“X Factor” winner Shayne Ward begins 2006 as he ended the old year, with a second week atop the U.K. singles chart for “That’s My Goal” (Syco Music/Sony BMG). The song stays ahead of the former No. 1, “JCB Song” (FDM) by Nizlopi, which holds at No. 2 on the first chart of the new year, published Jan. 1.
A number of already popular singles rebounded up the chart, such as Madonna’s former bestseller “Hung Up” (Warner Bros.), improving 8-3, and Black Eyed Peas’ “My Humps” (A&M), which rises 13-7. Sugababes’ “Ugly” (Universal Island), which debuted at No. 3 before Christmas, improved 12-8, while James Blunt’s “Goodbye My Lover” (Atlantic), which debuted at No. 11 last week, moved up to No. 9.
Irish vocalist Brian Kennedy saw a 21-11 improvement for his “George Best — A Tribute” (Curb), released to honor the late superstar soccer player after his countryman Kennedy sang it at Best’s Dec. 3 funeral. The only new entry to the top 40 was London rock band Hard-Fi’s “Cash Machine” (Necessary/Atlantic) at No. 14. Their debut album, “Stars of CCTV” was the big mover on the album chart, after heavy discounting at retail helped it to make a 33-4 leap.
Eminem’s “Curtain Call” (Interscope) started a fifth week at the top of the album chart, pursued by Blunt’s “Back to Bedlam,” which holds at No. 2. Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway” (RCA) made an 8-3 climb, while Robbie Williams’ “Greatest Hits” (Chrysalis) returned to the chart at No. 5 after featuring as one of retailers’ new year sales bargains in recent days.
The final weekly pan-European charts of 2005 showed Williams’ current studio set, “Intensive Care,” at No. 1 on the European Top 100 Albums chart for the second consecutive week and fifth in total. The Madonna track leads the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles survey for a seventh week.