Killers best Guns N' Roses for U.K. No. 1
'Day' upends 'Democracy'; Take That gets 11th top singleLONDON -- In an all-new top three on the U.K. album chart, the Killers' "Day & Age" (Vertigo/Universal) took the No. 1 spot ahead of Guns N' Roses' "Chinese Democracy" (Black Frog/Geffen), while Take That scored its 11th U.K. career No. 1 single with "Greatest Day" (Polydor/Universal).
The Killers thus complete a perfect trio of studio albums: "Hot Fuss" was released in June 2004 and spent two weeks at the summit the following January, and "Sam's Town" spent three weeks at the top in October 2006. Wales-born 2007 "X Factor" runner-up Rhydian arrived at No. 3 with a self-titled debut set for Syco Music/Sony BMG.
Syco labelmate Leona Lewis' repackaged "Spirit" fell from No. 1 to No. 4, and an eponymous album by Epic act the Priests came in at No. 5. The group is a trio of Roman Catholic priests from Northern Ireland whose album was produced by Mike Hedges (Manic Street Preachers, U2).
The top 10 newcomers restricted Kanye West to a No. 11 entry with "808s & Heartbreak" (Mercury/Universal). Two more releases aimed squarely at the festive market hit the top 20: Only Men Aloud's self-titled album for Universal Classics & Jazz debuted at No. 16; the 18-piece male voice choir won the BBC's "Last Choir Standing" talent series in August. Another UCJ release, the Salvation Army's "Together," came in at No. 20.
Take That's new No. 1 single is the lead song from the album "The Circus," released Monday. It's the third chart-topper of the group's "second coming," which began two years ago with "Patience" and continued in early 2007 with "Shine." The group's No. 2 single from November 2007, "Rule the World," rebounded from No. 46 to No. 27 in its 52nd chart week, while RCA/Sony BMG's "Never Forget -- The Ultimate Collection," which contains hits from Take That's original 1991-96 era, climbed from No. 74 to No. 39.
Beyonce's "If I Were a Boy" (Columbia) fell from No. 1 to No. 2 as its parent album "I Am ... Sasha Fierce" slumped from No. 10 to No. 21. "Live Your Life" (Atlantic) by T.I. featuring Rihanna climbed from No. 4 to No. 3, and another successful week for Rihanna also included a jump from No. 51 to No. 24 for "Rehab" (Def Jam) featuring Justin Timberlake. McFly's "Do Ya"/"Stay With Me" (Super) entered at No. 18.
Billboard's pan-European sales charts showed a Sony BMG double as Dido's "Safe Trip Home" (Cheeky/RCA) debuted at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums and the Beyonce track climbed from No. 2 to No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.