So Solid Crew Races To No. 1 In The U.K.
London garage collective So Solid Crew -- featuring MCs such as Megaman and Romeo, plus DJs such as Oxide and Dan the Man -- made its expected arrival at the top of the U.K. singles chart yesterday (ALondon garage collective So Solid Crew -- featuring MCs such as Megaman and Romeo, plus DJs such as Oxide and Dan the Man -- made its expected arrival at the top of the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Aug. 12) with "21 Seconds." It sealed a triumphant weekend for Ministry of Sound, the powerhouse dance company which owns the Relentless label, on which it was released.
The news was confirmed while the Ministry of Sound-sponsored Knebworth '01 dance festival, headlined by Jamiroquai, was taking place in Hertfordshire in front of a crowd of 55,000. So Solid Crew's Oxide & Neutrino had their own U.K. No. 1 hit in May 2000 with "Bound 4 Da Reload (Casualty)."
"21 Seconds" is also the third Ministry of Sound No. 1 single in the U.K. in just 11 weeks, after "Do You Really Like It" by DJ Pied Piper and the Masters of Ceremonies, which hit the top in June, also on Relentless. "Another Chance" by Roger Sanchez, went to No. 1 on Ministry's Defected label last month. Both of those singles are still in the top-40 this week.
Atomic Kitten's "Eternal Flame" (Innocent/Virgin) yielded the top spot on the singles survey, but the three-girl Liverpool group achievied its first chart-topping album, with a revamped version of its debut set, "Right Now," which sold more copies in its first week than the previous edition did in total. Upon its initial release last October, the album peaked at No. 39.
Welsh pop-rock band Catatonia entered the album chart at No. 6 with "Paper Scissors Stone" (blanco y negro). The band's last two sets, "International Velvet" in 1998 and "Equally Cursed and Blessed" the following year, debuted at No. 1. J/RCA's O-Town bowed at No. 7 in its first appearance on the U.K. album chart with its self-titled debut set.
Back on the singles tally, there was a No. 3 entry for Jennifer Lopez with "Ain't It Funny," one of two top ten debuts on Epic, whose M.O.P. followed May's No. 4 hit "Cold As Ice" with "Ante Up," new at No. 7.
Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, and Pink still have Europe's favorite song with "Lady Marmalade," which continues to top Music & Media's Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally. French star Manu Chao regains the top slot of the European Top 100 Albums chart with "Proxima Estacion: Esperanza" (Virgin).