While Irish pop quintet Westlife was trading its No. 1 spot on last week’s U.K. singles chart for the top of the album tally yesterday (Nov. 30), former “Pop Idol” winner Will Young staked a claim for career longevity yesterday by entering the singles chart at No. 1.
Westlife, whose “Mandy” falls 1-3 on the singles chart, saw its S/BMG album “Turnaround” bow on top of the album tally, displacing Michael Jackson’s “Number Ones (Epic). Young’s debut at No. 1 with “Leave Right Now” gave him his fourth chart-topping single in the U.K.
Shane Richie, a star of the long-running BBC TV soap series “Eastenders,” became the latest in a long line of actors from that show to progress to the U.K. singles chart, debuting at No. 2 with a cover of Wham!’s “I’m Your Man” (BMG). All proceeds from the single are going to the BBC’s annual Children In Need appeal.
Although Jackson was unable to hold onto No. 1 on the album chart, he had a No. 5 start with the new single “One More Chance.” Ja Rule opened at No. 9 with the double-sided “Clap Back” and “Reigns” (Def Jam).
There were also top-20 entries for Iron Maiden’s “Rainmaker” (EMI), Blink 182’s “Feeling This” (Geffen), Limp Bizkit’s cover of the Who’s “Behind Blue Eyes” (Interscope) and No Doubt’s version of Talk Talk’s “It’s My Life” (Interscope).
The album chart also showed a No. 5 start for “Fame Academy” winner Alex Parks’ “Introduction” (Polydor), while Black Eyed Peas’ “Elephunk” (A&M) climbed 17-8 and Enrique Iglesias’ “Seven” (Interscope) debuted at No. 13. English chart veteran Cliff Richard jumped 38-18 with his new festive set “Cliff at Christmas” (EMI). It’s his 42nd top-20 album in the U.K. over a period of 44 and-a-half years.