Lily Allen takes over U.K. singles chart
Franz Ferdinand album second to SpringsteenLONDON -- Lily Allen and Bruce Springsteen are the new champions on the U.K. singles and album charts. Allen's "The Fear" (Regal/Parlophone/EMI) debuted atop the singles chart, while Springsteen's "Working on a Dream" (Columbia/Sony BMG) entered the album survey at No. 1.
"The Fear" is Allen's second U.K. No. 1 single, and first since her debut hit "Smile" in the summer of 2006. Her sophomore album "It's Not Me It's You" follows Feb. 9. Lady GaGa's three-week spell at No. 1 with "Just Dance" (Interscope/Universal) ended as she slipped a place, as did "Day 'N' Nite" (Data) by Kid Cudi vs. Crookers at No. 3, Tinchy Stryder's "Take Me Back" (4th & Broadway/Universal) at No. 4 and James Morrison's "Broken Strings" (Polydor/Universal) featuring Nelly Furtado at No. 5.
Alesha Dixon jumped 13-6 as "Breathe Slow" (Asylum/Warner Music) became her second consecutive top 10 hit, while her album "The Alesha Show" rebounded 44-21. Jason Mraz improved 22-11 with "I'm Yours" (Atlantic/Warner Music) and Britney Spears 17-13 with "Circus" (Jive/Sony BMG). 19-year-old Scottish singer-songwriter Tommy Reilly, the winner of Channel 4's recent TV talent contest "Orange Unsigned," debuted at No. 14 with "Gimme a Call" (A&M/Universal).
Springsteen's triumphant debut is his seventh U.K. No. 1 album, a run that began with 1980's "The River." His new success upstaged Franz Ferdinand, whose album "Tonight: Franz Ferdinand" (Domino) opened at No. 2. Last week's No. 1 debutants White Lies fell sharply to No. 8 with "To Lose My Life" (Fiction/Polydor). The Killers' "Day & Age" (Vertigo/Universal) moved back into the top ten, 14-10, and easy listening singer Roger Whittaker climbed again, 13-11, with "The Golden Age of Roger Whittaker -- 50 Years of Classics" (UMTV/Universal).
Antony & the Johnsons' "The Crying Light" (Rough Trade) made a dramatic debut at No. 1 on Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart, as Katy Perry's "Hot N Cold" (Virgin/EMI) scored a fourth week atop Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.