New British rock bands rule the new U.K. sales charts, with Arctic Monkeys notching their second straight singles chart-topper and Hard-Fi ascending to No. 1 with its first album.
Arctic Monkeys, who achieved a surprise No. 1 at the end of October with “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” (Domino), went straight to the top again with the follow-up, “When The Sun Goes Down.” Both tracks appear on the band’s highly anticipated first album, “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not,” which arrived in U.K. stores today.
The top four on the singles chart were all new entries, with “Nasty Girl” (Bad Boy) by Notorious B.I.G., P. Diddy and Nelly new at No. 2. That far exceeds the single’s performance on Billboard’s Hot 100, where it peaked at No. 46. Will Young’s “All Time Love” (Sony BMG) arrived at No. 3.
A current U.S. smash, “Check on It” (Columbia) by Beyonce featuring Slim Thug (up 3-2 on this week’s Hot 100), hit the British chart at No. 4. There was also a top 10 debut for Hi-Tack’s “Say Say Say (Waiting 4 U)” (Gusto), which samples Michael Jackson’s vocals from his 1983 hit “Say Say Say” with Paul McCartney, entered at No. 8. British teen pop act Son Of Dork came in at No. 10 with “Eddie’s Song” (Mercury).
Hard-Fi’s first album, “Stars of CCTV” (Necessary/Atlantic), succeeds another Atlantic release, James Blunt’s “Back to Bedlam,” at the summit, moving 4-1 in its 28th chart week. Editors are closing in quick, moving 3-2 with “The Back Room” (Kitchenware). Will Young’s third album, “Keep On,” soared 10-4 and Swedish-born singer/songwriter Jose Gonzalez improved 16-7 with “Veneer” (Peace Frog).
After 11 consecutive weeks at No.2, “Back To Bedlam” is back at the top of the European Top 100 Albums chart, which it previously led for one week in October. Madonna is in a tenth week at No .1 on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles survey with “Hung Up” (Warner Bros.).