Pop septet S Club 7 scored its third U.K. No. 1 single yesterday (April 29) with "Don't Stop Movin'" (Polydor). But the most notable chart achievement to many observers came from Irish rockers Ash, wh
Pop septet S Club 7 scored its third U.K. No. 1 single yesterday (April 29) with "Don't Stop Movin'" (Polydor). But the most notable chart achievement to many observers came from Irish rockers Ash, whose third album, "Free All Angels," (Infectious) went straight to the top, ahead of the latest album by international star Janet Jackson.
Aside from holding Jackson to a No. 2 debut with her new Virgin album "All for You," the feat is noteworthy because after a chart-topping debut as teenagers five years ago with "1977," Ash had suffered something of a commercial disappointment with the 1998 follow-up "Nu-Clear Sounds." While that set reached No. 7, it was in and out of the chart in four weeks.
As for S Club 7, the new hit proves that the group has successfully overcome the negative publicity surrounding the March arrest and caution of its three male constituents for cannabis possession in, and gives the regular hitmakers a second consecutive No. 1 after last December's "Never Had a Dream Come True." The group first hit No. 1 in the U.K. with its debut single "Bring It All Back" in June 1999.
Defying the British trend towards ever-younger chart protagonists, Depeche Mode came in at No. 6 with "Dream On," the lead single from its new Mute album "Exciter." It's the 12th domestic top-10 hit for the durable English rock band, which recently marked 20 years since its first U.K. single, "Dreaming of Me."
While Destiny's Child were forced back to No. 2 after a week at the top in the U.K. with the Columbia single "Survivor," the group is moving in the opposite direction on Music & Media's Eurochart Hot 100 Singles survey. "Survivor" climbed 7-2 behind Shaggy's "It Wasn't Me" (MCA), which is No. 1 for a sixth week.
Dido's "No Angel" (Cheeky/Arista) moved into its 11th week in charge of the European Top 100 Albums chart, on which Stereophonics' "Just Enough Education to Perform" (V2) moves up 8-4.