Jay-Z landed his first solo No. 1 album on the U.K. charts yesterday (July 14) as “Magna Carta Holy Grail” (Roc Nation/Universal) debuted at the top. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (Interscope/Universal), featuring TI and Pharrell Williams, climbed back 2-1 for a fourth aggregate week at the singles summit.
Jay-Z had never been higher than No. 4 on the British bestsellers in his own right, peaking there with “Blueprint III” in 2009. That was eight years after the original “The Blueprint” opened his album chart account in the territory. From the new album, “Holy Grail,” featuring Justin Timberlake, opened at No. 24 on the singles chart.
Rod Stewart bounced back to No. 2 again, climbing three places, with “Time” (Capitol/Decca/Universal) after last week’s BBC1 broadcast of a profile of Stewart in the “Imagine” series. Passenger’s “All The Little Lights” (Nettwerk) moved back 7-3 as its hit single “Let Her Go” enjoyed another week in the top ten, falling 7-8.
Michael Bublé’s “To Be Loved” (Reprise/Warner Music) fell 2-4 on the new album listing and last week’s No. 1, Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” (Gentlemen Of The Road/Universal Island), fell to No. 5. There were also climbs for Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” (Atlantic/Warner Music), 10-8, and Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment), 13-10.
The top 40 contained no new entries apart from Jay-Z, although Jamie Cullum’s “Momentum” (Universal Island) rebounded 137-40 after its track “Pure Imagination” was used in a BBC montage celebrating Andy Murray’s Wimbledon tennis victory July 7. The “Holiday Anthems” collection (Sony Music CG/UMTV/Universal) debuted at No. 1 on the compilation chart.
Thicke’s durable single had three weeks at No. 1 in the U.K. and then a couple in runner-up spot before moving back to the top, 80,000 new sales giving it a running total of 918,000, according to the Official Charts Company. John Newman’s “Love Me Again” (Universal Island) fell to No. 2 after debuting at the summit last week.
The “supergroup” teaming of Sebastian Ingrosso from Swedish House Mafia, Australian DJ Tommy Trash and Mafia collaborator John Martin arrived at No. 3 with “Reload” (Virgin/Universal). British pop band Lawson scored their fourth U.K. top ten single with “Brokenhearted” (Global Talent/Universal), featuring B.O.B., at No. 6, and Australian rapper Iggy Azalea’s “Bounce” (Mercury/Universal) opened at No. 13.