'Popstars' Hear'Say Top U.K. Chart Again

With 4,000 copies to spare, U.K. television's "Popstars" winners Hear'Say achieved its second domestic No. 1 yesterday (July 1) with "Show Me the Way to Your Love" (Polydor). The single follows the gr

With 4,000 copies to spare, U.K. television's "Popstars" winners Hear'Say achieved its second domestic No. 1 yesterday (July 1) with "Show Me the Way to Your Love" (Polydor). The single follows the group's March smash No. 1 "Pure and Simple." Both hits come from Hear'Say's "Popstars" album, which is certified triple-platinum in the U.K. for shipments of 900,000 copies.

The Polydor label replaced itself at No. 1, as it also distributes the Interscope multi-artist remake of "Lady Marmalade." Now at No. 2, the single was restricted to one week at the top, although it's the highest new entry across Europe on Music & Media's Eurochart Hot 100 Singles at No. 3.

The Universal-distributed single, "Angel" by Shaggy featuring Rayvon (MCA/Universal-Island), spends a fourth week atop the Eurochart and is No. 4 in the U.K., where Usher's "U Remind Me" (LaFace/Arista) bested it with a No. 3 debut. Parlophone's Gorillaz have a second hit with "19-2000," which debuted at No. 6.

It's "as you were" at the top of the U.K. album chart, on which Travis starts a third week at No. 1 with "The Invisible Band" (Independiente). The label plans to release "Side" as the follow-up single to "Sing," which is at No. 33 in its fifth chart week. D12's "Devil's Night" (another Interscope/Polydor hit) holds at No. 2 on the album chart, while Shaggy's "Hot Shot" rebounds 5-3.

Dance favorites Basement Jaxx -- widely covered in local print media of late and with the "Romeo" single still in the top-20 at No. 17 -- scores the highest new entry with "Rooty" at No. 5 (XL Recordings/Beggars Banquet). Former Wet Wet Wet frontman Marti Pellow followed his No. 9 debut solo hit "Close to You" with a new entry at No. 7 for the album "Smile."

Below the top-10, the chart has a strong retro flavor thanks to the rapid climbs made by many titles included in summer sales promotions by major retailers. Eminem's "The Slim Shady LP" (Interscope/Polydor) soared 141-19, while erstwhile ska revivalists the Specials re-charted at No. 22 with their self-titled debut album on Chrysalis, which reached No. 4 in a 45-week run on the bestsellers tally in 1979-80. Carole King's perennial "Tapestry," originally on A&M but now out through Epic, reappears at No. 24, 30 years to the month after its first chart appearance.