2Pac’s “Ghetto Gospel” (Interscope) featuring Elton John started a third week at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (July 10). On the album chart, John’s colleague on the Twenty First Artists management roster, James Blunt, completed his climb to the top as “Back To Bedlam” (Atlantic) rose 2-1 in its 14th chart week.
Mariah Carey’s current Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper “We Belong Together” (Def Jam) took its U.K. bow at No. 2, marking the 22nd top 10 British single of her career. Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” (Sony BMG) opened at No. 5; Clarkson has had a lukewarm British chart career to date, scoring only one previous top 10 single, “Miss Independent,” which hit No. 6 in September 2003.
Kanye West’s “Diamonds From Sierra Leone” (Roc-a-Fella) entered the singles survey at No. 8, and former S Club 7 member Rachel Stevens scored another top 10 solo entry with “So Good” (19/Polydor) at No. 10.
Blunt’s good news on the album chart pushed Coldplay’s “X&Y” (Parlophone) down to No. 2 after a four-week run at the top. Kaiser Chiefs continued the revival of their debut set, “Employment” (B Unique/Polydor), which has now improved 19-7-4 in the last three weeks. The Leeds band’s current single, “Everyday I Love You Less and Less,” also moved up 39-29 in the wake of its appearance at the Philadelphia Live 8 concert.
The Hyde Park leg of the July 2 spectacular also impacts the album chart, with Keane’s “Hopes and Fears” (Universal Island) up 11-5 after 61 weeks and seven-times platinum status (2.1 million shipments). The band’s fellow contributors to the London Live 8 bill, Razorlight, raced 28-9 with “Up All Night” (Vertigo), in its 49th chart week, while the Killers’ “Hot Fuss” (Lizard King) rebounded 22-11 in week 57. Joss Stone’s “Mind, Body & Soul” (Relentless) was up 39-16 and R.E.M.’s “In Time: The Best Of — 1988-2003” climbs 33-18. Pink Floyd’s “Echoes” compilation (EMI) returned to the chart at No. 19.
New London-based rock act Hard-Fi followed its top 10 single “Hard To Beat” (Necessary) with a No. 6 start for its first album, “Stars of CCTV.” Royksopp’s “The Understanding” (Wall Of Sound) came in at No. 13, followed by the Offspring’s “Greatest Hits” compilation (Columbia) at No. 14.
The Coldplay set leads Billboard’s European Top 100 Albums survey for a fourth week, while Crazy Frog’s “Axel F” (Gusto/Mach1) is in a third week atop the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally.