Michael Buble Opens At No. 1 on U.K. Albums Chart

Michael Buble during The 49th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

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Michael Bublé sold 121,000 copies of “To Be Loved” (Reprise/Warner Music) in the U.K. last week to claim his third No. 1 album there, as the Official Charts Company’s new data was published Sunday. It’s both the fastest-selling artist album of 2013 to date in the territory, and of the Canadian singer’s career there.

London drum ‘n’ bass quartet Rudimental scored their second chart-topping single, following last year’s “Feel The Love” featuring John Newman. Their new track “Waiting All Night” (Asylum/Warner Music) debuts at the summit.

The song that caused such a stir on last week’s singles chart, the “Wizard Of Oz” cast recording of “Ding! Dong! The Witch Is Dead” (various labels), collapsed from No. 2 to No. 65.

Bublé’s new set beats the previous best week for an artist album this year of 106,000 for Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment). The OCC reports that Bublé’s last album, 2011’s “Christmas,” has now sold 1.8 million copies in the U.K. His last studio release, 2009’s “Crazy Love,” climbed back 45-27 on the new chart, and is certified eight-times platinum by the BPI.

“To Be Loved” was followed by another new entry at No. 2, for Fall Out Boy’s “Save Rock and Roll” (Def Jam/Universal). That’s their best U.K. album ranking to date, ahead of the No. 3 peak of 2007’s “Infinity High,” and marks a significant resurgence after 2008’s “Folie a Deux” peaked at No. 39.

Emeli Sandé’s “Our Version Of Events” (Virgin EMI/Universal) climbed 4-3, swapping places with Pink’s “The Truth About Love” (RCA/Sony), as Timberlake’s album fell 2-5. Last week’s new entry at No. 1, Paramore’s self-titled fourth album (Atlantic/Warner Music), fell to No. 6.

Also arriving in the top ten was the Yeah YeahYeahs’ “Mosquito” (Polydor/Universal), at No. 9. “Now That’s What I Call Music! 84” (EMI TV/UMTV/Universal) started a fourth week at No. 1 on the compilation chart.

Rudimental’s new single sold 107,000 copies to top the new chart, according to the OCC, some 38,000 ahead of will.i.am’s new entry at No. 2, “Thatpower” (Interscope/Universal), featuring Justin Bieber. An all-new top three was completed by Daft Punk’s new release, “Get Lucky” (Columbia/Sony) featuring Pharrell Williams, which sold 50,000 downloads in just 48 hours on release.  Daft Punk have only once been higher on the U.K. singles list, when “One More Time” reached No. 2 in 2000.

Duke Dumont’s “Need U (100%)” (Ministry of Sound), featuring A*M*E, which topped the singles chart for the last two weeks, fell to No. 4, as “I Need Your Love” (Columbia/Sony) by Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding, climbed 11-7. Psy’s “Gentleman” (Republic/Universal) raced 61-10.