British band Rudimental scores its second U.K. No. 1 album in a row with We The Generation (Major Tom’s/Asylum/Warner), as Justin Bieber completes a singles chart feat that only three previous artists have managed: three separate runs at the top with the same track.
Rudimental’s debut album, Home, which featured such guests as Emeli Sandé, John Newman and Ella Eyre, topped the U.K. chart in the spring of 2013. The new set again features Eyre along with Ed Sheeran, Dizzee Rascal, the late Bobby Womack and others; its sales were more than double those of its nearest competitor, which ironically, was Asylum labelmate Sheeran’s x, after its 8-2 revival.
A top three lockout by Warner Music labels was completed by Atlantic’s Jess Glynne, who moved back 5-3 with I Cry When I Laugh. Another former No. 1, David Gilmour’s Rattle That Lock (Columbia/Sony), dipped 3-4, and rock band Editors debuted at No. 5 with their fifth album In Dream (Play It Again Sam).
Swedish DJ Avicii entered at No. 9 with his second album Stories (PRMD/Universal Island), while Janet Jackson’s Unbreakable (Rhythm Nation/BMG) started at No. 11. British melodic pop long-runners Squeeze opened at No. 12 with Cradle To The Grave (Virgin EMI), remarkably their highest-ever placing with a studio album, 37 years after their first.
Bieber’s “What Do You Mean” (Def Jam/Universal) moves back 2-1 on the singles chart, a third separate reign for the same song that has previously been achieved only by Frankie Laine’s “I Believe” in 1953, Guy Mitchell’s “Singing The Blues” in 1957 and, last year, by Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.”
“Locked Away” (Kemosabe/RCA/Sony) by R. City featuring Adam Levine, reached a new peak with a 3-2 climb. Last week’s No. 1, Sam Smith’s 007 theme “Writing’s On The Wall (Capitol/Universal), fell to No. 3, while “Alone No More” (3 Beat) by Philip George & Anton Powers entered the official top 75 at No. 4. Ellie Goulding’s “On My Mind” (Polydor/Universal) climbed 6-5.