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Sean Kingston, Faulkner Lead The Pack On U.K. Charts

seankingston_reggae_jamaica.jpgSean Kingston's former Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper "Beautiful Girls" (RCA) moved up 2-1 on the new U.K. singles chart yesterday (Sept. 2), and the top 10 included climbers by Plain White Ts, Rihanna and Freaks and a new entry for James Blunt. Newton Faulkner's "Dream Catch Me" (Ugly Truth/Sony BMG) started a second week at the top of the album chart.

Kanye West's "Stronger" (Def Jam/Universal), which topped the singles survey for the last two weeks, fell to No. 2, while "Hey There Delilah" (Hollywood/Angel) by Plain White Ts climbed 6-3 in its seventh chart week, after falling from No. 5 last week. Rihanna's "Shut Up and Drive" (Def Jam/Universal), which has spent six weeks on the chart thanks to download sales and last week dipped 14-16, jumped to No. 5 after its physical release.

Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry" (A&M/Universal) moved back 9-8 in its 11th chart week ,while Freaks' dance hit "The Creeps (Get on the Dancefloor)" (Azuli) climbed 21-9. James Blunt's "1973" (Atlantic) debuted at No. 10.

RCA's latest weekly Elvis Presley reissue resulted in a No. 14 debut for "Hound Dog," almost 31 years after the song reached No. 2 in the U.K. British rapper Kano climbed 24-18 with "This Is the Girl" (679), which features U.K. R&B star Craig David. U.K. trio Scouting For Girls enjoyed a No. 19 entry with "She's So Lovely" (Epic/Song BMG) and K.T. Tunstall's "Hold On" (Relentless/Virgin/EMI) bounced back 39-21 following physical release.

The success of Faulkner's debut album is causing international interest in the London singer/songwriter. He's signed via Ugly Truth to Sony BMG for the world, and Billboard understands that a deal with one of the major's labels for U.S. release is imminent.

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