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Bastille, Sam Smith, Arctic Monkeys Enjoy Post-BRIT Awards Sales Spikes
Winners and performers at last week’s BRIT Awards ceremony dominated the new sales charts when they were published by the Official Charts Company on Sunday (Feb. 23). Best British Breakthrough act Bastille returned to the album summit with “Bad Blood” (Virgin/Universal) and Critics’ Choice winner Sam Smith debuted at No. 1 on the singles chart with “Money On My Mind” (Capitol/Universal). Arctic Monkeys, Disclosure, Rudimental and others also enjoyed substantial spikes in sales.
Bastille’s album first hit the top on release last March and returned there in its 51st chart week. The band’s 2013 smash “Pompeii” jumped 61-20 on the singles list, while their mash-up performance of it and “Waiting All Night” at the Feb. 19 ceremony with Rudimental and Ella Eyre charted at No. 21. The latter song won the Best British Single title.
Arctic Monkeys, who opened the show and went on to win the coveted British Group and Album trophies, jumped 11-2 with the Domino set “AM.” They also improved 71-40 with their 2006 debut “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” and 93-39 with the single “Do I Wanna Know,” among other sales increases.
Disclosure’s collaboration at the BRITs with Best International Artist winner Lorde saw the band’s “Settle” album (PMR/Universal Island) race back 32-3. Lorde herself improved 12-9 with her debut full length “Pure Heroine” (Virgin/Universal), as the single “Royals” rebounded 43-36. Best British Female Ellie Goulding fell 2-4 with her album “Halcyon” (Polydor/Universal), but her performance of its former No. 1 single “Burn” gave it a 53-35 upswing.
South London R&B artist Katy B’s “Little Red” (Rinse Recordings/Columbia/ Sony), which debuted at No. 1 last week, fell to No. 8, as “Tribute” (Universal Island) by John Newman, a nominee for Best British Male, rose 15-10. Also on Island, Scottish singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt’s first album “Peroxide” started at No. 11. The compilation chart saw the “BRIT Awards 2014” collection on Sony rise 6-1.
Sam Smith, who topped the singles survey last year as guest artist on Naughty Boy’s “La La La” (Virgin/Universal), repeated the feat with his first solo release. “Money On My Mind” sold 108,000 copies in the week to Saturday night, the highest total for a debut release by a Critics’ Choice winner.
Pharrell Williams, who featured in the finale of the BRITs show performing with Nile Rodgers, moved back 3-2 with one of the songs in that medley, “Happy” (Back Lot). “Rather Be” (Atlantic/Warner Music), by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne, fell to No. 3 after four weeks on top. U.S. indie band A Great Big World made their U.K. debut at No. 4 with “Say Something” (RCA/Song), featuring Christina Aguilera.
“Stay The Night” (Interscope/Universal) by Russian/German DJ-producer Zedd featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore fell 2-5, and another BRIT Award performer, Katy Perry, rose 10-6 with “Dark Horse” (Virgin/Universal), featuring Juicy J.