), which sold its millionth U.K. copy in the process. The revival of the set, which debuted at No. 1 last April and has been on the chart for 39 weeks, has been fueled by one of the trio's most successful singles. The group's cover of "Handbags and Gladrags" spent five straight weeks in the top-5 and this week falls 5-10. The track, recorded after the release of the album, was recently added to it, and has helped it rebound in recent weeks.
Rock veteran Gordon Haskell, whose Flying Sparks/East West single "How Wonderful You Are" reached No. 2 on the Christmas singles chart, arrived in the same position on the album survey with "Harry's Bar," the first release in a multi-album deal with East West.
The singles chart regained its usual level of activity after the festive lull, with five other new entries to the top-10 and one massive and highly unusual climb by Australian act Puretone. That group's "Addicted To Bass" (Gusto) had crept into the bottom of the top-75 last week at No. 68 after going on sale before its official Jan. 7 release in a few stores. In its first week of commercial release, the club smash vaulted to No. 2.
Rap father figure Dr. Dre's "Bad Intentions" featuring Knoc-turnal (Interscope/Polydor), from the soundtrack of Dre's "The Wash" movie, arrived at No. 4. The novelty hit "The Whistle Song" by DJ Alligator Project, on the All Around The World label, bowed at No. 5, some two years after its initial European success.
In a week in which club crossover singles play a huge part on the singles scene, the in-demand "It's Love (Trippin')" by Goldtrix presents Angie Brown (AM:PM) entered at No. 6 and "Drifting Away" by Lange featuring Skye (VC Recordings) landed at No. 9. Lange is Stuart Lange, who previously made the pop top-20 in 2000 with "Take My Breath Away" under the name Sureal. In between at No. 8 was "Haters," the latest hit for headline-grabbing U.K. collective So Solid Crew on Relentless/Independiente.
By contrast, the pan-European charts still show no changes at the top, with Kylie Minogue's "Can't Get You Out of My Head" (Parlophone) now in its 16th week at No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, even as the follow-up, "In Your Eyes," begins to attract airplay. Robbie Williams' "Swing When You're Winning" (Chrysalis) chalked up a seventh week in charge of the European Top 100 Albums survey.