Eminem Spends Fourth Week Atop U.K. Chart
Eminem's "Recovery" (Interscope/Universal) started its fourth aggregate week at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart yesterday (July 25), as "We Speak No Americano" (Sweat It Out/All Around The World/UMTV) by Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup moved 2-1 on the singles chart.
"Recovery" has now had two separate two-week runs atop the album listing, separated by a week at No. 2. Last year, Eminem's "Relapse" started with two weeks at No. 1, while 2005's "Curtain Call" compilation spent its first five weeks at the summit.
London rapper Professor Green followed his current hit single "Just Be Good To Green" (Virgin/EMI), featuring Lily Allen (which dipped 5-7 on the new chart) with a No. 2 entry for his debut album "Alive Till I'm Dead." Plan B's former No. 1 "The Defamation of Strickland Banks" (679/ Atlantic/Warner Music) climbed 4-3, while its current single "Prayin'" improved 17-16, and previous hit "She Said" moved back 33-25.
Kylie Minogue's "Aphrodite" (Parlophone/EMI), which debuted at No. 1 two weeks ago, fell 2-4, and her labelmate Eliza Doolittle's self-titled debut 3-5, but her "Pack Up" single climbed 8-5. Sony Music's new "The Greatest Hits" collection by Earth, Wind & Fire, released to coincide with the veteran soul band's U.K. tour, made a strong debut at No. 9, putting them in the album top ten for the first time since a previous retrospective, "The Collection," in 1986.
Also new in the top 20 were acoustic/folk favorite Seth Lakeman's "Hearts and Minds" (Relentless/EMI) at No. 17, U.S. dance act 3OH!3's "Streets of Gold" (Photo Finish/Asylum/Atlantic/Warner Music) at No. 19, and "United Nations of Sound" (Parlophone/EMI) by RPM and the United Nations of Sound at No. 20.
"We Speak No Americano," which samples the 1956 song "Tu Vuò Fà l'Americano" by Italian singer Renato Carosone, moved 2-1 on the singles chart. "Love The Way You Lie" by Eminem featuring Rihanna climbed 3-2 as last week's No. 1, B.o.B.'s "Airplanes" (Rebel Rock/ Atlantic/Warner Music), featuring Hayley Williams, fell to No. 3. "I Like It" (Interscope/Universal) by Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull, moved back 9-8 as another track guest-featuring the rapper, Usher's "DJ Got Us Falling In Love" (LaFace/Sony Music Entertainment), debuted at No. 20. Jason Derulo's "What If" (Beluga Heights/Warner Bros./ Warner Music) climbed 40-19.
Eminem also climbed 2-1 to regain the leadership of Billboard's European Albums chart with "Recovery" while "California Gurls," (Virgin) by Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg, is in a third week at No. 1 on Hot 100 Singles.