Bruce Springsteen notched his tenth No. 1 album in the U.K. yesterday (Jan. 19) with “High Hopes” (Columbia/Sony Music), as Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (Back Lot) moved past the half-million sales mark to stake another week atop the singles chart.
Springsteen’s total of ten album bestsellers in the territory — a sequence that began close to 30 years ago with his 1984 release “Born In The U.S.A.” — takes him past the nine No. 1s logged by Abba, David Bowie, Michael Jackson and Queen, and level with U2 and the Rolling Stones. Elvis Presley and Robbie Williams each have 11, Madonna has 12, and the Beatles lead the roll of honor with 15.
The latest debut of The Boss sent Ellie Goulding’s “Halcyon” (Polydor/Universal), which led the list for the last two weeks, down to No. 2. “Beyoncé” (Columbia/Sony) fell 2-3 as Bastille’s “Bad Blood” (Virgin/Universal) moved up 5-4 as Gary Barlow fell 3-5 with “Since I Saw You Last” (Polydor/Universal).
There was a 10-8 climb for London Grammar’s “If You Wait” (Metal & Dust), and in the only other top 40 album debut, James Vincent McMorrow’s sophomore set “Post Tropical” (Believe Recordings) arrived at No. 28. On the compilation chart, “The Trevor Nelson Collection 2” (Sony CG) debuted at No. 1, ending the eight-week reign of “Now! That’s What I Call Music 86” (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal).
On the singles chart, Williams’ “Happy” sold close to 118,000 copies, the best weekly tally of its nine-week life, to continue at the summit. The former No. 1 “Timber” (Mr.305/Polo Grounds/J/Sony) by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha stayed at No. 2. Avicii’s “Hey Brother” (Positiva/PRMD/Universal) and Jason Derulo’s “Trumpets” single (Warner Bros./Warner Music) were also static, holding at Nos. 3 and 4, each for the fourth week in a row.
The one newcomer in the singles top ten was “Do It All Over Again” (RCA/Sony) by British teen pop newcomer Elyar Fox. Also on RCA, “Can’t Remember To Forget You” by Shakira featuring Rihanna debuted at No. 11, while “Thank You” (Cash Money/Republic/Universal) by Busta Rhymes featuring Q-Tip and Kanye West rushed 37-13.