German techno band Scooter scored a big upset on the new U.K. album chart yesterday (May 11), unseating Madonna’s “Hard Candy” (Warner Bros.) to debut at No. 1 with “Jumping All Over the World” (All Around the World/Universal Music TV). It’s the band’s first British album release for five years and first No. 1, 13 years after it first reached the U.K. singles chart.
Scooter had two U.K top 10 singles in 2002 with “The Logical Song” and “Nessaja,” but is currently outside the top 40 with “The Question Is What Is the Question,” which yesterday moved 67-49 in its fourth chart week. The band recently scored a German top 10 hit with “I’m Lonely.”
“Hard Candy” moved down to No. 2 after its chart-topping debut last week, as Duffy’s “Rockferry” (A&M/Universal) held at No. 3. Sam Sparro’s self-titled Universal Island debut moved up 5-4 and Portishead’s “Third,” also on Island, fell 2-5.
The album survey contained debuts for up-and-coming names such as Hadouken! and Jack McManus, but also the return of several chart veterans. The Leeds, Yorkshire band Hadouken!, at the forefront of the “grindie” blend of grime rap and indie music, arrived at No. 12 with “Music For an Accelerated Culture” (Surface Noise), while singer/songwriter McManus began at No. 22 start with “Either Side of Midnight” (Polydor/Universal).
Among long-established names on the new chart, Def Leppard’s “Songs From the Sparkle Lounge” (Mercury) came in at No. 10, its best position with a studio album since “Slang” reached No. 6 in 1996. The debut followed widespread publicity for the rock giants’ album launch gig at London’s 800-capacity Islington Academy on May 6, billed as its most intimate U.K. show in 25 years.
“Legend: The Best of Willie Nelson” (Sony BMG) opened at No. 16, a career best for the country veteran. “Jersey’s Best — The Very Best of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons” (Rhino/Warner Music) came in at No. 25 and Steve Winwood’s “Nine Lives” (Columbia) debuted at No. 31.
Madonna had the consolation of a fourth week atop the singles chart with “4 Minutes” featuring Justin Timberlake. It held off the advances of Wiley’s “Wearing My Rolex” (Asylum/Warner Music), which rose 3-2, and “Heartbreaker” (A&M/Universal) by will.i.am featuring Cheryl Cole, up 8-4.
Coldplay’s “Violet Hill” (Parlophone/EMI) debuted at No. 8 on download sales, after a week of being available free via the band’s Web site, and labelmate Kylie Minogue raced 46-10 with “In My Arms.” Kelly Rowland’s “Daylight” (RCA), featuring Gym Class Heroes’ Travis McCoy, climbed 36-14.
Madonna also reigns over Billboard’s pan-European sales charts, with a third week at No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles for “4 Minutes” and a 14-1 ascent on European Top 100 Albums for “Hard Candy.”