Olympics Bump: Emeli Sande, Jessie J Spike on U.K. Charts
Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé's huge exposure via her performances at the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony on Aug. 12 sent her debut album "Our Version of Events" back to No. 1 on the U.K. chart yesterday (Sunday), as the Olympic effect showed itself on many of the week's bestselling albums and tracks. Meanwhile, London-based pop singer Rita Ora scored her second solo No. 1 single, and third overall, with "How We Do (Party)."
The Olympics bump this week, as Music Week noted, was undeniable as musicians and songs featured in the opening and closing ceremonies owned 57 of the Top 200 album chart and 66 of the Top 200 single slots.
After singing "Abide With Me" at the Olympics opening ceremony, Sandé's prominence at the closing gala gave further new impetus to her album. 30,000 new sales took its running tally to 621,000, according to the Official Charts Company. "Events" debuted at No. 1 in February, returning to the top two weeks later and again for a week in June. "Read All About It Pt. III," from the album, entered the singles chart at No. 3, and Sandé's new performance for the BBC Olympics coverage of John Lennon's "Imagine" sent the EMI original back into the singles chart at No. 18.
Paloma Faith climbed back 5-2 with "Fall To Grace" as another Olympics performer, Ed Sheeran, improved 8-3 with "+." Sheeran's version for the closing ceremony of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" (also featuring Floyd's Nick Mason on drums, Mike Rutherford of Genesis and Mike & the Mechanics fame, Richard Jones and David Arnold) made No. 34 on the OCC singles chart. Floyd's original made its first-ever showing on that chart at No. 68.
Among other artists to feel the Olympics upswing were Jessie J, up 15-7 with "Who You Are"; One Direction, 19-10 with "Up All Night"; Madness, whose "Total Madness" reappeared at No. 13; the Kinks, whose new "Waterloo Sunset" compilation entered at No. 14 as the title track, performed by Ray Davies, re-entered at No. 47; the Spice Girls, whose "Greatest Hits" was back at No. 18.
Strengthening Scotland's presence in the top five, Amy Macdonald's "Life in a Beautiful Light" moved back 17-4, with Maroon 5's "Overexposed" down 3-5.
Elbow, who had recorded the BBC's Olympics coverage theme tune "First Steps"," were at the closing event to perform two songs, "One Day Like This," from their 2008 album "The Seldom Seen Kid" and "Open Arms" from the 2011 successor "Build A Rocket Boys." The result was that "Seldom" returned to the top 75 at No. 6, "Rocket" at No. 35, "One Day Like This" to the singles listing at No. 4, its highest-ever position, and "Open Arms" at No. 58.
Rihanna's "Talk That Talk," which made headlines for the wrong reasons last week by becoming the first album to top the U.K. chart with sales of less than 10,000 copies, fell 1-8. There were new entries for "Britain's Got Talent" contender Ryan O'Shaughnessy with his self-titled RCA/Sony Music Entertainment album at No. 9, and London band Spector's "Enjoy It While It Lasts" at No. 12.
The Who, fresh from their Olympics performance, re-charted with "Greatest Hits and More" at No. 62, as "Baba O'Riley," from 1971's "Who's Next" and part of their montage at the event, made its first-ever singles chart appearance at No. 55. "Now! That's What I Call Music 82" tops the compilation chart for a fourth week, with 56,000 new sales.
Rita Ora, born in what is now Kosovo but a U.K. resident since soon after her birth, was the vocalist on DJ Fresh's "Hot Right Now," which hit No. 1 in February. Her first solo single, "R.I..P." featuring Tinie Tempah, followed it there in May and "How We Do (Party)" now makes it a hat-trick of chart-toppers for Ora within six months, all of them with six-figure opening sales, of 127,000 for "Hot," 104,000 for "R.I.P." and now 100,000 for "How We Do." Her debut album "ORA" is due for U.K. release on August 27 and will feature contributions by Drake, Chase & Status, Switch, Stargate, will.i,am, Fraser T Smith and The Dream.
"Heatwave" by Wiley featuring Ms D, the U.K.'s No. 1 single for the last two weeks, fell to No. 2 and "We'll Be Coming Back" by Calvin Harris featuring Example 2-5. Another Olympics-driven entry at No. 6 was Kate Bush's new version of "Running Up That Hill." A No. 3 hit in 1985, the vocal was re-recorded by Bush for a "2012 Remix" played at the closing ceremony, although she didn't perform. It's her first appearance in the singles top ten since "King of the Mountain" reached No. 4 in 2005. Her compilation "The Whole Story" also re-entered at No. 21.
The singles top ten featured two new U.S. entries without Olympics connections, Trey Songz' "Simply Amazing" at No. 8 and Porter Robinson's "Language" at No. 9. George Michael's "White Light," which he performed at the ceremony, charted at No. 15.