Eminem Sidesteps Destiny, Spears On U.K. Chart
Eminem raced to No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Nov. 7) with "Just Lose It" (Interscope), outselling new entries by Destiny's Child and Britney Spears in the process. Destiny's Child had toEminem raced to No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Nov. 7) with "Just Lose It" (Interscope), outselling new entries by Destiny's Child and Britney Spears in the process.
"Just Lose It" is Eminem's fifth British No. 1 single, following 2000's "The Real Slim Shady" and "Stan" and 2002's "Without Me" and "Lose Yourself." Destiny's Child had to be content with a No. 2 debut for "Lose My Breath" (Columbia), followed by Spears at No. 3 with her cover of Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative" (Jive).
The other new entries in the top five of the singles chart were the remake of Rose Royce's "Car Wash" by Christina Aguilera featuring Missy Elliott (DreamWorks) and Usher's double-sided "Confessions Pt. 2" and "My Boo" (LaFace). Last week's No. 1, "Wonderful" by Ja Rule featuring R. Kelly & Ashanti (Def Jam), crashed to No. 6.
Dance crossover "The Weekend" (Eye Industries) entered at No. 7 for Michael Gray, a veteran of the club scene for a decade and one half of the Full Intention remix team. British soul star Jamelia's "DJ"/"Stop" (Parlophone) landed at No. 9; the latter song, a cover of Sam Brown's 1988 U.K. hit, is the theme from the new film "Bridget Jones 2: The Edge of Reason." Reunited Scottish act Wet Wet Wet debuted at No. 14 with "All I Want" (Mercury), followed by Elton John's "All That I'm Allowed (I'm Thankful)" (Rocket/Mercury) at No. 20.
On the album chart, "Pop Idol" personality Simon Cowell's new classical-pop project Il Divo went straight to the No. 1 with a self-titled set on his Syco label. Il Divo is a quartet of formally-trained vocalists from America, France, Spain and Switzerland, whose album contains material sung in Spanish, English and Italian.
Kings Of Leon's sophomore album, "Aha Shake Heartbreak" (Hand Me Down/BMG), came in at No. 3, two places higher than their July 2003 debut, "Youth and Young Manhood." Scottish rock outfit Travis opened at No. 4 with their "Singles" collection (Independiente), followed by Tina Turner's "All the Best" retrospective (Parlophone) at No. 6, the Bee Gees' "Number Ones" set (Polydor) at No. 7 and Phil Collins' "Love Songs" (Virgin) at No. 10.
Pop heartthrobs Busted's "Live -- A Ticket for Everyone" (Universal) came in at No. 11, with veteran Welsh rock act Manic Street Preachers mustering only a No. 13 debut for its new Sony album, "Lifeblood."
Across the continent, Robbie Williams' "Greatest Hits" (Chrysalis) is in its second week at No. 1 on the European Top 100 Albums chart, while Eric Prydz tops the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally for a second week with "Call on Me" (Data/Ministry of Sound).