In a busy week of new entries on the U.K. sales charts, published Sunday (October 7), Muse's "The 2nd Law" sold 108,000 units to become their fourth No. 1 album in their home territory, while Rihanna's new single "Diamonds" outsold last week's bestseller, PSY's "Gangnam Style," as well as arrivals by One Direction, Adele and Ellie Goulding.
Muse's opening sales tally is the fourth highest for any artist in the U.K. this year. The band first topped the album survey with 2003's "Absolution" and have also had No. 1s with "Black Holes & Revelations" (2006) and "The Resistance" (2009). The latter debuted with sales of 148,000. From the new set, "Madness" moved 28-25 on the singles chart.
The arrival of "The 2nd Law" pushed Mumford & Sons' "Babel," last week's chart-topping debut, down to No. 2 on 73,000 new sales. P!nk's "The Truth About Love" and the Killers' "Battle Born" are steady in third and fourth place respectively, and Emeli Sandé's "Our Version of Events" (Virgin/EMI) climbed back 7-5.
There was a No. 6 debut for vocal favorites the Overtones' "Higher," while the Electric Light Orchestra's "All Over The World - The Very Best Of," first released in 2005, re-entered at No. 10, buoyed by TV advertising. DJ Fresh scored a No. 14 start with "Next Levelism," Van Morrison arrived at No. 15 with "Born To Sing - No Plan B" and the John Wilson Orchestra (well-known for their performances at the BBC Proms) at No. 18 with "Rodgers & Hammerstein at the Movies." "Now! That's What I Call Music 82" leads the compilation chart yet again, for an 11th consecutive week.
"Diamonds" is Rihanna's sixth U.K. No. 1 with her as the sole or headline artist, or seventh including a guest appearance with Kanye West on Jay-Z's "Run This Town." Her new single was only 250 sales ahead of Psy last Wednesday, but moved well ahead by the end of the chart week, winning the race by nearly 19,000 units with a total of 105,000. With "Gangnam Style" down to No. 2, One Direction's "Live While We're Young" debuted at No.3 and Adele's James Bond theme "Skyfall" at No. 4, selling 84,000 units in just two days, after its release at 0:07 a.m. last Friday. Ellie Goulding's "Anything Could Happen" was next to arrive, at No. 5.