Kelly, Timberlake Rule U.K. Charts Again

R. Kelly made it four weeks at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (June 1) as "Ignition" (Jive) continued to hold off all challengers. Jive also maintained its two-pronged chart reign, as Justi

R. Kelly made it four weeks at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (June 1) as "Ignition" (Jive) continued to hold off all challengers. It's the third time in 2003 that a single has achieved such a long run at the summit, following t.A.T.u.'s "All the Things She Said" and Room 5's "Make Luv," and outdoes the three weeks Kelly spent at the top in 1997 with "I Believe I Can Fly." Jive maintained its two-pronged chart reign as Justin Timberlake started another week at No. 1 with his album "Justified."

For much of the sales week, Kelly's single had been a short distance behind the final single by the disbanding S Club, "Say Goodbye"/"Love Ain't Gonna Wait for You" (Polydor), but overtook it to leave the pop sextet at No. 2. S Club (formerly S Club 7) finished with a legacy of 11 consecutive top-5 hits since the act debuted in June 1999 with the No. 1 "Bring It All Back."

Remarkably, only one of those releases, last November's No. 5 entry "Alive," failed to reach the top three, with four going to No. 1, and, as of yesterday, five hitting No. 2. Meanwhile, younger counterpart S Club Juniors has been renamed S Club 8 and will on June 30 release "Fool No More" as a Polydor single under that name in the U.K.

Busta Rhymes & Mariah Carey's "I Know What You Want" (J) debuted at No. 3, with Radiohead's "There There" (Parlophone) bowing at No. 4, the group's seventh top-10 single. Emma Bunton's "Free Me" (19/Universal) arrived at No. 5, previewing the former Spice Girl's second solo album which is due later this year.

There was a No. 9 start for "Fly on the Wings of Love" by XTM & DJ Chucky presents Annia (Serious), a club version of the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest winner by Danish act the Olsen Brothers. "Stop Sign" (BMG) by Abs, formerly with U.K. hitmakers Five, came in at No. 10. This year's U.K. Eurovision entry, "Cry Baby" by Jemini (Integral), which won zero points at the contest in Latvia on May 23, managed a No. 15 entry.

Below Timberlake on the album chart, girl group Girls Aloud opened at No. 2 with its debut set "Sound of the Underground" (Polydor), while Led Zeppelin's three-CD live extravaganza "How the West Was Won" (Atlantic) arrived at No. 5.

On Music & Media's pan-European Top 100 Albums survey, "Fallen" by Evanescence (Wind-Up/Epic) jumps 4-1, after reaching No. 2 in Germany and No. 3 in the U.K. 50 Cent's "In Da Club" (Interscope) rules the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally for an eighth week.


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