The last U.K. singles chart of 2006 showed “X Factor” winner Leona Lewis holding on to the top spot with “A Moment Like This” (Syco Music/Sony BMG), and new hits for Iron Maiden and David Gilmour. Take That’s “Beautiful World” (Polydor) leads the album chart for a fifth week.
Iron Maiden’s “Different World” (EMI) debuted at No. 3, the veteran rock band’s 17th British top 10 single, some seven weeks shy of 25 years since its first, with “Run to the Hills.” Gilmour, meanwhile, makes his first-ever appearance on the U.K. singles survey at a respectable No. 19, with his live recording of the early Pink Floyd track “Arnold Layne” (EMI), released as a tribute to its late writer, Syd Barrett. The single features both the guest lead vocal appearance by David Bowie and another by Floyd colleague Richard Wright, at Gilmour’s Royal Albert Hall shows in London in May.
Sharam’s “PATT (Party All the Time)” (Data), an update of Eddie Murphy’s 1985 U.S. hit, climbed on full release, after initial download sales, 36-8. At No. 27, the other newcomer to the top 40 was another dance crossover, “What You Do (Playing With Stones)” (Apollo/Universal) by Big Bass vs. Michelle Narine, which can be expected to climb after full physical release this week.
The top 40 singles chart included no less than 21 records climbing back up after several weeks on release, with the former No. 1 “Smack That” (Universal) by Akon featuring Eminem rebounding 9-4. Another previous bestseller, Scissor Sisters’ “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin'” (Polydor), moved back 27-16 in its 18th chart week, and former hits by My Chemical Romance, Justin Timberlake, the Feeling, Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean, Christina Aguilera and James Morrison all re-entered the top 40. With a 49-33 increase, Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie” (Epic) has now been in the top 75 for 30 weeks.
Take That’s “Beautiful World” advanced to quadruple platinum certification (1.2 million copies) over the holiday period, and leads the pack ahead of Oasis’ “Stop the Clocks” (Big Brother), up 3-2, and the U.K.’s bestselling album of 2006, Snow Patrol’s “Eyes Open” (Fiction/Polydor), up again 7-3. Razorlight’s eponymous set on Vertigo climbed 9-4 and the Beatles’ “Love” (Apple/Parlophone) 8-5, with Pink’s “I’m Not Dead” (LaFace/Arista) also selling strongly in the post-Christmas week for a 15-6 climb.
The final composite charts of the year, compiled from incomplete European sales data, saw the Beatles album spend a fifth week atop European Top 100 Albums, with Take That’s “Patience” leading Eurochart Hot 100 Singles for a fifth week.