Lewis still dominating U.K. album, singles charts


LONDON -- Leona Lewis began another week of supremacy on the U.K. sales charts Saturday, moving into a seventh week at No. 1 with the single "Bleeding Love" and a fourth with its parent Syco Music/Sony BMG album, "Spirit."

The London-born singer had no new serious challengers on either survey. "Heartbroken" (2Nv/All Around the World) by T2 featuring Jodie started a third week at No. 2 on a singles chart that had no new entries in the top 10. "Spirit," meanwhile, is ahead of Westlife's former bestseller "Back Home" (S/Sony BMG), which rebounded 3-2 on an even quieter album chart. There, the only newcomer in the entire top 40 was dance act Cascada's "Perfect Day" (All Around The World) at No. 12.

The final entry in RCA's Elvis Presley singles reissue series, "Burning Love," debuted at No. 13, and Cascada also scored a top 20 singles entry with "What Hurts The Most" at No. 16. Arctic Monkeys' "Teddy Picker" (Domino) entered at No. 20 and the Enemy's "We'll Live and Die In These Towns" (Warner Bros.) arrived at No. 21.

Other than that, most of the activity in the top 40 was generated by Christmas titles, in the first holiday season in which downloads are admissable to the chart without a physical equivalent. Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" (Columbia) thus became a top 10 hit 13 years after it reached No. 2, with a 23-8 climb. "Fairytale of New York" (Warner Bros.) by the Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl, in its fifth run on the top 40, raced 33-12.

Wham!'s "Last Christmas" (Epic), a top 10 U.K. success in both 1984 and 1985, returned to the top 40 with a 50-23 rise, while Andy Williams' "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" (Sony BMG), featured in the current ad campaign by U.K. retailer Marks & Spencer, climbed 43-25 to become the veteran crooner's first new top 40 U.K. hit since a re-recording of "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" hit No. 23 in 2002.

Wizzard's festive recurrent "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day" (EMI) climbed 65-27, Shakin' Stevens' No. 1 from Christmas 1985, "Merry Christmas Everyone" (Sony Music), re-entered at No. 33, Slade's "Merry Xmas Everybody" (Polydor) landed at No. 37 and Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas" (Mercury) began at No.38.

The Eagles' "Long Road Out of Eden" (Polydor) regained its crown on European Top 100 Albums with a 2-1 rebound, while "Apologize" (Mosley/Blackground/ Interscope) by Timbaland presents OneRepublic leads Eurochart Top 100 Singles for a third week.