Eminem Beats Tom Jones to Retain U.K. Chart Summit
As Eminem's "Recovery" (Interscope/Universal) saw off a strong challenge from Tom Jones' "Praise and Blame" (Universal Island) to start a fifth aggregate week as the U.K.'s No. 1 album, new boy band The Wanted scored an instant chart-topping single with "All Time Low" (Geffen/Universal).
Jones' album had been ahead in earlier midweek sales data from the Official Charts Company, prompting Island to issue a press release last Tuesday (27) saying that the Welsh singer was "set to be the oldest male musician to have a U.K. No. 1 album." But "Recovery" overtook "Praise and Blame" later in the week to give Eminem a third consecutive and fifth aggregate week at the top.
But the gospel-flavored "Praise" set is still Jones' best showing on the U.K. chart since a "Greatest Hits" set reached No. 2 in 2003; his last studio release to chart as highly was "Reload," which debuted at the top in Oct. 1999 and returned there the following May and June.
With Plan B's "The Defamation of Strickland Banks" (679/Atlantic/Warner Music) holding at No. 3, Eliza Doolittle's self-titled debut for Parlophone/EMI climbed 5-4. Californian rock band Avenged Sevenfold scored a career-high No. 5 debut with "Nightmare" (Warner Bros.) while Michael Bublé's "Crazy Love" (Reprise/Warner Music) and Paolo Nutini's "Sunny Side Up" (Atlantic/Warner Music) rose again, 21-10 and 14-11 respectively.
"xx" (Young Turks) by British indie band the xx, which moved back 44-16 last week in the wake of their Mercury Music Prize nomination, reached another new high of No. 13. Jason Derulo's eponymous Beluga Heights/Warner Bros./Warner Music album climbed 25-15 and former "X Factor" contestants Jedward saw their "Planet Jedward" debut (Absolute) enter at No. 17.
The Wanted's No. 1 singles debut represents a perfect pop launch, with the five-piece band having formed in London last year following extensive auditions. "All Time Low" was co-written and produced by pop maestro Steve Mac (Il Divo, Westife, Susan Boyle) and precedes a debut album by the Wanted due later in the year.
Last week's No. 1 single, "We Speak No Americano" (Sweat It Out/All Around The World/UMTV) by Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup, fell to No. 2 as "Billionaire" (Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen) by Travie McCoy featuring Bruno Mars entered at No. 3. "Love The Way You Lie" (Interscope/Universal Music) by Eminem featuring Rihanna fell 2-4 as Flo Rida's "Club Can't Handle Me" (Atlantic/Warner Music), featuring the ubiquitous David Guetta, opened at No. 5.
There were two further top ten debuts in the singles chart, for "One (Your Name)" (Virgin/EMI) by Swedish House Mafia featuring Pharrell at No. 7, and "I Need Air" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) by Magnetic Man featuring Angela Hunte at No. 10.
On Billboard's pan-European charts, Eminem's "Recovery" (Interscope/Universal) is in a fourth aggregate week atop European Albums, while the new Hot 100 Singles No. 1 is Shakira's official song of the recent FIFA soccer World Cup, "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment), featuring Freshlyground.