Nicki Minaj's 'Roman' Conquers U.K. Chart
On Singles Chart, Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' Rises to No. 1
Former "Canadian Idol" contestant Carly Rae Jepsen scored the second-highest first-week sales of the U.K. singles chart year as her current Billboard Hot 100 top tenner "Call Me Maybe" raced to No. 1. Nicki Minaj also notched her first U.K. bestseller as "Pink Friday -- Roman Reloaded" opened at the top.
Jepsen sold nearly 107,000 copies of "Call Me Maybe" last week, second only in 2012 to the 128,000 opening sales of "Hot Right Now" by DJ Fresh featuring Rita Ora in February. "Maybe" had already topped the chart in her native Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland, and climbs 18-10 on this week's Billboard Hot 100.
Sean Paul's "She Doesn't Mind" stands at No. 2 for a third week on the new U.K. singles survey, with 2012's bestselling single to date, Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know," featuring Kimbra, rebounded 5-3. Minaj's "Starships" fell 3-4 and last week's No. 1, Chris Brown's "Turn Up The Music," fell to No. 5.
There was a No. 15 debut for Alex Day's "Lady Godiva," while The Script's No. 2 hit of 2008, "The Man Who Can't Be Moved," jumped back 61-18, with frontman Danny O'Donoghue in the public eye as a judge on BBC1's "The Voice" talent series. The trio's "Science & Faith" album also improved 82-52.
Minaj's first album "Pink Friday" debuted at No. 34 in the U.K. in December 2010 and climbed as high as No. 16 last August. It's still on this week's Official Charts Company survey, falling 30-40, but is eclipsed by Minaj's sophomore set, which opened at the summit ahead of Labrinth's "Electronic Earth," with Adele's "21" leaps back up another place at No. 3.
Moshi Monsters' "Music Rox," based on the popular online children's game, opened at No. 4, as Madonna fell from last week's No. 1 to No. 7 with "MDNA." Welsh rockers Lostprophets landed a No. 9 debut with their fifth studio album "Weapons." "Now That's What I Call Music 81" opened at No. 1 on the compilation chart.