Lily Allen's Allen's "The Fear" (Regal/Parlophone/EMI) and Bruce Springsteen's "Working on a Dream" (Columbia/Sony BMG) retained the No. 1 spots on the new U.K. single and album charts respectively yesterday (Feb. 8).
Allen's single started a second week at the summit ahead of Lady GaGa's former chart-topper "Just Dance" (Interscope/Universal), as grime star Tinchy Stryder's "Take Me Back" (4th & Broadway/Universal) featuring Taio Cruz, rebounded 4-3. "Crack a Bottle" (Interscope/Universal) by Eminem featuring Dr. Dre and 50 Cent debuted at a robust No. 4 and Alesha Dixon's "Breathe Slow" (Asylum/Warner Music) improved 6-5.
Australian vocalist Daniel Merriweather, best known to date for his starring role on Mark Ronson's No. 2 U.K. hit of 2007, the Smiths cover "Stop Me," scored a solo hit of his own as "Change" (Columbia/Sony BMG) entered at No. 8. Also doing well on the new singles survey were Barbados-born singer-rapper Shontelle, whose "T-Shirt" (Universal) climbed 25-13, Pussycat Dolls' "Whatcha Think About That" (Interscope/Universal), up 36-16, and All-American Rejects' "Gives You Hell" (Geffen/Universal), 38-20.