“Ghetto Gospel” (Interscope) by 2Pac featuring Elton John started a second week at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (July 3), pursued by former classical protege Charlotte Church, who opened her new pop career at No. 2 with “Crazy Chick” (Sony BMG). On the album chart, Coldplay’s “X&Y” (Parlophone) leads the way for the fourth week in a row.
The singles survey had a quiet week, with only one other top 10 debut and one more inside the top 20. James Blunt’s “You’re Beautiful” (Atlantic) held at No. 3 while the former No. 1, “Axel F” by Crazy Frog (Gusto), fell 2-4. The newcomers were the Backstreet Boys at No. 8 with “Incomplete” (Jive), their first top 10 singles showing in Britain since “Drowning” in January 2002. It takes their total of top 10 U.K. hits to 15, in a run that began in the summer of 1996 with “We’ve Got It Goin’ On.”
Mario’s “Here I Go Again” (J) was new at No. 11, but after that the next new entry was at No.21, where British girl band the Faders arrived with “Jump” (Polydor). “Lovers” (Independiente), the second single by Brett Anderson and Bernard Butler’s new band Tears, opened at No. 24, well off the No. 9 start for their first release, “Refugees,” in May.
The top end of the album chart was also largely inert, with Blunt’s first album “Back to Bedlam” holding at No. 2 behind Coldplay, and dance act Faithless back up 5-3 with “Forever Faithless” (Cheeky). Producer Jeff Wayne’s all-star 1978 recording of “The War of the Worlds” (Columbia) climbed 15-6 and Kaiser Chiefs improved 19-7 with “Employment” (B Unique/Polydor).
The Coldplay set is also in a third week at No.1 on the European Top 100 Albums chart, while the Crazy Frog track leads the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally for a second week.