Robbie Williams scored his fourth solo No. 1 single and Usher earned his first No. 1 album in the region on yesterday’s (July 15) U.K. charts. Former Take That member Williams, who first hit No. 1 on his own with “Millennium” in September 1998, topped the singles chart with the double-sided “Eternity”/”The Road to Mandalay.” Meanwhile, Usher ended Travis’ four-week reign over the album chart with “The Invisible Band” (Independiente), as his new LaFace/Arista set “8701” debuted at the top. The set includes the hits “Pop Ya Collar” (No. 2 in February) and “U Remind Me” (No. 3 earlier this month).
The Williams single held rap outfit D12 to No. 2 with its controversial, drug-referencing Interscope/Polydor single “Purple Pills,” renamed “Purple Hills” for airplay purposes. The No. 2 bow was the same as the group’s debut album, “Devil’s Night,” last month.
Also making strong debuts on the U.K. singles chart were Wyclef Jean’s “Perfect Gentleman” (Columbia) in at No. 4, and the Belgian dance crossover cut “Castles In the Sky” by Ian Van Dahl (NuLife). ‘N Sync’s “Pop” (Jive) came in at No. 9, notching the group its fifth U.K. top-10 hit.
“Lady Marmalade” is still spreading around Europe, holding at No. 1 on Music & Media’s Eurochart Hot 100 Singles survey and adding No. 1 rankings in Sweden and Switzerland, plus debuts at No. 2 in Denmark and No. 4 in Spain, to its already impressive resume. Shaggy’s “Hotshot” (MCA) ascended to the top of the European Top 100 Albums chart in its 15th week on that survey, while Gorillaz’ self-titled Parlophone debut climbed 15-9.