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Reunited Irish boy band Boyzone's "Brother" (Polydor/Universal), named for the memory of their colleague Stephen Gatley, who died suddenly last October, debuted at the top of the new U.K. album chart. South London rapper Tinie Tempah's "Pass Out" (Parlophone/EMI) started a second week at No. 1 on the singles survey.
The Boyzone album had been behind Gorillaz' "Plastic Beach" (Parlophone/EMI) earlier in the sales week, but forged ahead by the end of Saturday night with total sales of 101,000, according to the Official Chart Company. "Brother," which features Gatley's last recorded vocals, was completed by his Boyzone bandmates in tribute to "Steo," as they knew him.
That victory denied EMI a double chart victory in both singles and album charts last night (March 14). The Gorillaz album, which has had strong reviews in the U.K. media, thus narrowly failed to match the No. 1 debut of its predecessor "Demon Days" in June 2006. The "virtual band" reached No. 3 with their self-titled debut album in 2001.
Scottish singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald, who sold an estimated 3 million copies worldwide of her 2007 debut album "This Is The Life," opened at No. 4 with the Mercury/Universal follow-up "A Curious Thing." Michael Bublé's "Crazy Love" (Reprise/Warner Music) rebounded 14-6 and there was a No. 10 debut for the original cast recording of Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical "Love Never Dies" (Really Useful/Polydor/Universal).
British R&B singer Lemar's "The Hits" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) arrived at No. 18. Meanwhile on the OCC's separate compilation album chart, Sony Music's "Forever Friends - Mum In A Million" climbed 10-1 on Mothers' Day.
Tinie Tempah's second week at the singles summit saw him sell 64,000 more copies of "Pass Out," for a running total of 156,000. With Rihanna's "Rude Boy" (Def Jam/Universal) steady at No. 2, there was a new entry at No. 3 for another Def Jam single, "Baby" by Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris.
New in the top ten were Australian singer-songwriter Gabriella Cilmi's "On A Mission" (Universal Isand) at No. 9 and English pop/R&B artist McLean's first hit "My Name" (Asylum/Warner Music) at No. 10. "Telephone" (Interscope/Universal) by Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé climbed 31-12.
Sade's "Soldier of Love" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) is in a fourth week atop Billboard's European Albums chart. Meanwhile on Hot 100 Singles, in a close-fought race, Belgian singer-songwriter Stromae's "Alors On Danse" (Mosaert/Vertigo/Universal) jumped 13-1 to unseat Ke$ha's "Tik Tok" (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment).