Afroman’s Universal single “Because I Got High” easily outstripped its No. 13 peak on The Billboard Hot 100 by making a long-anticipated debut at No.1 on the U.K. chart yesterday (Oct. 21), bringing and end to Kylie Minogue’s four-week reign with “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” (Parlophone). The novelty release, which had already reached No. 45 on the strength of import sales, also appears on the soundtrack for the movie “Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back,” due Dec. 3 in the U.K. via Universal.
By entering the singles chart at No. 4, Britney Spears’ “I’m A Slave 4 U” (Jive) failed to match the U.K. No. 1 debuts of the lead singles from her first two albums, “…Baby One More Time” in February 1999 and “Oops! I Did It Again” in May 2000. Meanwhile, Inferno/Telstar’s U.K. garage/R&B toupe Mis-teeq scored its third top-10 single in nine months with “One Night Stand” at No. 5, which follows “Why,” No. 8 in January, and “All I Want,” No. 2 in June.
On the album chart, Ebul/Jive pop quintet Steps went straight to the top with “Gold – Greatest Hits,” a compilation of the group’s many hits of the past four years, including 13 consecutive top tenners. Steps’ total U.K. sales amount to 4 million albums and 4 million singles, according to the label, which puts the group’s worldwide sales total at 12 million. Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli’s pop-oriented “Ciela Di Toscana” (Polydor) went straight to No. 3, emphasizing the ever-increasing popularity of the artist, whose global album sales now stand at 40 million, according to label estimates.
On Music & Media’s pan-European sales surveys, Kylie Minogue still holds sway, as “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” spends a fourth week atop Eurochart Hot 100 Singles chart while “Fever” climbs 5-1 on European Top 100 Albums. The single proves to be the nemesis of Michael Jackson’s “You Rock My World” (Epic), both on the Eurochart, where the latter debuts at two, and on several individual surveys. Jackson has been held to the runner-up spot by Minogue in the U.K., Norway, and Belgium, while in Finland it’s at No. 2 behind “Super Electric” (Sony) by hit local exports Bomfunk M.C.’s.