Florence + the Machine Tops U.K. Chart, Frank Ocean Debuts Big
Ocean's 'Channel Orange' Opens at No. 2 on Album Chart, Behind Newton Faulkner
Florence + the Machine scored a first-ever U.K. No. 1 single yesterday as "Spectrum (Say My Name)" debuted at the summit. English singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner, meanwhile, was grabbing his second chart-topping album with "Write It On Your Skin."
Florence + the Machine have two No. 1 albums to their name in the U.K. with "Lungs" and "Ceremonials," but the act's previous highest singles chart placing was No. 2 with 2010's "You Got The Dirtee Love," a reworking with Dizzee Rascal of the No. 5 hit "You Got The Love." The new single sold 64,000 copies up to Saturday night, thanks in large part to Calvin Harris' remix of the track. Last week's bestselling single, Maroon 5's "Payphone," featuring Wiz Khalifa, fell back to No. 2, only some 1500 units behind Florence on 63,000.
Nicki Minaj got another top ten hit as "Pound The Alarm" climbed 16-10, and Adam Lambert achieved his first top 20 U.K. single as "Never Close Our Eyes" entered at No. 1. Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" climbed 22-18 to make its first-ever top 20 showing, more than two years after it first charted.
Newton Faulkner's debut album "Hand Built By Robots" spent two weeks at No. 1 in 2007, whereas the 2009 follow-up "Rebuilt By Humans" debuted and peaked at No. 3. "Write It On Your Skin" needed only 16,000 sales to hit No. 1 in the new Official Charts Company data, some 8,000 fewer than the opening tally for its predecessor. Much-publicized singer Frank Ocean's "Channel Orange" sold 13,000 for a No. 2 debut, with Maroon 5's "Overexposed" down 2-3.
Ocean's No. 2 debut here is a preview for what should be an identical start on the Billboard 200 this week. According to industry sources, "Channel Orange" is expected to debut in second place with around 130,000 (Zac Brown Band's "Uncaged" is the likely No. 1). Read more in our album chart preview here .
Singer-writer Lianne La Havas' critically acclaimed debut album "Is Your Love Big Enough" sold 11,000 copies last week for a No. 4 start, as Chris Brown's "Fortune" dropped four places from its No. 1 debut last week. Scottish rock band the View's "Cheeky For A Reason" arrived at No. 9 with 9,000 sales. The new entry atop the compilation chart was EMI TV/Universal Music TV's "Now That's What I Call A No. 1."