U2, Comic Relief Top U.K. Charts
The single, also on Mercury, is a remake of Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers' 1983 smash "Islands In The Stream," now credited to Vanessa Jenkins & Bryn West, characters in the BBC's hit comedy series "Gavin & Stacey," as played by Ruth Jones and Rob Brydon. The new version, renamed "(Barry) Islands In The Stream" in reference to the Welsh district in which the series is partly set, features guest appearances by Tom Jones and Robin Gibb, who co-wrote the original with brothers Barry and Maurice. It was produced by veteran sideman Hugh Padgham.
The single release grew from a performance of the song by the characters in the second series of "Gavin & Stacey." The 18 official singles for Comic Relief to date have raised some £5.5 million for the charity, according to the BBC.
"Right Round" (Atlantic) by Flo Rida featuring Ke$ha, which debuted at No. 1 last week, fell to No. 2. Kings of Leon's enduring "Use Somebody" (Hand Me Down/Sony BMG) climbed back into the top ten again, 11-8 in its 25th chart week. "Beautiful" (Universal) by Akon featuring Kardinal Offishall & Colby O'Donis, climbed 13-9 and Oasis' "Falling Down" (Big Brother) was a new entry at No. 10. It's the band's 23rd U.K. top ten single over a period of 14 and a half years. Dance act September's "Can't Get Over" (Hard2Beat) debuted at No. 14 and Beyoncé's "Halo" (Columbia/Sony BMG) climbed 40-20.
U2's continuing album chart reign saw them outdo Annie Lennox's "The Collection" (RCA/Sony BMG), which debuted at No. 2 as her single, a cover of Irish rock band Ash's 2001 top tenner "Shining Light," climbed 50-39. Kelly Clarkson's "All I Ever Wanted" (RCA/Sony BMG) made its album chart debut at No. 3 and Taylor Swift's "Fearless" (Mercury/Universal) opened at No. 5. "Faryl" (Universal Classics & Jazz), by British mezzo-soprano Faryl Smith, started at No. 6.
In a strong week for older-demographic artists, UMTV's "The Very Best of Michael Ball - Past & Present" compilation arrived at No. 11 and another UCJ release, "The Very Best of the Dubliners," at No. 16. The Everly Brothers' new "50 Years of Hits" set (Rhino/Warner Music) was new at No. 23.
The U2 set climbed 15-1 on European Top 100 Albums and Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" (Interscope/Universal) leads Eurochart Hot 100 Singles for a third week.