Akon Overtakes U.K. Singles, Album Chart
Akon's "Lonely" (Universal) finally ended the seven-week reign of Tony Christie's "(Is This the Way To) Amarillo" (UMTV) on the U.K. singles chart. It gave the American rapper/singer cause for a doublAkon's "Lonely" (Universal) finally ended the seven-week reign of Tony Christie's "(Is This the Way To) Amarillo" (UMTV) on the U.K. singles chart. It gave the American rapper/singer cause for a double celebration as his album "Trouble" returned to No. 1 on yesterday's (May 8) chart.
In a remarkable feat of chart domination, the Universal Music Group holds down the entire top six on the singles list, with Christie at No. 2, "Signs" (Geffen) by Snoop Dogg featuring Charlie Wilson and Justin Timberlake down 2-3, Eminem's "Mockingbird" (Interscope) new at No. 4, "I Like the Way" (Mercury) by Bodyrockers down 4-5 and Will Smith's "Switch" (Interscope) dropping 5-6.
Another Universal release, Weezer's "Beverly Hills" (Geffen) came in at No. 9, with "Get Low"/"Lovers & Friends" (TVT) by Lil' Jon & the East Side Boyz new at No. 10. The Killers' "Smile Like You Mean It" (Lizard King) just missed the top 10 as a new entry at No. 11.
The Akon album was No. 1 on the British chart two weeks ago and returned in its 14th week on the survey. Nine Inch Nails' "With Teeth" (Universal Island) arrived at No. 3, followed by Robert Plant and Strange Sensation at No. 4 with "Mighty Rearranger" (Sanctuary). That's Plant's best ranking on this chart since the Page & Plant album "Walking Into Clarksdale" hit No. 3 in 1998.
The new compilation "I Feel Free -- Ultimate Cream" (Polydor), released to coincide with last week's reunion concerts at the Royal Albert Hall by Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, debuted at No. 6.
Across the content, Bruce Springsteen's "Devils & Dust" (Columbia) went straight to No. 1 on the European Top 100 Albums chart, while 50 Cent's "Candy Shop" (Interscope) moved to the top of the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally.