Kings of Leon's double triumph at the BRIT Awards last week delivered a big sales boost on the new U.K. charts Sunday (Feb. 22). The Hand Me Down/Sony Music Entertainment quartet returned to No. 1 with the album "Only By The Night" and, on the singles survey, jumped back 12-3 with "Use Somebody" and 19-14 with "Sex On Fire."
"Only By The Night" debuted at No. 1 in the U.K. last September and has never been out of the top ten since. KoL replaced Lily Allen's "It's Not Me, It's You" (Regal/Parlophone/EMI), which fell to No. 2 after debuting at the top last week, but Allen scored a fourth week at No. 1 with the single "The Fear."
Morrissey's "Years of Refusal" (Decca/Universal) entered at No. 3, in contrast to the No. 1 debut of its 2006 predecessor "Ringleader of the Tormentors." Duffy followed her triple victory at the BRITs by almost doubling her weekly sales with "Rockferry" (A&M/Universal), which raced 19-4, one week before its first anniversary on the chart. Elbow reaped the rewards of their best British group award, jumping 23-5 with "The Seldom Seen Kid" (Fiction/Polydor/Universal) in its 43rd week.
There was also a 33-8 climb for the Ting Tings' "We Started Nothing" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment). Seasick Steve, who was nominated as best international male solo artist but lost out to Kanye West, nevertheless jumped 24-9 with "I Started Out With Nothin' and I Still Got Most Of It Left" (Warner Bros). The Pet Shop Boys, who won outstanding contribution to music at the ceremony, entered at No. 19 with "Popart - The Hits" (Parlophone/EMI).
As Allen continued to lead the singles chart, the Prodigy's "Omen" (Takemetothehospital) improved 8-4, Shontelle's "T-Shirt" (Universal) 10-6 and Pussycat Dolls' "Whatcha Think About That" (Interscope/Universal) 15-10. Also performing well were Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" (Interscope/Universal), up 22-15 as her "Just Dance" held at No. 2; Miley Cyrus, up 44-16 with "Fly on the Wall" (Hollywood/EMI); and T.I. featuring Justin Timberlake, up 30-17 with "Dead & Gone" (Atlantic/Warner Music).
There was also a U.K. singles chart debut for Taylor Swift, new at No. 22 with "Love Story" (Mercury/Universal). But her Mercury labelmates U2 had a somewhat disappointing No. 12 entry with "Get On Your Boots," despite the band's prominent opening performance of the track at the BRIT Awards.