English pop singer/songwriter Daniel Bedingfield ended Beyonce’s three-week reign on the U.K. singles chart as “Never Gonna Leave Your Side” (Polydor) went straight to No. 1. The Destiny’s Child star’s “Crazy in Love” featuring Jay-Z (Columbia) fell to No. 2, and while she has Britain’s most popular album for a fifth week with “Dangerously in Love,” Bedingfield is also mounting a fresh challenge to that reign. His debut album, “Gotta Get Thru This,” vaulted 13-2 in its 39th chart week.
“Never Gonna Leave Your Side” is Bedingfield’s third U.K. No. 1, after “Gotta Get Thru This” in December 2001 and “If You’re Not the One” 12 months later.
Welsh rock act Stereophonics scored another top-5 hit on the singles chart as “Maybe Tomorrow” (V2) entered at No. 3, while the dance crossover “Deepest Blue,” by the act of the same name, debuted at No. 7 on Data/Ministry of Sound.
There was a No. 9 entry for boy band Triple 8 with “Give Me a Reason” (Polydor), while All-American Rejects scored their first U.K. singles chart hit with “Swing, Swing” (DreamWorks/Polydor) at No. 13.
The highest new entry of the week on the album chart was “Phantom Power” (Epic) by another Welsh rock act, Super Furry Animals, at No. 4. That’s one place below the debut position of its predecessor, “Rings Around the World,” in August 2001. Former Hear’Say member Kym Marsh opened at No. 9 with “Standing Tall” (Polydor), which has spawned two top-10 singles.
Jane’s Addiction’s “Strays” (Capitol) repeated last week’s performance of the single “Just Because” by entering at No. 14, while RCA’s new “The Ultimate Dolly Parton” collection opened at No. 17.
Across Europe, Knowles rules the roost, climbing 4-1 on Music & Media’s European Top 100 Albums chart and holding at No. 1 on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally for a second week.