Florence + the Machine scored a first-ever U.K. No. 1 single yesterday as "Spectrum (Say My Name)" (Universal Island) debuted at the summit. English singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner, meanwhile, was grabbing his second chart-topping album with "Write It On Your Skin" (Ugly Truth/Sony Music Entertainment).
Florence + the Machine have two No. 1 albums to their name in the U.K. with "Lungs" and "Ceremonials," but the act's previous highest singles chart placing was No. 2 with 2010's "You Got The Dirtee Love," a reworking with Dizzee Rascal of the No. 5 hit "You Got The Love." The new single sold 64,000 copies up to Saturday night, thanks in large part to Calvin Harris' remix of the track. Last week's bestselling single, Maroon 5's "Payphone" (Octone/A&M/Universal), featuring Wiz Khalifa, fell back to No. 2, only some 1500 units behind Florence on 63,000.
Nicki Minaj got another top ten hit as "Pound The Alarm" (Cash Money/Universal Island) climbed 16-10, and Adam Lambert achieved his first top 20 U.K. single as "Never Close Our Eyes" (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) entered at No. 1. Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" (Parlophone/EMI) climbed 22-18 to make its first-ever top 20 showing, more than two years after it first charted.
Newton Faulkner's debut album "Hand Built By Robots" spent two weeks at No. 1 in 2007, whereas the 2009 follow-up ""Rebuilt By Humans" debuted and peaked at No. 3. "Write It On Your Skin" needed only 16,000 sales to hit No. 1 in the new Official Charts Company data, some 8,000 fewer than the opening tally for its predecessor. Much-publicized rapper Frank Ocean's "Channel Orange" (Def Jam/Universal) sold 13,000 for a No. 2 debut, with Maroon 5's "Overexposed" (Octone/A&M/Universal) down 2-3.
Singer-writer Lianne La Havas' critically acclaimed debut album "Is Your Love Big Enough" (Warner Bros./Warner Music) sold 11,000 copies last week for a No. 4 start, as Chris Brown's "Fortune" (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) dropped four places from its No. 1 debut last week. Scottish rock band the View's "Cheeky For A Reason" (Cooking Vinyl) arrived at No. 9 with 9,000 sales. The new entry atop the compilation chart was EMI TV/Universal Music TV's "Now That's What I Call A No. 1."