Oasis Tops U.K. Singles Chart
"Lyla" (Big Brother) gave Oasis its seventh No. 1 U.K. single yesterday (May 22), ending Akon's two-week run at the top with "Lonely" (Universal). Meanwhile, veteran dance act Faithless scored an inst"Lyla" (Big Brother) gave Oasis its seventh No. 1 U.K. single yesterday (May 22), ending Akon's two-week run at the top with "Lonely" (Universal). Meanwhile, veteran dance act Faithless scored an instant No. 1 on the album chart with "Forever Faithless -- The Greatest Hits" (Cheeky/Sony BMG).
Oasis' achievement sets up the May 30 release of its sixth studio album, "Don't Believe the Truth," and is the band's first chart-topper since "The Hindu Times" in April 2002. Oasis previously topped the U.K. singles list with "Some Might Say" (1995), "Don't Look Back in Anger" (1996), "D'You Know What I Mean" (1997), "All Around the World" (1998) and "Go Let It Out" (2000).
Black Eyed Peas opened at No. 3 on the new singles survey with "Don't Phunk With My Heart" (Interscope), and there was a No. 6 start for "Hold You Down" (Epic) by Jennifer Lopez featuring Fat Joe. A remake of Yes' 1983 release, "Owner of a Lonely Heart" (Data) now credited to Max Graham vs. Yes, arrived at No. 9. That's 19 places higher than the British peak of the original single, which was a major hit in almost all other worldwide markets.
Kaiser Chiefs came in at No. 10 with "Everyday I Love You Less and Less" (B Unique/Polydor), the follow-up to the Leeds band's top 10 debut "Oh My God." There was a No. 11 opening for "Lonely No More" (Atlantic) by Rob Thomas, and a chart return for Stevie Wonder with "So What the Fuss" (Motown) at No. 19, his best U.K. ranking with a purely solo single since "Overjoyed" reached No. 17 in 1986.
Faithless' No. 1 album debut is its second in only 11 months, after a chart-topping start for the studio set "No Roots" last June. System Of A Down's "Mezmerize" (American/Columbia) came in at No. 2, followed by Van Morrison's "Magic Time" (Exile) at No. 3. Remarkably, that's the highest-ever U.K. album chart position for the veteran singer/songwriter, who has had eight previous top 10 entries but has never gone higher than No. 4.
Culling chart performance from around the continent, Bruce Springsteen's "Devils & Dust" (Columbia) is in its third week at the helm of the European Top 100 Albums chart, while 50 Cent's "Candy Shop" (Interscope) moves back to No. 1 on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles survey.