'Iron Man 2' is No. 1 on U.K. music chart


LONDON -- AC/DC's soundtrack to "Iron Man 2" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) gave the veteran rockers their third U.K. No. 1 album. Another Sony artist, RCA newcomer Diana Vickers, scored a chart-topping single at the first time of asking with "Once."

AC/DC previously topped the U.K. album chart with 1980's "Back In Black" and the 2008 set "Black Ice." The new soundtrack release features catalog material by the band from between 1976 and 2008.

It prevented Paul Weller from a No. 1 start with his new album "Wake Up The Nation" (Universal Island) last night (April 25). Weller had led the way in midweek sales, but debuted in runner-up spot in the Official Chart Company's official listing.

Weller's solo album career, since the Jam and the Style Council, has yielded three British chart-toppers, with "Stanley Road" (1995), "Illuminations" (2002) and his last studio set, 2008's "22 Dreams." He also hit No. 2 with 1993's "Wild Wood," "Heavy Soul" (1997), "Heliocentric" (2000) and 2004's "Studio 150."

Last week's No. 1 album, Plan B's "The Defamation of Strickland Banks" (679/Atlantic/Warner Music), fell to No. 3, while Meat Loaf scored a No. 4 start with "Hang Cool Teddy Bear" (Mercury/Universal). British artist Kate Nash's sophomore album "My Best Friend Is You" (Fiction/Polydor/Universal) arrived at No. 8. Selena Gomez & the Scene followed last week's No. 7 single "Naturally" (Hollywood/Universal) with a No. 12 start for the album "Kiss & Tell."

Eighteen-year-old Vickers was a semi-finalist on "The X Factor" in 2008 and signed a deal with RCA last year, but then delayed her pop debut to take the starring role in the revival production of "The Rise and Fall of Little Voice" in London's West End between last October and this January. She co-wrote "Once" with the highly successful British writers Cathy Dennis and Eg White.

That No. 1 debut pushed last week's bestselling single, "Omg" (LaFace/Sony Music Entertainment) by Usher featuring will.i.am, down to No. 2. "Until You Were Gone" (Jive/Sony Music Entertainment) by British rapper Chipmunk featuring Esmee Denters, came in at No. 3.

A Facebook-led campaign by supporters of Scottish soccer side Glasgow Rangers to get one of their favorite songs back into the charts, resulted in a No. 9 entry for Tina Turner's anthem "The Best" (Capitol/EMI). The track, which reached No. 5 in the U.K. in 1989, is played as Rangers take the field. They were crowned champions of the Scottish Premier League (SPL) yesterday.

A similar campaign by fans of the club's arch-rivals Glasgow Celtic on behalf of "You'll Never Walk Alone," best known in soccer circles as an anthem for English Premiership giants Liverpool but is also associated with Celtic, brought a No. 33 return for Gerry and the Pacemakers' version, which was their third consecutive U.K. No. 1 in 1963.

There were two more top 40 entries for songs by the "Glee" Cast, on Epic/Sony Music Entertainment: "Gives You Hell," at No. 14, and "Hello" at No. 35.

Lady Gaga, meanwhile, is enjoying another pan-European chart double. She withstands a new entry at No. 2 by MGMT's "Congratulations" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) to keep control of Billboard's European Albums chart with "The Fame" (Interscope/Universal) and is in a second week atop European Hot 100 Singles with "Telephone," featuring Beyonce.
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