Timberlake, t.A.T.u Hold U.K. No. 1s
Justin Timberlake's live performance at last week's Brit Awards, which featured a guest appearance by Kylie Minogue, helped his "Justified" album (Jive) return to No.1 on yesterday's (Feb. 23) new U.KJustin Timberlake's live performance at last week's Brit Awards, which featured a guest appearance by Kylie Minogue, helped his "Justified" album (Jive) return to No.1 on yesterday's (Feb. 23) new U.K. album chart. Meanwhile Russian duo t.A.T.u.'s "All the Things She Said" (Interscope/Polydor) entered its fourth week as Britain's No. 1 single.
50 Cent's U.S. smash album "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" (Interscope) made a fast U.K. start at No. 2. Meanwhile, Welsh superstar Tom Jones followed his acceptance of the outstanding contribution to music award at the Brits with a No. 3 debut for his new UMTV "Greatest Hits" set. Upon receiving the award last week, Jones performed several of his best-known songs during the televised ceremony.
Several other stars of the awards ceremony also performed well on the chart, notably two-time winner Coldplay, whose "A Rush of Blood to the Head" (Parlophone) rebounded 15-6. The group also won a pair of awards -- best rock performance by a duo or group with vocal for the song "In My Place" and best alternative music album -- in the U.S. during last night's Grammy celebration in New York. Fellow double Brit winner Ms. Dynamite's "A Little Deeper" (Polydor) also took a leap, jumping 36-17 on the chart.
Last week's No. 1 album, Massive Attack's "100th Window" (Virgin), suffered a sharp descent, falling to No. 9.
Along with his album success, Timberlake's "Cry Me a River" single rebounded 3-2 behind t.A.T.u. Turin Brakes debuted at a career-best No. 5 with "Pain Killer" (Source). That single's high debut follows the release and swift deletion of a CD single retailing at only 99p (about $1.45). Good Charlotte's "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" (Epic), which debuted two weeks ago at No. 13 and then dropped to No. 20, rebounded to No. 8, although it was unclear what was driving the turnaround.
There were also top-10 single debuts for Belgian singer Kira's "I'll Be Your Angel" (Nu Life) at No. 9 and Moloko's "Familiar Feelings" at No. 10. The latter is the first single from Moloko's upcoming Echo album "Statues."
Across Europe, the t.A.T.u. single remains on top of Music & Media's Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally for a third week. The Massive Attack album debuted at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums chart. That reflects the best first week performance of the act's career, with chart-topping debuts not only in the group's native U.K., but also in France, Finland, Switzerland, Greece, and Ireland.