Kings of Leon's "Come Around Sundown" (Hand Me Down/Sony Music Entertainment) made a record-breaking start to its U.K. album chart career yesterday (Sunday). In selling over 183,000 copies, it recorded the biggest first-week sale of any artist album this year, and the 49,000 of those that were digital represented the biggest first-week digital sales in U.K. chart history. On the singles chart, Bruno Mars' "Just The Way You Are (Amazing)" (Elektra/Atlantic), achieved the unusual feat of returning to No. 1.
"Come Around Sundown" is Kings of Leon's third consecutive U.K. No. 1 album. They opened their chart account with a No. 3 peak for "Youth and Young Manhood" in 2003, repeating the feat the following year with "Aha Shake Heartbreak." Their first bestseller was 2007's "Because of the Times," followed in 2008 by "Only By The Night." From the new set, "Radioactive" held at No. 14 yesterday after debuting two weeks ago at No. 7. "Night" climbed back 37-23 in its 109th chart week, and below the published top 75, "Times" improved 118-89.
The new album survey also marked the return of the Beatles to the top ten, not once but twice. Their two original best-of compilations, first released in 1973 and commonly known as the "Blue" and "Red" albums, were re-released last week, prompting "1967-1970" to re-chart at No. 4 and "1962-1966" at No. 6. The later set spent three weeks at No. 2 on its original double-vinyl release, and was last seen in the top 75 in 1997. The earlier collection had three weeks at No. 3 in 1973, and last appeared on the lower rungs of the top 75 in 2007.
Re-entering the top ten were Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" (Virgin/EMI), 13-5; Michael Bublé's "Crazy Love" (Reprise/Warner Music), 41-7; and Pixie Lott's "Turn It Up" (Mercury/Universal), 29-9. Former UB40 singer Ali Campbell debuted at No. 15 with "Great British Songs" (Jacaranda) and Bob Dylan's "The Witmark Demos - 1962-1964" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) came in at No. 18.
Bruno Mars' single, also No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 last week, first topped the U.K. chart four weeks ago, and moved back there as Cee Lo Green's "Forget You" (Warner Bros./Warner Music) fell 1-4 after two weeks at the summit. British pop outfit the Wanted's "Heart Vacancy" (Geffen/Universal), the follow-up to their August No. 1 "All Time Low," debuted at No. 2 and Duck Sauce's "Barbra Streisand" (3 Beat/All Around The World/Universal) held at No. 3.
Perry's "Fireworks" came in at No. 5, with "2012 (It Ain't The End)" (Universal Island) by Jay Sean featuring Nicki Minaj new at No. 9 and N-Dubz' "Best Behaviour" (All Around The World/Universal Island) starting at No. 10.
Robbie Williams' "In and Out of Consciousness - Greatest Hits 1990-2010" (Virgin/EMI) debuted atop Billboard's European Albums chart. Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie" (Interscope/Universal), featuring Rihanna, is spending a fourth week at the Hot 100 Singles summit.