The Script Open at No. 2, Narrowly Missing a Sweep After Topping Singles Chart
The Script's "Hall of Fame," featuring will.i.am, climbed to the top of the new U.K. singles chart Sunday (Sept. 16), but the Irish group were denied a third consecutive No. 1 album as "#3" debuted in runner-up spot behind The xx's sophomore set "Coexist." Bob Dylan's "Tempest" completed an all-new top three.
With sales of 58,000 units, according to the Official Charts Company, the xx thus go two places better than the No. 3 U.K. peak of their 2009 "xx" set. The Script finished the week with 52,000 sales and Dylan's 35th studio set started at No. 3 on 36,000, compared to the No. 1 debut (and 42,000 sales) of 2009's "Together Through Life."
Coldplay's "Mylo Xyloto" jumped back 20-4 in the wake of their performance at the London Paralympics closing ceremony on Sept. 9. Its predecessor "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" reappeared in the top 75 at No. 56 and "A Rush Of Blood To The Head" at No. 70. Emeli Sandé's "Our Version of Events" slipped 4-5 and last week's No. 1, the Vaccines' "Come Of Age," to No. 6.
Also making top ten debuts were 2009 "X Factor" winner Joe McElderry with "Here's What I Believe" at No. 8 and the Pet Shop Boys' 11th studio album "Elysium" at No. 9. French superstar DJ-artist David Guetta's "Nothing But The Beat 2.0," an augmented reissue of his platinum-selling 2011 album with six new tracks, arrived at No. 13. "She Wolf (Falling To Pieces)" featuring Sia, the lead track from the new version, debuted at No. 14, and "Play Hard" featuring Ne-Yo and Akon at No. 22. The compilation chart shows "Now! That's What I Call Music 82" at No. 1 for an eighth straight week.
With second-week sales of 70,000 and a 2-1 climb, "Hall of Fame" is the Script's first U.K. No. 1 single, bettering the No. 2 peak of 2008's "The Man Who Can't Be Moved." It finished the week nearly 9,000 sales ahead of 2011 "X Factor" finalist Amelia Lily's debut single "You Bring Me Joy," which entered at No. 2. Ne-Yo's "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)," which opened at No. 1 last week, fell two places. Flo Rida improved 11-6 with "I Cry" and Taylor Swift moved back 8-7 with "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."