Britain’s bestselling single and album are unchanged from last week, as Arctic Monkeys secure a second week at the top of the album chart with “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” (Domino). “Nasty Girl” (Bad Boy) by Notorious B.I.G., P. Diddy, Nelly, Jagged Edge and Avery Storm starts a second week at the singles summit.
The U.S. smash “Run It” (Jive) by Chris Brown featuring Juelz Santana is the U.K.’s new No. 2 single, while “Boys Will Be Boys” (B Unique) by Ordinary Boys continues its progress after the band’s Preston appeared on “Celebrity Big Brother” with a 9-3 climb. Another “inmate” of the reality TV series was Pete Burns, formerly of 1980s hitmakers Dead Or Alive. Their 1985 U.K. No. 1 “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)” (Epic), reissued in the wake of Burns’ new notoriety, reappears at No. 5. A remix of the track reached No. 23 in 2003.
Two U.S. singles chart outside the top 10, Ashlee Simpson’s “Boyfriend” (Geffen) at No. 12 and 50 Cent’s “Hustler’s Ambition” (Interscope) at No. 13. Former Blue member Lee Ryan achieves another solo hit as “When I Think Of You” (Brightside) enters at No. 15, while U.S. actor/singer Jesse McCartney’s “Beautiful Soul” (Angel) comes in at No. 17. Bon Jovi’s “Welcome to Wherever You Are” (Mercury) is a new entry at No. 19.
Beneath Arctic Monkeys on the album chart, Richard Ashcroft keeps the No. 2 slot with “Keys to the World” (Parlophone) and James Blunt’s “Back to Bedlam” (Atlantic) climbs 6-3 in its 44th chart week. Will Young’s “Keep On” (Sony BMG) improves 7-4, as does Kaiser Chiefs’ “Employment” (B Unique/Polydor) 10-6. Ordinary Boys celebrate their new top three singles status with a 22-11 climb for the album “Brassbound” (B Unique), while “The Very Best of Johnny Mathis” (Columbia) rises 18-12.
Blunt leads the European Top 100 Albums chart for a third consecutive and fourth aggregate week, while Madonna is spending a 12th consecutive week at No. 1 on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles list with “Hung Up.” That’s the longest run at the top since O-Zone’s “Dragostea Din Tei” (MediaServices/Time/Vale) led the Eurochart for 12 weeks between June and early September 2004.