Latin Music Week

McFly, 50 Cent Top U.K. Charts

U.K. pop act McFly went straight to No. 1 on the British singles chart yesterday (March 13) with the official single of this year's Comic Relief charity appeal.

U.K. pop act McFly went straight to No. 1 on the British singles chart yesterday (March 13) with the official single of this year's Comic Relief charity appeal. The double-sided release features the new song "All About You" and a cover of Carole King's "You've Got a Friend" (Universal Island).

This week's Elvis Presley reissue, "Good Luck Charm" (RCA), entered the chart at No. 2, followed by an unusual chart occurrence at No. 3. Sunset Strippers' "Falling Stars" (Direction), a rival version of Cabin Crew's "Star To Fall" (Data), arrived there, while the Cabin Crew track, which entered last week at No. 4, fell to No. 6. The highly similar dance tracks are both based on Boy Meets Girl's 1988 hit "Waiting for a Star To Fall."

New Order's "Krafty" (London), the lead single from the veteran band's upcoming album, "Waiting for the Sirens' Call," entered at No. 8, the band's eighth U.K. top 10 hit over a period of 22 years. Phantom Planet's "California" (Epic) belatedly became a British hit at No. 9 after being featured in the Fox TV series "The O.C."

On the U.K. album chart, 50 Cent's "The Massacre" (Interscope) went straight to No. 1, going one better than its predecessor, "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," which debuted at No. 2 in February 2003.

The self-titled operatic pop set by G4 on Sony Music, which debuted at No. 1 last week, fell to No. 2. "Employment" (B Unique/Polydor), the debut album by Leeds-based modern rock act Kaiser Chiefs, entered at No. 3, following the band's top 10 single "Oh My God" and a host of four- and five-star album reviews in the U.K. press.

U.S. R&B star Mario's "Turning Point" (J) arrived at No. 8, followed by Scottish modern rock act Idlewild at No. 9 with "Warnings/Promises" (Parlophone). Another much-touted British rock act, Futureheads, opened at No. 11 with its eponymous debut set for 679 Recordings.