Christie Rules U.K. Charts Again
Easy listening English vocalist Tony Christie scored another double victory on the U.K. charts yesterday (April 3), starting a third week at the top of the singles chart with "(Is This the Way To) AmaEasy listening English vocalist Tony Christie scored another double victory on the U.K. charts yesterday (April 3), starting a third week at the top of the singles chart with "(Is This the Way To) Amarillo" and a second at the helm of the album list with "Definitive Collection," both on UMTV.
But there was a new record for Elvis Presley, as "(You're the) Devil in Disguise" (RCA), the latest in the series of reissues of all his British No. 1 singles, debuted at No. 2, becoming the king's 13th consecutive top five entry of 2005 and thus breaking the Wedding Present's record of 12 hits in a calendar year.
That group achieved the distinction with its monthly releases in 1992, although only one of those made the top 10 ("Come Play With Me" ) and three failed to reach the top 40. "Disguise" originally topped the U.K. chart in 1963; only four more reissues remain in the Presley series, starting today with "Crying in the Chapel."
Mariah Carey's "It's Like That" (Def Jam) gave the artist a return to the U.K. singles chart at No. 4. Leaving aside a No. 3 entry guesting on Busta Rhymes' "I Know What You Want" in 2003 and her chart-topping collaboration with Westlife on "Against All Odds" in 2000, it's Carey's first solo top five hit in Britain since "Heartbreaker" in 1999.
Kylie Minogue's "Giving You Up" (Parlophone) entered at No. 6, her 12th consecutive U.K. top 19 single, while London R&B singer Lemar arrived at No. 9 with the title track from his second Sony album "Time To Grow." Pop songstress Rachel Stevens was new at No. 10 with "Negotiate With Love" (19/Polydor), while Morrissey's double helping of the Smiths' "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" and Patti Smith's "Redondo Beach" (from the Sanctuary album "Live at Earls Court") began at No. 11.
With Christie digging in at the top of the album chart, Basement Jaxx rose 3-2 with "The Singles" (XL Recordings). The only new entry in the top 10 was New Order's "Waiting for the Sirens' Call" (London) at No. 5, the band's ninth top 10 entry in a 22-year span. Will Smith's "Lost and Found" (Interscope) came in at No. 15.
Moby's "Hotel" (Mute) is in a second week at No. 1 on the European Top 100 Albums chart, and Mario's "Let Me Love You" (J) is the new No. 1 on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles roundup, ending Jennifer Lopez's five-week reign with "Get Right" (Epic).