Jive artists R. Kelly and Justin Timberlake tightened their grip on the upper reaches of the U.K. charts yesterday (May 25). Kelly’s “Ignition” started a third week at No. 1 on the singles chart, followed closely by Timberlake’s “Rock Your Body” at No. 2. On the album side, Timberlake’s “Justified” notched another week on top following last week’s return to the post.
London hip-hop posse Big Brovaz held steady at No. 3 on the singles survey with “Favourite Things” (Epic). Stereophonics returned at No. 4 with “Madame Helga” (V2). The lead single from the trio’s fourth album “You Gotta Go There To Come Back,” due June 2 in the U.K., “Helga” is Welsh rock act’s seventh top-10 single.
Russian duo t.A.T.u. — who placed third in Saturday’s Eurovision Song Contest in Riga, Latvia with “Ne Ver’, Ne Bojsia” behind the victorious Turkish entry, “Everyway That I Can” by Sertab Erener — debuted at No. 7 with their European hit “Not Gonna Get Us.” Meanwhile, U.K. club act Love Inc arrived at No. 8 with “Broken Bones” (NuLife).
On the album chart, there was a No. 7 debut for the Deftones’ self-titled Maverick release. It’s the U.S. rock act’s first top-10 appearance on the U.K. album chart, bettering the No. 13 peak of “White Pony” in 2000.
“The Definitive Drifters” (Atlantic) leaped 14-8, giving the erstwhile U.S. hit act its first top-10 album since “24 Original Hits” reached No. 2 in 1975. Staind’s “14 Shades of Grey” (Elektra) entered at No. 16, and the Dandy Warhols’ “Welcome to the Monkeyhouse” (Parlophone) bowed at No. 20.
Europe-wide, Marilyn Manson’s “The Golden Age of Grotesque” (Interscope) followed up its No. 1 debut on The Billboard 200 with a No. 1 entry on Music & Media’s European Top 100 Albums chart. According to Universal Music International, 400,000 copies of the album were shipped across the region for the album’s first week at retail. 50 Cent’s “In Da Club” (Interscope) tops the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles for a seventh week.