Madonna’s reign over the U.K. sales charts continued yesterday (Nov. 27) as she started a third week at No. 1 with the single “Hung Up” and a second with the album “Confessions on a Dance Floor” (Warner Bros.). The closest challenges to her supremacy came from Gorillaz on the singles list and Will Young among the album frontrunners.
The singles chart had no new entries in the top five, which meant that Westlife’s former No. 1, “You Raise Me Up” (S/Sony BMG), started a third week at No. 2. Gorillaz’ “Dirty Harry” (Parlophone), the new single from the album “Demon Days,” debuted at No. 6. The album, which has been certified double platinum for 600,000 U.K. shipments, rebounded 20-10 in its 27th chart week.
The only other top 10 singles debutant was the dance crossover “Your Body” by German producer Tom Novy featuring Michael Marshall. Novy, aka Thomas Reichold, first figured in the U.K. top 40 when “Superstar,” billed as Novy vs. Eniac, reached No. 32 in 1998; his most successful release to date had been “Pumpin,” a No. 19 hit in 2000.
Welsh chart regulars Stereophonics entered at No. 17 with “Rewind” (V2) while Paul McCartney’s “Jenny Wren” (Parlophone), the second single from his album “Chaos and Creation in the Back Yard,” arrived at No. 22.
Will Young’s third album, “Keep On” (Sony), entered at No. 2 behind Madonna; his previous releases, “From Now On” and “Friday’s Child,” both reached No. 1 and have combined sales in Britain of more than 2.3 million copies, according to the Official U.K. Charts Co.
New at No. 8 was Enya’s “Amarantine” (Warner Bros.), her seventh U.K. top 10 album since 1988 but a lower arrival than the No. 6 peak of her last album, 2000’s “A Day Without Rain.” The other arrival in the top 20 was System Of A Down’s “Hypnotize” (American/Columbia) at No. 11.
Madonna also rules both of Billboard’s pan-European sales charts, spending a second week atop the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles survey and debuting at No. 1 on the European Top 100 Albums chart.