Eminem achieved his seventh consecutive No. 1 album in the U.K. Sunday (Nov. 10) with “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” (Interscope/Universal). Brooklyn DJ Storm Queen, aka Morgan Geist, scored an instant No. 1 single with “Look Right Through” (Defected/Ministry of Sound).
Eminem’s new release sold 143,000 copies last week, the third highest opening tally by an individual artist in the territory this year. Only Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” (Columbia, Sony, 165,000) and Arctic Monkeys’ “A.M.” (Domino, 157,000) sold more in their first week, although “Now That’s What I Call Music! 85” (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) has the best week one total of 2013, with 262,000. The Official Charts Company also reports that Eminem thus moves level with the Beatles in joint second place for the most chart-topping U.K. albums in a row. That record is jointly held by Led Zeppelin and Abba, with eight each.
In the season of big-name album releases, no less than the top seven on the artist chart were all new entries. 2012 “X Factor” winner James Arthur’s self-titled Syco Music/Sony debut entered at No. 2, as his 2010 predecessor Matt Cardle’s “Porcelain” (Matt Cardle) fell 11-73. Meanwhile Little Mix, who became the only group to win the “X Factor” crown in the year in between Cardle and Arthur’s victories, entered the singles chart at No.3 with their latest hit “Move” (Syco/Sony).
Tinie Tempah’s second album “Demonstration” (Parlophone/Warner Music), the follow-up to his 2010 chart-topper “The Disc-overy,” entered at No. 3. Multi-million-selling Dutch conductor Andre Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra opened at No. 4 with “Music of the Night” (Decca/Universal).
English-Irish-Australian vocal group the Overtones arrived at No. 5 with their third album “Saturday Night at the Movies” (Warner Music Entertainment), which follows their No. 4 debut of 2010, “Good Ol’ Fashioned Love,” and the 2012 No. 6, “Higher.” Shane Filan, from longtime Irish pop favourites Boyzone, followed 12 top ten albums with the group with a No. 6 solo debut for “You & Me” (Capitol/Universal).
“The Nation’s Favourite Elvis Songs,” released by RCA/Sony in 2-CD and deluxe editions to coincide with ITV’s special of the same that aired last Friday to some four million viewers, entered at No. 7. That makes The King the first artist to rack up 50 U.K. top ten albums, over a span of 57 years. The TV special included a public vote in which “Always On My Mind” was named the eponymous favourite Elvis song among British viewers.
Also arriving in the artist top ten were pop band the Wanted, with their third album “Word of Mouth” (Global Talent/Universal), at No. 9. Its single “Show Me Love (America)” fell 8-23. Amid such a flurry of new entries, Katy Perry’s former No. 1 “Prism” (Virgin/Universal) fell 2-10 and last week’s newcomer at No. 1, Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor” (Sonovox), to No. 12.
There were also top 20 entries for “The Best of Nickelback Vol. 1” (Roadrunner) at No. 15 and “The Very Best of Bob Dylan” (Columbia/Sony) at No. 16. On the compilation chart, “BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge 2013” (Rhino/Sony Music CG/Universal Music TV) is spending a second week at No. 1.
Morgan Geist, also a member of American house duo Metro Area, released the original version of “Look Right Through” as Storm Queen in 2010. Its reemergence follows a remix by Marc “MK” Kinchen, with vocals by Damon C. Scott. Its arrival atop the U.K. singles chart pushes “The Monster” by Eminem featuring Rihanna down to No. 2, with the Little Mix track in at No. 3 and Lorde’s current Hot 100 chart-topper “Royals” (Virgin/Universal) down 2-4.
Britney Spears scored her 23rd top ten British single at No. 7 with “Work Bitch” (RCA/Sony), while Ed Sheeran’s new track “I See Fire” (Decca/Universal), from the soundtrack of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” charted at No. 13. Katy B’s “5 A.M.” (Rinse Recordings) followed at No. 14 and “The Last Time” (Mercury/Universal), Taylor Swift’s duet with Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody from her “Red” album, soared 179-25 after they performed it on “The X Factor” Nov. 3.