Shaggy enjoyed the sweet taste of success twice over on the new U.K. charts yesterday (June 3). His new MCA single “Angel” featuring Rayvon boldly went where “It Wasn’t Me” had been in March, debuting at No. 1 with first-week sales of 178,000 copies. Meanwhile, Shaggy’s “Hotshot” became his first No. 1 album, moving up 2-1 in its 17th week on the survey and replacing R.E.M.’s “Reveal” (Warner Bros.), which slipped to No. 4.
Among other debuts, Scottish rock quartet Travis scored its highest-charting U.K. single to date as “Sing” (Independiente) arrived at No. 3, while Mya’s “Free” (Interscope/Polydor) opened at No. 11, and Outkast’s “So Fresh, So Clean” (LaFace/Arista) landed at No. 16.
The top new entry on the album chart came from the Eagles, whose new 17-track “Very Best Of” set on Elektra, released to mark the band’s upcoming U.K. and Irish dates, came in at No. 5. French electronic duo Air debuted at No. 7 with “10,000 Hz. Legend” (Virgin).
The only fly in Shaggy’s ointment was the end of his 10-week run at the top of Music & Media’s Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally. English pop trio Atomic Kitten’s “Whole Again,” a U.K. No. 1 in February, hit the top of the Eurochart after spending three weeks at No. 1 in Germany and Austria. Meanwhile, R.E.M.’s “Reveal” began a second week atop the European Top 100 Albums chart, on which Shaggy’s “Hotshot” climbed 9-6.