Young, Eminem 'Fire' Up U.K. Charts
Will Young achieved his second consecutive U.K. No. 1 single yesterday (June 2) with a cover of the Doors' "Light My Fire," which he first popularized on the TV talent show "Pop Idol." Young ended EmiWill Young achieved his second consecutive U.K. No. 1 single yesterday (June 2) with a cover of the Doors' "Light My Fire," which he first popularized on the TV talent show "Pop Idol." Young ended Eminem's seven-day spell at the top with "Without Me" (Interscope/Polydor), but the rapper had the major consolation of a No. 1 entry on the album chart with "The Eminem Show."
Young's version of "Light My Fire," written by the Doors' Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, and Robby Krieger, is the sixth take on the song to chart in the U.K., but the first that it has reached No. 1. It first charted in Britain for the Doors in 1967, reaching only No. 49 despite hitting No. 1 in the U.S., but went to No. 7 after a 1991 reissue prompted by the Oliver Stone film "The Doors."
In between, Jose Feliciano's cover reached No. 6 in 1968, and it reappeared at No. 5 in 1979 as part of Amii Stewart's medley with "137 Disco Heaven." Renditions by the Mike Flowers Pops and UB40 also charted in the U.K. in 1996 and 2000, respectively.
The new U.K. singles survey contained no fewer than five new entries inspired by soccer's World Cup Finals, taking place in Japan and South Korea. Ant & Dec's official theme song "We're on the Ball" (Columbia) was the bestseller among them at No. 3, with an "Unofficial World Cup Remix" of DJ Otzi's 2001 chart-topper "Hey Baby" (EMI) debuting at No. 10. Further titles by Bell & Spurling, the England Boys, and Dario G also made the top-40.
Britain's holiday weekend for the Queen's Golden Jubilee had the merest whiff of controversy as Virgin's reissue of the Sex Pistols' "God Save the Queen" only reappeared at No. 15. The huge publicity surrounding MTV's recent U.K. premiere of "The Osbournes" helped Ozzy Osbourne score his first top-20 single in the region since 1986's "Shot in the Dark," as "Dreamer" debuted at No. 18.
Below Eminem on the album survey, Liberty X followed its recent No. 1 single "Just a Little" (V2) with a No. 3 debut for its first album "Thinking It Over," while Belgian dance act Ian Van Dahl arrived at No. 7 with "Ace" (Nulife). Norah Jones' "Come Away With Me" (Blue Note/Parlophone) made its top-10 bow by climbing 11-8.
Moby's "18" (Mute) is Europe's favorite album for a second week, according to Music & Media's European Top 100 Albums chart, while Eminem's "Without Me" goes straight to No. 1 on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally, ending Shakira's 13-week run with "Whenever Wherever" (Epic).