Eminem Returns To U.K. Chart Summit

Nigel Parry

As Eminem's "Recovery" (Interscope/Universal) started a second stint as the U.K.'s No. 1 album, American artist-producer B.O.B. achieved his second consecutive chart-topping single with "Airplanes" (Rebel Rock/Atlantic/Warner Music), featuring Hayley Williams.

"Recovery" spent its first two weeks atop the U.K. chart before slipping to No. 2 last week. It moved back to the summit as Kylie Minogue's "Aphrodite" (Parlophone/EMI) dropped a place from its No. 1 debut.

British pop ingenue Eliza Doolittle had a great week, debuting at No. 3 on the July 18 Official Charts Co album listing with her self-titled first album for Parlophone/EMI. Her album includes both April's top 30 U.K. hit "Skinny Genes" and the current "Pack Up," which climbed 12-8 on the Official Charts Company's new listings.

Mumford & Sons' "Sigh No More" (Universal Island) climbed 9-6, the highest position of its 41-week chart career. Their Island label mates, north London quartet Bombay Bicycle Club, made a breakthrough with their second album "Flaws," which debuted at No. 8, a year after their debut set "I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose" reached No. 46.

JLS' self-titled Epic/Sony Music Entertainment album climbed back 35-12, after their No.1 singles debut last week with "The Club Is Alive." There were top 20 starts on the new album chart for Liverpool band the Coral's "Butterfly House" (Deltasonic) at No. 16 and "The Place We Ran From" (Fiction/Polydor/Universal) at No. 17 for Tired Pony, the band featuring Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol and Peter Buck of R.E.M., Richard Colburne of Belle & Sebastian and others.

"Airplanes" glided to the top of the singles chart in its seventh week on the survey, less than two months after "Nothin' On You," featuring Bruno Mars, debuted at No. 1. The album "B.O.B. Presents the Adventures of Bobby Ray" climbed 36-31 on the new chart.

"We Speak No Americano" (Sweat It Out/All Around The World/Universal) by Yolanda Be Cool and Dcup climbed 5-2 on the singles survey and "Love The Way You Lie" by Eminem featuring Rihanna moved up again, 4-3. "Just Be Good To Green" (Virgin/EMI) by London rapper Professor Green featuring (his friend) Lily Allen, based on the S.O.S. Band's soul classic "Just Be Good To Me," entered at No. 5; "Bang Bang Bang" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) by Mark Ronson & Business International (from his upcoming "Record Collection" album) at No. 6.

Minogue's "Aphrodite" made a No.1 debut on Billboard's European Albums chart while "California Gurls," (Virgin) by Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg, is in a second week atop the pan-European Hot 100 Singles.


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