Slipknot, Strokes Storm U.K. Album Chart
American rock continued its dramatic re-emergence at the top of the U.K. album chart Sunday when Slipknot's "Iowa" (Roadrunner) succeeded Staind's "Break the Cycle" (East West) at No. 1. Meanwhile, crAmerican rock continued its dramatic re-emergence at the top of the U.K. album chart Sunday when Slipknot's "Iowa" (Roadrunner) succeeded Staind's "Break the Cycle" (East West) at No. 1. Meanwhile, critically lauded New York newcomers the Strokes flew the flag for indie rock with a new entry at No. 2 for their debut set "Is This It" (Rough Trade). RCA teen-oriented act Five was forced to settle for a new entry at No. 3 with "Kingsize."
Five also ceded the No. 1 position on the singles chart, which it has occupied for the past two weeks with "Let's Dance," to another British boy act, Blue. That act went straight to the summit with its cover of Next's massive U.S. hit from 1998, "Too Close" (Innocent/Virgin). The original was certified platinum and spent five weeks at No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100, but peaked in the U.K. at No. 24. It's the second hit for R&B-leaning pop act Blue, following "All Rise," which reached No. 4 and recently completed a 13-week chart run.
The Five single was the only release in the top-5 not to be a new entry. Uncle Kracker made a strong U.K. debut at No. 3 with the Lava/Atlantic single "Follow Me," which features a DJ Homicide remix, while English vocalist Louise entered at No. 4 with a cover of Stealers Wheel's "Stuck in the Middle With You" (EMI). Spice Girl Emma Bunton opened at No. 5 with "Take My Breath Away" (Virgin).
The album chart also showed top-10 entries for New Order at No. 6 with "Get Ready" (London), eight years after the group's last studio album, "Republic," topped the U.K. bestsellers. Bjork's "Vespertine" (One Little Indian) debuted at No. 8.
Across Europe, "Lady Marmalade" (Interscope) logs yet another week at No.1 on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally for Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, and Pink. Another Interscope single, "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" by Eve featuring Gwen Stefani, storms 18-4. Manu Chao's "Proxima Estacion: Esperanza" returns to the top of the European Top 100 Albums chart, on which Nelly Furtado's "Whoa, Nelly!" (DreamWorks) soars 19-8.