Kaiser Chiefs, Winehouse Lead U.K. Charts
Kaiser Chiefs scored their first U.K. No. 1 single yesterday (Feb. 25) as "Ruby" (B-Unique/Polydor) moved 2-1. Amy Winehouse returned to the top of the album chart 2-1 with "Back to Black" (UniversalKaiser Chiefs scored their first U.K. No. 1 single yesterday (Feb. 25) as "Ruby" (B-Unique/Polydor) moved 2-1. Amy Winehouse returned to the top of the album chart 2-1 with "Back to Black" (Universal Island).
"Ruby" reached the top in the week that the track hit stores as a physical single, after two weeks on release as a download in which it held at No. 2. The Leeds-based group, whose previous best placing on the U.K. chart was No. 6 with "Oh My God" in March 2005, release their second album, "Yours Truly, Angry Mob," in the U.K. today.
"Lil Star" (Virgin) by Kelis featuring Cee-Lo, also released on CD last week after four weeks on the chart as a download, leapt 15-3 to give the American singer her biggest British hit since "Millionaire" also reached No. 3 in autumn 2004. The Fray's "How To Save a Life" (Epic) moved back 7-5, "The Sweet Escape" (Interscope) by Gwen Stefani featuring Akon climbed 8-7 and English pop singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor's "Catch You" (Fascination/Polydor) jumped 24-8 to become her sixth solo top 10 hit.
Beyonce's "Listen" (Columbia), which reached No. 31 two weeks ago before dipping to No. 51, bounced back to No. 16. Winehouse's "Rehab," which was boosted back to No. 22 last week after a performance at the 2007 BRIT Awards ceremony, climbed again to No. 18 in its 19th chart week. The dance crossover "Dare Me (Stupidisco)" (Defected) by Junior Jack featuring Shena rocketed 64-20.
Winehouse returns to the top of the album chart with "Back To Black" after topping that list for two weeks in January. She ends Mika's two-week stint at No. 1 with "Life in Cartoon Motion" (Universal Island), as that debut set falls to No. 2.
The Fray's "How To Save a Life" album nudged into the chart on import and download sales two weeks ago at No. 72 and now, after full release, charges back to No. 4. Several long-running titles jump back into the top 10, with the Killers' "Sam's Town" (Vertigo) up 13-6, Lily Allen's "Alright, Still" (Regal/Parlophone) 12-7, Nelly Furtado's "Loose" 18-9 and the Fratellis' "Costello Music" (Universal Island) 14-10.
Johnny Cash, who would have been 75 today, gets a "new" top 20 album in the U.K. as Legacy/Sony BMG's expanded version of his 1969 No. 2 British success "Johnny Cash at San Quentin" reappears at No. 20.
Norah Jones and Nelly Furtado again have the top titles on Billboard's pan-European sales charts. Jones' "Not Too Late" (Blue Note/Parlophone) is in its third week atop Top 100 Albums while Furtado's "All Good Things (Come To An End)" (Mosley/Geffen) leads Eurochart Hot 100 Singles for the fourth week in a row and fifth in total.