The combination of a box-office smash and a 1980s disco anthem gave Geri Halliwell her fourth solo No. 1 single in the U.K. yesterday (May 6). Her cover of “It’s Raining Men,” from the Mercury soundtrack of “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” went straight to the top, continuing a run that began for the former Ginger Spice with “Mi Chico Latino” in August 1999.
That was followed by “Lift Me Up” that November and “Bag It Up” in March of last year. Only Halliwell’s first solo single, “Look At Me,” failed to reach the top, peaking at No. 2 in May 1999.
“It’s Raining Men” is a straight-ahead pop-disco version of the Weather Girls’ 1982 release, which reached No. 34 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, as it was then called, and No. 46 on The Billboard Hot 100. The original peaked at No. 73 in the U.K. but was reissued there by CBS in early 1984, when it soared to No. 2 that March, held off the top by Lionel Richie’s “Hello.”
Also debuting prominently on the new U.K. singles chart were two Epic releases, Jennifer Lopez’s “Play” at No. 3 and M.O.P. with “Cold As Ice” at No. 4. R.E.M.’s “Imitation of Life” (Warner Bros.) arrived at No. 6, earning the band it ninth top-10 hit almost exactly 10 years since “Shiny Happy People” became its first.
Destiny’s Child’s entry at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart with the Columbia set “Survivor” comes two weeks after the title track topped the U.K. singles chart. That track slips back 2-3 on Music & Media’s Eurochart Hot 100 Singles survey, trading places with “Butterfly” by labelmates Crazy Town. Shaggy’s “It Wasn’t Me” starts a seventh week at No. 1 on that tally.
Depeche Mode’s “Dream On” (Mute) is the highest new entry on the pan-European chart at No. 5, after going straight to the top in Germany and Italy. Dido’s “No Angel” (Cheeky/Arista) leads the European Top 100 Albums chart for a 12th week, but now faces the challenge of Janet Jackson’s “All for You” (Virgin), which opens at No. 2.