Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz have become the first act from that country to score a U.K. No. 1 single since A-ha, more than 28 years ago. Their “Am I Wrong” (Warner Bros./Warner Music) raced from No. 52 to top Sunday’s (Aug. 10) new Official Charts Company survey. On the album chart, there’s still no shifting Ed Sheeran’s X (Asylum/Warner Music), now in its seventh week at No. 1.
Nico & Vinz, from Oslo, are the first wholly Norwegian act to top the British singles chart since A-ha’s “The Sun Always Shines On TV” in January 1986. “Am I Wrong” unseated MAGIC!’s “Rude” (RCA/Sony), which had a week atop the survey last week. OneRepublic returned at No. 3 with “Love Runs Out” (Interscope/Universal), their fifth U.K. top 40 hit as lead artists (and sixth including one as featured act on Timbaland’s “Apologize” in 2007). A quiet week for new entries and climbers saw George Ezra’s durable “Istanbul” (Columbia/Sony) moving back up again, 6-5, as his debut album Wanted On Voyage held at No. 5.
Sheeran’s album is enjoying the longest consecutive run at No. 1 on the U.K. bestsellers since Adele’s 21 (XL Recordings) in 2011. Blue Smoke – The Best Of Dolly Parton (Sony Masterworks) held steady at No. 2, while Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour (Capitol/Virgin) rebounded 4-3 and Coldplay’s Ghost Stories (Parlophone/Warner Music) 6-4.
Also moving up again were Paloma Faith’s A Perfect Contradiction (RCA/Universal), 11-6; Ellie Goulding’s Halcyon (Polydor/Universal),13-7; and Paolo Nutini’s Caustic Love (Atlantic/Warner Music), 10-8. Charlie Simpson, formerly of pop hitmakers Busted, debuted at No. 10 with Long Road Home (Nusic Sounds), his second top ten album following his No. 6 entry of 2011, Young Pilgrim. Now That’s What I Call Music! 88 (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) leads the compilation chart for a third week.