Showing uncharacteristic stability for the fast-moving U.K. market, four of last week’s top five singles held their positions on the singles chart yesterday (July 22), as Robbie Williams remained at No. 1 with “Eternity”/”The Road to Mandalay” (Chrysalis). It’s the first of Williams’ four British chart-toppers to be on top for more than a single week.
Over on the U.K. album chart, Usher’s seven-day stay at the peak with “8701” (LaFace/Arista), was ended by Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor” (Columbia), which returned to No. 1, where it debuted in May.
The one newcomer among the U.K.’s top five singles was U2’s “Elevation” (Universal/Island) at No. 3. Taken from the band’s “All That You Can’t Leave Behind,” the song is also featured on East West’s “Tomb Raider” soundtrack. Another East West single from that set, Oxide & Neutrino’s “Devil’s Nightmare,” entered at No. 16. The other prominent new entries were Sisqo’s “Dance for Me” (Def Soul/Mercury) at No. 6 and Da Hool’s “Meet Her at the Love Parade 2001” (Manifesto/Mercury), a remix of the German producer’s No. 15 hit from 1998, which reappeared at No. 11.
But there was disappointing news for Mariah Carey, whose first single under a new deal with Virgin, “Loverboy,” opened at No. 12. Only two of Carey’s last 20 singles did not reach the U.K top-10; the last was “I Still Believe,” which topped out at No. 16 in April 1999.
There was some jockeying for position on both of Music & Media’s composite European sales charts. Shaggy’s “Angel” featuring Rayvon (MCA) moving back to No. 1 on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles survey, where it previously served four weeks before Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, and Pink’s cover of “Lady Marmalade” had two weeks on top. But Shaggy’s “Hotshot” album (MCA), last week’s No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums, lost that spot to the previous incumbent, Manu Chao’s “Proxima Estacion: Esperanza” (Virgin).