David Gray, Pussycat Dolls Lead U.K. Charts
British singer/songwriter David Gray scored his third U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Sept. 18) as "Life In Slow Motion" (Atlantic) debuted at the top of the new chart. "Don't Cha" by Pussycat Dolls featuBritish singer/songwriter David Gray scored his third U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Sept. 18) as "Life In Slow Motion" (Atlantic) debuted at the top of the new chart. "Don't Cha" by Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes (A&M) started a second week at the singles chart summit.
Sean Paul's "We Be Burnin,'" from his new VP/Atlantic album "The Trinity," gave him a No. 2 singles debut. While the Jamaican artist has previously been featured on a U.K. chart-topper (Blu Cantrell's "Breathe" in 2003) and a No. 2 hit (Beyonc#&233;'s "Baby Boy", also in 2003), this is his highest British ranking with a solo single.
Bon Jovi's "Have a Nice Day" (Mercury) came in at No. 6, the latest example of the American rock band's extraordinarily durable British success: it's the group's 17th top 10 hit here over a period of nearly 19 years.
"Outta Control" (Interscope) by 50 Cent featuring Mobb Deep came in at No. 7, while Finnish rockers HIM started at No. 10 with "Wings of a Butterfly" (Sire). It's the group's second British top 10 entry, following "Solitary Man" in May last year. There was also a No. 11 entry for long-running British rock act Status Quo, whose "The Party Ain't Over Yet" (Sanctuary) is its highest-placed U.K. single since "The Anniversary Waltz -- Part One" reached No. 2 in 1990.
Gray's new album follows a similar chart-topping debut for its predecessor "A New Day At Midnight" in November 2002. He also climbed to No. 1 with his previous breakthrough album "White Ladder," which this week rises 60-49 in its 150th chart week, and is certified eight-times platinum (2.4 million shipments) in the U.K.
Also on the new album chart, K.T. Tunstall's "Eye to the Telescope" (Relentless/Virgin) climbed to another new peak, 5-3, in its 34th chart week, and Pussycat Dolls consolidated their singles chart success with a No. 8 entry for "PCD" (A&M). Paul McCartney's "Chaos and Creation in the Backyard" (Parlophone) debuted at No. 10, a marked improvement on the No. 46 peak of his last studio release, 2001's "Driving Rain."
Elbow's "Leaders of the Free World" (V2) opened at No. 12, followed by Sigur Ros' "Takk" (EMI) at No. 16. Simple Minds' new "Black & White 050505" (Sanctuary) debuted at No. 37, extending their U.K. chart career to 26 years.
The Rolling Stones' "A Bigger Bang" (Virgin) debuts at No. 1 on the European Top 100 Albums chart after opening at No. 1 in Germany, Italy, Holland, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland and Austria. The Pussycat Dolls' track races 74-1 on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles survey after achieving top five placings in the U.K., Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Holland, Norway and Denmark.