Scouting for Girls tops U.K. chart

'This Ain't a Love Song' is London trio's first best-seller

LONDON -- London pop trio Scouting for Girls scored their first U.K. No. 1 single on the new sales charts published Sunday by the Official Charts Co. with "This Ain't a Love Song" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment).

Boyzone's "Brother" (Polydor/Universal) started a second consecutive and third aggregate week atop the album chart.

Scouting for Girls made their U.K. chart debut in the summer of 2007 with the minor top 40 hit "It's Not About You," after which they scored consecutive top 10 singles with "She's So Lovely" and "Elvis Ain't Dead." A third top ten hit, "Heartbeat," followed in 2008, but "Love Song" is the band's first best-seller, and precedes their second album "Everybody Wants to Be on TV," due for British release April 12.

Lady Gaga's "Telephone" (Interscope/Universal), featuring Beyonce, No. 1 on the singles survey for the last two weeks, fell to No. 2 and was followed by two more new entries. U.K. rapper Plan B, a.k.a. Londoner Ben Drew, debuted at No. 3 with "She Said" (679/Atlantic/Warner Music), his second top ten single after January's "Stay Too Long." Plan B was also the featured rapper on "End Credits," a top ten hit for Chase & Status last November.

New at No. 4, becoming the highest-charting single in a U.K. singles chart career spanning almost 13 years, was "History Maker" (Survivor) by the English Christian band Delirious?. Ironically, their first top tenner after seven previous top 40 singles comes a few months after Delirious? announced that they were disbanding. The track, a longtime live favorite from the band's 1997 album "King of Fools," was the subject of a Facebook campaign to get it to No. 1 for Easter on the U.K. chart.

Also having a good singles week were "Omg" (LaFace/Sony Music Entertainment) by Usher featuring, which climbed 13-8, and "Carry Out" (Interscope/Universal) by Timbaland featuring Justin Timberlake, up 29-16.

Boyzone stayed at No. 1 in an unchanged top three on the album chart, with Lady Gaga's "The Fame" (Interscope/Universal) still at No. 2 and Justin Bieber's "My World" (Def Jam/Universal) steady at No. 3. The highest new entry, at No. 10, was "The Very Best of Free & Bad Company" (Rhino/UMTV), the first collection combining catalog material by two bands fronted by English rock vocalist Paul Rodgers. Released to coincide with U.K. shows by the reunited Bad Company line-up, it charted at an impressive No. 10 after some high-profile promo work by Rodgers, and becomes Bad Company's first top ten album appearance since "Desolation Angels" reached No. 10 in 1979, and Free's first since "The Best of Free - All Right Now" hit No. 9 in 1991.

On Billboard's pan-European sales charts, Amy Macdonald's "A Curious Thing" (Mercury/Universal) is in a second week atop European Albums listing, while Stromae's "Alors On Danse" (Mosaert/Vertigo/Universal) spends a second consecutive and third aggregate week at No. 1 on Hot 100 Singles.
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