Cee Lo Green, Tinie Tempah Lead UK Charts
Parlophone/EMI's south London rapper Tinie Tempah has followed last week's No. 1 U.K. single "Written In The Stars" with a chart-topping start for his debut album "Disc-overy." As "Stars," featuring Eric Turner, fell 1-3 in the Official Charts Company's new data, Cee Lo Green's "Forget You" (Warner Bros./Warner Music) opened at the top of the singles chart.
Tinie Tempah's first album, which also includes his U.K. hits "Pass Out" and "Frisky," featuring Labrinth, opened in the top spot with sales of some 85,000, according to the OCC. The Script's "Science & Faith" (Phonogenic/Sony Music Entertainment) fell to No. 2 as Mumford and Sons' "Sigh No More" (Universal Island) climbed 6-3, thus reaching the top three for the first time in its 53-week chart history.
Plan B's former No. 1 "The Defamation of Strickland Banks" (679/Atlantic/Warner Music) moved back 14-6 as its latest single "The Recluse" made its top 75 debut at No. 35. Soon-to-retire Norwegian pop act A-ha's "25" retrospective (Rhino/Warner Music) debuted at No. 10.
"Forget You" sold in excesss of 100,000 copies to become the first U.K. solo hit for Green, a major chart artist in 2006 as one half of Gnarls Barkley. The radio edit of the YouTube hit "Fuck You," it was co-written by, among others, Green and Bruno Mars, who himself had the U.K.'s No. 1 single two weeks ago with "Just The Way You Are (Amazing)" (Elektra/Atlantic).
"Shame" (Virgin/EMI) by Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow, recently reunited when Williams rejoined Take That, debuted at No. 2. Yet another track from Tinie Tempah's "Disc-overy" set, "Miami 2 Ibiza" (billed as Swedish House Mafia vs. Tinie) opened on the singles chart at No. 5. Kings of Leon's "Radioactive" (Hand Me Down/RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) started at No. 7.
For a second week, Phil Collins leads Billboard's European Albums chart with "Going Back" (Atlantic/Warner Music), while Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie" (Interscope/Universal), featuring Rihanna, is also in a second week atop Hot 100 Singles.