Rowland, T.A.T.U. Reign On U.K. Charts
Kelly Rowland's "Stole" couldn't dislodge t.A.T.u.'s "All the Things She Said" (Interscope/Polydor) from No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart, but the Destiny's Child vocalist races to the top of the albumKelly Rowland's "Stole" couldn't dislodge t.A.T.u.'s "All the Things She Said" (Interscope/Polydor) from No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart, but the Destiny's Child vocalist races to the top of the album survey with "Simply Deep" (Columbia).
Rowland deposes Justin Timberlake's "Justified" (Jive) which falls to No. 2, the same position at which his "Cry Me a River" debuts on the singles chart. Among other arrivals is Oasis' "Songbird" (Big Brother), which had led in early midweek sales data, ended at No. 3, followed by dancehall star Sean Paul's "Gimme the Light" (East West) at No. 5. U.K. hip-hop/R&B six-piece Big Brovaz arrived at No. 7 with "OK" (Epic).
Good Charlotte's "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" (Daylight/Epic) came in at No. 13, and Counting Crows scored its first-ever U.K. top-20 entry with a cover of "Big Yellow Taxi" featuring Vanessa Carlton (Geffen/Polydor). The Joni Mitchell song has proved to be highly enduring in the U.K., where it reached No. 11 for Mitchell in 1970, No. 20 for Amy Grant in 1995, and featured as a sample in "Got 'Til It's Gone," Janet Jackson's No. 6 hit in 1997 featuring Q-Tip.
There was a strong soul feel to the top of the U.K. album chart, with Rowland at No. 1, English soul diva Lisa Stansfield's "Biography -- The Greatest Hits" (Arista) new at No. 3, and Aaliyah's posthumous "I Care 4 U" (Independiente) at No. 4. There was also a No. 15 start for Ella Fitzgerald's "Gold" collection (Verve), her highest ranking in the region since her U.K. album chart debut "Ella Sings Gershwin" reached No. 13 in 1960. Rock act Hell Is For Heroes arrived at No. 16 with "The Neon Handshake" (EMI).
Across Europe, Robbie Williams' "Escapology" (EMI) leads the European Top 100 Albums chart for an 11th straight week, while t.A.T.u.'s "All the Things She Said" moves 5-1 on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally.