Staind Makes Mark On U.K. Chart

U.S. rock act Staind pulled off a major achievement on the U.K. album chart yesterday (Aug. 26) when its Flip/Elektra set "Break the Cycle" debuted at No. 1 -- despite the fact that the band has yet t

U.S. rock act Staind pulled off a major achievement on the U.K. album chart yesterday (Aug. 26) when its Flip/Elektra set "Break the Cycle" debuted at No. 1 -- despite the fact that the band has yet to appear on the British singles chart. The mark repeats Staind's performance on The Billboard 200, where "Break" debuted on top in June.

"Break the Cycle" -- which has been certified triple-platinum in the U.S. by the Recording Industry Association of America for U.S. shipments of 3 million copies -- deposed David Gray's "White Ladder" (iht/East West) to take the chart crown, and with Prince's "The Very Best Of" (Warner Bros.) at No. 4, the Warner Music Group has three of the U.K.'s top four albums of the week.

Odd one out among that top four, and soaring to a new chart peak after previously debuting at No. 9 in March, is Nelly Furtado's "Whoa! Nelly" (Dreamworks/Polydor), which moved 11-3 following her recent U.K. live dates. Meanwhile, the album's second single, "Turn Off The Light" makes a powerful No. 4 debut on the U.K. singles chart, going one place better than the entry and peak position of her first hit "I'm Like a Bird" in March.

Five's "Let's Dance" (RCA) started a second week at the top of the U.K. singles chart, on which Bristol-based act Kosheen's drum & bass track "Hide U" (Arista) arrives at No. 6.

Furtado's album also wins the Sales Breaker award with a 40-19 leap on Music & Media's European Top 100 Albums chart, on which it previously peaked at No. 22 in early June. "Whoa, Nelly!" climbs 14-10 in Holland, as does "Turn Off The Light," while "I'm Like A Bird" holds at No. 6 in Portugal as Furtado continues her European tour.

In its 21st chart week, Gorillaz' self-titled Parlophone album moves to the top of the pan-European chart, also climbing 5-3 in Germany, 9-5 in Belgium, and holding at No. 2 in Norway. Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya & Pink remain at No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles with "Lady Marmalade" (Interscope), while Sales Breaker status goes to the French hit "A Ma Place" by Axel Bauer & Zazie (Mercury) with a 32-24 climb.