Arcade Fire have their second U.K. No. 1 album after “Reflektor” (Sonovox) debuted at the summit Nov. 3, outselling last week’s bestseller, Katy Perry’s “Prism” (Virgin/Universal), by more than two to one, according to the Official Charts Company. “The Monster” (Interscope/Universal) by Eminem featuring Rihanna opened at No. 1 on the singles chart.
Arcade Fire’s last album “The Suburbs” reached the chart pinnacle in 2010. Their new success relegated Perry’s release to No. 2, with James Blunt’s “Moon Landing” (Custard/Atlantic/Warner Music) dipping 2-3.
New Zealander Lorde, whose Virgin/Universal single “Royals” fell 1-2 on the singles chart, saw the parent album “Pure Heroine” debut at No. 4.
Pop band Union J’s self-titled RCA/Sony album entered at No. 6, with former “X Factor” winner Matt Cardle’s “Porcelain,” on his own independent Matt Cardle label via Absolute Marketing, new at No. 11. Linkin Park’s “Recharged” (Warner Bros./Warner Music) followed at No. 12, while “BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge 2013” (Rhino/Sony Music CG/UMTV), a collection of live session performances from the national radio station, was new atop the compilation chart.
“The Monster” is the seventh U.K. No. 1 single for both Eminem and Rihanna, and hit the top despite not being released until last Tuesday, thus being two days’ sales behind its rivals. With Lorde down to No. 2, “Eat Sleep Rave Repeat” (Skint) arrived at No. 3 for long-running artist-DJ Fatboy Slim, featuring Rivastarr and Beardyman.
One Direction were again denied a chart-topping U.K. single, as “Story Of My Life” (Syco Music/Sony), which had topped sales for most of the week, limped in at No. 4. It’s the second time in a row that the pop idols have been denied an expected No. 1, after August’s “Best Song Ever” was comfortably beaten to the top by Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” (Positiva/PRMD).
Also new in the top ten were “Children Of The Sun” (Parlophone/Warner Music) by Tinie Tempah featuring John Martin, at No. 6, and The Wanted’s “Show Me Love (America)” (Global Talent/Universal) at No. 8.