Florence + the Machine Power U.K. Chart With 'Ceremonials'
Florence + the Machine made a chart-topping return in the U.K. on Sunday (Nov. 6) as their second album "Ceremonials" (Universal Island) opened at No. 1 with sales of over 90,000. Professor Green's "Read All About It" (Virgin/EMI), featuring Emeli Sandé, started a second week atop the singles chart, as the English rapper added a No. 3 album debut with his sophomore set "At Your Inconvenience."
"Ceremonials," which sold 94,000 units last week according to the Official Charts Company, thus goes one better than Florence's debut album "Lungs," which debuted at No. 2 on the U.K. chart in July 2009. It spent its first five weeks in that position and finally made No. 1 the following January, just ahead of winning the Best British Album trophy at the BRIT Awards. On the new chart, "Lungs" jumps back 67-39.
Coldplay's "Mylo Xyloto" (Parlophone/EMI), which entered at the top of the chart last week, fell to No. 2 on sales of 67,000. "At Your Inconvenience" follows Professor Green's first album "Alive 'Til I'm Dead," which reached No. 2 in July last year. Its single "Read All About It" sold 85,000 copies last week to continue its reign.
Popular English tenor Alfie Boe achieved a No. 6 start for his new album "Alfie" (Decca/Universal). "Stereo Typical" (Universal Island), the first album by south of England duo Rizzle Kicks, entered at No. 9, while durable Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers' new compilation "National Treasures - The Complete Singles" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) opened at No. 10. There was a new entry atop the compilations chart for Rhino/Warner Music/Sony Music/Universal Music TV's joint release "BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge - Volume 6."
Below Professor Green on the singles chart, the former No. 1 "We Found Love" (Def Jam/Universal), by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris, climbed back 3-2, swapping places with "Earthquake" (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment), by Labrinth featuring Tinie Tempah.
Syco's teenage starlet Cher Lloyd, who hit No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart in August with "Swagger Jagger," returned with a No. 4 entry for "With Ur Love," featuring Mike Posner. Her first album "Sticks & Stones" was released in the market on Monday (7). With "Moves Like Jagger" (Octone/A&M/Universal) steady at No. 5 for Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera, it means that the entire U.K. top five singles have "featured" guest vocalists this week. The Maroon 5 track took its 12-week sales tally to a massive 804,000.
There were also climbs into the top ten for Ed Sheeran's third hit "Lego House" (Asylum/Warner Music), up 12-6, and "Without You" (Positiva/Virgin/EMI), by David Guetta featuring Usher, 13-10.