In two of the closest finishes in recent chart history, Haim’s “Days Are Gone” album (Polydor/Universal) debuted at No. 1 and OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars” (Interscope/Universal) climbed 3-1 on the singles chart Oct. 6 to give each act its first U.K. No. 1.
The Haim album had been second for much of the sales week behind “The 20/20 Experience — 2 Of 2” (RCA/Sony), the fourth solo set of Justin Timberlake’s career and the second part of his current album project. In sales to the end of Tuesday, Timberlake was 700 sales ahead, according to the Official Charts Company, but by Thursday at midnight, the lead was down to a paper-thin 28 units. In the remainder of the chart week to Saturday at midnight, “Days Are Gone” pulled ahead to win the race by 2,100 sales.
Haim’s debut album contains their three U.K. top 40 hits so far, “Don’t Save Me,” “Falling” and “The Wire,” the latter of which debuted at No. 16 last week and now falls to No. 24. Timberlake also debuted at No. 27 this week with “The 20/20 Experience — The Complete Experience,” which combines the new and existing parts of the project, while the original album climbed six places to No. 33. “Take Back The Night,” the single from the “2 Of 2” album, jumped back 30-22.
Kings of Leon’s “Mechanical Bull” (RCA/Sony) fell to No. 3 last week after debuting at the summit last week, as Alter Bridge scored a No. 6 debut with “Fortress” (Roadrunner). That’s their highest U.K. ranking to date and their second top 10 album after 2010’s “AB III.”
Trailing behind them as the last of three new titles in the top 10 this week was Dizzee Rascal’s “The Fifth” (Dirtee Stank). “Something Really Bad,” its current single featuring will.i.am, also debuted at No. 10. On the compilation album chart, “Now That’s What I Call Music! 85” (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) has now made it an impressive 11 weeks at No. 1.
The OCC reports that the OneRepublic single finished 1,150 sales ahead of new British pop quartet the Vamps’ “Can We Dance” (EMI/Universal). OneRepublic had had two previous top five hits in the territory, 2007’s No. 3 hit “Apologize” and 2008’s “Stop and Stare.” The Vamps supported McFly on tour earlier year and Selena Gomez last month before releasing this debut single.
Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty” (Warner Bros./Warner Music), featuring 2 Chainz, fell to No. 3 after two weeks on top, and Katy Perry’s “Roar” (Virgin/Universal) slipped 2-4. Chase & Status returned at No. 5 with “Count On Me” (EMI/ Universal), featuring Moko, as Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper” (Hollywood/ Universal) climbed 13-7.
Much further down the singles chart, there was the improbable scenario of a new, minor entry for early 1970s melodic pop band Badfinger, signed to the Beatles’ Apple label. Their “Baby Blue” (Parlophone/Warner Music), recently featured in the finale of smash TV series “Breaking Bad,” charted at No. 73, after Spotify reported last week that streams of the song increased on the service by 9,000% in the first 11 hours following the show’s airing.