Prydz Hits U.K. No. 1 With Winwood Sample
Swedish-born DJ Eric Prydz has the new No. 1 single on the U.K. chart with the club crossover "Call on Me" (Data/Ministry of Sound).Swedish-born DJ Eric Prydz has the new No. 1 single on the U.K. chart with the club crossover "Call on Me" (Data/Ministry of Sound), which is predominantly based around the melody of Steve Winwood's "Valerie." Meanwhile, British pop-rock band Embrace completed a notable comeback by entering the album chart at No. 1 with "Out Of Nothing" (Independiente).
Winwood's original "Valerie" had an unusual chart history, reaching only No. 51 in the U.K. and No. 70 in the U.S. during its initial release in 1982, but reached No. 19 and No. 9, respectively, in a remixed version in 1987. According to the Ministry of Sound Web site, when Winwood heard Prydz' "Call on Me," he not only approved his song's use, but re-recorded his vocals for it.
Prydz outsold two other prominent new singles entries to take the No. 1 spot. British female pop quintet Girls Aloud's "Love Machine" (a new song, not the Miracles' 1976 hit) entered at No. 2 and Green Day's "American Idiot" (Reprise) came in at a British career-best No. 3, marking the group's fourth top 10 hit. There was a No. 9 start for Joss Stone's "You Had Me" (Relentless/Virgin) and a No. 14 bow for "You'll Come 'Round" (Universal) by veteran British rock act Status Quo. It's the band's 38th top 20 hit over a 36-year span.
Embrace's No. 1 album debut marks a revival in the fortunes of a band that arrived powerfully on the U.K. scene in the late 1990s when it were signed to Hut/Virgin. Its first album, 1998's "The Good Will Out," entered the chart at No. 1 and generated three top 10 hits, and it hit the top 10 with the 2000 follow-up "Drawn From Memory" and 2001's "If You've Never Been."
But the band's stock had fallen by the time of the 2002 compilation "Fireworks (Singles 1997-2002)," which reached only No. 36. The new album was preceded by the No. 7 success of the single "Gravity," co-written by Coldplay's Chris Martin.
Paul Weller's new covers set "Studio 150" (V2), debuted at No. 2, his ninth top 10 album as a solo artist. Welsh hip-hop act Goldie Lookin' Chain's ironically-titled debut set "Greatest Hits" (Atlantic) arrived at No. 5, with "Solarized" (Polydor), the fourth solo album by former Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown, landing at No. 7.
Nelly's "Suit" (Universal) was the better performing of his parallel album releases, debuting at No. 8, while "Sweat" entered at No. 11. "Let's Bottle Bohemia" (Virgin) by Irish rock outfit the Thrills came in at No. 9, something of an anti-climax after the No. 3 peak of its 2003 predecessor, "So Much for the City." Savage Garden frontman Darren Hayes arrived at No. 13 with "The Tension and the Spark" (Columbia).
Anastacia's eponymous third album (Epic) climbs back 2-1 on the European Top 100 Albums chart in its fourth separate turn at the summit, for an aggregate of 13 weeks. The Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally leader for a second week is "Obsession" (Up Music/Warner Music) by Aventura, after it logged a fifth week at No. 1 in France and a second at the top in Germany.