Chemical Brothers snag No. 1 U.K. album
EmptyLONDON -- Dance mainstays the Chemical Brothers scored another U.K. No. 1 album, their fifth, with "We Are the Night" (Virgin). Sunday's new charts also ushered in an eighth week at the top of the singles survey for "Umbrella" (Def Jam) by Rihanna featuring Jay-Z.
The Chemical Brothers first topped the British album chart in 1997 with "Dig Your Own Hole" and repeated the feat with "Surrender" (1999), "Come With Us" (2002) and 2005's "Push the Button." The new set, which includes the current top 20 hit "Do It Again," leads the chart ahead of the Traveling Wilburys' "Collection" (Rhino/Warner Bros.), which is back up 3-2, and "Time on Earth" (Parlophone) by the regrouped Crowded House, which opened at No. 3. That's the highest U.K. placing for a studio album by the Antipodean group, whose 1996 compilation "Recurring Dream" reached No. 1 in the market.
Last week's No. 1, Editors' "An End Has a Start" (Kitchenware/Sony BMG), fell to No. 4, while Take That were one of several acts to benefit from their involvement in last weekend's Princess Diana memorial concert at Wembley Stadium. Extensive coverage of the event by the BBC helped send their "Never Forget" compilation (RCA) up 10-5 and current studio set "Beautiful World" (Polydor) 40-11, while the single "Shine" rose 75-37.
Velvet Revolver's "Libertad" (RCA) was a new entry at No.6, while two more participants from the Diana concert, Nelly Furtado and Lily Allen, raced back up with "Loose" (Mosley/Geffen, 20-7) and "Alright, Still" (Regal/Parlophone, 46-15) respectively.
Rihana's extraordinary reign over the singles chart held off Kate Nash's "Foundations" (Fiction/Polydor), which started a second week at No. 2, and Avril Lavigne's "When You're Gone" (RCA), which jumped 17-3. The Hoosiers climbed 6-5 with "Worried About Ray" (RCA) and Timbaland's "The Way I Are" (Interscope), featuring Keri Hilson, debuted at No. 6.
Natasha Bedingfield jumped 49-7 with "Soulmate" and Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry" (Interscope) 28-8, as the Black Eyed Peas singer also re-entered at No.36 with "Glamorous" after her performance at the Diana concert.
The Rihanna single is also in a fifth week at No. 1 on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally, while Bon Jovi's "Lost Highway" (Universal Island) is spending a third week at the helm of European Top 100 Albums.