Mr. Probz, Paolo Nutini Rule U.K. Sales Charts

Paolo Nutini

Shamil Tanna

Dutch hip-hop star Mr. Probz debuted atop the U.K. singles chart yesterday (April 27), as “Waves” (Left Lane Recordings) sold nearly 127,000 units. Paolo Nutini started a second week at No. 1 on the artist album chart with “Caustic Love” (Atlantic/Warner Music).

Mr. Probz becomes the latest in a succession of Dutch dance-based artists to top the U.K. singles survey in the past year, following Bingo Players, Martin Garrix and Nicky Romero. “Waves” has already been a top ten single in Belgium, France and his native Holland. 

His arrival relegated last week’s new entry at No. 1, Kiesza’s “Hideaway” (Lokal Legend/Virgin/Universal), to runner-up spot, with Sigma’s former bestseller “Nobody To Love” (3 Beat/All Around The World/Universal), down 2-3. 

The top ten featured three more new entries, with “Take Me Home” (ffrr/Parlophone/ Warner Music) by Cash Cash featuring Bebe Rexha debuting at No. 5. The New Jersey EDM group teamed with Rexha, from U.S. band the Black Cards and the co-writer of Eminem and Rihanna’s “The Monster” collaboration, for the single, which has been a top ten success in Australia. 

American DJ-producer DJ Cassidy scored his first U.K. top ten single, entering at No. 6 with “Calling All Hearts” (Columbia/Sony), featuring vocals by Robin Thicke and Jessie J. Girl group Neon Jungle followed February’s No. 4 hit “Braveheart” with a No. 7 entry for “Welcome To The Jungle” (RCA/Sony).

Nutini’s album added 53,000 new sales to last week’s best artist tally of 2014 to date, 109,000, for a second week at the summit. John Legend’s “Love In The Future” (Columbia/Sony) moved back 4-2 as the Vamps’ “Meet The Vamps” (EMI/Universal) slipped 2-3 and Paloma Faith’s “A Perfect Contradiction” (RCA/Sony) 3-4. 

Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, whose “Fancy” single (EMI/Universal), featuring Charli XCX, peaked at No. 5 two weeks ago and fell 9-11 on the new chart, landed the highest new entry of the week on the album list with her debut set “The New Classic” (EMI/Universal). It's at No. 5. Eels’ “The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver” (E Works) became their third U.K. top ten album, and first since “Daisies of the Galaxy” in 2000, at No. 7. On the compilation chart, “Now That’s What I Call Music! 87” (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) started a third week at No. 1. 

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