Avenged Sevenfold's 'Hail To The King' Claims U.K. Chart Crown

Avenged Sevenfold

Clay Patrick McBride

As Ellie Goulding’s “Burn” (Polydor/Universal) started a third week atop the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Sunday) to become the longest-running bestseller by a domestic artist in 2013, Californian rockers Avenged Sevenfold landed their first No. 1 album in the territory, debuting at the summit with “Hail To The King” (Warner Bros./Warner Music).

The five-piece from Huntingdon Beach reached the U.K. top ten for the first time with their last studio release, their fifth, 2010’s “Nightmare.” That set was certified silver by the BPI for 60,000 shipments that December, some four months after release and just after their third album “City Of Evil,” had gone gold for 100,000 shipments. 2006’s “Waking The Fallen” went gold last December.

Avenged Sevenfold thus prevented Naughty Boy, the Emeli Sandé producer who had a No. 1 single with “La La La” featuring Sam Smith in May, from repeating the feat on the album chart. After entering the singles survey at No. 8 last week with “Lifted,” with vocals by Sandé, his “Hotel Cabana” album (Virgin EMI/Universal) entered at No. 2, just over 1,000 sales behind the rock quintet, according to the Official Charts Company. 

Goulding’s singles success helped her “Halcyon” album, extended and repromoted from last week as the deluxe “Halcyon Days,” to revive 26-3 on the new chart, as the year-best, four-week run at No. 1 for classical vocalist brothers Richard & Adam’s “The Impossible Dream” (Sony Music CG) came to an end with a fall to No. 4.

Bob Dylan’s “Another Self-Portrait 1969-1971” (Columbia/Sony) started at No. 5, while Scottish modern rockers Franz Ferdinand returned at No. 6 with “Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions” (Domino), after consecutive top three starts for its three predecessors, 2004-09. English singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner’s fourth album “Studio Zoo” (Ugly Truth/Sony) opened at No. 10. His first and third, “Hand Built By Robots” and “Write It On Your Skin” both reached No. 1 in the U.K., and his second, “Rebuilt By Humans,” No. 3. The reign of “Now That’s What I Call Music! 85” (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) on the compilation chart moved into a sixth week.

Goulding’s “Burn” stayed on top in an unchanged singles top three, its third week taking it beyond the two-week reign of Duke Dumont’s “Need U (100%)” (Ministry of Sound), featuring A*M*E, in April. The former No. 1 “Wake Me Up” (Positiva/PRMD) by Avicii stayed at No. 2 and Austrian dance duo Klangkarussell’s “Sonnentanz (Sun Don’t Shine)” (Universal Island), featuring Will Heard, held last week’s No. 3 debut.

“Summertime Sadness” (Polydor/Universal) by Lana Del Rey vs. Cedric Gervais moved back up one place to No. 4, as did Miley Cyrus’ former chart-topper “We Can’t Stop” (RCA/Sony) to No. 5. “Lost Generation” (Universal Island) by English hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks became their fourth U.K. top ten hit as lead artists with a No. 6 entry, while “Hold On We’re Going Home” (Cash Money/Republic/Universal) by Drake featuring Majid Jordan climbed 11-9.