Kylie Reigns Supreme On U.K. Charts
Kylie Minogue now has command of the U.K. album chart as well as the singles survey. Parlophone's Australian pop figurehead (who won two titles last week at her native country's ARIA Awards) started aKylie Minogue now has command of the U.K. album chart as well as the singles survey. Parlophone's Australian pop figurehead (who won two titles last week at her native country's ARIA Awards) started a third week at No. 1 on the singles chart yesterday (Oct. 7) with "Can't Get You Out of My Head" and doubled her fun by debuting at the top with the album "Fever." It comes in an extremely active week for the album chart, in which seven of the top-10 titles were new entries.
Minogue's last album "Light Years" debuted at No. 2 in the U.K. a year ago, beaten to the top by Madonna's "Music." But this time she beat off strong competition across many genres. Elton John's "Songs From the West Coast" (Rocket/Mercury) came closest, entering at an impressive No. 2, his best showing with a new studio album since "The One" reached the same peak in June 1992.
Former Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown entered at No. 3 with his third solo album, "Music of the Spheres" (Polydor), and children's TV hero Bob The Builder bowed at No. 4 with "The Album" (BBC Music). Garbage scored a No. 6 entry with its third Mushroom set, "Beautiful Garbage," a decline from the No. 1 debut of its predecessor, "Version 2.0," in May 1998.
There was a remarkable chart return at No. 7 for 1970s heartthrob David Cassidy, whose "Then and Now" set (Universal Music TV) features his best-known hits along with newer recordings including a version of "Could It Be Forever" with current chart stars Hear'Say. It's his first U.K. top-10 outing since "Cassidy Live" reached No. 9 in 1974, and his highest since "Dreams Are Nothing More Than Wishes" topped the chart the year before.
His success has echoes of the sales comeback earlier this year of his erstwhile rival for teenage affections, Donny Osmond, whose "This Is the Moment" reached No. 10 in April on another Universal label, Decca Broadway. Cassidy will play a quintet of U.K. shows next month.
Completing the top-10 entries on the album chart, at a less-than-overwhelming No. 10, was Spice Girl Victoria Beckham's self-titled solo debut on Virgin. It was a mixed weekend for the Beckham family, as her husband and England soccer captain David scored a last-minute goal in the team's World Cup qualifier against Greece on Saturday.
Meanwhile, there was a soccer flavor on the singles chart, which in a quieter week showed "Sven Sven Sven" by comedians Bell & Spurling (Eternal/WEA) as the top new entry at No. 7. The track is a light-hearted tribute to the England team's Scandinavian manager, Sven-Goran Eriksson. Sum 41's "Fat Lip" (Mercury) was the other top ten entry, at No. 8.
The Minogue single also spends a second week at the top of Music & Media's Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally, on which Enya's "Only Time" (WEA) jumps 24-6 after attracting airplay and sales in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The song, and Enya's "A Day Without Rain" album, are both No. 1 in
Jamiroquai's "A Funk Odyssey" (Sony S2) is No. 1 on the European Top 100 Albums chart for a fourth week, with Tracy Chapman's "The Collection" performing well in many European territories on the way to a 21-3 jump.