Miley Cyrus Smashes U.K. Charts As 'Wrecking Ball,' 'Bangerz' Open At No. 1
Miley Cyrus scored a double victory on the new U.K. sales charts yesterday (Oct. 13), debuting at No. 1 on the singles survey with “Wrecking Ball” and the album list with “Bangerz” (RCA/Sony).
Cyrus is the first artist this year to top the flagship charts simultaneously. “Bangerz” is her third U.K. top ten album, improving on her previous best peak of No. 8 for 2008’s “Can’t Be Tamed.” The new set arrived at the summit ahead of London duo Chase & Status’ No. 2 debut for “Brand New Machine” (EMI/Universal).
Arctic Monkeys’ “AM” (Domino) moved back 4-3 to change places with Kings of Leon’s “Mechanical Bull” (RCA/Sony), as last week’s new entry at No. 1, Haim’s “Days Are Gone” album (Polydor/Universal), fell to No. 5.
Former “X Factor” contestant Lucy Spraggan’s first album for Columbia/Sony, “Join The Club,” started at No. 7 and Panic At The Disco opened at No. 10 with “Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die” (Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen/Warner Music).
Two long-running chart names returned below the top ten, Prefab Sprout’s “Crimson/Red” (Icebreaker) arriving at No. 15 and Korn’s “The Paradigm Shift” (Spinefarm) at No. 16. Prefab Sprout, fronted by Paddy McAloon, first made the U.K. album chart in 1984 with “Swoon,” while Korn’s debut on that survey came in 1996 with “Life Is Peachy.” On the compilation chart, “Now That’s What I Call Music! 85” (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) made it 12 unbroken weeks at No. 1.
“Wrecking Ball” hits the top of the U.K. singles chart just nine weeks after Cyrus achieved that feat for the first time with “We Can’t Stop.” The new hit finished the sales week ahead of Eminem’s “Berzerk” (Interscope/Universal). The rap figurehead’s fellow Interscope act OneRepublic fell back to No. 3 with “Counting Stars” after a week at the peak.
Pop heartthrob Conor Maynard opened at No. 4 with “R U Crazy” (Parlophone/Warner Music), British girl group the Saturdays at No. 5 with “Disco Love” (Polydor/Universal) and there was a No. 6 return for James Blunt with “Bonfire Heart” (Atlantic/Warner Music). John Newman, who topped the chart in July with “Love Me Again,” was back at No. 9 with “Cheating” (Universal Island).