Rap rules in the U.K. charts again, after Sunday’s new sales figures confirmed a second week at No. 1 for both the single “Bonkers” (Dirtee Stank) by Dizzee Rascal featuring Armand Van Helden and Enimem’s “Relapse” album (Interscope/Universal).
Eminem’s second week at the top came despite a strong debut by the self-titled first album by electronic female string quartet Escala. The group featured in the second series of ITV’s “Britain’s Got Talent” in May last year and then performed as guests on the second semi-final of the third series May 25. The album was produced by Trevor Horn.
Pink, who held at No. 9 with “Funhouse” (LaFace/Sony Music Entertainment), which is double platinum for 600,000 shipments, now holds two positions the top ten, effectively covering her entire studio album output. A 4-CD box of her four previous titles, “Can’t Take Me Home”/”Missundazstood”/”Try This”/”I’m Not Dead,” which is selling for ¬£12.99 ($21.25) at high street retailer HMV, appeared at No. 7. The singer is now on the Australian leg of her “Funhouse” world tour.
Veteran British rock act Simple Minds returned to the U.K. top ten with their 16th studio album “Graffiti Soul” (Sanctuary/UMRL). It hit No. 10 to become their highest-charting release since “Good News From The Next World” reached No. 2 in 1995.
Dizzee Rascal’s singles chart reign continued as the Black Eyed Peas’ former No. 1 “Boom Boom Pow” (Interscope/Universal) spent a second week at No. 2. Swedish singer Agnes opened at No. 3 with the dance crossover “Release Me” (3 Beat), the first Europe-wide single by the former winner of Sweden’s version of “Pop Idol.”
“Kiss Me Thru The Phone” (Interscope/Universal) by Soulja Boy featuring Sammie climbed 8-6 on the new singles survey, while Australian act the Veronicas debuted at No. 8 with “Untouched” (Sire/Warner Music), which hit No. 2 in their home country before reaching No. 17 on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s certified platinum in the U.S. for one million paid downloads.
“Knock You Down” (Polydor/Universal) by Keri Hilson featuring Kanye West and Ne-Yo climbed 24-12 on the new U.K. list, while Little Boots, aka British electropop musician Victoria Hesketh, scored a first hit single at No. 13 with “New In Town” (sixsevenine/Warner Music). Flo-Rida’s “Suga” (Atlantic/Warner Music) climbed 28-19.
Green Day’s “21st Century Breakdown” (Reprise/Warner Music) ascended 2-1 in its second week on Billboard’s European Top 100 Albums chart, as Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” (Interscope/Universal) notched an epic 14th consecutive week atop Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.