Christie Single, Springsteen Album U.K. No. 1s
Tony Christie's "(Is This The Way To) Amarillo" (UMTV) has become the United Kingdom's longest-running No. 1 single in seven years. Bruce Springsteen's "Devils & Dust" (Columbia), meanwhile, debutTony Christie's "(Is This The Way To) Amarillo" (UMTV) has become the United Kingdom's longest-running No. 1 single in seven years. The title yesterday (May 1) extended its run at the top of the U.K. singles chart to seven weeks, matching the performance of Cher's "Believe" in 1998.
Bruce Springsteen's "Devils & Dust" (Columbia), meanwhile, debuted at No. 1 on the album chart. The disc is his sixth chart-topping album in the region.
Christie's adult contemporary anthem held off challenges by Snoop Dogg and RCA's final reissue of Elvis Presley's No. 1 hits. Snoop's "Signs" (Geffen) featuring Charlie Wilson and Justin Timberlake bowed at No. 2 on the singles chart, while "A Little Less Conversation" by Elvis Presley Vs. JXL arrived at No. 3, three years after it hit the top of the tally.
Destiny's Child debuted at No. 6 with "Girl" (Columbia), while there was a No. 9 start for "Refugees" (Independiente) by the Tears. The latter is the new name under which former Suede frontmen Brett Anderson and Bernard Butler have reunited.
The 11-20 segment of the singles chart also boasted new entries for Bloc Party ("Banquet," Wichita, No. 13), Rooster ("You're So Good for Me," Brightside, No. 14) and Athlete ("Half Light," Parlophone, No. 16). Further down the survey, Robert Plant notched his first top 40 single in seven years as "Shine It All Around" (Sanctuary) with his band the Strange Sensation came in at No. 32.
Besides Springsteen's debut at the summit, the U.K. album chart saw a 15-8 climb for Gwen Stefani's "Love Angel Music Baby" (Interscope) and a No. 16 entry by Eels' "Blinking Lights & Other Revelations" (Vagrant).
Michael Bublé's "It's Time" (Reprise) rises 4-1 on the European Top 100 Albums list. It's the first time at the top for the title, which is in its 12th week on the survey of charts across the continent. On the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles chart, Mario's "Let Me Love You" (J/Sony BMG) is in its fifth week at the head of the list.