... Joey Negro featuring Taka Boom
... New Order
New Order make an almost unpublicised return to the UK Top 10 with Crystal
which debuts at no 8 on August 19th, 2001. Formed from the remains of Joy Division after
lead singer's Ian Curtis suicide, New Order's innovative blend of indie and dance made
them a chart feature in the 1980s culminating in their 1990 England world cup song World In Motion.
The core of Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook Gillian Gilbert and Stephen Morris broke apart in the
nineties and although never officially disbanded there was little hope of a new record.
Until now. Crystal heralds the new album Get Ready due in September...
Canadian rock outfit Nickelback score their first major US hit with How You Remind
Me which climbs to no 1 on December 22nd, 2001. Named from the change given for a regular
coffee in Starbuck's, the lineup includes lead singer/guitarist Chad Kroeger, his brother Mike on
bass, Ryan Peake on guitar and Ryan Vikedal on drums. Their debut album sold well at home but
it is with their 1999 album The State that the band are beginning to receive international
How You Remind Me (Aus:2, US:1)
... No Doubt
Hey Baby by No Doubt climbs to no 7 in Australia on January 20th, 2002. It's the
first track of the group's third album Rock Steady. The band found making their latest
album an easier task than the previous which had to follow the hugely successful Tragic
Kingdom and the hit track Don't Speak. Lead singer Gwen Stefani featured on
both the 2001 Us Grammy Best Male and Best Female single, respectively for Moby and
Eve. Rock Steady features a number of producers including Prince, Dave Stewart
and Ric Ocasek.
... 'N Sync
*NSync debut at no 9 in the UK on July 15th, 2001 with Pop. The song is taken
from the forthcoming album Celebrity and is supposed to mark a harder edge to the boyband's
music. The single has failed to hit the Top 10 in the US despite a lavish 2 million dollar video
and can only match the peak of their last British Top 10, It's Gonna Be Me. Their biggest
UK hit was Bye Bye Bye in March 2000. The new album credits the now de-permed Justin Timberlake
as co-writer of many of the songs. Is a solo career next?
Lyrics: Bye Bye Bye (UK:3),
It's Gonna Be Me (UK:9),
A slightly reworked version of Set You Free gives N-Trance a third chart run with
the song. It debuts at no 4 in the UK on September 16th, 2001. The song previously reached no
39 in May 1994 and no 2 in January 1995. The production team scored two other top 10s in the nineties
with Stayin' Alive and Do Ya Think I'm Sexy.
Set You Free (UK:4)
... Nu Generation
In Your Arms by Nu Generation debuted at no 8 in the UK on 23rd January, 2000.