Elton John Is Back at No. 1 on U.K. Album Chart
Elton John Is Back at No. 1 on U.K. Album Chart

With help of Pnau, and a slow sales week, singer scores first No. 1 in 22 years

Elton John landed his first U.K. No. 1 album for 22 years, and Florence + the Machine a second week atop the singles chart, as the Official Charts Company's weekly data was unveiled yesterday (July 22).

The experimental reworkings of components of John's 1970-1976 catalog by Australian dance duo Pnau, undertaken with the superstar's approval, saw the Mercury/Universal album "Good Morning To The Night" debut at the top. The album takes its title from a lyric in "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters," from Elton's 1972 "Honky Chateau" set. The track "Sad" entered the new singles chart at No. 48. But the new success is tempered by the sobering statistic that "Good Morning" is the lowest-selling No. 1 album of the century to date, with just 14,342 sales last week.

John's last U.K. album bestseller was a "Very Best Of" set in 1990, the year after his last victory with a studio release, "Sleeping With the Past." The new album is his seventh chart-topper in a sequence that started with 1973's "Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player." He's had seven more albums peak at No. 2.

With last week's No. 1 album, Newton Faulkner's "Write It On Your Skin," crashing to No. 11, Maroon 5's "Overexposed" moved back 3-2, changing places with Frank Ocean's "Channel Orange." Paul Simon's "Graceland" improved 8-4, Ed Sheeran's "+" 6-5, Rihanna's "Talk That Talk" 13-6 and Adele's "21" 11-7.

Nas scored a No. 8 debut with "Life Is Good," as Train's "California 37" jumped 17-9, a new peak bettering its No. 10 debut in late April. Emeli Sandé's "Our Version of Events" fell 7-10. On the compilation chart, "Now That's What I Call A No. 1" started a second week at the summit.

Florence + the Machine's first U.K. No. 1 single "Spectrum (Say My Name)" also moved into a second week atop that chart, with second week sales of nearly 64,000, less than 1,000 fewer than the week before. A relatively inactive week saw Maroon 5's "Payphone," featuring Wiz Khalifa, hold at No. 2. Chris Brown's "Don't Wake Me Up" moved back 4-3 and Nicki Minaj climbed again, 10-9, "Pound The Alarm." The chart's highest new entry was former "X Factor" semi-finalist Misha B's "Wide Awake," at No. 11.

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