Timbaland’s “The Way I Are” (Interscope) featuring DOE and Keri Hilson started a second week atop the new U.K. singles chart yesterday (Aug. 5). That meant yet another week in runner-up spot for Kate Nash’s “Foundations” (Fiction/Polydor), its fifth in the last six weeks. On the album chart, Paul Potts’ self-titled debut for Syco Music/Sony BMG grabbed a third week at No. 1.
Fergie’s “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (Interscope) rebounded 4-3 on the singles survey, with Rihanna’s former No. 1, “Umbrella” (Def Jam), featuring Jay-Z down 3-4 (as the follow-up “Shut Up and Drive” climbed 18-14). Swedish pop singer Robyn made an impressive chart comeback at No. 5 with the widely acclaimed “With Every Heartbeat” (Konichiwa/Island), featuring Kleerup. Originally released on her own label but now licensed to the major, it becomes her highest-charting U.K. hit and first top 10 entry since “Show Me Love” reached No. 8 in 1998. Robyn’s self-titled album is released next Monday.
British singer/songwriter Newton Faulkner enjoyed an outstanding week, climbing 16-7 with the single “Dream Catch Me” and debuting at No. 3 with the album “Hand Built By Robots” (Ugly Truth). Plain White T’s’ former Hot 100 No. 1 “Hey There Delilah” (Angel) took a 26-10 climb on the U.K. chart and the dance hit “Rise Up” (Data) by Yves LaRock jumped 39-13. Beyonce’s remix of “Green Light” (Columbia) by the Freemasons entered at No. 17.
Also new on the album chart was Scottish singer/songwriter Amy MacDonald’s debut set “This Is The Life” (Vertigo), which followed her recent No. 12 hit single “Mr. Rock & Roll” with a No. 2 entry. Prince’s new album, “Planet Earth,” may be absent from the U.K. chart after Sony BMG withdrew from its release plans when the CD was given away free in the Mail on Sunday newspaper, but Warner Bros. gained from the 21-date run of shows he started at London’s 02 Arena last week. Its “Ultimate” compilation, released in August 2006 when it debuted and peaked at No. 24, returned at No. 6.
On Billboard’s pan-European composite sales charts, Mika’s “Life in Cartoon Motion” (Casablanca/Universal Island) is No. 1 for the first time in its 25th week on European Top 100 Albums, while “Umbrella” tops Eurochart Hot 100 Singles for the ninth straight week.