Linkin Park, Room 5 Crash Into U.K. Charts
Linkin Park's "Meteora" (Warner Bros.) powered straight to No. 1 on the U.K. album chart yesterday (March 30) to become the band's first chart-topping success in the territory. Britain also has a newLinkin Park's "Meteora" (Warner Bros.) powered straight to No. 1 on the U.K. album chart yesterday (March 30) to become the band's first chart-topping success in the territory. Britain also has a new No. 1 single, as Gareth Gates' three-week run with "Spirit in the Sky" (S/BMG) came to an end. Entering at No. 1 is "Make Luv" (Positiva) by Room 5 featuring Oliver Cheatham.
"Make Luv," an infectious dance crossover release, has soared to popularity in recent weeks after its use in a TV commercial for Lynx deodorant. The track is basically an updated remix of the Detroit-born Cheatham's No. 38 U.K. hit from July 1983, "Get Down Saturday Night," which reached No. 37 on Billboard's R&B chart at the time.
Irish stars Westlife's latest hit, a double-sider featuring "Tonight" and "Miss You Nights" (S/BMG), debuted at No. 3 on the singles chart. The second track is a remake of Cliff Richard's 1976 U.K. No. 15 success. Coldplay's "Clocks" (Parlophone) entered at No. 9, while German-based trance act Scooter's "Weekend" (Sheffield Tunes) arrived at No. 12.
In addition to Linkin Park, the album chart welcomed Simply Red. The group is already back in the singles chart on its own simplyred.com label with "Sunrise," which this week spends a second week in the top-10 at No. 10 after debuting at No. 7 last week. Mick Hucknall's band entered the album chart at No. 2 with "Home," Simply Red's ninth top-10 album. It had five consecutive No. 1 albums between 1989 and 1998.
Norah Jones' "Come Away With Me" (Blue Note/Parlophone), which had been on top of the album chart for the last four weeks, fell to No. 3, followed by Celine Dion's new "One Heart" album (Columbia) at No.4. There was a No. 11 debut for Placebo's "Sleeping With Ghosts" (Hut/Virgin), its fourth album but the group's first to enter below No. 10 in the U.K.
Jones' album leads the European Top 100 Albums tally for a fourth week, while Eminem's "Lose Yourself" tops the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles survey for the seventh non-consecutive time this year.