Harrison Makes 'Sweet' Return To U.K. No. 1
As anticipated in midweek sales data, the late George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" (Parlophone) vaulted back to No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Jan. 20), following the reissue of the classicAs anticipated in midweek sales data, the late George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" (Parlophone) vaulted back to No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Jan. 20), following the reissue of the classic track as a tribute to the former Beatle, who died of cancer on Nov. 29. The song, which previously topped the U.K. singles chart nearly 31 years ago, replaces Aaliyah's "More Than a Woman" (Blackground/Virgin), marking the first time in British chart history that consecutive No. 1 singles have been by different deceased artists (although John Lennon's "Woman" followed his "Imagine" to the top in
Profits from the "My Sweet Lord" reissue will go to the Material World Charitable Foundation, which Harrison established in 1973. On its first U.K. release in January 1971, Harrison succeeded the novelty hit "Grandad" by actor Clive Dunn at No. 1, spending five weeks at the peak and becoming the only one of his four solo U.K. top-10 hits to top the chart. This time, it beats off another new entry, Pink's "Get the Party Started" (LaFace/Arista), at No. 2, in an all new top-3 that saw teenage U.S. starlet Christina Milian debut at No. 3 with "AM to PM" (Def Jam/Mercury).
Also new in the top-10 were the Chemical Brothers' "Star Guitar" (Virgin) at No. 8, with the duo's "Come With Us" album set to follow on Jan. 28. Pop troupe Allstars' remake of Bucks Fizz's 1982 No. 1 "The Land of Make Believe" (Universal/Island) at No. 9. There was good news too for U.S. modern rock outfit Mercury Rev, whose "The Dark Is Rising," from its current V2 album "All Is Dream," became its first U.K. top-20 single at No. 16. The band's previous best showing was No. 26 with "Goddess on a Highway" in August 1999.
On the U.K. album chart, V2 labelmates Stereophonics entered a second week of its second spell at No. 1 with "Just Enough Education To Perform," while two long runners re-entered the top-10: Nelly Furtado's "Whoa, Nelly!" (DreamWorks/Polydor) climbs 18-6 in its 39th chart week, while Sum 41's "All Killer No Filler" (Mercury) jumps from No. 11 to a new peak of No. 7 after 25 weeks.
Kylie Minogue's 16-week run at the top of Music & Media's Eurochart Hot 100 Singles survey with "Can't Get You Out of My Head" (Parlophone) was finally ended by Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman's "Somethin' Stupid" (Chrysalis). Williams' "Swing When You're Winning" begins an eighth week atop the European Top 100 Albums chart.