Weller Returns To No. 1 On U.K. Album Chart
Paul Weller claimed a new No. 1 album on the U.K. charts with "22 Dreams" (Universal Island), five years after his last bestseller, "Illumination," and 25 since the Jam, first hit the British summit wPaul Weller claimed a new No. 1 album on the U.K. charts with "22 Dreams" (Universal Island), five years after his last bestseller, "Illumination," and 25 since the Jam, first hit the British summit with "The Gift." Meanwhile, a three-year-old version of a 79-year-old song climbed to the top of the singles chart.
Weller's new album makes its debut a few days after his May 25th 50th birthday. He'll play British and European shows next month and is due to travel to Japan and Australia for dates in August.
Last week's new entry at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart, Usher's "Here I Stand" (LaFace/Sony BMG), fell to No. 5. EMI's "Best Of" compilation of catalog material by Radiohead debuted at No. 4, with Liverpool band the Zutons arriving at No. 6 with their third album, "You Can Do Anything" (Deltasonic/Sony BMG). Danish pop band Alphabeat came in at No. 10 with "This Is Alphabeat" (Charisma/EMI).
The other feature of the new album listing was the ever-expanding success of Neil Diamond, with both new and catalog material. His new set "Home Before Dark" (Columbia/Sony BMG) held at No. 3 while MCA/Universal's re-promoted "The Best Of" climbed 9-7 and the joint venture Columbia/Universal Island set "The Essential Neil Diamond" rose 22-14, to give him three simultaneous top 15 titles.
Rihanna's "Good Girl Gone Bad" (Def Jam/Universal), which last week completed a year on the U.K. chart, soared 59-12 after a deluxe edition hit stores, while Alanis Morissette's "Flavors of Entanglement" (Maverick/Warner Bros.) entered at No. 15.
The new No. 1 single is British dance outfit Mint Royale's dance adaptation of the classic 1929 Arthur Freed/Nacio Herb Brown composition "Singin' in the Rain." Released by the duo of Neil Claxton and Chris Baker on Direction in 2005, it was a No. 20 hit in September of that year.
It re-charted last week at No. 28 after being featured in the routine of 14-year-old dancer George Sampson, who on May 31 won the final of the BBC TV series "Britain's Got Talent."
Rihanna's "Take a Bow" (Def Jam/Universal), No. 1 for the last two weeks, fell to No. 2, and its predecessor at the top, the Ting Tings' "That's Not My Name" (Columbia/Sony BMG), slid 2-3. Ne-Yo's "Closer" (Def Jam/Universal) climbed 7-5, Sara Bareilles' "Love Song" (Columbia/Sony BMG) rose 15-6 and Gabriella Cilmi's "Sweet About Me" (Universal Island) was up 14-7 in its 14th chart week.
On Billboard's pan-European charts, Duffy regained control of European Top 100 Albums with "Rockferry" (A&M/Universal), as Madonna's run atop Eurochart Hot 100 Singles with "4 Minutes" featuring Justin Timberlake extended to seven weeks.