Peas, Dido Top U.K. Charts
Black Eyed Peas' "Where Is the Love" (A&M/Polydor) became the first single in five years to log five weeks at No. 1 in the U.K. when the new charts were released yesterday (Oct. 5). Meanwhile, DidBlack Eyed Peas' "Where Is the Love" (A&M/Polydor) became the first single in five years to log five weeks at No. 1 in the U.K. when the new charts were released yesterday (Oct. 5). Meanwhile, Dido's "Life for Rent" (Cheeky/Arista) debuted at the top of the album chart, easily fending off the challenge of Robbie Williams' "Live at Knebworth" (Chrysalis).
No song has spent as many as five weeks atop the British bestsellers since Cher's "Believe" did so on its way to a seven-week reign in October 1988. Last week's new releases failed to present a serious pretender to the Peas' throne, with young pop act S Club 8 the highest new entry at No. 4 on the list with "Sundown" (Polydor).
Rachel Stevens' "Sweet Dreams My L.A. Ex" (on Simon Fuller's 19 label, marketed and distributed by Polydor) moved up 3-2, trading places with the Darkness' "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" (Must Destroy/Atlantic). Travis' "Re-Offender" (Independiente) arrived at No. 7 while Amy Studt's "Under the Thumb" (Polydor) opened at No. 10, her follow-up to June's No. 6 "Misfit." Next to arrive was DMX's "Where Da Hood At" (Def Jam) at No. 16.
Dido and Williams contested the top two places on the album chart, but "Life for Rent" easily won the race. The set sold some 100,000 copies on its first day of U.K. release and never looked back, holding Williams' "Knebworth" to No. 2.
The aforementioned Rachel Stevens had the only other top-10 debut with her first album "Funky Dory" at No. 9; Obie Trice's "Cheers" (Interscope) arrived at No. 11 and classical singer Aled Jones chimed in at No. 21 with "Higher" (UCJ).
Europe-wide, "Where Is the Love" finally moved 2-1 on Music & Media's Eurochart Hot 100 Singles chart, while Sting's "Sacred Love" (A&M) entered the European Top 100 Albums tally at No. 1 after top-5 debuts in Italy, Denmark, Germany, Portugal, the U.K., Holland, Norway and Spain.