Not even the Rolling Stones could dethrone the King from the top of the U.K. album chart yesterday (Oct. 6), as “Elvis: 30 #1 Hits” (RCA) remained at No. 1 despite the advance of the Stones’ “Forty Licks” compilation (Virgin/ABKCO/Decca), which debuted at No. 2. The heavyweights last shared top-5 space in the U.K. 25 years ago this week, when the Stones’ “Love You Live” debuted at No. 3 and Elvis Presley’s “Moody Blue” fell 3-5.
On the U.K. singles chart, Will Young & Gareth Gates’ double-sided collaboration “The Long and Winding Road”/”Suspicious Minds” (S/BMG) scored a second week at No. 1. That’s in spite of four new entries in the top-10, the most prominent of which is Australian soap star turned singer Holly Valance’s “Down Boy” (London). The follow-up to her May No. 1 “Kiss Kiss” debuted at No. 2, while “Down 4 U” by Irv Gotti featuring Ja Rule, Ashanti, Vita & Charli Baltimore (Murder Inc/Mercury) opened at No. 4.
Jakatta’s dance crossover “My Vision” (Rulin), which features vocals by Seal, entered at No. 6, while English eccentric John Otway returned to the chart at No. 9 with “Bunsen Burner” (U-Vibe). Released 25 years after his U.K. top-30 novelty hit “Really Free” with former partner Wild Willy Barrett, “Burner” (which features a sample from the Trammps’ “Disco Inferno”) has been quite legally “hyped” into the charts by Otway’s loyal and substantial fan base, who have lobbied record stores to stock the left-field release.
In addition to the Rolling Stones’ new entry, the top-10 of the album chart also contained a notable debut for Mark Knopfler, who continues to sell well despite an absence of mainstream exposure for his post-Dire Straits material. His third solo album “The Ragpicker’s Dream” (Mercury) arrived at No. 7, two years after its predecessor “Sailing to Philadelphia” hit No. 4. Supergrass entered at No. 9 with “Life on Other Planets” (Parlophone), but veteran rock outfit Suede could only manage a disappointing No. 24 bow with “A New Morning” (Epic).
Europe-wide, Las Ketchup continues to top Music & Media’s Eurochart Hot 100 Singles chart with “Asereje/The Ketchup Song” (Columbia), but the Presley album is controversially beaten to No. 1 on the European Top 100 Albums tally by Bon Jovi’s “Bounce” (Mercury). According to M&M’s charts department. Presley would be No. 1 overall but for the fact that in France, artist collections are excluded from the main chart — the one featured in the magazine’s methodology — and placed in a separate compilations listing.