Oasis, 'N Sync, Doves Storm U.K. Singles Chart
Oasis notched its first U.K. No. 1 single in more than two years yesterday (April 22) and its sixth overall, as "The Hindu Times" (Big Brother) scored the highest debut among an all-new top three on tOasis notched its first U.K. No. 1 single in more than two years yesterday (April 22) and its sixth overall, as "The Hindu Times" (Big Brother) scored the highest debut among an all-new top three on the U.K. singles chart. Asked by BBC Radio 1 how it felt to be back on top, songwriter/guitarist Noel Gallagher said, "I remember it well."
The single, the lead track from Oasis' forthcoming album "Heathen Chemistry," hit No. 1 some 26 months after the group's last British bestseller, "Go Let It Out," in February 2000. The album, for which no release date has yet been confirmed, is currently the subject of controversy following news that Sony Music Europe and the band's Ignition Management are investigating the leaking of tracks via illicit download Web sites.
Oasis first topped the U.K. chart in May 1995 with "Some Might Say," following it with "Don't Look Back in Anger" (March 1996), "D'You Know What I Mean?" (July 1997), and "All Around The World" (January 1998). Following "Go Let It Out," two further singles from the album "Standing on the Shoulder of Giants" -- "Who Feels Love?" and "Sunday Morning Call" -- both peaked at No. 4.
"Girlfriend" by 'N Sync featuring Nelly (Jive), currently No. 5 on the Hot 100, debuted at No. 2 in the U.K., outdoing the U.S. band's previous best showing of No. 3 for "Bye Bye Bye" in March 2000. Also achieving a career best, by a much wider margin, was Manchester rock outfit Doves, whose "There Goes the Fear" (Heavenly/Parlophone), arrived at No. 3. The band's previous highest singles peak was No. 32 with consecutive 2000 singles, "Catch the Sun" and "The Man Who Told Everything."
"We can't believe it," Doves multi-instrumentalist Jimi Goodwin tells Billboard.com. "It did more in two days than all of the singles combined from [the group's 2000 debut album] 'Lost Souls.' We're bowled over." The group begins a U.K. tour April 30 in Leeds and, as previously reported, will hit North America this summer with hometown colleagues Elbow. Doves' new album, "The Last Broadcast," is due April 29 internationally and June 4 in North America, where it will be issued by Capitol.
A quieter week on the album chart saw Celine Dion hold at No. 1 for a fourth straight week with "A New Day Has Come" (Epic). With no new entries in the top-10, Elvis Costello's "When I Was Cruel" (Mercury) was the highest debut at No. 17, followed at No. 18 by "The Ultimate Collection" (Sanctuary) from veteran English vocalist Petula Clark.
Europe-wide, Billboard's European sister title Music & Media shows Dion at No. 1 for a third week on the European Top 100 Albums chart, with her Epic labelmate Shakira's "Whenever Wherever" in an eighth week atop the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally.