Girls Aloud Hangs Onto U.K. No. 1
With second-week sales of 128,000 copies, Girls Aloud's "Sound of the Underground" (Polydor) continued its reign as the U.K.'s No. 1 single in the traditionally quiet final chart of the year. The onlyWith second-week sales of 128,000 copies, Girls Aloud's "Sound of the Underground" (Polydor) continued its reign as the U.K.'s No. 1 single in the traditionally quiet final chart of the year. The only movement anywhere in the top-10 of the region's singles chart came from the Cheeky Girls' "Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum)" (Multiply), which regained its peak position of No. 2. The track changed places with One True Voice's "Sacred Trust" (Ebul/Jive), which fell to No. 3.
Meanwhile, on the U.K. album chart, Robbie Williams' "Escapology" (EMI) started a sixth week at No. 1, with Blue's "One Love" (Innocent/Virgin) continuing at No. 2. Pink's "Missundaztood" (Arista) rose 5-3, while labelmate Avril Lavigne's "Let Go" climbed 7-4. Westlife's "Unbreakable -- The Greatest Hits Vol. 1" (S) rounded out the top-5 as it slipped from No. 4 to No. 5.
Music & Media's composite European Top 100 Albums chart of 2002 revealed an all-female top-3, led by Shakira's "Servicio De Lavaderia"/"Laundry Service" (Epic/Columbia). It capped a triumphant international year for the Colombian star, whose "Whenever Wherever"/"Suerte" and "Underneath Your Clothes" landed at No. 2 and No. 5, respectively, on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles compilation for the year.
Anastacia's "Freak of Nature" (Epic) is Europe's No. 2 album of 2002 with labelmate Celine Dion's "A New Day Has Come" at No. 3, giving Sony-affiliated labels a sweep in the top-3.
Las Ketchup's "Asereje"/"The Ketchup Song" (Columbia) tops the year-end singles Eurochart. Universal and BMG place two albums each in the top-10, with Interscope's Eminem ("The Eminem Show") at No. 4 and Enrique Iglesias ("Escape") at No. 9. BMG has Pink at No. 7 with "Missundaztood" (Arista) and Alicia Keys' "Songs in A Minor" (J) at No.10.
EMI and Warner have one top-10 album apiece, with Robbie Williams' "Swing When You're Winning" (EMI) at No. 5 and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "By the Way" (Warner Bros.) at No. 8. Independent label Roadrunner takes the other top-10 album berth via Nickelback's "Silver Side Up"; the band's "How You Remind Me" is Europe's No. 4 single of the year.