Daft Punk’s 'Random Access Memories' (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) made its expected powerful debut on the U.K. album chart Sunday (May 26), becoming the fastest-selling artist set of the year to date with opening sales of 165,000.
Its single “Get Lucky,” featuring Pharrell Williams, ceded top spot to the new entry “La La La” (Virgin/Universal) by Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith, which in turn became the U.K.’s fastest-selling single of 2013 with 145,000 sales last week.
“Random Access Memories” thus overtook Michael Bublé’s “To Be Loved” (Reprise/Warner Music), which started with 121,000 sales last month. “Get Lucky,” meanwhile, has now taken its tally to 711,000 downloads, according to the Official Charts Company. Rod Stewart’s “Time” (Capitol/Decca/Universal), which debuted at No. 1 last week, fell into runner-up spot, but its sales held up well, on 52,000 compared to its first-week 57,000.
With 21,000 sales, The National’s sixth studio album “Trouble Will Find Me” (4AD) gave them their best-ever U.K. start at No. 3, after 2010’s “High Violet” reached No. 5. Reunited Scottish pop-rock mainstays Texas saw their first album for eight years, “The Conversation” (PIAS Recordings), enter at No. 4. It’s now 24 years since the band fronted by Sharleen Spiteri made their chart debut with the No. 8 single hit “I Don’t Want A Lover” and No. 3 album “Southside.”
Completing a run of four new entries in the top five were 30 Seconds To Mars, also landing their best-ever U.K. album chart placing as “Love Lust Faith + Dreams” (Polydor/Universal) joined the bestsellers at No. 5. Their previous best showing was the No. 28 peak of both 2007’s “The Kill (Rebirth)” and 2009’s “Kings and Queens.”
Demi Lovato’s “Demi” (Hollywood/Universal) arrived at No. 10 as her single “Heart Attack” fell 3-11. Jamie Cullum’s “Momentum” (Universal Island) took its bow at No. 20, while the compilation chart champion for a ninth straight week is “Now That’s What I Call Music! 84” (EMI TV/UMTV/Universal).
The artist album chart also represented the end of an era for Emeli Sandé’s “Our Version of Events” (Virgin/Universal), which fell 8-15, its first-ever week outside the top ten after an unbroken, record-breaking run for a debut album of 66 weeks.
New singles chart leader Naughty Boy, otherwise known as Shahid Khan, has worked with Rihanna, TinieTempah and Sandé, who featured on his late 2012 U.K. No. 10 hit “Wonder” and, with Wiley, on the 2010 No. 8 “Never Be Your Woman.” London singer-songwriter Sam Smith, who features on the new No. 1 “La La La,” was also on Disclosure’s 2012 No. 11 “Latch.”
Also on the new singles chart, Passenger’s “Let Her Go” (Nettwerk) fell 2-3 while “We Own It (Fast and Furious)” (Def Jam/Universal) by 2 Chainz featuring Wiz Khalifa arrived at No. 6.
Emmelie de Forest’s “Only Teardrops” (Sony Music), which won the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest for Denmark on May 18, raced 99-15.