Miley Cyrus has landed not only her first U.K. No. 1 single but her first top ten hit in the territory. “We Can’t Stop” (RCA/Sony) debuted at the summit yesterday (Sunday) with first-week sales of 128,000. “Britain’s Got Talent” duo Richard & Adam’s “The Impossible Dream” (Sony Music CG) started a second week atop the artist album chart, while “Now That’s What I Call Music! 85” (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) leads the compilation survey for a third week.
Cyrus had three times before reached No. 11 on the U.K. singles bestsellers, with “See You Again” in 2008 and twice the following year with “The Climb” and “Party In The U.S.A.” Her new hit ended Avicii’s three-week run at No. 1 with “Wake Me Up” (Positiva/PRMD).
There was a No. 3 debut for “Trampoline” (Parlophone/Warner Music) by British rapper Tinie Tempah featuring U.S. hip-hop artist 2 Chainz, from Tempah’s upcoming second album “Demonstration.” It’s the British artist’s fourth top ten single as a lead artist, but he has been the featured act on five more.
There were top climbers in the top ten of the Official Charts Company’s new singles list, with “Holy Grail” (Roc Nation/Universal) by Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake up 11-7 and Calvin Harris’ “Thinking About You” (Columbia/Sony), featuring Ayah Marar, moving 9-8. Timberlake’s own “Take Back The Night” (RCA/Sony) jumped 59-29.
Richard & Adam Johnson’s continuing success on the album chart prevented the Civll Wars from making a triumphant start with their self-titled sophomore album for Columbia/Sony. The Rick Rubin-produced set finished some 15,000 sales adrift of “The Impossible Dream,” but that debut easily outstripped the No. 13 peak of the American duo’s “Barton Hollow” debut in 2011.
Imagine Dragons’ “Night Visions” (Interscope/Universal), which previously reached No. 2 in the U.K., bounced back 10-3, while Example’s “Hits” collection (Ministry of Sound) came in at No. 11. Midlands-based indie rock outfit Swim Deep took their chart bow with “Where The Heaven Are We” (RCA/Sony) at No. 20.