LONDON (Reuters) - Pop queens Beyonce and Shakira beat off a challenge from the Arctic Monkeys to crown the singles chart with their duet “Beautiful Liar”, the Official UK Charts Company said on Sunday.
The Sheffield indie rockers had to be content with second place for “Brianstorm”, taken from their much anticipated second album “Favourite Worst Nightmare”, to be released on Monday.
The Arctic Monkeys’ first album “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” sold 1.2 million copies in Britain, 364,000 of them in the first week.
“Give It To Me”, last week’s number one from hip hop producer Timbaland, Justin Timberlake and Nelly Furtado, fell to third place.
Also climbing into the top ten were R&B artist Ne-Yo with “Because Of You” at number six and London pop singer Natasha Bedingfield at seven with “I Wanna Have Your Babies.”
In the album chart Canadian rock singer Avril Lavigne shot to the top slot with her new release “The Best Damn Thing”.
Lavigne, who is reported to have recently paid 4.25 million pounds for an eight-bedroom house in Los Angeles, was also riding high in the singles charts at number four with a track from the album, “Girlfriend”.
New York based producer Mark Ronson’s new album “Version”, took second place, while last week’s number one “Because Of The Times” from Tennessee rock band Kings of Leon slipped to number three.
Also new in the album chart was “Year Zero” at number six from American alternative rock band Nine Inch Nails.