There was a double dose of good news for Kid Rock when the new U.K. sales charts were published yesterday (Aug. 3), as the Atlantic artist’s “All Summer Long” moved 2-1 to become his first chart-topping single in the territory and the album “Rock ‘n’ Roll Jesus” debuted at a career-best No. 4.
Meanwhile, ABBA’s “Gold” compilation became the oldest-ever U.K. No. 1 album, returning to the top of the chart 16 years after release.
The Kid Rock single, in its fifth chart week, took over at the summit from Dizzee Rascal’s “Dance Wiv Me” (Dirtee Stank), featuring Calvin Harris & Chrome, which was No. 1 for the last four weeks. That fell to No. 2 as Irish melodic rock band the Script’s “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” (RCA/Sony BMG) raced 30-3 on download sales.
Katy Perry’s U.S. No. 1 smash “I Kissed a Girl” (Virgin/EMI) made its U.K. debut at No. 4, while new girl group the Saturdays arrived at No. 8 with “If This Is Love.” The group is a Fascination/Polydor/Universal labelmate of chart regulars Girls Aloud, whose U.K. shows this month they will support. Also making its top 10 debut was London band Noah and the Whale, whose “5 Years Time” (Vertigo/Universal) rose 14-10.
ABBA’s “Gold — Greatest Hits” (Polydor/Universal) rose 2-1 to top the U.K. chart for the fifth time overall, the most recent of those in June 1999. First released in 1992, when it debuted at the peak in the first week of October, it thus becomes the album with the longest-ever span of appearances at No. 1.
Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends” (Parlophone/EMI) fell to No. 2 and Duffy’s “Rockferry” (A&M/Universal) moved back 4-3. Three other albums debuted inside the top 40: Nine Inch Nails’ “The Slip” (Null Corporation) at No. 25, Alice Cooper’s “Along Came a Spider” (SPV) at No. 31 and Norwegian modern rocker Ida Maria’s “Fortress Round Your Heart” (RCA/Sony BMG) at No. 39.
The Coldplay album is in a sixth week atop European Top 100 Albums, while Kid Rock’s hit leads Eurochart Hot 100 Singles for a third week.