Black Eyed Peas, Dido Rule U.K. Charts
The longest-running singles reign of the U.K. chart year continued yesterday (Oct. 12), as "Where Is the Love" by Black Eyed Peas (A&M/Polydor) started a sixth week at No. 1. It's now only a weekThe longest-running singles reign of the U.K. chart year continued yesterday (Oct. 12), as "Where Is the Love" by Black Eyed Peas (A&M/Polydor) started a sixth week at No. 1. It's now only a week away from equaling Cher's seven-week tenure at the top with "Believe" in 1998. Meanwhile, Dido's "Life for Rent" (Cheeky/Arista) began a second week atop the album chart.
The only newcomer in the top-5 of the new singles survey was "Baby Boy" by Beyonce featuring Sean Paul (Columbia), which entered at No. 2. Paul is also at No. 13 guesting on Blu Cantrell's "Breathe" (Arista) and No. 38 with his own "Like Glue" (VP/Atlantic). As previously reported, "Baby Boy" has been No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three straight weeks.
Elsewhere on the singles chart, London R&B singer Jamelia enjoyed a 6-3 climb with her single "Superstar" (Parlophone). The Strokes' "12:51" (Rough Trade) debuted at a career-best No. 7, while Scottish chart regulars Texas returned at No. 9 with "Carnival Girl" featuring rap act Kardinal Offishall (Mercury). Novelty act Fast Food Rockers, whose first release, "Fast Food Song," gave new indie label Better The Devil an outstanding opening success by selling 200,000 copies in the U.K., debuted at No. 10 with "Say Cheese (Smile Please)."
Several veteran names also had new entries, with Blondie's "Good Boys" (Epic) at No. 12, Suede's "Attitude" (Sony Music) at No. 14 and Blur's "Good Song" (Parlophone) at No. 22. There was also a No. 33 debut for the posthumous single "Coma Girl" by Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros (Epitaph), his first top 40 appearance as a group leader since the Clash's 1991 reissue of "Rock the Casbah."
In between that showing and his death last December, Strummer had appeared as a guest on the Levellers' No. 12 U.K. hit in 1995, "Just the One," and as a featured artist on Black Grape's "England's Irie," a No. 6 hit the following year.
On the album chart, RCA's new Elvis Presley compilation "2nd To None" landed at No. 4, followed by Canadian easy listening singer Michael Buble at No. 6 with his eponymous Reprise release. There was renewed action for Daniel Bedingfield's "Gotta Get Thru This" (Polydor), which moved 23-7 in its 50th chart week, and a No. 18 entry for "False Smiles," the Polydor debut of Simon Fuller discovery Amy Studt.
Across Europe, the Dido set bows at No. 1 on the European Top 100 Albums chart, while the Black Eyed Peas single is No.1 for a second week in an unchanged top six on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles survey.