A tumultuous battle for the top of the U.K. album chart yesterday (Oct. 20) resulted in a top five comprised entirely of new entries and victory for British vocalist John Newman. He beat off competition from Pearl Jam, Paul McCartney and others to debut at No. 1 with his first album “Tribute” (Universal Island). OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars” (Interscope/Universal) moved back to the singles summit after falling from the top to No. 3 last week.

The 23-year-old Newman, vocalist on Rudimental’s summer 2012 chart-topper “Feel The Love,” had a No. 1 single of his own in July with “Love Me Again,” and opened at No. 9 last week with the follow-up, “Cheating.” While that fell to No. 22 on the new chart, the parent album came out on top in a race that raged all week with Pearl Jam’s “Lightning Bolt” (EMI/Universal), which finished at No. 2, and McCartney’s “New” (Hearmusic/Universal), in at No. 3.

Pearl Jam haven’t been as high on this chart since “Vs” also reached No. 2 in 1993. “Lightning Bolt” is their eighth top ten album in the territory. McCartney’s 16th solo album arrives in the same position as the 15th, last year’s “Kisses On The Bottom.” His last album to chart higher than No. 3 was 1997’s “Flaming Pie,” at No. 2.

Cher’s “Closer To The Truth” (Warner Bros./Warner Music) opened at No. 4, fuelled by her appearance the previous weekend on “The X Factor,” while its single “I Hope You Find It,” originally recorded by Miley Cyrus, started at No. 25. It’s Cher’s highest-charting U.K. album since “Greatest Hits 1965-1992” topped the chart in 1992, and top-ranking studio set since “Love Hurts” the year before.

Former “Britain’s Got Talent” finalists Jonathan & Charlotte completed the all-new top five with “Perhaps Love” (Sony Classical) at No. 5, the peak achieved by their 2012 debut “Together” in a 13-week chart run.

All of that activity sent Arctic Monkeys’ “AM” (Domino) down 3-6, while Miley Cyrus crashed from the top of last week’s album chart to No. 7 with “Bangerz” (RCA/Sony). Chase & Status also made a second-week descent, 2-8, with “Brand New Machine” (EMI/Universal); singer-songwriter Passenger climbed back 12-9 with “All The Little Lights” (Nettwerk) and female pop band the Saturdays debuted at No. 10 with “Living For The Weekend” (Polydor/Universal).

There was a new entry at No. 1 on the compilation chart, “Now That’s What I Call ’80s Dance” (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) ending the 12-week reign of the same label group’s “Now That’s What I Call Music! 85.” The latter collection is comfortably the U.K.’s best-selling album of 2013 so far, according to the Official Charts Company.

OneRepublic’s return to the top of the singles chart came in the 12th chart week for “Counting Stars,” as Cyrus was also deposed from this list after her double chart victory seven days earlier, falling to No. 2 with “Wrecking Ball.”

Pop outfit Lawson opened at No. 3 with their fifth top ten hit, “Juliet” (Global Talent/Universal) and James Blunt’s “Bonfire Heart” (Atlantic/Warner Music) climbed 6-4 in its second week.

Eminem’s “Berzerk” (Interscope/Universal) fell to No. 7 after starting last week at No. 2, but he had the consolation of another top ten debut, as “Rap Star” came in at No. 5. London drum & bass DJ Wilkinson’s “Afterglow” (Ram/Virgin/Universal) was new at No. 8 and Iggy Azalea’s “Change Your Life” (EMI/Universal), featuring T.I., is at No. 10. 

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