Hear'Say Overwhelms U.K. Charts
Hear'Say yesterday delivered perhaps the ultimate proof of their popularity since emerging via the "Popstars" TV series. The group achieved not only a third week at No. 1 with the single "Pure And SimHear'Say yesterday delivered perhaps the ultimate proof of their popularity since emerging via the "Popstars" TV series. The group achieved not only a third week at No. 1 with the single "Pure And Simple," but raced to the top with their debut Polydor album. "Popstars" sold 306,000 copies in its first week, the biggest-ever first-week U.K. sales total by a debut act and five times that of the album it replaced at No. 1, Eva Cassidy's "Songbird" (Blix Street/Hot).
It was also a better than good week for Gorillaz, the spinoff "cartoon" band featuring Blur's Damon Albarn, as their self-titled Parlophone debut album entered the chart at No. 3 while the single "Clint Eastwood" bounced back 6-4 in its fourth week. The singles survey also included a No. 3 debut for the current Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, Crazy Town's "Butterfly" (Columbia), and a No. 6 entry for the club crossover "Salsoul Nugget (If You Wanna)" (ffrr/London) by M&S presents the Girl Next Door.
The U.K. album chart also welcomed back Rod Stewart, whose new "Human" album (Atlantic) is already No. 44 in its third week on Music & Media's European Top 100 Albums list. In his home country, the album entered at No. 9, as compared to the No. 2 entry of his last set, "When We Were The Young Boys," on Warner Bros. in 1998.
Europe's favorite single and album are unchanged, as Shaggy featuring Ricardo "Rikrok" Ducent earns a second week at No. 1 on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally with "It Wasn't Me" (MCA) while Dido's "No Angel" (Cheeky/Arista) rules the European album scene for a seventh straight week.
American R&B star Brandy & her younger brother Ray J's remake of Phil Collins' 1989 smash "Another Day In Paradise" is the highest new entry on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles at No. 21, after a No. 2 entry in Germany. It's the maiden release from "Urban Renewal," an R&B-themed album of Collins songs first reported by Billboard.com in November 1998.
The album is due on WEA Germany and will also feature Brian McKnight's version of "I Wish It Would Rain Down," Lil' Kim's "In The Air Tonight," and tracks by Deborah Cox, TQ, Debelah Morgan, Changing Faces, and others.