British girl power has ended Limp Bizkit's supremacy on the U.K.'s singles and album charts after just seven days. Female trio Atomic Kitten knocked Limp Bizkit off the top of the singles chart, while
British girl power has ended Limp Bizkit's supremacy on the U.K.'s singles and album charts after just seven days. Female trio Atomic Kitten knocked Limp Bizkit off the top of the singles chart, while Dido did the deed on the albums side. For Atomic Kitten, "Whole Again" (Innocent/Virgin) is their first No. 1 single. For Dido, "No Angel" (Arista) raced from No. 9 to the top of the album chart, just ahead of her first solo London shows this week (Feb. 7-8).
Atomic Kitten had scored three straight top-10 singles since launching in December 1999, with "Right Now" (No. 10), "See Ya" (No. 6 last April), and "I Want Your Love" (No. 10 in July), although its star had appeared to be fading after October's "Follow Me" stalled at No. 20. "Whole Again" is also a triumph for its co-writer Andy McCluskey, well-known as a member of erstwhile U.K. chart regulars Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark. OMD scored seven top-10 entries between 1980 and 1991, but the new hit is his first No. 1 as a writer.
U2's "Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of" (Universal/Island) entered the new singles sales chart at No. 2, with Mya's long-running U.S. hit "Case Of The Ex" (Interscope/Polydor) new at No. 3. There were also top-10 entries for "Chase The Sun," at No. 5 by Virgin trio Planet Funk, and at No. 8 for "Shining Light" (Infectious) by Irish modern rockers Ash. It's their first top-10 hit since "A Life Less Ordinary" reached No. 10 in October 1997.
Beneath Dido on the album chart, the Beatles" "1" (Apple/Parlophone) fell out of the top-10 for the first time, dropping 7-11, while Virgin's new Roy Orbison compilation, "Love Songs," arrived at No. 19. "Songbird" by the late U.S. singer Eva Cassidy, which has been "bubbling" close to the published top-75 for some months, finally made its official debut at No. 33 via Blix Street.
Around Europe, Eminem's epic run at the top of Music & Media's Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally extended into a ninth week with "Stan" (Interscope), although Outkast's "Ms. Jackson" (LaFace/Arista) came on strong with an 11-3 climb. Usher had the highest new entry with "Pop Ya Collar" at No. 9. "1" fell from the top of the European Top 100 Albums survey, on which Jennifer Lopez entered at No. 1 with "J. Lo" (Epic).