The Atlantic label has both new U.K. chart champions, with Phil Collins topping the U.K. album chart for the first time in 12 years, after his soul covers set "Going Back" (Atlantic/Warner Music) climbed 4-1 on the new Official Charts Company listing last night (Sept. 26).
Bruno Mars followed his guest appearance on May's U.K. No. 1 single "Nothin' On You'," on Atlantic, with his own chart-topping debut for "Just The Way You Are" (Elektra/Atlantic).
Collins last led the album chart with "Hits" in 1998, his fifth solo No. 1 album in his home country after 1981's "Face Value," "No Jacket Required" (1985), "...But Seriously" (1989), and 1993's "Both Sides." He has six further chart-topping albums to his name as a member of Genesis.
Last week's new entry atop the album chart, the Script's "Science & Faith" (Phonogenic/Sony Music Entertainment), fell to No. 2, with veteran Welsh rock act Manic Street Preachers new at No. 3 with their tenth studio set "Postcards From A Young Man" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment). Maroon 5 opened at No. 6 with "Hands All Over" (Octone/A&M/Universal).
Seal narrowly missed the top ten with "Seal VI: Commitment" (Reprise/Warner Music), which entered at No. 11. Transatlantic rock "supergroup" Black Country Communion's self-titled album for Mascot opened at No. 13, with Santana's "Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics Of All Time" (Arista/Sony Music Entertainment) new at No. 15 and Taio Cruz's "The Rokstarr Collection" (4th & Broadway/Universal Island) at No. 16. The album features tracks from last year's "Rokstarr" alongside some from its 2008 predecessor "Departure."
Mars' No. 1 singles debut also follows his recent appearance on Travie McCoy's No. 3 U.K. hit "Billionaire" (Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen).
Last week's Nos. 2 and 3 on the singles chart, Cruz's "Dynamite" and Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" (Virgin/EMI) stood their ground, as the No. 1 single of the last two weeks, "Start Without You" (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment), by Alexandra Burke featuring Laza Morgan, fell to No. 4.
Emma's Imagination, the Scottish singer-songwriter who last week won TV talent series "Must Be The Music," followed her No. 10 hit of two weeks ago "This Day" with another top ten debut, "Focus," at No. 6. It is issued on the Must Be The Music label. Shontelle's "Impossible" (Universal Island) climbed 10-9 and Alex Gaudino's "I'm In Love (I Wanna Do It)'" (Ministry of Sound) debuted at No. 10.
Linkin Park made their customary No. 1 start on Billboard's European Albums chart, arriving at the top with "A Thousand Suns" (Warner Bros./Warner Music). "We Speak No Americano" (Sweat It Out/All Around The World/UMTV/Universal) by Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup leads European Hot 100 Singles for a third week.