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Blazin' Squad, Cassidy Overtake U.K. Charts
Blazin' Squad, an aggregation of 10 16-year-old friends, crashed in at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Aug. 25) with "Crossroads" (East West), a version of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's 1996 hit "Blazin' Squad, an aggregation of 10 16-year-old friends, crashed in at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Aug. 25) with "Crossroads" (East West), a version of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's 1996 hit "Tha Crossroads." The track was released just as group received their school exam results, and after an enthusiastic reception by the U.K.'s teen press and television, the single was able to unseat Sugababes' "Round Round" (Universal-Island) from the top.
"Addictive" by Truth Hurts featuring Rakim (Aftermath/Interscope/Polydor), previously a No. 9 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, arrived in the U.K. at No. 3. Meanwhile, Abs, a former member of erstwhile chart regulars Five, opened his solo account at No. 4 with "What You Got" (S/RCA), which samples Althia and Donna's 1978 U.K. No. 1 "Uptown Top Ranking." DJ Paul Oakenfold claimed his first top-10 hit with "Starry Eyed Surprise" (Perfecto) at No. 6, while Italian dance hit "Just the Way You Are" by Milky (Multiply) charted at No. 8.
Over on the album chart, American vocalist Eva Cassidy landed a second posthumous No. 1 album with "Imagine" (Hot Records). The new collection of 10 previously unreleased performances extends Cassidy's remarkable popularity in the U.K., where her previous release, "Songbird," has been certified triple-platinum (900,000 units shipped). That set, released in 1998, had previously completed a steady climb to the top of the U.K. album chart in March 2001. Also enjoying a prominent new entry was Toploader, whose sophomore S2 release "Magic Hotel" entered at No. 3.
There was also a No. 18 debut for Alison Moyet's "Hometime" (Sanctuary), her fifth solo album but her first since 1994's "Essex." The first single from the set, "Should I Feel That It's Over," will be released on Sept. 9. Sanctuary's U.S. unveiling of the album will be heralded by a series of record release parties, open to the general public and starting Sept. 18 at Flicks in San Diego. Moyet starts a U.K. tour Oct. 18 at Newcastle City Hall.
Eminem's "Without Me" (Interscope/Polydor) is No. 1 for a 13th consecutive week on Music & Media's Eurochart Hot 100 Singles survey, having debuted at No. 2 in Hungary and holding at No. 1 in Austria. Red Hot Chili Peppers' "By the Way" (Warner Bros.) returns to No. 1 on the European Top 100 Albums chart, ending Bruce Springsteen's reign with "The Rising" (Columbia) after just one week.