Proclaimers Remake Hits No. 1 In U.K.
One single raising money for the BBC's Children in Need appeal replaced another at the top of new U.K. singles chart yesterday (March 25). Scottish duo the Proclaimers' remake of their 1988 hit "I'm GOne single raising money for the BBC's Children in Need appeal replaced another at the top of new U.K. singles chart yesterday (March 25). Scottish duo the Proclaimers' remake of their 1988 hit "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" (EMI), featuring comics Peter Kay and Matt Lucas in their TV characters of Brian Potter and Andy Pipkin respectively, climbed 3-1. It replaced the cover of "Walk This Way" (Fascination/Island) by Sugababes vs. Girls Aloud, which entered last week at No. 1 and now falls to the runner-up spot.
Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend" (Arista) was the highest new entry on the singles chart at No. 3, matching her previous highest-ranked single in the market with "Complicated" in 2002. "Destination Calabria" (Data) by Italian DJ Alex Calabria featuring Crystal Waters climbed 18-5.
It was a good chart for two north of England rock bands. Newcastle's Maximo Park raced 30-9 with "Our Velocity" (Warp), the first single from the new album "Our Earthly Pleasures," out April 2. Birmingham's the Twang scored a debut top 20 hit as "Wide Awake" (B Unique/Polydor) climbed 32-15. Striking one for the capital, London-based quartet Ghosts' "Stay the Night" (Atlantic) jumped 59-25. The Proclaimers' original recording of "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)," on Chrysalis, responding to the publicity surrounding the new version, climbed 37-26 and Hilary Duff's "With Love" (Angel) rose 60-29.
On the album chart, Take That's "Beautiful World" (Polydor) returned to the top in its 17th week, up 2-1 as its total U.K. sales moved past 1.5 million units. Ray Quinn's "Doing It My Way" (Syco Music/Sony BMG), which debuted at No. 1 last week, fell to No. 2, as much-discussed rock newcomers Enter Shikari entered at No. 4 with "Take to the Skies" (Ambush Reality). Nelly Furtado's "Loose" (Mosley/Geffen) took an 11-6 climb and there was a No. 13 debut for Good Charlotte's "Good Morning Revival" (Epic).
"Loose" (Mosley/Geffen) leads European Top 100 Albums for a fourth non-consecutive week, while "The Sweet Escape" (Interscope) by Gwen Stefani featuring Akon tops Eurochart Hot 100 Singles for a third week.