English rock band Coldplay’s sophomore album sold a quarter of a million copies in its first week to give the act an instant No. 1 on the new U.K. album sales chart, unveiled yesterday (Sept. 1). The highly anticipated “A Rush of Blood to the Head” (Parlophone) outsold R&B trio Sugababes’ “Angels With Dirty Faces” (Universal-Island), which bowed at No. 2. The debuts sent last week‘s chart topper, Eva Cassidy’s “Imagine” (Hot), down to No. 3.
The album chart also included a first top-10 success for Queens of the Stone Age, whose “Songs For The Deaf” (Interscope/Polydor) has had very positive U.K. press reviews and hit the sales survey at No. 4. Another U.S. rock act, Bowling For Soup, arrived at No. 14 with “Drunk Enough To Dance” (Music For Nations), just behind a somewhat disappointing entry for U.K. dance-pop star Daniel Bedingfield’s debut album “Gotta Get Thru This” (Polydor) at No. 13.
Meanwhile, another U.K. female trio, Atomic Kitten, scored its latest No. 1 single with a cover of “The Tide Is High” (Innocent/Virgin). That version of Blondie’s 1980 No. 1, itself a cover of the Paragons’ original, debuted at the top of the U.K. singles chart to force last week’s bestseller, “Crossroads” by Blazin’ Squad (East West), down to No. 2. U.K. hip-hop/R&B prospect Ms Dynamite entered the chart at No. 5 with “Dy-Na-Mi-Tee” (Polydor), as Nickelback scored a second top-10 success as “Too Bad” (Roadrunner) entered at No. 9.
Across Europe, Eminem’s “Without Me” (Interscope/Polydor) is still the most popular single as it logs a 14th week atop Music & Media’s Eurochart Hot 100 Singles chart. The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “By The Way” (Warner Bros.) also continues its reign, as the set registers an aggregate sixth week at No. 1 on the European Top 100 Albums chart.