Rapper Ja Rule Grabs Top UK Chart Spot

By | October 31, 2004 at 12:00 AM

LONDON – U.S. rapper Ja Rule hit gold on Sunday as his new release “Wonderful,” featuring R&B stars R Kelly and Ashanti, soared to the top of the UK singles chart, figures from the Official UK Charts Company showed.

The song from Ja Rule, famous for his gruff voice, knocked Swedish DJ Eric Prydz’s “Call On Me” down to second place.

Other new entrants also made their mark, with New Zealand-born Londoner Daniel Bedingfield’s “Nothing Hurts Like Love” debuting at No. 3 and singer-rapper Jay Sean jumping into fourth place with “Stolen.”

Further down the list, Robbie Williams slipped from ninth to No. 17 with “Radio,” a song which topped the charts earlier in October. “The Love of Richard Nixon” from Welsh band Manic Street Preachers plunged down to No. 22 from second spot last week.

Making a second appearance in the charts was R Kelly, whose double “A” side “Happy People/U Saved Me” rounded out the top 10, down from sixth place last week.