Proclaimers, Take That Hold Strong On U.K. Charts
The Proclaimers' Comic Relief fundraiser "(I'm Gonna Be) 500 Miles" (EMI), featuring comic characters Brian Potter and Andy Pipkin, started a second week atop the U.K. singles chart yesterday (April 1The Proclaimers' Comic Relief fundraiser "(I'm Gonna Be) 500 Miles" (EMI), featuring comic characters Brian Potter and Andy Pipkin, started a second week atop the U.K. singles chart yesterday (April 1), while Take That's "Beautiful World" (Polydor) again leads the album survey.
The Proclaimers' track stayed ahead of Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend" (Arista), which moved 3-2 to become her highest-charting U.K. single. "The Sweet Escape" (Interscope) by Gwen Stefani featuring Akon moved back 4-3 while "Destination Calabria" (Data) by Alex Gaudino featuring Crystal Waters improved 5-4.
The Fray's "How To Save a Life" (Epic), now in its ninth week in the U.K. top 10, edged back 6-5 while Fergie's former Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 "Glamorous" (A&M) climbed 10-6. Also turning around after falling last week were the Kaiser Chiefs' "Ruby" (B Unique/Polydor), 8-7, Justin Timberlake's "What Goes Around Comes Around" (Jive), 12-9, Mika's "Grace Kelly" (Casablanca/Island), 11-10, and Calvin Harris' "Acceptable in the 80s" (Columbia), 16-12.
The big climber on the new singles chart was Seamus Haji's remake of Indeep's 1983 hit "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life" (Apollo), featuring Kay Jay, which rose 38-13. Kings Of Leon enjoyed a No. 18 entry with "On Call" (Hand Me Down/Sony BMG) and former Spice Girl Melanie C arrived at No. 24 with the latest chart cover of "I Want Candy" (Red Girl).
Take That's album chart crown was challenged by Elton John's new compilation "Rocket Man -- The Definitive Hits" (Mercury), which debuted at No. 2 on sales of 31,000. The collection, which comes only four years after his "Greatest Hits 1970-2002" set reached No. 3 in the U.K., was released to mark John's 60th birthday on March 25.
Elektra/Rhino's new "Very Best of the Doors" compilation entered at No. 15, some six-and-a-half years after "The Best of the Doors" reached No. 9. Veteran British rock act Machine Head opened at No. 16 with "The Blackening" (R).
On Billboard's pan-European sales compilation charts, Nelly Furtado's "Loose" (Mosley/Geffen) is No. 1 for a fifth non-consecutive week, while Timberlake's single is the new No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 10 Singles, up from No. 6.