Scissor Sisters Not Budging On U.K. Charts
Polydor's Scissor Sisters scored a double on the U.K. sales charts for the second consecutive week, starting a fourth week at No. 1 with the single "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" and second with the albuPolydor's Scissor Sisters scored a double on the U.K. sales charts for the second consecutive week, starting a fourth week at No. 1 with the single "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" and second with the album "Ta-Dah."
Universal labels staged a lock-out at the top of the album chart, as Scottish band the Fratellis spent a third straight week at No. 2 with "Costello Music" (Universal Island) and Razorlight's self-titled second album for Vertigo moved 7-3 in its 11th week.
It was a quiet week on the album survey, but London-born singing discovery Lily Allen enjoyed a good sales hike with both her debut set "Alright, Still" (Regal), up 12-4, and the current single "LDN," which rose 27-6. Scottish singer/songwriter Paolo Nutini also had a good week, improving 19-10 with his platinum-certified debut album "These Streets" and 42-20 with its second single, "Jenny Don't Be Hasty."
The top new entry on the album chart was English R&B singer Jamelia's "Walk With Me" (Parlophone), which entered at No. 20 after the top 10 success of the single "Something About You." Having reached No. 9 last week, that track dips to No. 11.
Beneath Scissor Sisters on the singles chart, the Killers stayed at No. 2 with "When You Were Young" (Mercury). In addition to Allen's single, a number of other tracks made steep climbs after their physical release, following initial download sales. Lil' Chris' "Checkin' It Out" (RCA) climbed 19-3; the 15-year-old was the winner of the recent TV series "Rock School," in which teenagers were mentored in the art of musical stardom by Kiss frontman Gene Simmons.
"Call Me When You're Sober" (Columbia) by Evanescence, which debuted at No. 32 on download sales last week, jumped to No. 4, while Pussycat Dolls ' "I Don't Need A Man" (A&M/Polydor) soared 21-7. The group's Nicole Scherzinger also scored a No. 30 debut as the featured artist on P. Diddy's "Come to Me" (Bad Boy).
The huge American success of the Disney Channel original movie "High School Musical" has officially crossed the Atlantic. The film made its U.K. debut with four screenings Sept. 22 and delivered a reported one million viewers, setting a new record for Disney Channel U.K. "Breaking Free," the cast single on Walt Disney Records, jumped 45-9, and the soundtrack album climbed 2-1 on the compilation chart, after being certified gold (100,000 shipments) in eight days, according to EMI.
Compilation albums have a separate chart versus the individual artist list in the U.K., but sales of "High School Musical" put it at No. 3 in the less-publicized "combined" chart.
Across Europe, Justin Timberlake continues to dominate the sales charts compiled by Billboard. He leads the way for a second week with "FutureSex/LoveSounds" on European Top 100 Albums and for a fourth with "SexyBack" on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.