2Pac, Elton Pairing Scores U.K. No. 1
Seven years after his death, rap legend 2Pac has the first U.K. No. 1 single of his career, as "Ghetto Gospel" (Interscope) featuring Elton John debuted at the top on yesterday's (June 26) new chart.Seven years after his death, rap legend 2Pac has the first U.K. No. 1 single of his career, as "Ghetto Gospel" (Interscope) featuring Elton John debuted at the top on yesterday's (June 26) new chart. On the album chart, Coldplay's "X & Y" (Parlophone) extended its reign to three weeks.
The 2Pac single, which samples "Indian Sunset" from John's 1971 album "Madman Across the Water," is the fifth U.K. top 10 single to feature the late rapper, and the seventh featuring John. In various chart guises, 2Pac made the British singles chart 10 times before his death in 1998, and has now appeared on it eight times since.
That success sent Crazy Frog's "Axel F" (Gusto) down to No. 2 after four weeks at No. 1, and James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" (Atlantic) down 2-3. Bobby Valentino's "Slow Down" (Def Jam) arrived at No. 4, followed by the club crossover "Roc Ya Body (Mic Check 1 2)" (Positiva) by New York-based hip-hop crew MVP at No. 5.
Missy Elliott's "Lose Control" (Atlantic) entered at No. 7, while London rock newcomer Hard-Fi scored its first top 10 entry with "Hard To Beat" (Necessary) at No. 9. There was also a No. 10 start for 50 Cent's "Just a Lil Bit" (Interscope).
Beneath Coldplay on the album chart, Blunt's "Back to Bedlam" debut climbed again 3-2 and longstanding R&B/pop act Jamiroquai entered at No. 3 with "Dynamite." That's the sixth chart album for the group but the first not to debut either at No. 1 or No. 2 in the United Kingdom.
Welsh singer/songwriter Jem's "Finally Woken" (ATO) climbed 22-6 in its 18th chart week, while "The Singles" (XL Recordings) by Basement Jaxx, who last night closed this year's Glastonbury Festival, rose again 23-8.
Elsewhere in Europe, the Coldplay album withstood strong challenges from the Backstreet Boys' "Never Gone" (Jive) and Foo Fighters' "In Your Honor" (RCA) to secure a second week atop the European Top 100 Albums chart. The Crazy Frog track moved up the 2-1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles roundup.