Sugababes, Melua Repeat With U.K. No. 1s
British female pop-R&B trio Sugababes scored their fourth No. 1 single as "Push the Button" (Island) went straight to the top of the new U.K. singles chart, published yesterday (Oct. 2). MeanwhileBritish female pop-R&B trio Sugababes scored their fourth No. 1 single as "Push the Button" (Island) went straight to the top of the new U.K. singles chart, published yesterday (Oct. 2). Meanwhile, Georgia-born Katie Melua, now a British citizen, earned her second consecutive No. 1 album with "Piece By Piece" (Dramatico).
Making room for "Push the Button," the Pussycat Dolls' "Don't Cha" (A&M) featuring Busta Rhymes fell to No. 2 after spending three weeks on top of the singles chart. Meanwhile, the female quintet's debut full-lenght, "PCD," fell 15-21 on the album chart.
British pop act Liberty X returned to the U.K. singles chart with "Song for Lovers" (Virgin/EMI) at No. 5. The lead track from the group's third album, "X" -- due out here Oct. 10 -- is the group's seventh U.K. top 10 hit. Russian duo t.A.T.u. (Julia Volkova and Lena Katina) bowed at No. 8 with "All About Us" (Interscope), from their upcoming sophomore album, "Dangerous and Moving."
Classical-turned-pop vocalist Charlotte Church notched a second top 10 hit from her album "Tissues and Issues" as "Call My Name" (Sony BMG) arrived at No. 10. Jo O'Meara, former member of pop hitmaking act S Club 7, opened her solo account with "What Hurts the Most" (Sanctuary) at No. 13 and Paul Weller's "Come On/Let's Go" (V2), from his new album "As Is Now," came in at No. 15.
Melua's debut at No. 1 on the album chart comes in contrast to the gradual rise to the top of its predecessor "Call Off the Search," which hit the peak in its 12th chart week at the end of January last year and has gone on to sell 1 million copies in Britain alone. The new album's lead single, "Nine Million Bicycles," bowed at No. 5 on the singles chart and slips to No. 7 this week.
Jazz crossover artist Jamie Cullum came in at No. 4 on the album chart with "Catching Tales," the follow-up to his 2003 breakthrough "Twenty Something." New Zealand classical singer Hayley Westenra's new album "Odyssey" (Decca) debuted at No. 10 as the sequel to "Pure," which has sold an estimated 2 million copies worldwide. But Irish family group the Corrs made a lower than usual entry with the back-to-their-roots set "Home" (Atlantic) at No. 14.
Culling charts from across the continent, Bon Jovi assumes the No. 1 mantle on European Top 100 Albums with "Have a Nice Day" (Mercury/Universal). The set notched chart-topping debuts in Germany, Holland and Switzerland, with initial pan-European shipments of over 500,000, according to the label. The Pussycat Dolls track is in a third week atop Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.