Swedish House Mafia Holds Off Adele, Snags First U.K. No. 1 Single
Adele's "Skyfall" (XL Recordings) missed out on the U.K. No. 1 position by a substantial 43,000 units when the Official Charts Company confirmed the end-of-week results on Sunday (14), overtaken by Swedish House Mafia's "Don't You Worry Child" (Virgin/EMI), featuring John Martin. Mumford & Sons' "Babel" album (Universal Island) returned to the No. 1 spot where it arrived two weeks ago, moving ahead of Ellie Goulding's "Halcyon" (Polydor/Universal) in a new top ten with no fewer than three albums featuring Electric Light Orchestra co-founder Jeff Lynne.
Swedish House Mafia, who have announced an indefinite hiatus after their current tour, sold 135,000 of "Don't You Worry Child" last week to secure their first U.K. No. 1 and fifth top ten single. The trio's "Until Now" compilation follows next Monday (Oct. 22). "Skyfall" climbed 4-2 and finished on 92,000, for a nine-day total of 176,000 since its release on Friday of the previous chart week. It nevertheless becomes the joint highest-charting James Bond theme in the 50-year history of the franchise, matching Duran Duran's 1985 peak with "A View To A Kill."
PSY's "Gangnam Style" (Universal Island), No. 1 two weeks ago, fell 2-3, and last week's bestseller, Rihanna's "Diamonds" (Def Jam/Universal), 1-4. Goulding held at No. 5 with "Anything Could Happen," with One Direction's "Live While We're Young" (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment) down 3-6. Leona Lewis debuted at No. 7 with "Trouble" (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment), featuring Childish Gambino, for her ninth top ten hit single. The fastest riser outside the top ten was Maroon 5's current Hot 100 No. 1 "One More Night" (Octone/A&M/Universal), which soared 64-18. The band's "Overexposed" album climbed back 27-16.
Mumford & Sons' sophomore set sold close to 159,000 copies two weeks ago to become the fastest-selling artist title of 2012. Its current sales total is 275,000. Goulding finished in runner-up spot with "Halcyon," denied a second bestseller (so far) after 2010's "Lights," as Muse's "The 2nd Law" (Helium 3/Warner Bros./Warner Music) fell 1-3.
With continuing sales encouraged by both TV promotion and a BBC4 "ELO Night" Oct. 5 featuring a new documentary and other programming, Jeff Lynne has mounted a spectacular U.K. chart comeback. While Epic/Sony's 2005 "All Over The World - The Very Best Of" compilation continues in the top ten, holding at No. 10, Lynne's new recordings of the band's classic catalog, on the Frontiers label and somewhat confusingly titled "Mr. Blue Sky - The Very Best Of," arrived at No. 8. But both were outdone by Lynne's new album of cover versions of some of his own favourite songs, tited "Long Wave" and also on "Frontiers," which landed at No. 7.
Next to arrive in the album chart was Tame Impala's "Lonerism" (Modular) at No. 14, followed by the new Kiss album "Monster" (UMC/Universal) at No. 21. On the compilation chart, a new collection by the Radio 1 dance DJ titled "Annie Mac Presents 2012" (Universal Island) entered at No. 2 but could not prevent "Now! That's What I Call Music 82" (EMI TV/Universal Music TV) from starting a 12th week at the top.