Anastacia, 3 Of A Kind Top U.K. Charts
Anastacia returned to the top of the U.K. album chart yesterday (Aug. 15) with her self-titled Epic album as hip-hop act 3 Of A Kind bows on top of the region's singles tally with its Relentless via VAnastacia returned to the top of the U.K. album chart yesterday (Aug. 15) with her self-titled Epic album as hip-hop act 3 Of A Kind bows on top of the region's singles tally with its Relentless via Virgin single "Baby Cakes."
Even though "Anastacia" rebounded 4-1 in its 20th week on the British chart -- replacing Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Live In Hyde Park" (Warner Bros.), which fell to No. 5 -- it was not the week's best-selling album. Holding that distinction is "Now That's What I Call Music 58!" (EMI/Virgin/Universal) which has been No. 1 for three weeks on a separate compilation chart and has sold more than 600,000 copies.
Elsewhere on the U.K. album chart, Maroon5's "Songs About Jane" (J) jumped 7-2 and Keane's "Hopes and Fears" (Universal Island) leaped 5-3. Reflecting a slow summer week for new releases, there were no debut entries in the top 40 of the album chart.
Owners of the new No. 1 single, 3 Of A Kind is made up of singer-songwriter Miz Tipzta, MC/songwriter Devine and vocalist/producer Marky P. Miz Tipzta wrote the East London trio's "Baby Cakes" some three years ago.
The group's debut single is an example of what's become known as "grime wave," a specifically English strand of hip-hop. "Baby Cakes" sold more than twice as many copies as the much-heralded "Can't Stand Me Now" by the Libertines (Rough Trade), which arrived at No. 2.
Universal Island boy band V followed its debut hit, "Blood, Sweat & Tears," with a double-sided new entry at No. 5, pairing "Hip To Hip" with a cover of the Jacksons' "Can You Feel It."
Also new in the top 10 of the singles chart was Kasabian, a priority BMG signing from Leicester in the English midlands, with "L.S.F.," at No. 10. The group's dance-oriented rock style has been compared favorably in the English press with that of Primal Scream.
The Chili Peppers' "Live In Hyde Park" tops the pan-European Top 100 Albums chart for a second week, while O-Zone's "Dragostea Din Tei" (Media Services/Time/Vale) is No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles for the ninth time.