Kingston, Faulkner Lead The Pack On U.K. Charts
Sean Kingston's former Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper "Beautiful Girls" (RCA) moved up 2-1 on the new U.K. singles chart yesterday (Sept. 2), and the top 10 included climbers by Plain White Ts, RihannSean Kingston's former Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper "Beautiful Girls" (RCA) moved up 2-1 on the new U.K. singles chart yesterday (Sept. 2), and the top 10 included climbers by Plain White Ts, Rihanna and Freaks and a new entry for James Blunt. Newton Faulkner's "Dream Catch Me" (Ugly Truth/Sony BMG) started a second week at the top of the album chart.
Kanye West's "Stronger" (Def Jam/Universal), which topped the singles survey for the last two weeks, fell to No. 2, while "Hey There Delilah" (Hollywood/Angel) by Plain White Ts climbed 6-3 in its seventh chart week, after falling from No. 5 last week. Rihanna's "Shut Up and Drive" (Def Jam/Universal), which has spent six weeks on the chart thanks to download sales and last week dipped 14-16, jumped to No. 5 after its physical release.
Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry" (A&M/Universal) moved back 9-8 in its 11th chart week ,while Freaks' dance hit "The Creeps (Get on the Dancefloor)" (Azuli) climbed 21-9. James Blunt's "1973" (Atlantic) debuted at No. 10.
RCA's latest weekly Elvis Presley reissue resulted in a No. 14 debut for "Hound Dog," almost 31 years after the song reached No. 2 in the U.K. British rapper Kano climbed 24-18 with "This Is the Girl" (679), which features U.K. R&B star Craig David. U.K. trio Scouting For Girls enjoyed a No. 19 entry with "She's So Lovely" (Epic/Song BMG) and K.T. Tunstall's "Hold On" (Relentless/Virgin/EMI) bounced back 39-21 following physical release.
The success of Faulkner's debut album is causing international interest in the London singer/songwriter. He's signed via Ugly Truth to Sony BMG for the world, and Billboard understands that a deal with one of the major's labels for U.S. release is imminent.
Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" (Universal Island) moved up 3-2 on the new album survey and labelmate Mika's "Life In Cartoon Motion" rose 5-3, while Rihanna's "Good Girl Gone Bad" got a 12-6 boost and Leeds band Pigeon Detectives improved 9-7 with "Wait for Me" (Dance To The Radio). Paolo Nutini's long-running "These Streets" (Atlantic) climbed 10-9 in its 59th week.
Super Furry Animals opened at No. 11 with "Hey Venus!," their eighth studio album and first for Rough Trade. "Photograph -- The Very Best of Ringo Starr" (Apple/Capitol) debuted at No. 26 to give the former Beatle his first U.K. album chart appearance for more than 32 and a half years, and highest since "Ringo" reached No. 7 at the end of 1973.
Billboard's new European Top 100 Albums listing shows a fifth week at No. 1 for "Life in Cartoon Motion," while Timbaland's "The Way I Are" (Interscope) featuring DOE and Keri Hilson leads Eurochart Hot 100 Singles for a second week.