In a top ten featuring six new entries, Arctic Monkeys held off all comers to start a second week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday (Sept. 22) with “AM” (Domino). Jason Derulo scored his third No. 1 single in the territory as “Talk Dirty” (Warner Bros./Warner Music), featuring 2 Chainz, debuted at the top.
“AM” stayed at the album summit as Swedish DJ Avicii entered at No. 2 with “True” (Positiva/PRMD). Concurrently, its new single “You Make Me” made a No. 5 start, and its former No. 1 smash “Wake Me Up” slipped 5-6.
Next to arrive on the album survey was Elton John’s “The Diving Board” (Mercury/Universal) at No. 3. The enduring superstar hit No. 1 with last year’s “Good Morning To The Night” remix project with Pnau, and No. 2 with 2007’s “Rocket Man” hits collection, but this is his highest U.K. position with a new studio album since “Songs From The West Coast” reached No. 2 in 2001. It also extends John’s run of top five albums In his home country to 43 years, since “Elton John” reached No. 5 in 1970.
Manic Street Preachers, the Welsh rock staples who made their U.K. album chart debut in 1992, started at No. 4 with “Rewind The Film” (Columbia/Sony), their 11th top ten album including compilations. Katie Melua’s sixth studio set “Ketevan” (Dramatico) debuted at No. 6, Jack Johnson’s “From Here To Now To You” (Brushfire/Universal Island) at No. 7 and English indie rock band Deaf Havana’s “Old Souls” (BMG Rights) at No. 9.
The top 20 also held a new entry at No. 12 for the self-titled release on the Earache label by The Temperance Movement, made up of former members of the bands Ben’s Brother and Rooster plus Jamiroquai’s former bassist and the drummer from Ray Davies’ and other groups.
Indie rock longrunners Placebo opened at No. 13 with “Loud Like Love”(Vertigo/Universal). It’s now nine weeks atop the compilation chart for “Now That’s What I Call Music! 85” (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal).
Jason Derulo first topped the U.K. singles chart in 2010 with “In My Head” and returned to the peak the next year with “Don’t Wanna Go Home.” “Talk Dirty” is his seventh top five hit there, with “The Other Side” reaching No. 2 in June. The new single sold nearly 160,000 units last week, according to the Official Charts Company, to end Katy Perry’s two-week reign with “Roar” (Virgin/Universal), which fell to No. 2.
Jessie J returned at No. 3 with “It’s My Party” (Lava/Republic/Universal), not the Lesley Gore classic but a new song that’s the second single from her second album “Alive,” which is released in the U.K. today (Monday). OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars” (Interscope/Universal) slipped 2-4.
The week’s top “X Factor”-generated singles action came after contestant Nicholas McDonald performed Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years,” prompting the Atlantic/Warner Music original to race 95-11, a new peak after the 2011 single climbed back to No. 13 in the U.K. last year.