Boy band McFly’s collection of U.K. No. 1 singles expanded yesterday (May 13) to seven, over a period of just over three years. Their cover of Jellyfish’s 1991 minor chart entry, “Baby’s Coming Back,” hit the top as a double A-side with “Transylvania” on Universal Island. Arctic Monkeys maintained their hold on the album chart for a third week with “Favorite Worst Nightmare” (Domino).
McFly first topped the U.K. chart in April 2004 with “5 Colors in Her Hair.” Having just finished their “Up Close and Personal” itinerary, they’ve announced their fifth British headline tour for November, to tie in with a greatest hits package due for release then. McFly are also working on their fourth studio album for next year; meanwhile, a “tour edition” of their current “Motion in the Ocean” set is released in the U.K. today, now featuring the more recently recorded “Baby’s Coming Back” as well as “Transylvania.”
Their debut ended the three-week reign of Beyonce and Shakira’s “Beautiful Liar” (Columbia), which dipped to No. 2 as Akon’s “Don’t Matter” (Universal) jumped 11-3. U.K. pop band Scooch entered at No. 5 with “Flying the Flag” (Warner Bros.), consolation for their less than stellar performance with the song as the U.K.’s Eurovision Song Contest entry in Helsinki on Saturday. It finished joint 22nd out of 24, as Serbia’s Marija Serifovic won with the ballad “Molitva.”
Also on the new U.K. singles list, Linkin Park’s “What I’ve Done” (Warner Bros.) climbed 17-6 and Amerie’s “Take Control” (Columbia) 13-10. There were increases of 34-15 for south London rapper Jamie T with “Sheila” (Virgin) and 39-16 for Welsh rock band Funeral For A Friend’s “Into Oblivion (Reunion)” (Atlantic).
Snow Patrol’s new song from the “Spider-Man 3” soundtrack, “Signal Fire” (Fiction/Polydor), climbed 50-17 and Maroon 5 returned to the British chart at No. 19 with “Makes Me Wonder” (A&M).
Below Arctic Monkeys on the album chart, Manic Street Preachers followed last week’s No. 2 single “Your Love Alone Is Not Enough” (Columbia) with a No. 2 debut for the album “Send Away the Tigers.” Travis came in at No. 4 with “The Boy With No Name” (Independiente), its fifth studio album and first in four years.
Bjork’s sixth full-length album, “Volta” (One Little Indian), enjoyed a No. 7 start, two places higher than 2004’s “Medulla,” and U.K. soul singer Beverley Knight arrived at No. 8 with the Nashville-recorded “Music City Soul” (Parlophone). Groove Armada, who last week scored their first British top 10 single with “Get Down” featuring Stush, followed up with a No. 10 start for the album “Soundboy Rock” (Columbia).
Canadian crooner Michael Buble went straight to No. 1 on Billboard’s composite European Top 100 Albums chart with “Call Me Irresponsible” (Reprise), while “Beautiful Liar” is in its second week atop Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.