Prodigy Rumbles Back To U.K. No. 1
The Prodigy's much-delayed "Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned" (XL Recordings) gave the group a triumphant return to the U.K. album chart yesterday (Aug. 29).The Prodigy's much-delayed "Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned" (XL Recordings) gave the group a triumphant return to the U.K. album chart yesterday (Aug. 29), debuting at No. 1 and thus repeating the feat of the act's last two albums, 1997's "The Fat of the Land" and 1994's "Music for the Jilted Generation." Meanwhile, Natasha Bedingfield's "These Words" (Phonogenic/BMG) started a second week atop the singles survey.
The debut of the Prodigy's album ended the one-week stay at No. 1 of Maroon 5's "Songs About Jane" (J), but the American band had the consolation of a No. 4 debut with its latest single, "She Will Be Loved." Two British female R&B groups returned to the singles top 10: the 411 at No. 3 with "Dumb" (Streetside/Sony) and Sugababes at No. 8 with "Caught in a Moment" (Universal Island).
Also new inside the top 10 were "Is It Cos I'm Cool" (Peppermint Jam) by German producer/artist Mousse T featuring vocals by Emma Lanford, at No. 9, and British rap mainstay Dizzee Rascal with "Stand Up Tall" (XL Recordings) at No. 10.
Elsewhere on the album chart, there was an impressive No. 8 debut for "Everyone Is Here" (Parlophone) by the Finn Brothers, the New Zealand brotherly duo of Neil and Tim Finn who have formerly worked together in Crowded House and Split Enz. R. Kelly's "Happy People/U Saved Me" (Jive) entered at No. 11, followed by U.S. soul vocalist Alexander O'Neal at No. 12 with a new "Greatest Hits" set on Virgin.
Anastacia's eponymous Epic album is in a second consecutive week, and 11th in total, at No. 1 on the European Top 100 Albums chart. O-Zone's "Dragostea Din Tei" (Media Services/Time/Vale) leads the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles roundup for an 11th week.