Mika, The View Reign Supreme On U.K. Charts
Lebanese discovery Mika started a second week at No. 1 on the new U.K. singles chart yesterday with "Grace Kelly" (Universal Island). Meanwhile, Scottish rock quartet the View followed their top threeLebanese discovery Mika started a second week at No. 1 on the new U.K. singles chart yesterday with "Grace Kelly" (Universal Island). Meanwhile, Scottish rock quartet the View followed their top three single "Same Jeans" (1965) by debuting at the top of the album chart with "Hats Off to the Buskers."
With singer-rapper Just Jack's "Starz in Their Eyes" (Mercury) holding at No. 2 on the singles survey, there was an 11-3 climb for Mason's dance crossover featuring Princess Superstar, "Exceeder" (Boss). Fall Out Boy's "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" (Mercury) debuted at No. 6 and, with JoJo's "Too Little Too Late" still at No. 4, the Mercury label bagged four of the week's top six singles.
London rock trio Klaxons, whose "Golden Skans" (Polydor) edged up 16-14 last week, sped to No. 7, as their "Myths of the Near Future" album went on sale today (Jan. 29). My Chemical Romance, whose "Famous Last Words" (Reprise) had climbed 68-38 last week on download sales, raced to No. 8 after physical release.
U.K. indie rockers Bloc Party returned to the singles chart at No. 13 with "The Prayer" (Wichita), ahead of next week's (Feb. 5) release of their sophomore album, "A Weekend in the City," produced by Jacknife Lee. Denver's the Fray climbed 29-16 with their top three U.S. hit "How To Save a Life" (Epic) and Sheffield's Little Man Tate scored a first top 20 success with "Sexy in Latin" (V2), from the album "About What You Know," which is out today.
The View's impressive debut album success kept Damon Albarn's new band off the top, as the eponymous "The Good the Bad & the Queen" (Honest Jon's) entered at No. 2. Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" (Universal Island), No. 1 for the last two weeks, fell to No. 3. Keane's double platinum "Under the Iron Sea" (Universal Island) climbed 24-8 in its 33rd week, as new single "A Bad Dream" moved 61-23.
There are new titles atop both of Billboard's pan-European sales charts, as Italian singer Carla Bruni's "No Promises" (Naive) starts at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums and Christina Aguilera's "Hurt" (RCA/Sony BMG) moves 3-1 on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles roundup.