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Biffy Clyro Bumps 'Les Mis' From Top of UK Album Chart
After landing two previous releases in the top three, Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro notched their first U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Sunday) with "Opposites." "Get Up (Rattle)" by Dutch duo Bingo Players featuring Far East Movement started a second week atop the singles chart.
"Opposites" is Biffy Clyro's sixth studio album, in a career that had its origins in the mid-1990s. The band's first set "Blackened Sky" was released in 2002, peaking just outside the top 75. 2003's "The Vertigo of Bliss" reached No. 48, and "Infinity Land" in 2004 hit No. 47, before their profile soared with 2007's platinum-selling album "Puzzle."
That debuted at No. 2 with 37,000 first-week sales, then 2009's "Only Revolutions" started at No. 8 with 43,000, also eventually turning platinum. Nominated for the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, it climbed back to a new peak of No. 3 that September. The new release sold a career-best 71,000 units last week, according to the Official Charts Company; "Black Chandelier," the lead single from "Opposites," debuted and peaked at No. 14 last month.
Biffy's arrival forced the "Les Miserables" score album down to No. 2 after two weeks at the summit. Fleetwood Mac's 1977 classic "Rumours," reissued to adoring U.K. media attention in deluxe and super deluxe editions, reappeared at No. 3. Emeli Sandé's "Our Version of Events" dipped 2-4 and Justin Bieber's acoustic version of the "Believe" album arrived at No. 5.
Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli's "Passione," his 14th studio release, debuted at No. 9, his eighth top ten album. Ellie Goulding's "Halcyon" climbed again, 13-9, as did "The Golden Age of Song" by Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, 15-11. "The Trevor Nelson Collection" began a second week atop the compilation chart.
Bingo Players' single stayed at No. 1 ahead of a 24-2 surge for Macklemore's former Hot 100 No. 1 "Thrift Shop," featuring Ryan Lewis and Wanz. The official video for the track now has more than 79 million YouTube views. The former No. 1 "Scream & Shout" by will.i.am featuring Britney Spears fell 2-3.
The highest new singles entry of the week was "Rewind" by English rapper Devlin, at No. 10. It also marked the U.K. chart debut of American singer-songwriter Diane Birch, credited as featured vocalist as Devlin's single features the chorus of her original of the same name, from her 2010 album "Bible Belt." Climbing into the top 20 were Dizzee Rascal's "Bassline Junkie," 25-14, Flo Rida's "Let It Roll," 23-17, and Rita Ora's "Radioactive," 32-18.