Irish boy band Westlife achieved its 14th U.K. No. 1 single yesterday (Nov. 12), as its version of Bette Midler’s 1980 American hit “The Rose” for S/Sony BMG entered at the top. Meanwhile, Jamiroquai topped the album chart for the fourth time with the Columbia retrospective “High Times — Singles 1992-2006.”
“The Rose” is the lead single from Westlife’s “Love Songs” compilation, which is out Nov. 20. It extends the group’s run of chart-toppers to 14 over a period of seven-and-a-half years, since they debuted with “Swear It Again” in May 1999.
U2’s cover of the Skids’ “The Saints Are Coming” (Mercury), featuring Green Day and raising money for the Edge’s Music Rising charity, climbed 6-2 and All Saints’ “Rock Steady” (Parlophone) 11-3, both with physical sales added for the first time. Last week’s No. 1, “Put Your Hands Up for Detroit” (Data) by Fedde Le Grande, fell to No. 4.
Sugababes’ “Easy” (Universal Island) jumped 30-8 after its physical release and Madonna’s “Jump” (Warner Bros.) was a new entry at No. 9. Outside the top 10, “Smack That” (Universal) by Akon featuring Eminem came in at No. 12, “My Love” (Jive) by Justin Timberlake featuring T.I. at No. 14 and “This Is Not Real Love” (Aegean) by George Michael featuring Mutya at No. 15. Kasabian’s “Shoot the Runner” (Columbia), the second single from its “Empire” album, arrived at No. 16 and dance act Infernal’s cover of the Laura Branigan hit “Self Control” (Europa) at No. 18.
On the album chart, the Jamiroquai compilation saw off the challenge of the self-titled debut set for Simon Cowell’s Syco Music label by Angelis. The group consists of six children aged between 11 and 14 from choirs around the United Kingdom.
Damien Rice’s “9” (Heffa/14th Floor), the follow-up to his hugely successful “O” album, entered at No. 4, followed by classical singer Katherine Jenkins at No. 5 with “Serenade” (UCJ). McFly’s “Motion in the Ocean” (Universal Island) entered at No. 6, with Paul Weller’s “Hit Parade” compilation (Island/Polydor) close behind at No. 7.
Chart veteran Cliff Richard’s “Two’s Company — The Duets” (EMI), on which he’s joined on both new and catalog recordings by such co-vocalists as Olivia Newton-John, Dionne Warwick, Elton John and Barry Gibb, came in at No. 8, extending his album chart career to 47 years and seven months.
After the success of their self-titled debut album, the Magic Numbers’ sophomore release “Those the Brokes” (Heavenly) surprisingly failed to debut in the top ten, opening at No. 11. ABBA’s “Number Ones” compilation (Polar/Universal) started at No. 15.
Robbie Williams is in a second week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums with “Rudebox” (Chrysalis), while Scissor Sisters notch a sixth week atop Eurochart Hot 100 Singles with “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin'” (Polydor).