Bruce Springsteen's "Wrecking Ball" crashed into the U.K. album chart at No. 1 yesterday (Sunday) on opening sales of 74,000, according to the Official Charts Company. Gotye tops the singles chart for a fourth non-consecutive week with Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" (Universal Island), featuring Kimbra.
"Wrecking Ball" is The Boss' ninth chart-topping U.K. album, a sequence dating back 28 years to 1984's "Born In The U.S.A.," and first-week sales for the new set were close to the 77,000 he recorded for 2007's "Magic." Springsteen finished well clear of the 56,000 units sold by the Military Wives' debut album "In My Dreams" (Decca/Universal), which started at No. 2 and follows their Christmas No. 1 single "Wherever You Are."
Emeli Sandé's "Our Version of Events" (Virgin/EMI), which topped the album chart last week as well as two weeks previously, fell to No. 3, although the single "Next To Me" moved back 3-2. Adele's "21" (XL Recordings), Ed Sheeran's "+" (Asylum/Warner Music) and Lana Del Rey's "Born To Die" (Polydor/Universal) also dipped two places each, at Nos. 4, 5 and 6.
Lionel Richie's "Tuskegee" (Mercury/Universal) was a new entry at No. 7 on 19,000 sales, and naturalized British artist Katie Melua's fifth studio album "Secret Symphony" (Dramatico) started at No. 8, also on 19,000. A singer-songwriter of an earlier era, Gilbert O'Sullivan, returned at No. 12 with just under 10,000 sales for USM Media's new "Very Best Of" collection, which accompanies an extensive British tour beginning March 17 and Salvo's reissue program of his 1970s catalog.
The Civil Wars' "Barton Hollow," relaunched here by Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment last week after a minor chart showing last autumn, charted at No. 13. Children's TV presenter Justin Fletcher, meanwhile, debuted at No. 16 with "Hands Up - The Album" (Little Demon). Among other album chart entries, 1970s new wave survivors the Stranglers arrived at No. 48 with "Giants" (Coursegood), their highest ranking with a studio album since "About Time" reached No. 31 in 1995. EMI TV/UMTV's "Now That's What I Call Running" collection entered the compilation chart at No. 1.
Gotye's single sold another 81,000 units last week to become the first track this year to move past the half-million mark, with total sales of 558,000. With Sandé back up to No. 2, Nicki Minaj's "Starships" (Cash Money/Universal Island) improved 5-3, "Wild Ones" (Atlantic/Warner Music) by Flo Rida featuring Sia held at No. 4 and London girl group Stooshe opened at No. 5 with "Love Me" (Warner Bros./Warner Music), featuring Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes.
Also new in the top ten were "Bright Lights" (Universal Island) by Tinchy Stryder featuring Pixie Lott, at No. 7, and 2011 "X Factor" contestant Marcus Collins' cover of the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) at No. 9.k