Atomic Kitten Holds Strong On U.K. Singles Chart
Atomic Kitten's "Whole Again" (Innocent/Virgin) on Sunday achieved an unusual feat in the ever-changing U.K. singles market. The song notched a third week at No. 1 on the new U.K. singles chart, holdiAtomic Kitten's "Whole Again" (Innocent/Virgin) on Sunday achieved an unusual feat in the ever-changing U.K. singles market. The song notched a third week at No. 1 on the new U.K. singles chart, holding Wheatus' "Teenage Dirtbag" (Columbia) to a second week at No. 2.
"Whole Again" -- co-written by Andy McCluskey, formerly of 1980s U.K. chart regulars OMD -- is a reworking of a song from the female trio's debut album "Right Now." That set was a modest sales performer that, despite the No. 1 single, slipped 70-74 on the new U.K. album chart. The label is now planning a European relaunch of the album while interest in "Whole Again" is building, especially among radio programmers in Germany and Italy.
The highest-debuting single of the week was the club crossover "American Dream" by Jakatta, released by Rulin after a fierce bidding war between labels for the rights to the track, which includes the theme to the hit movie "American Beauty." Dido, who spent a third week at the top of the U.K. album chart with "No Angel" (Arista), now has her first hit single, as "Here With Me" entered at No. 4; the album also climbed to the top of Music & Media's European Top 100 Albums chart.
This week also brought a happy homecoming for BBMak, which despite the group's substantial U.S. success on the Hollywood label, has remained largely unknown in Britain until now. "Back Here" -- which peaked at No. 37 when first released in the U.K. in August 1999 -- returned to the chart at No. 5.
The Backstreet Boys' "The Call," opened at No. 8, giving the Jive act its 13th top-10 entry here. Two more U.S. acts debut prominently: Debelah Morgan with "Dance With Me" (Atlantic) at No. 10 and rapper Nelly with "E.I." (Universal) at No. 11.
The top new entry on the album chart came from David Gray's "Lost Songs 95-98" (iht/East West) at No. 7, upstaged somewhat by the strong performance of Roy Orbison's latest posthumous chart record. Orbison's "Love Songs" collection on Virgin rose 11-4, his best showing since "Mystery Girl" reached No. 2 in 1989.
Eminem's "Stan" (Interscope) entered a remarkable 11th week atop the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally, although OutKast's LaFace/Arista single "Ms. Jackson" will make it a close race next week, as the recent Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 rose 3-2. Swiss artist DJ Bobo had the top new entry on the pan-European album survey, as "Planet Colors" (Metrovinyl/EAMS/EMI) arrived at No. 15, following a No. 4 debut in Germany and a No. 2 showing in Switzerland.