British female pop/R&B trio Sugababes achieved a notable double on the new U.K. charts yesterday (Oct. 16), starting a third week at the top with the single “Push the Button” (Universal Island) while their fourth album, “Taller in More Ways” entered at No. 1.
Unusually, the singles chart showed an unchanged top three, with Robbie Williams’ “Tripping” (Chrysalis) still at No. 2 and the former No. 1 “Don’t Cha” (A&M) by Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes again at No. 3. U2’s “All Because Of You” (Universal Island), the latest single from the 2004 album “How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb,” arrived at No. 4. New at No. 5 was “Baby Goodbye” (Longside) by Friday Hill, who include Kenzie, Strider and Flava, former members of Blazin’ Squad, the collective that topped the British chart in 2002 with “Crossroads.”
U.K. rock trio Feeder came in at No. 11 with the double-sided “Shatter”/”Tender” (Echo) and two former members of pop acts continued their solo careers with top 20 singles. Lee Ryan, previously with Blue, debuted at No. 12 with “Turn Your Car Around” (Brightside), followed by Lisa Scott-Lee, formerly of Steps, at No. 13 with “Electric” (Concept). The club hit “Love Generation” (Defected) by Bob Sinclar featuring Gary Nesta Pine hit the pop chart at No. 15.
The Sugababes’ album is their first to reach No. 1 in Britain. During a previous tenure at London Records with original member Siobhan Donaghy, the group reached No. 26 with the debut set “One Touch” at Christmas 2000. After Donaghy was replaced by Heidi Range and the new lineup signed with Island, Sugababes hit No. 2 with “Angels With Dirty Faces” in September 2002, and then, appropriately, No. 3 with “Three” in November 2003.
Franz Ferdinand’s “You Could Have It So Much Better” (Domino), which debuted at No. 1 last week, fell to No. 5, allowing James Blunt’s “Back to Bedlam” (Atlantic) to rebound 3-2, trading places with Katie Melua’s “Piece by Piece” (Dramatico). Paul Weller’s “As Is Now” (V2), widely hailed in the British music press as his strongest work in many years, debuted at No. 4, his 10th solo top 10 album entry.
Mariah Carey’s 2001’s “Greatest Hits” (Columbia), now being repromoted on TV by the label, re-entered the chart at No. 9, a dramatic improvement on its undistinguished performance on first release, when it peaked at No. 46. Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel’s new set “Simple Gifts” (Deutsche Grammophon) came in at No. 10.
Culling charts across the continent, The Franz Ferdinand album entered Billboard’s European Top 100 Albums chart at No. 1, while Williams’ “Tripping” debuts at the top of the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally.