Beyonce, Shakira And Avril Overtake U.K. Charts
Beyonce and Shakira's "Beautiful Liar" (Columbia) climbed 5-1 on the new U.K. singles chart yesterday (April 22), becoming the second No. 1 in the territory for each of the singers (but Beyonce's fiftBeyonce and Shakira's "Beautiful Liar" (Columbia) climbed 5-1 on the new U.K. singles chart yesterday (April 22), becoming the second No. 1 in the territory for each of the singers (but Beyonce's fifth including her work with Destiny's Child). Meanwhile, Avril Lavigne's "The Best Damn Thing" (RCA) entered the album chart at No. 1, her third consecutive chart-topping album here.
Both duet partners on "Beautiful Liar" last topped the U.K. singles chart last summer, when "Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean replaced "Deja Vu" by Beyonce featuring Jay-Z at No. 1. "Liar" held off the Arctic Monkeys' "Brianstorm" (Domino) from the new summit, as that cut made an 11-2 surge. Also climbing into the top 10 were Ne-Yo's "Because of You" (Island Def Jam) 18-6, Natasha Bedingfield's "I Wanna Have Your Babies" (Phonogenic/Sony BMG) 15-7 and Coventry band the Enemy's "Away From Here" (Warner Bros.) 52-8.
In the chart teens, there was a new No. 16 hit for Irish band Ash with "You Can't Have It All" (Infectious), a 33-17 climb for the prolific Akon with "Don't Matter" (Universal) and a 32-18 improvement for Mika's second hit "Love Today" (Casablanca/Universal Island).
Lavigne leads the album countdown with first-week sales for "The Best Damn Thing" of 60,000. Producer-turned-hitmaker Mark Ronson, whose "Stop Me" single featuring Daniel Merriweather reached No. 2 last week, debuted in that position with his Columbia album "Version," which also features contributions by Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, Robbie Williams and Kasabian. Kings Of Leon's "Because of the Times" (Hand Me Down/Sony BMG), No. 1 for the last two weeks, fell to No. 3.
Nine Inch Nails got a No. 6 entry with "Year Zero" (Interscope) and there was a No. 14 start for Dutch electronica star Tiesto's "Elements of Life" (Nebula).
There was a notable double for Nelly Furtado on Billboard's new weekly composite charts. Her "Loose" (Mosley/Geffen) is in a sixth consecutive week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums, and eighth in total, while "Give It to Me" (Interscope) by Timbaland, on which Furtado features with Justin Timberlake, soared 24-1 on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles roundup.