Sugababes Bump Darius From U.K. No. 1
Teenage pop trio Sugababes chimed in at No. 1 on the British singles charts yesterday (Aug. 18) with "Round Round" (Island). The group's second consecutive chart-topper -- following May's "Freak LikeTeenage pop trio Sugababes chimed in at No. 1 on the British singles charts yesterday (Aug. 18) with "Round Round" (Island). The group's second consecutive chart-topper -- following May's "Freak Like Me" -- bumped "Pop Idol" semi-finalist Darius' "Colourblind" (Mercury) from its two week porch the top spot.
Romeo, of U.K. rap act So Solid Crew, scored his first solo chart hit with "Romeo Dunn" (Relentless) at No. 3, while Daniel Bedingfield followed his January No. 1 smash "Gotta Get Thru This" with "James Dean (I Wanna Know)," which arrived at No. 4.
Belgian act Mad'House's European hit cover of Madonna's "Like a Prayer" (Mercury) slipped two spots to No. 5, followed by three new entries: "Popstars" winners Hear'Say at No. 6 with "Lovin' Is Easy" (Polydor), Belgian dance act Lasgo's "Alone" (Positiva) at No. 7, and former Steps members H & Claire at No. 8 with "Half a Heart." It's the pair's second WEA hit since their former group split.
On the album chart, the Red Hot Chili Peppers retained their hold at No. 1 with "By the Way" (Warner Bros.) as no new entries cracked the top-10. The highest new entry was Def Leppard's "X" (Bludgeon Riffola) at No. 14, the pop-metal mavens' first album since 1999's "Euphoria." McAlmont & Butler checked in at No. 18 with "Bring It Back" (Chrysalis), while Will Smith made a disappointing debut at No. 24 with "Born To Reign" (Columbia).
On the pan-European charts, Bruce Springsteen's "The Rising" stays true to its name by leapfrogging the Chili Peppers to the top spot on Music & Media's European Top 100 Albums tally. Meanwhile, Eminem's "Without Me" (Interscope/Polydor) made it 12 weeks at the top of the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles survey.