Chart Alert: 'Les Mis' Soundtrack Takes Top Album Spot in the U.K., Jake Bugg Upends Biffy Clyro

As the “Les Miserables” score album (Polydor/Universal) moved back to the top of the U.K. album chart yesterday,  Macklemore’s current Hot 100 No. 1 “Thrift Shop” (Macklemore), featuring Ryan Lewis and Wanz, mirrored that feat across the Atlantic, moving 2-1 on the singles survey.

The “Les Mis” album had two weeks at the summit before Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro debuted at No. 1 last week with Opposites (14th Floor/Warner Music). That fell to No. 3, as Jake Bugg’s self-titled former chart-topper (Mercury/Universal) climbed back 6-2. Emeli Sandé’s Our Version of Events (Virgin/EMI) held at No. 4 and Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours reissue (Rhino/Warner Bros./Warner Music) dipped 3-5.

English rock band the Courteeners’ third album Anna (V2/Universal) matched the No. 6 debut of its 2010 predecessor Falcon, having been at No. 1 in last Wednesday’s sales flashes after its release last Monday (4). The band start a U.K. tour on February 21. Andrea Bocelli’s Passione (Decca/Universal) moved up two notches from its No. 9 debut last week and there was a top ten debut for Scottish modern rock band Frightened Rabbit with their fourth album Pedestrian Verse (Atlantic/Warner Music). It’s the major label debut of the Selkirk group, who formed in 2003 and only made the top 75 for the first time at No. 61 with 2010’s The Winter of Mixed Drinks.

There were top 20 debuts for veteran pop-classical pianist Richard Clayderman’s latest album Romantique (Decca/Universal) at No. 13, eels’ Wonderful Glorious (V2/Universal) at No. 14, Girls Aloud member (and “Strictly Come Dancing” TV star) Kimberley Walsh’s solo debut Centre Stage (Decca/Universal) at No. 18 and north London rapper Devlin’s A Moving Picture (4th & Broadway/Universal Island) at No. 19. His “Rewind” single from it, featuring Diane Birch, fell 10-15. On the compilation chart, The Trevor Nelson Collection (Sony Music) is in a third week at No. 1.

The Macklemore single now has cumulative U.K. sales of nearly 157,000 copies, according to the Official Charts Company. British garage duo Disclosure, whose previous single “Latch,” featuring Sam Smith, reached No. 11, raced 28-2 with the follow-up “White Noise” (Universal Island), featuring another electronic duo, Aluna George.

“Get Up (Rattle)” (Ministry of Sound) by Dutch duo Bingo Players featuring Far East Movement fell to No. 3 after two weeks at the top, with Emeli Sandé’s “Clown” up 8-4. Reunited Illinois band Fall Out Boy crashed back onto the scene at No. 5 with “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark” (Universal Island) and Dizzee Rascal scored another top ten hit as “Bassline Junkie” (Dirtee Stank/Universal) rose 14-10.

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