Kylie Minogue Tops U.K. Album Chart
Twenty-two years after her first U.K. No. 1 album, Kylie Minogue scored her fifth with "Aphrodite" (Parlophone/EMI), while pop band JLS debuted atop the singles chart with "The Club Is Alive" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment).
The Australian pop icon's first chart-topping album in the U.K. came this very week in 1988 with "Kylie - The Album." The follow-up "Enjoy Yourself" repeated the feat the following year, and Minogue also hit the top with a 1992 "Greatest Hits" set and 2001's "Fever." The first single from the new album, "All The Lovers," fell 3-9 on the Official Charts Company's new data.
Eminem's "Recovery" (Interscope/Universal), No. 1 for the last two weeks, fell to No. 2 on the Official Charts Co's July 11 listing, while Plan B's former chart-topper "The Defamation of Strickland Banks" (679/Atlantic/Warner Music) moved back 4-3. The only other top ten debutant was Enrique Iglesias' "Euphoria" (Interscope/Universal), at No. 6, as his "I Like It" single featuring Pitbull fell 4-6.
Kings of Leon's "Only By The Night" (Hand Me Down/Sony Music Entertaiment) climbed back again, 31-11, in its 94th consecutive week in the published top 75 chart. Enduring Welsh rock band Feeder's seventh studio album "Renegades" (Big Teeth) debuted at No. 16 and Rock Choir's "Rock Choir Vol. 1" (Decca/Universal) at No. 19. I Am Kloot made a No. 24 start with "Sky At Night" (Shepherd Moon/EMI).
The JLS single, the lead track from their as-yet untitled second album, becomes their third U.K. No. 1 following last year's "Beat Again" and "Everybody In Love." Their self-titled debut album, which also topped the U.K. chart last November, rebounded 59-35 on the new chart.
After two weeks at No. 1, Katy Perry's "California Gurls" (Virgin/EMI), featuring Snoop Dogg, fell to No. 2, while "Love The Way You Lie" by Eminem featuring Rihanna improved 6-4. "We Speak No Americano" (Sweat It Out/All Around The World/Universal) by Yolanda Be Cool and Dcup debuted at No. 5, a week after Marco Calliari's rival version for the Tycoon label peaked at No. 26.
"My First Kiss" by Boulder, Colorado dance act 3OH!3 featuring Ke$ha (Asylum/Warner Music) opened at No. 7 and Eliza Doolittle's "Pack Up" (Parlophone/EMI) at No. 12. That follows the British pop ingenue's debut hit "Skinny Genes," which reached No. 22 in April.
On Billboard's current pan-European sales charts, compiled from last week's chart data around the region, the Eminem album is No. 1 for a second week on European Albums and Perry's hit moves 2-1 in European Hot 100 Singles.