Michael Jackson yesterday (Nov. 4) proved that he's "Invincible" in the U.K. His Epic album "Invincible" went straight to the top of the country's album chart, earning him his seventh British No. 1 al

Michael Jackson yesterday (Nov. 4) proved that he's "Invincible" in the U.K. His Epic album "Invincible" went straight to the top of the country's album chart, earning him his seventh British No. 1 album as a solo artist. Jackson also has three songwriting credits in the top-40 of the U.K. singles chart.

The album's lead single, "You Rock My World," is at No. 16, while Alien Ant Farm's rock version of Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" at No. 17. They are now joined at No. 21 by 2Pac's latest posthumous hit, "Letter 2 My Unborn" (Interscope/Polydor), which samples another track from Jackson's "Bad" album, "Liberian Girl."

Switching to singles, Afroman's "Because I Got High" (Universal Island) started a third week as the U.K.'s No. 1. The rest of the top-5 of the chart were all new entries, with dance crossover "Rapture" by IIO (Data) new at No. 2. Pronounced "eye-o," the group is the creation of producer Markus Moore, and the track, from the upcoming "Poetica" album, features vocals by 18-year-old Nadia. Alicia Keys, climbing 11-7 on the album chart with "Songs in A Minor" (J), made her U.K. singles chart debut with "Fallin'" at No. 3.

Jennifer Lopez debuted at No. 4 with her recent Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper "I'm Real" (Epic) and modern rock favorites the Dandy Warhols scored their first U.K. top-10 single, as a reissue of "Bohemian Like You" (Capitol) hit No. 5. The track has had a recent boost in profile via its use in a TV commercial for telephone company Vodaphone, and "Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth," a No. 13 hit in May 1998, as their biggest U.K. hit ever.

The album chart contained several other big new entries, with U.K. R&B trio Mis-teeq new at No. 3 with "Lickin' on Both Sides" (Inferno/Telstar), a debut set containing the group's three top-10 singles. Backstreet Boys' "Greatest Hits Chapter One" (Jive) entered at No. 5, followed by tenor Russell Watson at No. 6 with "Encore" (Decca), his follow-up to "The Voice," which has sold 1 million copies in the U.K. alone, according to his label.

Across Europe, Kylie Minogue's "Can't Get You Out of My Head" (Parlophone) starts a sixth week at No. 1 on Music & Media's Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally, on which the top five titles are unchanged. Her album, "Fever," begins a fourth week in control of the European Top 100 Albums chart, on which Interscope's "Moulin Rouge" soundtrack rockets 20-5.

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