Alabama Shakes live at Austin City Limits during SXSW where the band's buzz sky-rocketed.
Adele's "21" (XL Recordings) is back at the top of the U.K. album chart, for a 22nd aggregate week, climbing 3-1 to depose Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday - Roman Reloaded" (Cash Money/Universal Island). Alabama Shakes' "Boys & Girls" (Rough Trade) made a strong debut at No. 3. Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" (Interscope/Universal) started a second week atop the singles chart, beating out her fellow Canadian Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" (Def Jam/Universal).
Adele's album was last at No. 1 on the U.K. survey seven weeks ago, and was helped back to the summit by a BBC1 TV repeat of her September 2011 concert at London's Royal Albert Hall (first broadcast on New Year's Day) on April 5. The Official Charts Company reports that the album's latest record-breaking achievements include the fact that it's now spent more time at the summit than two Beatles classics, "With The Beatles" and "A Hard Day's Night," both of which had 21. Adding her one week on top with her debut album "19," Adele's career total of 23 weeks now exceeds the 22 weeks apiece racked up by both David Bowie and Dire Straits. "19" itself climbed 15-12 on the new chart.
"Roman Reloaded" fell to No. 2 in its second week as newcomers Alabama Shakes made a powerful No. 3 start with their debut set. "Boys & Girls" had been at No. 1 in "midweek" OCC data, and also debuted at No. 16 on the current Billboard 200. Jessie J's "Who You Are" (Lava/Universal Island), which debuted at No. 2 in the U.K. in March last year, climbed back 8-4 as her "Laserlight" single, featuring David Guetta, arrived at No. 26.
Emeli Sandé's "Our Versions of Events" (Virgin/EMI) held at No. 5 as Lana Del Rey's "Born To Die" (Polydor/Universal" climbed back 11-6. "Now That's What I Call Music 81" (EMI TV/Universal Music TV) is in a second week atop the compilation chart.
Jepsen's second week in the singles hotseat saw her add 110,000 new sales to last week's opening 107,000, to outsell Bieber's No. 2 debut by two to one. With Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" (Universal Island), featuring Kimbra, steady at No. 3, there were three further debuts inside the top ten: Usher's "Climax" (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) at No. 4, U.S. smash "We Are Young" (Fueld By Ramen) by fun. featuring Janelle Monae at No. 7 and "Level Up" (3 Beat/All Around The World/Universal) by British rapper Sway at No. 8.