Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" album made its expected powerful arrival to the U.K. chart Sunday (May 29), with the biggest first-week sale of the year here of 215,000 units, more than the rest of the top ten titles combined. "Give Me Everything" by Pitbull featuring Nayer, Afrojack and Ne-Yo, meanwhile, starts a second week atop the singles chart.
Lady Gaga's opening U.K. sales narrowly beat Adele's first-week tally of 208,000 for "21" in late January. "Born This Way" is joined in the top ten by its predecessor "The Fame," which rises 11-7 and now has U.K. sales of more than 2.5 million copies, according to the Official Charts Company. Gaga also has three singles in the top 20, with "Judas" falling 8-9, the "Born This Way" title track 16-17 and "The Edge of Glory" 6-18. "Hair" fell 13-68.
"21," which had spent 16 of the previous 17 weeks at No. 1, dips to No. 2, but Adele's previous album "19" holds steady at No. 3. The first single from the current album "Rolling In The Deep" moves back 34-26, as the "Glee" cast version of the track debuts at No. 49.
The new album chart also sees Bruno Mars climb back 5-4 with "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" and the Prodigy posting a No. 5 debut with the live CD and DVD "World's On Fire." Jessie J's "Who You Are" rises 8-6.
There's a No. 12 debut for Rhino/Warner Music's Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons collection "Working My Way Back To You" and a 17-13 climb for Noah & the Whale's "Last Night On Earth." U.S. soul singer Aloe Blacc continues his U.K. progress, as the album "Good Things" jumps 26-14 and the single "I Need A Dollar" 4-3. For the seventh straight week, "Now That's What I Call Music! 78" (EMI Virgin/UMTV) tops the compilation chart.
Pitbull's "Give Me Everything" keeps its singles chart crown as its predecessor at No. 1, Bruno Mars' "The Lazy Song," holds tough in runner-up spot. Romanian singer Alexandra Stan rises 14-5 with "Mr. Saxobeat," which has already been a substantial hit across much of Europe and beyond.
Snoop Dogg's "Sweat," which reached No. 4 in April, spends an eighth consecutive week in the top ten by rising 9-7, and Swedish House Mafia's "Save The World" climbs 11-10. Three major American female stars enjoy top 20 climbers: "I'm Into You" by Jennifer Lopez featuring Lil Wayne improves 21-13, Nicole Scherzinger's "Right There" 27-15 and Rihanna's "California King Bed" 36-20.