Thom Dethrones Gnarls Barkley On U.K. Chart

Scottish singer/songwriter Sandi Thom yesterday (June 4) ended Gnarls Barkley's nine-week run at the top of the U.K. singles chart. After their "Crazy" was deleted by Warner Bros. last Monday, Thom's

Scottish singer/songwriter Sandi Thom yesterday (June 4) ended Gnarls Barkley's nine-week run at the top of the U.K. singles chart. After their "Crazy" was deleted by Warner Bros. last Monday, Thom's "I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair)" (RCA) climbed 2-1. Meanwhile, California pop-rock band Orson followed two recent British hits with a No. 1 entry for the Mercury album "Bright Idea."

24-year-old Thom came to wider notice when she landed a deal with RCA after a series of "DIY" concerts in her apartment in Tooting, south London. These were cyberbcast to a widespread audience after word of mouth spread via her Myspace page and her own Web site. Media stories have recently cast doubt on the veracity of that online fanbase, which was reported to be between 100,000 and 150,000. Thom's album "Smile...It Confuses People' is released in the U.K. today.

"Crazy" fell to No. 2, having been deleted as Warner Bros. prepares for the July 17 release of the follow-up single "Smiley Faces." Keane's "Is It Any Wonder" climbed from its No. 15 entry on download sales last week to No. 3. Also jumping after their physical releases were Pink's "Who Knew" (LaFace), 19-5, and "Faster Kill Pussycat" (Perfecto) by Paul Oakenfold featuring Brittany Murphy, up 37-7 to become his second-highest charting U.K. single, behind 2002's No. 6 hit "Starry Eyed Surprise."

Irish chart regular Ronan Keating debuted at No. 6 with his duet with folk star Kate Rusby, "All Over Again" (Polydor), which is the first single from his new album "Bring You Home," out in Britain today. Keating has now had 14 U.K. top 10 solo hits since 1999, in addition to the 16 he had as a member of Boyzone.

Nelly Furtado's "Maneater" (Polydor) debuted at No. 8, a better performance than any of the singles from her sophomore album "Folklore." It's her third U.K. top 10 hit overall and first since "Turn off the Light" in 2001.

Novelty singles tied in to the soccer World Cup competition, which begins in Germany on Friday, began to show their faces. Tony Christie's "(Is This the Way To) the World Cup" (Tug), an adaptation of his version of the Neil Sedaka/Howard Greenfield composition "(Is This the Way To) Amarillo" which was reissued to massive success last year, entered at No. 11.

Comedian Stan Boardman's "Stan's World Cup Song" (Harkit) came in at No. 19, while Embrace's official anthem of the England team, "World at Your Feet" (Independiente), entered at No. 38 on download sales, and can be expected to make a big jump after its physical release today. England's first game in the tournament is against Paraguay on Saturday.

Paul Simon's "Father and Daughter" (Warner Bros.) climbed from its No. 71 entry on download sales to No. 31 after a physical release, becoming his first U.K. top 40 single since "The Obvious Child" in 1990.

Orson's No. 1 album debut follows the band's substantial success with the singles "No Tomorrow" and "Bright Idea." The former track topped the chart in March and is now No. 36 in its 14th chart week. "Bright Idea" reached No. 11 two weeks ago.

Pink's "I'm Not Dead" rebounded 12-5 in its 9th chart week, while Jack Johnson's "In Between Dreams" (Brushfire/Island) moved 10-8 in its 58th. British rock band the Futureheads arrived at No. 12 with "News and Tributes" (679), followed by AFI's "Decemberunderground" (Interscope) at No. 16. The Rolling Stones' "Forty Licks" compilation (Virgin/Decca), repromoted in advance of their upcoming European tour, re-charted at No. 23, after reaching No. 2 in 2002 in a 29-week run.

Red Hot Chili Peppers shrugged off the challenge of veteran British pop duo the Pet Shop Boys for a third week at No. 1 on the European Top 100 Albums chart with "Stadium Arcadium" (Warner Bros.). The Gnarls Barkley single ascends to No. 1 on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally after four weeks at No. 2. In addition to the U.K., "Crazy" is in the top five in nine other European countries.