'Pop Idol' Young Sets U.K. Sales Record
Will Young, the winner of the recent "Pop Idol" TV talent series, walked straight into the record books yesterday (March 3) with his debut RCA single "Evergreen"/"Anything Is Possible." Already assureWill Young, the winner of the recent "Pop Idol" TV talent series, walked straight into the record books yesterday (March 3) with his debut RCA single "Evergreen"/"Anything Is Possible." Already assured a No. 1 entry on the U.K. singles chart thanks to immense media coverage, the single sold 1,108,269 copies -- the best first-week total in the history of the U.K. singles chart, easily outstripping Band Aid's 750,000 opening tally for 1984's "Do They Know It's Christmas."
Other astonishing statistics surrounding Young's single (of which "Evergreen," a cover of a song from Westlife's current third album, is attracting the most airplay) include the fact that it bettered the combined sales of every other single on yesterday's chart. It has already measured as the 58th best-selling U.K single of all time.
Ironically, it was Westlife that was replaced by Young at No. 1, as the group's "World of Our Own" plummeted 1-6 on the chart. The rest of the singles chart paled somewhat by comparison to the newcomer's achievements, but there was excellent news for Latin superstar Shakira. Her single "Whenever, Wherever" (Epic) debuted at No. 2, days after moving to the top of Music & Media's Eurochart Hot 100 Singles chart, reflecting its pan-European hit status. The track also moves 2-1 in Austria and Belgium.
Elsewhere on the singles chart, there were new entries for Belgian dance crossover Lasgo's "Something" (Positiva) at No. 4 and Nickelback's "How You Remind Me" (Roadrunner) at No. 6. U.K. soul singer Beverley Knight, a longtime figurehead of domestic R&B, scored the first top-10 single of her career as "Shoulda Woulda Coulda" (Parlophone) entered at No. 10.
The British album chart was less eventful, with "The Very Best of Sting and the Police" (A&M) holding at No. 1 and Barbra Streisand's "The Collection" (Columbia) the highest new entry at No. 4. Brandy's "Full Moon" (Atlantic) entered at No. 9. Meanwhile, Anastacia's "Freak of Nature" (Epic) returned to the top of the European Top 100 Albums chart, with Shakira's "Laundry Service" moving up 3-2.