English rapper Lily Allen scored a chart-topping single with her first full release yesterday (July 9) as “Smile” (Regal) climbed from No. 13, where it debuted on download sales alone last week, to No. 1. Meanwhile, British rock trio Muse achieved its second consecutive No. 1 album as “Black Holes & Revelations” (Helium 3/Warner Bros.) opened at the top.
Allen’s triumph follows a top 40 entry in the spring for her debuted limited edition single “LDN.” The daughter of British comic and actor Keith Allen, she has lately been hailed as one of the brightest hopes for domestic crossover rap, and will follow “Smile” with her debut album, “Alright Still,” next Monday.
Also climbing on full release after its initial download debut yesterday was Razorlight’s “In the Morning” (Vertigo), up 15-3 to become the band’s third British top 10 single. Scottish-born singer/songwriter Paolo Nutini’s “Last Request” (Atlantic) improved 42-5, ahead of next Monday’s release of his first album, “These Streets.” The European hit “World Hold On (Children of the Sky)” (Defected) by French DJ/producer Bob Sinclar featuring vocalist Steve Edwards entered at No. 9.
George Michael’s “An Easier Affair” (Epic), which grazed the chart at No. 74 last week on download sales, jumped to No. 13, while Australian act Rogue Traders, who feature repatriated British-born musician Jamie Ash, opened at No. 18 via download sales with “Voodoo Child” (Ariola), which features a sample of Elvis Costello’s “Pump It Up.”
Muse’s debut with “Black Holes & Revelations” followed a similar No. 1 start in October 2003 for “Absolution” and is the band’s fourth top 10 album. Brighton band the Kooks moved 3-2 with “Inside In/Inside Out” (Virgin) and Liverpool’s the Zutons rose 5-3 with “Tired of Hangin’ Around” (Deltasonic). Last week’s No. 1, “Liberation Transmission” (Visible Noise) by Welsh rock act Lostprophets, fell to No. 5. The other new top 10 entry was Johnny Cash’s posthumous “American V: A Hundred Highways” (American/Lost Highway), at No. 9.
Keane’s “Under the Iron Sea” (Universal Island) leads the European Top 100 Albums chart for a third week, while “Hips Don’t Lie” (Epic) by Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean heads the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally for the fifth consecutive and seventh aggregate week.