Take That and Kaiser Chiefs continue to rule the U.K. singles and album charts respectively). Take That’s 10th British No. 1 single, “Shine” (Polydor), leads the way for a second week ahead of “The Sweet Escape” (Interscope) by Gwen Stefani featuring Akon, while Kaiser Chiefs’ “Yours Truly, Angry Mob” (B-Unique/Polydor) also snags a second week on top, holding off the Arcade Fire’s new entry at No. 2 with “Neon Bible” (Sonovox).
Six singles were on the climb inside the top 20, with Justin Timberlake’s “What Goes Around … Comes Around” (Jive) up 10-4 in its seventh week, spurred by its release as a CD single last week. “The Creeps” (Data) by Camille Jones vs. Fedde Le Grande rose 16-7 and Nelly Furtado’s “Say It Right” (Mosley/Geffen) completed a steady climb into the top ten, up 11-10 after six weeks. Omarion’s “Ice Box” (Epic) moved up 23-14, Lily Allen’s “Alfie” (Regal/Parlophone) 22-15 and Scottish dance artist Calvin Harris’ “Acceptable In The 80s” (Columbia) 32-17.
There were two new entries in the top 20, as British rockers Biffy Clyro scored their first top 20 hit with “Saturday Superhouse” (14th Floor) at No. 13. “She’s Madonna” (Chrysalis) by Robbie Williams with the Pet Shop Boys came in at No. 16. Outside the 20, pop veterans Madness scored their biggest hit since 1999’s “Lovestruck” as “Sorry” (Lucky Seven) entered at No. 23 and extended their singles chart span to 27-and-a-half years.
The album chart also contained a No. 4 entry for classical crossover vocalist Russell Watson’s “That’s Life” (Decca) and a No. 5 start for Bryan Ferry’s new collection of Bob Dylan covers, “Dylanesque” (Virgin). It’s his eighth solo studio set to reach the top 10. Anglo/German trio Cascada, currently on the singles chart with “Miracle” (Ministry of Sound), arrived at No. 6 with “Everytime We Touch — The Album” (All Around the World).
The top ten of the album survey also had new entries for Donny Osmond, in at No. 7 with ‘Love Songs of the 70s” (giving Universal’s long-standing Decca label concurrent top 10 album hits) and “The Very Best of Dolly Parton” (Sony BMG) at No. 9, a new compilation to mark the country queen’s U.K. tour, which starts next Monday at London’s Wembley Arena.
For the fifth consecutive week, Norah Jones is No. 1 on Billboard’s composite European Top 100 Albums survey with “Not Too Late” (Blue Note/Parlophone). Stefani and Akon’s “The Sweet Escape” is the new No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, soaring from No. 23.