Will Young Overtakes U.K. Charts
Twenty-one months after his initial, record-breaking U.K. success with "Evergreen"/"Anything Is Possible," former "Pop Idol" winner Will Young has the No. 1 position on both the singles and album charTwenty-one months after his initial, record-breaking U.K. success with "Evergreen"/"Anything Is Possible," former "Pop Idol" winner Will Young has the No. 1 position on both the singles and album charts in the region. "Leave Right Now" (S/BMG) spends a second week atop the singles survey, while his sophomore album, "Friday's Child," debuts at No. 1, replacing labelmate Westlife's "Turnaround."
Young's new singles success prevented Black Eyed Peas from a chart-topping follow-up to their huge hit "Where Is the Love" (A&M), which is currently the best-selling single of 2003 in the U.K. Their "Shut Up" debuted at No. 2, while Gareth Gates, who finished second behind Young in the first "Pop Idol" series, entered at No. 4 with "Say It Isn't So" (S/BMG).
There was great news for veteran chart act Simply Red, whose cover of "You Make Me Feel Brand New" (simplyred.com), a No. 2 U.K. hit for the Stylistics in 1974, debuted at No. 7. That's the same debut achieved in March by one of its predecessors from the "Home" album, "Sunrise," and it's also Simply Red's 10th top-10 single in Britain over a span of 17 years.
Two U.K.-based female singer-songwriters also debuted inside the top-10 of the new singles chart, with Dido's "Life for Rent" (Cheeky/Arista) new at No. 8 and "The Closest Thing to Crazy" by Katie Melua (Dramatico) at No. 10. The 19-year-old Melua, born in the European republic of Georgia but lately a resident of Northern Ireland, has been charting in recent weeks with her debut album, "Call Off the Search."
The only other significant new entry on the album chart was "The Diary of Alicia Keys" (J) at No. 13. That leaves the American soul star some ground to make up, based on the success of her debut, "Songs in A Minor," which spent 56 weeks on the U.K. survey, peaking at No. 6. The chart also contained another triumph for veteran Cliff Richard, whose "Cliff at Christmas" (EMI) jumped 18-10.
Dido's "Life for Rent" album, which has now passed worldwide sales of 5 million according to BMG, is in its ninth week at No. 1 on the European Top 100 Albums chart. "Me Against the Music" (Jive) by Britney Spears featuring Madonna spends a third week atop the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles survey.