Soulful Stone Tops U.K. Album Chart
Teenage English soul star Joss Stone become the youngest female solo artist to top the British album survey yesterday (Oct. 3) as "Mind Body & Soul" debuted at No. 1. The S-Curve/Relentless/VirginTeenage English soul star Joss Stone become the youngest female solo artist to top the British album survey yesterday (Oct. 3) as "Mind Body & Soul" debuted at No. 1. The S-Curve/Relentless/Virgin set, the 17-year-old's second release and first full-length, bowed ahead of top 10 entries by Marilyn Manson, Tom Jones and Brian Wilson.
Stone's debut covers EP, "The Soul Sessions," is No. 49 this week in its 39th week on the U.K. albums chart. The set is certified double platinum in the United Kingdom (600,000 copies shipped) and has earned International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) platinum certification for 1 million European shipments.
"Mind Body & Soul" is also the first No. 1 album for the Virgin-distributed Relentless label. The set was released last week in the United States by S-Curve/EMI and is expected to debut this week on The Billboard 200.
"Lest We Forget - The Best of Marilyn Manson" (Interscope) entered the U.K. albums tally at No. 4. The set's first single, Manson's version of Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus," is released in the U.K. today. Stateside, the track is No. 26 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and No. 37 on the Modern Rock Tracks list.
Entering the U.K. albums chart at No. 5 is "Tom Jones & Jools Holland" (Radar/WSM), a collection of old and new R&B tracks by the veteran Welsh singer and former Squeeze member-turned-English television bandleader. Meanwhile, Wilson's much-heralded completion of the fabled Beach Boys project "Smile" (Nonesuch) arrived at No. 7 and Mark Knopfler's latest, "Shangri-La" (Mercury) entered the tally at No. 11.
On the U.K. singles chart, Eric Prydz' "Call On Me" (Data/Ministry of Sound) began a third week at No. 1. The track held off a challenge by Irish pop perennial Ronan Keating's version of Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance" (Polydor), which opened at No. 2.
Deep Dish's dance crossover "Flashdance" (Positiva) arrived at No. 3, followed by Ashlee Simpson's "Pieces of Me" (Geffen) at No. 4 and R.E.M.'s "Leaving New York" (Warner Bros.) at No. 5. The latter is R.E.M.'s 11th top 10 hit in Britain and the band's highest placing since "The Great Beyond" reached No. 3 in February 2000.
There was also a No. 10 debut for "Blinded By the Light," the third single from the Streets' double platinum album "A Grand Don't Come for Free" (Locked On/679).
On the pan-European charts, Canadian rock veteran Bryan Adams debuted at No. 1 on the European Top 100 Albums chart with "Room Service" (Polydor), which has initial European shipments of 400,000 units, according to Universal Music International. Aventura's "Obsession" (Up Music/Warner Music) leads the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles chart for a fourth week.