Leona Lewis, Westlife Lead U.K. Charts
As Leona Lewis starts a third week at the top of the U.K. singles chart with "Bleeding Love" (Syco Music/Sony BMG), Irish pop staples Westlife's "Back Home" (S/Sony BMG) has become their seventh No. 1As Leona Lewis starts a third week at the top of the U.K. singles chart with "Bleeding Love" (Syco Music/Sony BMG), Irish pop staples Westlife's "Back Home" (S/Sony BMG) has become their seventh No. 1 album in as many years.
"Bleeding Love" stayed ahead of Take That's "Rule the World" (Polydor), which sits at No. 2 for a third week, while "Apologize" (Interscope) by Timbaland presents OneRepublic climbed 4-3. "Valerie" (Columbia) by Mark Ronson featuring Amy Winehouse rebounded 5-4, while the solo version of "Valerie" that Winehouse recorded for the "Live Lounge" feature on BBC Radio 1 DJ Jo Whiley's show jumped 63-37.
Previously released as a B-side, it now generates extra download sales from its inclusion on the "Deluxe Edition" of her multi-platinum "Back to Black" album. That new two-CD edition entered the album chart at No. 22.
The singles survey also offered up an 11th solo top 10 hit for English R&B artist Craig David, as "Hot Stuff (Let's Dance)" (Warner Bros.) climbed 19-7. Alicia Keys' "No One" (J) became her first solo U.K. top 10 hit since her debut "Fallin'" exactly six years ago, with a 26-9 climb.
High profile new singles by Kylie Minogue and the Spice Girls both debuted modestly on initial download sales. Minogue's "2 Hearts" (Parlophone) entered at No. 12 and the Spice Girls' "Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)" (Virgin) followed at No. 20.
RCA's latest Elvis Presley reissue, "In the Ghetto," returned to the U.K. chart after 38 years at No. 13, while Nicole Scherzinger's "Baby Love" (Interscope) climbed 50-14. "Hate That I Love You" (Def Jam) by Rihanna featuring Ne-Yo jumped 24-16.
Westlife's new album success comes eight years since its self-titled full-length debut hit No. 2 in 1999. Their first chart-topper was with "Coast To Coast" in November 2000 and they hit No.1, always with album releases in the last two months of the year, with "World of Our Own" (2001), the 2002 compilation "Unbreakable," 2003's "Turnaround," 2004's "...Allow Us To Be Frank," "Face to Face" in 2005 and "The Love Album" last year.
"Back Home" forced the Eagles' global chart-buster "Long Road Out Of Eden" (Polydor) down to No. 2, as Whitney Houston's "The Ultimate Collection" (Arista) climbed 5-3. Pop band McFly's "Greatest Hits" set (Universal Island) debuted at No. 4 and Boyz II Men, now signed in the U.K. to Decca, made a notable return at No. 8 with "Motown Hitsville U.S.A.," a new collection of Tamla covers. Their 1992 smash "End of the Road" also returned to the singles chart, at No. 43.
Liverpool rock trio the Wombats, in the top 20 two weeks ago with "Let's Dance to Joy Division" (14th Floor), saw their first album "A Guide To Love, Loss and Desperation" enter at No. 11. UCJ's new classical boy band Blake entered at No. 18 with its self-titled debut.
On Billboard's pan-European Top 100 Albums sales chart, Britney Spears' "Blackout" (Jive/Zomba) held off both the Eagles and Eros Ramazzotti's "E2" (Ariola) to debut at No. 1. Rihanna's "Don't Stop the Music" (SRP/Def Jam) is in a second week atop Eurochart Hot 100 Singles