Classical vocalist brothers Richard & Adam’s “The Impossible Dream” (Sony Music CG) became the longest-running No. 1 of the year on the U.K. artist album chart Sunday (Aug. 25), by moving into a fourth week at the summit. Ellie Goulding’s “Burn” (Polydor/Universal) started a second week at the top of the singles chart.
“The Impossible Dream” thus moved ahead of Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” (RCA/Sony) for most weeks at the album peak. But London collective Rudimental came within 2,000 sales of outdoing the Johnson brothers, according to Official Charts Company data, as their “Home” album (Asylum/Warner Music), which debuted at No. 1 in April, held in runner-up spot in its 17th chart week.
Scottish long-servers Travis, meanwhile, achieved their seventh U.K. top ten album over a 16-year period with a No. 3 start for “Where You Stand” (Red Telephone Box), and John Mayer made a No. 4 debut with “Paradise Valley” (Columbia/Sony). Welsh rock mainstays Stereophonics were resurgent with their “Graffiti On The Train” release (Stylus), which raced back 21-5 amid the band’s current live activity, including a V Festival appearance last weekend.
Kodaline’s “In A Perfect World” (B-Unique/RCA/Sony) climbed again 10-7 on the new chart, while Tired Pony, featuring Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody, entered at No. 14 with their second album “The Ghost Of The Mountain” (Fiction/Polydor/Universal). “Now That’s What I Call Music! 85” (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) began a fifth week atop the compilation chart.
Goulding’s “Burn” began a second week at No. 1 on the singles chart as the former bestseller “Wake Me Up” (Positiva/PRMD) by Avicii held at No. 2. New at No. 3 was the Austrian dance duo Klangkarussell’s “Sonnentanz (Sun Don’t Shine)” (Universal Island). The original has been a top five hit in their own country, as well as in Germany and a number of other European markets; the U.K. version features Londoner Will Heard.
Next in, at No. 4, was “Earthquake” (Ministry of Sound) by DJ Fresh vs. Diplo featuring Dominique Young Unique. Jamaican star Sean Paul’s “Other Side Of Love” (Atlantic/Warner Music) arrived at No. 7 and Naughty Boy, the Emeli Sandé producer who hit No. 1 in his own right with “La La La” (Virgin EMI/Universal) featuring Sam Smith in late May, returned at No. 8 on the same label with “Lifted,” which features vocals by Sandé. Naughty Boy’s “Hotel Cabana” album is released in the U.K. on Monday (Aug. 26).