Emeli Sandé's "Our Version Of Events" (Virgin/EMI) started yet another stint at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday), as "Scream & Shout" (Interscope/Universal) by will.i.am featuring Britney Spears reached the top of the singles survey in its fifth week. After a sales tracking issue was resolved by the Official Charts Company, David Bowie's "Where Are They Now" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) became his first top ten hit for almost 20 years.
Sandé's album climbed back 2-1 in its 48th consecutive week in the top ten, swapping places with Calvin Harris' '18 Months' (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment). Two more former No. 1s, Jake Bugg's self-titled Mercury/Universal debut and Rihanna's 'Unapologetic' (Def Jam/Universal), climbed again 4-3 and 7-4 respectively. The new name in the top ten frame was Polydor/Universal's movie cast recording of 'Les Miserables' at No. 5, and there were climbs for yet two more Universal releases, Taylor Swift's 'Red' (Mercury), 16-8, and the Lumineers' eponymous Decca album, 12-10, its first time in the top ten.
Two of the most critically acclaimed 2012 releases, Alt-J's 'An Awesome Wave' (Infectious Music) and Frank Ocean's 'Channel Orange' (Def Jam/Universal), moved up again, 29-18 and 35-19. Californian rockers Black Veil Brides scored their best-ever week with a No. 20 debut for 'Wretched and Divine - The Story of the Wild Ones' (Universal Island). Fuelled by the wall-to-wall media coverage of his comeback last week, David Bowie's EMI compilation 'Best Of Bowie' raced from No. 194 to No. 25. 'Now! That's What I Call Music 83' (EMI TV/Universal Music TV) is the compilation chart No. 1 for the eighth week in a row.
"Scream & Shout" debuted at No. 2 on the U.K. singles chart before Christmas, dipping to No. 3 before spending the last two weeks back in runner-up spot. It's Britney Spears' sixth No. 1 single here but the first since "Everytime" in 2004. "Scream" hit the top with new sales of 62,000 last week, nearly 13,000 ahead of Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble," which climbed 5-2. James Arthur's "Impossible" (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment) fell 1-3, in the week that it passed one million sales, as "Stay" (Def Jam/Universal) by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko moved back 7-4, equalling its peak of three weeks ago. Calvin Harris' "Drinking From The Bottle," featuring Tinie Tempah, jumped 15-5 and "Don't Stop The Party" (London/Universal) by Pitbull featuring TJR 12-7.
Bowie's "Where Are They Now," which entered at No. 6, had been missing from the OCC's midweek sales flashes because of a problem caused by iTunes offering the track free to anyone pre-ordering his upcoming album 'The Next Day.' Such incentives cannot be counted towards singles sales, but the OCC says it has "worked through the past week" to identify outright sales of the track that were not part of the pre-order bundle, and has measured these at 30,000 from Tuesday, when it made its surprise debut, and Saturday night. Bowie's last top ten U.K. single was "Jump They Say," which reached No. 9 a few weeks short of 20 years ago, in March 1993.