Rod Stewart Arrives with 'Time' Atop Britain's Albums Chart

Rod Stewart

Photograph by Art Streiber

Rod Stewart’s “Time” (Capitol/Decca/Universal) debuted at No. 1 in the U.K. yesterday (May 20) to become the veteran rock and easy listening artist’s first chart-topping studio album in his home territory for 37 years. According to the Official Charts Company, Stewart's sales feat sets a new British record for the longest gap between chart-topping albums.

Daft Punk’s singles chart reign with “Get Lucky” (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment), featuring Pharrell Williams, continued into a fourth week. The track has sold a six-figure total each week in that run. 

Stewart’s last No. 1 album in the U.K. was the “Greatest Hits Vol. 1” compilation in 1979, but he hasn’t led the survey with a studio release since “A Night on the Town” in 1976. “Time” is his eighth solo album chart-topper here, a sequence that started with “Every Picture Tells A Story” in 1971.

Gabrielle Aplin, the 20-year-old British singer-songwriter who topped the singles chart with her cover of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s “The Power of Love” last December, opened at No. 2 with her first album “English Rain” (Parlophone/EMI). Its current track “Panic Cord” fell 19-28 on the new singles chart but its predecessor “Please Don’t Say You Love Me” rebounded 65-38.

An all-new top three on the U.K. album chart was completed by Vampire Weekend’s “Modern Vampires of the City” (XL Recordings). Last week’s new entry at No. 1, Caro Emerald’s “The Shocking Miss Emerald” (Grandmono/ Dramatico), fell to No. 4.

AgnethaFaltskog’s first album in almost a decade, “A” (Polydor/Universal), heralded by enthusiastic U.K. media coverage of the former Abba member, debuted at No. 6. The cast recording of “Les Miserables” (Polydor/Universal) jumped back 18-10 and there was a No. 12 start for Primal Scream’s “More Light” (First International). It’s now eight weeks atop the compilation chart for “Now That’s What I Call Music! 84” (EMI TV/UMTV/Universal).

The Daft Punk single sold another 114,000 copies last week, according to the OCC, to take its running total to 606,000. That puts “Get Lucky” in runner-up spot as the best-selling single of 2013 in the U.K., and it’s certain to take that title this week, as it’s only 19,000 behind Macklemore& Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” (Macklemore).

Passenger’s “Let Her Go” (Nettwerk) continued its relentless progress by moving 3-2, as U.S. “X Factor” judge Demi Lovato achieved easily her best chart showing across the Atlantic with a No. 3 debut for “Heart Attack” (Hollywood/Universal). It’s Lovato’s first single to make even the U.K. top 30.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us” (Macklemore), featuring Ray Dalton, climbed 5-4, and the other new entries inside the singles top ten were north London rapper Wretch 32’s “Blackout” (Shakka/Ministry of Sound), featuring Shakka, at No. 6 and U.K. producer Sub Focus’ “Endorphins” (Mercury/Universal), featuring Alex Clare, at No. 10.

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