Royal Blood, Lilly Wood Top U.K. Charts

Ramona Rosales
Royal Blood's Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher at Lollapalooza on August 1st, 2014 in Grant Park, Chicago photographed by Ramona Rosales.

English rock duo Royal Blood sold nearly 66,000 units to debut atop the U.K. album chart yesterday (Aug. 31) with their self-titled Warner Bros./Warner Music album. French-Israeli duo Lilly Wood entered the singles chart at No. 1 with German DJ-producer Robin Schulz’s remix of their 2010 track “Prayer In C” (Atlantic/Warner).

But the chart headlines were grabbed by Kate Bush who, following the start of her comeback live shows in London, became the first female artist to have eight albums in the U.K. top 40 simultaneously.

Bush’s presence extends to 11 titles in the top 75. The Rhino/Warner compilation The Whole Story led the way with a 15-6 climb, followed by Hounds Of Love, up 29-9, and 50 Words For Snow, up 83-20, both on her Fish People imprint. Rhino’s The Kick Inside was next, up 87-24, then The Sensual World (93-26) and The Dreaming (139-37), both on Fish People. 

Rhino’s Never For Ever (up 140-38) and Lionheart (157-40) completed her top 40 quota, putting Bush behind only Elvis Presley’s 12 top 40 titles immediately after his death in 1977 and the Beatles’ 11 with their 2009 reissue series. Bush also placed three more Fish People titles in the top 75, Aerial (up 153-43), Director’s Cut at (163-44) and The Red Shoes (155-49).

At the top of the chart, Royal Blood’s triumphant entry is, reports the Official Charts Company, the highest sales total for a rock debut since Noel Gallagher’s “High Flying Birds” in 2011. Ed Sheeran’s X (Asylum/Warner Music) held at No. 2 as Ariana Grande’s “My Everything” (Republic/Universal) opened at No. 3. Musical theater quintet Collabro’s “Stars” (Syco Music/Sony) fell to No. 4 after debuting at the top last week. 

Swedish rock group Opeth’s 11th studio album Pale Communion (Roadrunner) became their fourth to chart in the U.K. and easily the highest-ranking, at No. 14. Now That’s What I Call Music! 88 (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) is now in a sixth week at No. 1 on the compilation chart.

The Lilly Wood single has been a major chart single across much of Europe and gives Schulz his second U.K. No. 1 as a remixer, following Mr. Probz’ “Waves” (Left Lane Recordings). The OCC reports that “Prayer In C” was streamed more than 700,000 times in the chart week, 8% of its combined chart figure. 

Maroon 5 have a U.K. top five single for the sixth time, after “Maps” (A&M/Universal) started at No. 2. David Guetta’s “Lovers On The Sun” (Parlophone/Warner Music), featuring Sam Martin, fell 1-3. “Black Widow” (EMI/Universal), by Iggy Azalea featuring Rita Ora, climbed 15-7 and Sam Smith’s “I’m Not The Only One” (Capitol/Universal) 17-9.