With sales reported by the Official Charts Company at 20 units short of 30,000, Brown's new set unseated last week's new entry at No. 1, Linkin Park's "Living Things," which moved down to No. 3 with Maroon 5's "Overexposed" steady in the runner-up spot on 18,000 sales. Brown's previous best U.K. showing came when "Exclusive" spent two weeks at No. 3 in the summer of 2008. Current single "Don't Wake Me Up" also climbed 3-2 on the new chart.
The other big over on the album survey was Paul Simon's 1986 classic "Graceland," the deluxe reissue of which soared 45-6, after spending two weeks at No. 10 last month. Simon will headline at Hard Rock Calling in London's Hyde Park next Sunday (15), when he plans to perform the full album with a band including Hugh Masekela and Ladysmith Black Mambazo from the original recordings. "Graceland" topped the U.K. chart for five weeks in 1986 and three more the following year.
Coldplay's "Mylo Xyloto" revived 12-7 in the latest data and Adele's "21" 15-9, after four weeks outside the top ten. The only other newcomer inside the top 40 was Mary Chapin Carpenter's "Ashes and Roses," at No. 26 with 5,000 sales. That equalled her career best in the territory, by "Stones In The Road" in 1994. On the compilation chart, EMI TV/Universal Music TV's "Now That's What I Call Reggae" climbed 2-1.
"Payphone" returns to the singles summit with new sales of just under 74,000. With Brown's single up 3-2, last week's No.1 debutant, "This Is Love" by will.i.am featuring Eva Simons, fell two places. Flo Rida's "Whistle" held at No. 4, as parent album "Wild Ones" fell 8-22; Stooshe's "Black Heart" climbed 8-5. There was also a 34-16 jump for Nicki Minaj's "Pound The Alarm" and a No. 34 debut for Blur's new track "Under The Westway," their first top 40 showing since "Good Song" reached No. 22 in 2003.