Brandon Flowers' solo album "Flamingo" (Vertigo/Universal) made a No. 1 debut on the new U.K. sales charts. Former "X Factor" winner Alexandra Burke landed a third No. 1 single with "Start Without You" (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment), featuring U.S. rapper Laza Morgan.
Flowers has three previous U.K. No. 1 albums to his name as frontman with the Killers, who hit the top with "Hot Fuss" (2004), "Sam's Town" in 2006 and "Day & Age" (2008). The new solo set started at the summit on the new Official Charts Co listing last night (Sept. 12) by outselling last week's champion, Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" (Virgin/EMI), by two to one, according to the Official Charts Company.
Perry fell 1-2 as "xx" (Young Turks/XL Recordings) by the xx followed its victory at the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Sep. 7 by racing 16-3 in its 27th chart week. It is a new peak for the alt-rock/electronic London trio, which moved 29,000 copies last week and hit a sales total of 213,000.
British duo Hurts debuted at No. 4 with "Happiness" (Major Label/RCA/Sony Music Entertainment), which had already entered at No. 2 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Its single "Wonderful Life" reached No. 21 in the U.K., and No. 2 in Germany, two weeks ago. Eminem's former No. 1 "Recovery" (Interscope/Universal) fell 2-5 and Iowa-based rock band Stone Sour's "Audio Secrecy" (Roadrunner) entered at No. 6.
Burke hit No. 1 in the U.K. with "Hallelujah," her first single after winning the fifth series of "The X Factor," at the end of 2008, and "Bad Boys," featuring Flo Rida in October last year, when her debut album "Overcome" also reached the top. "Start Without Me" is Syco Music's second chart-topping U.K. single in a row, after Olly Murs' "Please Don't Let Me Go," which fell to No. 4.
Perry's "Teenage Dream" single held at No. 2 and Taio Cruz's former No. 1 "Dynamite" (4th & Broadway/Universal Island) at No. 3. There were three more new entries in the top ten, with Irish band the Script's "For The First Time (Times Are Hard)" (Phonogenic/Sony Music Entertainment at No. 5 and pop hitmakers McFly's "Party Girl" (Universal Island) at No. 6. Current TV talent series "Must Be The Music" created another top ten hit (following last week's No. 7 entry "You Took My Heart" by Pepper & Piano) in the shape of Scottish contestant Emma's Imagination and the single "This Day," also on the show's own Must Be The Music label.
On Billboard's pan-European charts, Perry landed her first European Albums No. 1 with "Teenage Dream," while the new leader on European Hot 100 Singles is "We Speak No Americano" (Sweat It Out/All Around The World/UMTV/Universal) by Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup.