No Stopping Gnarls Barkley (Yet) On U.K. Chart

Gnarls Barkley's gravity-defying run at the top of the U.K. singles chart continued, as "Crazy" (Warner Bros.) extended into a ninth week yesterday (Sunday). But the sequence may soon end -- thanks to

Gnarls Barkley's gravity-defying run at the top of the U.K. singles chart continued, as "Crazy" (Warner Bros.) extended into a ninth week yesterday. But the sequence may soon end -- thanks to the duo's own record company. Warner Bros. is deleting the single in the U.K. today to prepare the market for Gnarls Barkley's follow-up single, "Smiley Faces," which is scheduled for July 17 release.

Both tracks are on the album "St. Elsewhere," which slips 5-8 on the new chart. Warner Bros. holds top place on both single and album surveys for the third straight week, as Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Stadium Arcadium" spends a third week at No. 1 on the album tally.

For now, "Crazy" stays ahead in the singles sales race of Sandi Thom, the 24-year-old singer/songwriter who is the U.K.'s latest "DIY" success story. Thom secured a deal with RCA/Sony BMG for her Viking Legacy imprint after a series of concerts cybercast from her apartment in Tooting, south London, attracted reported six-figure audiences. Her album "Smile...It Confuses People" is released in the U.K. on June 5, and the first single "I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker," which entered the chart at No. 15 on download sales last week, climbs to No. 2 after a physical release.

Indeed, the top 10 of the chart included a host of singles making steep climbs after download sales were augmented by physical releases last week. Primal Scream's "Country Girl" (Columbia) jumped 23-5, the rock band's best-ever singles rating and first top 10 hit since "Kowalski" reached No. 7 in 1997. Another British rock outfit, Ordinary Boys, climbed 38-6 with "Nine2Five" (B-Unique/Polydor) featuring U.K. rapper Lady Sovereign.

Matt Willis, a former member of pop trio Busted, soared 52-7 with his first solo hit "Up All Night" (Mercury). His former bandmates Charlie Simpson and James Bourne have already enjoyed British chart success since Busted split in 2004, with the groups Fightstar and Sons of Dork, respectively.

Daz Sampson climbed 12-8 with the British entry in the Eurovision Song Contest held May 20 in Athens, "Teenage Life" (Ebul/Jive), despite only finishing 19th in the competition. Melodic British rock act the Feeling were up 28-10 with "Fill My Little World" (Universal Island), from the album "Twelve Stops and Home," which follows June 5.

British singer/songwriter Nerina Pallot, whose "Fires" album was released last year on her own Idaho label and licensed recently to Warner Music's 14th Floor label, climbed 37-14 with its single "Everybody's Gone To War" and 27-26 with the album itself.

Beneath the Chili Peppers on the album chart, British rock trio Feeder pulled off a notable second week climb of 3-2 with the compilation "The Singles" (Echo) to stay ahead of Snow Patrol's "Eyes Open" (Fiction/Polydor), which moved back 4-3 in its fourth week. Ambient dance-rock collective Zero were new at No. 4 with their third album "The Garden" (Atlantic) and the Pet Shop Boys scored their 12th U.K. top 10 album at No. 5 with "Fundamental" (Parlophone).

American rock band Angels & Airwaves, featuring Blink 182 guitarist Tom DeLonge, followed last week's No. 20 single "The Adventure" (Geffen) with a No. 6 debut for the album "We Don't Need To Whisper."

Red Hot Chili Peppers are in a second week at the summit on European Top 100 Albums, while "Hips Don't Lie" (Epic) by Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean, leads Eurochart Hot 100 Singles for a second week.