Local boy bands rule the new U.K. sales charts, as English quartet Blue went straight to the top of the singles survey yesterday (Nov. 18) with "If You Come Back" (Innocent/Virgin) and Irish five-piec

Local boy bands rule the new U.K. sales charts, as English quartet Blue went straight to the top of the singles survey yesterday (Nov. 18) with "If You Come Back" (Innocent/Virgin) and Irish five-piece Westlife follow last week's bestselling single, "Queen of My Heart," with the No. 1 album "World of Our Own" (RCA).

It's Blue's second straight chart-topping single, following the group's September cover of Next's "Too Close." The band's first album, titled after its June debut hit "All Rise," follows next Monday (Nov. 26). Westlife's latest success is its second No. 1 album debut, following last year's "Coast to Coast," and gave the group the satisfaction of beating off competition from no fewer than five heavy-hitting compilations.

Madonna's "GHV2" (Maverick) was the top seller among these, arriving at No. 2 on the album chart, while Universal artists weighed in with two top-5 debuts: Gabrielle at No. 3 with "Dreams Can Come True -- Greatest Hits Vol. 1" (Go.Beat/Polydor) and the Bee Gees at No. 5 with "Their Greatest Hits: The Record" (Polydor). "The Story So Far: The Very Best of Rod Stewart" (Warner Bros.) came in at No. 7 and erstwhile British chart regulars the Beautiful South landed at No. 10 with the Go! Discs collection "Solid Bronze -- Great Hits."

Back among the singles, Destiny's Child provided the Bee Gees with their latest songwriting success as their cover of Samantha Sang's 1978 hit "Emotion," penned by the Gibb brothers, entered at No. 3. WildCard/Polydor's multi-platinum English duo the Lighthouse Family opened at No. 6 with "(I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be) Free/One," which combines a well-known jazz theme by Billy Taylor with U2's ballad anthem, and sets up the release today (Nov. 19) of the pair's new album, "Whatever Gets You Through the Day."

Meanwhile, Kylie Minogue's Parlophone smash "Can't Get You Out of My Head" is now in its eighth week at No. 1 on Music & Media's Eurochart Hot 100 Singles survey, on which Spanish heartthrob Enrique Iglesias is the latest challenger, as "Hero" (Interscope) climbs 7-3.

Iglesias also races 31-5 on the European Top 100 Albums chart with "Escape," while Michael Jackson's "Invincible" (Epic) holds on to No. 1 ahead of strong debuts at positions 2 through 4, respectively. Britney Spears' "Britney" (Jive) lands at No. 2, Pink Floyd's "Echoes" (EMI) at No. 3, and Sting's "... All This Time" (A&M) at No. 4.

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