Fleet Foxes Debut at No. 2 on U.K. Chart, Ellie Goulding Climbs
For the 14th time in the 15 weeks since its release, Adele's "21" (XL Recordings) tops the U.K. album chart, outselling Fleet Foxes' new entry at No. 2, "Helplessness Blues" (Bella Union) by 70%, according to the Official Charts Company. "Party Rock Anthem" (Interscope/Universal) by LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and Goonrock leads the singles chart for a fourth straight week.
"21" now has worldwide sales of six million, say XL, and two singles from it are still in the U.K. top 30: "Someone Like You" climbed back 12-11 this week and "Rolling In The Deep" slipped 26-27. "Set Fire To The Rain," already a single in some territories, debuted at No. 44 on the new U.K. top 75 and "Turning Tables" at No. 62. "Make You Feel My Love," from Adele's previous album "19," moved 50-49, while the album itself fell 2-3 in its 85th chart week.
Fleet Foxes' widely acclaimed, self-titled debut album entered the U.K. chart at No. 11 in June 2008, initially spending only one further week in the top 40. As public awareness and media support for it grew, it made a significant resurgence the following new year, eventually peaking at No. 3 in February, 2009. The band's current tour arrives in Europe on May 25 in Berlin, with British dates starting May 31 with the first of three shows at London's Hammersmith Apollo.
The new album chart also had climbs of 5-4 for Jessie J's "Who Are You" (Lava/Universal Island) and 6-5 for Bruno Mars' "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" (Elektra/Warner Music). The current single from the latter, "The Lazy Song," held at No. 2, while Jessie J's "Nobody's Perfect" single climbed 18-9. Jennifer Lopez debuted at No. 6 with "Love?" (Def Jam/Universal Island) and the Beastie Boys at No. 9 with "Hot Sauce Commitee Part Two" (Capitol/EMI).
Ellie Goulding's "Lights" (Polydor/Universal), which debuted at No. 1 in March last year, climbed back 23-10. New interest has been sparked by publicity for the singer's performance of her hit version of Elton John's "Your Song" at Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding dinner, also helping the track move back 75-56. "Now That's What I Call Music! 78" (EMI Virgin/UMTV) is in a fourth week at No. 1 on the separate compilations chart.
Also on the singles survey, there was a No. 3 start for "Where Them Girls At" (Positiva/Virgin/EMI) by David Guetta featuring Flo Rida & Nicki Minaj. "Give Me Everything" (J/Sony Music Entertainment) by Pitbull featuring Nayer, Afrojack and Ne-Yo climbed 25-12.