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Gates, Jones Retain Hold On U.K. Charts
Gareth Gates and Norah Jones retained the No. 1 slots on the new U.K. singles and album charts respectively, published yesterday (March 22). Gates' "Spirit in the Sky" charity single for Comic ReliefGareth Gates and Norah Jones retained the No. 1 slots on the new U.K. singles and album charts respectively, published yesterday (March 22). Gates' "Spirit in the Sky" charity single for Comic Relief with comedy team the Kumars (S/BMG) became Britain's favorite single for a second week, while Jones' "Come Away With Me" (Blue Note/Parlophone) enjoyed a fourth week atop the album survey.
U.K. hip-hop/R&B outfit Mis-teeq returned to the singles scene at No. 2 with "Scandalous" (Telstar). After five top-10 hits from its "Lickin' on Both Sides" album, this is the opening salvo from the act's "Eye Candy" set, due March 31. Another frequent chart visitor, Liberty, debuted at No. 3 with "Being Nobody" (V2), credited to Richard X Vs. Liberty X. The track merges Rufus and Chaka Khan's "Ain't Nobody" with the Human League's "Being Boiled." Richard X first made his name in 2000 via improbable sonic marriages such as Whitney Houston and Kraftwerk.
Also new among the singles top-10 was the latest hit for male quartet Blue, "You Make Me Wanna" (Innocent/Virgin) at No. 4, Simply Red's "Sunrise" (simplyred.com) at No. 7 (the act's first top-10 track since "The Air That I Breathe" in 1998), and Linkin Park's "Somewhere I Belong" (Warner Bros.) at No. 10.
On the album chart, Coldplay's "A Rush of Blood to the Head" (Parlophone) held steady at No. 2, while easy listening Irish vocalist Daniel O'Donnell's "Daniel in Blue Jeans" (DMG TV) improved 6-3. Paul McCartney's "Back in the World" (Parlophone) arrived at No. 5, a dramatic improvement on the lowly No. 46 achieved in 2001 by his last studio album, "Driving Rain." McCartney's last live set, "Paul Is Live," reached No. 34 in 1993.
"Ballads -- The Love Song Collection" (UMTV) by erstwhile Irish pop outfit Boyzone debuted at No. 6, followed by "Neon Nights" by Dannii Minogue (London) at No. 8.
Jones' "Come Away With Me" is also in its third week at No. 1 on Music & Media's European Top 100 Albums chart, while Eminem's "Lose Yourself" (Interscope) retains the lead on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles roundup.