Robbie Reigns Supreme On U.K. Charts
Robbie Williams ended the year as the undisputed king of the U.K.'s seasonal bestsellers charts, the final editions of which were released yesterday (Dec. 30). Having secured the Christmas No. 1 positRobbie Williams ended the year as the undisputed king of the U.K.'s seasonal bestsellers charts, the final editions of which were released yesterday (Dec. 30). Having secured the Christmas No. 1 positions on both the singles and album charts seven days earlier, the Chrysalis-signed British superstar held down both slots for another week. It's the third week at the summit for the single "Somethin' Stupid" (a duet with Nicole Kidman) and a sixth week at No. 1 for the parent album, "Swing When You're Winning."
"Somethin' Stupid" had last week held off the challenge of veteran singer/songwriter Gordon Haskell's leftfield hit ballad "How Wonderful You Are" (Flying Sparks/East West), which entered at No. 2 and this week falls back a place. Haskell, who started his career in the 1960s and was a member of King Crimson for a brief period in 1970, has signed a lucrative multi-album deal with East West, for whom he releases the album "Harry's Bar" in the U.K. on Jan. 7. The former chart-topper "Gotta Get Thru This" by Daniel Bedingfield (Relentless) moves back up 3-2.
"Somethin' Stupid," meanwhile, has now outdone the U.K. performance of Frank and Nancy Sinatra's original version, which topped the chart for two weeks in April 1967 and led The Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks. Behind the "Swing When You're Winning" album on the chart are Gabrielle's "Dreams Can Come True" compilation (Go Beat/Polydor) at No. 2 and "All Rise," the debut Innocent/Virgin set by boy band Blue, at No. 3. Anastacia's sophomore Epic album "Freak of Nature," in its fifth week on the survey, makes the top-10 for the first time with a 15-9 climb.