Dutch retro-pop star Caro Emerald achieved her first No. 1 on the U.K. album chart yesterday (May 12), debuting at the top with her sophomore set “The Shocking Miss Emerald” (Grandmono/Dramatico). Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) featuring Pharrell Williams sold another 123,000 downloads to start a third week at the singles summit.
Emerald’s 2010 debut album “Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor” has now sold 410,000 copies in the U.K., according to the Official Charts Company, while Dramatico adds that its total European sales are now more than 1.3 million. That album spent 30 weeks at No. 1 in Holland, where the new set also debuted at No. 1 this week.
With 34,000 sales, “The Shocking Miss Emerald” finished some 3,000 ahead of last week’s bestselling artist album, Rudimental’s “Home” (Asylum/Warner Music). That fell to No. 2 as actor turned blues evangelist Hugh Laurie’s second album “Didn’t It Rain” (Warner Music Entertainment), the follow-up to 2011’s “Let Them Talk,” arrived at No. 3.
English vocal stylist Alison Moyet’s eighth solo studio album “The Minutes” (Cooking Vinyl) entered at No. 5 to become not only her first chart record for six years but her highest-charting set since 1987’s No. 2 release “Raindancing.”
Lady Antebellum’s fourth album “Golden” (Decca/Universal) started at No. 7, and there were top 20 entries for Noah & the Whale’s “Heart of Nowhere” (Mercury/Universal) at No. 13 and “Silence Yourself” (Matador) by Savages at No. 19.
“Now That’s What I Call Music! 84” (EMI TV/UMTV/Universal) is the compilation chart No. 1 for a seventh consecutive week, with 23,000 new sales.
The Daft Punk single has now sold north of 100,000 copies for three weeks straight, and finished the week 50,000 units ahead of its nearest challenger. It will pass the half-million mark imminently, currently standing at 492,000. That No. 2 single was a new entry and debut hit for New York DJ-producer Chris Malinchak’s “So Good To Me” (Ministry Of Sound).
That was just ahead of a 4-3 climb for “Let Her Go” (Nettwerk) by Passenger, the singer-songwriter from Brighton on England’s south coast. Superstar Dutch DJ Armin Van Buuren opened at No. 6 with “This Is What It Feels Like” (Positiva/Virgin/Universal).