Madonna’s “Hung Up” (Warner Bros.) became her 11th U.K. No. 1 single yesterday (Nov. 13), and first for five years. Meanwhile, classical crossover act Il Divo went straight to the top of the album chart with its sophomore set “Ancora” (Syco Music/Sony BMG).
Madonna’s new hit, the first single from the album “Confessions on a Dance Floor,” extends her span of U.K. best-sellers to 20 years. “Into the Groove” was the first of six best-sellers during the 1980s; two more came in the 1990s (“Vogue” in 1990 and “Frozen” in 1998) and she entered the new century with consecutive No. 1s in 2000, “American Pie” and “Music.” “Hung Up” represents her 622nd week on the British singles chart.
Westlife’s “You Raise Me Up” (S/Sony BMG) falls to No. 2 after two weeks on top. The next new entry was “Ticket Outta Loserville” (Mercury), a debut hit at No. 3 for British power-pop outfit Son Of Dork, which include former Busted member James Bourne. Another former member of a hit pop act, ex-Blue member Simon Webbe, scored his second solo hit at No. 4 with “No Worries” (Innocent/Virgin).
“Modern Way,” Kaiser Chiefs’ latest U.K. single from their double platinum album, “Employment” (B Unique/Polydor), opened at No. 11, while Lil’ Kim’s “Lighters Up” (Atlantic) came in at No. 12. A new dance version of Quincy Jones’ 1981 hit “Ai No Corrida” by Uniting Nations featuring Laura More (Gusto) entered at No. 18.
Il Divo’s album chart achievement follows the huge success of its self-titled debut, which shifted more than 1 million copies in the U.K. alone. “Ancora” comfortably eclipsed the chart return of Kate Bush, whose “Aerial” (EMI) opened at No. 3. Her last two albums, “The Red Shoes” in 1989 and “The Sensual World” in 1993, both peaked at No. 2.
Two big new hits compilations arrived in the top 10: Eurythmics’ “Ultimate Collection” at No. 5 and Anastacia’s “Pieces of a Dream” (Epic) at No. 6.
Across Europe, Robbie Williams is in his second week at No. 1 on the European Top 100 Albums tally with his sixth solo studio set, “Intensive Care” (Chrysalis), while Sugababes’ “Push the Button” (Universal Island) tops the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles list for a second week.