Jack White's first solo album Blunderbuss replaced his XL Recordings labelmate Adele's 21 at the top of the U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday). Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" (Interscope/Universal) withstood the latest pretender to her singles chart crown, "Let's Go" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) by Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo, to secure a fourth week at No. 1.
Blunderbuss soundly beat its fellow XL release, with sales to midnight Saturday of 40,000 compared to 15,000 for 21. White previously topped the U.K. chart with the White Stripes' Elephant in 2003 and Icky Thump in 2007.
Lana Del Rey's Born To Die (Polydor/Universal) rose 4-3, its highest position since its third chart week in late February, as another former No. 1, Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday - Roman Reloaded (Cash Money/Universal Island), dipped 3-4. Rufus Wainwright debuted at No. 5 with Out of the Game (Polydor/ Universal), his second U.K. top five album after Release The Stars debuted at No. 2 in 2007.
Alabama Shakes' Boys & Girls (Rough Trade), which opened at No. 3 two weeks ago, climbed back 9-6 to give independent labels three of the top six artist albums this week. Olly Murs also climbed back 12-7 with In Case You Didn't Know (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment), which debuted at No. 1 last December.
Welsh rock stalwarts Feeder opened at No. 13 with their latest set, Generation Freakshow (Big Teeth); the band have been charting consistently in the U.K. for 15 years and have six top ten albums to their name, including consecutive No. 2 peaks with 2005's Pushing The Senses and The Singles in 2007. On the compilation chart, Now That's What I Call Music 81 (EMI TV/Universal Music TV) is No. 1 for a fourth week.
Jepsen's total U.K. sales for "Call Me Maybe" are now 434,000, according to the Official Charts Company, and it's already the seventh-bestselling track of 2012. With Harris' new single in at No. 2, "We Are Young" (Fueled By Ramen) by fun. featuring Janelle Monae rested at No. 3, with Conor Maynard's "Can't Say No" (Parlophone/EMI) down 2-4 and Jessie J's "Laserlight" (Lava/Universal Island), featuring David Guetta, steady at No. 5. British singer-songwriter Alex Clare's first hit "Too Close" (Universal Island) continued to climb, 16-6, as did Train's "Drive By" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment), 14-10. Clare's track is currently gaining additional exposure as the soundtrack of Internet Explorer's TV ad campaign.