Adele Replaces Beyonce Atop U.K. Album Chart
Adele's "21" (XL Recordings) moved back to the top of the new U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday), as British boy band The Wanted scored their second No. 1 single in the territory with "Glad You Came" (Geffen/Universal).
"21," already easily the U.K.'s bestselling album of 2011, spent 16 of its first 17 weeks on the chart at No. 1 from February onwards, then its next seven at No. 2. It reclaimed top spot in the Official Charts Company's new data with weekly sales of 43,000. Its predessor "19" also moved up one spot, 4-3, and in another stellar week for the XL label, the Horrors posted a career-best No. 5 debut for their third album "Skying," with 13,000 sales.
The bestselling artist album for the last two weeks, Beyoncé's "4" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment), fell to No. 2, and Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" (Interscope/Universal) 3-4. Dutch star Caro Emerald's "Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor" (Dramatico) improved 7-6, swapping places with Bruno Mars' "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" (Elektra/Warner Music), while Foo Fighters' "Wasting Light" (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) moved up 12-8.
There were also top 20 debuts for "BTR" (Nickelodeon/Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) by Big Time Rush at No. 14 and Incubus' "If Not Now, When" (Immortal/Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) at No. 20, while Andrea Bocelli's "Vivere - The Best Of" re-entered at No. 19. "Clubland 19" (All Around The World/Universal Music TV) leads the compilation chart for a third straight week.
The Wanted opened their U.K. chart account with a No. 1 single in August 2010 with "All Time Low," following it with the No. 2 hit "Heart Vacancy" and then a No. 19 ranking for "Lose My Mind." The new single sold 117,000 last week to hit the top, the group's best-ever weekly sale, pushing last week's new entry at No. 1, "Louder" (Ministry of Sound) by DJ Fresh featuring Sian Evans, down a place.
Ed Sheeran held at No. 3 on the new singles chart with "The A Team" (Asylum/Warner Music) as Beyoncé's "Best Thing I Never Had," which debuted at No. 3 two weeks ago, moved back 6-4. Adele's "Set Fire To The Rain" improved 12-11 and Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" (Cash Money/Universal Island) 13-12.