Lady Gaga’s “ARTPOP” (Interscope/Universal) became her third U.K. No. 1 album Sunday (Nov. 17), as 17-year-old, Dutch-born Martin Garrix became the second DJ in a row, after Storm Queen, to debut at the singles chart summit, with “Animals” (Positiva/Virgin/Universal).
"ARTPOP" is the 999th No. 1 in the 57-year history of the U.K. album chart, which sets up a big battle for the 1,000th bestseller this week, likely to be between Gaga, Robbie Williams, JLS and Jake Bugg. Meanwhile, Gaga extends a run of album chart successes that began in 2009 with “The Fame” and continued with “Born This Way” in 2011. From the new album, “Do What U Want,” featuring R. Kelly, arrived at No. 9 in the Official Charts Company’s latest data.
Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" (Interscope/Universal) fell to No. 2 after its chart-topping debut last week. Its former No. 1 single "The Monster," featuring Rihanna, dropped 2-4. Celine Dion sold strongly on both charts, debuting at No. 3 with the Columbia/Sony album "Loved Me Back To Life" and racing 75-14 with its title track single.
Girl pop band Little Mix’s second album “Salute” (Syco Music/Sony) came in at No. 4, less than a year after their "DNA" album started at No. 3; current single “Move” fell 3-5. After last week’s first-ever all-new top seven on the artist album chart, seven of the top eight on the new survey were new entries, the only exception being “The Nation’s Favourite Elvis Songs” (RCA/Sony), which climbed 7-5.
The Killers’ new retrospective “Direct Hits” (Vertigo/Universal) started at No. 6 and its new single “Shot At The Night” at No. 23. All-time British chart champion Cliff Richard’s new collection of covers, “The Fabulous Rock ‘n’ Roll Songbook” (Rhino/Warner Music), which is his 100th album release, took its bow at No. 7.
English tenor Alfie Boe scored his fourth U.K. top ten album in a row with “Trust” (Decca/Universal), as 2012 “X Factor” winner James Arthur’s self-titled Syco Music/Sony set fell 2-9. British pop-rock band Keane’s new Universal/Island “Best Of” debuted at No. 10 as their 2004 debut hit from it, “Somewhere Only We Know,” leapt back into the singles standings at No. 26. That was prompted by the new cover of the song by pop favorite Lily Allen, currently receiving massive exposure as the soundtrack to retailer John Lewis’ Chrismas commercial, which opened behind Martin Garrix at No. 2 on the singles chart.
Surprisingly to many, those eight new entries in the album top ten did not include the Beatles, whose new “On Air” collection of further BBC radio sessions (Apple Corps/EMI/Universal) started at No. 12. The repackaged first volume, first released in 2004, re-charted at No. 57.
Irish easy listening perennial Daniel O’Donnell establishes a new U.K. chart record this week, having achieved at least one top 40 album every year since 1991. His 30th such title, “A Picture Of You” (Decca/Universal), came in at No. 16. Sony Classical tenor Russell Watson’s “Only One Man” followed at No. 17. “Pop Party 12” (Rhino/Warner Music/Universal Music TV) moved 2-1 on the compilation chart.
Garrix’s “Animals” has already been a major crossover hit around Europe prior to its arrival at the top of the U.K. chart, reaching the top five in his native Holland as well as in Germany, France, Holland, Sweden, Switzerland and elsewhere. The track recently reached No. 75 on the Billboard Hot 100, charting strongly on multiple dance charts, licensed there by Dutch label Spinnin’ to Casablanca/Republic. Garrix placed No. 17 in Billboard’s 21 Under 21 survey for 2013, published in September.
With Lily Allen in at No. 2 as reported, Emily Goulding’s official song of the BBC’s 2013 Children In Need appeal, “How Long Will I Love You?” (Polydor/Universal), debuted at No. 3. Storm Queen’s No. 1 of last week, “Look Right Through” (Defected/Ministry of Sound), fell to No. 6. Robbie Williams’ “Go Gentle” (Universal Island) bowed at No. 10, with his “Swings Both Ways” album chasing that 1,000th chart-topper honor from its release today.