Kylie Minogue's "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" (Parlophone) begins a second week as the U.K.'s No. 1 single after holding off the challenge of pop quintet Steps' cover of the 1986 Diana Ross chart-top
Kylie Minogue's "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" (Parlophone) begins a second week as the U.K.'s No. 1 single after holding off the challenge of pop quintet Steps' cover of the 1986 Diana Ross chart-topper, "Chain Reaction" (Ebul/Jive). The Australian chanteuse's continuing success paves the way for the release today (Oct. 1) of her new album, "Fever."
The new singles survey also contained prominent new entries for City High's former U.S. top-10 hit "What Would You Do" (Interscope) at No. 4 and Liberty's "Thinking It Over" (Public Demand/V2) at No. 5. Liberty is a quintet comprising the five runner-ups on the U.K. version of the hit TV series "Popstars." The winners, of course, are collectively now better known as Hear'Say.
There was also a No. 8 debut for U.S. hip-hop star Mary J. Blige with "Family Affair" (MCA), representing her highest singles showing in Britain as a soloist since "Everything" reached No. 6 in August 1997. Blige did hit the top-10 guesting with George Michael on "As" (No. 4 in March 1999) and Wyclef Jean's "911" (No. 9 last December).
Elton John's "I Want Love" (Rocket/Mercury) debuts strongly at No. 9, his first solo top-10 single since "Candle in the Wind 1997"/"Something About the Way You Look Tonight" began its journey to becoming the biggest-selling single of all time. "I Want Love" marks his first top-10 showing as a soloist that isn't a re-recording or a cover since "The One" hit No. 10 in 1992. All told, it is also his 26th U.K. top-10 entry.
On the U.K. album chart, there's something of a surprise return to No. 1 for Dido with "No Angel," as the Cheeky/Arista set rebounds to the top in its 50th chart week. It's an all-female top-3, with Macy Gray's "The Id" (Epic) dropping down a notch to No. 2, and highest new entry, "The Tracy Chapman Collection" (Elektra/East West) kicking in at No. 3.
Across Europe, the Kylie Minogue single debuts at No. 1 on Music & Media's Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally, also fueled by a No. 2 entry in Italy, No. 3 in Germany and Norway, and No. 4 in Austria. Jamiroquai's "A Funk Odyssey" (Sony S2) is in its third week at the peak of the European Top 100 Albums chart.