For the first time in 16 years, the Rolling Stones top the U.K. album chart, after their reissued 1972 album "Exile On Main St" (Polydor/Universal) hit No. 1. U.S. hip-hop artist B.O.B. debuted at the singles summit with "Nothing On You" (Rebel Rock/Grand/HustleAtlantic/Warner Music) featuring Bruno Mars.
On its first release in June 1972, "Exile" also went straight to the top of the U.K. chart, then dipped to No. 3 in a 16-week run. Now augmented with a second disc of outtakes and newly-completed material, the album was in a close race throughout last week with staple dance act Faithless' new release "The Dance" (Nate's Tunes). The Faithless set becomes the highest-charting U.K. album released through a single physical retailer (mass merchant Tesco). It is also available via iTunes.
"Exile" stayed ahead to secure top spot on the Official Charts Company's full-week data last night (May 23), with the Faithless album in at No. 2, the band's fifth U.K. top ten album entry. The Stones' last No. 1 album in the U.K. was "Voodoo Lounge" in 1994; in 2005, "A Bigger Bang" was beaten to No. 1, by James Blunt's "Back To Bedlam," by precisely 11 sales.
Plan B's "The Defamation of Strickland Banks" (679/Atlantic/Warner Music) dipped 2-3 and "Strike" (Rhino/Warner Music) by the Baseballs, a rock 'n' roll band formed in Berlin, opened at No. 4. Lady Gaga's "The Fame" (Interscope/Universal), slid 4-5 in its 71st chart week and last week's new entry at No. 1, Keane's "Night Train" (Universal Island), fell to No. 6.
Another long-running favorite dance act, LCD Soundsystem, got a No. 7 debut with "This Is Happening" (DFA) and Alicia Keys' "The Element of Freedom" (J/Sony Music Entertainment) raced 21-8.
On the singles chart, "Nothin' On You" is the U.K. singles chart debut of rapper-musician B.O.B., aka Bobby Ray Simmons, and features co-writer/vocalist Bruno Mars. With Jason Derulo's "Ridin' Solo" (Beluga Heights/Warner Bros/Warner Music) holding at No. 2, the bestselling single of the last three weeks, Roll Deep's "Good Time" (Relentless/Virgin/EMI), fell to No. 3.
"All Night Long" (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment) by Alexandra Burke featuring Pitbull climbed 8-4, and there was a No. 10 debut for a single selling markedly more copies in and around Leeds, in West Yorkshire, than anywhere else: "Leeds Leeds Leeds (Marching On Together)" (Laserdiscs) by the Leeds United Team & Supporters was released to mark the soccer team's recent promotion back to the Championship, the second tier of English football.
Also in the new singles survey, Muse's "Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)" (Helium 3/Warner Music) opened at No. 11, Alicia Keys climbed 20-13 with "Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart" and Rihanna's "Te Amo" (Def Jam/Universal) improved 19-14.
New York's the Pretty Reckless arrived at No. 16 with "Make Me Wanna Die" (Interscope/Universal); "Eenie Meenie" (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) by Sean Kingston and Justin Bieber raced 58-17; and Train returned to the top 20 of the U.K. singles chart for the first time since "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" nearly nine years ago as "Hey, Soul Sister" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) climbed 22-18 in its sixth chart week.
The EMI TV/Ministry of Sound release "Chilled Acoustic" debuted at No. 1 on the OCC's separate compilations chart, replacing "Now That's What I Call Music 75." In combined sales, of both artist and compilation releases, "Chilled Acoustic" debuted at No. 6.
The front-runners on Billboard's pan-European sales charts both extended their stays at No. 1, AC/DC's "Iron Man 2" soundtrack (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) for a fourth week on European Albums and Stromae for an eighth non-consecutive week atop European Hot 100 Singles with "Alors On Danse" (Mosaert/Vertigo).