The new U.K. sales charts published Sunday (Feb. 17) by the Official Charts Company showed a fourth aggregate week atop the album bestsellers for the “Les Miserables” score album (Polydor/Universal) and a new entry at No. 1 on the singles survey for “I Could Be The One” (Positiva/Virgin/Universal) by Swedish DJ-producer Avicii, featuring Dutch counterpart Nicky Romero.
Les Miserables started its second separate two-week reign and, in the process, narrowly prevented English rock band Foals from achieving their first U.K. No. 1 album with their third release Holy Fire (Transgressive/Warner Music). They reached No. 3 with the 2008 debut Antidotes and No. 8 with 2010’s Total Life Forever. The Oxford band’s current single from the new set, “My Number,” debuted at No. 23 on the new listing.
Emeli Sandé’s Our Version of Events (Virgin/Universal) moved up 4-3 as it started its second year on the chart, as Jake Bugg’s eponymous Mercury/Universal debut fell 2-4. Mumford & Sons’ Babel (Universal Island) jumped back 17-5 and Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours reissue (Warner Bros./Warner Music) slipped 5-6. Bruno Mars bounced back 12-7 with Unorthodox Jukebox (Atlantic/Warner Music), as its new single “When I Was Your Man” raced 46-7.
Welsh rockers Bullet For My Valentine debuted at No. 11 with their fourth studio album Temper Temper (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) and there was a career-best No. 16 debut for veteran folk-rock singer-guitarist Richard Thompson’s Electric (Proper). Thompson had the first top 20 album of his long career when 2010‘s Dream Attic debuted at No. 20. On the compilation chart, The Trevor Nelson Collection (Sony Music) started a fourth week at No. 1.
"I Could Be The One" is the first chart-topping U.K. single for Avicii, aka Tim Bergling. His top 40 debut was as the featured artist on Leona Lewis’ No. 4 hit “Collide” in September 2011, after which he reached the same peak with his first solo hit “Levels” that December. The follow-up “Silhouettes” got to No. 22 last spring. Last week’s bestseller, Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” (Macklemore) featuring Ryan Lewis and Wanz, fell to No. 2.
In a week of superstar DJs, New York mixer Baauer debuted at No. 3 with the next big dance craze single, "Harlem Shake" (Mad Decent). Rihanna’s “Stay” (Def Jam/Universal), featuring Mikky Ekko, moved back 8-4, and British singer-songwriter Gabrielle Aplin followed her chart-topping cover of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s “The Power of Love” with a No. 6 debut for "Please Don’t Say You Love Me" (Parlophone/EMI).