Swedish DJ Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” (Positiva/PRMD) broke through the half-million sales barrier to secure a third week atop the U.K. singles chart yesterday.
The latest TV-generated No. 1 on the artist album chart are “Britain’s Got Talent” graduates Richard & Adam, whose “The Impossible Dream” (Sony Music CG) debuted at the summit.
“Wake Me Up” had year-best opening sales of nearly 267,000 two weeks ago, adding another 154,000 in week two. In the seven days to Saturday night, it put on a further 124,000 for a running total of 545,000.
Former No. 1 “Love Me Again” (Universal Island) by John Newman climbed back 4-2 and another previous bestseller, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (Interscope/Universal), featuring TI and Pharrell Williams, held at No. 3. Thicke’s album of the same name fell 2-12.
French DJ Cedric Gervais’ remix of Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” (Polydor/Universal) sent the track racing 32-4, with One Direction’s “Best Song Ever” (Syco Music/Sony), a new entry at No. 2 last week, down to No. 5. Calvin Harris’ “Thinking About You” (Columbia/Sony), featuring Ayah Marar, climbed 14-9 to become the ninth top ten single from his “18 Months” album, which itself fell 13-20. Pop singer-songwriter Eliza Doolittle’s “Big When I Was Little” (Parlophone/Warner Music) debuted at No. 12.
The brothers Richard & Adam (Johnson) are classical vocalists from North Wales. They finished third on the seventh series of “Britain’s Got Talent,” which aired on the ITV network in Britain from April to June this year. The duo pushed last week’s TV-generated chart-topper, Jahmene Douglas from “The X Factor”, down to No. 2 with “Love Never Fails” (RCA/Sony).
There was a No. 8 debut for Scouting For Girls’ “Greatest Hits” (Epic/Sony), while “Body Music” (Universal Island) by acclaimed duo Aluna George started at No. 11, with its reissued single “You Know You Like It” re-charting at No. 39. Backstreet Boys’ “In A World Like This” (K-Bahn/BMG) entered the album chart at No. 16. “Now That’s What I Call Music! 85” (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) tops the compilation chart for a second week.