Arctic Monkeys scored their third U.K. No. 1 album and Dizzee Rascal his third No. 1 single in the territory as the new charts were published Sunday (Aug. 30) by the Official Charts Company.
The English modern rock band's third album "Humbug" (Domino) outsold the rest of the top five combined to debut at the top. Its predecessors, "Favorite Worst Nightmare" in 2007 and "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" in 2006, also debuted at the summit. French DJ-artist David Guetta followed last week's No. 1 on the singles chart, "Sexy Chick" featuring Akon, with a No. 2 debut for the album "One Love" (Positiva/Virgin/EMI). Last week's album bestseller, Calvin Harris' "Ready For The Weekend" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment), dropped to No. 3 as its title track single held at No. 4.
The new album chart also showed renewed sales for James Morrison's "Songs For You, Truths For Me" (Polydor/Universal, up 14-9 for its first top ten appearance since April) and Lily Allen's "It's Not Me, It's You" (Regal/Parlophone/EMI), up 16-11, its highest ranking since June.
Neil Diamond had a new entry at No. 14 with the new live set "Hot August Night/NYC" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment), while British modern rock band Athlete's fourth album "Black Swan," their first since moving from Parlophone/EMI to Fiction/Universal in the U.K., entered at No. 18. Wartime entertainer Dame Vera Lynn, now 92, saw Decca/Universal's new compilation "We'll Meet Again - The Very Best of Vera Lynn," chart at No. 20, her highest-ever standing in the British album chart.
Dizzee Rascal's "Holiday" (Dirtee Stank) became his third U.K. No. 1 single in little more than a year and second in three months. "Dance Wiv Me," the rapper's collaboration with Harris, hit the top in July 2008 and "Bonkers," with Armand Van Helden, led the field at the end of May. The only other top ten newcomer was "The Golden Rule" (14th Floor/Warner Music) by Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro. There were top 20 climbs for Sean Kingston's "Fire Burning" (Beluga Heights/Epic/Sony Music Entertainment), 13-12, and Lily Allen's "22," up 23-14.
For the first time since his death, Michael Jackson surrendered the top spot on European Top 100 Albums, replaced by Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)" (Interscope/Universal). Pitbull's "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" (Ultra/B1) is in a sixth week at No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.