Geri's 'Men' Shine On U.K. Singles Chart
Like her former colleague Emma Bunton last month, ex-Spice Girl Geri Halliwell has achieved a two-week stay at No. 1 in the U.K. with her current single, "It's Raining Men." The EMI hit from the "BridLike her former colleague Emma Bunton last month, ex-Spice Girl Geri Halliwell has achieved a two-week stay at No. 1 in the U.K. with her current single, "It's Raining Men." The EMI hit from the "Bridget Jones's Diary" soundtrack started a second week at the top yesterday (May 13), while on the album chart, Destiny's Child did the same with the Columbia album "Survivor."
The singles chart showed a quartet of prominent new entries, with "Ride Wit Me" by U.S. rapper Nelly featuring City Spud (Universal) the highest at No. 3. Fragma's "You are Alive" arrived at No. 4; it is the Positiva dance/pop act's follow-up to the early 2001 No. 3 hit "Everytime You Need Me."
Another prominent U.S. rap name, Eve, landed at No. 6 with "Who's That Girl" (Interscope/Polydor) while Bon Jovi scored its 14th U.K. top-10 hit at No. 10 with "One Wild Night," the title track of the group's new Mercury live album.
On the U.K album chart, Paul McCartney's Wings retrospective was upstaged somewhat by a Guyanan-born pop-reggae veteran. While "Wingspan -- Hits & History" debuted strongly at No. 5, it was just outdone by "The Greatest Hits," a new EastWest set by Eddy Grant at No. 4. The Guyanan-born artist first charted in the U.K. in 1968 as a member of the multi-racial band the Equals, and is about to return to the singles chart with the "Ringbang" remix of his 1983 hit "Electric Avenue," to be released May 28.
Across Europe, "It Wasn't Me" by Shaggy featuring Ricardo "Rikrok" Ducent (MCA) holds strong in its eighth week at the top of Music & Media's Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally. But Dido's 12-week stay at the summit of the European Top 100 Albums chart with "No Angel" (Cheeky/Arista) ends at the hands of "Survivor," which leaps 49-1 after hitting the top of eight individual European charts.