California band Orson achieved the rare feat of climbing to the top of the U.K. singles chart yesterday (March 19) with its first hit, “No Tomorrow” (Mercury). The track has progressed 5-2-1 on the chart, this week replacing Chico’s “It’s Chico Time” (Sony BMG) at the top.
Meanwhile, history was made on the album chart, where three classical tenors, all signed to Universal Music, appear simultaneously in the top 10 for the first time.
The singles chart is showing other signs of change following the Official U.K. Charts Company’s decision to allow download sales to be included for a week before a track’s physical release. Black Eyed Peas’ “Pump It” (A&M), which debuted at No. 16 last week on digital sales alone, thus climbed to No. 3 following last week’s release of the physical edition. Joey Negro’s dance crossover “Make a Move on Me” (Data), which entered at No. 50 last week on solely digital sales, rocketed to No. 11.
The only new entry in the singles top 10 was girl group Girls Aloud’s “Whole Lotta History” (Polydor) at No. 6, but a clutch of newcomers arrived in the top 20. U.S. soul vocalist Ray J’s “Wish” (Sanctuary), from his third album, “Raydiation,” entered at No. 13, Michael Jackson’s reissued “Beat It” (Epic) followed at No. 15 and Beverley Knight’s cover of Erma Franklin’s soul classic “Piece of My Heart” (Parlophone) opned at No. 16.
Massive Attack’s “Live With Me” (Virgin), from the compilation “Collected,” came in at No. 17 and Ne-Yo’s “So Sick” (Def Jam) at No. 18, followed by Hilary Duff’s “Fly” (Angel) at No. 20.
On the U.K. album chart, Corinne Bailey Rae tops the chart for a second time, after debuting at No. 1 two weeks ago then dipping below David Gilmour’s “On an Island” (EMI) last week. That effort fell to No. 4. The highest of Universal’s “three tenors” in the top 10 was Russell Watson, whose “The Voice — The Ultimate Collection” (Decca) came in at No. 2. Andre Bocelli’s “Amore” (Sugar/UCJ) dipped 4-5 and Vittorio Grigolo’s “In the Hands of Love” (Polydor) started at No. 6.
Veteran modern rock trio Placebo’s fifth album, “Meds” (Virgin), debuted at No. 7, and there was a 14-10 climb for 1970s chart favorite David Essex’s new “Greatest Hits” set, a collaboration between Columbia and UMTV. Barry Manilow’s “The Greatest Songs of the Fifties” (Arista) came in at No. 14.
Gilmour’s album is this week’s No. 1 on the European Top 100 Albums chart, while Madonna’s “Sorry” (Warner Bros.) tops the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally for a second week.