Lily Allen photographed for Billboard

Lily Allen photographed on March 21st at The Mercer in New York City. 

Styling by Kemal & Karla at The Wall Group

 

On Allen: Alice & Olivia crop top and leather skirt, Casadei pumps with black trim, Chelsea de Luca blue crystal earrings, Chelsea de Luca blue and crystal cocktail ring, Pearl Collective double ring with seed pearls 

 Peter Ash Lee

British pop favorite Lily Allen’s “Sheezus” (Parlophone/Warner Music) has become her second U.K. No. 1 album. The Official Charts Company’s new sales data, published Sunday (May 11), also showed Dutch hip-hop star Mr. Probz reclaiming the singles chart crown with “Waves” (Left Lane Recordings).

Allen’s re-emergence from retirement last year saw her claim a No. 1 single with her remake of Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know,” and now “Sheezus” has been confirmed as her second consecutive album bestseller, following 2009’s “It’s Not Me It’s You.” She debuted with the No. 2 success “Alright, Still” in 2006.

Take That’s Gary Barlow, the subject of a major BBC1 documentary last week, enjoyed a notable sales bounce, with the album “Since I Saw You Last” rebounding 36 places to No. 2, while the single “Let Me Go” moved back 74-22. Paolo Nutini’s “Caustic Love” (Atlantic/Warner Music), the U.K.’s No. 1 album for the last three weeks, fell to No. 3. 

Paloma Faith’s “A Perfect Contradiction” album (RCA/Sony) held at No. 4 as its latest single “Only Love Can Hurt Like This” raced 20-7. American rockers Black Stone Cherry debuted at a U.K. career-high No. 5 with their “Magic Mountain” album (Roadrunner), as indie rock act Horrors followed 2011’s No. 5 set “Skying” with a new entry at No. 6 for “Luminous” (XL Recordings). 

Anastacia’s new release “Resurrection” (BMG Rights) posted a No. 9 start, marking the American vocalist’s first time in the album top ten (and fifth overall) since “Pieces Of A Dream” went to No. 6 in 2005.

“Now That’s What I Call Music! 87” (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) continues to rule the compilation chart, starting a fifth week at No. 1.

Mr. Probz’s single debuted at the summit two weeks ago and regains the top spot after dipping to No. 2 last week. In doing so, it swaps places with last week’s champion, Calvin Harris’ “Summer” (Columbia/Sony). Kiesza’s former No. 1 “Hideaway” (Lokal Legend/Virgin/Universal) held at No. 3.

John Legend’s “All Of Me” (Columbia/Sony) was back up 5-4, trading places with another ex-bestseller, “Nobody To Love” (3 Beat/All Around The World/Universal) by Sigma. Pitbull’s “Wild Wild Love” (J/Mr. 305/Polo Grounds/Sony), featuring girl band G.R.L., debuted at No. 6.