Aretha Franklin Dies
Take That, Westlife Ascend To No. 1 On U.K. Charts
As their reunion album "Beautiful World" was being released by Polydor today (Nov. 27), Take That were celebrating a new No. 1 single, as the lead track "Patience" climbed 4-1 on the singles chart.As their reunion album "Beautiful World" was being released by Polydor today (Nov. 27), Take That were celebrating a new No. 1 single, as the lead track "Patience" climbed 4-1 on the singles chart. On the album survey, blockbuster new collections by Oasis, the Beatles and U2 were all upstaged by Irish hitmakers Westlife, whose "The Love Album" (S/Sony BMG) opened at No. 1.
"Patience" becomes Take That's ninth U.K. No. 1, 10 years and nine months since the eighth, a cover of the Bee Gees' "How Deep Is Your Love," and almost 13-and-a-half years since they first topped the list with "Pray." Emma Bunton, formerly a member of another of the Spice Girls, had the big climber in the top 10, vaulting 24-3 with her cover of Petula Clark's 1964 pop standard "Downtown." The new version, released by 19 via Universal, is this year's official song of the BBC's Children In Need appeal.
There was little other significant movement in the top 10, with Girls Aloud's "Something Kinda Ooh" (Fascination/Polydor) and Razorlight's "America" (Vertigo) both climbing again, 12-9 and 14-10 respectively. New entries outside the top 10 included Nelly Furtado's "All Good Things (Come to An End)" (Geffen) at No. 13, Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Snow (Hey Oh)" at No. 16, the Feeling's "Love It When You Call" (Universal Island) at No. 18 and Booty Luv's "Boogie 2nite" (Hed Kandi) at No. 19.
Westlife's triumph represents their sixth chart-topping album and was achieved despite media speculation last week that the No. 1 spot would be a race between Oasis' "Stop The Clocks" compilation (Big Brother) and the Beatles' "Love" (Apple/Parlophone). Those two heavy hitters came onto the chart at No. 2 and No.3 respectively, leaving U2's new "U218 Singles" collection (Mercury) with a No .4 debut. George Michael's "Twenty Five" (Aegean/Sony BMG), which arrived at No. 1 last week, fell to No. 5.
On the composite European sales charts, Michael's "Twenty Five" opened at the top of the European Top 100 Albums chart with initial pan-European shipments of close to 450,000, according to the label. "Smack That" (Universal) by Akon featuring Eminem climbed 6-1 on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally.