2016: The Year in Charts

Florence + the Machine Returns to No. 1 on U.K. Albums Chart

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Governors Ball Music Festival
Florence + the Machine performs during the 2015 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 5, 2015 in New York City.

Florence + the Machine’s headlining appearance last Friday night (June 26) at Glastonbury Festival helped How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (Universal Island) back to the top of the U.K. album chart, published Sunday. London rapper Tinie Tempah landed his sixth No. 1 single with “Not Letting Go” (Parlophone/Warner Music), featuring Jess Glynne.

How Big… finished the sales week just 528 combined sales ahead of My Love Is Cool (Dirty Hit/Universal), the debut album by Wolf Alice. The north London alternative rock band have been building their following with indie singles and EPs over the last two years. 

Muse fell to No. 3 after two weeks in pole position with Drones (Helium 3/Warner Bros), while Taylor Swift’s U.K. tour dates (and perhaps some Apple Music-related publicity) helped 1989 (EMI/Universal) back up 12-4. Ed Sheeran’s X (Asylum/Warner Music) began its second year in the chart by holding at No. 5 in its 53rd week.

Another Glastonbury performer, James Bay, saw his debut album Chaos and the Calm (Republic/Universal) rebound 11-6, and there were two further new entries in the top ten. After a series of rave reviews and live appearances including Glastonbury on Friday, Everything Everything’s Get To Heaven (RCA/Sony) entered at No. 7. It’s their second top ten set, following the No. 5 peak of 2013’s Arc.

Atlanta soul singer Leon Bridges’ similarly-praised, and TV-advertised, debut album Coming Home (Columbia/Sony) came in at No. 8. Kacey Musgraves made a No. 11 start with her sophomore major label release Pageant Material (Mercury Nashville/Universal), and Mika’s fourth album No Place In Heaven (Virgin/Universal) opened at No.19, five places higher than its predecessor The Origin Of Love in 2012. Now That’s What I Call A Summer Party (Sony CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) debuted atop the compilation chart.

Tinie Tempah’s “Not Letting Go” topped the singles chart with combined sales of 110,000. It continues his sequence of No. 1s that started in 2010 with “Pass Out” and includes “Written In The Stars,” featuring Eric Turner, the same year; “R.I.P.” with Rita Ora in 2012, and the 2014 hits “Tsunami (Jump)” with DVBBS & Borgeous and “Crazy Stupid Love” with Cheryl Cole.

Jess Glynne’s appearance on the Tempah single is her own fourth time at No. 1 in just over 16 months. She sang on Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be” and Route 94’s “My Love” last year and topped the charts this April with her own “Hold My Hand,” which is still in the top 20 this week at No. 19.

The international hit “Are You With Me” (All Around The World/Universal) by Lost Frequencies, a.k.a. Belgian producer Felix De Laet, soared from No. 46 to No. 2 in the U.K. After four weeks at No. 1, Jason Derulo’s “Want To Want Me” (Warner Bros.) fell to No. 3 and “I Don’t Like It, I Love It” (Atlantic/Warner Music) by Flo Rida, featuring Robin Thicke & Verdine White, debuted at No. 7.